When people think of Canada, they typically imagine snow capped mountains and stunning wilderness. While Canada definitely isn’t short on breathtaking scenery, it’s an incredibly large and diversely multicultural country that’s also home to gritty urban landscapes and two stunning coastlines. Whether you’re looking to get married in a hip urban loft, a luxe beach setting in the Pacific Northwest or a rustic wilderness resort, Canada has plenty of options for every kind of couple.
The iconic Fairmont Banff Springs in the Canadian Rockies is a prime destination to live out a fairytale wedding. Dubbed the “Castle in the Rockies,” it boasts some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, rich heritage and legendary hospitality that will set the tone for an absolutely unforgettable day. Built in 1888, the Castle provides a unique opportunity to tie the knot in a historic setting. With over 76,000 square feet of versatile event space, couples can say “I do” in venues ranging from an outdoor terrace surrounded by sweeping mountain views, a grand ballroom or even a cozy and intimate space. Opt to have your reception in Mt Stephen Hall, a space fit for royalty.
Assemble your most adventurous loved ones and swiftly sojourn to this luxury wilderness retreat in beautiful British Columbia. Nestled amidst 50,000 square miles of Great Bear Rainforest and 10,000 year old glaciers, Nimmo Bay Resort is an all inclusive resort that combines spectacular scenery with rustic luxury (think: long soaks in cedar hot tubs, champagne picnics on sandy beaches, whale watching and exclusive helicopter rides to take in the views). The resort itself is the only development in the area and does not have any road access. It’s truly remote experience and getting there is part of the adventure!
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel (built over a 100 years ago) is the perfect setting for a romantic Rocky Mountain wedding. This year round luxury mountain resort offers a selection of indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces — including the Lakeview and Victoria Terraces which include breathtaking views of the Victoria Glacier and sparkling Lake Louise.
Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean near Victoria, BC – the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is the perfect venue for couples dreaming of a luxury wedding by the sea. The small sized hotel features an outdoor ceremony site that overlooks the Juan de Fuca Strait with breathtaking unobstructed ocean views of snow-capped Mount Baker in the distance. Choose an outdoor reception or host your celebration in the David Foster Foundation Theatre, a cozy space with Mahogany wood accents, hanging chandeliers, and floor to ceiling windows. After the nuptials, stay at the hotel and enjoy their amazing Boathouse Spa and heated mineral pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
If you’ve ever dreamed of tying knot in an authentic castle, look no further than Casa Loma. Completed in 1914, this historical landmark is one of North America’s only castles and offers a one-of-a-kind wedding experience amidst a piece of Toronto’s history. The stained glass dome of the Conservatory with it’s brilliant natural light, offers a dazzling setting for day time ceremonies transforming into an elegant dance room by night. Situated on five acres of lush gardens with views of the Toronto skyline, the estate property of Casa Loma provides a spectacular setting for a ceremony, reception and photography without ever having to leave the comfort and serenity of this oasis in the heart of the city. (photos via Casa Loma)
Couples looking for a hip, urban wedding venue will love Evergreen Brickworks — one of Toronto’s most sought after event spaces. Nestled in Toronto’s lush ravines in a setting of awe-inspiring heritage buildings (and yes, there’s plenty of exposed brick), Evergreen Brick Works provides a rustic loft-like setting for your nuptials. From an intimate gathering to a 2,000 person standing reception, the property has a number of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, plus a team of event planners who can help you plan the celebration of your dreams. (photos via Evergreen Brickworks)
Located in Wendake, Quebec, this chic boutique hotel is where First Nations tradition meets modern luxury. The Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations offers a unique and inspiring decor in harmony with nature. Your guests will be welcomed in a place of culture and authenticity in the purest Huron-Wendat traditions, while enjoying gastronomy influenced by the flavors of the Boreal terroir specific to the First Nations. The Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations also offers a variety of unique add-ons like a traditional jewelry workshop, longhouse visits and a purification ceremony.
For a completely out of the box wedding experience, celebrate your union aboard British Columbia’s oldest working tugboat. The MV Swell is the perfect way to explore the waters of Canada’s beautiful west coast. Once aboard, you’ll be treated to gorgeous scenery and locally inspired cuisine by the onboard chef. Non-adventurous couples needn’t apply.
Simone Paget is a food, travel and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast of Canada. She’s a nationally syndicated sex and relationship columnist for the Toronto Sun and the author of the blog SkinnyDip.ca. Her work has appeared in/on publications such as the Washington Post, Elle Canada, and The Toronto Star.