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11 Memorable Ways To Date In Ontario This Fall

'Tis the season — and Ontario the place — for adorable, Instagram-worthy dates.

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1. Go stargazing.

Grab a blanket and a bottle of wine, and enjoy the incredible sky views Ontario has to offer. Check out Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve on a stay in nearby Gravenhurst. Or head to Gordon’s Park on Manitoulin Island for a view of the Northern Lights. In fact, they offer a special Aurora Borealis Weekend every year, complete with camping, wine, and a photography workshop.

3. Show them a choco-lotta love.

A box of chocolate for your lover is kinda passé, no? Go the extra mile with your romancing (literally) with a self-guided tour through a world of chocolate delicacies, or take the seduction indoors with a bottle of wine and some exquisite gourmet goodies.

4. Get spooked.

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If you scare easy, this might not be the best date for you…or maybe it is. ;) Plan an excuse to cuddle close on a haunted walking tour through the spookier parts of Toronto, Ottawa, or Kingston.

5. Bike through wine country.

Ignite some romantic energy and work it off on a cycling tour through one of Ontario's wine regions. There are many bike-friendly wineries that offer access to restrooms and safe areas to secure bikes while you sample a local pinot or cab sauv.

6. Go cruising.

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Set sail aboard one of many cruising vessels on Ontario's stunning waterways. From the Grand River to the mighty Ottawa, and from Kenora to Muskoka, your options are endless. Many also include dinner and sunset cruises guaranteed to raise the romance meter.

7. Devote your entire date to dessert.

Apple pies and butter tarts aren't just desserts; they're life. And in Ontario, you can base an entire romantic getaway around the sweet pastries. Explore butter tart trails in Kawarthas Northumberland and Wellington North, or venture out on the Blue Mountains Apple Pie Trail.

8. Get fancy at the theatre.

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Ontario is home to one of the liveliest theatre scenes on the planet. And perhaps no place embodies a devotion to the stage more than Stratford, while Toronto's live theatre scene truly offers something for everyone. There's no need for drama in your relationship if you leave it all to the professionals on stage.

9. Visit a fall fair.

Is there anything more romantic than a visit to the fair? Fortunately, Ontario is home to quite a few fall-themed fairs that are Enjoy the thrill of Ferris wheels, cotton candy, and carnival games in the crisp autumn air. You can almost taste the apple cider now, can't you?

10. Rock out.

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Worried about the potential for awkward silence on a first date? No need when you're tuned in to Ontario's live music scene. From outdoor festivals and big-ticket arena concerts to small bars everywhere, you'll have no trouble finding out if you're musically compatible.

11. Make out!

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Located in West Montrose, the Kissing Bridge is Ontario's only remaining covered bridge. Built in 1881, it earned its nickname because couples could walk through privately, making it an ideal spot for stealing kisses without being seen.

Ignite the spark this fall in Ontario!

Did we miss anything? Leave your favourite Ontario date ideas in the comments below.