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Why Dating in Montreal Is Different Than Any Other City

Published On 03/25/2015 Published On 03/25/2015

Montreal does a lot of things differently than the rest of the country, not to mention our neighbours to the South. Yes, we speak two languages, yes, the idea of a good time often involves drinking king cans of beer in an alleyway, and yes, dating here is just different than everywhere else. Here's how...

Seasonal dating is a thing

In the fall, lots of people *magically* find a partner. A human blanket is a lot more desirable than going on dates during the long, cold months...

Spring is a wide-scale hormonal mess

Your relationship with your winter partner will be put to the test; as temperatures rise above 10 degrees Celsius, hordes of sun-deprived Montrealers leave the confinements of their homes to drink on terraces, dressed in what would normally be considered beachwear. Let the mating season begin.

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Montreal time is a very relative one

Both parties will try not to be the first to arrive at the rendezvous. For punctual folks, expect delays... 
 

Women often make the first steps

Note to the 100,000+ expats from France now living in Montreal: time to get with the program.

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Guys are often weird about money

Dudes on dates are notorious for not taking the bill here (which is fine, it's the 21st century, etc.) but just don't lump your date with the bill. That's asshole territory. 
 

Gallantry is super dead

Sorry, ladies.

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EVERYONE is on Tinder

Your sister, your ex, that guy from the coffee shop… it’s awkward for everybody. But hey, at least it spices up commuting!
 

Two degrees of separation

You read that right. And make it one if you’re dating in the LGBTQ scene.

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Your first date will be in a bar, not a restaurant

The chosen place will preferably feature A) low chances of running into people you know, and B) an easy way out for emergency runaways. 
 

You will be led to think people like you when they actually don’t

Canadians are known to be “polite” people. It's not just a cliche. That’s our polite way to say we refrain from saying what we really think in social circumstances. We smile and nod a lot and save all the true stuff for later when we mock you to our close friends.

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“Bonjour, hi”

Be prepared to date in at least two different languages. 
 

You will hear women referring to “Montreal Men”

It’s a pejorative term, often accompanied with a heartfelt eye roll, used to designate the large proportion of local men afflicted by Peter Pan Syndrome. Interesting fact, Montreal also has a large proportion of girls who suffer from Wendy Syndrome so in the end, things are working out for everybody, aren’t they?

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