The Calgary Zoo

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

Information about The Calgary Zoo

  • Nº of guests

    From 30 to 280

Description of 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


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.

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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

Reviews of The Calgary Zoo

4.7 out of 5.0
Overall rating:

[Private user]

We had our wedding reception in the Enmax conservatory at the Calgary Zoo. Such an amazing time! It is a great venue if you are planning a smaller wedding. Food was amazing and and Robin and staff were amazing!

Married on 30/07/2016 Ashley Lazette

If you want a family-friendly reception with amazing food, great photo backdrops and an incredible staff, check this place out! We had an amazing time at our reception and received nothing but compliments for the space. It is quite pricey, so I wouldn't recommend it if you need ... View more to spend less than $6000 on food + venue. You also cannot bring in your own alcohol, so I would not recommend it if an open bar is your dream. But the major perks: great for out-of-town guests to enjoy the zoo, amazing food with a great selection (we had breakfast for dinner!), wonderful staff to help you prep for everything you could ever need, and a bunch of options for space requirements (anywhere from 80-350).

[Private user]

Love, Love LOVED working with the Zoo! We got married outside and had our reception in the Enmax conservatory - what a wonderful place to get married. We were lucky enough to have the lanterns going on during our wedding so guests were able to wonder around the zoo through out ... View more the day and night and get a great show! The food was fantastic and I don't think we had one person have a negative thing to say all night! Everyone was raving! So worth every penny we spent with them.

Married on 05/09/2015 Allison Cully

We had so much fun at our Zoo wedding! Many guests were raving about the food, it was absolutely amazing and they took such good care of us all night. There was the odd hiccup in the service but nothing huge and many guests said they would book an event there based on their ... View more experience at our wedding. There were a few extra charges that appeared as we got closer to the day, nothing huge but our total did end up being higher than we expected. The wine and bar prices are a bit high but not outrageous compared to other vendors and we were happy to know that the money goes into a nice non-profit organization like the Zoo. Definitely recommended especially if you are looking for something fun and a little bit different.

Married on 28/08/2015 Marie-Claire Bégin

Great location for our wedding, we had our ceremony out in the Arbour Garden and the reception in the Conservatory, it was a beautiful location and the staff were all super helpful and wonderful to work with. Added bonus, guests wandered around the zoo while we took our pictures!

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