Edmonton is a wonderful place to be single. It’s even better to be a single woman, as men outnumber women significantly. Nevertheless, with its high percentage of young, working-age people ready to get out and mingle, along with its wide array of date options, the opportunities are endless.
Depending on what you’re into and whether it’s a first date or one of many throughout a relationship, there are different options for each scenario. No matter what you have in mind, Edmonton, AB, has fantastic date ideas galore.
The Classic First Date
When you’re meeting each other for the first time, it’s a great idea to plan something low-pressure that allows conversation so you can get to know each other. The classic dinner and a movie can be the perfect option.
During the winter months, cozy up with some ramen at Prairie Noodle Soup with your date before catching a flick. For a fancier option, rent a limo and stake out a couple seats at the bar at Niche for wine and a cheese plate. If you’re in the market for something uber casual, a quick bite at La Poutine will do the trick.
Spice up the movie-going experience by attending a film screening at the historic Garneau Theatre. You can cuddle in balcony seats while watching a classic film you both love. On the other hand, the VIP Theatre in Windermere will feel luxurious in an entirely different way. You can grab signature cocktails at the bar beforehand, and unwind in reclining movie seats to really impress your date.
The Underrated Daytime Date
The daytime date doesn’t get enough credit. Brunch and then a stroll through a farmers’ market offers a chance to chat and explore the quirks of the local area. For a cute brunch experience, get a table at the Local Public Eatery. If you’re more into a classic diner brunch, Blue Plate Diner will do just the trick. If you’d like to keep the farmers market as the main event, you can grab a quick coffee and sandwich at Elm Café before heading over.
City Market Downtown is a widely popular option that is open all year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other markets in Alberta include Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market, which also runs year-round from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’re up for a drive, you can also check out the St. Albert Farmers Market from June through October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Adventurous Date
Adventurous activities such as a hot air balloon ride or lumberjack sports can help to overcome fears and bring couples together.
Sundance Balloons offers hot air balloon rides that allow you to view Edmonton’s capital from a whole new perspective. This thrilling experience is available from May through September to take advantage of those warmer temperatures. The trip will be topped with a complimentary champagne toast for the ultimate romantic moment.
If heights aren’t your thing, maybe lumberjacking is. At Jack Axe, an indoor lumberjack sports area, you can step up to the plate to participate in a number of woodsman activities such as axe throwing, log birling, and knife throwing. It’s a fantastic chance to show off your skills and wow your partner.