As you probably already know, dating is not always all fun and games. In fact, dating can end up being a difficult and stressful part of our everyday lives if we do not have the proper tools or skills to be successful at it. The fact that you are reading this right now, however, shows that you are actively seeking those tools and skills and that you are prepared to do your research and learn your lessons so that you can start dating like a pro. Lucky for you, you have come to just the right place. We have spend many hours over many months researching, compiling, and collating information so that we could give you this guide. Whether resident or visitor, HookupCloud gives you all the info you need for successful dating in Canada with the best Canada date ideas and date spots.
Within the content of this HookupCloud.com guide, we have included an introduction to the dating climate in Canada, our top recommendations for Canada date ideas (both classic Canada date ideas and more unique, specifically Canadian date ideas) and Canada date spots (the best bars and clubs in Canada), our complete listings of Canada city articles (a more thorough look into Canada date ideas and Canada date spots within particular cities), and further resources for you to access if you choose to do additional research beyond our guide.
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When you look at this guide to Canada date ideas and Canada date spots, you are probably looking at it from one of two perspectives. One, you are looking at it from an insider perspective—that is to say that you are a resident of Canada and have been for at least the last year. If this is you, you already know what the living and dating scene is like in Canada, so you can feel free to skip this section all together! Two, you are looking at this from an outsider perspective—that is to say you are (or soon will be) a visitor of Canada. If this is you, you will definitely want to check out the rest of this section, because it will give you all the most important background information on the climate you are about to become a part of. Below, we have more details on both living and working in Canada.
First of all, you should know that Canada is the second largest country (in terms of landmass) in the world and the largest country in North America—seriously, it is huge! It is a country that is known for its its vast, untouched landscapes and lush nature—everything from mountains to lakes to prairies to snow caps to beaches and more are all common within the Canadian climate. There are six distinct regions within Canada: Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island), Quebec, Ontario, Prairies (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan), British Columbia, and The North (Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon). Each of these regions has its own climate that differ wildly from each other. Generally speaking, the winters are much harsher in Canada than in the rest of the world, but the most populated region—Southern Ontario—has climates similar to that of its bordering states: New York, Ohio, and Michigan.
Dating in Canada can be tricky because it is so sparsely populated. As we said before, Canada is the second largest country in the world, but that does not necessarily mean that there are a ton of people to date all over the place. In fact, most of its landmass is covered in unpopulated terrain such as forests, tundra, and the Rocky Mountains and 82% of the entire 35.15 million people living in Canada all live in large and medium-sized cities, most near the American border. So, for example, if you live in a Canadian city like Toronto or Montreal your dating opportunities do not diminish at all, but if you live in a small town or remote part of Canada your dating opportunities diminish significantly.
There are two kinds of Canada date ideas, at least in our books: Classic Canada Date Ideas and Unique Canada Date Ideas. Below, we will go through how we define each of these categories as well as give you our top recommendations for Canada date ideas within each of the categories.
The Canada date ideas you will find in this section are what we consider to be "the classics". These are the Canada date ideas that are tried, tested, and true for everyone in all parts of the country. With any one of these Canada date ideas, you are making a low-risk decision that is likely to satisfy a wide variety of daters from coast to coast.
Pretty much anywhere that you live or travel in the world, dinner and a movie is considered a classic first date idea. We do not need to explain the why to you—as, surely, you already know—so we'll just give you the where. Some of our favorite places to eat across Canada are: The Moonroom in Ottawa, Ontario; Dinette Triple Crown in Montreal, Quebec; Bugigattolo in Toronto, Ontario; and Boulevard in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more Canada date spots, definitely check out our city pages in our directory below.
