Wedding locations: Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands

Vancouver Island boasts a pristine climate year round, along with breathtaking coastlines, mountain views, evergreen forests and numerous beaches and lakes. The warm, dry winter makes it perfect for a wedding in any season. Here are some of our favourite locations.

Arbutus Wedding Photography on Saltspring Island
We offer a wide range of photography services on Salt Spring Island, and the Gulf Islands.

Check out our wedding photographer Saltspring Island portfolio. We offer a no travel fee, as well as we know the Island like the back of our hand, and can recommend many great locations for photoshoots.


Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club
This eighteen hole championship golf course is located twenty minutes north of Victoria and five minutes from the International Airport, the BC Ferries Sidney Terminal, and the Washington State Ferries. With its picturesque mountains and scenery, it’s the perfect destination for your upcoming wedding. It’s home to a 200 guest capacity banquet hall, outdoor decks, a fully licensed bar and lounge, and one of the largest solid maple dance floors in the area.

Salt Spring Harbour House
This gorgeous inn overlooks the waters edge in a cozy atmosphere. With room for up to 120 people and gourmet catering, it’s perfect for smaller weddings. Combine it with a stay in their luxuriously comfortable honeymoon suite.

Alderwood Farm Weddings
Twenty minutes by ferry from West Vancouver or Granville Island this memorable venue is wedding perfection. The five acres includes natural beauty with a rustic twist, along with patio gardens, farm animals and Ceremonial Rock Garden, perfect for your celebration.

The Nimpkish Hotel
This oceanfront restaurant looks across the Pacific to Vancouver Island (a 45-minute ferry ride away). An excellent wedding choice, guests can enjoy whale, seal and eagle sightings from the hotel’s deck.

Hastings House, Salt Spring Island
Situated on Salt Spring Island, Hastings House is a small inn featuring a Tudor-style manor, farmhouse, cottage, on-site restaurant and spa. The hotel, as well as the garden, are perfect for weddings, and the inn also includes an on-site wedding planner.

Dent Island Lodge
Located on the secluded Dent Island, this lodge is an excellent location to host a wedding and reception. Full catering services and indoor and outdoor venues make it a convenient choice, and guests who stay can enjoy all-inclusive fishing, kayaking and yachting.

The Timbers Resort
Located on Pender, this resort features 55 acres of grounds and waterfront location – definitely the location for the outdoor wedding of your dreams.

Bellhouse Inn
This inn includes a wedding package, with exclusive use of their beach-access waterfront lawns and 1935 Bentley with driver. From banquet tables with linens and chairs to a large marquee tent, small ceremonies and receptions are intimate and extravagant.

Hummingbird Guesthouse and Charters
Located in Port Alberni, the Hummingbird Guesthouse boasts gorgeous gardens and manicured lawns – the perfect setting for your perfect day.

Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre
Strathcona Park Lodge is located on Vancouver Island and borders Strathcona Provincial Park, the ideal location with a gorgeous waterfront with adjacent waterfalls. The many venues and large conference centre make it an easy choice for the perfect wedding reception.

Sooke Harbour House
For over twenty years, the Sooke Harbour House has been a top wedding choice. The Garden Room, Potlatch Room and Main Dining Room are perfect for plated dinners for up to 100 guests. Outdoor ceremonies can be enjoyed in the ocean-front garden, and packages can be arranged.

Pacific Shores Resort & Spa
With a stunning botanical gardens and views of Craig Bay, Pacific Shores Resort & Spa combines  luxury with romance designed for your big day. Event planning and catering are available

English Inn
Ceremonies are anything but ordinary at the English Inn. You can choose to have your eremony inside Anne Hathaway’s 17th-century cottage, Ivy Room  and top reception choices include  the rose garden, Rosemeade Dining Room and cottage. With on-site catering, it makes wedding planning simple and exquisite.

Miraloma on the Cove
The Miraloma on the Cove includes flowered gardens, ocean views and stunning tree groves, making for breathtaking backdrops. The  on-site Latch restaurant is the ideal location for a dinner celebration.

McLean Mill National Historic Site
McLean Mill National Historic Site can house up to 225 guests in a banquet-style celebration. This unique location is the only steam-operated sawmill in Canada. On-site catering is available.

Abigail’s Hotel
Just three blocks from the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria, Abigail’s Hotel is best for small wedding parties in an intimate atmosphere. Architecture is abundant, with English Tudor style  enhancing the romantic setting. In-house wedding planner available.

Anchor Inn & Suites
The experienced wedding planners at Anchor Inn & Suites are there to help you with every wedding detail, from reception to ceremony. Full catering is available.

Painter’s Lodge Campbell River
This full-service fishing lodge is located on the shores of the island, featuring world-class salmon fishing, amazing wildlife and nature tours, breathtaking scenery and high-end resort amenities. Located in beautiful Campbell River, the lodge is is the perfect destination for wedding ceremonies and receptions, and then staying to relax and do some fishing!

