Want all the perks of a destination wedding (and honeymoon) without travelling halfway across the world? These alternatives are all a short flight – or drive – away.
Fort Edmonton Park
You don’t have to go far to make your wedding historic. Choose from 10 lovely venues central to Edmonton’s history inside the park, as well as three historic churches and beautiful gardens. Then extend your stay at the Hotel Selkirk – a reconstruction of a 1920s hotel originally located on Jasper Ave. – and stroll Edmonton’s boardwalk of the metropolitan era, ride the streetcar to the Midway for ice cream, and visit the Capitol Theatre for a show. You’ll be back to the future before anyone notices you’re gone.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort: Golden, B.C.
Whether it’s winter or summer, say your “I Do’s” on top of the world overlooking the Rocky Mountains. Ride the Golden Eagle Express Gondola to 7,700 ft., tie the knot cliff-side just steps away from the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant-the highest elevated dining experience in Canada-and spend the night in an exclusive suite atop the mountain complete with breakfast in bed and a private butler.
Spirit Ridge Nk’Mip Resort: Osoyoos, B.C.
Escape to the desert slopes of Anarchist Mountain in the South Okanagan, and make it official with rolling vineyards as the backdrop to your special day. Celebrate afterwards and stay a while; there’s plenty to enjoy with on-site spa services, dining, winery and vineyard tours, swimming pools, Osoyoos Lake’s beaches and world-class golf.
Fairmont Chateau: Lake Louise, Alta
Start your lives together feeling like royalty at this 105-year-old chateau. This classic location is surrounded by snow-topped mountains, glaciers and an emerald lake. Your stay is complete with an in-house wedding specialist, a world-renowned salon and spa, and an array of romantic packages for two – like horse-drawn carriage rides, skating or canoeing, depending on the season, and a couple’s massage.
This article appears in the January 2017 issue of Avenue Edmonton. Subscribe here.