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Top Alberta Mountain Wedding Venues

The Candian Rockies is a gorgeous location to host your mountain wedding venue. Where you decide to get married will determine on the “look” of the Rocky Mountains as each mountain wedding venue differs a great deal, which by the way, hardly anyone is aware of. I am thrilled to share my Top Alberta Mountain Venues with you. The Canadian Rockies is genuinely one of the best places for wedding photography, and I hope that you find a mountain venue that you love. After all, I being Geoff from GW Photography, emigrated to Canada because of my love of the Canadian Rockies. If your heart is set to host your wedding in the Rockies, I get it as I moved to a new country because of the mystical and magical beauty.

Deciding to get married in Lake Louise, Banff, or Canmore your venue should fulfill several requirements from where your guests will stay, how far is the drive from your ceremony and reception venue to the guest’s hotel. Or even how far from Calgary will your venue be i.e. allowing convenience for your guest’s arrival and departure.

If you are not sure about such details, please contact me or a professional wedding planner. It is my goal as a full-time wedding professional to assist you wherever I can making sure your dreams come true. If you’re on the fence between hosting your wedding in The Rockies or Calgary check out the best wedding venues in Calgary.

When considering the best mountain wedding venues consider where you will be getting ready. Hair and Makeup artists to offer you the best experience are to be thought of. If you’re a bride who is getting ready at a different location to your wedding venue just allow for additional space for stylists to work with natural light. For grooms getting ready this is often overlooked. I suggest a fabulous space with natural light for the guys to get ready.

Finding that perfect mountain wedding venue is a fun experience. Explore the many locations below, and contact me with any questions you might have. I’d be thrilled to hear from you.


WEDDING VENUES IN BANFF

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is one of if the flagship hotels of the hotel chain spanning around the world. It was here that originally knows as the Canadain Pacific (CP) Hotel, where this Historic Hotel in Banff was completed in 1888.

Your wedding at this hotel will be stunning, but a note on the room of your choice will differ to the feel that you’ll receive. If your desire is the Castle experience, then the Mt. Stephen Hall is the king and queen choice. With this choice, you are limited to 150 people, so if you’d love 300 guests, then the Albumbra or Cascade Ballroom is likely the better choice. For a smaller intimate wedding, can I suggest the Ivor Petrak Room?

Remember the hotel room for your reception and ceremony are essential at this hotel, so take the time to review every aspect of this stunning hotel.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 70 to340 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite

Banff Springs Hotel Terrace with a bride and groom getting married.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Buffalo Mountain Lodge offers three rooms to couples to get married in or hold their reception with the Wapiti Room being the largest.

Opposite the hotel is the Tunnel Mountain Reservoir, and I’ve had many clients believe that they had to book the Buffalo Mountain Lodge to reserve the stunning Meadow overlooking Mt. Rundle. This is not the case, and all you have to do is contact the Town Of Banff to obtain a permit. However, I do find many of my clients love to book the excellent Buffalo Mountain Lodge when getting married at the Tunnel Mountain Reservoir as it’s a couple of minute’s walk from the hotel.

The Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a fantastic rustic hotel located with a shuttle ride away from downtown Banff (or a longer walk). The hotel offers a relaxed mountain feel that the fabulous Rockies is known for.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 70 to 99 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite


Banff Gondola

The Banff Gondola offers a 360-degree mountain view at the Sky Bistro. It is here that you can hose your wedding and ceremony, allowing for breathtaking views.

Located at the top of Sulphur Mountain, you will not get a better view of the Rockies as the sun goes down. When booking this venue, I would think about having a first look before you head up on the Gondola as once you’re up, you won’t want to come down. Photographing around Banff first after your first look will allow you to head to your ceremony and then celebrate your cocktail hour and move right into your reception.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Restaurant
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 90 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: No
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite


Mt. Norquay

A gorgeous wedding venue location that will provide all bride and grooms with peace and quietness. An accessible mountain venue to reach and park with stunning views.

A 15-minute drive from Banff, you’ll be taken up the Mt. Norquay road that winds it’s way up Mt. Norquay.

I would suggest a first look before your ceremony so that no guests wait for your portrait shoot as there’s nowhere to go for them. Make it simple, and you’ll allow for a fabulous experience.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Restaurant
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 120 to 220 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: No
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite

Mount Rundle with a bride and groom holding each other

Park Distillery

The Park Distillery, located in Banff, offers excellent food and drinks and is located downtown Banff. The venue isn’t too large, so if you’re after a rustic feel with gorgeous views, this could be your ideal location for your ceremony and reception.

