Your Dream Wedding: A Guide to Planning the Perfect Celebration in the Bow Valley

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April 18, 2024
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Basecamp Resorts offers the ideal venues for your big day. Whether you're dreaming of an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration, we have the tools you’ll need to put together an event that you and your guests will not soon forget. .

Best Times to Tie the Knot and the Right Venue


The Bow Valley offers stunning scenery year-round, making it an ideal destination for weddings in any season. Spring and summer bring lush greenery, blooming wildflowers, and warmer temperatures, perfect for outdoor ceremonies. 

Helicopter Wedding or Elopement

For an unforgettable entrance and exit from your ceremony, why not consider arriving by helicopter? It's an intimate and exhilarating way to travel, most helicopters can accommodate up to 5. Alpine Helicopters can take you to stunning locations throughout the Bow Valley, offering unparalleled views and a memorable experience. Coordinate your ceremony with a local wedding planner to ensure everything is perfect. Don't forget to hire a photographer to capture this special moment. Consider Rocky Mountain Weddings to plan the perfect helicopter ceremony in the Rockies. It's a unique and extraordinary way to make your wedding day truly unforgettable.

Photo Credit: Wild Alpine Image Co
Photo Credit: Noel Rogers Photography (Fun Fact: This is our CEO's wedding photo)

Tunnel Mountain Reservoir

Tunnel Mountain Reservoir in Banff, Alberta, provides a stunning backdrop for a picturesque outdoor wedding. Nestled against Tunnel Mountain, the reservoir offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and forested hillsides, creating a magical setting for exchanging vows. Keep in mind that hosting events here may require permits and logistical planning due to its location within Banff National Park. If you're looking for a memorable and scenic wedding venue in nature, Tunnel Mountain Reservoir is sure to enchant you and your guests.

Photo Credit: Breeze Photography

Sundance by Basecamp

For adventurous couples, Sundance by Basecamp offers the perfect wedding venue deep int he heart of Kananaskis Country. Our outdoor ceremony locations boast 360-degree mountain views, providing a picturesque backdrop for your special day. Choose from glamping tents, canvas tipis, trapper's tents, or unserviced campsites for a unique stay amidst serene nature. Disconnect from city life and reconnect with your loved ones in the outdoors. 

Photo Credit: Zoe Snooks Photography

Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park offers a stunning setting for weddings and elopements. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the tranquil waters and scenic views provide a beautiful backdrop for celebrating love amidst nature's grandeur. Choose a spot along the shoreline or a designated viewpoint to create unforgettable memories on your special day.

Photo Credit: Willow and Wolf Photography


Fall offers a tapestry of vibrant colors as the leaves change, creating a picturesque backdrop for your nuptials. 

Lake Louise

Lake Louise could be the ideal venue to tie the knot if you're seeking a charming yet affordable setting for a public wedding. This picturesque location offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and rustic charm, making it an excellent choice for couples who appreciate a mountainous backdrop. Accommodations for guests could be arranged at Baker Creek, enhancing the overall experience with its cozy and rustic accommodations. 

Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain Photo Co

MTN House Hotel

Step into a world of natural beauty and luxury at MTN House Hotel by Basecamp. Tucked away in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, our retreat offers a haven amidst breathtaking surroundings. Whether you're gathering for your dream wedding or reception, our dedicated team will ensure every detail is perfect for your special day. From intimate elopements to grand celebrations, we specialize in crafting unforgettable moments tailored just for you. Experience the best of adventure and relaxation at MTN House Hotel by Basecamp.

Photo Credit: Liv Hettinga Photography
Photo Credit: Liv Hettinga Photography

Rhythm and Howl

Rhythm and Howl is a charming restaurant located within MTN House Hotel in the heart of Canmore, nestled against the stunning backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. This venue is ideal for rehearsal dinners or reception dinners, offering the option to book out the restaurant for up to 75 guests. Our chef will craft a special menu tailored just for you and your wedding party, ensuring a memorable dining experience in a picturesque setting.

Quarry Lake

Quarry Lake is a beautiful spot with Ha Ling mountain towering above. It's often busy, especially on weekends, due to its stunning views of the lake, forested areas, and mountains. It's just a quick 5-minute drive from downtown Canmore. Keep in mind that it may not be ideal for guests with mobility issues, especially if your ceremony is planned on the hilltop. Also, be prepared for crowds, particularly on weekends.

Photo Credit: Kalla Ramberg Photography


Winter weddings are equally enchanting, with snow-capped peaks and cozy indoor venues providing a romantic ambiance.

Rawson Lake

Rawson Lake in Kananaskis Country is a captivating winter elopement spot. The 4.9-kilometer trail starts at the Upper Kananaskis Lake Day Use Area and winds through snowy forests and scenic mountain views. Upon arrival at Rawson Lake, a serene frozen landscape awaits, offering a perfect setting for an intimate ceremony amidst the snowy shores and towering peaks.

Photo Credit: Born in Mud Bay Photography

Spray Lakes

in the rugged wilderness of Kananaskis Country, Spray Lakes offers a stunning backdrop for a winter elopement. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and serene forests, this secluded location provides an intimate setting to exchange vows amidst nature's tranquility. Whether you prefer a spot along the lakeshore or a nearby scenic trail, Spray Lakes promises breathtaking views and a magical atmosphere for celebrating your love in the midst of winter's beauty.

