John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse

7277 River Road V6X 1X5 Richmond (British Columbia) Map · Phone number
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About John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse

The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse is a floating venue in Richmond located on the historic Fraser River with stunning views of the North Shore Mountains. It is located near Richmond's business and entertainment district, as well as Vancouver's International Airport. The venue is perfect for hosting any type of event, but special care is most definitely placed on making sure they help you create the wedding you have always wanted.

Facilities and capacity

The venue captures its outdoor setting throughout the interior event hall space by its floor to ceiling windows on three of the four walls. The Event Hall is complete with a fireplace, lounge furniture, and breathtaking views of the city. Its capacity is for 150 guests for a seated dinner or up to 180 cocktail style function.

Services offered

The UBC Boathouse offers the following services:

  • Event hall with adjoining water-front balcony
  • Venue tables and chairs
  • State of the art multimedia package
  • Lockable change rooms, great for bridal ready spaces
  • Venue Coordinator included for the duration of your rental
  • Complimentary use of their gorgeous lower dock space if you would like to host your ceremony or cocktail hour outdoors

History

The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse was named after a former UBC rower who won the silver in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and who passed away in 2003. Currently, it houses the UBC Thunderbirds rowing program, St. George's School's rowing program, and other rowing and paddling programs in the community.

  • Number of guests From 1 to 180
  • Maximum Capacity 180
  • Type Banquet hall, boat/yacht, marina
  • Style City, modern, nautical, waterfront
  • Event Services Bridal suite, clean up, event planning, event rentals, liability insurance, lighting / sound, outside vendors, set up
More information

More information about John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse

  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    1
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    1
  • 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
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Outside alcohol
  • What event items are available?
    Audio equipment
    Dance floor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Chairs
    Tables
    Tent accessories
    Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    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?
    Yes
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Set up
    Clean up
    Chairs
    Tables
    Parking
    Bridal suite

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102 Reviews for John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.5
  • Value 4.5
  • Response time 4.9

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  • Elena

    Elena Bergougnou · Married on 23 of June of 2019

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    Best venue in the Lower Mainland

    We had our reception and ceremony here for 100 people. It's an absolutely stunning venue with great West Coast vibes, with the option for an outdoor ceremony and a back-up option in case of rain. The UBC Boathouse team was incredibly responsive whenever I had a question, straightforward and clear with their contract and pricing, and the day-of venue coordinator I worked with (Morgan) was on game during the event. Would recommend to anyone looking to host an event!

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  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Creighton · Married on 12 of October of 2018

    5.0
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    Stunning Venue!

    My husband and I got married at UBC Boathouse in October, and it was picture perfect! We were able to get some pictures on the docks as the sunset, and they came out absolutely perfect! The space was perfectly sized for our medium wedding (110 people), although we're sure it would accommodate more or less equally well. The staff were amazing and worked with us from day one to make the day unforgettable!

    Sent on 20/12/2018
  • Nicole

    Nicole · Married on 24 of August of 2018

    4.6
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    Amazing Venue

    My husband and I got married Friday August 24th, 2018 at the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse. It was a magical day and I couldn’t have asked for a better venue to have our dream wedding at. The boathouse was incredibly organized and professional throughout the entire time! Always there to answer any questions and trust me I asked a lot. They also were two steps ahead of me with the organization of my wedding it was amazing! Thank you so much UBC Boathouse for making our wedding flawless from start to finish and for making it such a night to remember!

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    Sent on 18/09/2018
  • Sarah

    Sarah Prigge · Married on 11 of March of 2018

    5.0
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      5.0
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    Mountain Views & Gorgeous Venue

    Wow! The UBC Boathouse is a stunning venue with a staff that makes wedding venue planning easy. Their website is intuitive with almost all the info you would need and the staff are ready to help with any question or concern. I planned my own wedding -so this is a BIG deal.

    My now husband and I are very chill and did not want to have to think much about the details of the day. Katie helped us to plan it out in about a half hour and let us dream. She is easy to talk to and fun to be around.

    Everything around finances was smooth and simple with the Boathouse. They are very professional and honest with costs. The UBC Boathouse provides many resources that are very helpful for the day such as sound equipment, tables, chairs, table clothes [extra minimal fee], patio furniture, coat racks, partners to the UBC Boathouse to help plan vendors, and views of the mountains you can’t get anywhere else. Compared to other venues this has the best value.

    The venue itself has its own character, minimal decor is needed to make it look wonderful. We basically only added florals and lights to make it look how we desired it to.

    I’m a huge fan of the UBC Boathouse, I will continue to recommend it to everyone I tell about my wedding.

    We had our wedding on the dock in March! Turned out to be a stunning sunny day, everything ran so smooth. The day of the wedding there was a spectacular sunset and the photos we took were whimsy.

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    Sent on 23/04/2018
  • Rachel

    Rachel Aberle · Married on 28 of August of 2017

    4.4
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      5.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
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    Neither of us are big decorators, so our rule was that our venue needed to be beautiful without much dressing up. The Boathouse fit that bill to a tea. It's a gorgeous location with a great staff - and your rental includes tables and chairs that they set up prior to your rental time. We also used their linen rental, which was affordable and was also set up outside our rental time. It's not the cheapest place, but we got married on a Monday which made it much more affordable, and when we factored in the included equipment rentals, it was a no-brainer.

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    Sent on 18/09/2017

    John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse's reply:

    Congratulations to you both on your wedding! Rachel, thank you so much for submitting your review of the UBC Boathouse. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your day and your photos are beautiful!

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