The Most Unique Dates in Toronto

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I have no shame that I used to watch Millionaire Matchmaker. What I particularly liked about this show is that matchmaker Patti Stanger would have her clients plan creative dates. These dates included deep sea adventures, chocolate making classes, and many more. Even contestants on the Bachelor / Bachelorette / Bachelor in Paradise get to indulge on extravagant dates (although, many are unaffordable to the general public).

So can you have this much fun on your dates in Toronto? Sure you can. With a city that has such a variety of businesses, you can get creative with your dates. Whether you’re going on a first date, or in a relationship and trying to amp up your #relationship goals, here are some great ideas to try.

DIY

Kandl Lab

Kandl is a beautiful space where you can make your own candles. The candles are completely customizable, from the choice of a personalized scent, to a gorgeous container and box. The instructions on making the candle are very clear, so you won’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself on a date for lack of skills. Even I could make the candle, and I am DIY non-inclined. Making a candle only takes about 90 minutes. This date experience is totally unique in North America, and one only our city has to offer.

 

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Build Your Own Terrarium

If you want another unique experience, you can build your own terrarium at Crown Flora Studio. Each workshop includes a Geometric glass container, a glass orb, plants, materials, tools and decorations. At the event, you and your date will learn the basic way to build a terrarium. 

The workshop runs for approximately 2 hours. Your finished work gets packaged up at the end of class so you can bring your creation home, and hopefully impress your date.

 

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Activities

ROM Friday Night Live

On Friday Nights, the Royal Ontario Museum opens its doors for a night of drinks, food, and live music. Attendees also have access to the latest exhibit. Their next event is #FNLROM: DinoNite, which features complimentary access to the new ROM exhibition Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur. Impress a date by bringing them to these wonderful nights.

 

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Casa Loma

What’s more romantic than seeing a majestic castle on a date? This option is definitely one of the most unique ideas in Canada.

 

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On a Budget

A Date with IKEA

Just like the title of a legendary Pavement song, there’s nothing more fun than a date at IKEA. They tried it in (500) Days of Summer (with one successful visit, and one fail). This idea is great if you’re on a budget and want to do a fun free thing.

 

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Free Galleries

We are fortunate to live in a city where galleries are free at a certain time. The Permanent Collection for the Art Gallery of Ontario is free from 6 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesdays. In addition, the Bata Shoe Museum has a Pay What You Can (PWYC) admission every Thursday evening between 5 pm to 8 pm. Suggested donation is $5. Plus, the Museum of Contemporary Art is PWYC during key installation periods, currently Jan. 7-Feb. 13. If you’re looking for a place that’s always free, check out the Market Gallery at the St. Lawrence Market.

 

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