As Valentine's day is fast approaching, couples and families have already made plans weeks or even months in advance to celebrate the special occasion. However, due to the health guidelines that have been put in place due to coronavirus, people have to minimize personal contact by observing social distancing and other mandatory health protocols. 

 

While stores, restaurants and some recreational places are forced to close temporarily in Vancouver, there are still places that have either remained open or have reopened. 

 

It's also important to note that there might be other tourist attractions that will be added to the list depending on the current COVID situation. Currently, the total number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in British Columbia is 70,952 with 343 new cases and 3,976 active cases. 

 

The provincial government is making a continuous effort to limit the spread of virus and ensuring that people don't engage in non-essential activities. People are also required to wear masks in all indoor public places. 

 

The province has also announced that apart from indoor spaces, people need to wear masks in all schools. These restrictions have been reimplemented on February 5, 2021. Public events, private social gatherings and theatre shows are still not allowed. 

 

Here's the list of places you can still visit in different parts of Lower Mainland. 

 

 

Local Attractions 

 

As of mid-January 2021, some attractions in Vancouver started to resume operations. These places of interest have already opened, but schedules are still subject to change.

 

·       Museum of Vancouver

·       Riley Park Farmers Market 

·       Bloedel Conservatory 

·       Science World

·       Vancouver Mysteries

·       Beaty Biodiversity Museum 

·       Bloedel Conservatory

·       Aquabus & False Creek Ferries 

·       Guilt & Co.

·       Vancouver Maritime Museum

 

There are also local attractions in Metro Vancouver and Lower Mainland that you can checkout: 

 

·       Britannia Heritage Shipyards

·       Castle Fun Park

·       Clip ‘n Climb 

·       Lower Mainland Parks

·       Mackin House Museum

·       Polygon Gallery

·       Vancouver Zoo

·       Vancouver Art Gallery

·       Port Moody Farmers Market 

·       Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

 

Parks 

 

·       Lighthouse Park

·       Inter River Park in North Vancouver 

·       Dundarave in West Vancouver 

·       Central Park in Burnaby

·       Rocky Point Park in Port Moody 

·       Stanley Park in Vancouver

·       Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver 

·       Ambleside Park in West Vancouver 

·       Bear Creek Park in Surrey 

·       Burnaby Mountain 

·       Burnaby Lake

·       Deer Lake in Burnaby

·       Belcarra Regional Park 

·       Capilano River Regional Park 

·       Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

·       Pacific Spirit Regional Park

·       Rice Lake in North Vancouver

·       Alice Lake Provincial Park 

·       Bridal Veil Falls

·       Cultus Lake Provincial Park

·       Golden Ears 

·       Kilby Provincial Park

·       Shannon Falls

·       Stawamus Chief Provincial Park

 

Shopping Malls 

 

Stores and restaurants in some parts of Lower Mainland are still open. 

 

·       Guildford Town Centre

·       Lonsdale Quay 

·       McArthurGlen Outlet Mall

·       Central City 

·       Aberdeen Centre

·       Tsawwassen Mills

·       Metropolis at Metrotown

 

There are still many places worth visiting if you want to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved ones like normal. However, you still need to remember that observing proper health protocols is a must to help stop the spread of the virus. 

 

If you want to know moreabout the current situation in Vancouver and its neighboring areas, these websites are your credible sources. 



·       https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support



·       https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-covid-19



·       https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

 

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