7 Winnipeg Summer Date Ideas

With the bitter cold winter behind us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy all that The Peg has to offer. Here are some of summer date spots to consider:

Winnipeg Summer Date Idea: Assiniboine Park Zoo

When was the last time you went to the zoo? Take your date to Assiniboine Park, just minutes from downtown Winnipeg, and spend the day checking out more than 200 species as you stroll through the zoo’s 80 park-acres.

Be sure to stop at the Journey to Churchill exhibit, the more comprehensive northern species exhibit in the world.

Winnipeg Summer Date Idea: Fort Whyte Alive

Enjoy the great outdoors at Winnipeg’s “premier nature oasis.” Rent cruiser bicycles and explore  more than 7 kilometres of trails, or take out a canoe — lessons are available — for the afternoon. End your day by cooking a romantic dinner for two over a fire pit.

Winnipeg Summer Date Idea: Birds Hill Provincial Park

A favourite spot to picnic, camp, and trail-ride, this park just north of the city is an easy summer getaway for the couple that loves the great outdoors. Hike, horseback ride or bike along its many trails, fish for rainbow trout at Kingfisher Lake, or cheer for your favourite athlete (or horse) at one of the many races and equestrian events held at the park in the summer months.

Winnipeg Summer Date Idea: Ballet in the Park

Going to the ballet doesn’t have to mean giving up a warm summer’s night.

At the end of July, grab a blanket or a couple lawn chairs and embrace a little culture at Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s annual Ballet in the Park at the Lyric Theatre Stage at Assiniboine Park. All three evening performances are free.

Winnipeg Summer Date Idea: Outdoor Theatre

Catch a performance of Antony & Cleopatra at Shakespeare in the Ruins, Winnipeg’s only professional Shakespeare theatre company, at Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park this June.

Broadway musicals more your thing? Watch West Side Story, Les Misérables or Sister Act at Rainbow Stage in Kildonan Park.

Or learn a little more about Winnipeg’s history at Theatre in the Cemetery, a theatrical tour of the St. Boniface Cathedral’s cemetery.

Winnipeg Summer Date Idea: Music Festivals

Plan wisely, music-lovers, and the two of you can music-festival hop all summer long.

In June, check out the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. In early July, head to Birds Hill Park for the Winnipeg Folk Festival, one of North America’s largest folk festivals. In August, don’t miss free concerts throughout the city hosted by MEMETIC, the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition of Technology, Innovation and Creativity. And wrap up the month with great music and finger-licking-good eats at the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival at Shaw Park.

Winnipeg Summer Date Idea: Off To the Races

Date night at the races, anyone?

Make friendly wagers as you cheer on your favourite thoroughbreds at Assiniboia Downs this summer. Winner buys dinner in the Terrace Dining Room, which overlooks the track.

What are your favourite summer date spots in Winnipeg?

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