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Welcome to Part II of our Canadian Wedding series. Part I covered everything you need to know about getting married in Canada. Now, time for the fun stuff! Finding the perfect location for you. Are searching for an outdoor venue with the mountains or lake in the background? Or are you hoping for a more metropolitan feel with a cityscape as your backdrop? Either way, Canada is the location for you! In no particular order, check out these breathtaking wedding destinations:
Calgary is the cosmopolitan city of the Alberta territory. Complete with skyscrapers, a city-centered river, and the backdrop of the Rockies, Calgary offers an array of options for your wedding.
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in Calgary:
Arts Commons – Get married ‘centre stage’ at this unique and memorable Canadian wedding venue in the heart of downtown Calgary.
Devonian Gardens Calgary – “A large indoor park and botanical garden located in the downtown core of Calgary, Alberta.”
The Lake House – “Exuding rustic elegance, The Lake House is one of Calgary’s most unique wedding venues. With large glass windows overlooking the water, as well as an outdoor patio, you and your guests will have expansive views of Lake Bonavista year round.”
Photo Credit: Kim Payant Photography
The capital of Ontario, Toronto is a major metropolitan city with a unique emphasis on nature. NOTE: Avoid Toronto during the film festival. It will be nearly impossible to find accommodations during this time.
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in Toronto:
Cambium Farms – “Featuring an awe-inspiring, authentic, century-old Barn; a fully restored Farm and Carriage House, Cambium Farms is perfect for any event, large or small.”
Graydon Hall Manor – “Imagine Champagne and hors d’oeuvres served on a 160 foot-long stone terrace overlooking cascading fountains and formal gardens. Then, proceed to the grandeur of the dining room where elegantly designed rooms, plush furnishings, ornate mouldings, sunny bay windows and charming fireplaces will distinguish your wedding day celebrations.”
Julie M. Gallery – “The Julie M. Gallery is located in Toronto’s beautiful Historic Distillery District. With 1600 square feet of bright, minimal, contemporary space, the gallery is perfect for your wedding or reception.”
Park Hyatt Toronto – “Celebrate with loved ones in our elegant venues, including The Roof Salon with floor-to-ceiling windows and skyline views, or the Mezzanine with a roaring fireplace, and private bar.”
Photo Credit: Elizabeth in Love
St. John’s, Newfoundland
A harbor town situated on an island off of Canada’s Atlantic coast, St. John’s is known for its charming town and friendly residents.
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in St. John’s:
The Suncor Energy Fluvarium – Situated in Pippy Park, the location is an oasis in the middle of the city, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, perfect for any event and wedding!
Railway Coastal Museum – An authentic and grand railway station that opened in 1903. The castle-like exterior is an ideal location for any grandeur themed wedding.
Quidi Vidi Brewing Company – Nestled away in the small fishing town, Quidi Vidi, the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company is located on the wharf offering quaint but romantic views for your Canadian wedding.
Photo Credit: Zach Wheeler Photography
Whistler, British Columbia
Known for its snow sports and hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler offers an outdoor experience for any adventure seeking couple.
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in Whistler:
Whistler Olympic Park – Two unique venue options that provide stunning outdoor ceremony sites and beautiful reception facilities.
The Meadows at Pemberton – “The possibilities for your special day are endless in our private and naturally beautiful setting. With our open-concept dining room and bar, covered patio and plentiful grass meadows, you are only limited by your imagination.”
The Four Seasons – “From the rustic charm of a spacious ballroom to the fresh air of an outdoor heated terrace, find an inspired setting for the happiest day of your life.”
Sea to Sky Gondola – “With breathtaking panoramic views of the coastal mountain range, the Stawamus Chief, and Howe Sound, the Summit Lodge at the top of the gondola is an unbeatable location to host your event.”
Photo Credit: Anastasia Photography
The Rockies, Alberta
Deemed as one of the most beautiful places in the world, we couldn’t choose just one city in the Rockies region of Alberta, so we’re giving you our favorite from this region!
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in the Rockies:
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – “Embraced by snow-frosted mountains, glittering glaciers and a sparkling lake, the chateau will add inspiration to one of the most important days of your life.”
Revelstoke Mountain Resort – “Whether you are looking for a summer mountain wedding among the wildflowers, or a cozy winter wedding filled with ski town charm, their venues provide the perfect mix of rustic mountain charm and modern detail to satisfy your needs.”
