50(ish) First Dates… in #YEG | By Blue Knox



1. 0 (Sp/S/F) Go for a walk. Sometimes the best things in life really are free. The best outdoors date I have ever had was spent walking the trails of the Kinsmen park, throwing a frisbee around in the park, and then eating fruit we had packed for the afternoon. A good date doesn’t need outrageous adventure or fancy dinners. It just needs good company. With over 160+km of trails in our river valley, find one near you and take your date for a walk or hang out in a park!

2. $ (Sp/S) 104 St Market and Dauphine Bakery and Bistro. Morning dates are way too undervalued. There are few greater atmospheres than that of our City Centre market on a sunny Saturday morning. Stroll the 104st market downtown and then stop by Dauphine for a treat to end the morning (hint: the lemon curd tart is incredible!).

3. $$ (A) Rock climbing at vertically inclined. It’s a great adventurous date to challenge you and your partner!

4. $$$ (W) Snowboarding/ski lessons at Rabbit Hill. If you’ve never been before, why not try something new, it’s not the world’s biggest ski hill but it’s close enough to make it a fun “field trip.”

5. $ (A) Shoot pool at Metro, because… who doesn’t like to feel like James Dean shooting pool and getting a beer?

5. 0 (S) Alberta legislature grounds. From Victoria Day weekend until the end of summer the legislature grounds come to life with waders, swimmers, and picnic partakers. On a warm afternoon it is so much fun talking, wading in the pools, setting up a picnic on the leg grounds, and maybe even buying an ice cream! And in the winter? The holiday lights on all the trees make it a gorgeous late night walk in the snow!

6. $$ (S) Whitemud amusement park. With only one more season left, the Whitemud Amusement Park, a staple of my childhood, will be shutting down to make room for the new LRT expansion. Before it closes take your date for a fun day of batting cages, bumper boats, and go carting!

7. $ (A) Old Strathcona farmers’ market and Block 1912. If the downtown market is too far, try the Strathcona market on for size. Even if you’ve been there a million times, when you go there with a date you’re bound so see some things you’d never seen before. When you want to get away from the crowds take a seat at Block 1912, take a seat on their oversized comfy couches, get some gelato if it’s a hot day or a coffee if it’s cold out.

8. $ (Sp/S) Driving range. Whether you’re a semi pro golfer or you look like you have difficulty distinguishing between a baseball bat and a golf club (*cough* me *cough*) this is a great way to pass the afternoon with someone. Just one of many in and around the city, Victoria Golf course is set in the heart of the valley and would be an awesome date spot!

9. $ (W) Ice skating. Edmonton may be at it’s fall best right now but we all know that this dream will come to an end sooner than we expect and we will go back to the eight months of winter that invade our city. Lacing up a pair of skates is a fun way to embrace the winter and enjoy the outdoors our city has to offer.

10. $ (A) Salsa night at On The Rocks. It doesn’t matter if you have two left feet or you’re a dancing wiz. Salsa night is so much fun. If you come at 8:00pm and pay $5 for cover there is a half hour dance lesson and then you can take your newfound dancing feet for a test drive while they play salsa music all night and the room fills with dance lovers!


0 Free
$ Under $10
$$ $10-$15
$$$ $15-$25
$$$$ $25-$40
Sp Spring
S Summer
F Fall
W Winter
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  • Guest

    Love this! Such great ideas!

  • Salena Kitteringham

    In addition to varsity athletics, there are great, affordable cultural date nights on campus at Studio theatre (Mondays are 2 for 1), music in Con Hall too.

    • Blue Knox

      Great ideas Salena! Thank you!

  • Guest

    I love this thank you!

    You can also add:
    Devonian Botanic Gardens (During the summer every Thursday is date night for cheap)
    Strathcona Streetcar
    Corn Maze
    Fort Edmonton Park (Hot chocolate and horse sleds during winter)

    • Blue Knox

      Awesome addition! Thank you!

  • Southern

    Creole Envie has a monthly chef menu’s for $25!

    • Blue Knox

      Thanks so much!

  • Mars

    Loved the list…reminded me of places I haven’t been in a long time and places I’d like to visit.

  • Mike

    All of these are north of Whitemud. No thanks.

    • Blue Knox

      If you have any other suggestions add them!

    • Ashley V

      You never travel north of the Whitemud?

    • Anitesh Jaswal

      You have a problem with getting up and going around?

    • Marissa Loewen

      If you insist on not contributing a productive comment to this great list, I’ll insist on contributing an equally lame response – Rabbit Hill is South of the Whitemud.

  • IndigoSelvedge

    Go camping! Even Elk Island has some beautiful scenery, and the stars are so clear with good weather.

    • Blue Knox

      Awesome suggestion!! That’s a great idea!

      • Sporthall

        On a first date? That’s optimistic, but go for it!

  • mscott7426

    FWIW, you can go skating year round in edmonton at some city rinks.

    • Blue Knox

      I had no idea! That’s fantastic! Any chance you know what rinks?B

      • mscott7426

        The weekly schedule is posted here: http://coewebapps3.edmonton.ca/communityservices/skating.aspx

        In the summer it’s usually just the larger Arenas.

        Terwillegar Community Rec Centre, Castledowns Arena, Kinsmen Twin Rinks.

        In the winter there is pretty much a free public skating time every day.

