If you’re looking to take your relationship into the long term through marriage, Toronto is full of romantic spots to ask the question. Whether you’re looking for a secluded garden, a historical setting, breathtaking heights, or want to profess your love in public, these ten spots show some of the romantic variety that exists around the city.
For a regal and romantic proposal setting, there’s no better spot than Casa Loma. Toronto’s only castle is a labyrinth of towers and intricately decorated rooms and suites, stables, and tunnels. The grounds feature a beautiful garden that is resplendent in spring and summer, and the conservatory fountain is a particularly romantic proposal spot. Casa Loma also serves as a beautiful and popular wedding venue for the complete romantic treatment.
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 923 1171
Located at the corner of Jarvis and Carlton in the downtown area, Allan Gardens offers a quiet refuge teeming with an array of plants and flowers. While the garden is housed under a glass dome structure, there is also a conservatory and playground—totaling over 16,000 square ft (1486m²). Allan Gardens is over 100 years old, making it the oldest park in Toronto.
Allan Gardens, 19 Horticultural Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 392 7288
Beyond libraries and lecture halls, UToronto’s St. George Campus has numerous historical buildings complete with carved archways and ivy-woven stone walls. Located in the heart of the city’s downtown area, the campus feels more like a park out of a historical romance novel, and couples pose for engagement photos all year long.
University of Toronto St. George Campus, 27 King’s College Cir, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 978 2011
Just a short ferry ride from downtown Toronto, proposing on the shores of the Toronto Islands with a panoramic view of the city’s skyline can be an unforgettable moment—and a full day experience complete with biking, strolling, and lounging on the beach. St. Andrews by the Lake, built in 1884, is a small whitewashed chapel with beautiful little stained glass windows that add a quaint hint to waterfront proposals.
Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 9 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 397 2628
Toronto’s Harbourfront offers beautiful views of Lake Ontario, the marinas, and the Toronto Islands. Beyond the boardwalks lined with ice cream stands and the weekenders picnicking or sunbathing, the Toronto Music Garden is a quiet and somewhat secluded area for an urban proposal. The park’s spiral is inspired by Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major, designed in collaboration with cellist YoYo Ma, landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy, and urban landscape architects. A summer proposal may be accompanied by live classical music, performed Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. from June to September.
Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 973 4000
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