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Photo by Paul Zizka

Photographer captures breathtaking, height-defying proposal in Banff

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Forget popping the question dockside in Muskoka or live on the Jumbotron at a Leafs game. The most Canadian place to propose is atop a mountain in Banff at 9,000 feet, overlooking a gorgeous green lake and crisp snow.

Nearly three years ago, Rossel Sabourin proposed to his now wife, Shannon, in this very way, bringing boyfriends to shame across the country and inspiring countless other proposals.

To execute his proposal, Rossel planned a hike up Little Crowfoot Mountain for the Winnipeg couple. When they reached the peak after a two-and-a-half-hour hike, a surprise was waiting for Shannon: a romantic dinner for two and an engagement ring. The mountainside picnic included Champagne, cheese, and crackers. Talk about al fresco dining.

At the time, the couple were working as innkeepers at the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge in Banff National Park. The staff at the lodge helped carry the table, chairs, and food up the mountain.

Nearby, Rossel’s friend Paul Zizka was on hand to capture the amazing event. His breathtaking photos are below.

On Facebook, Rossel posted, “It was amazing and the view wasn’t bad either. A special girl needs a special spot.”

Shannon wrote on her Facebook page, “Never expected this reward after climbing to the peak!! What an unreal surprise!! I’m an incredibly lucky lady.”

Rossel and Shannon married in October 2012 and are now expecting their first baby.

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