It’s the time of year for falling leaves, cozy sweaters and spiced lattes. Which also means it’s the time to turn up the romance! Whether you are planning your first date or your 100th, your sweetheart won’t be disappointed when you impress them with a thoughtfully planned rendezvous.
In the spirit of Autumn, we have put together a list of lovely date ideas to help you ‘woo’ that special someone.
Grab your life jacket and get ready to set sail on one of the 1000 Islands Fall Cruises! Enjoy a sightseeing ‘Discovery Cruise’ or sit down for an elegant dinner on one of their many lunch and dinner cruises. Planning a first date and nervous about the unavoidable awkward moments? No problem, 1000 Islands includes live entertainment in all 3 hour cruises.
Get your game face on and empty your belly before you bring your date to Tir Nan Og! Located in the heart of downtown, you can always find fresh grub with an Irish twist. While people come to the iconic Irish pub for the food, they stay for the fun. Tir Nan Og hosts bi-weekly trivia game nights on Tuesdays and weekly karaoke nights every Thursday.
What better excuse to cuddle up to your cutie than some good old fashioned ghosts. Skeptics and superstitious agree that The Original Haunted Walk of Kingston is full of hair-raising scares! They are known for their animated tour guides and creepy storytelling, so you can rest assured that you are in for a spine-chilling adventure.
If ghost spotting and abandoned asylums don’t make you shake in your boots, bring your date over to Fort Fright during October to have your nightmares become reality. This year try and make it to the end while you live out the horrifying story of ‘little Sarah’ – spooky!
Sometimes a date can be as simple as taking a long walk hand in hand. Why not make your walk more interesting by traveling over to the Brockville Railway Tunnel! As the hub of the Brock Trail recreation pathway, the recently restored relic receives rave reviews for its eclectic mix of lights, music and history.
Splash back into fun with the Brockville 1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises! Choose your adventure on one of the 1, 3 and 5 hour boat cruises, and then set sail on the beautiful St. Lawrence River. Find a spot on deck to get the best views of the beautiful St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands.
“Wildly unexpected and equally exciting” is how we would describe the 1000 Island Pleasure Diving excursions in Brockville. Make date-night a date weekend and explore the St. Lawrence River from a truly unique angle.
Cornwall and SDG Counties
A little exercise never hurt anyone…so on your next date night take your pal to the Waterfront Bike Trail in Cornwall. Open to walkers, runners, bikers and rollers, you won’t get bored following the trail through forests, fields, bridges, and alongside the glorious St. Lawrence River.
Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple, and if that sounds like your kind of party, then you should check out Cornwalls very own Rurban Brewery. Family owned and operated, this microberewey is always looking to infuse new flavours for their taste testing tourists.
Take your sweetie to the award-winning Pumpkinferno and discover a selection of mesmerizing glowing pumpkins!
‘Wine-not’ plan a Fall weekend to travel through Prince Edward County to take a tour through the wide range of County vineyards! Settle in at one of the many cozy boutique inns such as The Manse Boutique Inn & Spa and discover some delicious wines from local wineries including Black Prince Winery and Devil’s Wishbone Winery. Discover more wineries in the county by visiting our extensive winery list here.
While you are enjoying harvest season, spend a day at Sandbanks Provincial Park, where you can take a bicycle tour, watch bird migrations, and take a walk though dunes and wetlands. Take a jump in the shallow water of Lake Ontario if you are feeling fearless!
13. Wolfe Island Corn Maze – Wolfe Island
Do you love games? Do you love animals? Do you love adventure? If you answered yes then you need to take a gander over to The Wolfe Island Corn Maze! Visit farm animals and navigate through a 50 acre maze designed in the middle of a corn field! Fun idea: Make it a group date, and challenge one another to see who can complete the maze first!
14. Dark Sky Viewing Area – Lennox & Addington
Are you afraid of the dark? We hope not! Because you won’t want to miss the opportunity to experience just how beautiful the skies are at the Dark Sky Viewing Area. You will be amazed by how different the sky looks without city lights and light pollution! Bring a telescope and you can spot planets and stars such as Venus, Mars and Polaris!
Not for the ‘faint of heart’, this is the perfect day-time date to go on if you find yourself in the mood for an adventure. Take a quick 5 minute walk up a large hill to meet a 30 foot tall tower to the Sager viewing platform. With a 360 degree view of the Bay, you can play some iSpy, or have a special moment with a certain someone while you overlook the country landscape. Worth the climb any time of year.
Can you think of anything more romantic than a private helicopter ride overseeing the beautiful, colour-rich landscape and deep blue water? If you are feeling the love, take your soulmate over to 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours and get a first class, birds-eye view of the St. Lawrence River. You can choose between 10, 20, 30 and 60 minute flights, each providing you with even more beautiful views. If you are afraid, don’t fret, the pilots are known to be very fun and knowledgeable!
It wouldn’t be right to end this blog without one more cruise (in case you haven’t had enough yet). Venture through the 1000 Islands, soak up the history and beauty of the river, and hop off the boat at Boldt Castle (don’t forget your passport) to explore a building built from true love – the original owner build the castle for his wife! Choose your adventure with three trip options at 1, 2 and 5 hours.
You sometimes need the perfect setting to set the mood of a good date. We recommend taking your bae to the Foley Mountain Conservation Area for an especially romantic Fall-themed date. There is no better chance to get to know one another on a deeper level then a quiet, private walk through a beautiful forests, hills and lakes.
No need for an excuse to cuddle this Fall if you take your cutie to Rock Dunder for a Fall hiking adventure. With a gorgeous view of rocky cliffs and mountain peaks into a clearing that offers a 360 degree view of the Rideau Waterway, you will be sure to woo your wonderful date with nature as your wingman.
20. Apple Picking!
Apple picking is THE fall activity to take part in and the perfect date idea for you and your bae. Have fun picking apples, pumpkins, drinking cider, and even see some animals! Have a look at our list of apple orchards to visit in South Eastern Ontario.
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Located along the north shore of the St Lawrence River, the South Eastern Ontario region spans from Cornwall and SDG 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.