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Dating at the beginning of a relationship should be fun and exciting but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of boring dinner and movie dates. Instead of settling for the standard outing, add a spark back into your love life with a few unique couples’ activities. Check out our list of extra special date ideas and the best places in Canada to try them out.
A wine tasting is a classic romantic date but why not shake things up with a beer tour? If there’s one thing Canada is known for, it’s our great craft beer. Spend your next evening out sampling a local brew while you learn all about how that beer was made. Check out Brew Donkey in Ottawa for wide variety of tours to suit every beer lover’s taste buds or try Phillips Beer in Victoria, who have expanded their fermentation factory to include artisanal soda pop. If you’re on the East Coast, you have to make your way to Alexander Keith’s Brewery in Halifax to sample truly classic Canadian ales.
If you’re bored of overspending at subpar restaurants, why not (literally) spice up your next date night with a cooking class. You and your date will spend the evening learning how to cook something new and you’ll share the labour of love when you crack open a bottle of wine and sit down to enjoy your hard work. Try Aphrodite Cooks in Toronto for a variety of couples cooking classes or Culinary Campus in Calgary, who have a date-night themed course. For the ultimate Canadian cooking class, head to Cod Sounds in St. John’s for courses that focus on the traditional culture and foods of the East Coast.
Couples who play together, stay together. Sometimes you just need to let off a little steam and release your inner kid. An adult playground lets you relive your favourite childhood memories, only bigger and better. Check out Extreme Air Park in Vancouver for wall-to-wall trampolines and Isaute in Montreal for foam pits that let you test out your flipping skills. Or try out Pursuit OCR in Toronto for a full indoor obstacle course (including a ball pit!)
If you and your partner love to cuddle up and watch a scary movie try bringing the fright into real life with a ghost tour. A ghost tour will bring you through all the oldest and spookiest parts of your city while your guide details a history of horrors at each stop. Check out Haunted Walk in Toronto and Discover The Past in Victoria for themed tours with costumed guides. If you love history, Ghost Tours of Québec in Quebec City with take you through parts of one of the oldest cities in Canada for a tour that is sure to be filled with spooky tales.
If you want to spend a few hours really getting to know your date, check out a local art class. If you both have a competitive side you can challenge each other to a portrait sketch duel or keep your projects a secret till the end of the class and exchange them as a sweet romantic gift. Check out Vancouver Sculpture Studio in Vancouver if you want to recreate the famous scene from Ghost, or try out your sketching skills by drawing a live model at Griffin Town Art School in Montreal. Plus if you’re into crafting you can head to 4Cats in Halifax to make something you’ll cherish forever.
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