The weekend is coming and you haven’t made any plans, yet you know the dreadful “what are we doing this weekend?” question is going to be asked. I think we’re all pretty familiar with the classic urge to go out and do something fun after a long week. It’s when we get quality time to spend with our partner to be stress-free and have a good time.
Instead of doing the same thing you always do, take a look at this list we’ve put together to make sure you don’t miss out on some great date idea spots.
Want a fun experience that you won’t find anywhere else? Canada’s First Railway Tunnel was completed in 1860 for the Brockville and Ottawa Railway. The Brockville Railway Tunnel is a remarkable example of Canada’s pre-Confederation industrial heritage that this restoration project will repurpose for the benefit of recreation, tourism and economic development. When walking through this tunnel, you can hear a train as if it’s actually passing through, as well as it is lit up with a variation of vibrant colours!
A date at the Aquatarium… Seems fishy. Located at the base of the Tall Ships Landing in downtown Brockville, this 27,000 square foot aquarium and discovery centre opens its doors showcasing all there is to see and do in the 1000 Islands! The Aquatarium offers a full range of interactive exhibits and activities in an accessible environment. The facility is open year round so plan your visit today!
Looking for some adventure? Thousand Island Pleasure Diving is dedicated to providing you with a fun, safe, and adventurous diving experience in the Thousand Island and St. Lawrence region. They are the leading diving charter in the region, and guarantee your satisfaction on every outing. Why not dive right in and experience for yourself!
Oh buoy! At Kingston 1000 Island Cruises their theme is food, fun and entertainment ships! They are committed to fine food services, interactive entertainment and first-rate service aboard all of our vessels. To guests, they offer daily sightseeing cruises, private charters and complete dining experiences.
Why not stray from the traditional romance and go for something a little more thrilling? Explore Kingston’s spooky side with that tour takes you through Kingston’s old Sydenham Ward. The Haunted Walk Experience features haunted hotels, hidden burial grounds, grave robbings, hangings at the old courthouse, and Kingston’s famous haunted courtyard. Many supernatural encounters!
How about getting away from the city lights? Southern Ontario is rapidly losing its dark skies. L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area is the most southerly point in Ontario where the night sky is so pristine, offering a night sky experience very similar to what was available more than 100 years ago. The viewing area is open year-round from dusk until dawn, and you don’t need to make reservations – just come and enjoy.
For the adventuring couple! Explore Frontenac’s 5,355 hectares on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. Open year-round for four season backcountry recreation with 48 interior campsites, canoe routes through 22 lakes, and over 100 km of looped backpacking and hiking trails. There’s great fishing, wildlife viewing, interior camping, paddling, hiking, and swimming, so there’s more than enough options to find something you both like!
Take movie night a step up and have a nostalgic evening at the Mustang Drive-In. This is one of the few drive-ins still in operation and in The County, the Mustang is a must-do! Once dusk hits and people are settled in their spots, popcorn in hand, the honking starts. This is a Mustang tradition and this symphony of sounds happens before the first feature film.
This log-framed canvas prospector tents at Fronterra Farm and Camp Brewery are just the right mix of rustic luxury you need to slow down and reconnect. Each tent-suite features a king size bed, inside sitting lounge, en-suite bathroom with a hot rainwater shower and a private outdoor kitchen featuring a charcoal grill. Everything you need to live a simple, beautiful experience!
If you’re still unsure about a date idea, let’s wine about it! Experience the County in class. Prince Edward County Wine Tours is the region’s specialist in offering the ultimate wine tour experience. They are proud to offer every consumer a variety of choices including a 5-star limousine service, passenger van, corporate packages as well as accommodation packages.
Explore the nooks and crannies of this paddler’s paradise! Calm, clear water and natural sights entice people of all ages to pick up a paddle and discover the intimate side of the Rideau. Kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards can be rented at numerous points along the Rideau Canal and Rideau Tours out of Chaffey’s Lock even offers guided tours and luxury paddling.
Seeing planes and helicopters in movies are great, but what about seeing them in real life? The National Air Force Museum of Canada believes everyone should have access to our country’s Air Force history. The National Air Force Museum of Canada has developed and expanded to where it now has the largest number of aircraft on static display and the most skilled team of restoration volunteers of any military museum in the country. Amazing!
Experience the beauty, romance and grandeau with a bird’s-eye view of the 1000 Islands! You’ll see the unspoiled beauty of the St. Lawrence and marvel at the vastness of the Ivy Lee Bridge and the richness of the 1000 Islands. The sky’s the limit!
Why not dress up and see a show? Since 1976, Aultsville Theatre has hosted world class performances in its spacious theatre. Audiences enjoy excellent acoustics, with no seat more than 90 feet from center stage!
15. Embrace History
History comes to life at Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg while costumed villagers re-enact and live as though it’s 1860. Inspire awe at the village’s authentic buildings and activities. The Historic SDG Jail is known as one of the oldest public structures in Ontario, dating back to 1844. But delving further into its storied past, reveals that men women and even children were incarcerated there for more than 168 years. During that time, five inmates were executed by hanging. Take a guided tour of the jail as it is today and experience life behind bars to see the holding cells, visitation and common areas, exercise yards and the gallows.
Located along the north shore of the St Lawrence River, the South Eastern Ontario region spans from Cornwall and The Counties to Ontario’s burgeoning wine and craft beer country known as Prince Edward County and the Bay of Quinte. Along the shores of these waterways, you’ll find fascinating history, quaint villages, inspiring art, live theatre and gastronomic delights. No matter how you choose to experience it, South Eastern Ontario offers some of the best places to visit in Ontario.