The Calgary Zoo

1300 Zoo Rd NE T2E 7V6 Calgary (Alberta) View map
26 reviews

Number of guests 30 to 280

About The Calgary Zoo

Create one more treasured memory at the Calgary Zoo! 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

It offers 4 event spaces among its facilities which include:

  • The Eurasian Gateway Tent: Available from May through September, this outdoor tented space offers your guests a great place to dine al fresco. It has a capacity for up to 180 seated guests.
  • The ENMAX Conservatory: This space is great for hosting receptions with both an indoor and outdoor feel plus a large pre-function area. It has a capacity for up to 150 seated guests.
  • The Safari Lounge: This space makes you feel like you are dining in Africa! With a veranda overlooking giraffes, zebras and ostriches, this building includes a dance floor and creates a warm environment for up to 280 seated guests.
  • Grazers Restaurant & Patio: This newly-renovated space is perfect for smaller weddings and is available from September through May. It has indoor/outdoor sound systems, a private outdoor patio and a flexible capacity.

Services offered

The services offered include the following:

  • Catering
  • Audio equipment (podium, microphone, mixer, etc) and more
  • Ceremony Locations

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.

  • Nº of guests

    From 30 to 280

  • 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

    C$ 1,050.00

  • Plated Service (per head)

    C$ 48.00

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More information about The Calgary Zoo

  • 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
  • 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? C$ 1050
  • 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? C$ 500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? C$ 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? C$ 47
  • What is the average catering price per person for stations? C$ 46
  • What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves? C$ 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? C$ 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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Reviews for The Calgary Zoo

4.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Response time 4.6
  • Courtney

    Courtney Blackshaw, Married on 31/08/2018

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    • Quality of service:
      Excellent
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      Excellent
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      Excellent
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      Excellent

    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!

    Sent on 18/09/2018
  • Shelbi

    Shelbi Lynn, Married on 14/07/2018

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      Excellent
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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.

    Sent on 02/09/2018
  • Michelle

    Michelle Harding, Married on 30/12/2017

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    • Quality of service:
      Excellent
    • Responsiveness:
      Good
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      Excellent
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      Good
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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.

    Sent on 22/01/2018
  • Erin

    Erin Shacker, Married on 09/09/2017

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      Excellent
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      Excellent
    • Flexibility:
      Excellent
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      Excellent

    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!

    Sent on 13/09/2017
  • Malorie

    Malorie Gauthier, Married on 20/08/2017

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

    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!

    Sent on 14/11/2017

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