Whether you're a Tinder professional or someone in a longterm relationship, it's time to crank your dating game up a notch. No matter the month in Manitoba, there are an abundance of ways to get out and about and enjoy some quality time with your loved one. Some of these aren't necessarily month-specific, but we've organized them as such to give you go-to ideas for every month of the year. Here we go!
Cuddle into a winter getaway
Of course this idea isn't for the first date or even second, but those who have been dating for awhile will delight in a cozy winter getaway to one of the many winterized accommodations in Manitoba, from winter camping in an oTENTik in Riding Mountain National Park to warming up in a sauna at Falcon Trails Resort or Crooked Mountain Cabins. And if you really need to get away from your kids (and kids in general), try the adults-only Tallpine Lodges.
Listen to jazz at Palm Lounge
If you're not much of an outdoorsy person during the winter months, consider dressing up for a night on the town at the elegant and cool Palm Lounge. The live entertainment schedule is available online.
Embark on a winter zoo date
Did you know that the animals at the Assiniboine Park Zoo tend to be more active in the colder months? That's why a wintry stroll through the zoo is the perfect date idea for January. Complete the day with a breakfast or lunch at the amazing Qualico Family Centre.
Test your strength ice climbing
For the physically inclined, ice climbing at the Club d'escalade de Saint-Boniface is a great way to test your strength and endurance (and potentially show off a little). You can try to make it to the top every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.
Get creative at a chocolate workshop
Day/night it at Festival du Voyageur
Bundle up and head to Festival du Voyageur with your beau for a night of fun: from rolling maple taffy on snow to dancing your heart out to an array of amazing concerts!
Treat yourself to specialty dining
February may as well be Foodie Month here in Manitoba. Choose one of the many restaurants on Ciao! Dine About Winnipeg for an affordable, 3-course gourmet meal, try the creative spud dishes during Potahto Week or taste incredible Indigenous cuisine at the ISHKODE pop-up.
Skate on a date
No winter bucket list would be complete without a skate on one of Manitoba's many rinks. Stop by each and every warming hut on The Forks Skating Trails or skate the oval In Brandon, Manitoba. There are also skating trails in Riding Mountain National Park!
Relax at the spa
Does utter relaxation make the heart grow fonder? Find out at one of the province's spas. In Riding Mountain National Park, you can relax with your loved one at the Equinox Pool in Elkhorn Resort's Solstice Spa, while in Winnipeg you can melt into the hot-cold cycle of Thermëa. Other options include couples Hamam at TenSpa or the Ganban-yoku treatment at Pocca Poca Spa.
Learn something new together
Newsflash, museums actually make for really interesting dates. Wandering through a museum is a great way to spark discussion with your loved one. There's also something to be said for experiencing life changing exhibits together (ie; like at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights).
Visit a brewery
Manitoba has recently had a brewery boom - from established brands like Farmery Estate Brewery in Neepawa to newer players like Stone Angel Brewery, there are tons of options to pick from for your date. We suggest Nonsuch Brewing Co. for the wow-factor ceiling and One Great City Co. for the fantastic menu.
Get one last winter adventure in before the melt with a dog sledding excursion! In Churchill there are two options: Wapusk Adventures and Bluesky Expeditions, while those in southern Manitoba can head to Richer's Harness Adventure Mushing Co.
Have an extravagant brunch
Is there any better way to start the day than by sleeping in followed by an over the top brunch? There are plenty of options to choose from: Clementine and the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, or Komfort Kitchen in Brandon, just to name a few.
Hit a target
Play lumberjacks for the day and infuse some healthy competition into your relationship with axe throwing. This activity is all the rage, with 3 facilities to choose from in Winnipeg (Bad Axe Throwing, Axe Throwing Winnipeg and Lumberjax Axe Throwing) and one in Brandon (Kickin' Axe Throwing).
Cozy into a coffee shop
April is one of those months that's hard to predict weather-wise, but coffee dates always work. If it's a nice brisk spring day, grab a coffee and head out for a wander through a nearby neighbour (does anyone else LOVE looking at house exteriors?) If it's a cooler day, it's always nice to relax inside a cozy cafe with your special someone. There are an abundance of cafes throughout the province, but here are a few of our recommendations.
Learn how to make cocktails at Capital K Distillery
Get hands-on at a cocktail class with Capital K Distillery General Manager, Jesse Hildebrand, and learn how to create 4 unique drinks. The class includes all supplies, cocktail recipes to take home and light snacks. Fun!