The Guides Room and Library option will be your rooms at the distillery, so if you’re planning for an outdoor ceremony at Tunnel Mountain Reservoir, then look at this location as your rustic mountain venue to celebrate your wedding.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Restaurant
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 76 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: No
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Street


Rim Rock Hotel

A room with a view. The Rimrock Hotel offers all bride and grooms an incredible hotel and full-service wedding property. Located high in Banff allows the views down the valley to be genuinely breathtaking.

Your outdoor ceremony on the Terrace allows for up to 150 people with Mt Rundle in the background with a maximum reception capacity of 200 persons (seated).

The biggest thing for you to consider would be for me to photograph your portrait photographs before the ceremony or after. Either work at this location because of what the hotel provides but such a decision will alter your ceremony start time from 1 pm to 4pm. Contact me if you have any questions.

This Rimrock mountain venue won’t disappoint you from the valet service to your ceremony. A location worth looking for your luxury wedding in Banff.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 200 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite
A Banff Wedding with Mt Rundle in the background with the turquoise coloured water of Bow River flowing

Storm Mountain Lodge

Located between Lake Louise and Banff, Storm Mountain Lodge offers you a 100% remote and rustic mountain venue.

Storm Mountain Lodge is an exceptional location for your intimate mountain wedding. Your ceremony and reception will be relaxed, and with a maximum of 34 people, it’s ideal for close family and friends.

When I was living in London, England, such a location was only experienced within a movie. But, I can assure you that such rustic place does exist and is ideal for bride and grooms who are wanting to get away from it all, literally.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 34 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite


The Bison Restaurant & Terrace

The Bison offers an intimate rocky mountain venue experience. They pride themselves in great food and service restaurants allowing for a fabulous wedding.

Hosting your wedding ceremony outside in the mountains would be a great idea leaving the Bison to host your evening reception. This location is ideal for couples wanting a smaller wedding with close friends with a smaller dance floor.

Banff National Park is a stunning location for a wedding, but not all couples are after a large property to celebrate one of the best days of their life.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Restaurant
    • Wedding Ceremony: Only a rainy day backup
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Maximum Capacity: 86 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: No
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Street

A couple holding each other in Banff National Park

The Maple Leaf Grille

Downtown Banff, gorgeous cuisine, and exceptional customer service, the Banff Maple Leaf could be your perfect venue for your wedding.

I would suggest hosting your ceremony planned to be in the outdoors, but having the Banff Maple Leaf as a backup in case it rained wouldn’t be a bad idea.

If your perfect wedding celebration is to be shared with close friends and family members, this location could be the ideal pick for you.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Restaurant
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 46 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: No
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Street


WEDDING VENUES IN LAKE LOUISE

Baker Creek Mountain Resort

Baker Creek Mountain Resort is a small venue in a location that has to be seen to be believed. The views are stunning, and the country and rustic offering is ideal for bride and grooms wanting a Canadian Rocky Mountain Experience but yet not too far from Banff or Lake Louise.

A family-owned and operated venue, you will instantly feel the warmth as soon as you arrive. If your ideal wedding is a wedding that is relaxed and to spend a few days with close friends and or family members and getting away from it all, then definitely look into Baker Creek Mountain Lodge as your wedding venue.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 30 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite

Chateau Lake Louise

Location location location, until you visit Lake Louise, it’s truly hard to appreciate the incredibleness of this Chateau.

The Victoria Ballroom is the main ballroom at Chateau Lake Louise that people book for their wedding venue and for a good reason. The views that you will experience from the large windows to the famous turquoise Lake Louise and the stunning Victoria Glacier is breathtaking.

Impeccable food, stunning customer service, and perfect location is a venue that has to be viewed to believe.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 400 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite

Chateau Lake Louise wedding overlooking the Turquoise Lake

Deer Lodge

Deer Lodge allows the bride and grooms to rent an entire lodge for your wedding. How amazing would this be? Spend a weekend with your family and close friends celebrating one of the most important days of your life.

This rustic wedding venue is located a 10 to 15-minute walk from the lakeshore of Lake Louise. It allows for the remoteness of the fabulous Canadian Rockies, meaning you won’t experience too many tourists on your doorstep unless you venue away from the property.

