Want to commune with Mother Nature on your big day? Alberta has got you covered. The province is peppered with amazing mountain wedding venues that boast stunning views of the Rockies and their surrounding forests. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect alpine escape for your “I dos”, these spots are worth looking into. Hint: if you want the perfect balance of city and nature, you may want to host your rehearsal dinner in Calgary. It has a ton of amazing restaurants to offer.
Here are my picks for the top mountain wedding venues in Alberta.
Mountain wedding venues in Banff
Fairmont Banff Springs (405 Spray Avenue, Banff)
Want to feel like royalty on your big day? That’s a trick question, of course you do. Tying the knot at a real castle should do the trick. The Fairmont Banff Springs, known as “Canada’s Castle in the Rockies”, is sure to give you the fairytale wedding of your dreams (move over, Cinderella). It has event rooms big and small and can host parties of up to 900 guests.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (111 Lake Louise Drive, Banff)
Fairmont has not one, but two castles tucked away in Banff. This chateau offers the stunning backdrop of Lake Louise and the Rockies, making it the perfect blend of nature and luxury. It has played host to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan – so it actually is fit for kings and queens. It can accommodate everything from elopements to grand affairs with north of 500 guests.
Buffalo Mountain Lodge (700 Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff)
Nestled among the pine trees of Banff National Park sits Buffalo Mountain Lodge, a wilderness wedding oasis. The resort has three ceremony-ready spaces to choose from: the Wapiti Longhouse (capacity of 99 guests), the Wainwright Room (capacity of 70 guests) and the Strathcona Room (capacity of 48 guests). Each event room is decked out with wood-heavy decor and high ceilings and can be outfitted to match your wedding’s colour scheme and vibe.
Rimrock Resort Hotel (300 Mountain Avenue, Banff)
If you want the elegance of a ballroom wedding and the views of a mountain venue, look no further than the Rimrock Resort Hotel. This Banff retreat offers couples the perfect blend of swanky accommodations and stunning vistas of snow-covered peaks and forests abound. It has eight event rooms to choose from, including a chandelier-clad grand ballroom and outdoor terrace. The hotel can accommodate up to 400 guests (depending on which space you choose).
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort (1025 Banff Avenue, Banff)
With amazing views of Mount Rundle, Mount Cascade and Mount Tunnel, the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort is one of the best alpine escapes in the province. Its banquet rooms are equipped with floor to ceiling windows, so you’ll have a great view of the slopes while you exchange rings, dine and dance the night away. The capacity is 140, so you’ll want to be selective with your guest list.
Deer Lodge (109 Lake Louise Drive, Banff)
Located in Banff National Park, Deer Lodge is a rustic lodge retreat where you and your guests can escape it all. The resort was built in 1923 as a teahouse and its original log structure still exists to this day (feel free to count this as your “something old”). Inside you’ll find two wedding-worthy spaces, the interconnected Mt. Fairview Dining Room, Caribou Lounge and Gallery (which together can accommodate 120 guests) and the Lady Agnes Room (which can accommodate 18 guests). The lodge is located mere minutes from Lake Louise, so you can use its sparkling waters for a few photo-ops, too!
Mt. Norquay Banff (2 Norquay Road, Banff)
Mt. Norquay Banff is yet another gorgeous retreat in the area. The ski resort covers over 24,000 square feet of space, giving you plenty of room for your celebration. Whether you want to make use of its rustic-chic event room or head outside to its expansive patio and lawn to say your vows is up to you. All spaces are equally stunning and have epic views of the mountains, so you really can't go wrong.
Storm Mountain Lodge (Highway 93 South, Banff)
Ever dreamed of tying the knot in a log cabin in the woods? Well, now's your chance! Storm Mountain Lodge is a cozy mountain wedding venue in Banff that's perfect for a more intimate celebration. Its event space has a homey, cottage feel and is large enough for you and 36 of your nearest and dearest. There are also 16 cabins where you can stay the night when your reception ends, so you don't have to stress about finding accommodations.
Mountain wedding venues in Canmore
Cornerstone Theatre (125 Kananaskis Way, Canmore)
Looking for the perfect mountain location to host your rustic-chic wedding in Canmore? The Cornerstone is the place to go. The cabin-style theatre flaunts wood-heavy decor, stone fireplaces and enough room for 200 guests. If you plan to exchange vows outdoors, there are three stunning locations up for grabs that can accommodate between 50 and 170 guests.
Grande Rockies Resort (901 Mountain Street, Canmore)
If you hail from Calgary, the Grande Rockies Resort may be the mountain retreat you’re looking for. It’s a mere one hour drive from the city, making it easy for you and your entourage to get to. Couples can take advantage of the stunning mountain views and host their ceremony outdoors or use one of the hotel’s function rooms (making it easy to accommodate guest lists of any size). Bonus: this spot has a ton of amenities to woo your guests with, including a 3-storey water slide and an award-winning restaurant.
