wedding couple in the forest near Canmore

Why You Should Have a Mountain Destination Wedding in Canmore

Why You Should Have a Mountain Destination Wedding in Canmore

Mountains are majestic and breathtaking in any season─nothing beats the gorgeous views of the staggering peaks, fresh air and lush greenery. Surrounded by vast forests of conifers, winding forests, and the bluest of skies, the experience is only made better when shared with someone you love. Imagine saying “I do” in a magical setting with the perfect blend of romance and nature. That is why many are choosing Canmore, Alberta as the place to have a romantic and unforgettable wedding. With exceptional venues and vendors in the area, your wedding will go off without a hitch. Your vision for your big day will come alive in this peaceful and beautiful town.

couple kissing on their wedding day in front of canmore lake

A Storybook Town

Your dream wedding destination lies in Canmore, a stunning and charming mountain town nestled in the heart of Kananaskis Valley. It is the postcard of tranquil mountain life, minus the crowds, but still close to the neighbouring Banff National Park and an hour’s drive to Calgary. Canmore is truly a place with storybook qualities that will stay with you and your guests long after the wedding.

Picturesque Scenery

In Canmore, you have 360 degrees of picture-perfect scenery as the backdrop for your wedding photos. In fact, there are several locations made popular for this very reason. Here are a few photoshoot spots that rank high on the list.

Quarry Lake Park

At the foot of the peaks of Mount Lawrence Grassi and Rundle Mountain, there is a gorgeous turquoise lake that makes for stunning reflection shots. Then, wander to the nearby trails for some photos in the vast alpine forest.

The Old Railway Bridge

There’s a lot of history in Canmore as it was once a busy mining town. An old railway crossing has been converted into a pedestrian bridge, and it’s a popular photo spot. The bridge is also accessible from many mountain trails, which are great backdrops.

Three Sisters Lookout

There are plenty of landmarks around Canmore, and Three Sisters peaks are one. This lookout provides panoramic views of the valley and mountain range, making it another lovely setting for photos.

three sisters look out near Canmore

Photo Courtesy of Travel Alberta | Brendan Van Son

Whitemans Pond

Nestled into the side of a large rock face sits Whitemans Pond. This location is almost completely protected from the wind, so it’s ideal for those mirror reflection shots on the still waters. You’ll have to make it up a bumpy gravel road, so be prepared.

Riverside Park

If you have a lot of people in your party, then this may be a good choice as there are paved walking trails, benches, and tables for people to get off their feet while the newlyweds get their close-ups. Like most photo ops in Canmore, this spot has a lovely view of the mountains and Bow River.

Reception Venue

The choice of venue can be just as critical as where you take your vows. In some cases, the two events take place at the same location.

Coast Canmore Hotel WeddingCoast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre is a premier banquet facility with generous space to accommodate weddings from 10 to 350 people. Whether you’re planning a grand reception or a more intimate gathering, this venue has everything you need.

reception ballroom for weddings at Coast Canmore Hotel

The 557 square metre Wildrose Ballroom can accompany up to 350 guests and has wide windows so that natural light can pour in. The room is mostly carpeted, but there is a permanent and spacious hardwood dance floor spanning the centre of the ballroom. A lovely restaurant and lounge with patio is on site for convenience一it’s a great spot for guests to gather and mingle in between ceremony and reception.

If you’re having your reception at Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre, the hotel offers ceremony services as well. Their experienced staff will arrange indoor ceremonies that embrace the beauty of Canmore and will ensure all is set for the most special day of your life!

Talented Vendors

You have the setting, accommodations, and reception venue. Now let’s talk about the finishing touches to your dream wedding. Who will take photos of your special day? Where will the flowers come from? Then there’s the sweetest part of all weddings, the cake. Not to worry! Canmore has you covered.

Michael Buckley Photoflow Canmore

Photo Courtesy of Photoflow | Michael Buckley


Michael Buckley is a professional photographer that works in Canmore, Lake Louise and Banff. Photoflow prides itself on uncompromising quality and excellence with every frame. Michael’s skills lie in immortalizing memories with the opening of every shutter.

Michael Buckley Photoflow Canmore

Photo Courtesy of Photoflow | Michael Buckley

Elements Floral

Canmore’s locally owned and operated Rocky Mountain Florist creates unique Dutch-inspired, hand-tied floral bouquets and arrangements that infuse traditional bouquets with a distinctive nod to the natural beauty of the region.

Kake by Darci

Your wedding cake is more than just dessert. It is a symbol of celebration and the centrepiece of your reception. Kake by Darci is all about artistry. Beautiful and elegant, you will truly appreciate the quality and craftsmanship that goes into every design.

Activities for Before and After the Big Day

How you plan your Canmore wedding is entirely up to you. However, to get the absolute most out of your Rocky Mountain wedding experience, it is recommended that your stay include time for a slew of unforgettable activities.

You and your party can plan to arrive early and take in some fun before your big day, or perhaps, you can extend your celebration and spend your honeymoon enjoying all that Canmore has to offer.

Take a Hike!

You are in one of the most beautiful natural environments in Canada after all. There are beginner and advanced trails for hikers of all levels.

Beginner – Bow River Loop: Bordered by the Bow River and with stunning views of Mount Rundle, this trail takes you along the emerald green river and the famous Three Sisters Mountain Range. This loop takes about 25 minutes.

Beginner – Grassi Lakes Trail: Perfect for families, the Grassi Lakes trail winds past a waterfall and eventually leads you to two majestic turquoise lakes. With each step, you are treated to a postcard view of Canmore.

two hikers near grassi lakes in canmore

Photo Courtesy of Travel Alberta | Canmore Kananaskis Tourism

Intermediate – Chester Lake Hike: Chester Lake is a year-round trail for those who want a little more of a challenge. The trail meanders through forests and meadows leading to the emerald waters of Chester Lake itself. This trail has a fair bit more elevation towards the end.

Advanced – Ha Ling Peak: This trail leads you through switchbacks up the mountain. You climb towards the tree line, and the last push has you trekking over loose rock towards the summit. It’s definitely not for amateurs!

River Float Tours with Canmore River Adventures

Want to take in the sites but not on your feet the whole time? Take a gentle float tour on the Bow River and marvel at the wildlife and sparkling river. The ride is about an hour, and experienced guides help you to navigate the waters.

Canmore River Adventures

Photo Courtesy of Canmore River Adventures

Rapunzel’s Hair Salon & Spa

If you and your party are in town early, nothing’s better for pre-wedding jitters than a day at the spa. Rapunzel’s Hair Salon & Spa is a master in the art of relaxation and rejuvenation, using natural and sustainable products. You can get ready for the wedding here as well, with hair, makeup, and all other services to look your best on the big day.

If you are planning your wedding, Canmore is the stuff of dreams. Whatever you’re looking for, Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre looks forward to making your wedding celebration a very special occasion. Pop the champagne and let the memories begin!

exterior shot of Coast Canmore Hotel