Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Canmore T1W 1P1 Canmore (Alberta) View map
34 reviews

Number of guests 60 to 350

About Camp Chief Hector YMCA

Celebrate your special day at the wonderful location of Camp Chief Hector YMCA. The venue is located in Bow Valley Provincial Park, Alberta, only a short 40 minutes drive west of Calgary. The camp opened in 1930 and served as a place for exploring spiritual values and leisurely activities. In addition to quality programs for children, youths, and adults, Camp Chief Hector YMCA offers rustic lodge rental spaces for your special occasion. Mesmerizing woodland areas, ponds, lakes, and mountains provide the ideal backdrop for your event.

Facilities and capacity

Camp Chief Hector boasts two event spaces for couples to choose from. These include the Hector Lodge and the Bowfort Lodge. The Hector Lodge can seat up to 300 guests and The Bowfort Lodge has the capacity to accommodate up to 160 guests. The venue covers a total area of 1000 acres of land.

Services offered

The talented event coordination team behind Camp Chief Hector YMCA will make sure that all the details of your wedding are taken care of. Ample locations are available for photo shoots.

Location

The venue is located around 100 km from Calgary International Airport. It is approximately 20 mins East of Canmore off Highway 1.

  • Nº of guests

    From 60 to 350

  • Maximum Capacity

    350

  • Type

    Banquet hall, historic

  • Style

    Country, rustic, waterfront

  • Event Services

    Accommodations, bridal suite, catering / bar, liability insurance

  • Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

    C$ 5,011.00

  • Availability

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More information about Camp Chief Hector YMCA

  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 60
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, uncovered outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, dessert, hors d'oeuvres, tastings
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s), cash bar, house wine, liquor license, open bar, premium liquor, specialty beer
  • What event items are available? Audio equipment, dance floor, chairs, tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, china, 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? C$ 5011
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Clean up, chairs, tables, linens, china, flatware, glassware, parking
  • What is the average catering price per person for buffet service? C$ 34
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake cutting, dessert
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? C$ 5
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Open bar, house beer, specialty beer, house wine, premium liquor, bartenders

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Reviews for Camp Chief Hector YMCA

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  • Caitlin

    Caitlin Sparks, Married on 13/10/2018

    5.0 View more
    • Quality of service:
      Excellent
    • Responsiveness:
      Excellent
    • Value:
      Excellent
    • Flexibility:
      Excellent
    • Professionalism:
      Excellent

    Gorgeous, stress-free, and worth every penny!

    I cannot say enough good things about Camp Chief Hector and their staff. We got married there October 13, 2018 and our wedding was a DREAM! From start to finish, both the planning and the event itself went so smoothly I didn't have a single thing to worry about (Which is pretty amazing for any bride!). John was amazing to work with coordinating details with us to make sure our day went off without a hitch. The venue was spotless and absolutely gorgeous, the staff were friendly and energetic with our guests, and the food was outstanding. We are still getting compliments from our guests about what a great meal they had and how much they enjoyed the venue- everyone said it was the best wedding they have been to!
    I really can't recommend this location enough. The amount of services and perks that are included in the cost of the venue rental is unreal. I really appreciated that we didn't have to look after details like linens, glassware, bartenders, etc. I would absolutely recommend this location to anyone who wants to have a stress free wedding against the backdrop of beautiful Kananaskis!

    The wedding of Caitlin Sparks and Camp Chief Hector YMCA 1
    The wedding of Caitlin Sparks and Camp Chief Hector YMCA 2
    Sent on 22/10/2018

    Camp Chief Hector YMCA's reply:

    Thank you for your kind comments in the reviews and fantastic photos. It was our pleasure to host such a great couple!

    Best wishes

    John & the CCH Staff Team

  • Justine

    Justine Fisher, Married on 12/05/2018

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

    Perfect Venue, Perfect Weekend!

    Camp Chief Hector was a dream! We got married May 12, 2018 (just this past weekend) and it was the perfect weekend at the perfect venue. Honestly I started searching for a venue as soon as I could after getting engaged because I was looking for a specific venue background (meadow surrounded by trees with mountains in the background) and as soon as I saw the meadow before the lake at CCH, I was sold. After touring around the site with John, he told us what would all be supplied by them for the wedding weekend and I couldn’t say yes fast enough. We were given access to the venue at 4pm on Friday until noon on Sunday, we would be provided all linens, plates, silverware, tables, glasses – everything you would need for a reception they were able to provide, as well as food and the bar! We stayed on site at the forest house the whole weekend with our wedding party and immediate family, and it was honestly so relaxing to not have to leave the site after we finished setting up. We were able to begin set up at 4pm on Friday to have everything ready for the wedding the next day, and then we had to be out of there by noon on Sunday, but honestly we didn’t need any more time to get out of there. We had our reception in the Hector Lodge and their blank slate set up system was fantastic because I had such a specific vision in my head, it just all came to fruition because I could do whatever I wanted to the space and make my dream come true. The food was fantastic (thank you Kelly!), the bar was so pretty with such lovely wait staff (thank you to the woman with pink hair who gave me a big glass of water!), and they were so accommodating to everything we required. I would say the only downside is how far it is from accommodations for guests, but we hired a bus service to help our guests get to and from the venue and everyone seemed to enjoy that aspect. As well, there are many places onsite for guests to stay if they so choose. It was truly the best venue we could have asked for and John was so helpful when answering any questions that came up before the big day. Plus, there was no need to leave the venue throughout the wedding day because there were perfect spaces for pictures all throughout the site! I would recommend this venue to anyone who asked me because I couldn’t have been happier with my experience.

