Social distancing doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. But that doesn’t mean we have to give up certain things like dating. We just have to adapt. To help you navigate this unfamiliar realm, we came up with some social distance dates in Calgary that'll help you land the person of your dreams. Don’t worry, you can take all the credit.
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Things may be different and our social lives have taken a serious hit, but this doesn’t mean dating is off the table entirely.
Every instance is different so if you're unsure of how to approach it, check out the health and safety recommendations from Alberta Health Services to ensure that both you and your date are safe.
In order to date during a pandemic, you need to social distance. Because of this, going to a popular Calgary restaurant might not be the safest choice. Again, there are handy guides by AHS that help breakdown every situation.
Don't worry, there are tons of things to do around the city that will have you interacting with as few people as possible.
Whether you want something private and secluded or new and adventurous, we came up with eight date ideas to help you out.
The only thing we can’t do for you is ask the apple of your eye out.
Take a deep breath, relax, and just ask them.
Worst case, these ideas also work wonderfully for a BFF night out.
Hit Up Peters Drive-In
Address: 219 16 Ave. N.E., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This drive-in burger joint will ensure that you don’t have to talk to more than one person. Started in 1962, this place has some of the best burgers and shakes in town. Not to mention it’s super cheap and a great social distance date because you don’t need to go in to order.
Address: Various hidden places around the city
Why You Need To Go: Health officials are telling us to get some fresh air when we can safely do so. So, let's listen to them but make it fun. There are tons of geocaching spots hidden around Calgary that range from easy to extremely difficult to find. Make an afternoon out of it and see parts of the city you might otherwise have ignored.
Have A Board Game Competition
Price: $2.50 per person per hour
Address: 1140 Kensington Rd. N.W. #200, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: Hexagon Board Game Cafe is a hot spot that has social distancing measures in place. Play each other's favourite games and see who comes out on top. It’s a great way to bond if you’re the competitive type.
Star Gazing At Rothney Astrophysical Observatory
Price: $20 per car
Address: 210 Ave. W., Hwy 22 S
Why You Need To Go: What's more romantic than watching the stars? Nothing. Pick up your crush and drive out of town for the best views. The observatory always has unobstructed views of the sky and it’s the perfect way to get to know one another in a romantic setting without having anyone around.
Run Through A Corn Maze
Address: 284022 Township Rd. 224, Rocky View, AB
Why You Need To Go: Calgary’s largest corn maze is open and ready for business. Since it’s a maze, you won’t have to worry about bumping into anyone. It’ll just be you and your date figuring out how to escape all while getting to know one another. Romantic, isn’t it?
Start A Mini Book Club
Address: 800 3 St. S.E., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: The Central Library is the place to be. It doesn't seem like your typical date idea but that’s what makes it romantic. Pick out your favourite book for your partner and they’ll do the same for you. Read them together in the library or at home then have a discussion about them.
Have A Picnic At Sunset
Why You Need To Go: It’s hard to beat the prairie sunsets. From magenta and pink to purple and blue, our skies have it all and every once in a while you need to take it in. Grab your date, a charcuterie board, and set up shop in one of the many scenic parks in the city.
Head To The Farmers Market
Price: Free to enter
Address: 510 77 Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: The Farmers Market is the best this time of year. It’s filled with tons of good eats from fresh produce to already made baked goods. We suggest picking out some ingredients, taking them home, and making a meal together. You could even do a cook-off. The winner picks the next date.