A relaxed environment offers a great experience in a world-leading location in Canada.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 100 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite

Moraine Lake Lodge

Unquestionably, Moraine Lake Lodge is stunning. When you drive the road to Moraine Lake, you’ll be greeted with a jaw dropping view.

The lodge is not set up for a large wedding and is only for small elopement celebrations. I would recommend up to 12 persons at Moraine Lake Lodge for your wedding venue.

A ceremony surrounded by the Valley Of The Ten Peak and with Moraine Lake is perfect, but if it rains, there is no indoor location for your wedding, so rain or shine, your wedding will be celebrated in the open.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 12 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Plated Offered
    • Parking: Onsite

The Post Hotel

Located in Lake Louise Village, The Post Hotel is the most excellent hotel offering both accommodation and wedding services.

The Library is your location for your ceremony, and the hotel’s private dining room offers an intimate wedding experience.

The Post Hotel is known for its luxurious service, so if you’re after incredible food and the best wine plus fabulous rooms, you should look into The Post Hotel as your mountain venue.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 72 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite

WEDDING VENUES IN CANMORE

A Bear and Bison Canadian Country Inn

Located in Canmore, A Bear and Bison Inn has created a niche for themselves in The Bow Valley. Offering great food and incredible customer service, this Inn offers Bride and Grooms a fabulous intimate wedding option.

With a couple of rooms in the Inn, the bride can get ready in a spacious room before the ceremony or first look. If it rains, the Inn can transform the inside, making sure you have a fabulous ceremony.

If you are after a small personal and intimate wedding, this could be up your alley. Make sure to take a day and explore all of Canmore wedding venue offerings.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Inn
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Maximum Capacity: 46 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes (limited)
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Street/Onsite

A couple walking in Canmore after getting married

Cornerstone Canmore Theatre

A relaxed and rustic location for your reception (and ceremony if it rains). The Cornerstone is located just outside of Banff National Park and has been ideal over the years for couples wanting to keep the costs down and have a fabulous wedding experience as the staff and food are fabulous.

An outdoor wedding at the Quarry Lake is an ideal location for your outdoor ceremony, and then we can focus on your portraits around Canmore. Heading to The Cornerstone Theatre, for your cocktail reception and evening celebration will leave you very happy.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Theatre
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Maximum Capacity: 200 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: No
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite


Creekside Villa

With 12 rooms, you can rent this entire Boutique Hotel in Canmore. Often overlooked, such locations in Canmore can be the perfect all in one location for your mountain venue.

A large venue for a wedding can sometimes be just a bit too much for some clients, so such a location like the Creekside Villa with incredible food and fabulous customer service could be that perfect fit for you.

Spend a long weekend with family and friends, go hiking and skiing and treat this wedding venue in Canmore, a huge celebration, you’ll be delighted you did.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Maximum Capacity: 70 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite/Street

Murrieta’s Canmore

Easily one of the best locations in Canmore for your reception. If the weather turns rainy for your outdoor ceremony, you could host your ceremony here, but it’ll need coordination.

The restaurant offers a private room that accommodates up to 50 persons for a sit-down reception. Murrieta’s in Canmore also offers a large restaurant with a capacity of up to 250, so this venue is truly fantastic for either a small or large wedding.

The bar and food at Murrieta’s in Canmore is excellent, if not one of the best options in Canmore. If you’re unsure, head out for lunch one day as I’m sure you’ll be impressed.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Restaurant
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Maximum Capacity: 50-250 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: No
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Street

Silvertip Resort

The best mountain wedding venue in Canmore is Silvertip Resort. Incredible service, fabulous location, and excellent food Silvertip is the icing on the cake for wedding venues in Canmore.

If you would like to get married in either the winter or summer, Silvertip will roll out the red carpet for you. The mountain range behind your ceremony is incredible with The Three Sister and Ha-Ling Peak leaving you with stunning photographs to have forever.

First-looks are a fabulous option at Silvertip. We could then head out after for your portraits, followed by your ceremony, cocktails, and reception at Silvertip. Or you could have your ceremony at ie, 1 pm, and then we could head out for your portraits. Whatever you do, make sure to leave some time to step outside during your dinner to enjoy the sunset behind the Rundle range before your party kicks into high gear.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Golf Club House
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Maximum Capacity: 180 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: No
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite

Silvertip wedding ceremony with a bride and groom laughing

Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club

Without any doubt, Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club is one of the best-hidden mountain wedding venues in Canmore.

