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Beach Waterfront and Water View Wedding Venues Vancouver Area

As a wedding and elopement photographer at Pursell Photography, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing some of the most beautiful moments at various beach, waterfront and water-view wedding venues around Vancouver, BC, and the Lower Mainland. Here are some of the best venues in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia:

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Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

Located at 138 Victory Ship Way in North Vancouver, the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier offers a stunning waterfront view that adds a touch of elegance and romance to any wedding ceremony. The venue’s Pacific Ballroom provides floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the beautiful Burrard Inlet and the Vancouver skyline, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your special day. The venue also offers a variety of customizable wedding packages to suit your needs. 
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The Lodge on Harrison Lake

Nestled on the shores of the stunning Harrison Lake, The Lodge offers a serene and picturesque setting for a wedding. The venue’s beachfront location provides a beautiful backdrop for both the ceremony and reception. The Lodge also offers a variety of wedding packages, including options for a beachfront ceremony, a tent reception overlooking the mountain landscape, and accommodations for your guests.

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UBC Boathouse

Located on the banks of the Fraser River, the UBC Boathouse offers a unique setting for a wedding. The venue’s floating dock provides a serene backdrop for your ceremony, while the John M.S. Lecky Pavilion offers a modern, open-concept space for your reception. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the river and the North Shore mountains, creating a stunning setting for your special day.

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Beach House Restaurant

Situated on the shores of West Vancouver, the Beach House Restaurant offers a beautiful waterfront view, making it a perfect choice for a beach wedding. The venue’s Seaside Provisions offers a private dining space with a beachfront patio, providing a stunning setting for both your ceremony and reception. The venue’s culinary team can also create a custom menu for your wedding, featuring fresh, local ingredients.
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Fairmont Waterfront

Located on Vancouver’s stunning harbour, the Fairmont Waterfront offers a luxurious experience for couples and their guests. The venue’s rooftop garden provides a beautiful outdoor space for your ceremony, while their elegant ballrooms offer a sophisticated setting for your reception. The venue also offers a variety of wedding packages, including options for a custom menu, floral arrangements, and accommodations for your guests.

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Stanley Park Teahouse

Nestled in the heart of Stanley Park, the Teahouse offers a serene and picturesque setting for a wedding. The venue’s location provides a beautiful backdrop for both the ceremony and reception, with the lush green forest surrounding the area and the sun adding a glow to the photos. The Teahouse is a popular location for elopements and small weddings, with the solarium being a hidden gem for exchanging vows and hosting intimate lunches. The large windows allow for plenty of light, and even on a day when the clouds threaten rain, the Stanley Park Teahouse provides the perfect backdrop. The venue is also known for its stunning views, with one of Vancouver’s best views in the background: Ferguson Point. Also, see some of the best places in Stanley Park.

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Sea to Sky Gondola

Located just south of Squamish, British Columbia, the Sea to Sky Gondola offers a unique and breathtaking experience for couples looking to tie the knot. The gondola ride up to the summit provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, the majestic coastal forest, and surrounding mountains, making it a journey like no other.

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Waterview Special Event Space

Waterview Special Event Space is a premier venue in Vancouver, offering dynamic views of False Creek, Granville Island, and the surrounding cityscapes. The venue is known for its contemporary interior design and open aesthetic. It can accommodate up to 255 guests for a standing cocktail reception or 220 for a seated event. The venue’s location in downtown Vancouver is unparalleled, and it is recognized for its exclusive internationally acclaimed caterer, Culinary Capers.

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Tap & Barrel – Bridges on Granville Island

Bridges is a unique dining experience located on Granville Island. It offers waterfront dining and breathtaking views of False Creek and downtown Vancouver. Bridges is the flagship location and test kitchen for the Tap & Barrel Group’s culinary development program. The restaurant is known for its year-round heated patio & upper balcony and proximity to everything on Granville Island. Bridges is not only a place for great food and drinks but is also well known for supporting local purveyors, artists, and artisans.

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Polygon Gallery

located at 101 Carrie Cates Court in North Vancouver, is a unique wedding venue that combines modern architecture with stunning views of the city skyline and Burrard Inlet. The venue can accommodate a range of wedding sizes, from 20 to 180 for seated dinners, and up to 600 guests for stand-up receptions. The cost of hosting a wedding at the Polygon Gallery is $7250 for Saturdays – Mondays and $6250 for weekdays.

