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5+ New Wedding Venues in the Canadian Rockies

May 4, 2020

5+ New Wedding Venues in the Canadian Rockies

the Original Guide for Alberta Elopements : Part 2!

This list of 5+ New Wedding Venues in the Canadian Rockies has been carefully crafted to bring the most important information into your hands if you are currently planning your wedding day.

Alberta wedding vendors have been working hard to make sure they can still host your amazing intimate and elopement days here! I reached out and spoke with the Parks Canada and Pursuit Jasper/Banff Collection Team who have been busy at work to create the following 5+ New Wedding Venues in the Canadian Rockies – inside the National Parks!

Looking for Part 1 on Places to Elope in Alberta?
Read More Here: 5+ Places to have your Alberta Elopement OUTSIDE of National & Provincial Parks

Check out the post below for how to have your Alberta Elopement in these newly added epic outdoor venues inside Jasper and Banff National Parks!

*this information is updated as of May 4, 2020*


New Elopement & Wedding Packages in Banff National Park

Important Info for all following Banff Elopement Venues:

  • Opening for the 2020 season after June 4.
  • Available to host elopements under 15 guests (including officiant and photographer).
  • Both week day & weekend bookings available
  • *dog-friendly venues*
  • Venues allow for 2-metre physical distancing
  • Reduced capacity applied across all our locations to provide more space
  • Increased cleaning frequency and additional protocols implemented
  • Rigorous staff training & communications for your piece of mind
  • Contact to reach out to is: groups@pursuitcollection.com
  • To get more updated information on current regulations, and to connect with their staff visit the website: Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection

1. Banff Gondola, Banff National Park finding your mountaintop view above Banff 

image courtesy www.banffjaspercollection.com

Say “I do” with 360 degree mountain views at the summit of the Banff Gondola. Larger, more traditional weddings have been happening here for the past few years. Now available for the first time ever during summer for small intimate weddings & elopements. Pledge your love as your nearest and dearest watch, with the Canadian Rockies as your witness. Then, head inside for a remarkable meal at the world famous Sky Bistro Restaurant.

Getting Here:

  • The nearest Airport is YYC (Calgary International Airport), a 1.5-hour drive away (149 kms).

2. Lake Minnewanka Private Boat Cruise a Lakeside Getaway in Banff

Banff Elopement Photographer

Take a private boat tour on the Lake Minnewanka Cruise through the lake to share your vows for you and 10 of your closest family members! This is one of the most unique offerings I have seen so far!

Lake Minnewanka is easily my favourite spots to take couples for their Banff National Park Elopements. I am so stoked to see the love-boat cruise option happening. Just imagine saying your vows and hearing them echo across the water and disappearing into the mountains as whispered promises. This is an epic way to spend your elopement day with your family.
Two Jack Lake, Cascade Pond and Bankhead are waiting minutes away for more portraits after your vows on the cruise boat. Head back to Banff afterwards to enjoy a reception-type meal at one of the many restaurants like The Bison in town!

Read More: Lake Minnewanka, Banff Anniversary Adventure

Getting Here:

  • The nearest Airport is YYC (Calgary International Airport), a 1.5-hour drive away (148 kms).

New Elopement & Wedding Packages in Jasper National Park

Important Info for all following Jasper Elopement Venues:

  • Opening for the 2020 season after June 4.
  • Available to host elopements under 15 guests (including officiant and photographer).
  • Both week day & weekend bookings available
  • *dog-friendly venues*
  • Venues allow for 2-metre physical distancing
  • Reduced capacity applied across all our locations to provide more space
  • Increased cleaning frequency and additional protocols implemented
  • Rigorous staff training & communications for your piece of mind
  • Contact to reach out to is: jaspergroups@pursuitcollection.com
  • To get more updated information on current regulations, and to connect with their staff visit the website: Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection

3. Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park tranquility at an isolated Glacial Lake in Jasper

Centred in the middle of the Queen Elizabeth Ranges, Maligne Lake is known for it’s icy blue coloured waters. It is an excellent place to see wildlife, camp, hike or even take a boat trip! Rent a canoe at the lake for a backcountry camping experience like no other, or just enjoy a delicious meal at the Maligne Lake Chalet View Restaurant. An option includes visiting Spirit Island, a sacred place to traditional Indigenous peoples. You can either canoe the 14 kms there, or take a guided boat tour!

