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Top 10 Best Places to Kiss in Vancouver

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From wobbly walkways suspended between trees to a waterfront pier or a 1926 ski lodge that specializes in fondue, there are plenty of unconventionally romantic places to visit in Vancouver. Add to the mix Vancouver’s gay-friendly attitude and it creates a welcoming place for all.

1. Bloedel Conservatory

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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.
Phone: 604-257-8584

2. Hollyburn Lodge

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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
Phone: 604-922-0825

3. White Rock Pier

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White 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

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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.
Phone: 604-822-3928

5. Engagement Sculpture

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This 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 $20 for the cheapest seats) compared to National Hockey League games.

Address: 100 North Renfrew St.
Phone: 1-855-344-2687

7. Skating Rinks

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Be it the ice rink at Robson Square (delightful at night) or the pond rink atop Grouse Mountain, skating rinks in Vancouver are intensely romantic. Outdoor ice-skating can be cold (so cozy up), and it’s better if you hold hands. Afterward, enjoy hot chocolate.

8. Granville Island

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Visit this cultural hub under the Granville Street bridge to explore some of the city's best dining, theater, and shopping. As a bonus, you can take a mini-ferry to Granville Island and avoid having to find a parking spot.

9. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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Tour the pathways, watch the koi, and sip green tea at this classical Chinese garden. For a free (although less recommended) alternative, walk through the neighboring Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park.

10. Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant

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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.
Phone: 604-687-0511

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