Let’s come to the sad realization that this is in fact Vancouver and we aren’t all rich. Now let’s move past that depressing point and focus on date possibilities in your price range. Now, of course, you don’t tell him/her that you’ve based your date off a list of 20 dates under $20, you simply impress while budgeting.
Talk about romantic. Skating at Robson Square is not only affordable but one of Vancouver’s best winter trademarks. Take your date for a skate under the stars anytime from now until the end of February 2014. Bring your own skates or rent for just $4 and don’t forget a helmet!
Sunday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
More information on Robson Square Skating.
The Vancouver Art Gallery offers admission by donation on Tuesdays after 5 p.m. This is a great option for those who enjoy and appreciate art. With ever changing exhibits year round, there is no shortage of variety and culture to explore.
Vancouver offers endless beautiful outdoor options. Sure it’s cold, but bundle up and grab a coffee. Situated on every corner, you won’t have an issue finding a coffee shop. The most you’ll spend is $15 depending on how fancy you like your beverage of choice.
Skip dinner and move onto dessert. Those who love dessert know that Vancouver offers up some delectable options.
5. Seek out local live music
Believe it or not, you can find local artists playing for under $20. You may need to put a little work in searching, but you will find venues offering cheap ticket rates for entry.
This is one of those perfect date options. Not only is it cheap, but there is an opportunity to teach your date how to golf if they lack skill.
Drinks are often expensive but when seeking out daily specials you’ll see that drinking on a budget is possible. Most bars and pubs in our city offer a daily drink special – check websites or drop in to your fave bar for details.
- Check out our Craft Beer for under $5 Guide
This cheap date idea may not be for everyone, but Vancouver has a wide range of hikes at no cost.
This may not be as easy during the winter months, but, once summer rolls around, take your date to a free festival and during the Christmas season there’s quite a few events on the cheap in our Christmas in Vancouver guide.
10. Rent a movie
Simple yet the perfect date idea – a movie and popcorn at home.
Sure you can easily spend $20 on sushi all by your lonesome, but you’d be surprised at some of the cheap lunch deals around this city. You can easily eat for two under $20.
With all of the bike lanes and beautiful outdoor options, a bike ride is a simple and free option.
Granville Island offers cheap food options, beautiful scenery and window shopping galore.
14. Watch the sunset
You’re allowed to be romantic once in a while. Grab a blanket, dress in something warm and head out to your favorite view point.
Now, I don’t suggest this on a first date but if you’re in a relationship, a massage night can be a great cheap date option. Go buy a bottle of wine, light some candles and enjoy each other’s massage skills or lack thereof.
16. Go sledding
Winter is around the corner – why not express your inner kid and enjoy the snow?
17. Go bowling
Looking for something fun and cheap? Try out bowling!
The thought makes me drool – if this city is good at one thing, it’s offering some delish food cart options.
Go to your local grocer and pick up some pizza dough and toppings. Not only is this a cheap option, but it can be healthy and fun to do as a couple.
Okay, it is cold out but I can’t be the only one who likes annoying the gelato shop employees by sampling every flavor. Here are the best Ice Cream shops in Vancouver.
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