It’s no secret that Victoria, British Columbia, is considered a romantic city. With harbour breezes, fancy ales, and plenty of indie theatres, you can count on a date night your sweetie won’t forget. Here are some of the top Victoria date ideas for the next time you’re in this capital city.

Cyclist Date

Are you and your partner cycle junkies? Then you have to see Victoria from the point of view of your metal steed. Rent a bike from The Pedaler and get to know the trails and vistas of this pretty city.

Outdoorsy Date

Want a date with sunshine and breathtaking backgrounds for those cutesy couple pictures? Then you must make a stop at Butchart Gardens. The grounds are billowing with colourful flowers, bubbling creeks, and overflowing fountains.

Beer Lovers Date

Here’s a fun fact before you hit the BC Ale Trail: Victoria was the home of Canada’s first brewpub. It’s safe to say that this city knows good beer, and sampling some of the most popular stouts in town is an excellent way to get to know the city. Grab a brew with your boo and cheers to the good life.

Cultured Date

The best dates involve something that can stimulate conversation. For an activity to get the mind going, grab tickets to Belfry Theatre. This company focuses on bold and innovative Canadian plays. It’s a unique date idea that’s sure to start one of those dusk-till-dawn discussions.

Pampered Date

Do your joints have a certain soundtrack of “Pop! Pop! Pop!”? Chances are, you and your partner could both use a day of pampering. Treat yourselves to the lavish life when you book a date at the esteemed Silk Road Spa. The best date ideas are ones that leave you sated and smelling a little too much like lavender.

Film Geek Date

Does your love fancy indie films? Well, you simply have to make a date at The Vic Theatre. This popular spot hosts the latest indie flicks and award-winning films. Oh, and the theatre also sells wine and local goodies, if you want to toast before the screen flickers to life.

Free Date

Some of the best dates are free (can I get a heck yes!?). Take your date for a jaunt along Fisherman’s Wharf for salty air and funny sights of seals sunbathing in the afternoon. It’s the setting of one of those perfect afternoons with the person you love.

Instagram Date

Need to make some friends jealous back home? Take your date to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. There are thousands of butterflies fluttering through the park, with a ton of lovely flowers and tropical wildlife. It’s scenic, it’s breathtaking, it’s perfect for that updated profile pic.

Explorers Date

Does your beau have an explorer’s heart? Take them to the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Here, you can see artifacts like uniforms, navigation tools, and narwhal tusks. And if you want to follow up the trip by splitting a bowl of clam chowder, so be it. This is one of those fun dates in Victoria that’ll make you want to keep travelling along the shores of the country.

Foodie Date

Do you want a dinner with views that blow everything else out of the water? Make reservations at AURA Waterfront Restaurant + Patio. Order up a plate of scallops and risotto, or a bowl of squash soup and enjoy views as pretty as your date.

When you need to mix up the romance, make a date in Victoria. With lovely views and plenty of date ideas, it’s a sure win with your partner.

Check out these guides to cities that’ll romance you, whether you’re single or on a date:
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