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10 Things You Need to Know About Dating When You Move to Canada

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Updated: 2 October 2017

Canadians are known for their good manners and nature but what is it like dating in one of the world’s most eligible countries? The following tips will help with your quest for love in your new home. Here are 10 things to keep in mind when dating in Canada!

Roots sweatpants and long-term dating go hand-in-hand

Don’t be worried if your beau shows up at a brunch date in a pair of Roots sweatpants. Sweatpants aren’t the end of a relationship in Canada, if anything they indicate a new chapter of your love story. The best way to show your commitment is by investing in some too.

Maple syrup is everything

Is maple syrup the reason why Canadians are so nice? According to their tastebuds, maple syrup goes with most things and it has a special place in their hearts but it has to be the good stuff from a tree. Your romance won’t last long if you can’t appreciate this sentiment.

Pick a local sports team

Hockey is big in Canada but soccer, baseball, basketball and many other sports also have a keen following. Getting to know the local teams is a good idea. Don’t fret if sports aren’t really your thing, they won’t hold it against you but they may try to convert you.

The great outdoors

Canadians try to make the most of good weather by being outside. Your relationship milestones will look like this: the first time you hike together, the first time take a canoe ride on a lake together, the first time you go camping together and so on.

Canada versus everybody

Canadians are proud of their country and with good reason. Where possible they will look for homegrown goods and brands. Trying out craft beers and doing groceries at farmers markets are the norm here. Put an effort into researching local offerings when it comes to unique ideas for dates.

Be brave

The best thing about looking for a date in Canada is being surrounded by great people. Canadians are renowned all over the world for being friendly, polite and laidback. You might be rejected at times but it will be done very kindly, so don’t be afraid of putting yourself out there.

Meeting people

Because there is so much to do in Canada, there are some great ways to meet new people and prospective singles beyond the usual dating apps. You could take a class, join a MeetUp, try a new activity or go to an event. On most nights, in all the major cities there will be something happening and something for you to scope out where friendly locals will take the time out to chat.

Dating in a melting pot

Canadians have their own customs but they are known for their openness and willingness to embrace people with different traditions and values. In major cities and even rural towns you will meet citizens from all over the world. Multiculturalism has flourished in Canada and contributes to the local scene in a big way. You will be spoilt for what to do on date night, so try different things.

A seasonal affair

Pumpkin spice is in the air! Cuffing season usually starts in late September, this is when people seriously start looking for a warm body to cuddle with because winter is always coming for Canada. The best months for dating and retaining a lover are between October and May but chances are you won’t be singing about summer love.

Get to know the culture first

Canada is huge and every province has its own way of life and every town has its own vibe. It’s worth staying single for the first six months to a year as you become accustomed to your new home and get to know it better. Experience the culture and then start dating!