When it comes to the movie, you can visit one of the 140+ Cineplex Cinemas across Canada, or any number of local independent theatres in your area. Many cities in Canada also host film festivals that you could check out, depending on the time of year: Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec; Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario; Calgary Underground Film Festival in Calgary, Alberta; Ottawa International Animation Festival in Ottawa, Ontario; and Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In our guide to US date ideas, we mentioned that enjoying a cup of coffee is a go-to for first dates in America. Similarly, we mentioned that grabbing a pint at the pub is the most classic of UK date ideas. This country is unique, however, in that both of these options are equally popular when it comes to Canada date ideas. If you want to go the coffee route as your go-to of Canada date ideas, you have plenty of options. Just as with many cities and towns throughout westernized countries, you don't have to look far to find quiet, quaint, and/or quirky independent coffee shops to check out. A word of advice to foreigners though: just because you've never seen a Tim Horton's before, doesn't mean it's a new and exciting place for Canada date ideas! This Canadian coffee shop chain is where everyone gets their morning coffee or a quick lunch on the cheap—it is not a good place to try to impress a date! Some of our favorites are Coffee Bureau in Edmonton, Alberta; Two If By Sea in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Little Sister Coffee Maker in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Odin in Toronto, Ontario.
Canada is also known worldwide for its beer and it helps for easy Canada date ideas because no matter where you are in the country, chances are you can find a microbrewery, brewpub, or craft beer distillery nearby. Even if you do not have a beer producer or creator in your area, any decent local bar will have a good selection of local craft brews on tap! Some of our favorite brewpub Canada date spots are Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, Ontario; Big Rock Brewery in Calgary, Alberta; Dieu Du Ciel in Montreal, Quebec; and The Woods Alehouse in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Scroll down to our Canada Date Spots section below to see our recommendations for bars and clubs to check out for a date.
Any good date will be impressed with your choice to learn a thing or two about history, culture, science, or art while also learning about each other. Museums also make for some of the best Canada date spots simply because there are so many and because Canada has a very rich history! Vancouver has the Museum of Anthropology and the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition. Calgary has the Gasoline Alley Museum and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Winnipeg has the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. Toronto has the Royal Ontario Museum and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Ottawa has the National Gallery of Canada and Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum. Montreal has the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum and the Montreal Insectarium. Halifax has the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the CSS Acadia. The list goes on and on! Pro tip: many museums have special events you can attend that will make your date more memorable or free days or hours that you can attend during if you're running low on funds.
The Canada date ideas you will find in this section are what we consider to be unique to Canada and Canada alone. These are the Canada date ideas that may take a little more time and effort to pull off, but will have the biggest payoff when it comes to impressing your dates. With any one of these Canada date ideas, you are may be taking a little bit more of a risk, but you are also ensuring that your date is unique, interesting, and memorable, which are great things to be on a first date!
Niagara Falls is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world and makes for one of the most perfect Canada date ideas whether you are looking for a daytime or nighttime date. Not only does Niagara Falls have multiple ways to view their gorgeous falls (Journey Behind The Falls tunnel exploration, Maid Of The Mist boat tour, Whirlpool Aero Car cable car aerial tour, or just plain ol' viewing from Table Rock or Queen Victoria Park), but it is also home to dozens of haunted houses, mini putt courses, wax museums, arcades, and more! Some of our favorites are Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, The Great Canadian Midway, Dinosaur Adventure Mini Golf, and Dracula's Haunted Castle.
If you and your date are both sporty types, why not spend an evening on the snowy slopes of the Rocky Mountains? There are dozens of ski resorts all over the Rockies, so if you live close to any of them this can make for one of the most unique Canada date ideas. Some of our favorite resorts are Sunshine Village in Banff National Park, Alberta; Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in Whistler, British Columbia; and Revelstoke Mountain Resort in Mount Mackenzie, British Columbia.
Canada's most populous city, Toronto, is also home to the world's third largest live theatre scene (after New York City and London). If you live close enough and have the available funds to make it happen, taking in a live theatre performance is one of the best Canada date ideas. There are dozens upon dozens of live theatre spaces in Toronto with rotating shows that you can check out, but some of the best are Princess Of Wales Theatre, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Ed Mirvish Theatre, and Panasonic Theatre. Pro tip: matinee performances are a lot cheaper, so why not shake things up a bit and go for "brunch and a show" instead of "dinner and a show"?