Not only is Stewart Creek located in a gorgeous area of Canmore, but the food and staff are excellent. The property will do anything possible in making sure your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life.

The location is perfectly positioned within The Three Sisters. I can only suggest that you do not rush your wedding here. Enjoy this location with a later ceremony ie, 4 pm with first look portraits before. This will allow you time to enjoy your cocktail with friends and then move into your reception.

If you’re unsure about planning for such an event, make sure to use experience from the fabulous staff at Stewart Creek or connect with a wedding planner.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Golf Club House
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Maximum Capacity: 100 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: No
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite
Bride and Groom walking in Canmore

BRITISH COLUMBIA MOUNTAIN WEDDING VENUES

Emerald Lake Lodge

You will not believe the gorgeous of Emerald Lake Lodge until you visit and explore it for yourself. This could be the ultimate wedding location from the excellent food and wine to incredible customer service.

Emerald Lake Lodge offers the ideal setting for an elopement or a large wedding where you can rent the entire Island. With 85 rooms and the breathtaking surrounds, Emerald Lake Lodge will make you very happy.

If you love the outdoors, add on a few days to hike the area. In the winter, the lake is frozen so you can head out on the lake on snowshoes. Likewise, in the summer, you can hop onto a boat, followed by some relaxation time in your private cabin overlooking the lake.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 88 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite


Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Where to start, how about WOW!!! Kicking Horse Mountain Resort with its 360-degree view is without a top pick for bride and grooms wanting the ultimate wedding experience.

The food and beverage offerings are incredible. Summer or winter, Kicking Horse is outstanding and is for couples wanting to dazzle not only themselves but also their guests.

A later ceremony time allows minimal downtime between your ceremony and reception. Enjoy some family photographs, and then cocktails and head into the reception to celebrate your evening.

For bride and grooms who’d love to experience a full portrait session, I would recommend a first look around 1 pm, allowing a couple of hours of portraits before your guests head up on the gondola.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Restaurent
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Maximum Capacity: 200 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes – hotel at base of KHR
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite

Island Lake Lodge

Driving up to Island Lake Lodge will amaze you. The lodge is located at the end of the road that makes you wonder if you’re on the right route or not. If you think this, you’re going the right way.

Remoteness is the key to Island Lake Lodge. You will fill isolated, but yet it’s just 20 minutes away from downtown Fernie.

Quite honestly, you will love everything about your experience at Island Lake Lodge, from the food to the accommodation to the incredible customer service.

Your wedding ceremony will is private, as you say your vows with the most stunning mountains. My biggest tip is not to rush your experience at Island Lake Lodge as it’s gorgeous.

  • DETAILS:
    • Type: Hotel
    • Wedding Ceremony: Inside & Outside
    • Wedding Reception: Yes
    • Max Capacity: 100 seated
    • Onsite Accommodation: Yes
    • Plated/Buffet Service: Both Offered
    • Parking: Onsite

Island Lake Lodge wedding ceremony in British Columbia

FAQ For The Best Mountain Wedding Venues


Can I get married in The Canadian Rockies?

Yes, you can. You will need to contact a marriage commissioner and obtain a license. First, contact a commissioner and obtain the legal details, which for most couples is very straight forward.


Do you recommend a wedding planner for our Mountain wedding?

Yes and No. I would highly recommend reading my wedding planning article written to address this exact question.


How far out do I need to book my Canadian Rockies wedding venue?

At least one year out from your intended wedding date. Some allow two years, and some you will require a town permit to host your outdoor wedding venue in the open.


Can I elope in The Canadian Rockies?

Yes, you can. You will require the correct marriage Alberta paperwork for your elopement. Contact a marriage commissioner for accurate information.


How long does it take to get to Canmore from Calgary International Airport?

It is an approximate 1.5 hrs drive from Calgary International Airport to Canmore.


How long does it take to get to Banff from Calgary International Airport?

It takes approximately 2 hrs to drive from Calgary International Airport to Banff Town.


How long does it take to get to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake from Calgary International Airport?

It will take approximately 2.5 hours to drive to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake from Calgary International Airport.


How long does it take to get to Fernie from Calgary International Airport?

Allow approximately 4.5 hrs to drive from Calgary International Airport to Fernie.

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