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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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