You’ll also pass Medicine Lake on your way up to Maligne, which is worth a stop to walk down to the shores and explore or skip rocks & take epic photos celebrating your day!

Read More: 5 Year Anniversary at Spirit Island, & Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

Getting Here:

  • The nearest Airport is YEG (Edmonton International Airport), a 4.5-hour drive away (432 kms).

4 + 5. Columbia Icefield Skywalk & Glacier View Lodge, Jasper National Park Get married at the edge of the Columbia Icefields

Because of their proximity, these two different options are being combined for simplicity!

This literally my dream location and I will whoop for joy if one of my clients decide to share their vows here! I mention it to EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU! It is SO worth the road trip to the Columbia Icefields, I swear! Imagine spending the day intimately exploring a glacier, and then sharing your vows 900 feet in the air. Dreamy. Stay at the brand new swanky boutique hotel, Glacier View Lodge, afterwards!

Getting Here:

  • The nearest Airport is YYC (Calgary International Airport), under 4-hour drive away (332 kms) or YEG (Edmonton International Airport), just over a 4-hour drive (417 kms).

 


BONUS: Pyramid Lake Resort, Jasper National Park a lakeside Resort in Jasper

Bride and Groom Kissing at Sunset in jasper

Nestled just 20-minutes away from Jasper Townsite, this is a favourite for locals, tourists and weddings alike. While not a new venue per-say, no list of Jasper National Park Elopement venues is complete without mentioned Pyramid Lake! Easily accessible by a wooden boardwalk form the lakeshore, the Island has everything you need to have a wedding. Included is an amphitheater with wooden beaches, a gazebo and various picnic spots around the little island.

Over at the Pyramid Lake Lodge there is access to canoe rentals, which allow you to explore the lake in a whole new way! There is nothing more Canadian than canoeing through the crystal blue waters of our glacier lakes. Pyramid Lake Island is a popular spot for weddings, picnics and day trips with families! 

Read More: Intimate Pyramid Lake Wedding, Jasper National Park

Getting Here:

  • The nearest Airport is YEG (Edmonton International Airport), just over a 4-hour drive (398 kms) or YYC (Calgary International Airport), just over 5-hour drive away (435 kms).

I hope you found this 5+ New Wedding Venues in the Canadian Rockies a useful resource for your planning needs! COVID19 effects Alberta Weddings in many ways. You can rest assure knowing that Alberta Wedding Vendors are working together for you! Drop a comment below to let me know how helpful this was, or if you need more information! Please note: This resource is in no way meant to encourage people to travel, spend time in groups, or to disregard restrictions in place for the health and safety of Albertans and Canadians. If you are planning on having your small and intimate wedding during the pandemic, please consider all options and follow all restrictions in place. Please make sure to keep up to date on all the restrictions in Alberta on the Provincial Website and through AHS.

Please make sure to view my Elopement Resources & Inspiration posts, including 5 Tips for your Banff Elopements, 5 Tips for your Jasper Elopements & my recent Guide: 5+ Places to Have Your Alberta Elopement, Part 1!

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Woww love all of your work!! Now I can’t wait to get back to Banff! 😀

Seriously, I am bookmarking this page to come back because all your info here is so helpful and I also adore your work as well

SO many great venues here, and I love how you think outside of the box too! Thanks for such an awesome post, these are all incredible spots!

All of these are wonderful suggestions! Thank you for all the details!

This is so informative!! I really love the venue choices, they’re all beautiful. You make me want to get married on Banff!

Wow these are fantastic!! Banff is unbelievably incredible and for those planning from a distance, this guide really helps you imagine the possibilities. Thanks for sharing!

This is such a great guide! So many useful info and I love the variety of places you’ve chosen – there is something for everyone. 🙂

Melissa, this is such an amazing guide! I love that you made sure these are ALL dog-friendly places! Nothing better than getting married with your furry friend there! Amazing job on this guide 🙂

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