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Getting Engaged? 5 Reasons to Consider a Horse-Drawn Carriage

Consider a Horse and Buggy for your Once-In-A-Lifetime Wedding Proposal

When you’ve met the love of your life, you just know you want to spend every day with them, forever. You might find yourself looking at rings and thinking about how to propose without even realizing it. At Tally-Ho Carriage Tours, we are always honoured to be a part of weddings, engagements and anniversaries. Nothing quite compares to the romance and allure of an intimate horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Victoria, BC. It’s a setting that is guaranteed to make your future fiancé say yes!

Top 5 Reasons to Consider a Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour for Your Wedding Proposal

1. A Horse and Buggy Tour is Elegant and Romantic

Cinderella and Prince Charming did it, Kate and William did it and you and your love can do it too.  With Tally-Ho Tours, you’ll feel like royalty as you take in the sights of downtown Victoria in an elegant, comfortable and well-appointed carriage, pulled by one of our handsome draft horses.

2. A Horse and Buggy Tour Can Be Intimate or a Public Declaration of Your Love

Some people dream of a big, public proposal. Others want that incredible life-changing moment to be private. Whichever side you and your intended fall on, we can make it work so your moment is absolutely perfect. Whether you choose to sweetly whisper in their ear or shout it out for all the world to hear, just let us know your preference.

3. A Horse and Buggy Tour Can Be Custom Designed

Whether you want your driver to follow one of our popular tour routes or you have something else in mind, Tally-Ho can accommodate. Whether you have a special place that holds happy memories for the two of you, or you want to stop for gelato to celebrate, we’ll work with you to design a memorable journey into engaged life.

4. Victoria is Home to Gorgeous Gardens and Scenery

Victoria is known as the Garden City for good reason. In full bloom, Victoria’s many public gardens are absolutely breathtaking. Or maybe you prefer ocean views? Whatever you’re picturing for your perfect proposal, Victoria is THE place to pop the question.

5. Tally-Ho Carriage Tours Will Take Care of the Details

When someone suspects a proposal may be coming, they might be looking for clues! Our staff can help keep them guessing by preparing your carriage with any special gifts you might want to bring along such as flowers, champagne or any other additions you’re planning for your very special tour. For special arrangements, just let us know at the time of booking and we can prepare your carriage with any special additions you’ve supplied in advance. At Tally-Ho, we’d be honoured to help you plan the proposal your future husband or wife has always dreamed of.


Choose Your Ideal Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour for Your Wedding Proposal

Not sure about a custom tour? We offer a variety of prearranged tour routes to choose from.

Short and Sweet- A sweet 15-minute tour allows you to enjoy a change of pace as you take in the sights of the parliament buildings and Victoria’s inner harbour.

Heritage Tour- A 30-minute tour through the James Bay residential district, this is a wonderful tour for history buffs.

Beacon Hill Park Tour- This 45-minute tour winds through beautiful Beacon Hill Park, providing an ideal stopping off point for a surprise proposal in the gardens or a favourite special spot.

Deluxe Tour- A full 60 minutes, this tour meanders through the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, through Victoria’s oldest neighbourhood of James Bay, and along the Salish Sea waterfront for a truly slowed-down, relaxed experience. A wonderful way to unwind after dinner at one of Victoria’s many romantic restaurants, this is one of our most popular tours.

Grand Tour- At 75 minutes, this is THE tour for experiencing the Salish Sea waterfront at its finest. You’ll both feel refreshed as you tour through Beacon Hill Park and enjoy the fresh sea air on a lengthy tour of the waterfront.

Sea Cider Picnic Experience- For a limited time only, we’re also offering the truly special Tally-Ho and Sea Cider Picnic Experience. As far as intimate and unique tours go, this would be an amazing choice for any soon-to-be engaged couple!

Offered on Sundays only until the end of September, you’ll tour through the quaint farming community of Saanichton and learn about the history of the area. You’ll arrive at Sea Cider farm, where you’ll have the chance to sample award-winning locally produced ciders and enjoy a gourmet picnic supplied by Truffles Catering Co.

Including everything from grilled seasonal vegetables to Parisienne macarons, the menu is designed to accommodate all tastes and dietary needs. After lunch, you can choose your favourite ciders to take home to continue your celebration! For the final leg of the tour, you’ll enjoy a relaxed ride through Longview Farm, with gorgeous ocean views to complement the pastoral setting.  

Jayne F left us this lovely review on TripAdvisor after her son’s wedding on May 1 2021:

“My son booked a surprise horse and carriage for his wife to pick them up yesterday after their small wedding of ten people yesterday at St. Anne’s Academy. Donna was so pleasant to deal with and bent over backwards to make sure this was a special ride for the happy couple. 

Spot the Clydesdale arrived at the academy looking so splendid with his show ribbons and black patent reins. His tail had even been carefully braided in the shape of a heart! A “just married” sign on the back of the carriage was the icing on the cake! A wonderful “covid friendly” ride for a memorable way of celebrating their marriage! THANK YOU!!”

As a small, family-owned and operated business, we know how important it is to get your marriage started off on the best foot (hoof?) possible. With our relaxed tour itineraries, options to customize your tour or even design your own, and entertaining and friendly guides, we know that your proposal with Tally-Ho Tours will be a memory that you and your loved one will cherish forever.

Getting engaged soon? As experts in providing premium, romantic horse-drawn tours in the Victoria, BC area since 1903, we’ve been a part of many love stories over the years. We’d love to be part of yours! To reserve your tour or inquire about a custom tour for your engagement, please call us at 250-514-9257 or send an email to