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The Calgary Zoo

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About

The Calgary Zoo is a wedding venue located in Calgary, Alberta, designed to create treasured memories. This venue provides the perfect mix of elegance and fun for you and your wedding guests. Enjoy an unforgettable event with our one-of-a-kind venues and delicious locally sourced cuisine. Exploring St. George’s Island, your guests will be treated to unique encounters as the zoo is home to almost 900 animals, and 130 different species. Rain or shine couples can expect exquisite photos in our lush Dorothy Harvie Gardens. Your special day will also have a lasting impact, as proceeds will support conservation activities here at the zoo and around the world.

Facilities and capacity

The Calgary Zoo offers 4 distinct event spaces among its facilities. The Eurasian Gateway Tent is an outdoor tented space, an ideal spot for an al fresco reception. Here, you can seat up to 180 guests for an exciting dining experience surrounded by breathtaking views. For a blend of indoor and outdoor, consider the ENMAX Conservatory. This space can host your reception, along with your cocktail hour in its spacious pre-function area. You can accommodate up to 150 attendees here. The Safari Lounge boasts a truly exciting view with its veranda overlooking enclosures with giraffes, zebras, and ostriches. Here, you can seamlessly transition from your reception dinner to after-dinner entertainment with the lounge’s built-in dancefloor. It is the largest space on the property with a capacity of up to 280. An intimate affair can be held at Grazers Restaurant & Patio. Perfect for private receptions with a select few attendees, you can enjoy its outdoor patio and flexible capacity. You can also choose to host your rehearsal dinner here before celebrating your big day in one of the larger event sites.

Services Offered

The Calgary Zoo offers a number of services to facilitate your special day’s celebration. You can look forward to in-house catering from the talented culinary team who will work closely with you to design a menu tailored to your taste. Audio equipment is also available, as well as chairs and tables.

Cuisine

By partnering with Calgary's top chefs, the cuisine offered by the zoo stays true to sustainable ingredients that are always fresh. The dishes include vegetables and herbs grown right in the zoo's Garden of Eatin'. Guests with allergies can also have menus designed specifically for them.

Highlights

Type

Ballroom, banquet hall, historic, park/zoo, restaurant

Style

City, classic, garden, modern, rustic, tropical

Event Services

Catering / bar, clean up, liability insurance, outside vendors

Reception Site Fee - Peak Season

$1,100

Plated Service (per head)

$48

More information

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

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
Family style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

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

What event items are available?

Altar/arches
Centerpieces
Dance floor
Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate fountain
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

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

$1,100

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
Chairs
Tables
Linens
China
Flatware
Glassware

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

$47

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$46

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

$46

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

Server(s)
Dessert

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$8

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Limited bar
Open bar
House beer
Specialty beer
House wine
Specialty wine
Champagne toast
House liquor
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Bartenders

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    Brittany K. Married on 31/12/2021
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    The most magical place to get married

    We had a Zoo Year's Eve wedding and it was absolutely magical. Loree, our Coordinator was an angel. Our guest list dropped by almost half (yes, half) in the two weeks prior to our wedding. The Zoo was incredibly understanding and flexible and helped reduce our stress load.

    The food was incredible - our guests are still raving about it. The poutine bar and appetizers were amazing! Our bartenders and servers were all incredible professional and kind, and we so appreciated them spending their NYE with us.

    Our guests being able to attend Zoo lights was the cherry on top of an already incredible sundae! If you're considering Calgary venues, the Zoo should be top of your list!
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    April G. Married on 04/05/2019
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    The day was perfect

    We had our wedding in the Enmax Conservatory. It snowed the day of and their team was amazing at making the turnover quick. The food is AMAZING!! Our coordinator Loree was phenomenal to deal with. We highly recommend getting married at the Zoo. So many great places to have your photos and your guests won't get bored between the ceremony and reception.
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    Courtney P. Married on 23/02/2019
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    Beautiful Venue

    We had our wedding at the Enmax Conservatory. It was a beautiful venue! The food was delicious and the staff was friendly and wondeful to work with!
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    Courtney B. Married on 31/08/2018
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    Incredible!

