Yeah, I know…the title threw you off! Being a Canadian girl now (since I moved here from South Africa at seven) I’ve always been a bit blind to the beauty of the Canadian winter. I say blind but I think “freezing my ass off so badly I can’t think straight enough to enjoy the snow” is a better description of the past 23 or so years (give or take a few ;) I’m being serious – check out the photo of the giant-ass icicle outside my front door —>
In any case, when my future sister-in-law-to-be came to Canada from England I decided to show her Alberta, Canada in all its splendour. Her name’s Courtney in case you were curious.
I didn’t realize that I’d be stumbling across one of THE best settings for a glorious winter wonderland proposal. Seriously, if your chick is into snow and ice, bring her to Alberta!
If you think giant frozen waterfalls glistening amongst massive glittering icicles isn’t romantic, then I’m not sure what is! Sure, my hair froze (yes, hair can actually FREEZE) and my ass actually went numb (no, this isn’t even a little bit of an exaggeration) but what I saw BLEW MY MIND.
Here’s the scoop. There’s a place called Maligne Canyon in Jasper, Alberta and you can do its ice walk in winter. You can either do a tour through a group or try to figure it out yourself. While doing it yourself isn’t that hard if you are a Canadian with Canadian gear, if you’re an LA person or someone from any kind of warm climate, hiring a guide is best. I hit up TripAdvisor and picked Joy from Sundog Tours.
They were rad but I’m sure most operators out there are a hit. Just make sure they give you those ice climbing things for your boots so you don’t slip! You’ll literally be gliding on frozen streams! It’s unreal. Check out this scene with Ryan and his sis…
If I were proposing, I would take a private tour and propose under the icy waterfall at the bottom. Ideally, you’d have the spot set up with candles in advance…don’t do it at night…she might literally die of the cold.
After the canyons stop echoing her screams of joy at your proposal, head down the Icefields Parkway (also known as Highway 93) between Jasper and Banff. (Fill up on gas and snacks first though. No drive-thrus in national parks). It’ll take you about four to six hours depending on how many times you stop for pics. HOLY SHIT. This is drive just beyond beautiful. It has everything from mountains to glaciers…
Then, once you hit Banff, you can spend a night in the ultra-luxurious Banff Springs Hotel. It’s a Fairmont property though so you’d better pack your credit card. It’s between $400 and $500 a night…yup…a night. I say splurge if you can, if not, use Expedia to get a cheaper room elsewhere. You can still do a day visit to see all of this….
There you go, everything you need for a winter wonderland proposal. Oh, but wait, no snow/ice/winter post would be complete without a bit of playing around in the snow! We did that too…