Arctic Canadian Pops the Question While Thawing Out on the London Bridge


It’s a long way from Baker Lake in the Canadian territory of Nunavut to Lake Havasu City. In fact, 2,200 miles and four separate airplane stops. The reason Canadian William Bozman chose to travel so far to propose marriage may surprise you.

William, 35, and his girlfriend Beth Cowie, 30, of Baker Lake, live in one of the most remote Inuit communities in Northern Canada, a mining town with a population of just about 1,900. Even most Canadians haven’t heard of it. While Baker Lake doesn’t receive much snow by Arctic standards, only about 50 inches a year, the average temperature in November alone is a frigid minus 10 degree F., the recommended setting for most household freezers.

Beth is a registered nurse at a local clinic; William is a personal investor and day trader. One day while searching the web for their ideal future home, after entering “warm temperatures + lake + sunny + friendly people,” the results pointed to Lake Havasu City.

It was minus 4 degrees F. at home, 99 degrees F. in Lake Havasu, when totally on a whim, they flew four stops to Las Vegas, rented a car, and chilled out during a typical Lake Havasu vacation. They rented a boat and cruised to Topock Gorge, hung out at a beach on the Bridgewater Channel, went to fun restaurants, visited SARA Park, and hung out at a pool.

With a wedding scheduled for September 2018, both are planning for the day they will be leaving Baker Lake for a milder climate. Much milder.

By the way, Beth said “yes” when William sprang forth with a shiny bauble for her ring finger. “I was totally surprised when he popped the question. Everybody knew in advance and managed to keep it a surprise. I was very pleased.”

William chose the bridge because they’re both of British ancestry and wanted to make it a memorable occasion.

“Oh my gosh, it was so hard going back,” Beth tells us when the time came to return north. “The people we met were very, very nice. We didn’t feel like outsiders at all.”

We suspect the city will give them a warm welcome when they return in April to check out the local real estate market and make plans to possibly make the city their new home.

Bells Are Ringing

London Bridge Resort Convention Center wedding setup
You’ve got sun. You’ve got warm weather, spectacular views, and great accommodations. Add hotel staff ready to make your wedding dreams come true and you have the makings for “happily ever after.” The wedding bells are ringing in Lake Havasu City.

For this special day in a couple’s life, the folks in town will bend over backwards and do handstands to meet almost any request.

At The Refuge Golf & Country Club’s public facility for weddings you’ll find 16,000 square feet of space dedicated to weddings including the Old World Gazebo, pool bar and pavilion.

One of the most interesting weddings held at The Refuge was when a large group of French nationals attended the wedding of a French man to a Lake Havasu City woman. The wedding was poolside, not far from the pool bar. “It was a beautiful summer night and as the evening progressed a large number of unabashed French folk decided to celebrate by removing their clothing and jumping in the pool,” recalls owner Jerry Aldridge.

“There were a few moments of concern by our Event Manager on duty but we pride ourselves in our professional staff’s ability to make difficult decisions. She responded appropriately turning off the underwater pool lights.”

Learn more about weddings at The Refuge.

The London Bridge Resort hosts about 80 weddings a year and is located next to its namesake The resort has a variety of wedding locations including a gazebo and wedding pavilion that overlooks the London Bridge. There’s also a two-bedroom suite with a private rooftop balcony that many couples like to use to exchange vows at sunset. Once a bride requested that the banquet space be completely draped in fabric (see the picture above). The team was unsure at first, but as they saw it come together, they knew they fulfilled the bride’s vision.

Detailed information about weddings at the London Bridge Resort can be found on their website.

Whether you’re traveling to Lake Havasu City for a destination wedding or just across the London Bridge to renew your vows with family and friends, the Nautical Beachfront Resort offers a variety of unique indoor and outdoor venues with panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges.

The Nautical Beachfront Resort provides a spectacular backdrop for wedding ceremonies, vow renewals, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal lunches, bachelor and bachelorette parties, groomsmen golf outings, farewell brunches, honeymoon getaways, anniversaries and so much more. Whew! The professional wedding staff assists with all the details from catering to rentals, from venue selection to preferred vendor referrals.

Some of the more unusual requests include firework displays as a backdrop to the ceremony, a balloon send-off from the beach, and arrival of the bridal party by outrigger canoe.

Learn more on the Nautical Beachfront Resort’s website.