Outdoor dining spaces should be designed with comfort and use in mind.
In Vancouver, the weather is a factor that designers must take into account. Vancouverites are happy to stay outdoors if they are protected from the rain and if there is a means of taking the edge off chilly days and nights.
Often gas lamps, outdoor fire places or even fire tables are all that is needed to extend the outdoor dining experience. Designers will often take advantage of the facination people have for fire by creating the "heating element" not as a backdrop, but as the focal point of the patio.