    This was the most beautiful venue! We booked the Enmax Conservatory at the Zoo for the reception and had the ceremony in the private garden behind the building. The zoo Coordinator Robin was phenomenal to work with and so accommodating. The food was spectacular and we could not have asked for a more stunning venue!
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    Shelbi L. Married on 14/07/2018
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    The Calgary Zoo was Amazing from Beginning to End!

    THANK YOU! The Calgary Zoo was the perfect venue and made our special day beyond anything we imagined. From initial planning to final details - the Calgary Zoo team was so great to work with. No request was too big or too small. This venue was perfect, we wanted an outdoor ceremony an indoor reception and we ended up having a lot of families and kids as guests. The Calgary Zoo brought every aspect of what we wanted together perfectly. Thank you especially to Robin and her team. They contacted our vendors (musicians, bakery, Justice of the Peace, etc.) all prior to ensure everyone had all information prior. And the catering - our guests were complimenting the chef and kitchen staff all night as the dinner and desserts were unreal. Thank you Calgary Zoo, our wedding day was amazing thanks to all of you.
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    Michelle H. Married on 30/12/2017
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    Special Zoo Wedding

    The Calgary Zoo was a wonderful venue. We got married at Grazers which was gorgeous, the perfect winter wedding location. With so many indoor places for photos nearby, we didn’t have to worry too much about the weather (40 below and snowing!). The staff was amazing. When the zoo event coordinator was unable to make it due to the weather, the catering staff stepped up. They helped to bring in flowers and walked me and the bridesmaids to the venue before the ceremony! The food was amazing and the bar staff did a great job. Having my wedding at the zoo was very special.
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    Erin S. Married on 09/09/2017
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    We had an amazing experience with the Calgary Zoo. We had our wedding in the Safari Lodge- Robin was extremely responsive, helpful, and went above and beyond to make our day special. I can't say enough good things about the Zoo - I would recommend it to everyone!
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    Malorie G. Married on 20/08/2017
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    The Calgary Zoo was amazing! The day couldn't have gone any better than it did! The staff were SO helpful, kind, and understanding. Before the ceremony, the sound wasn't working, and the staff were on it faster than I could say "I do!". Robin Eriksen was beyond wonderful! If you're looking for a magical place to have your wedding, look no further. All our guests LOVED it! Highly recommend!
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    Stephanie W. Married on 01/06/2019
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    Perfect wedding!

    We held our ceremony and reception at the zoo in the Enmax Conservatory, and our experience was amazing from beginning to end. Our event coordinator, Loree, was very pleasant to work with, always responded to our messages in a timely manner, and made sure to provide answers to every little question we had. We had made several site visits before our wedding day and every single one of them was accommodated. The venue itself is beautiful, with plenty of space for guests to wander around and take pictures all throughout the day and evening. The banquet staff were excellent - special shout out to our banquet captain and the bartender for doing an awesome job right to the end of the night! Everyone commented on how amazing the food was, and we agreed it was better than most hotel buffets we'd been to. We would absolutely recommend this venue to anybody.
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    Jasmyn R. Married on 11/12/2021
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    Incredible!

    We booked with The Calgary Zoo prior to Covid and ended up postponing, twice. They could not have been easier to work with. Estelle is an absolute delight and helped us reschedule and rebook with zero stress. It goes without saying that the venues are gorgeous! We had booked the Conservatory and ended up downsizing to Grazers and they are both stunning. Our photos are next level!
    The food and service on the day of was amazing and we received many compliments. They were able to accommodate everything we wanted without hassle.
    Can't wait to continue to visit The Zoo having even more memories now!

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The Calgary Zoo Real Weddings

  • Brittany & Sean
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  • Payton & Austin
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  • Lynsey & Jess
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  • Jill & Jason
    19 Photos · 20/Jul/2019
  • Katelyn & Brodie
    62 Photos · 28/Jul/2018
  • Lisa & Joe
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