The Calgary Zoo

1300 Zoo Rd NE T2E 7V6 Calgary (Alberta) Map · Phone number
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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.

  • Number 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

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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29 Reviews for The Calgary Zoo

Recommended by 95% of couples


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

    April Gaydosh · Married on 04/05/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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.

    Sent on 15/05/2019
  • Courtney

    Courtney Post · Married on 23/02/2019

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      4.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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!

    Sent on 24/06/2019
  • Courtney

    Courtney Blackshaw · Married on 31/08/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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

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