Silvertip Resort (2000 Silvertip Trail, Canmore)
Located in the same area as the Grande Rockies Resort, the Silvertip is also a great option for Calgary residents. The property, which is perched on the side of the Bow Valley, boasts 600 sunny acres of grasslands, waters, mountain peaks and valleys. If you’d rather say your “I dos” indoors, there’s a banquet room with a capacity of 250 guests available.
Creekside Villa (709 Benchlands Trail, Canmore)
Tucked away in the Canadian Rockies you’ll find Creekside Villa, a gorgeous mountain retreat with unbeatable views. Its decor is stylish and rustic, boasting stone fireplaces, wood-heavy decor and large windows that let in a ton of natural light. Inside you’ll find a number of event spaces, the largest of which can fit up to 80 of your friends and relatives. It also has plenty of space outdoors, if you’d prefer an open-air ceremony or reception.
Canmore Nordic Centre (1988 Olympic Way, Canmore)
Located within the oh-so-stunning Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, this Alberta wedding venue offers some of the best views of nature in the areas. From tree-filled forests to snowy mountain peaks, you’ll see it all from here. On your big day, you can do some decor magic in its blank slate banquet room or head into the great outdoors for an open-air celebration. Its capacity is 80 guests, so don’t go overboard with your invites.
Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club (4100 Stewart Creek Drive, Canmore)
If you love the idea of a country club wedding, book the Stweart Creek Golf & Country Club for your big day. You can see the snowy tips of the Rockies from its perfectly manicured lawn, so if the weather is nice, we highly suggest hosting your party outdoors. If it’s a bit chillier, no worries, its rustic clubhouse has massive windows, so you’ll still get to see all the beauty it has to offer. Its largest space can accommodate up to 100 guests, making it great for midsize weddings.
The Sensory & Wit Bar (101-300 Old Canmore Road, Canmore)
Been dreaming of hosting your celebration at a trendy restaurant? Well, this is the Alberta wedding venue for you. The Sensory & Wit bar is a modern eatery with killer mountain views, gorgeous contemporary dining spaces that can be transformed for your big day and an amazing menu, giving you the best of everything. Its capacity is 20 for a reception, so you'll want to keep your guest list short and sweet.
Mountain wedding venues in Exshaw
Camp Chief Hector YMCA (Exshaw)
Located in Bow Valley Park, Camp Chief Hector YMCA is the perfect place to commune with nature on your big day. With picturesque mountain and forest views everywhere you turn, you’ll be spoiled with wedding photo backdrop options. Naturally, there is a ton of outdoor space you can put to use, but there are also two lovely wooden lodges available for your event. The largest can accommodate up to 300 guests, so it’s great for large parties.
Rafter Six Ranch (81130-2 Ranch Road East, Exshaw)
On the hunt for an Alberta wedding venue with some serious western flair? Rafter Six Ranch will be right up your alley. From meadows to forests to mountains, you'll see it all from its grounds. As an added bonus, it's a functioning ranch, so you can take your wedding pictures with the horses. Keep in mind that this is a 100% outdoor venue, so it's best suited for the warmer months, but you can always add a marquee tent and some heaters if the weather starts acting up.
Mountain wedding venues in Kananaskis
Boundary Ranch (2 Guinn’s Road Highway, Kananaskis)
Tucked away in Kananaskis Valley you'll find Boundary Ranch, a stunning Alberta wedding venue with views of mountains, meadows and more. Its lawn is the fan-favourite for ceremonies, but we suggest making use of its lodge on your big day, too. Its wood-heavy decor and cozy feel will really take your rustic-chic theme to the next level. It can accommodate up to 250 guests, so it's great for groups of all sizes.
Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge (1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis)
While many mountain wedding venues embrace those rustic-chic vibes, Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge has gone in a bit of a different direction. It boasts a totally modern interior, making it perfect for sleek and chic, elegant themes. It has a whopping 12 event spaces available, the largest of which can hold up to 350 guests, so you probably won't have to cut back your guest list.
Mountain wedding venues in Jasper
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (1 Old Lodge Road, Jasper)
Every Fairmont property is stunning, and the Jasper Park Lodge is no exception. It offers several gorgeous places to tie the knot and celebrate, with everything from a lawn overlooking the mountains and Lac Beauvert to a massive, rustic-chic event room available for hire. Whether you want to elope or have a massive party with 500 guests, there's a space here that'll fit the bill.
Pyramid Lake Resort (Pyramid Lake, Jasper)
This Alpine-style chalet is another beautiful waterfront property with top-notch mountain views. It's the perfect resort for a summer wedding, offering endless activities (great for the days leading up to your wedding) and stellar indoor and outdoor event spaces, including a wood-panelled dining room.
Mountain wedding venues in Pincher Creek
Castle Mountain Resort (Pincher Creek)
Head down to the Southwestern side of Alberta to Pincher Creek and you’ll find Castle Mountain Resort. The mountainside property offers amazing views of of snowy peaks, forests, lakes and more. Host your ceremony in the great outdoors and then bring things back to the base lodge for your reception (it has a capacity of 250 guests). Note: the resort is known for its amazing ski trails, so consider doing a little excursion with your wedding party pre- or post-wedding.