The season of love is upon us! If you’re thinking about popping the question this season, the amazing backdrops of South Eastern Ontario make the perfect place to add sparkle to your proposal. Read on for 34 places to lock in a lifetime of love in SEO.

Bay of Quinte

1. Parks and conservation areas
Want a more quiet and private proposal? Then Bay of Quinte parks and nature areas provide the picture-perfect scene for your engagement. Walk up to the lookout tower at the Sager Conservation Area, or slip out a ring on the slopes of the Batawa Ski Hill for a snowy and scenic proposal. Make a core memory near the water or under the cover of a gazebo at the romantic Zwick Centennial Park in Belleville, or take a stroll through the historic downtown area of Belleville and pop the question near charming city hall. Quinte Conservation Areas like H.R. Frink Conservation Area also offer serene setting for a natural proposal – you may even get to celebrate with some unique wildlife sightings!

Prince Edward County

2. The Grange Winery
Romantic as all get out. Nestled in 60 acres of vineyard rows, fields and colourful gardens, the conversation piece is the 200-year-old barn that is the winery and event space. Imagine getting down on one knee in front of the 30-foot fireplace which accents the large windows overlooking the vines and garden space then celebrating with a glass of wine!

3. Little Bluff Conservation Area
Panoramic views of Lake Ontario. Check. A hike together so your partner isn’t suspecting a thing. Check. Time alone together in nature. Check. Find the perfect moment when you reach the 20-metre high limestone bluff that overlooks Prince Edward Bay. (Please note that visitors can still access the area by walking in, but it’s closed for parking from December to March.)

4. Drake Devonshire Inn
This stylish yet cozy waterfront hotel is an ideal spot for a romantic proposal. Better yet, look here for packages made specifically for lovers, couples and county crushes. The scenic views of Lake Ontario with the chic atmosphere make for memorable engagement moments. They even have an iconic photo booth for goodness sakes. Did you know that The Drake turns 20 this year? Look for what they have in store for February to celebrate. Hint: think intriguing events and throwback room pricing!


5. Kingston Waterfront
Bundle up and stroll the epic waterfront along historic streets and pathways like those around Confederation Basin. Stop in front of City Hall, one of the finest 19th –century buildings in Canada and the symbolic centre of the community since 1844. Lace up some skates and propose while skating arm-in-arm on Springer Market Square behind city hall. Warm up with a celebratory drink at a nearby bistro or pub – or if your partner is a foodie, book a Kingston Food Tour to elevate the experience.

6. Fort Henry Hill
See the city of Kingston twinkling below – the view from the hill at Fort Henry is stunning the daytime with the water and city spread out below. But nighttime gives a new romantic perspective, with lights aglow just like your heart will be. Pack up some hot chocolate and a blanket and go make the night unforgettable.

7. Martello Alley
Martello Alley
is a brilliant art-themed historic alley in downtown Kingston, showcasing a variety of artists. Find original and printed artwork in this unique gallery, as well as a place to meet the artists and see their work in progress. Ask your special someone to spend a lifetime together surrounding by creativity and colour. Keep an eye out in late January for Froid’Art by Martello Alley, as well – an outdoor exhibition of illuminated art encased in ice throughout the downtown.

8. Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
Did you know The Isabel overlooks Lake Ontario? Talk about a perfect place for a couple who appreciates the arts. The sophisticated space at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts lends nicely to a romantic evening of a concert or show – then continuing the magic with a special question asked in a scenic setting.

1000 Islands Gananoque

9. Joel Stone Heritage Park
Stroll along the banks of the majestic St. Lawrence River and find a peaceful spot to propose. Joel Stone Heritage Park offers paths and connections to the marina, museums, and water views for days. Time it right and you could be popping the question against the backdrop of an epic sunset. Stay closeby at the waterfront heritage Gananoque Inn and pop into Stonewater Pub across the street to discover a favourite hidden gem for live music so you can celebrate your moment!

10. 1000 Islands Helicopter Tour
This is a popular option for proposals – with good reason! High above the stunning St. Lawrence River as your loved one is marvelling at the beauty below surprise them with a proposal that will be one for the books. Some people wait until the helicopter is flying over the romantic authentic Boldt Castle to pop the question! An unforgettable start to your marriage journey.


11. Outdoor Romance
Mac Johnson Wildlife Area comes alive in winter for outdoor enthusiasts with cross country skiing, snowshoeing and skating! Partake in some great winter activities, wait until you’re along surrounded only by whispering evergreens and birdsong and then profess your love. Nature and lovebirds; they kind of go hand-in-hand. Pun definitely intended. Jones Creek and Landon Bay Lookout are also sparkling with snow in the winter months – if outdoor serenity is what you crave as a couple, exploring local trails would make for a wonderful proposal memory.

