If you’ve ever spent time near the departures or arrival areas, you know that love is constantly in the air at Vancouver International Airport. From tearful goodbyes to joyful reunions, there’s something about the airport that makes it romantic and a great place to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
So why not plan a date at the airport? YVR has lots of great ideas and options for a romantic foray – even if you’re not an aviation buff. Trust us, this date will score high on the love metre – we’ll help you plan and you can take creativity credit.
First, you’ll want to plan the meal. The right dinner sets the mood for the evening and luckily there are several dining options to suit various tastes and budgets at YVR, including:
Hanami Restaurant, International Terminal
Hanami, a long-time favourite of YVR regulars and employees, offers a revolving sushi bar, tatami rooms, a lounge and dim sum lunches. Friendly service, low lights and cozy booths make it a perfect place to share a California roll or two.
White Spot, Domestic Terminal
YVR is home to a B.C. classic, White Spot. Nothing says love like the Spot’s legendary burgers. Even better, the popular restaurant is located just a quick walk from the Canada Line so you can share a bottle of wine.
Globe@YVR, U.S. Terminal
For something a bit-more upscale, check out Globe@YVR. Located within the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel in the U.S. Terminal, Globe offers award-winning cuisine with a view over the airfield. Watch aircraft come and go as you sip a glass of wine and enjoy a truly fine-dining experience. Globe is offering a special Valentine’s Menu; reservations recommended.
In spite of all the great food options at YVR, it’s not the only element of a special Valentine’s Day. Here are a few activities to set this date apart.
Located in the Domestic Terminal, the Observation Area offers a great view of the airfield – even if it’s dark. Spot and differentiate airfield vehicles and aircraft while gazing romantically over the runway. There are videos, displays and free telescopes within the space, making it a unique after-dinner adventure locale with quick and easy access to coffee from Tim Hortons or Starbucks, or chocolates (it is Valentine’s Day, after all) from Daniel Le Chocolat Belge.
Self Guided Art Tour
The airport is carefully designed to be as visually pleasing as possible, with an impressive collection of art and some phenomenal architectural details. Download and print the self-guided art tour from our website, then hold hands as you learn about the Green Wall; the Haida Gwaii, the Spirit of the Jade Canoe; and Supernatural World.
If you haven’t had time to pick out the perfect gift, there are plenty of great shopping opportunities around the airport. Grab a bouquet of flowers from Vancouver Airport Florist or some jewellery from Taraxca, both located in the Domestic Terminal, Level 3.
Flight Path Park
Once you’ve visited the terminal buildings, you may want to drive to Flight Path Park for some plane spotting and star gazing. What’s more romantic than gazing at the stars as a 747 takes off overhead? This romantic spot will lead to some great conversations about future travels, plans and dreams.
And if the date goes really well, YVR Chaplain Layne Daggett has performed quite a few weddings around the airport and in the chapel.
Happy Valentine’s Day from YVR.