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On WeddingWire since 2015

Last update: September 2023

The Vancouver Rowing Club is a waterfront wedding venue with a nautical appeal in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is situated close to downtown and conveniently located near Vancouver International Airport, hotels, and a shopping district. From the venue, couples and their loved ones can take in the breathtaking sight of Coal Harbour. First opened in 1911, the locale has been delighting guests ever since with its elegant and welcoming ambience.

Facilities and Capacity

Vancouver Rowing Club is ideal for couples looking for a waterfront venue in an urban setting. Future newlyweds can choose between two rooms for hosting their celebrations. Each, the Harbour Room and Trophy Lounge, with access to a balcony or deck from which loved ones can appreciate the vistas. The city skyline offers a memorable backdrop for nuptial celebrations and is sure to leave a lasting impression on out-of-town guests. The rooms can be rented any day of the week, providing greater flexibility for couples as they plan their milestone moment. The venue can host both ceremonies and receptions and can accommodate up to 180 guests. Couples can easily arrange the rooms in different ways to achieve their desired layout and there are indoor and outdoor spaces available. The spacious patio offers guests the ability to enjoy the fresh air as they immerse themselves in the festivities. The proximity to Stanley Park provides easy access to photo opportunities. Couples can also arrange to host their engagement party, pre or post-wedding brunch, or anniversary party here.

Services Offered

The experienced staff at Vancouver Rowing Club enjoy assisting couples in planning a stress-free occasion while customizing the space to the soon-to-be newlyweds’ needs. They offer culinary and bar services to complete the dining experience. The staff also provides lighting and sound in addition to event rentals. Live entertainment can take place on the built-in stage and outside vendors are also welcome. To make coordinating the celebrations more straightforward, the team also offers setup and cleanup.

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Frequently asked questions

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4: Harbour Room with back deck; Trophy Lounge with back deck; Carver Bar; Front Deck

Describe your venue:

Banquet hall
Historic
Marina
Park/zoo

Describe the style of your venue:

Nautical
Rustic
Vintage
Waterfront

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 event services do you offer?

Cake
Catering / bar
Clean up
Event rentals
Liability insurance
Lighting / sound
Outside vendors
Set up

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?

Audio equipment
Chair covers
Dance floor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Chairs
Tables
Tents

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
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 peak season?

$1,850

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

$1,500

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?

$600

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

$600

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Chairs
Tables
Lighting/sound

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

$60

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

$60

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$40

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

$17

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

Server(s)

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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4.8 out of 5 rating
17 reviews
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95% Recommended by couples

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17 reviews
Robyn
Robyn S. Sent on 09/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great People, Great Views

We cannot say enough good things about our experience with the VRC. From our initial outreach back in early 2019, through the various COVID delays, to finally having our vow renewal and wedding reception this past July, the experience was amazing. We felt supported and inspired every step of the way.

First of all, the location is clearly beautiful and historic. We even got to watch Spain's entry in the Celebration of Light fireworks from the deck! They have also recently installed air conditioning, which is a huge plus for such a historic venue.

The team at the VRC, especially Cara and JJ, are amazing. They run everything so smoothly and think of all the tiny details you don't. Cara stayed connected with our other vendors throughout the process and on the day they were so attentive and made sure everything ran smoothly. The bar service was great and they were really flexible about working with our changing plans and budget through our various delays.

All in all, it was an absolutely perfect day to cap and amazing planning experience.
Tony
Tony T. Sent on 10/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Damn good looking forward

Damn good looking forward Great place to be
Rebecca
Rebecca Sent on 14/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful location and great staff

We had an amazing wedding afternoon and evening with the rowing club. Everything was easy to plan and the staff were great.
Katie
Katie C. Sent on 12/06/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Would get married there again in a heartbeat!

We had our wedding at the Rowing Club in June 2022, and our experience was very positive! The price is definitely right for such a jaw-droppingly gorgeous venue with stunning views of Vancouver (perfect for impressing out-of-town guests!). The staff, particularly Cara (the Events Manager) were so friendly and flexible; they went above and beyond to accommodate all of our requests, and they were present and available especially as our wedding drew nearer (and during the full rehearsal and wedding day). The bar staff were also super fun and friendly. The Rowing Club was also so supportive of helping us make our wedding day vision happen; they let us bring in a karaoke DJ, and they did everything they could to make sure we got to have an outdoor ceremony (which we really wanted, and did get!) despite a rain-forecast weekend. All in all, we would HIGHLY recommend the Rowing Club to anybody getting married in Vancouver.
Fred
Fred A. Sent on 28/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Gorgeous venue, fantastic staff!

