11 Best Vancouver Island Wedding Venues | The Ultimate Guide

November 3, 2023

With so many Vancouver Island Wedding Venues to choose from, how can you narrow it down to which ones are really worth exploring as a potential option? In this blog, I’m taking the overwhelm out of the equation by highlighting 11 of my favourite venues—including a breakdown of what makes each one stand out.

By the time you reach the end of this post, you’ll have a better idea of the venues that resonate with you the most. That means you’ll be well on your way to making a solid and informed decision and one step closer to the wedding of your dreams.

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The view from Strathcona Park Lodge, a scenic and popular Vancouver Island Wedding Venue
Strathcona Park Lodge

Vancouver Island Wedding Venues You’ll Love

Vancouver Island offers many different types of venues to choose from. From rustic and rural feeling to classic and chic, there’s bound to be an option here—or a few—you’ll fall in love with. Without further adieu, let’s talk about the top wedding venues on Vancouver Island.

Strathcona Park Lodge 

Do you and your partner have a special place in your heart for the outdoors? Strathcona Park Lodge, located on the edge of Upper Campbell Lake, is a wedding venue guaranteed to immerse you and your guests in natural beauty. They currently offer packages for smaller weddings, so it’s great if you already have an intimate affair in mind. With a dedicated wedding planner on staff, you can rest assured details such as your on-site catering, accommodation, and celebration details will be taken care of.

The outside of a beautiful rustic building at Strathcona Park Lodge on Vancouver Island
Strathcona Park Lodge

Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Imagine your excitement during the scenic drive to your picturesque wedding venue. That’s just the beginning of what this venue has in store for you! Mount Washington Alpine Resort is about 30 minutes west of Courtenay, BC—but it feels a million miles away from everything. It says “wilderness wedding” while still offering amenities and accommodations your guests will appreciate, including dining, shopping, outdoor activities, and more.

40 Knots Winery 

40 Knots Winery sits on 24 gorgeous acres in the Comox Valley, and it’s actually one of the largest wineries Vancouver Island has to offer. Their event spaces include a vineyard terrace, a stunning balcony space, and a beautiful lounge, so you can explore the best option for meeting your wedding vision. The atmosphere is lush, the wine is ethical (and delicious), and they have tons of experience executing weddings without a hitch. If you’ve been picturing a winery wedding, check out this venue.

Bride and groom look into each other's eyes at Pearson College, their Vancouver Island Wedding Venue
Pearson College

Pearson College 

This Victoria wedding venue tends to fly under the radar, but Pearson College makes for a stunning wedding location. The scenery is stunning, and the atmosphere makes you feel like you’ve been whisked away somewhere remote while still holding an incredibly accessible location. Their full-service catering team boasts flexible capabilities and comes prepared to feed up to 220 guests, focusing on local cuisine. If beauty and relaxation are core priorities in your wedding planning, you’ll definitely want to check this venue out.

Pacific Sands Beach Resort

Does the idea of a beach wedding make your heart skip a beat? Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino has everything you need. On one hand, it’s a tranquil, relaxed beach backdrop for a breathtaking wedding. On the other hand, it offers tons of action and adventure for couples who want an injection of excitement in their wedding. You really can have it all here, leaving the details in the hands of their trusted team so you can simply show up and celebrate.

The main building at Pearson College which often hosts wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions on Vancouver Island
Pearson College

The Gardens at HCP 

There’s something special about saying “I do” in a botanical garden that’s in full bloom. The Gardens at HCP has an outdoor ceremony area that will blow you and your guests away. From there, you can move the celebration indoors to a climate-controlled reception area with gorgeous red cedar beams. It’s a great venue for an intimate wedding, but they can also accommodate up to 100 people at this magical location. 

A bride wearing a red wedding dress strolls on the grounds of Hatley Castle next to her groom
Hatley Castle

Hatley Castle 

I mean, it’s a Castle—need I say more? Of course I will, in case you haven’t heard of this amazing venue before. Hatley Castle is the definition of dreamy, its grounds surrounded by stunning forest and ocean views. Regal and historic, this venue reflects everything you could want in your fairytale wedding: Elegance, luxury, and romance. They offer various wedding packages with options at multiple price points, which means you can easily customize the right plan for you. If castles and history are right up your alley, this is the venue for you.

Birds Eye Cove Farm

Located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Birds Eye Cove is a heritage farm surrounded by unbeatable landscape views, including rolling hills, cliffs, and ocean. Their timber frame barn sets the tone for a country wedding that combines both beauty and understated luxury. A great bonus is that the newlyweds are also able to take advantage of a romantic couple’s suite on-site. 

A bride and groom gather amongst the trees for their Vancouver Island wedding ceremony at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

Sea Cider is really something else—it’s no surprise they are an award-winning venue! This family-owned orchard and ciderhouse in Saanichton have a jaw-dropping outdoor ceremony site, which works well for both intimate and larger weddings. They’re also known for their impeccable service, ensuring your planning, coordinating, and clean-up is as effortless as possible. If you want to plan a rustic wedding with ease, check out Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse.

Keating Farm

Do you and your partner love the idea of an outdoor wedding that embraces farm-to-table dining and sustainability? The environment and essence of Keating Farm creates a truly intimate experience—one that’s full of rustic farmhouse character. While their accommodations are suitable for a small number of guests, there is a local shuttle available to a nearby hotel if needed. This private, historic location has several spaces to offer for your ceremony and reception, so you can bring together all the pieces that you want for your dream wedding. 

Restaurant wedding venue Fireside Grill all set up for the wedding party to arrive
Fireside Grill

Fireside Grill 

This restaurant, located in Victoria, specializes in making micro weddings (10-40 guests) come to life. What stands out most about Fireside Grill is their flexibility; they have different reception venues to choose from, each one distinctly unique. Their central location is also a definite plus, and as a restaurant, they’re perfectly poised to personalize your menu for your event—and that includes bar options too. 

A bride in a red dress walks hand-in-hand with her groom on the historic grounds of Hatley Castle on Vancouver Island
Hatley Castle

Plan Your Perfect Vancouver Island Wedding

Choosing the right venue for your wedding is a big deal, but once you’ve found the perfect fit all the other details can start falling into place. Whether you’re looking for something wild and rustic, or a wedding venue that’s more classic and refined, Vancouver Island has some incredible options for you. 

Once you’ve decided on your venue, you’ll need to find a professional photographer to document the big day for you. As your wedding photographer, I can’t wait to capture every intimate moment of your celebration, leaving you with keepsakes you’ll love looking back on. Let’s get in touch and start discussing details.