Silvertip Resort – “Snow capped mountain peaks and glittering trees contribute to a wonderland unlike any other.”
Emerald Lake Lodge – Overlook the stunning Emerald Lake or cozy up in the authentic wood cabins during your big day or wedding reception.
Photo Credit: Orange Girl Photographs
A bustling city on the waters of the Saint Lawrence River. It varies from cobblestone roads to Gothic century inspired houses to bohemian modern districts, offering a location for just about any couple.
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in Montreal:
Manoir Hovey – “A historic lakeside getaway” encompassed with lush gardens.
La Toundra – “Located at the heart of the wonderful Floralies Gardens, La Toundra Hall can host major events in its beautiful room with large windows overlooking the verdant landscape and the city of Montreal.”
Montreal Science Center – “In the heart of the Old Port, Montreal Science Center has three magnificent reception halls boasting a panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River, downtown Montreal and historic Old Montreal”
Chateau Vaudreuil – “Whether you have envisioned an epic entrance in a horse-drawn carriage or an appearance in a romantic gondola, this is the place where dreams come true.”
Photo Credit: Black Swan Foto
Vancouver, British Columbia
Becoming one of the most popular filming hubs in the world, there’s a reason why. It’s a metropolitan city based on the western seafront with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. It’s hard not to love Vancouver!
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in Vancouver:
The Boathouse Kitsilano – A rustic beachfront property that offers an unbeatable view and a beautiful reception space.
Sage – “Stunning ocean views, personalized service, exquisite menus, and a charming West Coast ambiance await you on your special day”
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Vancouver – “Whether your style is romantic and relaxed, city sophisticated or elegantly glamorous, with majestic West Coast views as your stunning backdrop, the Fairmont Waterfront is the perfect location for your Vancouver wedding.”
Brockhouse Restaurant – “Combining elegance & charm with breathtaking ocean & mountain views, this waterfront heritage mansion is like no other in Vancouver.”
Photo Credit: Hyperfocus Photography
Quebec City, Quebec
This colonial based city is rooted deep in its French roots. Complete with castle-like buildings and cobblestone roads, Quebec City is like taking a trip to France.
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in Quebec City:
Le Belvedere – “Extraordinary location with its panoramic views, picturesque gardens, cliff-top gazebo, and world-class dining facilities set the stage for a storybook event.”
The Forest and Stream Club – “Our waterfront location and landscaped gardens offer the opportunity to hold your wedding ceremony and picture taking all on site.”
Auberge St. Antoine – “Its unique historical charm sets the scene for an intimate and romantic destination wedding adapted to your taste and needs.”
Photo Credit: Maile Lani Photography
Halifax, Nova Scotia
An urban city situated on a major trading harbor. This is an up and coming city for you to consider for your Canadian wedding.
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in Halifax:
Orchard View Weddings – Featuring a serene natural setting, spacious grounds, a well-appointed house and, above all, exceptional service.
Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron/Saraguay House – Located on the water, this location is a “superb example of the daring and beautiful architecture of post-WWI Halifax.”
Casino Nova Scotia – A gorgeous venue with options for either a harbor view ballroom or a waterfront walkway for your Canadian wedding.
Photo Credit: Caitlyn Colford Photography
Ranked by National Geographic as one of the cities you must visit, Muskoka is definitely a Canadian city you can’t ignore. It features fun-filled activities your guests will love as well as a beautiful landscape to admire.
Our Favorite Wedding Venues in Muskoka:
Deerhurst Resort – “Whether you envision an intimate wedding ceremony by the beach or an elegant evening in a grand ballroom, Deerhurst Resort has a variety of Muskoka wedding venues and banquet halls available for your special day at our majestic lakeside setting.”
The Briars Resort & Spa – “A heritage Ontario lakeside resort, a refuge of relaxation and genuine hospitality amidst acres of lush lawns, gardens, and towering trees.”
Windermere House in Muskoka – “Situated on the shores of stunning Lake Rosseau, the cottage-style Windermere House is a destination resort with golf, fitness, tennis courts, and a full-service spa.”
Photo Credit: A Brit & A Blonde
After weighing all of your options, now you must ask yourself this question: which Canadian wedding destination is perfect for me? Tell us what your choice was!