Waterfront Park

Street N.W, 5225-101 T3L 1S4 Calgary (Alberta) Map · Phone number
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About Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is an elegant wedding venue located in Calgary, Alberta. Featuring beautiful indoor rooms and picturesque outdoor spaces, this versatile venue can accommodate events of many sizes and styles. Located at the Bow River Valley on the shore of a private lake and boasts many idyllic areas for your special day.

Facilities and Capacity

With its tranquil water features and vibrant greenery, Waterfront Park provides a stunning backdrop for your outdoor weddings. The grounds feature Waterfront Belvedere perched on the edge of the lake with a paved path where you can tie the knot with your beloved. This location provides a stunning backdrop for photo opportunities and can accommodate 250 guests for your nuptials or 350 for the reception. Alternately, you can host your event in the Lakeside Theatre, which boasts 5,000 square feet of contemporary space, including a private bar and attached patio. This spacious function room is suitable for 250 seated guests or up to 350 cocktail-style. If you are holding an intimate gathering, Valleyview Terrace and Fireside Lounge may be ideal for you. The rustic setting can comfortably seat 130 attendees for dinner, making it perfect for smaller celebrations. A massive copper hearth serves as the room’s main focal point, while exposed beams lend a rustic, cozy element to its atmosphere. Both indoor event spaces feature large windows that offer spectacular views of the water and surounding.

Our crown jewel is The Waterfront Pavilion which available from May to September. This 40’ x 100’ clearspan tent comes with flooring, harvest tables, vineyard rustic chairs, lounge furniture, chandeliers and a 8’ patio overlooking our lagoon. This dream wedding tent retails at over $25,000 so just by booking with us you are saving over $19,500!

  • Number of guests From 2 to 350
  • Type Ballroom, banquet hall, country club, park/zoo
  • Style City, classic, country, eclectic, garden, glamorous, rustic, vintage, waterfront
  • Event Services Bridal suite, catering / bar, clean up, event planning, event rentals, lighting / sound, set up
  • Reception Site Fee - Peak Season C$ 15,000.00
  • Plated Service (per head) C$ 75.00
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  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    We have 2 indoor spaces, 1 tent, and an outside ceremony area
  • 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?
    Aisle markers
    Aisle runners
    Altar/arches
    Audio equipment
    Centerpieces
    Chair covers
    Dance floor
    Decor
    Drapery
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Photobooth
    Chairs
    Tables
    Tent accessories
    Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Valet
    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$ 1950
  • 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$ 1000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    C$ 1000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Set up
    Clean up
    Chairs
    Tables
    Parking
    Bridal suite
  • What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?
    C$ 45
  • What is the average catering price per person for stations?
    C$ 75
  • What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?
    C$ 25
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake cutting
    Server(s)
    Dessert
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    C$ 6.25
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Limited bar
    House beer

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3.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 3.0
  • Professionalism 3.0
  • Flexibility 3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Response time 3.0

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    Anah · Married on 05/06/2021

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    Beautiful Venue and Amazing Staff

    Simply Elegant went literally above and beyond for our wedding. Everything from helping reschedule due to covid and setting up our beautiful ceremony was perfect! We had crazy rain showers and were able to get into the pavilion and it was even more beautiful than I could have dreamed of.

    Peter was the most wonderful, thoughtful and amazing person and we feel very blessed to have had our wedding here. We both preferred this version of our wedding over the one we had planned pre-covid, and it’s because of the venue and the people that we had helping us along the way.

    This venue is honestly a dream, you need to book here!! You will NOT be disappointed. Peter and his team made our wedding day so special and we honestly couldn’t have been happier!

    Sent on 14/06/2021
  • Kimberly

    Kimberly E. · Married on 17/07/2021

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    Untrustworthy

    We were bullied by Simply Elegant in to cancelling our contract. We have our event booked at Waterfront Parks (original venue at Skyline which apparently closed according to Simply Elegant) for July 2021 and they told us around 20 days before our event that there was a scheduling conflict so we cannot have the venue anymore on the date that we're suppose to have our event.

    They offered us a refund of the venue cost if we move our date, or move us to Venue 308 or Brownstone but with no compensation for the trouble, or full refund to cancel our event. We don't understand how they can double book the venue and choose to kick us out instead. Either they accidentally double booked or a bigger client wanted our date so Simply Elegant chose to boot us out, which was a clear breach of contract.

