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Boat Rentals for Elopements in the Lower Mainland

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All images by Pursell Photography. 

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British Columbia’s stunning coastline provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable elopement. Imagine exchanging vows with the wind in your hair and the vast expanse of the sea stretching before you. For adventurous couples seeking a unique and romantic experience, a boat rental can be the ideal solution.

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Here are some reputable boat rental companies in the Lower Mainland that cater to elopements:

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  • Shoreline Tours (Harrison Lake) $450+ for 2 hours: Shoreline Tours is a speed boat tour company on Harrison Lake. They offer cruises on the lake for up to 11 people. You can choose from different tours depending on how much time you have, with a minimum booking time of two hours. Cruises can include stops at Rainbow Falls, Long Island, and other locations. The company operates from June 1st to September 15th, weather permitting. (https://shorelinetours.ca/harrison-hot-springs-speedboattour)

014 - unique places to elopeSee this adventure elopement where we took a boat to a secret waterfall.

  • Coal Harbour Boat Rentals (Vancouver) $100+ an Hour: With a variety of boats available, from luxurious cruisers to classic sailboats, Coal Harbour lets you customize your elopement journey. (http://www.boatrent.ca/)


003 - adventure portaits on a boatCheck out this adventure photoshoot where we island-hopped to some amazing locations for photos. 

  • Pacific Yacht Charters (Vancouver) Custom Price: Specializing in crewed yacht charters, Pacific Yacht Charters offers a luxurious elopement experience. Imagine cruising the Howe Sound or the Gulf Islands in style, with a dedicated captain and crew ensuring your day runs smoothly. They can also help arrange catering, decorations, and other special touches for your elopement. While their price point and guest count may be higher, the personalized service and luxurious amenities create an unforgettable experience. (https://pacificyachtcharters.com/)

039 - dance wedding boat vancouverView photos from this epic small wedding on Magic Yacht Tours.

Scenic Locations to Drive Your Elopement Boat

The beauty of a boat rental elopement is the freedom to explore. Here are some suggestions for scenic locations to consider, both on the coast and in freshwater lakes: 

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  • Howe Sound: This dramatic fjord offers stunning scenery with towering mountains, waterfalls, and glaciers. Explore secluded coves like Anvil Cove or Indian Arm Provincial Park for a truly intimate ceremony.
  • Gulf Islands: This archipelago boasts a variety of islands, each with its own unique charm. Cruise through the calm waters and discover hidden coves on Salt Spring Island, Mayne Island, or Pender Island.

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  • Harrison Lake: This glacial lake nestled in the Coast Mountains offers a serene and picturesque setting. Cruise to long Island for a secluded ceremony or explore the Rainbow Falls for a dramatic backdrop.
  • Pitt Lake: This vast lake offers stunning mountain views and a sense of tranquillity. Cruise towards the western end to discover hidden coves and secluded beaches, perfect for an intimate elopement.


Remember: Always check tide tables (for saltwater locations) and weather conditions before heading out. Be respectful of local marine life and adhere to any regulations regarding access to specific areas.

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Considerations for Your Elopement Boat Rental:

  • Guest Capacity: Ensure the boat can comfortably accommodate your photographer (and officiant, if needed). Remember, comfort is key for capturing those perfect elopement moments.
  • Covered Boat: You may want to consider a boat that has a cabin as boats can be windy and cold.
  • Duration: Decide how long you’d like to be on the water, and factor in ceremony time, desired locations, and photography opportunities.

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  • Permits: Certain locations may require photography permits. Discuss this with the boat rental company and photographer to ensure everything is in order.
  • Weather: Be prepared for all weather conditions. The ocean can be unpredictable, so pack layers and have a backup plan in case of rain.

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Pro-Tips for Your Elopement at Sea:

  • Sunrise or Sunset: Consider a sunrise or sunset ceremony for the most magical lighting.
  • Dress for the Occasion: While you can ditch the traditional gown and tuxedo, choose attire that photographs well and is comfortable for movement on the boat.
  • Pack Smart: Bring essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and seasickness medication if necessary.
  • Communicate with Your Photographer: Discuss your vision for the elopement and let them know of any specific locations you desire.

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Beyond the Ceremony:

  • Explore Hidden Coves: Many boat rentals allow you to explore secluded coves and islands, perfect for intimate vows or romantic picnics.
  • Go Whale Watching: Combine your elopement with a wildlife adventure! Imagine capturing your vows with a pod of orcas breaching in the background.

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By incorporating a boat rental into your elopement plans, you’re creating an unforgettable experience that celebrates your love story amidst the beauty of British Columbia’s coastline. With careful planning and the help of these resources, your elopement at sea will be as smooth sailing as your love.

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See some amazing locations we made it to using a boat.

Pursell Photography captures the raw emotions and breathtaking beauty of elopement adventures. Contact us today to discuss how we can capture the magic of your elopement.

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