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Fraser River Lodge

Agassiz, British Columbia View map
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2 to 200 Guests

About

2 to 200 Guests

Time goes by slowly at the Fraser River Lodge. This pristine venue is located near Agassiz, British Columbia at the foothills of the spectacular Cascade Mountains. The lodge is an idyllic venue for weddings of all sizes, both indoor and outdoor. A more private venue is hard to find as you will have 18 lush acres to take full advantage of. This exclusive venue can be yours on the big day!

Facilities and capacity

The indoor hall can accommodate up to 200 wedding guests, while the Lounge seats 35 people for dinner. For ceremonies, the deck can accommodate 50 guests, the field allows for 200 guests, and the outdoor Marquee Tent is also offered as a rainy day option with a capacity of up to 200 people. The Lodge also offers two onsite dressing rooms for the couple to prepare privately, and their Honeymoon Suite is included in all standard Wedding Packages.

Services offered

Their Wedding Coordinators are onsite for nearly the entire day of the wedding, functioning as a liaison between you, your vendors, your family, and the staff. They ensure your guests know where to go upon arrival, coordinate about 95% of your setup (excluding things like string lights or arbors), brief your commissioner on timeline changes, cue the wedding party down the aisle, educate your MC on the timeline, and house policies, communicate with your photographers about timeline, lighting, and room setup, technology problem solving (slideshows, sound system, ceremony music), quality checking meals, serving the Bride at the buffet, providing customer service to the guests (highchairs, allergies, directions), etc. Prior to the Big Day, they work to communicate and meet with you to sort out all the details, a timeline of the day, etc., and attend all on-site rehearsals. Two fully licensed bars are available with no additional bartending fees. On-site hair and make-up are available for an additional cost.

Cuisine

We are proud to introduce our new Executive Chef, Justin Paakkunainen! While boasting an impressive 20 plus years in the kitchen, our Chef brings a consistently refreshing new menu to our guests. Driven by an unwavering passion for the art of cooking, and a constant desire to grow in his craft, Chef Justin is always searching for new ways to breach the barriers of our guest's expectations for pallet pleasing, illustrious meals. We take particular pride in supporting local farmers, and businesses by sourcing our foods locally, or as we like to say "farm-to-table." We also go to great lengths to purchase our seafood locally, ensuring that we provide the highest quality and freshness.

Chef Justin Paakkunainen offers two seasonal buffet menus and one year-round buffet menu to choose between and has been known to be very accommodating regarding dietary restrictions, and menu alterations. Additional platters, appetizers, and late-night snacks are optional add-ons.

Highlights

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Type

Banquet hall, beach, farm, inn/B&B

Style

Country, rustic, waterfront

Event Services

Accommodations, bridal suite, catering / bar, clean up, event planning, liability insurance, lighting / sound, outside vendors, set up

Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

$11,210

Plated Service (per head)

$75

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

7

What kind of settings are available?

Covered outdoor
Indoor
Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
House wine
House liquor
Limited bar
Liquor license
Open bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

What event items are available?

Audio equipment
Dance floor
Chairs
Tables
Tent accessories
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
Chocolate fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair access

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$7,755

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Event planning
Chairs
Tables
Linens
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/sound
Parking
Bridal suite

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$55

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$22

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

$22

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake cutting
Server(s)
Dessert

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  • Samara
    Samara N. Married on 06/01/2022
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    Fantastic!

    The team, the venue, the food, the mountains 😍 were all so wonderful. I can't even describe how great the team here is and how they did everything they possibly could to make my day perfect !! Definitely the place to go !
  • Madi
    Madi H. Married on 08/11/2021
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    Amazing venue with amazing staff

    Wendy and her team at Fraser River Lodge are incredible, they are easy to communicate with, flexible and extremely good at what they do. They helped keep things organized for us on day of, answered a million questions over the year of us planning and were always happy to work with us on requests. Couldn't have found a better venue or coordinator - thanks again for everything! PS: the food is also amazing, get the poutine bar!
  • Melissa
    Melissa C. Married on 03/10/2021
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    Amazing, would highly reccomend

    Wendy and her staff were AMAZING with helping coordinate my big day and making sure everything went smoothly.
  • Caitlin
    Caitlin Married on 05/09/2021
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    So happy we chose this venue

    This venue was absolutely perfect for us. Our guests were in love with it too. The views are stunning, the hall is perfect for reception and the food is to die for. Every guest can’t stop talking about how good the food is. The rooms are stunning as well, wish we could have stayed longer :)
  • Michelle
    Michelle Married on 14/05/2020
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    The best place to say I do!

