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On any given day, love is in the air, a lofty 1,214 feet above sea level to be exact. At Horizons Restaurant in Burnaby Mountain Park it's more commonplace than not. Over the years, eight staff members have tied the knot to each other, and nuptials are set for a fifth couple in 2015.

Add to that, some 25 weddings are booked throughout the year, and over 900 thorn-adorned bushes make up the Centennial Rose Garden on the restaurant's northeast side. Moreover, the Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods) sculptures commemorate the goodwill between Burnaby and sister city, Kushiro, Japan. The carved poles represent the story of the gods who descended to earth to give birth to the Ainu, Japan's first inhabitants.

And there's more sisterly love. Yvonne Donhardt, manager, and younger sibling Jeanette Donhardt, beverage manager, oversee the front end of the house with Diane Summers, general manager. Now that's a lot of amore!

"Our staff have witnessed countless engagements over the years," says Yvonne. "We've been asked to hide a ring in a dessert, and sometimes in a glass of champagne; without fail, there's always someone popping the question on Valentine's Day."

Many couples that married in the restaurant return annually to celebrate their anniversary. One husband and wife have been toasting their wedded bliss over dinner for 20 years. Adding to the romance, customers often sit on the outdoor benches to gaze at the view, and into each other's eyes. Affixed engraved plaques memorialize the lives of departed loved ones; one very special bench is dedicated to a former busboy.

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    The picturesque setting in Burnaby Mountain Park is the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening, family dinner, corporate lunch, or any occasion. Executive chef John Garrett’s inventive menu features crowd-pleasing dishes prepared with fresh ingredients from British Columbia. The talented chef specializes in grilling seafood and game to perfection on the alder wood grill.

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    Need reminding of what a beautiful part of the world you reside? Book a patio table at Horizons Restaurant atop Burnaby Mountain. The 180-degree view takes in the mesmerising mountain skyline, sprawling city and Burrard Inlet. Arrive before sunset and watch the vista transform into glittering lights and haunting mountain silhouettes. You might have to warm your hands in your pockets, but the food is good and the view is spectacular so it’s worth every cent.

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