An extended trip for a photographer and a former model from Mexico turned into a romantic proposal on Yellowknife Bay while the Northern Lights streamed overhead. The moment was captured and the couple will forever share their special evening with that quintessential northern backdrop.
“One night they quietly went outside and took all these shots with the remote camera. They knew how to get the Aurora in the background and focus the foreground – which isn’t easy – and then the next day they told us they got engaged out there,” says Daniel Gillis, owner of the YK Bay Bed and Breakfast, a houseboat that draws visitors to bask in the romantic setting of life on the water.
The young couple wasn’t the first to take advantage of the Northern Lights and idyllic locale for a picture-perfect proposal. Gillis says his B&B has been the site of a number of engagements, anniversaries and romantic getaways. Even Yellowknifers will book a night or two on the houseboat to try out a new view on a special occasion.
“A lot of people are curious about what it’s like on a houseboat and want to experience it. More in the summertime because of the open water, it’s very unique, and there’s the rocking motion out in the middle of the lake,” says Gillis. “You’re kind of on your own little island.”