Sometimes it feels like you’ve been on every date ever—and paid for all of them too. When it comes to dating, balancing exciting locales and limited budgets can be a drag. But, start thinking outside the box, and you’d be surprised how much there is to do in Vancouver—at an affordable price too.
From escape rooms to exotic cooking classes, check out this list of unique date ideas for every budget in and around Vancouver.
#1 – Feel the need for speed at Richmond Go-Karts
Richmond Go-Karts have something everyone can enjoy. After all, a little competition can bring a spark to a date night, so don’t go easy on your sweetie. Bonus, the track is suitable for beginners, so you can have fun whatever your experience level. A single ride is ten minutes long, so maybe get two or three.
This date idea costs: $13+ each
#2 – Race your date at Origins Parkour
An obstacle course racing date is perfect for those couples who are super active—and super competitive. Check out Origins Parkour & Athletic Facility in Vancouver where you can pick up a day pass for $15. This brightly colored studio is perfect for creative movement. Who can complete the course first?
This date idea costs: $15 each
#3 – Get super scared at Ghostly Vancouver Tours
Nothing will bring you closer than some spooky ghost stories! Step into Vancouver’s sordid past, from its wild west–style origins to tales of murder, intrigue, and—of course—supernatural hauntings. Choose from the Ghostly Vancouver’s tours of Gastown and Downtown, and make sure you pick a nearby bar for some fortification after!
This date idea costs: $20 each
#4 – Work together at rock climbing
Rock climbing gets a bad rap as only being for extreme outdoorsy types or fitness fanatics. The truth is that rock climbing is a lot of fun—while also being a real-life, multi-dimensional problem solving activity and a full-body workout. It’s also a great date! Get close and learn to trust each other, taking turns conquering the walls at The Hive Vancouver—check out their late night climbing deal for $15.
This date idea costs: $15–20 each
#5 – Chuck some axes like real lumberjacks
Don you finest flannel and learn how to chuck some axes together, the Canadian way! Check out Bad Axe Throwing’s public walk-in hours where you can try axe throwing without having to pay the hefty lane rental fee. Walk-in axe throwing hours are updated every Monday and posted only one week in ahead of time, so take the time to plan this date in advance.
This date idea costs: $20 each
#6 – Try an escape room together
SmartyPantz in Gastown is one of the coolest escape rooms in Vancouver. It has creative puzzles and immersive storylines, but the retro vibe is what makes it really special. Choose a room with challenging puzzles and work together to escape. Best to learn early on if you guys are going to have communication problems!
This date idea costs: $25 each
#7 – Treat them to an ice cream tour
Gastown and the Downtown Eastside
For a limited time during the summer, Off the Eaten Track is offering an ice-cream tour of Gastown and the Downtown Eastside that will take you to Vancouver’s very best ice cream cafes. Enjoy soft gelato, ice cream sandwiches, and much more. If you and your date have a sweet tooth, this one’s for you.
This date ideas costs: $30 each
#8 – Laugh together at Paint Nite
It doesn’t matter if your drawing skills are limited to stick figures, Paint Nite is all about trying something new and having a few laughs. You and your date will be taken through the evening’s feature painting step-by-step, so it won’t matter what your artistic abilities are.
This date idea costs: $45 each
#9 – Go on an urban hike with FitCity
If you and your date get antsy sitting still for too long, check out FitCity, a tour company specializing in nature hikes and runs. Check out their urban hike, which starts on Granville Island goes all the way to Queen Elizabeth Park, where you can enjoy some beautiful vistas.
This date idea costs: $59 each
#10 – Watch the sun set over the city from the water
Try something dazzling that also won’t break the bank with Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres. Check out their sunset kayaking tour which departs nightly from Granville Island. Paddle along the scenic shoreline of False Creek and English Bay while taking in Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains, and Vancouver’s downtown skyline as the sun slips below the horizon.
This date idea costs: $69 each
#11 – Take a cooking classes at Posh Pantry
If you’re looking for an excellent cooking class at a great price, head over to Posh Pantry in Burnaby. Choose from Greek classics, Middle Eastern specialties, and modern Mexican dishes and learn how to prepare a meal from scratch in the fun and hands-on environment. But these classes sell out fast, so be sure to book in advance.
This date idea costs: $70 each
#12 – Rent a boat in Coal Harbour
Boat rides can bring some movie star glamor to your day date. If you like to get down on the water, take a look at Coal Harbour Boat Rentals. Don’t forget sunscreen and shades—and pack a snack if you plan on being out for a while.
This date idea costs: $90 each
#13 – Learn to mix some new favorite cocktails
If you both enjoy drinking cocktails, check out Brandywine Bartending School’s Modern Classics Cocktail Making Class for $100. Learn new tricks, discover some fancy mixes, and get tipsy on samplers—the classy way.
This date idea costs: $100 each
#14 – Discover the best flavors of Chinatown
Go the extra mile and plan a romantic date in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Have a nice walk, discover hidden spots, hear interesting stories, and enjoy delicious food. Vancouver Food Tours organizes a contemporary Chinatown tour that will show you where the best food is as well as the best bar scene.
This date idea costs: $115 each
#15 – Explore Indian Arm by kayak with Deep Cove Kayak Centre
Spend the day on the water together with Deep Cove’s introductory kayaking tour: Island Explorer. This kayaking day trip is perfect for beginner kayakers looking to kick back on the water. Explore the nooks and crannies of Southern Indian Arm before island-hopping back to Deep Cove. Lunch is included!
This date idea costs: $120 each
#16 – Pull out all the stops on a private helicopter ride
If you don’t know the meaning of restraint, go for it and pull all the stops on a one-of-a-kind helicopter tour. Sky Helicopters organizes breathtaking tours of British Columbia’s West Coast followed by gourmet picnics from glorious vistas. Choose from tours of downtown Vancouver, the North Shore, BC Back Country, and more.
This date idea costs: $150–300+ each
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