10 Unique Date Ideas for a Weekend Outing in Toronto 


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Before you know it, the weekend is upon us again. Spending quality time with the one you love can be a memorable experience you will cherish forever. Exploring the city together can also be delightful. After all, Toronto is a cultural melting pot with plenty of things to see and do. 

Whether you are an adventurous person, a foodie, a sports enthusiast, or an outdoorsy person, you will appreciate these ten date ideas to take the pressure off when planning your special weekend.

Explore the City from New Heights

For a memorable adventure that will leave an indelible mark on your memory, consider taking a tour with Toronto Heli Tours. The helicopter tour fit for two allows you to experience the magic of Toronto, taking you past the tallest buildings and the city’s major landmarks. The tour provides breathtaking views of the Toronto Islands and the harbour. 

Get Hands-on with a Cooking Class

Revel in the fun of preparing a meal together by enrolling in a cooking class. You can learn to make anything from vegan desserts to tasty spicy Thai food recipes that will leave you wanting more. If you prefer to stay at home, check out a few online cooking classes that will help you ace your skills in the kitchen and learn new tricks.

Spend a Day at the Spa

Your sweetheart will enjoy relaxing and spending the day at a spa. Consider something new by exploring the Miraj Hammam. The spa offers a variety of treatments, including massages with Turkish-style exfoliation at the Shangri-la Hotel Toronto. If you prefer lounging, consider GoPlace, a luxury spa in Markham. It offers a unique wellness experience with over 68,000 square feet of Jacuzzi specialty baths, saunas, and treatment rooms.

Discover a New Neighbourhood

Toronto has over 140 diverse neighbourhoods. If you want to learn more about another culture and sample its food, you can do so anytime. For starters, consider a waffle tour in Koreatown. Koreatown has several bakeries, cafés, and takeout stands, allowing you to sample Hong Kong-style egg waffles and other Asian treats. The growing list includes Hodo KwajaGrandmama’s WafflesKevin’s Taiyaki, and Fuwa Fuwa, among others. 

Cheer Your Favourite Team

Toronto’s Rogers Centre is always buzzing with fans, whether it’s the Toronto Blue Jays or Maple Leafs, there is always a game. The epic sports centre makes it easy to plan a date night, especially with various games and promotional tickets. You can snap Instagram-worthy shots or try a classic hot dog topped with hash browns, cheese curds, and gravy from the street food trucks.

Take the Plunge 

Lake Ontario provides the perfect backdrop for several summer activities. You can fish, take a boat, or make a splash by taking a paddle boarding tour. You and your date will always remember the adrenaline-pumping adventure allowing you to experience the rush of the water. You can also exclusively explore Toronto Islands by renting a paddleboard. If you are new to paddling, don’t fret, you can take a lesson to hone your skills.

Watch a Romantic Movie

One of the best ways to bond as a couple is to watch a movie. The 5 Drive-In theatre in Oakville has a variety of movies for families and couples. You can always check out their website for the latest listings. The theatre has three screens, an on-site children’s play area, and snack bar.

Dine Out

Toronto has many restaurants. The cosmopolitan city with over three million inhabitants has a MICHELIN Guide of its own. The Michelin Guides are a renowned series of guidebooks published by the French tire company since 1900. You can treat your date to one of Toronto’s 13 Michelin-starred restaurants. Don’t forget to book a reservation in advance for an unforgettable night out.

Go for a Hike

Toronto has several hiking trails that you can enjoy without leaving the city. Thanks to a robust ravine system, Toronto is almost like a city within a park. The Cedar Trail and Beare Wetlands loop is one of the longer trails in Rouge River Valley. It crosses through various wetlands and meadows. Not to undermine the Highland Creek trail located in Colonel Danforth Park. 

Take a Stroll at the Distillery District

Toronto’s charming Distillery District is the city’s art and culture hub. It is home to several galleries, boutiques, restaurants, cafés, distilleries and breweries. Ideal for the perfect walking date, the pedestrian-only district has a quaint look, boasting 19th-century buildings that always draw a crowd. 

Aaron Levinson | Staff Writer 

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