1. Bloedel Conservatory
Explore the winding path through this indoor garden, where you’ll see tropical plants and free-flying birds. There are wooden bridges that cross ponds and small benches tucked away in quiet spots. The foliage makes the garden feel very private, and the birds (especially the African grey parrot named Rosie) offer a fun conversation topic.
Address: In Queen Elizabeth Park, West 33rd Ave. and Cambie St.
2. Hollyburn Lodge
During winter, take a snowshoeing tour in Cypress Provincial Park and stop in for fondue (there is both cheese and chocolate) at Hollyburn Lodge. The rust-red building dates to 1926 and sits in the midst of the ski hill's cross-country trails.
Address: 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd., West Vancouver
3. White Rock PierWhite Rock, a city to the south of Vancouver, tends to have more sunny days than its rainier neighbor. On the White Rock waterfront, you can stroll out along a fantastic pier. Then, enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the restaurants along Marine Drive.
4. Greenheart Canopy Walkway
At the UBC Botanical Garden, a 308-meter (1010-foot) walkway runs through the treetops. Although entirely secured, the bridges wobble and shake as you walk between trees -- all at heights of about 15 meters (50 feet). You can join a guided tour to learn about the surrounding flora, or explore the elevated trail-way independently for a romantic excursion.
Address: 6804 Southwest Marine Dr.
5. Engagement SculptureThis huge sculpture of two engagement rings by Dennis Oppenheim lies near English Bay Beach and is one of Vancouver’s most romantic spots. But be fore-warned: on Valentine’s Day visiting the sculpture would likely hint at a proposal. For another romantic spot by the water, head to the West Side to find two sets of footprints that are carefully painted on the sidewalk so that when you stand on them, you will be cuddling up to your companion. To get to the spot near the Hastings Mill Museum, head north on Alma Street and turn right on Cameron Street. Walk toward the shore. At the top of the steps, find the footprints -- staged for a hug. There’s also a great view of the Vancouver skyline.
6. Vancouver Giants Hockey Game
Bond over hockey during a Vancouver Giants game at the Pacific Coliseum. The team plays in the Western Hockey League, and the action moves quickly. Tickets are inexpensive (about $18 for the cheapest seats) compared to National Hockey League games.
Address: 100 North Renfrew St.
10. Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant
A revolving restaurant set 42 stories above the city, Cloud 9 is ideal for a relaxed dinner and cocktail while admiring the panoramic views.
Address: 1400 Robson St.