15 Great Outdoor Date Ideas

It’s been said that there are only two seasons in Canada: winter and construction. We’re a little less pessimistic about our summers. Why not make the most of the warmer weather and get outside with your significant other this year?

Here are our top 15 outdoor-date ideas:

1. Pick strawberries

Sure, you eat your five-a-day, but when was the last time you picked your own fruits and vegetables? Head to a local farm and pick tonight’s dinner together.

2. Head out on the water

Rent canoes or kayaks, find a quiet fishing spot for two, or take a boat tour of the harbour. Nothing de-stresses better than a quiet morning on a lake.

3. Bike or hike

If you’d rather stay on dry land, seek out the best trails in your area and explore them by bike or foot. (Most cities have bike-rental options, so don’t worry if you don’t own one.) Pack a lunch — and plenty of sunscreen — and make a day of it.

4. Or fly a kite

Head to a local park and be kids again. Fly kites, toss frisbees, or cool off in a splash pad.

5. Picnic

It’s a romantic idea — and frequent date suggestion — but it’s still underused in practice. Pack a  romantic dinner for two and dine in your city’s prettiest park.

6. Go camping

Get out of town for the night, build a campfire and sleep under the stars.

7. Host a backyard BBQ or outdoor dinner party together

Like staying close to home? Make the most of those warm summer evenings and invite a few other couples for a dinner party in your own backyard, or host a bigger bash — pig roast, anyone? — and extend the invitation to the neighbourhood.

8. Shop at the farmers’ market

’Tis the season for fresh, local produce. Pick up the ingredients for your backyard dinner party — or date night for two — at the farmer’s market. Sample artisanal products, and pick up some flowers, as you wander from vendor to vendor.

9. Attend local festivals

Discover new foods, music and artists at a festival (or two) near you. Festivals are a great excuse to sample new things — or enjoy old favourites — and explore your city every summer.

10. Practice your swing

Whether you’re a semi-pro golfer or a mini-golf newbie, there’s something very “summer” about going golfing with your significant other. Make a friendly wager and head out on the green together. Winner buys the non-winner — “loser” is too harsh — dinner.

11. Food trucks and ice cream cones

It’s easier than packing a picnic. Track down food trucks you’ve been wanting to visit, then finish off your meal with a cone from a local ice-cream spot.

12. Stroll along the boardwalk

Sometimes the perfect date is simply going for a walk, hand-in-hand, in a beautiful location as the sun goes down.

13. Be a tourist in your own town

Sign up for a city scavenger hunt together. Take a photography or food tour. Visit a historical site. You’ll be surprised at what you can learn about the place you call home.

14. Seek out rooftop patios

Cocktails on the roof. It doesn’t get any sexier.

15. Catch a flick under the stars

Skip the movie dates this summer — unless you’re catching a flick outside. Seek out a local outdoor screening of a cult hit, then cuddle under a blanket as you share your favourite film with your date.

Have any other favourites? Tweet #summerdate to @eHarmonyCanada and let us know!