The History of Date Spots in Calgary
Calgary is a city rich in history. It's the perfect place to be if you're a Canadian history buff or if you just love museums and learning about local history. You've probably gone to at least one of these places once, on school trips or on weekends with your family but in the city, things change and move quickly so there's always something new to see and do. First, pick what kind of date you want or what you're interested in trying.
If you're an aerospace fan, you have to check out The Hangar Flight Museum, formerly called The Aerospace Museum, which has over 24 aircraft and historical displays including the Avro Lancaster. Also if you're into dinosaurs, Calgary is the place to be as they have an entire museum dedicated to paleontology and housing fossils and dinosaur bones found in Calgary's Badlands. They even offer summer programs that include a guided hike, the chance to create a cast of a real fossil, and even digging for bones in the quarry. For a staycation day trip, Heritage Park is a pioneer-style village with costumed actors, reconstructed historical buildings, and old steam engine that's used for transport. There's also Gasoline Alley, a vintage vehicle showroom, and the Glenmore Reservoir which is a popular spot for canoeing, rowing, and sailing.
Indulge your inner Van Gogh at Contemporary Calgary, an art gallery that hosts work by prominent contemporary artists. It's a cheaper date option since admission is pay-what-you-can although some exhibits and sections require additional payment. They host 5-6 art exhibits/events during the year and it's near a pub, a bistro, and even a chocolatier shop if you don't mind a bit of a walk. For fans of theatre, Theatre Junction Grand is a must-have stop on the top Calgary date ideas list. It hosts contemporary live performances including dance, theatre, and music and is the oldest theatre in the city. For some great dinner options, try modern Japanese noodle bar, Goro + Gun for fresh Japanese-style ramen or the Palomino Smokehouse + Social Club for smoky BBQ. Calgary is famous for their breweries and a tour of some of the craft beers would make a great date for young adults.
If you're looking for a great night out in Calgary, you have to check out the festivals and events that happen in the city. Summertime is the best time to get outside and enjoy some of the festivals including Big Taste, the perfect festival for foodies that comes with a three-course meal. The Calgary Pride Parade and Festival is a week-long party celebrating the diversity of the city and is LGBT+-friendly and inclusive to all people and couples. There's also Downtown Libations, a monthly happy hour event that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month in downtown Calgary at different lounges, restaurants, and pubs around the city. You need to sign up for the newsletter on their website to find when the next one is. There's also Pop-Up Picnics that take place over a lunch hour and is a great date idea during the weekdays. They bring the tables, chairs, and entertainment; you bring your lunch and your partner for a picnic in the park. There's always something new going on so make sure to check out the city website for up-to-date information.