Stroll the International Peace Gardens
Take a leisurely drive south to the town of Boissevain and the nearby International Peace Gardens. Plant lovers will enjoy browsing the gardens and the indoor cacti/succulent room.
Snake into the Interlake
What? Viewing hoards and hoards of mating snakes isn't your idea of romantic? Think again! This FREE activity is a great way to spend a spring day (keep an eye on activity by checking back to this page in May), especially if you pair it with grabbing lunch somewhere in the Interlake, such as Kahleigh's Brew Barn in Riverton or Ship & Plough in Gimli. Arborg also has a super cute and iconic bakery worth stopping into for a treat!
Set out on a roadside attractions road trip
This one pairs nicely with the two previous date ideas, but can also be done as a stand alone. Manitoba as an abundance of roadside statues and attractions that make for fun photo-ops - how many can you reach in a day?
Sip sip sip at the Winnipeg Wine Festival
Take a sophisticated trip around the world at the Winnipeg Wine Festival, where you can sample a variety of wines from different countries. Bonus points if you bring a tupperware of fancy cheese for pairing. This year's dates are April 26 to May 2, 2020.
Ziplining in the Pembina Valley
Overcome your fears and experience an adrenaline rush at Hywire Ziplining in the scenic Pembina Valley. Great for those who like to be active on dates!
Dance through Jazz Fest
Winnipeg's historic Exchange District is always a great spot for dates, but especially so during Jazz Fest! Even if it's not your style of music, the vibe is super cool and there's plenty of food trucks to choose from (better yet, go food truck hopping).
Ride the polar express
Whether you love the rush of flying down a rollercoaster or prefer the gentle turns of the merry-go-round, amusement park dates are romantic in their own way. Make a plan to go to Winnipeg's Red River Ex, happening June 12 to 21, 2020. No pressure to win one of those giant stuffed tigers.
Explore a small town
Sometimes the road less travelled is the most romantic. Pick a town, any town (we have a few suggestions here and here) and embark on an open ended road trip into the province. Don't forget to pack some snacks for the road!
Enjoy a picnic at Assiniboine Park
It's summertime and the living is easy. Let's be real, just about anything you do in July is going to be enjoyable - but even more so if you do a little planning. Head to Assiniboine Park for a stroll through the English Gardens and Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, before finding a spot to sit and enjoy a home-packed picnic.
Head out on a retro road trip
Lockport is the place to go for all things retro: grab a classic fries and burger combo from Half Moon Drive In before heading to Skinner's (with TWO locations to choose from) for some ice cream (vice versa works too).
Spend the day at the beach
This one might seem obvious, but splashing and laughing at one of Manitoba's best beaches really is a great way to spend a hot summer's day. Pick one of the most popular beach spots (think Grand Beach and Victoria Beach) or opt for one of these beaches in small-town Manitoba.
Float down a lazy river
Tubing down a gently flowing lazy river seems to be all the rage right now! It also has the potential to be quite romantic. Grab a double tube and float down waterways such as the Pinawa Channel (rentals from Wilderness Edge Resort and Eduvacay) or the Brokenhead River.
Eat pizza on the farm
If you find yourself keen to drive up through the Interlake, plan to visit on a Friday or Saturday night in August and experience Pizza Night at Integrity Farms near Riverton. This summer event features wood-fired pizza (you can pick the ingredients yourself from the garden, if you like) and tons of cute animals!
Watch a movie at the drive-in
Retro and romantic, catching a movie at a drive-in theatre may just be one of the most classic date nights there is (unless you get stranded of course). There are only a few left in the province: Big Island Drive-In in Flin Flon and the Stardust Drive-In Theatre in Morden. You can also watch a movie while enjoying a warm summer's evening at the Gimli Film Festival or at Movies on Memorial.
Try stand-up paddle boarding
Explore one of Manitoba's lakes via paddle board! This fun (and fairly easy to learn) activity can be done at Grand Beach (check out the The Hardcore Surf & Paddleboard Company for rentals) as well as at the limestone cliffs of Steep Rock.
Explore Hecla Island
Take the drive to Hecla Island and experience some of what the Interlake region has to offer. You can opt to stay at the Lakeview Hecla Resort (which has a very nice adults-only spa and mineral pool) or rent a cabin in the park and enjoy the scenery. Swim off the shore, take a self-guided tour of the Hecla Village and of course take a few selfies at the Gull Harbour Lighthouse.