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Lift Bar Grill View

Nestled in the picturesque Coal Harbour, Lift Bar Grill View offers a quintessential Vancouver dining experience with its breathtaking waterfront views and sophisticated atmosphere. This modern West Coast marine bistro is a treasure among the city’s dining venues, boasting a two-level terrace that provides guests with panoramic vistas of the water, the North Shore Mountains, and the Vancouver skyline.   
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Rowena’s Inn on the River

Located in Harrison Mills, BC, Rowena’s Inn on the River is a charming venue that offers a romantic and sophisticated setting for weddings. Nestled on a 160-acre estate, the venue features a beautiful golf course, multiple luxury cabins for guests, and a full-service reception space that can accommodate up to 150 guests. The venue offers several ceremony sites, including a wooded area, a spot overlooking the river, and a location in front of the Inn itself. The cost of hosting a wedding at Rowena’s Inn varies, with comprehensive wedding packages available to suit different needs and budgets.

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Brockhouse

Situated on the edge of Jericho Beach, Brockhouse is a heritage mansion that offers a unique blend of elegance and natural beauty. Known for its breathtaking sunset views, Brockhouse is often listed as one of the best places to get married in Vancouver. The venue offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing you to have a beachfront ceremony followed by a reception in their elegant ballroom. The venue’s experienced event team can help you plan every detail of your wedding, from the menu to the décor.

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Harrison Hot Springs Resort

Harrison Hot Springs Resort, nestled in a garden setting with stunning views of the Coast Mountains and Harrison Lake, offers a touch of rustic romance for weddings. Located in the village of Harrison Hot Springs on the southern shore of Harrison Lake, the resort provides everything that a destination wedding requires, from rehearsal dinner to hair and makeup in the Healing Springs Spa. The resort offers exceptional catering and distinctive indoor and outdoor venues, including the Forum Ballroom for a classic reception and the Conference Center for a grand gala overlooking the lake. The current cost for a ceremony is included in the wedding package.
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Fraser River Lodge

Fraser River Lodge, situated in the idyllic valley with a waterfront view and boasting of 18 acres, offers a wildly romantic and luxurious resort for weddings. The lodge offers four different ceremony sites and can host anywhere from 2-200 guests. The venue offers a fully licensed bar and a top-notch Chef who plans carefully curated menus, customizable to your liking and dietary requirements. The venue also offers various wedding sites to accommodate different guest numbers and preferences, including an outdoor field with a beautiful backdrop featuring a raging river, wild bison, and a wildflower meadow, and an indoor ceremony site in the wedding hall with spectacular river and mountain views. 

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Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club is a premier wedding venue that offers a unique and stunning setting for your special day. With two branches, the West Vancouver Yacht Club and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, you have a choice of picturesque waterfront locations that add a touch of elegance and romance to any wedding ceremony.
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Science World at TELUS World of Science

Science World at TELUS World of Science in Vancouver is a unique and picturesque venue for weddings, offering stunning views of the city’s natural beauty, including the iconic False Creek. The Rooftop Garden provides an exquisite setting for ceremonies and receptions, overlooking the picturesque shores of False Creek and offering visitors stunning views of Vancouver’s skyline and surrounding beauty. With a focus on safety and interactive exhibits, it creates a memorable experience for guests of all ages. The venue’s versatility and personalized approach make it a standout choice for couples looking to create an extraordinary and distinctive wedding celebration.
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Popular parks in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for elopement and wedding photos

Vancouver and the Lower Mainland are home to a variety of parks that feature stunning bodies of water, making them popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. These parks offer a unique blend of urban convenience and natural beauty, providing a tranquil escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. *** See the best parks around Vancouver for wedding photos.


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Ferguson Point

Located in Stanley Park, Ferguson Point is a popular spot for wedding and elopement photos. The location offers stunning views of the ocean and mountains, providing a beautiful backdrop for any ceremony or photo shoot. Couples have been known to gather in the woods for their wedding, inviting their families to join them. This is part of Vancouver’s official outdoor parks for small weddings.


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Third Beach

Also in Stanley Park, Third Beach is an excellent location for intimate wedding ceremonies and photos. The beach setting offers a unique and beautiful backdrop for couples. It has been used for several beautiful elopements and weddings.

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Iona Beach

Iona Beach is a favourite for many couples, offering beautiful scenery away from any crowds and distractions. It has been the site of several intimate wedding ceremonies and photo shoots. The beach and nearby grass fields provide a perfect setting for wedding photos.

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Harrison Lake

Harrison Lake offers a stunning waterfront and mountainous backdrop for wedding photos. The tranquil beach on the lake has been used for intimate beach elopements, combining the serene beauty of a beach surrounded by mountains.

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Golden Ears Park

is a favourite location for many couples due to its stunning natural scenery. The park has been used for several elopement weddings and engagement shoots, with Alouette Lake being a particularly popular spot. The park offers a variety of settings, from lush forests to mountain-filled skylines, making it an ideal location for capturing a range of wedding photos.