12. 48 King West
Extend the privacy to where you’re staying the night. Soak in a hot tub, lounge in your upscale suite and enjoy each other’s company in style at 48 King West boutique hotel in Brockville. Set in a heritage 1920s bank building, these restored and renovated suites let you lock up love in a space full of character and charm. The Vault promises a private courtyard, featuring a hot tub, mural view, shower room for two!

13, Brockville Parks and Islands
Venture outdoors and make it a moment to remember! Blockhouse Island offers remarkable views of the St. Lawrence River and surrounding islands, as does Hardy Park. Choose the perfect spot after a wintry stroll and propose overlooking the majesty of the St. Lawrence.

SDG Counties

14. Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Home to more than 200 species of birds, the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary is the place to be for lovebirds!  If your significant other is someone who enjoys a leisurely walk or cross country ski on groomed trails while birding this is the spot for you. Self-guided nature trails await with wetlands, boardwalks and forested areas at the ready. Listen to the soothing sounds of birds and immerse yourself in local wildlife!

15. Gray’s Creek Conservation Area
Natural landscape and trails open year round!  Explore the trails and watch for animals and interpretive signs to educate users about the wonders of the conservation area. Spend time cross country skiing or snowshoeing until you find the perfect moment. No snowshoes? No problem! They are available to rent here. Try something new with your loved one!


16. Lamoureux Park
The outdoors are calling – answer the call and immerse yourself in nature at Lamoureux Park. Being so close to the St. Lawrence River affords some stunning views that span the city’s waterfront. Spend the day walking along the trail with your beloved; it’s a dedicated off-road multi-use trail that spans the waterfront through the entire city. Stop for a hot chocolate in the park or cocktails at a nearby bistro and marvel at the stunning views of the Cornwall Canal and the St. Lawrence River along the way. Afterward, walk to one of the fantastic local restaurants in downtown Cornwall like Schnitzels, a sophisticated tavern with pub grub and European comfort foods like schnitzel and wood-fired pizzas.

17. Trails at Guindon Park
Whether cross country skiing, snowshoeing or playing in the snow, the trails at Guindon Park on the western edge of Cornwall are known as a place to reconnect with nature – and your softer side. The trails are a natural oasis for avid birders and even fat biking enthusiasts and offer space to roam that feels like it’s miles away from the city – even though it’s still close to home.  Drive over to nearby Tauro Restaurant to end the day celebrating over a candlelit meal at this classy and beautiful bistro.

Prescott & Russell

18. Proposing with local in mind
If your loved one is a loca-vore, then journey to Prescott & Russell to meet the producers for your perfect proposal. The Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market is one of the only markets in the region open in winter, every Saturday, in fact! Get your hands on products grown, cooked and made by hand while discovering the flavours of the region. Next, visit Vankleek Hill Vineyard, a family-owned business that proudly produces a fine selection of handcrafted wines. They’re open on weekends throughout the winter and ready to help you discover their fantastic wines in an elevated rustic and welcoming tasting room. Next, get out to stretch your legs on the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail. Keep in mind it’s reserved for snowmobilers, but walking it with snowshoes or cross country skiing is also possible. Look for the Vankleek Hill Pavilion along the trail – which could be the perfect spot to get down on one knee. The Champlain Lookout in Clarence-Rockland is another perfect vantage point to secure that enthusiastic, “Yes!” The lookout offers panoramic views of the Ottawa River.

Frontenac County

19. Frontenac Provincial Park
This park is open year round for winter outdoor enthusiasts! This is a popular spot for winter camping, cross country skiing and snowshoeing – and has even been known to host some wildness skills training programs. It is secluded and perfect for experienced winter adventurers with backcountry camping opportunities. Be sure to research conditions and know before you go. Taking workshops, getting gear and pointers from Frontenac Outfitters is also a great idea to be prepared for winter excursions. You want your proposal to be memorable in all the best ways! 

20. Wolfe Island
Did you know Wolfe Island is the largest of the world-renowned Thousand Islands? Take the ferry to Wolfe Island for a rustic and peaceful setting. Book into the Blue Moose B&B for an island getaway and rent ice skates there to enjoy their onsite skating rink! Enjoy Sunday dinner and live entertainment at Hotel Wolfe Island and tour around the island marvelling at the serenity of Wolfe Island in winter. Avid birders will love the island for its unique wildlife. You might even spot a rare snowy owl! Propose with views of Lake Ontario and the Kingston skyline in the background – or even on the ferry back.