    The Fraser River Lodge was the only venue we looked at, the breathtaking view made it a no-brainer.
    We were supposed to get married in May, but due to COVID we had to cancel and change plans. Wendy and her team were incredibly accommodating and helpful. I had so many last-minute changes and they accommodated every request and change I had.
    This place is such a great value. The accommodations are better than any 5-star hotel, the food is mouthwatering, the view is just stunning, and on top of it all, you get an amazing coordinator to make sure everything goes smoothly. It doesn't get better than the Fraser River Lodge

    Fraser River Lodge's reply:

    Thanks so much Michelle & Adam! We are so thrilled that you decided to still get married at the Fraser River Lodge given the restrictions and not having everyone there to celebrate with. It was a perfect day and you even got to cross a helicopter flight off your bucket list! I saw a few sneak peek photos and they are incredible. We hope to see you out at the lodge in the future.
    Congrats again!
    Best,
    Wendy McConnell
    Wedding Manager/Head Coordinator
    Fraser River Lodge
  • Traci
    Traci Married on 31/08/2019
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    Amazing experience with FRL!

    We have nothing but good things to say about Fraser River Lodge. The staff from the time we booked to the day of the event were absolutely amazing. They were organized, friendly and beyond helpful. Our guests are still raving about the buffet dinner, which had lots of options that suited everyones needs (including those with food allergies). The lodge rooms were cozy, and they provided a nice touch of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to the bridge and grooms suite the wedding night. And the view was of course spectacular!

    Fraser River Lodge's reply:

    Traci, thanks for posting such an awesome review. All of us here at the lodge had such a fun time working your wedding. It was so nice that you booked the lodge for 2 days, it gave us all a chance to get to know your group a little better, especially those crazy Australians and Bobsledders!! Congrats again to you and Lucas!!

    Best,
    Wendy McConnell
    Wedding Coordinator
    Fraser River Lodge
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    Natasha Married on 17/06/2018
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    Excellent value for elopement package!

    Me and my husband got married here using their elopement package, adding a few guests for dinner. The value we got for the price we paid was outstanding. The location is beautiful and the service is great, and the coordinators are awesome too, and kept in contact with me the whole year leading up to the wedding itself. I booked the venue before even seeing it in person and if you are considering the same, don't worry, it's even more beautiful in person than the pictures show!!!!

    Fraser River Lodge's reply:

    Thanks so much for your kind words Natasha. I'm thrilled that your wedding was everything you hoped it would be. Congrats to you and Trevor!! Come back a visit us again.
    Best,
    Wendy McConnell
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    Samantha L. Married on 22/04/2018
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    Perfection

    The Fraser River Lodge was my first and only choice when picking a venue for our wedding. We wanted an outdoor, rustic setting and the Lodge fit the bill to a T. Because we live in Vancouver, it was not always convenient for us to drive out to Agassiz to visit the venue. But Wendy and Jodie made it so seamless and easy to communicate that I felt so secure in our decision to have it out of town. The food, the setting, the accommodations, the price, the jaw-dropping backdrop, even the bison - they were all perfect. I couldn't have wished for a better venue for our special day.

    Fraser River Lodge's reply:

    Samantha thank you so much for your fantastic review! We had so much fun getting to know you and your new husband. What a beautiful day you had! Hoping your first year of marriage is just as special as your wedding day and looking forward to a future visit ;)
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    James L. Married on 29/12/2017
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    Absolutely Incredible Experience!