No matter where you are in the world, bars and clubs are usually considered the go-to for date spots—Canada date spots are no exception. Below, you will see our top recommendations for the best bars and clubs in Canada (a.k.a. the best Canada date spots) along with a description of why we consider them the best of the best. If you are looking for more, don't forget to check out our individual city pages (you will find them in the next section down) where you can see our recommendations for the best Canada date spots in your area!
With over 100 bottles being offered, this is one of the great Canada date spots for Scotch lovers! Whether you like to drink it neat, on ice, or in a mixed drink expertly shaken and stirred by professional bartenders, you can get your fix at The Blackbird. Oh, and if you like music, you are in luck: local bands take the Blackbird stage most nights of the week! Bonus: if you're running short on time, you can get a pre-date straight-razor shave in the adjoining full-service barbershop.
The Bothy is one of our favorite Canada date spots for showing off if you've got money to spare but you don't want to look like you're trying to impress your date with your wallet. Here, you can find the exquisite Bowmore 1964 Oloroso Cask—one of only 300 ever bottled—which will run you $320 per shot. If that's a bit too expensive for your tastes, don't worry: there are over 170 other whiskey selections available!
In our opinion, Rhum Corner is the only reasonable choice of Canada date spots when it comes to seeking a true Caribbean vibe—especially in the winter months! Here you will find more than 100 types of rums and more mixed drinks and food options than you can shake a stick at!
From Vancouver to Halifax, Montreal to Winnipeg, and Whistler to Edmonton, HookupCloud covers all the best Canada date ideas and Canada date spots from one coast to the other! Obviously, we have already introduced you to several of our favorite Canada date ideas and Canada date spots here on this page, but with our city-specific pages you will find more ideas and more spots all tailored specifically to that location. For example, if you are located in Calgary, you will see the best Canada date ideas and Canada date spots for Calgary only, not somewhere far away like Halifax or Ottawa. Check out the cities we have covered so far in our directory below and click the "read more" link on the city you'd like to explore further.
Since the start of the city's life, there have been amazing attractions for lovebirds of all feathers, from the natural beauty that has graced this part of the world since the dawn of time, to the ultra modern sights and scenes that people have built up over the course of... Read more.
For generations, Edmonton has been one of the very top places in AB to hook up with a date and see the sights and sounds of the second biggest city in this part of Canada. There is no need to wait and see whether you have picked the right place... Read more.
The melting pot of Nova Scotia as it is know to many, Halifax is one of the few places in Canada that can really call itself a true cultural hub -- and we say that only because the parts of Canada that people love and call home are so spread out... Read more.
Nowhere in Canada looks even slightly like the great city of Montreal. It seems custom made for romantic walks and scenic bike rides straight from the movies. No matter what you do -- though we do recommend you check out our ideas!! -- you are sure to have a great date in... Read more.
The seat of the Canadian government, Ottawa has everything a lot of other cities don't, from historic buildings to classy eateries famous the world over. Whatever you want to do, you can do it here, so keep on reading to see the best places to go for a great date... Read more.
Built on the sloping shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is arguably the cultural centre of the country -- though some would argue for Montreal, or Ottawa... whatever side you decide to pick, Toronto is for sure a global megacity unlike any other, and it is definitely one of Canada's most important... Read more.
Whether you and your date want to hang out on a bridge taking in the amazing views, or would rather have a picnic in the park looking out over the water, whether you want a world class sushi bar to hang out at or feel like chilling at a fine... Read more.
It is not all snow, snow, snow in gorgeous Whistler, though that is for sure part of the charm of this resort city in one of the most beautiful parts of the entire nation; you can get some seriously good eating at the fine dining restaurants here, plus if you... Read more.
From Assiniboine Park Zoo to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, from the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre to Fame Nightclub, it is easier than you think to have a great date night in Winnipeg! A place with amazing natural views and a bustling city in its own right, Winnipeg will... Read more.
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