The good news is that you’re about to start a new and exciting chapter in your life.

The bad news is that the stakes are high. Every girl dreams of the perfect, transcendent proposal. To meet, and exceed, her expectations you must get creative.

We’ve outlined 10 of the most romantic places to propose to the woman of your dreams.

1. The Cottage: Take her away for the weekend and enjoy all that cottage country has to offer. Take a dip in the lake, go for a bike ride, have a BBQ and watch the sunset. At night, cuddle around the fire underneath the stars, pop some champagne and wait for the perfect moment. It’s above love, not luxury.

2. With your Family and Friends: If home is where your heart is, share this with the people you love. Create anticipation during the week leading up to the proposal by leaving her a card each day explaining all the reasons why you love her. For the day of the proposal, arrange for a family member to host dinner. After dinner, hand her the final letter. As she’s reading it, drop down to one knee in front of everyone. She’ll feel so loved.

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3. Lake Louise, Alberta: Nothing compares to the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. A trip to the quaint town of Banff, followed by a picturesque drive to Lake Louise, will leave her beaming. Take a page out of the Notebook and guide her around the lake in a canoe, enjoying the calm of the emerald water. With the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop, nothing could be more perfect than an engagement.

4. Alma, New Brunswick: After a day of golfing, indulge in some fresh lobster caught that day. Walk off those calories with a stroll on the floor of Fundy Bay. Alma is famous for its times of high and low tide. When the tide is low, you can walk for more than ½ a mile on the bay floor. It is a truly spectacular location for asking her to spend her life with you.

5. Montreal, Quebec: As one of the most beautiful cities in Canada, Montreal is known for its history. After indulging in a poutine, a favorite Canadian past-time, take a romantic stroll through Old Montreal. Bring the night to a close by walking the scenic trail up Mount Royal and proposing at its peak.

6. Toronto, Ontario: As the largest city in Canada, Toronto is exploding with possibilities. Catch a hockey game at the Rogers Centre and take a rickshaw ride to the CN Tower. Enjoy a unique dining experience at the 360 Restaurant, which has a revolving view of the entire city. She won’t believe her eyes when she sees buildings escape from her view, but the sight of the ring will be even more surreal.

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7. Las Vegas, Nevada: If you’ve been to Las Vegas, you may have never thought of proposing there. It screams raunchy sex and terrible hangovers. Surprisingly, Las Vegas has some of the most romantic spots to propose. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area provides a breathtaking desert environment to pop the question. The beauty of your surroundings will astound her.

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8. New York, New York: If you want a whimsical and unexpected proposal, New York is the place to do it. With endless entertainment and food possibilities, enjoy exploring the city together. Central Park could be the perfect proposal spot, but follow your heart and ask her when it feels right.

9. Waterfalls: A natural waterfall is serene and captivating. With a waterfall as the backdrop, your proposal couldn’t be more romantic. Some waterfall locations include Palouse Falls (Washington, DC), Havasu Falls (Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona), Yosemite Falls (Yosemite National Park, California) and Niagara Falls (Buffalo, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario).

10. Botanical Gardens: The only thing better than a bouquet of flowers is a gigantic garden. She’ll be overwhelmed when you get down on bended knee in the middle of it all. A few noteworthy botanical gardens include the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, New York), United States Botanic Garden (Washington, DC) and Butchart Gardens (Victoria, British Columbia).

No matter where you decide to propose marriage, here are 3 tips:

1. Get down on one knee.

2. Say something. Whether you prepare a speech or just wing it, she will remember those words for the rest of her life.

3. Capture the proposal on camera or video, if possible.

If you live in the moment, everything will fall into place and your proposal will be incredible. Good luck!

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By  Sarah Laing