21. Gould Lake Conservation Area
This place of natural beauty has snowshoeing trails that offer private moments in the woods. With loads of unique mining history here, it makes for an interesting spot to spend the afternoon with your significant other. Please keep in mind that the trails are not groomed or maintained during the winter. Pop the question by the beauty of the snowy lake for added natural beauty!

Lennox & Addington

22. L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area
Get stars in your eyes! Picture it – darkness envelopes you and your sweetie as you snuggle up under a blanket and stargaze at the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area. Just a drive north of the 401 offers serene skies and picture-perfect viewing. Make it a night to remember!

23. Sand Beach Wetland Conservation Area
This peaceful retreat on Amherst Island is home to a diverse range of wildlife. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the beach road, with a stop at the boardwalk; the viewing platform looks out over the Big Marsh and is a great place to spot many species of birds and wildlife. Breathe in the crisp winter air and pop the question.

24. Springside Park
Take a moment to appreciate Napanee’s Springside Park Trail and Falls to watch wildlife along an accessible path, the gently cascading waterfall and trains passing along the trestle bridge. Did you know that the Napanee River is one of only two places in the world that experiences “seiche”, tidal changes of anywhere from 6 to 16 inches due to winds that blow southwest along Lake Ontario? It’s a pretty unique spot to celebrate your unique love.

25. Barking Goat Farms
Book a memorable farm animal experience at Barking Goat Farms, where goats and donkeys love to spend time making you laugh and marvel at their smarts. You can even stay onsite at Escape Goat Hideaway – and off grid cabin tucked away romantically in a private location at the farm. Enjoy a campfire star gazing and unplug to appreciate each other.

1000 Islands Rideau Canal Waterways

26. Old Stone Mill National Historic Site
This is a picture-perfect setting in the village of Delta. Built in 1810, the Old Stone Mill National Historic Site is rich in history and provides a beautiful backdrop for your big question. It’s lovely on a crisp, winter day or with the windows lit up under the stars at night!

27. Foley Mountain Conservation Area
A stunning and memorable location! Foley Mountain is just north of Westport offering a winter walk through the woods and the perfect vista for a romantic moment at Spy Rock lookout. See the historic Upper Rideau stretching out far below and the charming village of Westport.

28. Precious Moments Carriages
Horse-drawn carriage, sleigh rides and wagon rides are ready to make your day memorable at Lombard Dale Farm. Available for private bookings, Precious Moments can help you create a winter proposal to remember. Rumour has it that these gorgeous Percherons also love to pose for photos – so engagement pictures are a must!

29. Stone Manor Studios
Explore the timeless charm of Stone Manor Studios, nestled in the heart of the famous Rideau Lakes. In a fast paced world, there’s a deep-rooted charm in creating something together with your special someone. Stone Manor Studios in Newboro offers meaningful connections through art workshops and classes. Participants also have full use of more than two acres of forest and grounds for quiet walks. After your class, hop over to The Stagecoach for superb coffees, cheeses and charcuterie.

30. Romantic Hamlet of Oxford Mills
We’ve got your perfect proposal covered: an overnight at Enduring Heart Bed and Breakfast, dinner at The Brigadoon, the pop the question on the bridge on the way to beautiful Maplewood Park or in the gazebo under the 120 year old mature maples.

31. Downtown Kemptville
Indulge in an Italian-style dinner with authentic and fusion dishes at the new Z’Amour Restaurant or at Hyde Smokehouse and Cocktail Bar a traditional smokehouse with a modern twist and handcrafted cocktails, then pop the question under the clock in Rotary Park overlooking the river on your way back for a romantic night at Kemptville Suites.

32. Tip to Tip Trail in Burritt’s Rapids
Explore the Tip to Tip Trail in Burritt’s Rapids with snowshoes or cross country skis and then stop on the swing bridge for the view and a unique location in a charming village to ask about forever.

33. Romance in Limerick Forest
Winter at Limerick Forest is memorable all on its own! Find the romance in the forest on trails, at the interpretive centre and viewing wildlife along the way. The boardwalks make a fun and memorable spot to ask your love to be yours.

34. Merrickville Lockstation
Merrickville is known for its well-preserved 19th-century architecture – and the Merrickville Lockstation is a perfect proposal spot for the history buff. Reveal a ring near the picturesque locks for a historic and romantic setting. Look here for some intriguing history beforehand so you can impress your love with a few quick facts about the enduring Rideau Canal before asking for their hand.

No matter what region you’re exploring, South Eastern Ontario has romantic and unique proposal ideas wrapped up in a bow!