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Best Cheap Dates in Vancouver

Cheap & Inexpensive Date Ideas for Vancouver, BC


Dating and romance in Vancouver doesn't have to be expensive; there's no rule that says you have to splurge on white tablecloths at swank Vancouver Fine Dining restaurants. Get creative, take advantage of Vancouver's natural beauty, and use this list of the Best Cheap Dates in Vancouver to plan a romantic date that won't bust the budget.

See also: Guide to Romance & Dating in Vancouver, BC

1. Find Nightlife Bargains

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Is there a way to get dressed up and go out at night for cheap dates in Vancouver that don't feel cheap? Yes! Check out these top five ideas for indulging in Vancouver's great nightlife while staying on budget.

  • Enjoy dinner and a drink for $15- $17 at the Irish Heather Long Table Series, where the communal dining also lets you chat with other couples, too.
  • Have drinks or dessert at one of the Top Vancouver Restaurants with a View. For example, at Cloud 9, you can enjoy gorgeous, 360-degree city views in a great ambiance for the price of one drink per person. Go later in the evening and they'll often let you nurse your drink for as long as you like.
  • Grab bargain tickets--often in the $20-per-person range--to a play or performance at Tickets Tonight.
  • Find cheap live music--often for under $5 a person--at Vancouver bars & restaurants via LiveVan.com.
  • See a Vancouver Burlesque show--entrance tickets are often under $10 per person.
  • 2. Get Outside: Free & Cheap Romantic Outdoor Activities

    Best Cheap Dates in Vancouver: Free Outdoor Activities
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    When it comes to cheap dates in Vancouver, using our scenic vistas and beautiful parks is the best way to create a romantic date that's either 100% free or very, very cheap.

  • Walk, Bike or Rollerblade on the Seawall
  • Kiss by the waterfalls at Lynn Canyon Park
  • Watch the sunset at Vancouver's Top 5 Beaches
  • Hold hands through the free Quarry Gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Stretch your muscles with Great Vancouver Hikes
  • Ride your bikes across the city: Vancouver Cycling Route Planner
  • Play tennis at a Vancouver park or Community Centre
  • 3. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery

    Best Cheap Dates in Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery
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    For cheap dates in Vancouver, the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is perfect: you and your date can enjoy the current exhibits--and have something to talk about--by donation every Tuesday, from 5pm - 9pm. Afterward, you can stroll through downtown Vancouver or window-shop on Robson Street.

    Another way to see free art: Take a walking tour of South Granville's "Gallery Row".

    4. Explore Vancouver Landmarks

    Best Cheap Dates in Vancouver: Explore Vancouver Landmarks
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    Many of our city's best-loved landmarks make ideal cheap dates in Vancouver. If you and your partner love history, take a walking tour of historic Chinatown. If you both love exploring alleys and popping into unique shops, tour Granville Island. If the weather is good, explore Stanley Park--when was the last time you saw the Totem Poles or the Stanley Park Rose Garden?

    5. Find a Free Festival, Activity or Event

    Best Cheap Dates in Vancouver: Free Festivals & Events
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    Every month Vancouver has free festivals, events and activities--like free ice skating at Robson Square (December - February) or the free Summer Night Markets (May - September)--that can be perfect for cheap dates in Vancouver.

    Use these monthly event calendars to find the free festivals, events or celebrations happening this month:

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