12 Free and Cheap Date Ideas to Try in Vancouver

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Vancouver is a beautiful city, but it is also known as one of the most expensive cities in North America. Fortunately, going on a date with your special someone doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out these fun free and cheap date ideas for Vancouver couples.

1. Visit a night market

Market, Canadian

Dinner date at the Richmond Night Market
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In the summer, there are two excellent street food night markets that pop up in the Greater Vancouver Area. Firstly, there’s the Richmond Night Market, which also happens to be North America’s largest night market. With over 500 food choices and 200 retail stalls, it’s a great place to spend date night. Alternatively, catch the Seabus on a Friday night to the Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver, which has live music, a beer garden, a marketplace, and at least 35 local food trucks every week.

2. Go to a brewery


Vancouver is known for its many independent craft breweries. Lovebirds will find them across the city—from Mount Pleasant to East Vancouver to Granville Island to Port Moody. The great thing is that a flight of beers or a glass is very inexpensive. Many breweries also have food trucks frequently parked outside, which is a cheap meal to accompany your cheap beer. Head out to Port Moody and check out Brewers Row, where there are four breweries along Murray Street. Begin at Moody Ales and end at Twin Sails.

3. Check out the Vancouver Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery
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For the creative couple, a visit to Vancouver Art Gallery doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Like many museums around the world, the gallery offers a discount on Tuesday evenings. From 5 to 9 pm, people can visit the gallery by donation, which means you can pay what you want. Current exhibitions include Claude Monet’s Secret Garden(ending October 1, 2017), and Emily Carr: Into the Forest(ending December 3, 2017). The Gallery Cafe is also known for its cheap, but delicious meals.

Picnic in the park

A picnic may be an old-school date option, but it’s also one of the best. Head to Queen Elizabeth Park to watch the sunset over the city. Alternatively, Stanley Park has a lot of beautiful picnic spots and also has free movies after sunset on Tuesdays in July and August, which would perfectly complement your picnic. A third option is Rocky Point Park in Port Moody. Its ice cream store, Rocky Point Ice Cream, is one of the cheapest and best in the Greater Vancouver Area.
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Queen Elizabeth Park, 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody, BC, Canada

Fall in Stanley Park

Board game night

Another date night favorite from past decades, you can enjoy board games at home or in one of Vancouver’s board game-friendly restaurants. Storm Crow Tavern is known as Vancouver’s original nerd bar, as it has an outstanding board game collection. The best part is that the food is reasonably priced, and they have weekly specials, so it’s still a cheap and fun date idea. Pizzeria Ludica is another option, as they have over 800 board games from which to choose!
Storm Crow Tavern, 1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 566 9669
Pizzeria Ludica, 189 Keefer Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 669 5552

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