    We wanted a refund before (even just 75% of our money back) but they won't let us which I understood because we signed a contract but we asked them anyway just in case they will allow it. But for them to spring the news to us that we will not get the Waterfront Park venue 20 days before our event was so shady. They told us that there was a conflict with the Shriners which was a lie because we checked the Shriners website and they do not have an event at that venue on our date.

    We were left scrambling and we felt cheated and bullied by this company. We would be okay with them moving us to a different venue if they would just refund us the venue cost but they did not budge. They didn't even try to meet us halfway, they did not want to negotiate.

    We were suppose to have a skyline view, then they moved us to Waterfront Park which would have given us a lake view (so comparable to our original venue), but now they wanted to move us to another venue with no view - so we felt they should at least compensate us. Changing our date was not an option given how late it is already for us to ask our other vendors and our guests if they can work with that.

    We chose to support them during the pandemic but as soon as everything opened up, they chose to screw us over.

    I am 6 months pregnant and the emotional distress they have put me through is unbelievable - especially for a company that is supposed to be a champion in hospitality and client service.

    We decided to deal directly with the venue that they were going to move us to as I couldn't imagine them still holding our event after how they treated us. As soon as I told them that we would opt for the full refund (after us trying to negotiate and them not making any counteroffers), they told me that they will mail me the cheque - knowing full well that we need the money right away so we can pay the new venue and new caterer. There was no sense of urgency on their end. When we paid them they were etransferred so they received our money instantly, and for the refund they wanted to just mail the cheque. We ended up picking up the cheque and that's how our relationship with them ended.

    They're probably just going to delete this review....

    Sent on 04/07/2021

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Promotions from Waterfront Park

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    Outdoor Tent Wedding Special starting at $99.95 per person

    Book our two new tents – The Cove & The Dock at Waterfront Park in Calgary.

    THE COVE OR THE DOCK

    Situated alongside the Waterfront Lagoon, this 34′ hexagonal tent retails at over $2,500.00. Price includes:

    • 4’ round tables
    • White resin chairs with padded seats
    • Heel-friendly solid flooring
    • String lighting
    • Bar Station with Bartender
    • Venue host for up to 3 hours
    • Set up and tear down
    • Cleaning fee

    3- COURSE SIT DOWN DINNER

    • Roasted Pepper Bisque with Herb Cream

    • Freshly baked buns & butter

    • Braised Beef Short Rib with Berry Thyme Jus

    • Rustic Yukon Gold Mashed Potato

    • Roasted Garden Vegetables

    • Orange Cream Cake with Shaved Dark Chocolate

    • Coffee & Tea

    • Includes all cutlery, china, water & wine glasses, service staff, cook & chef
    • White linens and napkins for all tables including head and cake table, table numbers and table number stands

    SOUND SYSTEM

    • Ipod sound system with 2 speakers (client to provide ipod with playlist)
    • Wireless mic
    • SOCAN fees

    Any changes to the offer will be deemed substitutions and charged accordingly, price based on 50 guests. This offer cannot be combined or substituted for previously booked events (conditions apply).

Team of Waterfront Park

Sharon Barwick

Sharon Barwick

Director of Special Events

Sharon is a Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) and has been a manager with Simply Elegant since 2004 in the roles of operations manager, florist, decorator, wedding and event planner. Prior to Simply Elegant, she owned a successful Vancouver floral and event decorating company. As a key note speaker and educator in the event industry, she has been a member of the International Live Events Association for over 25 years. Sharon is also an educator at Mount Royal University where she teaches the Business of Weddings and Social Events.

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Peter Schwarz

Peter Schwarz

Director of Food & Beverage

Peter received his “top drawer” training at the Hotel Management School in Leipzig, Germany and honed his skills during his 8 years at Kempinski Hotels and Resorts, one of the oldest European hotel chains. His previous experience ranges from being a tea expert to an extensive knowledge of Champagne. His calm, professional demeanor is perfectly suited for coordinating large, international catered events to small, intimate dinner parties. Our clients love Peter’s attention to detail and personalized service when it comes to menu selection for their events.

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Jade Gandasubrata

Jade Gandasubrata

Event Production and Design

Jade has been active in event planning for both corporate and private functions since early 2006. In addition to years of related experience, Jade has pursued additional professional training and is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s Event Planner Certificate program. She continues to learn and build her event planning and management skills by interacting and consulting with other event professionals and peers. Her combination of creativity – anchored in many years in fashion design – energy, and experience contributes to Jade’s unique and thoughtful event designs.

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Street N.W, 5225-101 Calgary (Alberta) T3L 1S4
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