Basecamp Lodge Canmore

Picture-perfect celebrations await at Basecamp Lodge Canmore's breathtaking Great Room. Situated on the 2nd floor, it boasts sweeping vistas of Mount Lady MacDonald and Grotto Mountain, creating an enchanting backdrop for your special occasion. Our venue's spacious layout and expansive windows ensure every moment is filled with natural light and stunning views. Nestled in the heart of Canmore, Alberta, our lodge provides cozy accommodations, contemporary comforts, and seamless access to the adventures of Banff National Park.

Baker Creek

Step into a winter wonderland at Baker Creek, nestled in the heart of Banff National Park, just 15 minutes away from Lake Louise. Here, you'll be embraced by an authentic mountain ambiance, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and the gentle flow of the creek, providing an exquisite backdrop for your vows. Our ceremony space is designed to showcase the beauty of the landscape, ensuring that your special moments are framed by nature. Meanwhile, our cozy cabins and amenities promise warmth and comfort for every guest.

Phot Credit: Darren Roberts
Photo Credit: Rocky Mountain Photo Co

Outside of the Bow Valley

An excellent alternative awaits in Revelstoke or Golden, BC. Nestled within the magical Kootenay mountain region, these destinations offer breathtaking backdrops and a sense of escape that make for the perfect wedding celebration.

Golden, British Columbia Wedding and Elopement Venues

Basecamp Lodge Golden

For an outstanding stay in Yoho National Park or Golden, look no further than Basecamp Lodge Golden. This lodge offers the unique opportunity to rent out the entire property for your wedding, boasting panoramic views of the surrounding Monashee Mountains and beyond. It's an ideal setting to gather and celebrate with your friends and family, creating unforgettable memories amidst breathtaking natural beauty.

Reflection Lake

Reflection Lake, also known as Paulson Pond, is a tranquil spot located near Golden, BC. This serene lake offers stunning reflections of the surrounding mountains on calm days, making it a picturesque location for a small and intimate wedding or elopement ceremony. The peaceful ambiance and natural beauty of the lake create a romantic setting immersed in the wilderness.

Takakkaw Falls

Considered one of Canada's highest and most dramatic waterfalls, Takakkaw Falls is a captivating choice for an elopement spot. The rushing waters seemingly emerge from deep within the rock before cascading over a vertical drop of more than 250 meters. This scenic spot offers a secluded and romantic setting for exchanging vows amidst the soothing sound of cascading water. 

Photo Credit: Willow and Wolf Photography

Lake O’Hara

The hidden gem of Lake O’Hara awaits in the backcountry of Yoho National Park, offering breathtaking beauty for those willing to venture. While more suited to hiking enthusiasts, its allure is undeniable. Planning an elopement at Lake O’Hara requires careful consideration due to limited transportation options—only two buses operate daily from mid-June to early October. Additionally, be aware that the road from Golden to Lake O’Hara (Highway 1 just east of Golden), a scenic mountain route, will be periodically closed for construction in the foreseeable future.

Photo Credit: Wild Alpine Image Co.

Revelstoke, British Columbia Wedding and Elopement Venues

Mount Revelstoke National Park

Mount Revelstoke National Park offers stunning alpine landscapes and scenic viewpoints, making it an exceptional location for a mountain wedding or elopement. Discover scenic locations such as Meadows in the Sky Parkway, accessible by helicopter. Revelstoke offers one of the finest settings for a helicopter wedding or proposal, surrounded by expansive alpine vistas. Choose Glacier Helicopters or SKY Helicopters for your unforgettable ceremony or intimate proposal. The park's natural beauty and expansive views offer countless opportunities for a memorable moment.

Photo Credit: Revelstoke Tourism

Hemlock Grove Boardwalk

Surrounded by hemlock trees and overlooking peaceful waters, this boardwalk provides a beautiful backdrop with stunning mountain views. Whether you're looking for a quiet elopement or a meaningful ceremony with close family and friends, Hemlock Grove Boardwalk sets the stage for a truly special moment in nature.

Bear Creek Falls

Bear Creek Falls in Glacier National Park (Canada) is a perfect spot for a small ceremony or elopement. The trailhead is right off Highway One, making it easy to access during your visit to the park. The waterfall flows from Rogers Pass, creating a lively and exciting cascade. In the summer, be ready to get wet as you enjoy the refreshing mist from this energetic waterfall!

Photo Credit: Willow and Wolf Photography

Our Local Vendor Recommendations:

For added convenience in planning your dream wedding, we've curated a list of trusted local vendors in the Bow Valley and Revelstoke:

Wedding and Event Planners


Floral Shops


When to Start Booking

To ensure you secure the wedding of your dreams at your preferred date and venue, it's advisable to initiate the booking process at least 6 months in advance.. Weekends and peak seasons, such as summer and fall, tend to be in very high demand and may book up to a year in advance. By planning ahead, you’ll enhance your chances of turning your dream wedding vision into a reality, in a prime destination.

Basecamp Resorts boasts a diverse array of venues, ranging from rustic timber-framed lodges to luxurious hotels, ensuring the perfect setting for every wedding style. Connect with our sales team to explore opportunities and availability for planning your dream wedding with our team. We'll provide a curated list of recommended vendors and assist you in securing the perfect space for your special day. 

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