Yes, the classic dinner date is the fail-safe solution to first date nerves—but it’s exactly that: safe. If you’re looking for activities that will wow your date, look no further; we’ve compiled a list of 3 unique outings to help you stand out from the crowd.
1. An Afternoon at Saunders Farm
Pumpkin-picking isn’t just for kids––Saunders Farm offers over 100 acres of activities to get you and your date in the Fall mood. From a variety of mazes, a zipline across the farm, a ciderhouse, to a relaxed outdoor patio to grab a drink and bite to eat––this outing offers a full- day experience to get to know your date better in a relaxed, casual setting. Stay into the night to experience FrightFest––a 30 year tradition at Saunders farm which features six open-air haunts, ranging from not-so-scary to terrifying. While this is the perfect setting for a unique outing, we’d suggest leaving the fright to the second date––unless you’re both horror buffs.
2. See Ottawa from the sky
Wow your date with a private helicopter ride over Ottawa with Heli-Tremblant. Rides can last from 10 to 30 minutes, and cover Ottawa’s downtown core and Gatineau park, showcasing the colours of fall in the Ottawa valley. This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that is sure to be memorable for you and your date for years to come. If you’re a thrill seeker, this is a great way to introduce yourself to your date and make a first impression that sticks––just make sure they’re not afraid of height first.
3. Take a Cooking Class Together
Take a fresh spin on the classic first date dinner by making the meal yourselves. Ottawa’s Chef Burcu offers ravioli making classes, which last approximately 2.5 hours and takes you through the steps to make three signature dishes. Guests are encouraged to bring their own wine or beer to enjoy during the class, and past students rave about the unique date night idea. This new take on a first date gives you ample opportunity to get to know your date better, while working together and building rapport.