1980 Phelan Road W K0A 2T0 North Gower (Ontario) View map

Description of Strathmere

Strathmere is an Ottawa-based venue that specializes in hosting weddings and special events with premier hospitality services. This 200-acre estate is a lovely country retreat that was recently voted "One of 30 Most Beautiful Venues in Canada". The professional staff has a reputation for having a great work ethic when delivering services at affordable prices for unforgettable weddings any season of the year.

Facilities and capacity

It offers private indoor and outdoor facilities of varying capacities which include:

  • The Garden House: This indoor/outdoor space has wraparound windows, 2 fireplaces, lounge, large dance floor and an outdoor ceremony site overlooking the woods and orchard. It has a capacity for up to 225 seated guests.
  • The Lodge: This is a restored 150 year old barn which has 3 fireplaces, lounge, exposed wooden beams, an open loft and a large dance floor. It has a capacity for up to 250 seated guests.
  • Strathmere Inn: Originally an 1860s home, this space features a Carriage House, veranda, common areas and a circular staircase. It has a capacity for up to 100 seated guests.

Services offered

The facility rental fees include the following services:

  • A king bed guest room for the wedding night (evening weddings only)
  • An outdoor ceremony site, with benches, signing table and arbour, from April 1 to October 31
  • Indoor fireside ceremonies for inclement weather and winter weddings
  • Wedding Coordinator
  • Standard ivory linen tablecloths (90" round), napkins, oil lanterns, standard dishware, tables & chairs
  • Year-round lighting indoors and out, with vintage string lighting over ceremony sites
  • Beautiful gardens and landscapes for photographs
  • Decorated fireplace mantles, planters and urns filled with flowers to decorate the ceremony site
  • Friendly and efficient staff for our licensed bar and catering services
  • Free guest parking


The cuisine offered at Strathmere comes from the hands of expert expert chefs and growers that handle the fresh, local and seasonal ingredients included in its wedding menus. It works exclusively with a butcher for its meats, fishmonger for its fish/seafood, fromagiere for all cheeses and a local egg farmer. It includes:

  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Party trays
  • Plate service dinner menus
  • Buffet dinner menu
  • Gala cocktail reception menu
  • Late night offerings
  • Beverage selections
  • Wine list


The accommodation offered includes 34 guest rooms decorated in country fashion with quilts and antique furniture and beautiful views of the entire estate. Some rooms have a jacuzzi, sitting area, kitchenette and sitting area.

Other facilities

Its other facilities include:

  • Spa & Wellness Facility
  • The Retreat Café
  • Two outdoor hot tubs & firepit

Other services

It also offers other services for:

  • BBQs
  • Meetings
  • Anniversaries
  • Corporate parties
  • Christmas parties


The Phelan family began building this estate in 1860. In 1955 it was bought as a country retreat and named "Strathmere" by Alex and Eleanor Sim and in 1978 the Baker family purchased it for its current day usage.

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Strathmere awards

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More information about Strathmere

  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, reception, bridal Shower, engagement Party
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, cocktail Reception, dessert, hors d'Oeuvres, plated, server(s), stations
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), cash Bar, champagne Toast, house Beer, house Wine, house Liquor, liquor License, open Bar, premium Liquor, signature Drink, specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Altar/Arches, centerpieces, dance Floor, decor, furniture, lighting, chairs, tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, china, flatware, glassware, linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, wheelchair Access
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Set Up, clean Up, event Planning, chairs, tables, linens, china, flatware, glassware, lighting/Sound, parking, bridal Suite
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Reviews of Strathmere

4.9 out of 5.0
Overall rating:

Married on 15/10/2016 Jessica Pearce

Strathmere is a fantastic venue. Very very professional--it's clear they know exactly what they're doing. Highly recommended.

[Private user]

I would recommend this as a venue, only if you value convenience above all else. The fact that the decor, food, some accommodations, and bar service were all provided by Strathmere made it very convenient and simple to plan our wedding. The food is fantastic! The space is ... View more beautiful! The staff were quick to move things when it rained. All that said, the accommodations were very disappointing. Our room (for the bride and groom) was supposed to have a king-sized bed. What we found was two single beds (of different heights) pushed together. It was incredibly uncomfortable and a pretty lousy way to end our night. We're still not sure what the day-of coordinator was supposed to do. My bridesmaids and I were told to wait in the room where we were getting ready until our coordinator came to get us. She never showed up and when we gave up on waiting, she jokingly asked why it had taken us so long to get there! She didn't cue the DJ, or the MC for anything as she said she would. It would have been better had we expected not to have a coordinator there. For convenience, food, and location it's perfect. But there are some definite areas for improvement.

[Private user]

We absolutely loved our time at Strathmere. We had our ceremony, reception and wedding night at the Inn. On a rainy day they flawlessly moved our ceremony inside and transitioned it back to the reception room. The Inn was the perfect location with a variety of rooms available for ... View more for all guests to enjoy (ie. Games room, bar, lounge, patio, quite room with tables). The service was excellent, my husband and I never wanted for anything. Complimentary breakfast the next day was great- we only wish we could have slept in past 10am the next day!

Married on 06/02/2016 Martine Roy

Very flexible, great service - we had a wonderful day!

Married on 30/01/2016 Diane Jackson

Working with Strathmere was absolutely delightful. All our questions via e-mail were responded to within hours, our face-to-face meetings with a coordinator were always welcomed anytime we needed to 'review' the plan, many options were always provided with many possibilities. The ... View more hard part was for us to make decisions. Our coordinators often made suggestions, only when we asked, by giving us a sense of what has been successful in previous events. We never felt like our wedding needed to 'fit a mold' to Strathmere. It is rare to experience an event venue with 'exquisite' food. Our quests are still commenting on the high caliber food and taste experience. " I could have just eaten the soup it was so good...I have never tasted salmon like that...delicious!" Strathmere offers amazing ambiance and food services. And finally, we cannot thank the 'room reservations' office. With so many family/friends staying at Strathmere, we had some work to do in organizing room locations etc. Not too many hotels/venues work with you on this. We were toured through every option of accommodations provided so we could make some informed decisions.

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