A date, if done well, can be a great and fun thing. But if you’ve been struggling to come up with viable options that don’t include Netflix, it might be time to look elsewhere for inspiration – namely outside of Edmonton. So let’s get creative. Here are a few fresh ideas for a day of fun with your (potential) significant other.
Devonian Botanic Gardens
Found less than half an hour southwest of Edmonton, the Devonian Botanic Gardens is a cultural hot spot. It’s a beautiful 240-acres boasting enough garden collections and cultivated gardens to get your walk on. Seriously. They’ve got a butterfly house, a Kurimoto Japanese Garden, herb and sensory gardens and an extensive alpine garden. To top it all off there are plenty of hiking trails meaning this is the best place to go on a long and winding scenic route with a loved one. This “garden in a forest” also hosts a myriad of events, including a number of date night options such as a movie screening, a dance session and craft sales, making this an absolute must for a date night out of the city.
Edmonton Corn Maze
The granddaddy of Edmonton-and-area date nights! With confusing paths and tall corn, the maze is a labyrinth to explore. The maze is also bolstered by a series of onsite attractions, with a number of activities outside the maze as well as games set in the maze to help you do your best to get through. If you haven’t indulged in a longstanding tradition to try and get through this behemoth without losing your sanity, you need to try it now.
The Sharks Club
Alberta’s largest pool hall doesn’t mess around. Home to the largest amateur pool league in the world, this sports bar boasts a whopping 13 full-sized billiard tables, plus 2 WalMac tables and a full kitchen and bar! A fantastic spot if you’re looking to share a few laughs and a little competition.
Multicultural Heritage Centre
Reflecting over 40 years of Stony Plain history, the Multicultural Heritage Centre is both a living testament and celebration of local heritage. It’s perfect for a daytime museum date. The Centre features a museum and an art gallery showcasing monthly exhibits from local, provincial and national artists. The Centre also boasts a full service restaurant, the Homesteader’s Kitchen, complete with fresh bread, soup and a huge variety of freshly baked pies – check out Chef Kevin Waddell’s Twitter to see some of their mouth-watering creations. While you’re there be sure to take home a souvenir from the Makers’ Market where the work of more than 60 local artisans is for sale.