The Price of Love: What Does a Typical Date Night Cost?
Calculating the cost of a date night
With a winter full of great date ideas stretching out before us, we decided it was time to revisit the cost of love and to discover how much Canadians can expect to spend on a typical date night.
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 $1251 - this was a $10 increase on our findings from 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 10 of Canada's most well-known cities – and the most expensive city came as something of a surprise!
How much does it cost to date in Canada?
And Canada’s priciest big city for romance is…. Vancouver!
A typical date in Vancouver costs $149, making a date night in the city $24 more expensive than the average. It’s not the only big city to break the $140 mark either: the aforementioned date will set you back $142 in Toronto, meanwhile it'll cost $130 in Calgary, and $120 in Hamilton.
At the other end of the scale is Winnipeg. Indeed, for those looking to save a few loonies, the Peg might be the dating destination of choice: an average date night there is only $116. That means those dating in Winnipeg are spending around $33 less than those in Vancouver – that’s enough left over for a coffee date the next day!
Other wallet-friendly cities that cost less than the average include Halifax, where a date night is $117 and Edmonton, where it's $118. Meanwhile in Quebec City, Ottawa and Montreal a date will set you back $119.
Cost of a Date in 10 Major Canadian Cities
- Vancouver, BC: $149
- Toronto, ON: $142
- Calgary, AB: $130
- Hamilton, ON: $120
- Montreal, QC: $119
- Ottawa, ON: $119
- Quebec City, QC: $119
- Edmonton, AB: $118
- Halifax, NS: $117
- Winnipeg, MB: $116
The Cost of a Date Night Around the World
As well as analyzing Canadian dating costs, we decided to make a global comparison, and so we examined the average cost of a date night in 25 cities from around the world.
To make the comparison a fair one, we used the same criteria to describe ‘typical date night’ (the meal, the wine, the movie, the taxi) and, converting global prices into CAD, we discovered that the average cost of a date worldwide is $120. That’s five dollars less than the Canadian average of $125!