The start of a relationship is important. You’re able to set the tone for what follows, while figuring out whether you’ve got a potential romance or just a friendship. One thing’s for sure: a plain “let’s have a coffee and then see a film” first date doesn’t always cut it.
To add a bit of spice to your first meet ups, here are 10 fresh local date ideas that, when you’re ready to choose what do, will lead (fingers crossed) to that romantic second date!
SUP outing on Meech Lake
If you’re an athletic type and you want to know if your date is too, here’s the ideal outing — a stand-up paddle trip on Meech Lake! Under the sun, on the water, with the right person (we hope), there’s just nothing better! For protection, don’t forget your sunglasses. They’ll probably come in handy. For a stylish look, go for coloured frames. You’ll definitely find something at Sunglass Hut.
Cocktails at Shaker
Going for a drink — it’s classic! Whether you’re into sangria, a Bloody Caesar or even a more creative cocktail, you’ll have lots of options at Shaker. With the boho-style patio and relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out your nicest jumpsuit from Dynamite.
Walk in Gatineau Park
For a guaranteed second date, forget about the usual film night and go for a walk in Gatineau Park instead. Get out your sneakers or hiking boots, wear them with your favourite straw hat and you’re set!
Picnic at the Aylmer Marina beach
The Aylmer Marina beach is simply charming, the perfect place for a romantic picnic. The banks of the Ottawa River can be a tad cool in the evening, so bring a fashionable blanket from Simons that will keep you warm come dusk.
Decadent fondue at Cacao 70
You can now get your white sneakers ready and leave them by the door. You’ll definitely wear them to your next tasty encounter at Cacao 70. What a great way to get to know your date — spending a few hours trying chocolate fondues or gourmet waffles.
Boating afternoon with S3
Hey thrill seekers, here’s an idea for you! S3 offers wakesurfing lessons, including several hours on the water plus wakeboard or wakesurf board rental. But ladies, when choosing your bikini, give yourself some support (because you’ll need it) with an adjustable swimsuit or a high neck top.
Coffee at Ève
A rainy afternoon at Café Ève is the perfect opportunity to wow your date with your best white blouse. Eats include fresh salads, creative sandwiches and refreshing drinks. Mmmm!
Movie at Ciné-Parc Templeton
While going to the movies might not be very original, going to Ciné-Parc definitely is! Centrally located in Gatineau, Ciné-Parc Templeton is perfect for those on the shy side who want an entertaining date. Some fashion advice: This is the right time to get out your casual hoodie.
For a date that’s really different and entertaining, spend an afternoon at Morrison’s Quarry. With wreckages on the bottom, it’s the perfect spot for some underwater diving or just a swim in good company.
Yoga on Parliament Hill
Want to get moving? Just bought some new leggings at Garage and want to show them off? Plan to meet up on a Wednesday for Parliament Hill Yoga. Doing something off the beaten path is another great way to get to know your date.
With these 10 choices, there’s no excuse not to have a good time on your first date. And on that note, good luck! You’ll keep us posted, right?