The location of Vancouver Rowing Club is alone - stunning but what sold us on VRC was the attentiveness and flexibility of the event managers and staff. On a whim, we strolled into VRC without an appointment and outside of business hours, yet were still accommodated with a venue tour, package printouts, and contact cards. Pricing for the Harbour Room (Main Room) did not include catering but their preferred caterer, Emelle's Catering, was world class! The entire staff at VRC, from our initial venue visit until way after our reception have been nothing but sweet, attentive, flexible, and most of all, caring. We are so appreciative of the wedding reception experience VRC was able to provide us and if we had to do it all over again, we'd chose VRC again in a heartbeat.
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Geraldine P. Sent on 03/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect day!

Our experience planning our wedding and getting married at the Vancouver Rowing Club was amazing! The venue was everything we could ask for, staff we communicated and worked with we're responsive and experts. Their exclusive caterer Emelle's was also amazing in not only creating delicious appetizers, mains, desserts but also coordinating all our linens, tableware etc. Our day could not have been better and we would definitely recommend to anyone.
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Christina Sent on 22/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Summer wedding

Amazing venue for a wedding. The views are stunning and the venue has a beautiful rustic feel. The rental costs are very reasonable and the staff are great to deal with. They did such a great job accommodating any request and were great about rescheduling everything post pandemic. Highly recommend.
M
Margot Sent on 22/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Vancouver Rowing Club - A Charming Coastal Vibe

We are coming up to the first July anniversary of our wedding at the Vancouver rowing Club so I am delighted to write this review! We have so many happy memories as we pass the charming building, with its coastal magic of yachts, rowing crews and the forested romance of Stanley Park.
We had the ceremony on the deck at 5 p.m. and white parasols helped with a very hot July day! The club crew were wonderful at setting up just the perfect number of chairs, and making sure everything was in order with the flowers, wedding arch and signage. They were fun and cheerful and got right into the spirit as guests cooled off after the service with lots of libations. The Harbour Room was perfectly set up for dinner and staff kept everything rolling nicely for the caterers to work smoothly.
After dinner and dancing, the evening was beautiful and the guests enjoyed gathering on the deck and relaxing with a drink as the sun set over the sparking water and yachts.
Do book early! Manager Cara is very helpful and will recommend a variety of services such as wedding planners, dj's and caterers who are familiar with the set up of the club. The Harbour Room is the largest of the two available rooms and is snapped up quickly. The Trophy Room would be fine for a smaller group. Both have access to the wrap-around deck and stationary cocktail tables.
Stanley Park Parking is close by the club and there is a designated lane for drop-offs.
You will have a lovely wedding with many great memories in a building that is part of Vancouver's boating history!
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Cate P. Sent on 26/09/2018
4.4 out of 5 rating

A beautiful, mansion-style venue

We really wanted to have our reception in an old mansion in Vancouver, but couldn't find one big enough for 125 guests. The VRC was a perfect blend of space and that old-fashioned style. It was a little tight for our size of wedding in the Harbour Room, but we made it work by renting the Trophy Lounge as well. The wrap-around deck overlooking the city was a perfect place for our guests to get some air too! We have no regrets about this beautiful venue for our big day.
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Amanda C. Sent on 08/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Venue

Working with the staff, Carla and J.J., at the Vancouver Rowing Club to coordinate and plan our wedding was very easy due to their professionalism and friendliness. J.J., the bar manager, made sure that drink options were to our satisfaction and assembled an amazing staff for the day of our wedding. Communication with the events coordinator was very easy and they were able to answer any of our questions promptly. The venue itself is located in such a beautiful setting and provided us with wonderful city and park venues. We felt it was the perfect place for a Vancouver wedding and it made our wedding day even more special.
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Vancouver Rowing Club Real Weddings

Robyn & Steven
8 Photos · 30/Jul/2022
Claire & Steve
15 Photos · 20/Jul/2019
Laura & Stefan
59 Photos · 29/Jun/2019
Erin & Jordan
17 Photos · 14/Oct/2018
Amanda & Grant
57 Photos · 10/Jun/2017

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450 Stanley Park Drive V6B 4B3 Vancouver (British Columbia)
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