Each year, Valentine’s Day seems to hit us out of nowhere. Couples scramble to think up of weird and wonderful ways to woo their other half and end up deciding on an uninspiring movie date or standard candlelit meal for two. Fine as these plans may be, there’s nothing particularly exciting or swoon-worthy about them. So to dial up the romance a notch or two and help sparks fly this February, we’ve put on our creative dating cap to come up with five super unique and romantic things to do in Vancouver.
Candlelight is on a mission to stoke the flames of love this February in Vancouver. Experiencing spellbinding live music performances with your boo is enough to get butterflies fluttering, but add a sea of twinkling candles to the occasion, and you’ve got an unforgettable evening overflowing with romance.
This series of concerts are paying tribute to our favorite love songs, from lovey-dovey jazz anthems to timeless compositions devoted to love. Taking to the stage inside Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, gifted musicians will be putting their own spin on iconic hits by love-struck singers including Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra as well as the dreamy works heard in Romeo and Juliet, Titanic and more. Carve out some couple time and experience the magic of Candlelight with your one true love at these enchanting Valentine’s concert specials.
2. Recharge batteries with a spa day in the mountains
A bit of self-care now and again is a sure-fire way to keep any relationship happy and healthy. Sometimes, you have to prioritize yourself in order to care for the one you love the most. And when you can indulge in reinvigorating beauty treatments and relaxing full-body massages together, you get the best of both worlds.
Scandinave Spa Whistler is an outdoor thermal spa nestled in Whistler’s old-growth forest. They offer thermal therapy treatments, soothing Swedish massages and much more in a spectacular bucket-list destination surrounded by a sea of fir trees and stunning mountain ranges (it doesn’t get much more romantic than that).
📍Scandinave Spa Whistler, 8010 Mons Rd, Whistler, BC V8E 1K7
3. Pay a visit to Gastown
Gastown is one of the OG Vancouver neighborhoods. Indie art galleries and decor stores form part of its charming vibe, and of course, we have to mention the famous Steam Clock. Built in 1977, the clock is one of only a few steam clocks in the world, and it’s especially cool when it whistles and blows out steam. There’s loads of cocktail spots and chic cafés to try out on a cute date, and the cherry on top is that the area is small enough to explore without having to rely on a bus or taxi.
This Valentine’s Day, soar to the top of Vancouver Lookout in a glass elevator and marvel at the jaw-dropping views of the city with your hot date. With stunning vistas of Stanley Park, the ever-charming Gastown and more, you won’t tire of looking out onto the bustling world below. There’s also a complimentary audio tour that shares fascinating tales about the landmarks and neighborhoods you can see from the observation deck. And while you’re checking out the beauty of Vancouver’s skyline, you can pick out a snazzy cocktail spot or cozy coffee shop to head to once you’re both back on ground level.
📍555 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6
Bloedel Conservatory is an indoor tropical garden located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Park. Walking around the enchanting mini rainforest, you and your other partner can take a look at the 100 exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers that call this place home. If you keep an eye to the sky, you can spend hours staring at the brightly-colored birds as they glide from one tree to another. This domed paradise provides a well-needed respite from the stress of city life, giving you and your partner the chance to bask in all the tranquility and calm of the nature that surrounds you.
📍 4600 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4