A Date over 550 Feet in the Air: A Visit to the Vancouver Lookout

Sourced from the Vancouver Lookout website

Sourced from the Vancouver Lookout website

The first couple of months after my boyfriend (“S”) and I met were characterized by a gradual unfolding of information: “I have two elder sisters.” “Getting my degree has been my greatest achievement.” “I’ve cried in every single Disney animated movie.” There is something wondrous and nerve-wracking about getting acquainted with, and potentially falling in love with someone new.

Now that we’re in couple territory, that initial exciting novelty has faded and been replaced by a knowing comfort. He’s seen me without my fake eyelashes, and I’ve witnessed him cleaning his bathroom. And as much as I enjoy not having to wildly impress him anymore, I have to admit that I sometimes miss that initial thrilling stage of dating.

The other night I declared we were going to “do something romantic.” I didn’t want it to be another dinner out, or watching the latest James Bond movie (which, by the way, was incredibly boring). Then, I had a date idea. After all, it was a clear night, a perfect night for what I had planned.

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A Date over 550 Feet in the Air: A Visit to the Vancouver Lookout

5 romantic beach walks in Vancouver

Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Do you love chocolate, movies, and long walks on the beach?

So does everybody else.

It’s a personal-ad cliche for a reason: most people enjoy a scenic, leisurely walk with a loved one. Whether you’re just getting to know each other or just need some space to hash out that long-festering issue, a beautiful walk has a way of smoothing over the rough edges.

And if things don’t work out, hey–at least you’ve gotten some exercise.

Here are five beaches in Metro Vancouver that are perfect for the walk and talk. They’re just as nice in winter as they are in summer, with far fewer people to come between you and your beloved.

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5 romantic beach walks in Vancouver

Insider’s Guide to the Perfect Date Night

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The following post was contributed by Tourism Vancouver’s own Wendy Surkan, Manager, Meeting & Convention Sales, Eastern US. Born and raised in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Wendy has lived in Vancouver for the past 22 years where she and her husband enjoy all the excitement the city has to offer. Read below for Wendy’s guide to the perfect date night:

Vancouver may be known for its scenic splendor and great food, but what animates the city is the annual 10-day jazz festival leading up to Canada Day. In its 25th year in 2010, from June 25 – July 4 from noon to the wee small hours, a rich tapestry of jazz, blues, Funk, Latin, fusion and world music fills the air at venues big and small, indoor and outdoor across the city. By taking the music to parks, community spaces, concert halls, clubs, public plazas and neighbourhood streets, the Jazz Festival electrifies the city with over 400 concerts – 150 of them free – and moves the souls of more than 500,000 people each year.

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Insider’s Guide to the Perfect Date Night