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

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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.

London Bridge AZ’s #2 Attraction

London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, AZ

For an arid state, Arizona contains a remarkable collection of bridges according to freelance writer and author Roger Naylor. In Naylor’s June 20 Arizona Republic round-up of the state’s most awe-inspiring bridges, he writes about how the London Bridge, purchased for $2.46 million in 1968, was dismantled and each of the 10,276 granite blocks were numbered and shipped to Lake Havasu City. (Editor’s note: that’s a cool $16.8 million in 2014 dollars).

Naylor reports the deal included ornate lampposts said to have been made from Napoleon’s cannons captured at Waterloo. The construction took three years. In October 1971, a dedication ceremony welcomed the bridge to its new home.

Today the historic and, some say, haunted bridge is the second-biggest tourist draw in Arizona, after the Grand Canyon. The story mentions Segway tours but, alas, that attraction has been discontinued. Luckily, this is one antique you can still enjoy on foot, two wheels, or by car.

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