The Price of Love: What Does a Typical Date Night Cost?
Calculating the cost of a date night
In 2017 and 2018, EliteSingles dove into the cost of love and discovered how much Canadians can expect to spend on a typical date night.
Now, the 2019 figures are in - and that means we know how much dating currently will cost you in Canada and around the world.
While free date ideas do exist, we decided to define a 'typical date night' as one that includes a mid-range dinner for two, a shared bottle of wine, two movie tickets, and an 8km taxi ride home, we looked at the average prices for each item to determine that a date night in Canada will set you back $1271 - a $2 increase on our findings from 2018 (and $12 more than 2017!)
Of course, there are places in this country where dating is a bit more costly. We applied the method above to find out the average cost for a date in 15 major Canadian cities.
How much does it cost to date in Canada?
And Canada’s priciest big city for romance is…. Toronto!
That's right, Toronto has knocked Vancouver off the #1 position that it held in 2018 - but only just. A 2019 date night in Toronto will set you back $150. The cost of the same date night in Vancouver is $149 - a difference of only a dollar.
That means a date in Toronto costs $23 more than an average date in Canada, while Vancouver is $22 more expensive. And they're not the only cities sitting above the middle line. Dates in Ottawa, Victoria, Edmonton, Hamilton, and St Catharines all cost more then the average.
At the other end of the scale is Quebec City, which has replaced Winnipeg as the chepeast date night city on the list. Indeed, for those looking to save a few loonies, Québec might be the dating destination of choice: an average date night there is only $112. Not only is that $15 less than the average, it also means those dating in Quebec City are spending around $38 less than those in Toronto – that's enough left over for a coffee date the next day!
Other wallet-friendly cities that cost less than the average include Montreal ($119), and Winnipeg and Oshawa (both $116).
2019 Cost of a Date in 15 Major Canadian Cities
- Toronto, ON: $150
- Vancouver, BC: $149
- Ottawa, ON: $138
- Victoria, BC: $133
- Edmonton, AB: $131
- Hamilton, ON: $130
- St Catharines, ON: $130
- London, ON: $125
- Calgary, AB: $123
- Kitchener, ON: $120
- Halifax, NS: $120
- Montreal, QC: $119
- Oshawa, ON: $116
- Winnipeg, MB: $116
- Quebec City, QC: $112
Figures are rounded: a date in Hamilton is $0.48 more than one in St Catharines, a Kitchener date night is $0.18 more than Halifax, and an Oshawa date night is $0.30 more than one in Winnipeg.
The Cost of a Date Night Around the World
As well as analyzing Canadian dating costs, we decided to make a global comparison. For 2019, we've examined the average cost of a date night in 30 capital cities from around the world.
To make the comparison a fair one, we used the same criteria to describe a ‘typical date night’ (the meal, the wine, the movie, the cab) and converted global prices into CAD. Doing so we discovered that the average cost of a date worldwide in 2019 is $113. That’s $14 less than the Canadian average of $127 - but still a little more expensive than a date night in Quebec City!