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10 unusual ideas for a first date in Toronto

Unusual ideas for a first date in Toronto are for people who are sick of the old razzle dazzle of the wine-and-dine. These activities will definitely get the conversation flowing between you and your date, and maybe you'll both even realize you've found the perfect couple's hobby. 

Here are my picks for unusual date ideas in Toronto. 

Embrace your inner kid at an obstacle course

If things like a massive ball pit, epic Tron-like lighting, and a one-of-a-kind track for tricycle racing excites your date, they're in for a treat when you take them to Pursuit OCR in Etobicoke.

Study human skulls

If you and your future S.O. have a penchant for the macabre, book an appointment at the SkullStore Oddity Shop in Weston-Mount Dennis. Observe mummified hands and skulls, plus a wide array of wild animal skeletons to satisfy the most morbid curiosities. 

Show off your racing skills and go karting

Toronto is home to a sprawling race track near Downsview Park. You can get the endorphins going by zipping 45 miles per hour around K1 Speed's windy track.

Test your knowledge at a trivia night

There's no shortage of trivia nights in the city, with new ones being announced constantly, and luckily for you, there's no better way to get to know your date than to see how emotionally invested they get during The Simpsons trivia.

Get competitive playing lob

Lob in Riverside is home to a highly-inventive new game, called lob, that combines bocce with elements of golf. Grab a drink and have laugh trying to beat out the other. 

Peruse rare books at the library

This may be a bookworm's dream date. Head to U of T's beautiful Thomas Fisher Rare Book library, where you and your boo can spend hours flipping through old catalogues in this regal building.

Throw a punch at a boxing studio

If you're both fitness lovers, there's no better way to get the endorphins flowing than by taking a workout class. Toronto is now home to some trendy boxing studios like Drop Boxing that can almost feel like you've visited a nightclub. It's a guaranteed good time. 

Brave it out walking on the edge

There's nothing sexier than someone who's got no fear. Why not put your date to the ultimate test by dragging them up 116 storeys and having them walk on the edge of the CN Tower by doing EdgeWalk?

Enter the fascinating world of illusions

Blow your date's mind by taking them to the Museum of Illusions. It's just under $30 for adult entry and is totally camera-friendly so you can show the kids photos of your first date one day. The Rotated Room is a classic, with furniture bolted to the ceiling for the perfect photo-op for you two.

Go for a gin tour and tasting

Indulge in your love for gin and head to Reid's Distillery in Leslieville, where they offer a $25 Signature Experience. This include a behind-the-scenes tour, a gin tasting and a drink at the cocktail lounge. If the date's going well, cozy up in the lounge and order another round.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Pursuit OCR. With files from Tanya Mok and Jaclyn Skrobacky.


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