The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it was the right time to visit a restaurant, according to a new survey of 1,200 restaurants and food service establishments.
The agency said the average length of stay at a restaurant was 4.8 days and the average number of guests was about 14.6.
However, the number of waiters and waitresses was up, and the number who were not in the restaurant was down.
The survey was conducted by Ipsos Reid from March 14 to 16 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
It found the average wait time at the end of a week at a Canadian restaurant was 14.9 minutes.
It said the wait time for a dinner date was a little over an hour.
But the survey also found that people were more likely to spend money at the restaurant.
The average price of a meal at a family restaurant in Calgary was $5,942, while the average price for a date at a large, independent restaurant was $6,822.
It also found people are more likely than ever to spend time in a restaurant in the winter.
The weather is an important factor in many restaurants, said the agency.
In Alberta, the average temperature is 31.6 degrees, while in British Columbia it’s 34.7.
In Ontario, it’s 35.7 degrees, and in Quebec, 35.4.
For Canadians with no pets, the survey found a significant difference in wait times.
In Toronto, the most popular destination for outdoor dining, the wait times were 5.2 minutes and 2.7 hours.
In Quebec City, the second most popular outdoor destination, the waits were 2.6 minutes and 1.9 hours.
The wait times for people with pets in Montreal were 1.5 minutes and 6.9 days.
The study also found Canadians are more willing to spend in smaller restaurants.
The most popular restaurant was a traditional Canadian pub in Montreal, with an average wait of 2.8 hours, followed by a smaller, independent eatery in Toronto and a restaurant on the edge of town in Vancouver.
While wait times at small restaurants were up, the numbers of people who were in the establishment also dropped, with fewer people staying the longest.
The majority of Canadians who visited a restaurant were staying for a meal, with more people staying longer than the average for Canadians.
The Canadian Restaurant Association said it would be interested to see how the survey’s findings affect restaurant openings.
The association said it hopes the survey helps it identify areas where changes are needed.
The organization said it plans to discuss with the CFIA how it can improve its wait times survey methodology.