Kortright Event Space

9550 Pine Valley Drive L4L 1A6 Vaughan (Ontario) Map · Phone number
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4.1 out of 5.0
Number of guests 20 to 150
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About Kortright Event Space

Kortright Centre has been a fixture of Woodbridge and Toronto for many years. The beautiful spaces and grounds are for visitors to enjoy and become educated on nature conservation. The centre can be used for wedding celebrations and comes with many accommodations. The Kortright Center has been an Ontrario Member of the EcoCentres Network and a Silver Certified EcoCentre.

Facilities and capacity

Outdoor ceremony locations located within the centre grounds include Forest Path, which seats 120 guests, and the Cathedral of Trees, which seats 200 guests and is located on the outskirts of the forest. The indoor ceremony location is the Forest Gallery. It has windows overlooking the trees and seats 200 guests. For receptions, all venues are indoors. The signature space is called the Glass House, due to its glass walls. It also has wood beams and hanging candles, and it hosts 120 guests. The Main Hall is a classic space with high, wood ceilings, and it hosts 150 guests. The centre’s newest space, Forest Gallery, is complete with skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows and can accommodate up to 135 guests.

Services offered

For weddings, the Kortright Centre provides full-service catering teams, photo permits, and exclusive uses of facilities for evening receptions. The centre can also make a bridal suite available. Winter weddings can also be held at the centre. The kitchen has winter-themed menus for these occasions. The centre also offers ways to green your wedding, which include:

  • Local and organic menus
  • Fair trade coffee and tea station
  • Vegetable and soy wax candles
  • Bullfrog powered facility
  • On-site recycling, solar hot water heating system, and wetland wastewater treatment system
  • Proceeds go to environmental education programs
  • No chemical pesticides for grounds

Cuisine

The classic menu package comes with a choice of five hors d’oeuvres and allows each guest to choose from a variety of options for each course: one salad, pasta or soup, one entrée, two entrée accompaniments, and one dessert. The menu is composed of many gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well; however, buffet and cocktail reception menus are also available. The classic menu package includes:

  • Open bar service
  • Wine on tables
  • Champagne toast
  • In-house catering with wait staff and bartenders
  • Two complimentary vendor meals
  • Tables and chairs
  • Table and napkin linens
  • Cake cutting
  • Coffee and tea station
  • Menu tasting for two

Other services

Kortright Centre provides parking and the admission fee for wedding guests. The centre is also known for its many educational programs for kids. The spaces can also be reserved for corporate meetings and events, birthday parties, and picnics.

History

Founded by world-famous outdoorsman, author, and conservationist Dr. Francis H. Kortright, the facility was opened in 1979. The centre’s mission was to protect wild animals, forests, waters and skies. Sustainable technology became a fixture of this platform in 1982 and continues to grow and expand. It has had over two million visitors and hosted a variety of different educational experiences.

  • Number of guests From 20 to 150

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3 Reviews for Kortright Event Space


4.1 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.0
  • Professionalism 4.0
  • Flexibility 4.0
  • Value 4.3
  • Response time 4.0

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  • Heather

    Heather Isaac · Married on 19/05/2019

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      4.0
    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Loved our wedding experience at the Kortright!

    My husband and I were married at the Kortright in May 2019 and had a wonderful experience. We loved being able to use the entire grounds for pictures and also appreciated the venue's flexibility in case of rain - we planned to get married in the Cathedral of Trees but if there was poor weather we could tell the venue on the day of (by 10am) and use the Glass Hut to still get the outdoor vibe. I believe some other venues require 24 hour notice for changes like this so we were very glad to be able to call it on the same day - and were able to use the outdoor space!

    Peter and Pauls did take over the venue while we were working with them but for us it was a great experience. Although we did switch representatives a few times while they sorted out the take over, we then ended up working with Stephanie who was truly AMAZING. She was extremely responsive, answered my 100 daily questions and was very flexible to allow us to customize our day. The company even honoured some of the details of our prior TCRA contract which was appreciated.

