Date Night in the Shipyards District


Love is in the air this February and whether you are single or celebrating with a Valentine, pup, BFF or the fam – there’s something for everyone to do in the Shipyards District! Here is our extensive list of date ideas in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District:


Date Night with the Kiddos

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Valentine’s Day Treats
A stop at Welcome Parlour is where you’ll find all the heart-shaped candies and ice cream a kid could dream of!

Scavenger Hunt
The Kid City Map is designed especially for kids and families so they can explore the City by foot, bike or bus. With puzzles to solve, things to find, and new places to discover, it’s sure to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy some family time outside.

Zen Maker Lab After-School Programs
Your kids will learn incredible skills through Zen Maker Lab After School Programs! From illustration and storytelling to VR Coding & 3D modelling and more, these interactive courses are a fun way to give your kids an experience they will love.

E-Bike the Trails
Get the family together for a fun and active adventure! Rent e-bikes from Reckless Shipyards and enjoy a fun and active experience together exploring the separated lane of the North Shore Spirit Trail by bike.


Galentine’s Date

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Ladies Spa Day
Start your day with a delicious brunch at the charming Catch 122 or go to the healthy but yummy WELA and Buddha-full. You can then spend the afternoon indulging in some well-deserved self-care with facials at Skoah Lower Lonsdale!

Coffee & Shopping
Have a gal pal who you love to share coffee and gab with? The Shipyards District offers an incredible array of artisan coffee shops (try Shipyards Coffee, Cafe Artigiano, and Nemesis) where you can grab a latte and enjoy our views and outdoor space before stopping by Unity Clothing to shop their cozy and cute threads, or Mo’s General Store’s selection of fine goods for the home.

Happy hour with the girls in the Shipyards District is a must-try! Whether you prefer fine dining or a fun and laid-back environment, Seaside Provisions and Pier 7 offer incredible cocktails paired with delicious bites.


Pal-entine’s Date Night

Enjoy a Workout
Get your sweat on! Vibe Lounge , Anka Pilates, and Modo Yoga all offer challenging but fun ways to get moving with your friends.

Put the Art in Heart
The Polygon Gallery, MONOVA or Cityscape Arts Gallery are great places to spend a date with a friend. If you prefer to stay outside, grab a coffee and try our Shipyards District Art Walking Tour.

Clink Glasses at a Brewery
Enjoy flights of local craft beer from the tasting room at Streetcar Brewing.

Eat around the World
Check out the Quay Market & Food Hall with a pal to try cuisines from around the world all in one place! From spicy Tamales or tasty Tacos at Cilantro and Jalapeno or finish off your tour with something sweet with S’mores Waffles at Craffles.


Date Night with Your Valentine

A Luxury Staycation
If you’re looking for the ultimate romance, a staycation at one of our neighbourhood’s beautiful boutique hotels such as the Lonsdale Quay Hotel, The Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, or The Seaside Hotel provides a relaxing luxury escape from the everyday.

Stay steps from the pier to enjoy the views at sunset. At our newest hotel addition, you can find The Seaside Spa offers massages within the Seaside Hotel for you and your sweetheart.

City Lights
Take in the beauty of the thousands of winter lights displayed around The Shipyards District or relax while taking in ocean views on Burrard Dry Dock Pier.

Skate Night, Date Night
What could be more romantic than skating in an outdoor rink with your valentine, overlooking the ocean and city lights of downtown Vancouver? The Shipyards Skate Plaza is open daily with rentals available on-site. This is a date night idea that you’ll definitely remember for years to come!


Treat Yourself Date

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Pamper Yourself Date
Date nights with loved ones are wonderful but don’t forget to pamper yourself! Take yourself for a mani-pedi, massage or facial at one of the many health and body clinics. Urban Glo Beauty Lounge has gorgeous manicure and pedicure Valentine-themed options or get selfie-ready with a blowout at one of our many local salons.


Puppy-Love Play Date

Picnic at the Park with your Pooch

Take your pup for a stroll down the pier and stop for a picnic in Waterfront Park with lunch from one of your favourite Shipyards District take-out spots such as Pronto Nicli in the Quay Market & Food Hall—offering delicious slices and pizzas like Prosciutto Parma and Pear & Brie. There are alcohol-allowed zones in North Vancouver such as Shipyard’s Square and Waterfront Park so pick up a delicious growler of craft beer on your way!

Pet-Friendly Staycation
Did you know both the Pinnacle Hotel and Seaside Hotel are both pet-friendly? Bring your furry friends with you on a Shipyards District staycation and enjoy a special and relaxing evening in! Our neighbourhood is also rich in patios that allow for pups to sit outside with you (on the other side of the barrier) and enjoy the views — such as Tap & Barrel Shipyards or Streetcar Brewing.

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