Banff and Canmore Wedding Venues

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Thursday, April 8th, 2010

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There are endless possibilities for getting married in Banff or Canmore in the Canadian Rockies. In fact, there are so many beautiful sites and venues that the hardest part may be choosing which one!

Sunrise, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. (Photo courtesy John E. Marriott)

Banff National Park has some of the most picturesque spots in the world, and you can pretty much get married anywhere you want within the park.

“There’s literally hundreds of ideal places,” says Banff wedding photographer John Stewart. “There is not just one perfect location. It all depends on what you want,” he adds.

One of the great things about choosing the Canadian Rockies for your wedding venue is that anyone can get married there on any budget, according to Stewart.

Patricia Compton, a local wedding commissioner is a little more specific in her recommendations. She favors Canmore as a place to get married.

“It has several locations with incredible views,” she explains.

The 360 degree views at Quarry Lake are particularly spectacular for Compton.

“It’s beautiful any direction you look and it’s an easy spot to get to for both the young and old,” she says.

Tunnel Mountain Meadow is another Compton recommendation. It’s located in the town of Banff and is ideal for larger groups. To get there, just take the Sulfur Mountain Gondola right from town. The eight-minute ride offers amazing views and takes you right to the top!

When you get all the way up to 7,486 feet (2,281 m) you are rewarded with a breathtaking panorama of mountains- a perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs!

Lauren Laming is a wedding planner with Rocky Mountain Weddings. Her pick for a Canadian Rockies wedding is in the dreamy ice castle on Lake Louise every winter (built after the lake has frozen over).

“It’s an absolutely magical place to have a wedding,” she says.

Her summer recommendation for a wedding venue is Two Jack Lake. The lake is just a short drive from Banff into the park.

“It’s beautiful, with lots of wilderness as a back drop,” she says. Laming also mentioned that the site also offers the chance to see elk and bighorn sheep.

Quarry Lake also made it on Laming’s short list, both because of its beauty and because it can host a much larger wedding than most Banff National Park locations.

Another great suggestion for a venue is Banff’s Juniper Hotel & Bistro, which is a trendy place to do a mid-sized wedding. The Buffalo Mountain Lodge is another great place because of its wapiti (big room with an high timber ceiling and large stone fireplace).

If you’re looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, head to the Emerald Lake Lodge or the Num-Ti-Ja Lodge on Bow Lake. They’re a little more rustic, but they’re built for the nature lovers, people that want to get away a little bit.

And this is all just the beginning! Good luck with your research and check back on for more stories about getting married in the Canadian Rockies!

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