Dating on a Budget: The University Students Guide to Dating in Toronto
Trinity Bellwoods Park
For me the battleground for the Mating Games is Trinity Bellwoods Park because it is filled with so many attractive people from Hipsters, dog owners, work out fanatics and single parents (if you’re older or are into that sort of thing).
Aside from the park being your first stop in your quest to finding a mate, Trinity Bellwoods Park is actually a great place to go on a date – this is from experience. So much happens in Trinity Bellwoods Park and it is in a great location for it is close to Little Italy, Bathurst and is right on Queen Street West. If I were to pick the most romantic park in the city, it would be Trinity Bellwoods Park. So now I will present to you four date options that I will allow you to use so that you can get ahead in the Mating Games.
Date 1: Snakes and Bellwoods
I did this date a month ago and even though it failed (we never played the board games) the date was still a success.
So here is the plan. Grab a picnic table or buy a picnic blanket, then go to your childhood home or ask a friend to see if you can borrow a few board games. When choosing the board I would avoid something complicated like Clue, Monopoly or 1313 Dead End Drive. Instead opt for easy games like Operation, Connect Four or Hungry Hungry Hippos. Once you have got your board games, then the only thing missing are drinks and some food. Once you have everything on the list then you have successfully created your own version of Snakes and Lattes, but instead of being enclosed inside you have the CN Tower over you changing colours, the stars in the sky (smog, light pollution and regular pollution permitting) as well as the beautiful summer weather.
In reality if you can borrow the games from someone, you are only looking at spending your budget on food and drinks which can run under $20 for sure. If you need to buy a board game then Value Village or Goodwill may have it.
Date 2: The Big Kid Date
Like I said, Trinity Bellwoods Park is in close proximity to Little Italy. I say stop by Dolce Gelato, take a stroll to the park and head to the playground. If you do this date late enough there most likely won’t be any kids in the park other than the odd creepy one. This means you can have the playground all to yourself and act like a big kid. Go on the slide and have a swinging competition to see who can go higher or simply hold hands as you swing back and forth. It’s the perfect big kid date because what kid doesn’t love ice cream/ gelato or a playground. Maybe even try to steal a kiss on the swings, hopefully she won’t run away crying because she thinks you gave her cooties.
The gelato for two will run you under $10 depending on the size you get.
Date 3: Movies/ Concerts in the Dog Bowl.
Sometimes the dog bowl is more than an off leash area where pugs waddle around and other dogs chase Frisbees and balls. Sometimes a movie screen will be set up in the park for a movie date night and other times a local band, busker or street artist will perform on the stage. Usually when the an impromptu concert occurs the dogs are still in the bowl meaning you and your date can pet the dogs as they come up to you.
This has no cost at all, other than possibly tipping the performer out of goodwill.
Date 4: Seal the Deal.
Sometime Trinity Bellwoods Park may be the place to end the date with that feeling of victory– trust me I have. After having dinner on Queen Street, College or Dundas, you may choose to walk off your food. I say walk towards Trinity Bellwoods, find a bench and watch the CN Tower change colour. Watch the random Asians hover around groups waiting to collect their beer cans or find a tree and give her/ him that long overdue kiss that you having waiting all night to do.
This date can have a very minimal cost, it all depends where you start. However, that perfect and romantic ending will forever be priceless.
Trinity Bellwoods Park for me is the most romantic park in Toronto.
That is how to Date on a Budget.