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Whytecliff Park

is another popular location for intimate weddings and elopements. The park offers stunning views of the ocean and mountains, providing a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos. Couples have held their ceremonies at the park, taking advantage of the natural beauty and tranquillity of the location.

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Crescent Beach

has been used for intimate beach weddings and elopements. The beach offers a beautiful setting for wedding photos, with the ocean providing a unique and stunning backdrop. Couples have been known to hold their ceremonies right on the beach, taking advantage of the beautiful, sunny weather and the intimate setting.

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Porteau Cove

is located between Vancouver and Squamish and is known for its breathtaking views over Howe Sound. The park offers a beautiful setting for wedding photos, with the mountains and the sea providing a unique and stunning backdrop. Couples have held intimate ceremonies and photo shoots at the park, taking advantage of the natural beauty and tranquillity of the location. The park is also known for its gorgeous sunset views, making it an ideal location for capturing a range of wedding photos.

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Pitt Lake

is one of the largest lakes in the Lower Mainland and one of only a few tidal lakes in the world. The lake offers a variety of settings for wedding photos, including mountain backdrops, waterfalls, marshy grasslands, forests of trees, and beaches. The lake is also known for its easy access to wetlands, providing a unique setting for wedding photos. Couples have held intimate ceremonies and photo shoots at the lake, taking advantage of the natural beauty and tranquillity of the location. The lake is also a popular location for helicopter elopements, providing a unique and adventurous setting for wedding photos.

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Barnet Marine Park

Barnet Marine Park is a picturesque location in Burnaby, British Columbia, offering a stunning waterfront backdrop for wedding ceremonies and photo shoots. The park features a combination of beach areas, grass fields, and lush forests, making it an ideal setting for capturing a range of wedding photos. Couples can take advantage of the serene beauty of the park, with the ocean and mountain views providing a unique and romantic atmosphere for their special day.


Key Considerations for Choosing a Beach or Waterfront Wedding Venue in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland

Choosing a venue or park for a beach or waterfront wedding in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland requires careful consideration of several factors, especially if you’re interested in scenic views and photo opportunities. Here are some tips to guide your selection:

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  1. Scenic Views: Look for venues that offer breathtaking views of the water, mountains, or cityscape. These could include locations like the Fairmont Pacific Rim, which offers views of Vancouver’s harbour and the North Shore Mountains, or the Beach House Restaurant in West Vancouver, which is situated on the water’s edge.
  2. Photo Opportunities: Consider the potential for beautiful wedding photos. A venue that is naturally beautiful and impressive without needing much decoration can enhance your wedding photos. Look for venues with a variety of backdrops for photos, such as gardens, architectural features, or unique landscapes.
  3. Lighting: Good natural light is crucial for high-quality photos. The area where the bride and groom are getting ready should have rich natural light coming in. Also, consider the lighting during the ceremony and reception, especially if they are outdoors.
  4. Privacy: If you’re leaning toward an outdoor location, think about how private it is. Is there a possibility strangers could snoop in or watch from afar? This could be a big distraction for all your guests.
  5. Accessibility: Consider the accessibility of the venue for your guests. Is it close to the nearest airports? Are there hotels or other overnight accommodations close by? Is the venue relatively easy to navigate to, or is it totally off the beaten path? Is the site accessible for people with disabilities?
  6. Backup Plan: If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, ensure there’s a backup plan in case of bad weather. This could be an indoor space at the venue or a tent. What to do if it rains on your wedding
  7. Venue’s Capacity: The venue should be able to comfortably accommodate your guest list. Avoid choosing a venue that is too large for a smaller guest list, as it may make your wedding feel less intimate.
  8. Amenities: Consider factors such as catering options, parking availability, event coordination, and whether they provide tables, chairs, and linens. Don’t forget to think about the bathroom access too.
  9. Local Regulations: If your venue lacks sufficient grounds, consider checking out local parks and gardens to take your wedding photos. Make sure you do this well in advance of your wedding as many parks and gardens require a permit.

Remember, the perfect venue for your wedding will depend on your personal preferences and the overall theme of your wedding. It’s always a good idea to visit potential venues in person to get a feel for the space and envision how it would work for your event.

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Each of these venues offers a unique setting for a wedding, with stunning views of the water that create a romantic and serene atmosphere. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate ceremony or a large, grand celebration, these venues are sure to provide a memorable experience for you and your guests.

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Capture your photos

Ready to capture your special day in one of these stunning waterfront venues? As an experienced wedding and elopement photographer, I can help make your wedding memories last a lifetime. Contact me at Pursell Photography to discuss your vision and book a consultation. Let’s create beautiful moments together in the perfect setting for your love story.

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