    Sent on 16/05/2018

    Camp Chief Hector YMCA's reply:

    Thank you Justine for that lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed the surrounds that our site has to offer and the whole CCH experience. We enjoyed meeting and serving your family and friends. The pleasure was ours!

    Kind regards

    John & the CCH Staff Team

  • Julie

    Julie De Luca, Married on 02/09/2017

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

    Couldn't be happier with our venue choice. The fact that you can set up the day before the wedding day and not have to worry about tear down the day until the day after was absolutely amazing. Staff was very helpful and informative. The food was praised all night long. The bar was a really good price. Just an amazing spot!!

    Sent on 28/09/2017

    Camp Chief Hector YMCA's reply:

    Julie, thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure to host you, your family & friends on such a special weekend for you.

    Regds

    John & the CCH Staff Team

  • Chris

    Chris, Married on 18/03/2017

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

    We can't thank John and the Camp Chief Hector team enough for everything they did to contribute to the best day of our lives.

    First of all the Hector Lodge venue was outstanding. To have indoor and outdoor ceremony options at the same location as the reception provided huge flexibility in dealing with Rocky Mountain weather. The room easily accommodated seating for our 150 guest, ample room for the band, a huge dance floor, room for people to mingle around the bar, and generous space for additional decorations. We loved the rustic atmosphere - all of our photos have so much character compared to a hotel or community center.

    The venue fee allowed us access for the whole weekend, allowing us to host a social on Friday night, have the ceremony and reception Saturday, and even serve people breakfast on Sunday. It's impossible to spend time with everyone who came on your wedding night, so the extra time was invaluable.

    We rented out the Forest house and it was outstanding. We were able to provide accommodation for our bridal party and their significant others, with full kitchen and the ability to serve host our own liquor. There was ample seating for the 16 people to gather, and the upstairs was nice enough that all of the bridal party hair and make up was done in the main room. Plenty of showers and hot water for everyone. Getting ready for the wedding day was a breeze.

    The food and alcohol selection was outstanding. Everyone thought the meal as excellent, and most people agreed it was the best salmon they've ever eaten. Great spirit selection, awesome craft beers, and the bar staff even accommodated special drink request and brought in the liquor and mix to suit. Can't ask for anything more.

    We organized our wedding in Kananaskis from across an ocean. The communication of the YMCA team was outstanding and we always felt we were well taken care off.

    Last but not least, you can't beat the value. Ceremony and reception space in the same fee. Worked with us for great deals on the table wine. $5 drinks. Great food at a reasonable price. I challenge you to find better value without forcing Aunt Cindy to make lasagna for weeks. Best of all, it's great knowing the proceeds will go to support Camp programs to get more people to enjoy this wonderful part of the world. That's a wedding with a social benefit.

    We loved Camp Chief Hector and couldn't have asked for a better wedding.

    Sent on 29/03/2017

    Camp Chief Hector YMCA's reply:

    Hello Chris & Jess

    Thank you for that wonderful review. We are honoured to have served you, your family & friends on your special day. We are so glad you enjoyed your weekend and wish you both every happiness for the future!

    Kind regards

    John & the CCH Staff Team

  • [Private User]

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    • Quality of service:
      Good
    • Responsiveness:
      Acceptable
    • Value:
      Excellent
    • Flexibility:
      Excellent
    • Professionalism:
      Good

    Camp Chief Hector was a great venue and we received many compliments on it from our guests. The Hector Lodge was perfect for a wedding of 130 and we could have easily had 200 and there would have been more than enough room. We also rented the Forrest House for rehearsal dinner, and pre-wedding preparations and that was a good call. The staff were helpful, if a bit disorganized. It is a summer camp for kids first and a wedding venue second and so not everything was perfect. The chairs were muddy and I had to wash them during our setup, the table cloths could have been pressed, and the coffee cups needed a hand wash. Staff could have been more communicative in the weeks leading up for a bit of reassurance. Those were minor details however. They had a walk-in cooler to store our wedding cake overnight, and the sound system was acceptable for the ceremony. The bar and liquor supplied by the venue was top notch and we did not come close to running out (liquor was ~$2700). The beef and salmon that was also venue-supplied was well prepared and delicious, and the same goes for the rest of the food. (If you need a DJ use Hype Entertainment. They were awesome!!) A great venue with a complete venue-food-liquor package that can be had for a very fair price. I highly recommend it! Camp Chief Hector made our wedding a HUGE success!!

    The wedding of Private User and Camp Chief Hector YMCA 3
    The wedding of Private User and Camp Chief Hector YMCA 4
    Sent on 11/04/2017

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