Looking for a picturesque spot to pop the question to the love of your life? You’re in luck, as Ottawa has a wide selection of spots to propose, ranging from idyllic nature areas to romantic waterfront settings. We’ve narrowed down the incredible list of options to eight that stood out as great choices for your special moment.
Plan a visit to Dow’s Lake and enjoy the picturesque waterfront scene before popping the question in this romantic setting. While there you can take advantage of the optimal fall weather and rent a kayak or a canoe to enjoy a relaxing trip around the beautiful waters with your partner. If you had imagined proposing after a nice meal, there are a number of restaurants around the Dow’s Lake Pavilion with prime waterfront views that would make the perfect setting.
A beautiful spot in the fall, the Arboretum is a great place to observe beautiful fall-coloured trees and enjoy an idyllic date with your partner before getting down on one knee. Sprawling over 64 acres, the Arboretum is perfect for nature enthusiasts, or those just looking to get a breath of fresh air.
This spot provides one of the most spectacular views of the city. Another draw of this special place is that if you’re really charmed by it, you can use it as a venue for your wedding as well. Take the opportunity to propose at sunset and partake from a wide selection of drinks and snacks. After a night of relaxing and taking in the Ottawa skyline, you can spend the night here and request a room with a window view of the Parliament building.
One of Ottawa’s most famous attractions, the beautiful canal has tree-lined pathways on either side. After taking a relaxing stroll with your partner, propose at sunset alongside the canal for an unforgettable moment. Propose as you approach downtown and a view of Parliament, and you and your partner can get out at the locks and celebrate.
For those who love nature and want to truly appreciate the fall colours, go to Gatineau Park and explore the sights and sounds of this idyllic park on a hike before making your grand proposal. A particularly ideal proposal spot is the lookout facing Meech Lake, where you can get spectacular views of the park’s dense forests speckled with rich fall colours.
Nepean point is known to offer one of the best spots in Ottawa to view the city. It’s known for offering panoramic views of the Ottawa River, flanked by Ottawa on one side and Gatineau on the other.
Eagle’s Nest Lookout
Just an hour outside of Ottawa in Calabogie, the Eagle’s Nest Lookout is definitely worth the trip, as you’ll get unbeatable views for your proposal. After an easy 20-minute hike to the top, head to one of the lookout points and take in the stunning views of the pristine surrounding forest. Fall is undoubtedly the best season to propose here, as the fall colors illuminate the trees with vibrant red and orange hues.
Major’s Hill Park
Head to Major’s Hill Park for your proposal and enjoy the serene setting and stunning views of the Ottawa Locks, the Ottawa River and the Parliament Buildings with your partner. The park boasts ample greenspace that lights up in the fall with beautiful autumnal colors.
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