11 Great Date Ideas In Peterborough

Tired of the same old song and dance on date nights? You’re probably not alone. There is only so much Netflix worth watching before you find yourself watching repeats. With that in mind, here are some date night ideas in Peterborough…

1. Get out and listen to some live music: Peterborough has some awesome venues around town— the Memorial Centre, Del Crary Park, The Venue, Market Hall, Showplace, the Garnet, The Twisted Wheel, the Historic Red Dog and more!

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2. Pull out your dabbers because it’s time to play BINGO! Go in a big group to Delta Bingo on Clonsilla for a load of laughs or take your special someone for some intimate number calling action.

3. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, a walk through Jackson’s Park is perfect during them all. This park is a gem in our city and has some incredible scenery to take in. Take advantage of it!

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4. Get out and chuck some axes at the Peterborough Axe Club! Get out all of your pent-up frustration and aim for the bull’s-eye at this incredibly fun facility. Like it so much on your date that you want to play again? They have a lot of league options—and they’re licensed!

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5. Take your date to new heights with a night out at the Rock and Rope Climbing Centre. Combine a unique physical experience with a tough mental challenge to find out what you and your partner are really made of.

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6. Cheer on a local sports team! The Peterborough Petes and Century 21 Lakers provide a lot entertainment all under the iconic Memorial Centre roof.

7. Visit the Canadian Canoe Museum and take part in an artisan workshop. It might not be like the romantic pottery scene from Ghost, but coming out with a paddle or pair of moccasins you made would be kind of cool.

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8. Bundle up and strap on your skates in the wintertime for a skate on the canal! (Make sure the Green Flag is up because nothing sounds like more of a date ruiner than falling through the ice.)

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9. Dinner out—and dancing! Somewhere downtown. For its size, Peterborough seemingly has more amazing restaurants, cafes, pubs and dance clubs per capita than almost anywhere else.

black honey cafe & gerti’s Pub

black honey cafe & gerti’s Pub

10. Try out your problem solving skills at the Escape Maze. Fun is the name of the game in their challenging interactive game rooms.

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11. Take a stroll along the paths and check out the animals at Riverview Park & Zoo! Go for a ride on the train during its seasonal schedule, and then show your daring side by riding down the super slide.

—post by Aaron Elliott

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Brother And Sister Duo To Open Plant Based Eatery And Bar Nateures Plate In Old Brio Gusto Location

Brother and sister duo Nathan and Danielle White are opening Nateures Plate, a Plant-Based Eatery & Bar, in the old Brio Gusto location on Charlotte Street.

They will be focusing on serving vegan comfort food, desserts and cocktails, and offering the traditional comfort foods using plant-based ingredients. 

Nathan and Danielle at Brio Gusto, which they are taking over under new name

Nathan and Danielle at Brio Gusto, which they are taking over under new name

The siblings are taking over the restaurant in October and rebranding as Nateures Plate. Their plan is to open by early December.

To follow along on their journey, visit their website
here and follow their Instagram page.

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Downtown Restaurant Brio Gusto Is Up For Sale

In a heartfelt note to its loyal customers posted to its Facebook page, Brio Gusto Restaurant & Wine Bar has announced that they are up for sale.

"I are writing to inform you that after 15 years in business, 10 years of making magic in the kitchen and 6 years as owner, I have placed Brio Gusto Restaurant & Wine Bar for sale," says owner Lindsey Dupuis in the Facebook post.
 

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The Charlotte Street restaurant, which had celebrity Jerry Seinfeld visit it in 2014 for a meal after he played a show at the Memorial Centre, will be sorely missed by its patrons. The service and meals were fantastic, and they were heavily invested in giving back to the community.

Lindsey says in the Facebook post that after welcoming a new addition to their family recently, "we have had to make the hard decision to close Brio Gusto as it is and focus more on our family."

Their final night of service will be Friday, October 5th. 

Read the Facebook note in its entirety below...

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Copper Branch Opening Peterborough Location

Vegan health food restaurant chain Copper Branch has opened a location in Peterborough at 1040 Lansdowne Street West.  

The 100 percent plant-based and organic quick-serve restaurant is officially opening their Peterborough branch to the public on Monday, July 23rd, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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For more info, "Like" their Facebook page.

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Amusé Coffee Co. Opens Pop Up Location In VentureNorth Building In Downtown

Local café Amusé Coffee Co., which opened its first location at 641 George St. in 2015, has now also opened a "pop up" location for its authentic Paris-inspired charm of fair trade organic whole bean coffee and baked goods in the main lobby of the VentureNorth Building in downtown Peterborough.

Photo courtesy FastStart Peterborough

Photo courtesy FastStart Peterborough

Owner Lindsay Brock will be serving Amusé products on Mondays and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the hopes of eventually being there more days.

“I’m so excited to be expanding into VentureNorth, they have so many exciting things happening in this building and I’m really happy to be connected to that,” says Brock. “We are currently here Mondays and Wednesdays for March, and hopefully on a more permanent basis thereafter.”

Amusé founder Lindsay Brock at her second location (photo courtesy FastStart Peterborough)

Amusé founder Lindsay Brock at her second location (photo courtesy FastStart Peterborough)

Amusé Coffee Co., which sprung out of the FastStart Peterborough program for budding entrepreneurs, continues to serve Fair Trade Organic whole bean coffee, premium loose tea, and a range of baked goods and brunch options with a French-feel.

The VentureNorth Building is located at 270 George St. N.

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PTBOCanada Featured Post: Ricky's Peterborough Celebrates 10 Years In Town

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Curry Village Celebrating Incredible 23 Years In Downtown Peterborough

Iconic Indian restaurant Curry Village (306 George St. N) has been owned and operated by brothers Muslim and Shahidul Islam for 23 years.

The brothers immigrated to Peterborough from Bangladesh and decided a year later that the city had a culinary gap to fill and they went about filling it.

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Celebrations begin with a special recognition event with Mayor Daryl Bennett, MP Maryam Monsef and DBIA executive director Terry Guiel this Friday, September 22 at 11:30 a.m at Curry Village. 

"It is a great story to see a business have this long of a successful run in our downtown and we hope they continue to offer great Indian cuisine for many years to come," says Guiel.

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The celebrations continue Saturday, September 23rd as the brothers host their yearly buffet special. This is something they do only once a year to celebrate each anniversary.
 
"Our buffet is a great chance to taste some of everything from our menu,” says Shahidul.

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Syrian Refugee Family To Open New Restaurant In Downtown Peterborough

Syrian Refugee Family To Open New Restaurant In Downtown Peterborough

Oasis Mediterranean Grill opening December 5th

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The Original Greek Is Closed For Renovations

The Original Greek (724 Water Street) is closed for renovations.

The note in the window says they will be re-opening late August, but it's looking more like early September now.

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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