A Guide To Dating In Canada

You've finally got accustomed to your brand new life that you have created in Canada. You are feeling much more comfortable than you did when you originally entered the beautiful country. However, you seemingly have one thing that is completely missing from your life.

While you may have obtained a great job that pays well and you are comfortable with your situation, you have no one to share it with. Why not shake things up and begin anew. You can start to meet new people and find someone who meshes well with you.

There may be different methods of dating than you are accustomed to, but don't let that dissuade you from trying. 

As soon as you come to terms with the different principles and rules associated with dating in Canada, you will be able to find that special person that you can enjoy your brand new life with.

While difficult is certainly not the easiest thing for everyone and trying to find someone who will accept you and love you may seem nearly impossible. However, there are plenty of things you can do to find someone you can share your life with. 

Canadians going On Date

Starting Your Dating Life In Canada

First, to meet people, you will need to be willing and able to put yourself out there. Avoid staying home on busy nights because it is not going to help you find someone you can share your life with. There are all kinds of different nightlife options that you can choose from which will put you in the center of the action. Even if you aren't entirely thrilled with the idea of going to bars, you have plenty of options that you can choose from which will allow you to meet a potential partner. Below, we will be going over some of the top places to begin your search.

Go Back To School!

By signing up for continuing education classes, workshops, or university, you will be able to find a lot of people to potentially meet and have a connection with. You may even want to start taking different types of classes like cooking, language, or even photography classes to brush up on your social skills and try to meet new people with similar interests.

That being said, you don't want to simply enroll in a new class purely to find people to date. You want to actually be interested in the subject material of the class. Finding someone who shares that same interest or passion is only to be a side bonus.

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Blind Dates

Who knows you better than your family or friends? Absolutely, no one. Instead of constantly telling them no when they tell you they have someone you may be interested in, you should allow it to happen. Allow your friends and family to set you up on a blind date. This way, you will be able to go on dates with people that your loved ones believe you would mesh well with. After all, they know both of you. Therefore, they likely know that you might have similar interests or personalities and they will have your best interest at heart. This is always worth the try because you never know what can come out of it.

Online Dating

This is another one that you should be trying. A lot of people are using online dating sites to find potential matches. While it may have been only for those who were shy, it has now become much more widespread and socially accepted. You will find all kinds of different people on dating sites that you can match with.

There are a variety of websites that you can use devoted to finding matches for singles. On these sites, you will be able to create profiles and start searching. By putting an attractive picture of yourself on your profile, you will be able to enhance your chances of being able to find someone who is interested in you. You could either choose to stick with completely free sites or you can choose paid sites with similar results.

While you are searching online, you can even filter through people based on their age, location, and more. You can even find people with similar beliefs as yourself by sorting based on religious background. As soon as you find someone you have interest in, you can message them, nudge them, or otherwise communicate with them instantly.

Want to try the best free dating apps in Canada? Check out our list of the 10 Best Free Apps. The most popular dating site in Canada has to be Eharmony.ca. Match.ca is another very popular dating site and it has a good reputation within the Toronto and Vancouver areas especially.

Networking To Make Friends And Dates

Networking Events Specifically For Singles

This is another good one. Have you ever heard about the program at the Royal Ontario Museum? It is called the Connecting Singles program. It is a program that is dedicated to connecting singles outside of the bar scene. You will be able to meet with other singles during events with guest speakers or even attending classes here. This can be a good way to meet new people if you have grown tired of the nightlife scene.

Speed Dating Events

There are a few things that will deliver the kind of results that speed dating can give you. With speed dating sessions, you will be able to cut through the small talk and date as many as 25 people in a single night. This is a great way to speed up your matchmaking process.

You will be able to date a bunch of singles on any given night which can really help you identify someone you may have the ability to develop a connection with.

Each dater is provided with a scorecard that they will be able to use to dictate if they are interested in the other person. If each dater has an interest, they will be able to exchange contact information and they will be able to connect outside of the speed dating event.

First Date With Tea

Acing Your First Canadian Date

You Are Well On Your Way!

Now that you have found someone who you are interested in dating, you will want to take the next step. What is it, you may ask? Prior to heading out on the date, you will want to keep some things in mind.


This is one of the most important things that you should be keeping in mind. You absolutely need to be certain that you show up to the date on time. Don't make your date wait and create a bad first impression.

How To Dress For Your Date

When you are going out on your first date, you want to be certain that you are looking your best. As you would with a job interview, you want to create a good first impression with your date. Therefore, you should be looking to not only dress for the activity that you are going out to do, but you also want to be certain you are doing so in a well-groomed fashion.

What You Should Say

While you may indeed be nervous if you haven't gone on a date in a very long time, you will want to get yourself in a relaxed state. One of the key things that you should be avoiding on any first date would be the various taboo subjects that people have strong opinions about which include religion and politics.

Each of these may be fine later on down the road, but you don't want to completely dismiss each other right off the bat because you have disagreements in these areas. Try to keep it much more simple, talk about your own life, and even hobbies or interests that you have.

Canadians are well known for having some of the best manners, but you still might not know what to expect when dating in Canada.

Winter Date Canadian Couple

Top 10 Things To Know About Dating Canadians:

1. Roots Sweatpants and Long Term Dating

Don't be alarmed if you find that your love interest shows up in a pair of sweatpants that are from the local brand "Roots." Sweatpants are a sign that you have hit a new stage in your relationship. The best way to showcase your own commitment is by getting yourself a pair!

2. Maple Syrup Is Life

It might be the maple syrup that makes Canadian in such a good mood all of the time. According to Canadian's, maple syrup can go on anything. It has a very special place in the hearts of many Canadians and if you can't appreciate the taste of maple syrup, you can kiss your relationship goodbye.

Canadians Cheering Hockey Friends

3. Pick A Team

There are a lot of sports that have cemented a place in Canada's hearts. While hockey is most certainly the country's number one obsession, basketball, baseball, and even soccer has become popular in it. Try to get to know some of the local teams and choose one.

4. Spend Time Outdoors

Canadians love to spend time outdoors whenever possible. They are regularly taking hikes, camping, and doing other outdoor activities.

5. Canada Vs Everyone

Canadians have a lot of pride in their country. They always try to stick to buying brands that are from the country. You will find a lot of Canadians constantly trying new local brands and sticking to doing their grocery shopping at local farmer's markets. Therefore, try to research some of these options to come up with better ideas for dates.

6. Be Brave

You want to avoid being afraid of rejection in Canada. Most people in Canada are very friendly and warm. Therefore, you shouldn't be afraid to really get out of your comfort zone and talk to people.

7. Meet People

There are plenty of different ways to meet people in Canada as mentioned above. Because of this, you should be looking to leverage a lot of the different ways to do so. You can find events on MeetUp or use other apps to try to meet new people.

Meeting People In Toronto and Vancouver

8. Dating In A Melting Pot

Canadians are well known for having their own customs. However, they are also well known for being very open and willing to embrace all kinds of new cultures and people from different walks of life. You will find people from all over the world living in Canada and while you are in the dating scene. 

9. Seasons

Embrace the different seasons. You will find a lot of people looking for relationships around October to May because people are always looking for a warm body to cuddle with during the winter months. 

10. Understand The Culture

Canada is such a large country and every province in Canada is very different. You will find every province having its own unique feel. Because of this, you want to try to get accustomed to the local culture wherever you are living which can give you a much better outlook on the people living there and how to date successfully. If you're in Calgary, Ottawa, or Toronto, check out our pages for local dating advice and tips!

Say Hello!

Are you new to Canada and looking to meet that special something? Let us know what your journey and experience has been like dating in Canada below in the comments!

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