Nfld. & Labrador

Kijiji ad paves the way for love in Gros Morne National Park

Two lovebirds from Manitoba have decided to make big memories in Gros Morne National Park, with a little help from an online classified ad.

Couple gets online help for an off-the-beaten path elopement

Kyle Holden and Megan Shields are tying the knot amid the beauty of Gros Morne National Park this June. (Submitted )

A couple from Manitoba is going to make some happy memories at Gros Morne National Park this spring, thanks in part to an online classified ad.

Megan Shields and her fiancé Kyle Holden are from Winnipeg, but have spent the last year in Nova Scotia. But before heading back west, they decided it was time to knock two things off their bucket list: getting married, and hiking the trails of Gros Morne.

"We've been talking about getting married for a little while, definitely not a wedding for either of us, so it seemed like more of a cool idea compared to going to city hall or something," Shields told CBC's Corner Brook Morning Show.

But with no connection to Newfoundland, the couple was stumped as to how to arrange an elopement, so they placed an online Kijiji ad, reading, in part: "we are looking for someone with the legal power to marry us while on a hike in Gros Morne in June."

To their surprise, Newfoundlanders were swift to reply and offer help.

There's no shortage of sweeping views to set a romantic mood in Gros Morne, like here on the Green Gardens trail. (Facebook/Visit Gros Morne National Park)

Elopement is a go

Shields said responses were almost instantaneous.

"I wasn't expecting any replies, and within two minutes somebody had messaged me back with the phone number of someone," she said, adding two more replies came soon after.

"I was surprised as well. Pretty cool community that will actually pass around the numbers like that and help us out," said Holden.

The view from Gros Morne Mountain's summit is no shabby spot for a wedding ceremony. (Melanie Pattern/Canadian Press)

The two settled on an officiant, Barbara Higdon from Deer Lake, and then it was time for the real tough decision: exactly what trail to hike and have the ceremony on. 

"She suggested a couple: the lighthouse at Lobster Head Cove or Gros Morne Mountain," said Shields.

The two are still debating the best spot, but they are delighted their plan for a low-key wedding is in the works.

"Our plan is just to pull a couple witnesses off the trail. We don't know anybody in Newfoundland," said Shields.

Added Holden, "it's going to be a pretty cool experience I think."

With files from the Corner Brook Morning Show