When it comes time to pop the question, where you choose to get down on bended knee will be forever remembered. Whether it's a sentimental place where you enjoyed your first date or an exotic locale, Canada is home to countless breathtaking settings that will provide an engaging backdrop to your proposal.
Do you and your loved one share a love of the environment? Ask for her hand at The Eye of the Wind, a large wind turbine located at the summit of Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, B.C. Ascend the 20-storey-high tower via an elevator within its supporting shaft and exit into a viewPOD˘ suspended directly below the hub of massive 125-foot long blades.
The viewPOD and a segment of its floor are encased in glass. One enterprising suitor arranged for an airplane to fly by with a wedding proposal banner trailing behind, reports William Mbaho, manager of public relations and communications. After she accepts, enjoy dinner at the picturesque Observatory Restaurant.
If your rules of engagement include taking your love to new heights, propose atop the Calgary Tower in Alberta. It offers spectacular views of the city, the mountains and prairies beyond. Throughout the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, a flame burned at its peak, making the tower the world's largest Olympic torch. Several suitors have even arranged for it to be burning when they propose.
"The thrill of the height, the view, the vision of thinking big and the iconic feature - that you will be able to tell your children and grandchildren that you got engaged atop the tower - are all part of the appeal," says Scott Hutchison, chairman and CEO of Aspen Properties Ltd., owner of the tower.
Love is always in the air at 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower in Ontario's capital of Toronto, especially on Valentine's Day. "Our restaurant regularly wins most romantic restaurant awards," says marketing manager Irene Knight. "It's so high in the sky and the lights of the city go on forever,"
Unique proposals staged there include a suitor dressed as a knight in a full suit of shining armour. He strode deliberately to his girlfriend's table, bent down on one knee and lifted his mask to propose to a shocked and delighted bride-to-be.
Add a touch of 'je ne sais quoi' to your proposal in Quebec. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, located in the heart of Quebec City, features castle-like architecture, complete with turrets. Fairmont Tremblant Hotel is nestled in the heart of a European-style village at the foot of Mont Tremblant Resort near Montreal.
Favourite places to propose there include the gondola and the peak of the mountain. "The trees are covered in snow and look like teddy bears because they're so soft and full," says Natalie Johnson of Fairmont Tremblant Hotel.
Let the world know about your love for one another and propose at Signal Hill in St. John's, Nfld. Home to a craggy castle known as Cabot Tower, the hill secured its spot in history in 1901, when it received the first wireless transatlantic broadcast.
Signal Hill is also an ideal setting if your love is as majestic as the Titanic (albeit with a more promising fate), which met its watery grave after colliding with an iceberg off Newfoundland's coast. Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famous ship and the Johnson GEO Centre at Signal Hill will host a special exhibition.
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Planning a unique proposal at a favourite restaurant or hotel but need help carrying it off? Contact the maitre d' of the restaurant or hotel concierge. Not only will they be happy to help, they may even have a few creative suggestions.
Fairmont hotels, for example, offer engaging proposals packages and offer such suggestions as serving up a handmade puzzle that spells out 'Will you marry me?' with an appetizer or encasing her engagement ring in a dessert box crafted by a pastry chef.
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The CN Tower and its revolving restaurant is the scene for dozens of proposals each year. Here are a few memorable and creative proposals that just may serve as inspiration for romantics everywhere:
- First Elvis Presley stopped by the table in full Vegas attire to sing one of the bride-to-be's favourite songs, I Can't Help Falling in Love with You. Then the groom-to-be capitalized on the magical moment with a proposal on bended knee.
- Dressed in a gorilla suit, this groom-to-be strolled around the CN Tower's observation level handing out red roses to all the ladies, including his unsuspecting girlfriend. He then led his girl to the window and before removing his disguise, he pointed to banner on the ground that read, 'Marry Me.'