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The Best Sea to Sky Wedding Venues

This summer we are looking forward to spending a lot of our time along the Sea to Sky Corridor with some amazing West Coast Weddings. The ‘corridor’ has everything from rustic farm venues to luxurious ballrooms and with plenty of activities for your guests to enjoy from spas to helibiking, there is something for everyone. This is an incredible spot to share with guests from out of town if you are considering a bit of a destination wedding. Here is a list of 7 of the best wedding venues in the Sea to Sky Corridor from Squamish, Whistler, all the way to Pemberton!

 

1. Audain Art Museum

Photography by Darby Magill

The Audain Art Museum is one of the newest venues in Whistler, opening in 2016. Designed by Patkau Architects, the museum is a piece of art in itself and boasts a collection of the province’s most celebrated artists. As the museum is non-for-profit, hosting an event plays an important role in providing access to and supporting the development of the visual arts.

The museum is able to accommodate events in their Cressey Hall and the exterior. The museums permanent collection will be extending into the Upper Gallery soon, but it may still be available for ceremonies upon request! For more information on this stunning venue, check out their website, here.

 

2. Fairmont Chateau Whistler

The Fairmont Chateau is located in Whistler and has multiple locations that can be used for hosting an event. For those looking for an outdoor venue, they have the stunning Mountainview Lawn and the Woodland’s Terrace and for those looking for a ballroom, they have the Macdonald Ballroom. With onsite accommodation, activities, and and an amazing team to help you in the planning process, we cannot recommend the Fairmont Chateau more!

 

3. Nita Lake Lodge

Photography by Mitch Winton

Nita Lake Lodge is another amazing venue located in Whistler. The hotel features wood and stone elements that perfectly compliment the natural beauty that could be your backdrop to your ‘I do’s.’ With options to host your ceremony outside under their porte-cochere that can be seen here and either indoor or outdoor dining, there is flexibility to create your dream wedding. In addition to this, the Lodge boasts a spa and amazing dining at Aura Restaurant, Cure Lounge & Patio, and Fix Café.

 

4. North Arm Farm

North Arm Farm is a working farm that is located in Pemberton with unbeatable views of Mount Currie. The venue is known as a top location for ‘long table’ dinners in the field behind the barn but the space is so flexible that the possibilities are almost limitless. When guests arrive, they make their way into a green space that is often used as a ceremony location and, if you see the above photo, you can probably understand why! Apart from the amazing outdoor spaces, there is a rustic barn that opens up onto the grass that can be utilized for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner,  dancing, or simply as a rain plan! We West Coast planners love a venue with a built-in back up weather plan!

5. Riverlands Equestrian Centre

Photography by Blush Photography

 

Riverlands Equestrian Center is located north of Pemberton along Pemberton Valley Road. The Derby Field, near its main building is one of our favourite locations for an outdoor wedding. With ample room for a reception tent, activity tents, washroom trailers, and catering tents, we have so much fun customizing the space to fit our clients needs. The above photo shows a wedding that featured a tasting tent for Pemberton Distillery and a kids tent to keep the kiddos having just as much fun as the adults!

The Center also has its Red Barn just a bit further north along the road that is another amazing wedding location. This would be a stunning local for couples that want a bit more rustic country in their wedding aesthetic!

 

6. Sea to Sky Gondola

Photography by Tara O’Grady

Sea to Sky Gondola is located between Shannon Falls and The Chief – one of the largest granite monoliths in the world – along the Sea to Sky Highway in Squamish. This venue has matchless views of Howe Sound and it’s surrounding mountains and is a great option for couples wanting their guests to have a unique West Coast experience.

Unfortunately, the Sea to Sky Gondola was recently a victim of vandalism and is currently closed until the gondola is repaired. We cannot wait to begin hosting celebrations again at this stunning location!

 

 

7. Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre

Located in the traditional territories of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Lil̓wat7úl, the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center is built as a celebration and a way to share the Squamish and Lil’Wat cultural knowledge ‘to inspire understanding and respect amongst all people.’ The building is designed to represent the longhouses of the Squamish people and Istken (traditional earthen pit house) of the Lil’wat people. The centre is a unique venue that pays homage to the importance of place and togetherness and has multiple halls to suit your event needs. In addition to the stunning space, the centre offers rentals and catering and, their team is so amazing to work with!

 

There is so much variety in venues along the Sea to Sky Corridor, we can’t get enough and always love working there and showcasing BC’s natural beauty. If you are looking for an outdoor wedding venue in Whistler or Vancouver, you can find our suggestions here.

A Team Retreat in Whistler

Note from Alicia Keats: It is hard to believe how much has changed since myself and my team were in Whistler celebrating our 2019 wedding season and looking forward to our 2020 wedding season and what would be our 10th wedding season together. A lot has changed  for us due to COVID-19. Angie wrote this post about our retreat in early March and it was scheduled to be posted just as the pandemic hit. Despite all that has transpired since March, I still want to share it with you. We had such an incredible time. I loved being able to spoil my team, reflect on what we had accomplished and learned and talk about goals for the future. While our 2020 retreat may have to wait until 2021, I am looking forward to nevertheless. I am so grateful to my team and to have been able to spend this time with them together. -Alicia Keats

 

Post by Angie Lamb | Photography by: Tara O’Grady Photography

Over the month of September 2019, Alicia was busy preparing a retreat for our team in secret. The only hint that we had was the date and the knowledge that we would need a car to get to the location.  Then – a couple of weeks before the event – an invite with a line of evergreen trees at the bottom greeted us in our mailboxes. We were headed to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for a weekend team retreat!

When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by Tracy McIvor, the Regional Sales Manager, and our bags were delivered to our rooms. As we entered our rooms, we were met with a welcome package from Alicia and a gift from the staff at the Fairmont Chateau. It was clear to us that we were about to get spoiled!

After settling in, we made our way to our ‘head quarters’ that would be the Mountain View Suite overlooking Blackcomb Mountain. This space is one that many of our bride’s use to get ready in before walking down the aisle to say ‘I do’ and it was such an amazing space for us to reflect on our past wedding season, to create goals for next year, and to discuss our bigger picture projects. Between these sessions we had fun attending site visits at local venues, visiting the spa, and most of all enjoyed an abundance of tasty treats.

After a busy year, it was so nice to have the time to connect and reflect as a team. This ‘workation’ reminded us of how grateful we are to be to work in this industry and be connected to so many amazing and inspiring people.

Thank-you to Alicia and the Fairmont Chateau for your generosity!

Angie :)