Hailed as North America’s Paris, it’s no surprise that romance runs deep in the veins of our beautiful city. With the gorgeous views, parks and restaurants, Montreal is the perfect place to pop the big question. So to help your future proposal out, we scouted far and wide to bring you 18 of the best places to officially start your new life together.
The Belvedere lookout on Mt. Royal
This might take some hiking but the scenery that’s waiting for you on top of Mount-Royal is worth the sweat. Bring a blanket to cozy up, some hot chocolate, and marvel in the beauty of the city… then pop the question when they least expect it. A true postcard moment.
With 300 years of history behind one of Montreal’s most beautiful cathedrals, the Notre-Dame Basilica offers a stunning and picturesque engagement opportunity. After all, Celine Dion got married here for a reason. A little tip? Hire a local street musician to play romantic notes in the background as you get down on one knee.
Along the Lachine Canal
Filled with beautiful views of the canal, trees, flowers, bridges and more, this is a great way to propose. Grab two bikes and take a spin from the Old Port until Parc Rene-Levesque and stop along the way to breathe in the fresh air, pop a little wine, share some bites, and indulge in one of Montreal’s truly serene spots while declaring your love.
The perfect picnic spot. Grab some bubbly, a cozy blanket, pack a sunny afternoon lunch, and indulge in Montreal’s favourite park. Make sure you bring some strawberries and chocolate for an extra pop of romance before bringing out the ring.
Birks Café par Europea
If chic is what you want, this is your spot. Spend a lavish afternoon over tea and a delicious weekend brunch in a spectacular jewelry store surrounding. Your ring could be waiting at the jewelry counter for her when she least expects it, which adds a fun element of surprise.
Montreal Botanical Garden
Located in the heart of the city spanning 190 acres, the Botanical Gardens provide endless options when it comes to finding that perfect proposal nook. From the eclectic Chinese and Japanese gardens to simpler spots where birds chirp all day, there is a special corner waiting for you to tap into your nature lover’s side.
On the skating rink at Parc La Fontaine
If the Rockefeller Center is not at your disposal, this rink spread over Plateau Park is just as good. With endless twists and turns over two lakes and stars shining over your head, holding hands and skating into the night after saying “yes” makes for a sweet and romantic memory.
Bell Center during a Canadiens Game
This may not seem romantic to a lot of us, but for the die-hard hockey couples, being proposed to on the Bell Centre’s jumbotron has been on their bucket list ever since they could say “Go Habs Go.”
Liverpool House Back Patio
You would never think that Little Burgundy’s Liverpool House has a picturesque little patio in the back – but they do, and it’s magical. One of my best friends was proposed to back there and it was a beautifully intimate gathering set in one of Montreal’s hippest restaurants.
Hotel Nelligan Penthouse Suite
Magnificent one-bedroom penthouse with private terrace? Check. Panoramic views of the Old Port? Check. Private bathroom with Jacuzzi tub for two? Check.
Jean Drapeau Park
If you’re going to do it anywhere in this vast park, make sure you pop the question in front of the biosphere. This architectural masterpiece was designed by noted American architectural firm Buckminster Fuller and makes a spectacular background for your special day or night.
Helicopter Tour of Montreal
Want excitement? This might just be your perfect scenario. Fly over Montreal as you admire La Ronde, the Olympic Park, Botanical Gardens, and Mount Royal while finishing with a panoramic view of downtown. Bond over the city’s beauty with your partner and pop the question mid-air for an unexpected, exhilarating moment.
La Ronde Fireworks
If you can skip the insane lines at the La Ronde Ferris Wheel and get on right as the fireworks start, then this may go down as one of the cutest proposals ever.
Carré St. Louis
One of the rare examples of a Victorian Square in North America, Carre St. Louis has been featured on plenty of postcards. The Project for Public Spaces has called the square “the closest thing to a European neighborhood square you’ll find this side of the Atlantic,” making it a truly romantic and cool spot to surprise your sweetie – especially near the fountain.
Little is publicized about this green gem, but that’s what makes it special. The Conservatory is full with stunning exhibitions of flowers and was built by Lord & Burnham, who also built the New York Botanical Gardens, making it a spectacular and private space for your special moment. Make sure you have a photographer on hand; you’ll want to capture this moment amongs the floral surrounding.
One of the city’s most spectacular spas, the setting is inside a moored boat on the St. Lawrence River. Make it a full day filled with couples massages, Nordic baths, a yummy lunch inside their restaurant, and then proposing on one of their decks overlooking Old Montreal.
Romantic Dinner Cruise on the St. Lawrence River
If you can lock this down during the fireworks, we highly suggest it. Be prepared for world-class chefs serving you as you embark on a dinner cruise surrounded by a magical decor of glass and light enhanced by the luminous reflection of the St. Laurence Seaway. Fairytale? I think so.
Maison Boulud at Ritz Carlton
With its beautiful Palm Court filled with swans in the summer, this charming restaurant located inside the iconic and luxurious Ritz Carlton Montreal offers a five-star setting that is unforgettable. If winter is your preferred date, worry not; their cozy fireplace makes for the ultimate snowy day proposal spot… Champagne-filled, of course.