The weather is warm and love is in the air - only, not for you! Vancouver is known for being a hard place to meet people, and there are lots of singles to prove it. Statistics show that Vancouver's never-married, divorced and widowed people represent a whopping 58 percent of the population - that's 293,320 people (Statistics Canada).

First of all, nightclubs in Vancouver usually aren't the place to meet people for long term relationships. Of course, there are the married couples who have the cute story of how they met in a bar, but for the most part, they're noisy, crowded and only good for one-night stands. Lounges are often a better bet; cool spots in Vancouver that are good for meeting folks include Elixir at Opus, the Morrissey, and the Shark Club.

Here are three other places to try your luck:


The Beach

Vancouver beaches are some of the best places to meet people, as everyone is relaxed and simply there to soak up the sun. Kits Beach and English Bay are two top options - Kits Beach especially is notorious for its beautiful scenery and its reputation as a prime pick-up spot. One beach to stay away from if you want to make a love connection: Wreck Beach. If meeting someone happens naturally, that's fine, but people at this nude-optional beach are quite wary of creepy people hanging around and striking up conversations.


Coffee Shops

There are so many coffee shops in Vancouver -  there seems to be a Starbucks or Blenz on every corner! There are always attractive professionals grabbing a latte during the week, or guys and girls hanging out alone during the weekends, and most of them are pretty open and friendly to talk to in this environment. Compliment someone on what they're wearing, ask how they're doing or just say hello.


Concerts and Festivals

Vancouver has a lively music scene, with concerts frequently happening at the larger arenas such as Rogers Arena and BC Place and at smaller venues like the Commodore and the Biltmore. Vancouver also has a number of festivals throughout the year, including the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival. Concerts and festivals are ideal places to meet people as the mood is generally very happy and upbeat.