A first date is always swayed by the person I am going out with. As it is the first it is hardly a date, it is a meeting between us to see if we are compatible. I prefer a comfortable atmosphere agreeable to both.
As I am unfamiliar with vancouver it would be hard for me to suggest a place, I do refrain from partaking in the typical encounters. Going to the bar and having a few drinks, no thank you. A nice stroll on the beach , sorry as much as I love the ocean I find this approach is always an attempt to falsely sell the "sensitive romantic" side.
A casual meeting, a public place, I want to see the person I may wake up with every day not the person that is trying to gain my acceptance by pitching false personality and interest in the hopes I will be waking up beside you in 2 days.