By Paddi Rice
Spring is called "The Matchmaking Season" for a reason: as the days get longer and lighter, a sense of optimism takes root. It’s a great time to connect with someone new!
One of the keys to successful dating is to keep things light and casual on a first or second date. The best dates, in fact, are often simple and inexpensive ones.
Here are seven Vancouver spring date ideas for under $20:
• Food truck fiesta Grab some delicious food-to-go with your date, then take a stroll in a new neighbourhood, or along the seawall. Download the free street-food app for a full list of food trucks and locations. Japadog and Vij’s Railway Express are just two of the many tasty (and affordable) options.
• CelticFest Vancouver Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and check out the Celtic Village on Granville Street on March 14 and 15 for free Celtic street music and entertainment, as well as the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 15. Visit celticfestvancouver.com for more info.
• Back to nature If your date’s a nature buff, check out the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon and explore the interpretive displays about the animals and plants of Stanley Park, Vancouver’s most treasured public space. Visit stanleyparkecology.ca/eduction/nature-house for more info.
• Cherry Blossom romance Take your date for a springtime stroll among Vancouver's 40,000 cherry trees. Queen Elizabeth Park or the UBC Endowment Lands provide an ideal setting to let your love blossom! Visit vcbf.ca for more info.
• Culture crawl or bike Bike around the seawall and explore Vancouver's renowned outdoor public art scene. Highlights include Douglas Coupland's Digital Orca and A-maze-ing Laughter by Yue Minjun. For a full listing, visit the City of Vancouver’s public art registry online.
• Grazing and gazing at the Gallery Café Enjoy a coffee and dessert at the Vancouver Art Gallery's excellent café. Afterward, take a seat on the gallery steps for the city's best people-watching perch.
• Spring sunset Pack your sweaters, some snacks, and warm beverages for two and watch one of Vancouver's famous sunsets at Sunset Beach or English Bay.