        • Blue Knox

          That’s so awesome… what a great idea!! Thank you!

  • Guest

    Why are there only pictures of hetero couples in this article? Lame.

    • Blue Knox

      Hey! Really appreciate your feedback! This wasn’t done to be exclusionary it’s actually the same two in every photograph, the fantastic models Dylan and Danielle! If we do a piece like this again we will definitely think about this! Hope you liked the date suggestions.

  • Ashley V

    Blue Knox, I’d love to chat with you about this list and how you came up with all these ideas! Contact me: ashley.viens@cbc.ca or at 780-468-7406

  • Anitesh Jaswal

    Do places slightly outside of the city count as well? Say if you went on a decent drive for a Sunday?

    • Blue Knox

      Absolutely that counts! Love that idea! This is all about hearing your favorite date ideas in (and around) #YEG!

      • Anitesh Jaswal

        Great! The place is called Eco Cafe, near Ma-Me-O Beach. It’s roughly an hour or so away using QE2 but I took a longer route through Thorsby and came in from the west towards the lake, when you look on Google Maps it’ll make more sense I hope. It was just a great little area and for a weekend day trip was pretty relaxing.

        • Blue Knox

          Anitesh, That’s a really awesome suggestion! Love the idea of a day trip!

  • Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse

    Hi! The last Thursday of the month is Servus Community Access Night at the AGA, not the second last. It’s from 6-9 pm.

    • Blue Knox

      Hey Kimberly, Thanks for that correction! I’ll make note of it and change it in the article!

  • Trevor


    While the jazz festival comes but once a year, there is in fact a terrific venue for outstanding jazz concerts featuring regional, national, and international artists nearly year-round: the Yardbird Suite. In its present location since 1984, the Yardbird first arrived on the Edmonton music scene in 1957.

    The Yardbird Suite was recently selected as one of 50 things that define Edmonton!

    On the web: http://www.yardbirdsuite.com

    • Blue Knox

      Thank you for this amazing suggestion Trevor! I think I’m going to put this at the top of my personal list of places to try on my next date!

    • deirdre

      An inspired suggestion, Trevor. Wanted to add that on Tuesday evenings the Yardbird Suite hosts an awesome series of jazz “jam” sessions – hosted each week by professional musicians who perform a one-hour set, then other musicians sign-up and are invited to sit-in and perform. Definitely cool as calibre of musicianship is high and professionals, amateurs and students improvise. Cost is only $5.00 for an evening of surprising, memorable, jazz entertainment. Also, as Yardbird Suite is an entirely volunteer-run establishment, interesting volunteer opportunities abound. Much fun to be had!

      • Blue Knox

        Deirdre, thanks for your addition to this suggestion! That’s phenomenal!

  • Kim

    Great list, thanks!

    Here are a couple more additions you may want to consider: in the fall, going to Griesbach and taking pictures around the multicoloured trees (now is perfect timing!) or going to the U of A’s arts building to see the vines change colours and lose their leaves. These are my favourite outdoor spots in #yeg and could be paired with a hot coco walk.

    Secondly, there is that huge tobogganing hill by just south of 98 avenue and 93rd street where the folk fest is held (ooh, another addition there!). Great winter activity.

    I agree that I would love to see diverse pictures of people for your next round but this was a great pair of people to start with.

    Thanks and fun interview on cbc!

    • Blue Knox

      Thanks for those great additions to our list Kim! The photo tour w hot coco is perfect for our beautiful #YEG fall, and our list definitely needed the tobogganing suggestion!

      Glad you liked the interview and with how popular this list got, we would definitely consider doing another round, we really appreciate your feedback!

  • Graham

    This is an excellent list! I’m always happy to to see someone promoting the arts, especially Edmonton Opera, as great places for a date. This is some good work!

  • Olivia

    That’s amazing ! I’m new to the city and have been wondering where to go and what’s in the city. This list is what I need to explore and discover 🙂 Thanks so much for the list ! and some places that people suggested are helpful too ! happy to stumble upon your page !

  • Philippe

    A few other: Go to the Russian Tea Room and get your Tarot cards/tea leaves read… The Muttart Conservatory is also a great place for dates in the midst of our frigid winters… Go paint a ceramic dragon at Crankpots on Whyte ave…

    • Blue Knox

      These are phenomenal additions Philippe! Thank you!

  • Phenom101

    Thanks for this. Heard you on CBC yesterday. My husband’s 50th is coming up, and this is giving me some ideas of how to celebrate this milestone. 🙂

    • Blue Knox

      I’m so glad you heard me on CBC and were able to get some ideas for the occasion! I hope your celebrations are fantastic!

  • Lia

    I had to chuckle at how the map makes you feel like the city is basically a wasteland north of the Yellowhead and south of the Whitemud. (Actually, this is the criteria we used when we were shopping for a house…) C’mon people who live in these areas, there has to be something for date nights in these areas too!

  • Jasmine

    Hey there, Ice on Whyte actually does cost money, but it’s a very small amount. Good for readers to know though!

  • Renee

    Well that was weird stumbling on this article and realizing I know both of the people in this picture… lol

  • Meghana Valupersuperduperdas

    For anyone who wants to unleash their inner artist, Crankpots on Whyte is an excellent choice! From mugs to garden gnomes, there’s a wide selection of ceramic items to paint, and you go home with a souvenir or a gift 😉 $-$$$$. All seasons.