by Sharon Auld
If you have been following our blogs lately you’ll know we are sharing 30 tips for planning a Rocky Mountain destination wedding in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Jasper and beyond. Here is Tip #8
Tip #8 –Getting Married Outdoors in the town of Banff or Canmore
There’s no denying that marrying in the Town of Banff, Alberta or Canmore, Alberta will provide a stunning background for an outdoor ceremony. You can have a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony in Banff or Canmore and then have your reception at one of the many world-class hotels in the areas. If you are contemplating getting married at one of the popular outdoor areas in either town, you should be aware that permits are required. There are several areas that are popular for outdoor wedding ceremonies in the Town of Banff; The Central Park Gazebo (Louis Trono Gazebo) and The Tunnel Mountain Reservoir (the Meadow) are very popular spots.
There are special considerations associated with having a wedding within the national park boundaries (the Town of Banff is within Banff National Park). An application form must be filled out by all wedding organizers to ensure they are aware of these special conditions. It’s a short application and is for information purposes only. Because both Gazebo and the Meadow are popular areas for weddings, there is a fee associated with reserving these spots for your wedding. The fee in 2010 was $221. for a four hour time slot for either. Please remember that these fees are subject to change and the Town of Banff is expecting likely a 4 to 7% increase in prices for 2011 bookings.
For more information on facility bookings in the Town of Banff contact: Town of Banff Community Services at 403.762.1251. In the town of Canmore, a couple of the most popular places to say your vows is at Quarry Lake or Riverside Park (although there are numerous places for suitable for smaller weddings). Riverside Park offers outstanding views of the Bow River, the Rundle Range, Ha Ling Peak and the Three Sisters. Quarry Lake is located along Spray Lakes Road on the south side of the Bow Valley it has spectacular views of Ha Ling Peak, Mount Lady MacDonald, and the Rundle Range. Quarry Lake is a more rustic setting than Riverside Park.
The most popular spot for ceremonies at Quarry Lake is on the hill top overlooking the lake. It is a bit of a walk to the top and with no motor vehicles allowed, you will want to ensure your guests are able to negotiate the uphill walk. Also, it is a bit of a hike when you are hauling chairs to the top so have plenty of help and allow yourself plenty of set up time. If you are planning on getting married in Canmore, you will have to fill out a short application form and submit a fee. You can book a year in advance and there is no fee for cancelling prior to 7 days in advance. The fee for either location in 2010 was:
- $65/day plus GST residents
- $97/day plus GST non-residents
For a Permit or for more information contact: Facility Booking Coordinator at 403-678-0808 ext. 335 A couple of things to keep in mind whether you are booking in Canmore or Banff:
- Parks are not closed to the general public during rentals.
- A permit ensures that no other wedding or special event is booked in the park for the duration of the rental period.
- There may be 2 weddings in a day, but never at the same time.
- If you are wanting chairs, you will need to rent them as they are not provided (except in the case of Louis Trono Gazebo where approximately 70 chairs are available).
- Motorized vehicles are not allowed at Quarry Lake or the Meadows, so you will have to bring in chairs and other ceremony items manually.
For more information on outdoor wedding ceremonies in Banff National Park, read this Naturally Chic post. If you have any questions on weddings in Canmore or Banff, please feel to give us a call Naturally Chic at 1.888.679.9056 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Tip #7 for Planning a Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Jasper here.
Did You Know? Quarry Lake is reclaimed from an old mining area and is now one of Canmore’s many environmental success stories. You can swim in the lake July and August. The lake is fed by an underground mountain spring!