Posted by: Pip Campbell
It really is no wonder that so many people come to Whistler to pop the question.
A gentle snowfall; epic mountains framing the scene; once in a lifetime adventures – you’d be hard pressed to find a more memorable and romantic place anywhere on earth.
Romance lives here. Left: Mike Crane PHOTO. Right: Phillipa Campbell PHOTO
The tough part isn’t deciding to propose to your special someone in Whistler; it’s figuring out where, exactly, you want to make it happen. Whether you’re a couple who savours the finer things in life or you’re huge fans of the great outdoors, rest assured that there is a perfect Whistler proposal just waiting to happen for you.
We’ve gathered some of our favourite locales to help get your creative juices flowing.
The Ziplining Engagement
This one is for the couple who likes a little excitement.
Ziplining is an adrenaline-fuelled activity – after all, you’re required to step off a platform over a vast sea of nothingness – but it’s also one that happens to be set in a rather enchanting forest that makes for a picture perfect proposal.
Picture this set up: your partner is a little nervous to zip the line, so you kindly offer to go first. Once you make it to the other side, your guide quickly frees you from the line and you remove the ring from your (carefully zippered) pocket. By the time your partner is zipping into the landing platform, you’re on one knee. Come on – who wouldn’t say yes to that?!
Quiet forest setting or high flying proposal? Left: Magee Walker PHOTO. Right:Superfly Ziplines PHOTO
Proposing at Proposal Corner
Believe it or not, there is a place in Whistler called “Proposal Corner” – yes, there’s even a sign that says so. The catch: in the winter months, you’ll have to don a pair of cross-country skis to get there. Head to the PassivHaus at Lost Lake Park and rent your skis. Roughly half way through the beginner-friendly Lost Lake Loop trail, you’ll see the infamous sign – that’s your cue to get down on bended knee. Bonus points for packing a thermos of hot cocoa in your backpack and celebrating the moment with a chocolaty toast.
If you’re not so sure about cross-country skiing, you also have the option of snowshoeing the trail. Alternatively, you can wait until the summer, as Proposal Corner is easily accessed on foot or by bike when the trail is clear of snow.
The Dog Lover’s Dream
Dog loving couples, look no further than a proposal set on a dogsledding route in the Callaghan backcountry. This activity ticks all the boxes: it’s a unique Canadian experience, the setting is as idyllic as it gets, and it’s not an overly extreme activity – perfect for those who prefer, say, not to jump off a bridge (see below). Oh, and you’ll have six adorable Alaskan Huskies rooting you on as you pop the question.
Show him or her it’s not just puppy love. Left: Mike Crane PHOTO. Right: Magee Walker PHOTO
The execution is simple: you’ll start off bundled under a blanket with your loved one as your trusty team of sled dogs pulls you through the woods. Part way through, your guide will pull the sled over to give the pups a break. That’s your cue!
The Most Extreme Engagement
There’s arguably no setting more intimate than being tied up with your partner as you prepare to launch yourselves off a bridge.
If you agree with that statement, then a tandem bungee jump engagement is definitely up your alley. We recommend asking the question the moment before you step off the platform. Just one tip: leave the ring with your guide and fetch it once you’re back on steady land.
The Built-In Champagne Toast
For the couple who has never met a five-course meal they didn’t love, there’s only one proper proposal place for you: down in the wine cellar at the Bearfoot Bistro.
Sabering a champagne bottle is a thrilling experience that’s part fun, part educational, and all delicious. After learning about the history of champagne sabering, your host will invite you to saber a champagne bottle on your own. Let your partner do the honors of slicing the champagne bottle, then get down on one knee. Not only will you have a glass of champagne readily available, but you can continue the celebration with a decadent meal upstairs in the main restaurant.
Prefer vodka to champagne? The Bearfoot Bistro’s Ketel One Ice Room is another option for a spirited proposal.
Not bad places for a ‘We’re Engaged!’ photo. Mike Crane PHOTOS.
A Mountaintop Proposal
If you and your loved one are skiing or snowboarding fanatics, then it’s only natural to pop the question while you’re doing your favourite activity at one of the most spectacular ski resorts on earth . As a bonus, this one won’t arouse any suspicion – after all, you probably came to Whistler to ski, so it’s the perfect opportunity to pull off the surprise factor.
Head to the top of Peak Chair or Seventh Heaven for some stunning panoramic views to serve as your proposal backdrop. Want to take it to the next level? Two words: heli skiing.
Fondue? I Do!
An extreme adventure paired with delicious food – what more could you ask for? A snowmobiling and fondue dinner tour strikes the perfect balance of adventurous and intimate – and the proposal success rate for this activity is reportedly 100%.
After you’ve filled your belly with fondue, invite your partner to join you outside the Crystal Hut on Blackcomb Mountain beneath the starry night sky. You’ll get to celebrate the entire snowmobile ride back down the mountain. Another option: make it less extreme by swapping the snowmobile for a snowcat tour, where someone else does all the heavy lifting for you.
An adventure, a decadent fondue dinner and The Question. Mike Crane PHOTOS.
The Fairytale Engagement
A horse-drawn sleigh ride for two around Nicklaus North Golf Course makes a dreamy setting for a private and intimate proposal. If your partner is someone who has been dreaming of this day since they could walk, then you’re set for success: ponies, a carriage, snow swirling down from the sky… – the stage is officially set.
All that excitement is sure to work up an appetite, so book a fondue dinner for two at the end of your tour. Don’t forget the champagne!
Ain’t love grand? Whether you’re on a first date or your 50th wedding anniversary the mountains offer endless opportunities for romance. Whistler.com has everything you need to craft a unique romatic getaway, plan a wedding or simply enjoy the wonder of winter together.
The couple that shreds, weds. Giv’r. Mike Crane PHOTO