    Where do we begin with how amazing Wendy, Jodie, the staff, and the owners are at the Fraser Valley Lodge! Right from the moment that we emailed Wendy, we were impressed with how professional and prompt she was in her response. She answered all our questions and provided additional information we hadn’t even asked for which was very beneficial and helpful to us. From the first moment we went to the Fraser River Lodge on July 22, 2017, we felt such peace and happiness. We knew that this was the place where we wanted to get married and those were the feelings upon which we wanted to start our married life. It was the only venue we looked at and truly felt no need to look elsewhere. It was perfect. We set our date for December 29, 2017 and started our planning. With every question that we had, Wendy and Jodie had a plethora of answers. They took the time to get to know us and what our vision was to help us create our magical day. Fast forward to December 28th, and upon our arrival to set up in the wild winter storm that Mother Nature was unleashing on the Fraser Valley, we were greeted by the owner and staff frantically clearing snow and trying to stay ahead of the freezing rain. That impressed us so very much as it is not too often you see the owners of an establishment doing the grunt work, let alone in freezing temperatures. Wendy greeted us immediately to go over details and show us which rooms we would be using before we unloaded our stuff and started setting up for the wedding. At any given moment, we could ask any of the staff members a question and they would be able to provide the answer. There was no “oh you need to go find so-and-so”. We were so blown away by the knowledge, helpfulness, and efficiency of everyone who worked there as it made for so much less stress of having to run around to find the right people who had the answers. Everyone was so happy to help, and it only added to the fantastic experience we had. We were able to set everything up we needed to and enjoy our rehearsal ceremony and dinner that evening. The excitement was growing exponentially just as the snow and freezing rain accumulated exponentially outside. When we woke up in the morning, there was a winter wonderland to greet us. For a brief moment we thought the storm would hold off, alas, that hope disappeared as quickly as it appeared. The snow and freezing rain joined forces with a wind that was such a deep level of unbearable cold to create a scene that was indescribable. Power went off and on again several times over as we got ready for the wedding and put the finishing touches on things. Guests were calling saying they could not make it as trees were down in all directions as well as the freeway was shut down at one point due to downed power lines. Things were rapidly changing, and they were out of our control, so we took the attitude of “we have everyone here that we need to get married, and so we are excited to be getting married”. Wendy was constantly checking in with us to make sure that we were as comfortable as possible. Behind the scenes, we can only imagine what was happening to ensure everything went off without a hitch, all while not knowing if the power was going to stay on for the whole day. Even with only half the guests, we still managed to have the most wonderful wedding. As cold as it was outside, it was twice as warm and cozy inside. Everything that was supposed to happen happened, and the weather did not stop us from celebrating and enjoying the day. Wendy and Jodie were amazing all day and night, ensuring that we were happy, comfortable, and that all that they could do was done. They are such an incredible team, and are so good at getting to know their brides and grooms, that even though they did not receive our email on how the reception centerpieces were to be done until after the reception was well underway due to the power outages knocking out the email system, they managed to decorate the tables exactly how we wanted sheerly based on their experience and what items were there for the decorations. Their guess was bang on! They also used some of the items from the ceremony that we hadn’t even thought about incorporating into the reception decor to create an even warmer atmosphere. The fact they were able to work their magic and just let us relax and not worry about centerpiece setup and reception decor, was a godsend! We were more than happy to have them be in charge of those items as they know their process inside and out for converting the ceremony space into a fabulous reception area. We truly had zero stress that day because Wendy, Jodie, and their team were beyond phenomenal with taking so much off our plates, which in turn allowed us to enjoy every moment of our special day. From the minute we arrived to the minute we left, we felt such gratitude to everyone there for making our wedding more than just an adventure in the winter weather, they made it such a magical memory. Everything from the venue to the staff to the food was perfection. Both our rehearsal and wedding reception meals were out of this world delicious and we have been searching for reasons to go back and have more food! All the guests raved about the variety and attention to detail with the meals. Nothing was spared by the kitchen to present a feast to us. We ate like kings and queens!

    Wendy and Jodie continue to be so wonderful to deal with as our photographer asked if we would be able to come back and do a follow-up photo shoot as we were not able to venture around the venue due to all the snow and ice that we dealt with the day of our wedding, and they have said they would be more than happy to help us make that happen. Again, top notch professionalism and kindness radiates from these women.

    You will not be disappointed one iota if you choose to go with having your wedding, or event, at the Fraser River Lodge. In the face of a horrendous winter storm, we were so beyond grateful and happy with our decision to have our wedding at The Lodge as they went above and beyond to make it magical and stress free for us!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    -James & Laura Stowards

    Fraser River Lodge's reply:

    Thank you so much Laura & James!! It is true, we did have a few challenges that day, but the show must go on, right? It was such a pleasure getting to know you two. Your happiness really rubbed off on all of us and made us want to work harder and go above and beyond. You are an true example of what clients should focus on....getting married, come hell or high waters and in this case, ice storms:)
    All the best,
    Wendy McConnell and the rest of the FRL team
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    Maegen Married on 12/11/2021
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    Rehearsal & Wedding

    FRL made my wedding dreams come true. Everything was perfect, the attention to detail, the incredible service from everyone of their staff was beyond my expectations. Many of our guests said it was the best wedding meal they have ever had. Best Venue Best Food Best Staff.

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Fraser River Lodge Real Weddings

  • Madison & Brendan
    7 Photos · 08/Nov/2021
  • Melissa & Nolan
    7 Photos · 03/Oct/2021
  • Mike & Joane
    45 Photos · 04/Aug/2019
  • Jonah & Fernanda
    120 Photos · 29/Jun/2019
  • Kyler & Lexi
    84 Photos · 07/Jun/2019
  • Igor & Christine
    24 Photos · 05/Jun/2019

Meet the Team

Anne & Frank  Staiger
Anne & Frank Staiger
Owners

The Fraser River Lodge was started nearly 25 years ago with a dream, an old Chrysler Fifth Avenue, as a "truck" and a $3,700 boat.

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7984 McDonald Rd S V0M 1A2 Agassiz (British Columbia)

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