Fun Fact that you may not have known: I AM A CANADIAN living in Australia! As such, I wanted to provide you with a list of some of the most popular Canadian elopement destinations from the West Coast to Atlantic Canada.
1. Tofino, British Columbia
Number 1 on my list of Canadian elopement destinations for a good reason…
“Tofino is situated within the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, at the heart of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region.
Tofino is a small coastal village at the western edge of Vancouver Island. Our community is diverse, but united in our determination to protect the awe-inspiring natural and cultural environments that surround us. After all, everything in Tofino is connected: from the kelp in the Pacific Ocean, to the black bears of the rainforest, to the people who call this place home. This is how we thrive. There’s an energy to Tofino, something you can’t quite shake once you’ve experienced it. If you’re like us, we think you’ll love it.” (TourismTofino)
2. Canadian Rockies, British Columbia
Canadian elopement destination for couples who love to hike.
“The Canadian Rockies are legendary, thanks to its offering alpine lakes, glaciers and waterfalls, mountain goats clinging to craggy cliffs, and herds of elk roaming wildflower meadows.
Spanning British Columbia and Alberta, this range (considered one of the largest in North America) is a top place for hiking, climbing, wildlife safaris, skiing, and backcountry adventures. Take a road trip or whitewater rafting tour, camp, or stay at a luxe alpine lodge.” (HelloBC)
3. Lake Louise, Alberta
One of the most iconic Canadian elopement destinations.
“Lake Louise is world famous for its turquoise lakes, the Victoria Glacier, soaring mountain backdrop, palatial hotel, and incredible hiking and skiing. Surrounded by a lifetime’s worth of jaw-dropping sights and adventures, Lake Louise is a rare place that must be experienced to be believed.” (Source)
4. Banff National Park, Alberta
“Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, a picture-perfect mountain town and village, abundant wildlife and scenic drives come together in Banff National Park – Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the nation’s park system. Over three million visitors a year make the pilgrimage to the park for a variety of activities including hiking, biking, skiing and camping in some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.” (Source)
5. Jasper, Alberta
“With jagged snow-capped peaks, colossal glacial icefields, teal-streaked lakes and flowering alpine meadows, Jasper’s legendary scenery has to be seen to be believed. Explore rugged backcountry via the extensive hiking and biking trail network, taking time to observe abundant wildlife along the way, including bears, elk, caribou and bighorn sheep. The laidback town of Jasper is filled with all the urban amenities you could want and boasts easy access to countless adventure activities that will launch you headfirst into the park’s expansive and remarkably well-preserved wilderness.” (Source)
6. Pop Up Chapel – Toronto, Ontario
A perfect winter city Canadian elopement destination.
“If you’re looking for a simple way to tie the knot, The Pop-Up Chapel Co. is the perfect match! Our Pop-Up Chapels™ pair with an existing charity and some of the city’s best vendors to give you a one-of-a-kind wedding experience. As the originators of this revolutionary concept, we’re raising money for charities and changing the way people get married.” (PopUpChapel)
7. Point Pelee National Park, Ontario
“At the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland – Point Pelee National Park, experience nature like never before. Each spring, view flocks of migratory birds, joined in autumn by waves of vivid Monarch butterflies. In winter, wander the trails in solitude and catch the natural ice formations. In summer, bask on sandy beaches. Whether you cycle, paddle, or hike Canada’s second smallest and most ecologically diverse national park, you’ll be immersed in an unforgettable eco-adventure.” (Source)
8. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
“Algonquin, the first provincial park in Ontario, protects a variety of natural, cultural, and recreational features and values. As one of the largest provincial parks, Algonquin is diverse and offers something for nearly everyone.” (Source)
When people think of places to elope, their first thought is not usually Quebec. But there are SO many wonderful locations one can elope in Quebec, in all seasons. You can get married in a castle made of stone or ice, in cobbled city streets surrounded by stunning architecture or in the midst of breathtaking nature views.
9. Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
“Experience the world’s highest tides – not to mention pristine forests, deluxe campgrounds and a taste of Atlantic Canada culture – at Fundy National Park. Paddle in a kayak as the waters rise up to 12 m or more. Walk the otherworldly ocean floor at low tide. Or venture inland where trails lead to waterfalls deep in Acadian forests. With unique camping options and even regular music performances, Fundy is a Maritime treasure.” (Source)
10. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
“As you hug the world-famous Cabot Trail coastline you’ll wind through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where lush, forested river canyons carve into the ancient plateau, edged by rust-coloured cliffs.
Keep your eyes open for moose and bald eagles. You might even catch a minke or pilot whale breaking waves in the Atlantic, or Gulf of St. Lawrence. And you’re never far from a steaming plate of local lobster fresh from the ocean around you.” (Source)
11. Prince Edward Island National Park
“Gentle surf strokes sandy beaches alongside red cliffs and wind-sculpted dunes. Cycle a seashore path, savour a picnic by a lighthouse and spot heron wading in coastal bays. Hike woodlands and overlook ponds watching for red fox, waterfowl and warblers, then head to one of many beaches to build spectacular sandcastles. At sunset, roast marshmallows over a campfire listening to tales and songs – Prince Edward Island National Park is a giant playground for kids of all ages.” (Source)
12. Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland & Labrador
“Soaring fjords and moody mountains tower above a diverse panorama of beaches and bogs, forests and barren cliffs. Shaped by colliding continents and grinding glaciers, Gros Morne’s ancient landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander coastal pathways and beachcomb among sea stacks. Cruise the dramatic, sheer-walled gorge of Western Brook Pond. Spot moose and caribou. Hike to alpine highlands where Arctic hare and ptarmigan thrive on tundra, and explore the colourful culture of nearby seaside communities.” (Source)
13. Kluane National Park & Reserve, Yukon
“Kluane – high in the mountains of southwest Yukon – is a land of extremes. The park is home to Canada’s highest peak (5,959-metre Mount Logan), its largest ice field and North America’s most genetically diverse grizzly population. Travellers from around the world come to traverse alpine passes on backcountry odysseys and raft past calving glaciers. With exceptional day hikes and highway-side scenery, Kluane awes from every angle.” (Source)
14. Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
“Riding Mountain is home to a staggering diversity of living things. The windswept grasslands and deep, silent forests, of secretive wolf packs, of orchids and lilies, of lakes and wetlands singing with life. Riding Mountain National Park is in Treaty 2 Territory, where we work with Anishinabe, First Nations from treaties 2, 4, and 1. We honour, acknowledge, and recognize Indigenous contributions to the park, the province, and Canada.” (Source)
15. Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
“Experience the solitude of the wide-open plain as the prairie wind ripples a sea of grasses beneath the clear blue sky. Ride a traditional wagon, sit before a crackling campfire or spend the night beneath a canopy of brilliant stars. Travel back in time as you gaze at dinosaur bones, wander past tipi rings and catch a glimpse of a prairie homestead on the distant horizon.” (Source)
I hope this list of Canadian elopement destinations was helpful in giving you an idea of where you may want to elope. If you need any advice or someone who has been there to give you some guidance, get in touch! I’d love to help you make your dream day a reality.