4 romantic spots across Canada
The flowers, the dress, the music, the food, the location… Regarding the latter, this is the place that will welcome your guests and make your big day into a magical one. As those who are busy preparing for their wedding know, booking a location to celebrate their union can be a tricky thing. Relais & Châteaux is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and in honour of this milestone, we’re sharing with you four of their locations where you can host your dream wedding.
Auberge Saint-Antoine, Québec City, QC
Nestled in the heart of Old Québec, just steps from the harbor and Château Frontenac, this luxury inn welcomes us with an unrivaled historic charm. Developed as a hotel-slash-museum, we discover across its corridors artifacts that were dug out from right under its foundations, offering an added curiosity within the hotel walls. One of Québec’s best restaurants also resides here: Panache, with its warm décor and palate-friendly menu. A couple can softly exchange their vows in the balcony of their room, in a bar alcove on the ground floor, or for something more elaborate, in the grand reception of the first floor, with its large windows and wooden beams. A wedding, based on your personality and desires! And if you have a penchant for Panache’s cuisine but your guest list is over 100, your party can mosey on over to the Quai du Cap Blanc room, located just steps from the hotel and is also served by the four-star hotel.
We love: The nods toward history, the rustic décor, and the precious location.
Langdon Hall, Cambridge, ON
At the end of a flower- and tree-lined path sits an English-style building that welcomes you with style. Located in Cambridge, bordering Toronto, Langdon Hall boasts an impressive garden that serves the hotel kitchen—which allows Chef Jason Bangerter to offer up a fresh, inspiring menu—and is cultivated with great care. It also includes a croquet lawn, which transports you to England… or Wonderland. It’s possible to receive several guests over a wedding weekend, to organize a true getaway in celebration of the big event. Particularly memorable is the windowed reception hall, overlooking a spacious open terrain, where the possibilities (which can include a fireworks show or an orchestra) are endless. And then there’s the royal treatment: tea time for the bride in an elegant room, on the afternoon of her big day.
We love: The classy location, the magnificent gardens, and Chef Bangerter’s cuisine.
Manoir Hovey, North Hatley, QC
Perched on Lake Massawippi and recently voted the best hotel in Eastern Canada by Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards, Manoir Hovey is a special space. Once a private home inspired by George Washington’s house, at was converted into a hotel in the 1950s, now boasting 37 rooms. In the summer, you can head off on a kayak ride, and in the winter, you can marvel at the snowy site and the large trees. The friendly staff is experienced in taking care of on-site weddings—be it a smaller wedding that includes cocktails in the Tap Room, or in the chic reception hall that can accommodate a larger crowd. Romantic and charming, this mansion is sure to delight visitors.
We love: The convivial ambiance, the winter beauty, and the impeccable service.
Sonora Resort, Sonora Island, BC
Let us introduce you to one of the most exotic spots in Canada: Sonora Island. An archipelago near Vancouver Island, therein lies a paradise combining nature, adventure, and refinement. For those of you looking for a special place to celebrate your wedding, you’ll be stunned by this hotel reachable only by helicopter. The location attracts wildlife enthusiasts from around the world, and never fails to impress with its modern architecture and eco-friendly facilities. There, you can go grizzly bear watching, spend some time at the Island Currents Spa, or even take a stab at salmon fishing. It is clear that weddings here are a grandiose affair. Celebrations can take place in the conservatory, inside a flower-filled greenhouse, in a meeting room, the restaurant, or even tent pitched-up for the occasion.
We love: The panorama, the site’s originality, and the luxuriousness all the way onto our dinner plate.