Shop the Farmers' Market
It's easy to spend an entire morning at the Farmers' Market browsing locally made goodies and farm-fresh produce: why not bring your special someone along for the fun? Hit the road to see rural favourites like the Arnes Farmers Market or head to the largest in Manitoba – the St. Norbert Farmers' Market.
Admire the fall foliage in Pinawa
Once the leaves start to turn and change colours, one of the best places in the province to visit is Pinawa Dam Provincial Park and suspension bridge. You'll love walking around this Manitoban ruin while taking in the autumn colours. Plus, the suspension bridge makes for some lovely photos!
Find your way out of a corn maze
Getting lost in a corn maze is a quintessential Manitoba fall activity, made even better when you have someone to get lost with. Here are 5 to check out next autumn!
Watch the migration at Oak Hammock Marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh is one of the best places in the province to see the annual fall bird migration - whether it be from the viewpoint of a canoe or through the marsh boardwalk. There are a number of activities that mark the migration, so keep an eye on the website closer to September for events.
Get spooky on a ghost tour
Get to know Winnipeg's ghastly and ghostly past on a walkabout with Square Peg Tours. You'll want to stay close together for this one.
Scream through a haunted maze
Since October is the spookiest month, keep chasing thrills and chills at one of the province's many haunted attraction. You can make it out together, I promise. Every year we put together a list of such attractions, so keep an eye on our blog closer to October for 2020's list!
Take a fall hike
Take in the orange and red hues of the season and see the leaves change colours on a hike. Bring warm beverages and make your way through one of Manitoba's best trails: from the Gorge Creek Trail of Riding Mountain National Park to a simple and easy walk through La Barriere Park, Winnipeg.
Make a toast at a romantic Goose Flight Dinner
October is a magical time of the year at FortWhyte Alive, when you can see the magnificent Canadian goose migration in action. The Goose Flight Feasts include lakeside views of the setting sun and a 3-course dinner prepared by the Buffalo Stone Cafe.
Take a cooking class
This date may be a bit of a cliche - but who cares? You get to learn a new skill AND eat some super delicious food! De Luca's offers cooking classes year round, so keep an eye on their schedule. In Brandon, the Westman Immigrant Services centre holds a cooking class every second Saturday that features amazing cuisines from around the globe.
Catch a theatrical production
While November feels like an in-between month, it's also when theatre season in Manitoba starts ramping up! Keep an eye out for productions from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Théâtre Cercle Molière and small town venues like the Manitou Opera House and enjoy a classic dinner-and-a-show date!
Stay in a bed & breakfast
November is a little unpredictable when it comes to weather, but it's definitely one where you'll want to be as cozy as possible. Check into a quaint bed & breakfast in Manitoba and explore a new region, or just enjoy a nice slow pace of life. A few options that are open in the winter are: Riding Mountain House, Aaron's on the Lake, Bella's Castle, Château des Sages and Cloverdale Bed & Breakfast.
Attend a trivia night
This seems like a good one for a first date, just in case you feel inclined to see if your potential future BF/GF loves Harry Potter as much as you do. Follow your local pubs and taverns on social media as these are the places that tend to hold trivia nights! In Brandon, that means places like Prairie Firehouse, and in Winnipeg, places like Garbonzo's and Wee Johnny's.
Go snowshoeing or cross country skiing
While we can't predict the weather, Manitoba almost always has snow in December which makes it a great month to start with winter activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. For snowshoeing, there are many lodges and resorts throughout the province that rent gear, including FortWhyte Alive right here in Winnipeg. If you need to rent cross-country skis, the Windsor Park Nordic Centre is a great place to start. For those with their own gear, there's a number of amazing cross-country ski trails to explore - the Pumpkin Creek Ski Club looks particularly cute!
Shop at a holiday market
Twinkling lights and festive spirit makes this time of year special as is, but even more so if you're spending it with someone you love. Take a day to finish some of your holiday shopping at a market - there are a ton to choose from throughout the province, and we put together a list every September that details upcoming sales from the fall through to December.
Kiss under the lights
Kissing under the mistletoe is so overdone, don't you think? Fall in love all over again in magical, twinkling settings like the Canad Inn's Winter Wonderland and at the beautiful Arctic Glacier Winter Park at The Forks.
Head to any winter festival in the month of December and chances are you'll have the opportunity to hop aboard a festive sleigh ride, cuddled up next to your SO. One sleigh ride opportunity that we think deserves a shout out is at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum's annual Winter Wonderland.