Love is in the air and the possibilities for couples looking for romantic date ideas in Calgary are endless! From seasonal markets to festivals, sporting events and activities that will get your adrenaline pumping – here are 15 things that you should enjoy with your special someone before summer ends.

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Visit the Nikka Yuko Gardens

 

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This summer, grab someone’s hand and wander through fields of flowers, trees and beautifully cut grass of Nikka Yuko. Not only is this one of the most Iconic Japanese Gardens in Alberta but it’s one of the most beautiful places in all of North America.

Where: Corner of 9th Ave S &, Mayor Magrath Dr. S, Lethbridge
Cost: $13.50+

Go summer stargazing

Whether you put your feet on the dash and point your peepers through the sunroof or really commit to an evening with snacks and a picnic blanket, stargazing is a fail-safe date idea. While it’s still warm enough to do so comfortably, check out one of the many dark sky reserves in and around the city–the best of which are listed in the link above. You can thank us later!

Explore an Alberta Sunflower field

Alberta is spoiled for choice when it comes to sunflower fields. This summer, why not explore a few of them? From Calgary to Edmonton, we’ve put together a list of some of the best so all you have to do is pick one and enjoy! Have fun, and thank us later.

Check out the drive-in 

Dinner and a movie, but make it summer! This August, visit the High River Sunset Drive-In, for a series of double features. This year’s lineup includes a good mix of classics and charming favourites – so don’t miss it!

When: Friday, August 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th 2023
Where: 64137 Highway 543 East, High River, AB, Canada, Alberta
Cost: $40 per vehicle

Cheer on the Stamps

We love a good ol’ football date! This summer, grab a beer, your partner’s hand and cheer the Calgary Stampeders to victory at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium! For more information or to snag some tickets, head over to the link above!

Wander the 4th Street Market

This summer, guests from all over the city will be able to head over to the community of Mission to shop, eat, drink and explore at a similar event. Shopping under starlight? How cute!

When: Saturday, September 16th, 2023
Where: 4th Street at Elbow Drive SW
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
Cost: FREE

Rent a scooter and cruise Banff

 

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Can’t afford Italy, but long for Euro-type travel, scenic views, and historic streets? This season, rev a two-wheeler and cruise Alberta’s favourite national park on a unique scooter tour of the area. It doesn’t get more romantic than that!

Where: 327 Railway Avenue, Banff, AB
Cost: $105+

Enjoy a movie in the park at Sunalta

Brought to life by the Sunalta and Scarboro Community Associations, Movie In The Park is a joy year after year. Not only is this event a ton of fun (no matter what they’re showing) it’s also FREE to attend so keep checking back for more info!

When: Friday, September 8th, 2023
Where: 1747 14th Ave SW Calgary
Time: 8 pm
Cost: FREE

Or on the Rise

Located at The Rise, a 9-metre natural amphitheatre on St.Patrick’s Island, love birds are encouraged to cozy up for a movie shown after dark. This year, enjoy the Super Mario Bros. Movie for FREE, it’s going to be a blast!

When: Thursday, August 24th, 2023
Where: Directions here
Time: 
9 pm
Cost: 
FREE

See the WildScapes at the Calgary Zoo

From 21-foot-tall giraffes and snakes made entirely of plants, Wildscapes at the Calgary Zoo is a topiary event that features large living sculptures that have been hand-crafted to look like familiar creatures. Get tickets at the link above!

When: Until mid-September 2023.
Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6
Cost: $29.95

Pet Kangaroos at Cobb’s Adventure Park

This summer, snuggle a kangaroo or two, go axe throwing and place a bet on a round of mini-golf! Whether you check them out for one of their many adult nights or just go during regular hours, you and yours are bound to have a ton of fun at Cobb’s Adventure Park.

Where: 1500 84th Street NE, Calgary
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Tickets: $21.95+

Climb aboard the Lake Minnewanka Cruise

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually have to travel to the edges of the continent to enjoy a cruise! Before summer ends, climb aboard an hour-long tour of one of Alberta’s most beautiful lakes for everything from dinner and drink tours to sightseeing sails.

When: Until October
Where: Lake Minnewanka, 10 mins outside Banff
Cost: $51 +

Rent a glowing kayak

 

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With a single launch bay at the Waterfront Park, those looking to explore, lounge, and experience something new and magical can do so to the soundtrack of their choosing, from behind the paddle of a glowing boat. Gear up and head down for the magical glowing kayak experience with your significant other.

Where: Waterfront Park – 5225 101 St NW, Calgary
Cost: $35+ / hour

Visit a U-Pick field

Strawberries, raspberries, and saskatoons? This season head to one of the many U-pick fields in and around Calgary and come home with a bucket full of fruit and a head full of memories. Could there be a sweeter way to spend a day?

Hit Heritage Park after dark 

Every Saturday until September 2nd, Calgarians can spend an evening under the stars filling their bags with artisan goods and their stomachs with food and drinks from one of the attraction’s tasty eateries. From clothing to art, Heritage Park’s Night Market will practically have it all, making it what we can only describe as a ‘one-size fits all event,’ and it’s totally FREE!

When: Every Saturday until September 2nd, 2023
Where: 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., Calgary
Time: 3 pm – 9 pm
Cost: FREE Admission

And there you have it, love birds. 15 romantic date ideas for Calgary couples. What will you check out first? Let us know and have fun!