It may not be known as the City of Love and you might not be able to watch lights twinkle on the Eiffel Tower every night but for many years, Victoria has taken the top spot as Canada’s most romantic city – for good reason! With incredible heritage and modern architecture and breathtaking natural beauty the little capital city on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island is an incredibly romantic city with lots of activities for couples to enjoy. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but culturally, Victoria is a vibrant place where you can find incredible art, food, music, shopping and so much more. Whether you’re looking to challenge each other, relax together or simply enjoy the peace of one another’s company, you can find all that and more in Victoria!
Kayaking & Dinner
If you both love nature and being active this is a great date night option – especially if you’re staying downtown Victoria! Fisherman’s Wharf is the colourful houseboat community on the edge of James Bay where you can find casual to-go food, friendly harbour seals, and even friendlier neighbours! From here, you can rent a kayak for the day, paddle around the Inner Harbour, Upper Harbour, explore the Gorge Waterway or follow the shore parallel to the Dallas Road walking trail and get a view of this popular path from a different perspective! When you’re all done exploring the waters around the city, you can have an incredible dinner at one of the best oceanfront restaurants in the city: Aura. Here, you’ll find incredible cocktails, exquisite dishes and one of the best patios to watch a summer sunset.
Escape Room & Dinner at Little Jumbo
If you’re the kind of couple that likes to think outside of the box when it comes to date nights, this is the one for you! If you’ve never done an escape room before, you’ll get to jump into the deep end with Horror Escape downtown Victoria! As the highest rated escape room experience in Victoria, this is sure to get the blood pumping and make you work as a team to solve all the puzzles and be released before the time runs out! To celebrate your escape, head over to Little Jumbo – a cool speakeasy in Old Town Victoria with a unique vibe and incredible cocktails! The best part of this whole evening? It’s totally walkable from any EMR property downtown Victoria!
Hike, Picnic and a View
If you’re a couple with an active lifestyle who loves spending time together outdoors, this is a great romantic date option. If you’re looking for a challenge, Mount Douglas and Mount Tolmie are both easy to moderate hikes that take you to the summit where you can enjoy spectacular views of Victoria and the surrounding area. If you’re up for a drive, Gowlland Todd Provincial Park in Saanich is an incredible place to hike through meandering forest paths and if you want to search for waterfalls, Goldstream Provincial Park is a popular place to hike and stay nice a cool in the trees even at the peak of summer. No matter where you go for a hike, be sure to check out one of the incredible local businesses that provide delicious picnic supplies so you can take the guesswork out of picnic planning! Head to the Very Good Butchers for mouth watering, plant based charcuterie ‘meats’, The Farmer’s Daughter picnic boxes are ideal for no-fuss, high quality charcuterie on-the-go and Fol Epi has some truly European-style charcuterie boxes with an incredible selection of meats, cheeses, pickles and organic bread to enjoy with your special someone. wn Victoria!
Shop at a Farm Market and Cook Dinner Together
In the summer, Victoria farmers markets are filled with fresh local produce, meats, cheeses, preserves and more. Not only can you find great food but the lively energy of a farm market is so much fun – a great way to spend a sunny summer day with that special someone. If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of the farm markets in and around Victoria, you can check out our blog post about all our favourites here! When you get home with all your goodies, what better way to end the day than with a chilled bottle of wine and making a meal together with your haul? If you’re not sure what to make, you can check out Taste Magazine online for great recipe ideas, perfect wine pairings and inventive cocktails. If you’re really into upping your date game, book an online cooking class from The London Chef – you can show off your skills and learn new ones!
Visit Sea Cider Farmhouse & Alfresco Drinks
Known for its beautiful countryside and rich agricultural land, the Saanich Peninsula just north of Victoria is where you’ll find many local farms that supply the restaurants in Victoria and beyond with incredible quality produce, meats, cheese, honey and more. Arguably one of the most beautiful places on the Peninsula, Sea Cider Farmhouse is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike, a coveted venue for weddings and special events and where some of the most spectacular cider is made. Taking an afternoon to browse the orchard, sample the ciders, and have a romantic lunch at their beautiful restaurant might be one of the best ways to spend a summer day. If you’re staying at one of the many EMR properties with beautiful outdoor spaces, you can extend your romantic day by purchasing your favourite ciders to sip while you watch the sunset from the patio.
Chase the Sunset on Dallas Road
Dallas Road is famous in Victoria. Known for the pristine 7.5 kilometre seaside walking trail, Dallas Road is a popular spot for locals to enjoy all year ‘round. One of the best features of this path is that in Victoria, this is where you find unparalleled sunsets – and what could be more romantic than walking along the edge of the sea while the sun sets behind the waves? Ideal for anyone staying in Victoria this is a great way to spend the last hours of a summer day and if you’re looking for a casual bite to eat or a place to sit and watch the sun disappear, the Breakwater Bistro near Ogden Point has a fabulous patio right on the ocean.
Brunch and a Spa
If there’s one thing that Victoria has in abundance, it’s restaurants and if there’s one thing that Victorians love, it’s brunch – so finding wonderful brunch places is pretty easy in this city! No matter what kind of brunch you’re looking for, Victoria has it! Looking for a healthy option that will feed your body and soul? Try Nourish Kitchen & Cafe! Want something hearty and filling? Jam Cafe has southern inspired dishes that will make your tastebuds sing! The Blue Fox is known for their eggs benny and Hey Happy has light, healthy breakfasts and lunches for the casual brunch go-er. When it comes to spas, Victoria has those in spades too! From upscale facilities at Willow Stream Spa, Boathouse Spa and Amatista Spa to holistic experiences at Sapphire Day Spa and casual organic services at Silk Road, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for!
Road Trip to a Winery
An easy half-hour drive north of Victoria you can get to the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island’s very own wine country. The Cowichan Valley has a unique Mediterranean-like microclimate that makes it perfect for growing and producing incredible wines. On a sunny summer day, you can take a short road trip and visit one or more of these stunning vineyards, sample some wine and stop for lunch at one of the lovely restaurants attached. For more information you can read all about our favourite wineries here!
Late Night Stroll & Ice Cream
If you haven’t been to Victoria, you may not know that day or night, Victoria is a beautiful place! At night, the city lights up with heritage lamps, fairy lights, strings of bulbs over the narrow alleys and warm lights coming from the patios and windows of the restaurants. On a warm summer evening, there is almost nothing better than heading out after dinner, as the sun starts to set, grabbing some ice cream and simply walking around the city, hand in hand. Stop at Oh Gelato or Victoria Ice Cream & Fudge Factory and walk with your tasty treats to the Inner Harbour to watch the buskers perform, the sun go down and watch the lights come on the Parliament Buildings. Check out the long-time local favourite Beacon Drive In where you can get a classic soft serve and take it with you to stroll along Dallas Road and Jackson’s Ice Cream Float right on Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to get some icy treats to-go and walk through James Bay or just enjoy people watching on the wharf!
These days, it seems like no matter where you travel to, the only places to go dancing are nightclubs filled with obnoxiously loud music, sticky floors and 20 somethings vying for each other’s attention. In Victoria though, there is a place to go dancing with your special someone that has great live music, friendly staff and lively, age-appropriate patrons: Hermann’s Jazz Club! For 40 years, Hermann’s has been the place to go for great live jazz and funky bands perfect for cutting a rug to, every night of the week! Plus, you can find a great cocktail list and excellent food menu so you can really make a night of it!