    We were able to use some of the venue decor (lanterns, easels) which saved on some small costs. The venue also had a representative on site the day of the wedding to help out with coordination, timing etc. which was very helpful (I didn't realize this was provided so ended up hiring a day of coordinator which may not have been necessary).

    We did have to pay for an open bar during dinner (just wine was served otherwise) but I believe that is common with many venues. Food was amazing, the guests were all very happy. We chose to upgrade our chairs for the reception (would be nice if these chairs were part of the main decor)...but if you choose to do so, the cost was relatively low compared to other external vendors. The venue now uses white folding chairs for outdoor ceremonies which is great. We were able to rent heaters, life sized board games and have a smores station (instead of a cake) - all for pretty reasonable prices.

    Although the carpet could be updated, the decor of the venue was exactly what we were looking for. Wood, glass, greenery. A very nature/forest feel, even when indoors. The lights were an added cost to turn on but so worth it. Other venues we visited advised they would charge to have lights installed anyway.

    Overall, we had a very hassle free, happy experience. Staff were very kind and accommodating. The ability to call for weather on the day reduced our stress level immensely as we wanted an outdoor ceremony. The venue is only private after 4pm (open to the public before hand) but this can easily be planned for (we did a 5pm ceremony and had no issues - even took pictures starting at 1pm in the grounds). And of course the gorgeous venue was why we chose the Kortright in the first place. So thank you to the wonderful staff! We truly had the best day ever.

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    Sent on 17/07/2019
  • Lisa

    Lisa Campos · Married on 24/05/2019

    2.4
    • Quality of service:
      3.0
    • Responsiveness:
      2.0
    • Value:
      3.0
    • Flexibility:
      2.0
    • Professionalism:
      2.0

    Not worth it

    The place is beautiful but it’s Not worth it on my opinion . It’s outdated and the coordinators are very hard to get ahold of and very confusing. I had like 5 different people ... they kept changing my coordinator. No one answers their phones..
    the day of my wedding my decorator arrived and was told she couldn’t set up because they had some event for kids going on... she had to wait until 4pm!!!(my wedding was at 5pm) they had about 20 people running around rushing to set up on time. Ridiculous. My guests arrived and they were still setting up. I arrived 10 mins late and there was still cardboard boxes laying around from the decorations...
    Its overpriced for what you get and they charge you more for everything. They charge you $250 just to turn on the twinkle lights they already have set up..
    400$ to use the forest gallery which is out dated and doesn’t even have a washroom on the main floor. My guests has to walk up 2 flights of stairs and across a large room to get to a washroom. The Carpet is old and stained and theres ugly baseboard heaters that have no purpose.

    Sent on 02/06/2019

    Kortright Event Space's reply:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for taking the time to address your feedback. It is disappointing to hear however that you were dissatisfied with your experience.

    With respect to the personnel you had dealings with, it is customary for our clients to liaison with various members of our team throughout the planning and execution of their wedding. We sincerely regret if we failed to meet your expectations with regards to this matter.

    We furthermore regret to hear there were challenges with your décor arrangements and you were furthermore surprised by the costs associated with the additions you elected to reserve. Transparency is extremely important to us hence we would be more than happy to review the terms of your original contract should you require any further clarity with respect to this matter.

    With regards to the style and design of the facility, the property boasts a 1980’s design motif which has remained in-tact since the facilities inception. In order to preserve the notable charm and character of the space, the appearance of the facility has remained consistent with the manner in which you first toured the space with our team.

    Once again we thank you for sharing your feedback as it is with comments such as yours that we may continue to grow and service our clients in the manner they have become accustomed to with our team.

    Thank you for entrusting us with your special day and on behalf of PeterandPauls we wish you our heartfelt congratulations!

    Sincerely,

    Client Experience Manager
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    Erin · Married on 08/06/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Beautiful Venue

    We had a beautiful wedding at the Kortright Centre. We did everything there - getting ready, pictures, ceremony and reception. It's such a pretty place. The food was great and the guests really loved everything!

    Sent on 23/06/2019

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