Whether you’re lining up a first time Bumble stumble or celebrating ten years with your sweetheart, creativity matters to romance. Stepping off the beaten path for an unusual night out shows you’re more than interested in your partner; you’re hoping to make a memory.
Winnipeg’s got plenty for couples to do. This is where Canada’s heart beats, after all. But if you’re looking for more options after trying solid choices like a movie at the VIP theatre, board games at Across the Board, or busting out of Enigma Escapes, don’t worry – we’ve got ideas your love will love.
1. Go for a sunset canoe cruise along the Red
Is there a more quintessential Canadian move than holding your partner in the sun’s last light as waves gently rock your canoe? Our plaid-wrapped hearts are pounding just thinking about it. Twin River Travel runs Friday evening excursions along the Red and Seine River almost every week. They take care of the logistics; you enjoy a new view of the city’s landmarks as the day fades into night.
3. Raise your hipster cred at a pop-up party
Whether you’re swimming on a skyscraper’s rooftop while a DJ drops the beat or shimmying with salsa dancers in the East Exchange, The Hub’s experiences are unforgettable and never to be repeated. Download the Culture Card app to sync their party schedule with your date plans. Bonus points: the app will get you and your flame deals to most local hot spots, from Thermea to the symphony.
5. Align your chakras in mid-air
We could all use a bit more peace, love and flexibility in our lives, so why not show your partner you care about wellness by getting your asana to a yoga session. Yoga Public offers such a wide variety of classes, we guarantee there’s something you haven’t tried, like the floating yoga sessions that move you from the mat into the hammock.
7. See (and taste) Winnipeg's booming beer scene
The recent surge in our brewing community is well known and worth checking out if you and your date enjoy a cold one. Most local breweries will offer a free tour – PEG Beer Co holds theirs Monday evenings while Little Brown Jug’s tasting room actually looks over their equipment. You’ll meet some great local entrepreneurs and add some talking points to your next party. Just pace yourself: words like “mouthfeel” “harmonious” or “undertones” are no guarantee of a second date.
BONUS: Get into Winnipeg's top attractions for less
If you want to take your companion on a tour of Winnipeg – or want to give yourself some variety over eight blind dates (no judgement) – pick up a Winnipeg PASS and you’ll get admission to eight of the city’s top attractions while saving over 50 per cent.