• By: OLM Staff

Best of Ottawa 2020: Wedding Venues

??After over 20-years writing about life in Ottawa, we think we have a pretty good idea of the best of what this city has to offer. In this weekly series, we share our picks with you — our top hotels, live music venues, local brews, bands and more. Check, share and discuss #OLMBest every week!

Le Belvedere — 40 chemin des sentiers, Wakefield

Set high on a cliff with beautiful views of the Gatineau hills, Le Belvedere is quintessential luxury wrapped in birch bark with a sprinkling of pine needles. The natural beauty is enhanced by the state-of-the-art facility and the incredible dining experience from the in-house chef who's mantar is farm to fork. Le Belevedere offers on-site event night accomodations for up to eight in their guesthouse. 

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Stonefields Estate — 1985 9th Line, Carleton Place

This gorgeous 12-acre estate west of Ottawa is an idyllic setting for any wedding. The lovingly restored buildings and reclaimed barn add a chic French-country feel to any event while the Stonefields Estate's culinary team will ensure an unforgetable dining experience. Every wedding includes a stay for up to eight guest at the Estate's beautiful farmhouse.

Photo: Stonefield Estate

Billings Estate Grounds — 2100 Cabot Street

Aside from being a little gem of a museum, the Billings Estate is a beautiful spot to get married. Located in Ottawa's Alta Vista neighbourhood, the 200-year-old home's manicured grounds accomated up to 150 wedding guests. The venue's tent lends a relaxed and charming feel to the event.

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Fairmont Chateau Laurier ­1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Any bride will feel like a princess when her big day is celebrated at this French-style chateau in the heart of downtown Ottawa. The Chateau Laurier has rooms to accomodate weddings with up to 400 guest while their culinary team has banquet menus to sastify everyone's needs.

Photo: Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Jabulani Vineyard and Winery — 8005 Jock Trail, Richmond

Jabulani planted their first vines in 2007 and now produce eight different grape varieties on their 11 acre vineyard. The beautiful setting has different spots on the property for couples to hold their ceremony: chosen between the edge of the pond, within the old orchard, or the most popular, in the crush pad. Jabulani Vineyard can accomodate 180 people for an indoor event or 100 people outside on the tasting patio. 

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Lago Bar & Grill 1001 Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Ottawa

Nestled between Ottawa’s little Italy and Botanical Garden, Largo Bar & Grill offers an eloquent and spacious waterfront venue that is sure to impress. The Vista Room can hold up to 220 guests for cocktails and 130 dining guests. If you happen to have a bigger guest list, the restaurant venue might just be your cup of tea, as it holds up to 440 cocktail guests and 250 dining guests. 

Photo: Lago Bar & Grill

 Infinity Convention Centre — 2901 Gibford Drive, Gloucester

The Infinity Convention Centre offers a vibrant and romantic space for couples to enjoy their wedding day. Apart from its elegant and modern interior, Infinity has an open concept ballroom allowing every guest to observe the wedding ceremony without obstructions. Infinity is the perfect fit for those with large extended families as it accomodates up to 1200 guests. 

Photo: Infinity Convention Centre

The Keg Manor — 529 Richmond Rd, Ottawa

Situated within the historical walled gardens of Maplelawn (a National Historic Site), The Keg Manor is a restaurant that holds wedding receptions for groups of up to 120. The venue is perfect for those looking to experience an intimate wedding ceremony with friends and family. The Manor's architecture and beautiful gardens are an added bonus, guaranteeing superb photos.

Photo: Heritage Ottawa

The Canadian Museum of Nature — 240 McLeod St, Ottawa

Built in the Scotish Baronial style, the Canadian Museum of Nature,  with its modern glass "lantern", is a beautiful wedding venue. Located on the southern tip of Ottawa’s golden triangle, the Museum of Nature's majestic interior once served as the temporary home of the House of Commons. The museum can accommodate anywhere from 80 to150 guests.

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The Marshes Golf Club — 320 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata

With breathtaking views of the golf green and the distant Gatineau Hills, The Marshes' clubhouse is a wonderful setting for weddings of up to 150 people. Each wedding package includes a nights stay for the bride and groom at Kanata's Brookstreet Hotel and free shuttle service to the hotel for guests. 

Photo: The Marshes Golf Club