Let’s get one thing straight—dates don’t have to be all high heels, cufflinks, and candlelit dinners. Dressing up is nice, but sometimes the best way to get to know someone is to spend a day getting down and dirty in the great outdoors. So put on your hiking boots and throw on wide-brimmed sun hat for a daytime date at High Park, a pristine hideaway in the heart of the city where you can commune with nature while never being more than ten minutes from a well-made cappuccino. This 161 hectare (400 acre) green space provides locals and visitors a place to trade the concrete jungle for a real jungle—or northeast deciduous forest, at least—for outings that are at once invigorating and relaxing. Guide your sweetheart along one of the many well-marked hiking trails, stopping frequently to snap photos of the diverse plants and wildlife. If you happen to be dog owners, you can spend an afternoon letting your pooches be pals at the dog park. If the date goes well, they could be spending a lot more time together. Got a more competitive edge? A one-on-one tennis match on one of six courts sounds about right. After all, you can’t play tennis without love. No matter what you fill your day with, be sure to top it off with a romantic picnic on one of the many well-manicured lawns. You’ll appreciate the beauty of the scenery as much as the beauty of the one holding your hand.

High Park

1873 Bloor St W Toronto ON M6R 2Z3

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