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Romantic Sunsets

My wife and I love sunsets. They mark the end of a memorable day and the beginning of a beautiful evening. We have been blessed with spectacular scenery and, when combined with a fire-coloured sky, it can create a truly magical moment.

We've spent many unspoiled, romantic moments watching the setting sun from both urban and rural vantage points. And no matter how many people are around us, when we watch the setting sun, it always feels as if those minutes belong to just the two of us.

Here are a few romantic tips that we've learned over the years:

  • Check the time of the sunset. Make sure you're punctual or you'll end up missing the most brilliant colours. Arrive at least 20 minutes before the published sunset time. Remember, the further north you go, the more variation in the time.

  • Check the weather. Spectacular sunsets can be had in nearly any weather condition, except when the skies are completely overcast. Bright yellow and orange colours are usually present when the sky is clear but the most brilliant displays of blue, purple, pink and red occur when there are scattered clouds in the sky. Some of the best sunsets can be seen when towering thunderstorms are on the horizon!

    Oncoming storm

  • Dress appropriately. The wind often picks up as the sun begins to set. These winds are more pronounced along the ocean and lakeshores and in the mountains. Bring a sweater or blanket to cuddle.

  • Go for a walk. Ask around for suggestions on the perfect vantage point. Leave yourselves enough time to get from the parking to the vantage point.

  • Dine with a view. If you're going out for a romantic dinner, ask the restaurant for a table with a view. Make sure that you can sit with the sun to your left or right or else one of you will face the bright sun while the other will have the view behind them.

  • Take a romantic getaway. View the setting sun from a new location - a sunset over the ocean is looks different from a mountain sunset which looks different from a prairie sunset. Each has different colours, intensity and hues. Be sure to ask for a room with a view!

Left to right: Manitoulin Island, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC

Watching a romantic sunset can set the right mood for the rest of the evening. Share a quiet moment with your spouse and enjoy the cascading colours across the sky.


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