Long Beach Lodge Resort
Located in Tolfino, Long Beach Lodge Resort is romance at its best. With a beachfront location, gourmet cuisine and romantic guest rooms, small celebrations are perfect here. The resort can accommodate up to 35 guests, and includes an on-site wedding co-ordinator.

A Snug Harbour Inn
Ceremonies  take place on the private beach or on the Great Room’s main deck, with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet, just south of Tofino, A Snug Harbour Inn is the perfect romantic retreat – perfect for your intimate wedding ceremony.

Villa Marco Polo Inn
This Italian Renaissance mansion offers a bed and breakfast-style accommodation with luxurious rooms. Weddings and receptions are often held alongside the gardens and fountains, with stunning guest suites to increase the length of your stay.

Castlebury Cottage, Chemainus
This cottage becomes a makeshift medieval castle, featuring  suites with fireplaces, kitchenettes, private entrances and luxury furnishings. Small intimate wedding celebrations and honeymoons are popular here, and complemented by the  horse and carriage transportation, beautiful harp music and in-house catering.

Butchart Gardens National Historic Site
Featuring 55 acres of floral finery and spectacular views along the paths and expansive lawns, the Butchart Gardens are a Victoria landmark and a National Historic Site of Canada. It is one of Victoria’s most popular attractions and a sought after venue for spring ceremonies and receptions.

Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina
Located in Cowichan Bay, the resort features a team of event planners to arrange your wedding and reception – making it a one-stop-shop. With its oceanfront ceremony venue, tented outdoor reception area and and indoor banquet room, it is perfect place to meet all your needs.

Kiwi Cove Lodge
This 12-room lodge overlooking a kiwi fruit farm is home to an outdoor meadow or shaded woodland setting for wedding ceremonies. On-site catering is available, along with a private wedding consultant.

Hatley Park Castle and Museum
A national historic site and the campus of Royal Roads University, this castle and estate was once the private residence of James Dunsmuir, son of Robert Dunsmuir who built Craigdarroch Castle. Withs three distinctive, stunning gardens and the spectacular setting, it’s a fun and gorgeous solution for your wedding.

Denise’s Garden Cottage B&B
If you desire an outdoor wedding, this one is for you. Denise’s Garden Cottage can accomdate up to 60 people, and features two bedrooms, full kitchen, bath, living, dining rooms for a place to stay afterwards.

Keirestell offers one of the most unique wedding ceremony venues in the Cowichan Valley, featuring 46 acres of amazing scenery, extra pampering options, and a bed and breakfast for the perfect honeymoon.

Raven Lodge
Located on the skirts of the Alpine Village at Mount Washington, Raven Lodge overlooks Strathcona Park and Mt. Albert Edward. Weddings up to 250 people can be accommodated, along with full catering services. Outdoor activities are available year-round.

Sun Lotus Guesthouse
Sun Lotus is a natural outdoor-lounge combining a cozy oasis of lush forests, scattered gardens, and a beautiful backdrop of fresh pond water and rolling mountain vistas. Located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, Duncan, British Columbia, the rustic, relaxed resort makes for a perfect getaway.

St. Ann’s Academy & Chapel
Once Victoria’s tallest masonry building, this past French-Canadian convent and school (1871-1973), is situated among six acres. It’s home to a 1858 chapel, parlours, grand foyer and two beautiful gardens.

Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay
This picturesque venue features panoramic views of Cowichan Bay and Mount Tzouhalem, a seaside setting with oceanfront patio, wine tours, farmers markets, and outdoor adventure activities for your wedding party, catering and beverage services, and more, all wrapped up in the intimate seaside village of Cowichan Bay in the Cowichan Valley, a wine and culinary haven.

Affinity Guest House, Cowichan
Relish in the beauty of the waterfront acreage at Affinity Guesthouse, home to unlimited potential for your special day.  They have many sources to round out the event, including catering, photography, and more. It also makes for a beautiful location to spend your honeymoon.

A Waterfront House
This luxury bed and breakfast and wedding venue is located on the waters’ edge over five acres, overlooking the Saanich Inlet and the Gulf Islands. The gorgeous mansion caters to weddings of all sizes, including indoor and outdoor areas, covered patios, grassed fields overlooking the ocean, maquis tents, all with package options and more. Catering is also available.

Craidelonna Oceanedge Lodge
Located in the Sooke/Shirley area on Vancouver Island, this property is a perfect location for honeymoons, romantic getaways, and weddings. The main dining rooms can accommodate dinner style events of up to 70 guests, with many package options including guests staying over in the lodge, servers and catering, equipment rentals, decor, and more.

Beach Hideaway
This beautiful and romantic B&B and spa is a wonderful luxury getaway only minutes from Gibson, BC, and a scenic drive from Vancouver. They offer perfect packages for that small wedding or elopement, including an ocean ceremony experience at the water’s edge or by the fireplace, witnesses and marriage commissioners if needed, and a stay at their location.

We are working on more wedding locations on Vancouver Island, including:

Pender Island
Cowichan Bay

If you have any suggestions for us, please let us know and we will post more information about new locations.

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