7 unique date ideas for Valentine's Day in Vancouver

Jan 23 2019, 7:35 am

Finding a memorable date for that day of the year dedicated to celebrating romance can be daunting.

Roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, and a romantic movie are all nice Valentine’s Day gestures, but for anyone looking for something a little outside the ordinary this year, we are here to help.

Whether you are planning to enjoy the day with your partner, your mom, a blind date, or a group of your single friends, here are seven unique date ideas that will surely give your Valentine’s Day some added flavour.

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Romance Week at Vancouver TheatreSports

Vancouver TheatreSports

Cupid will be stopping by The Improv Centre on Granville Island for the return of Romance Week. Vancouver TheatreSports will be putting on three rotating shows in the week leading up to February 14th, ‘climaxing’ with a special finale called My Funny Valentine. Forget the boring box of chocolates, choose to experience a ‘Love Astrologer,’ improvised rom-com clichés, and love sonnets instead.

Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Time: Showtimes vary based on performance
When: Tuesday, February 5 to Thursday, February 14, 2019
Tickets: Can be purchased online starting at $10.75

Mount Pleasant Senior Prom at Anza Club

Dig out that old, ill-fitting powder blue suit or outdated prom dress and turn back the clock to senior prom. Get a corsage for that special someone and head to Anza Club for live music, dancing, disco balls, and no chaperones. You’ll want to bring your A-game outfits and dance moves because ‘prom monarchy’ will be awarded as well.

Where: Anza Club Vancouver – 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Time: 7 pm – 12 am
When: Thursday, February 14th
Tickets: Can be purchased online for $20

Five-course meal at the Peak of Vancouver


The Observatory

There aren’t many places with a better view of the city than The Observatory on Grouse Mountain. If you are looking for something more romantic, reserve a table and enjoy a five-course meal with your partner, while overlooking Vancouver. The specialty menu can be found online and reservations can be made by calling the chalet reception.

Where: The Observatory on Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Time: Timing will depend on availability
When: Thursday, February 14 to to Sunday, February 19
Tickets: $125 per person, not including gratuity. Reservation information can be found online.

Vancouver Aquarium After Hours Valentine’s Day edition

Vancouver Aquarium

Love will be in the water at the Vancouver Aquarium for this adults-only evening affair. Take your date around the galleries, after dark, with a drink in hand. The night will feature a ‘naughty puppet show,’ exploration of the sex lives of marine animals, and the opportunity to meet a penguin. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase around the venue.

When: February 14, 2019
Time: 6 pm to 11 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Tickets: $27 for members and $35 for non-members, available online.

Opening night of La Bohème at the Vancouver Opera


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The Vancouver Opera’s production of La Bohème will be opening up on February 14th with a special offer of $40 tickets for anyone under the age of 40. The performance will transport the audience back to the 1920s when “writers flocked to Paris to live the bohemian life.” In order to redeem the Valentine’s Day offer, use the promo code 40/40 when purchasing seats. Valid ID will also be required to collect your tickets.

When: February 14, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Beginning at $40 for those under 40 – use promo code 40/40 at online checkout.

Last day of Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival


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Valentine’s Day marks the final day of Vancouver’s ninth annual Hot Chocolate Festival. This year, 30 different vendors across the city are offering specialty chocolate creations in a glass for Vancouverites to enjoy. Why not grab your partner, pick a location, and enjoy sipping on one of these wondrous concoctions on the 14th? Better yet, plan a walking route where you hit more than one stop!

When: February 14, 2019
Where: Venues around Vancouver – locations can be found online

Valentine’s Day Comedy Show with Chris Gordon


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Laughter is always the perfect medicine, or, in this case, the perfect date idea. Head to The Park Pub on Davie to catch an evening of comedy with Chris Gordon – seen on CBC’s Just For Laughs and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. The show will feature three comedians total and The Park will be serving special Valentine’s Day menu features. You can never go wrong with a few jokes.

When: February 14, 2019
Time: 8 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Park Pub – 1755 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Tickets available for $10 online






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