Canada might not be the first country you think of when imagining a destination wedding. But a romantic wedding in the Great White North
could include seeing the Northern Lights
, being married in a city exuding European charm
, or matching your dress to the white winter wonderland surrounds. Here are just some of the most beautiful wedding venues in Canada.
Nita Lake Lodge
Nita Lake Lodge is Whistler’s premier wedding locale—no matter if you choose a winter or summer destination wedding. The lodge has different ceremony options, including their porte-cochère, with its incredible mountain views and blend of the indoors and outdoors. There’s also the Aura Patio and a dining room. Receptions can take place in the dining room, ballroom, train station, or library. Nita Lake Lodge’s waterfront position makes for beautiful photos too.
Nita Lake Lodge, 2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler, BC, Canada, +1 604 966 5700
A winter ceremony at Nita Lake Lodge | © Christie Graham
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal
Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica is undoubtedly the most beautiful church in Canada. The inspiration behind the intricately detailed interior was the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Couples can get married on Saturdays in either the Basilica or the Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur Chapel; the church is not open to visitors during this time. However, to have their nuptials in this incredible space, couples must take some steps towards sacrament, such as meeting the priest on a few occasions and undertaking a counseling course.
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal, 110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC, Canada
Fairmont Château Lake Louise
The Fairmont castle at Lake Louise describes itself as “naturally graced with all the elements for a magical celebration. Embraced by [snow-frosted] mountains, glittering glaciers and a sparkling lake, our location will add inspiration to one of the most important days of your life.” The exquisite hotel’s interior is just as extravagant and beautiful as its natural outdoor surroundings. For the ceremony at Château Lake Louise, choose between the ballroom, the terrace, or a lakeside location. If you choose a winter wedding, the hotel has many add-ons, including ice sculptures and enhancements.
Fairmont Château Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB, Canada, +1 403 522 3511
A Lake Louise winter wedding | © Fairmont Château Lake Louise
Fogo Island Inn
Wedding Bells magazine named Fogo Island Inn one of the loveliest wedding venues in 2014. It’s a perfect destination for a remote Canadian wedding, as Fogo Island is known as one of the four corners of the Earth. A wedding at the inn can include traditional Newfoundland cuisine, served in the award-winning dining room. Couples can choose between an evening of stargazing on the rooftop terrace or using the meeting room, with its sweeping North Atlantic views. Staying at the multi award-winning property is unforgettable in itself.
Fogo Island Inn, 210 Main Road, Joe Batt’s Arm, NL, Canada, +1 709 658 3444
Blachford Lake Lodge
Blachford Lake Lodge, located near Yellowknife in the remote Northwest Territories, is in a perfect position for Northern Lights viewing from November until April. Indeed, Yellowknife proclaims it’s the best place to see the Northern Lights, and visitors have a 90% chance of seeing them during these months. A wedding at Blachford Lake Lodge includes either an indoor or outdoor ceremony and exclusive use of the lodge; they also have a list of activities for guests to enjoy.
Blachford Lake Lodge, Yellowknife, NT, Canada
A winter wonderland wedding | © Blachford Lake Lodge
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Château Frontenac is one of the world’s most photographed hotels. It resembles a hilltop fairytale castle, overlooking the city from its position in Old Quebec. Wedding photos captured around Old Quebec will be breathtaking, thanks to the area’s impressive European-style architecture. Inside the hotel, venue choices include the Grand Ballroom, the Salon Rose Room, and The Cellier Room (Quebec City’s premier wedding venue). The hotel’s award-winning culinary team will also prepare an amazing feast to complement the best day of your lives.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, QC, Canada, +1 418 692 3861
Beautiful Château Frontenac | © Hayley Simpson
Casa Loma is one of the top tourist attractions in Toronto. Fortunately, the majestic castle is open to weddings. Wedding parties can use three of the main floor rooms, which include The Great Hall, The Library, and The Conservatory. The Conservatory’s stunning stained-glass ceiling and marble and greenery touches combine to make one of the prettiest wedding venues. Take photos from The Terrace in Casa Loma, which overlooks the gardens, or in the impressive gardens themselves.
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 923 1171
Merridale Cidery & Distillery
Vancouver Island is known for its rugged coastline, beautiful seaside towns, and for being home to British Columbia’s capital. There are many wedding venues on the island, but one of the best is Merridale Cidery & Distillery. The property has a beautiful rustic farmhouse that features cathedral ceilings and overlooks the orchards. In winter, the ceremony takes place on the farmhouse deck, but in other seasons, couples can choose to have their wedding in an outdoor wedding tent. The team has all the bases covered, so you can rest assured that your Merridale wedding will be perfect.
Merridale Cidery & Distillery, 1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill, BC, Canada, +1 250 743 4293
Getting married on Merridale’s back deck | © Billie Woods
Located on 50 acres in Ontario’s picturesque Caledon Hills region, Cambium Farms is a charming property for a rustic, countryside wedding, complete with an authentic Barn built in 1873. “With its complex system of exposed beams, braces, posts and rafters, The Barn has remained true to its original form.” Besides this architectural masterpiece, there’s also The Carriage House and The Farmhouse. The latter is open to the bridal party to prepare for the big day, while The Carriage House is perfect for smaller functions.
Cambium Farms, 18333 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Caledon, ON, Canada, +1 519 927 9952
Inside The Barn at Cambium Farms | © Ikonica
Hôtel de Glace
The most unique wedding venue in Canada goes to Quebec’s Hôtel de Glace. The only one of its kind in North America, the world-renowned hotel is only open for about three months at the beginning of each year. The bride can arrive in a horse-drawn carriage, before meeting her groom inside the ice chapel. Once the ceremony is complete, the newlyweds can celebrate their love with a bottle of Neige Ice Cider, poured into handmade ice flutes. After the celebrations, stay the night in one of the hotel’s unique rooms.
Hótel de Glace, 1860 Boulevard Valcartier A, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC, Canada, +1 418 844 2200
The stunning Hôtel de Glace | © Frederic Nadeau / Shutterstock | © Frederic Nadeau/Shutterstock
The team at Wickaninnish Inn promise to create a wedding experience so unique that it will be unforgettable, for both you and your guests. The Inn, located in Canada’s surfing capital of Tofino on Vancouver Island, is the best waterfront wedding venue. One of the property’s best aspects is that it has access to the beach, a stunning interior, and forest. Wickaninnish Inn also specializes in keeping guests entertained, whether that includes a spa day for the ladies, organizing a whale-watching excursion, or a Goodbye Brunch.
Wickaninnish Inn, 500 Osprey Lane, Tofino, BC, Canada, +1 250 725 3100