Where Weddings Marry with Culture in BC

These six destinations offer wedding experiences that include all of the important touches couples seek with the added benefit of Indigenous culture to seal the bond with soulfulness and grace.

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Image Credit: Gadbois Photography at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler

For most couples who want to get married in British Columbia, the ideal location for a wedding is one that features nature as a primary component. 

At an Indigenous-owned venue, nuptials are certain to be grounded in an environment with strong ties to Indigenous cultures and the land. Indigenous tourism operators in BC offer wedding experiences, catering services, accommodation, and spa treatments–all of the important touches couples seek when planning. With the added benefit of Indigenous cultural sharing to seal the bond with balance and connection between nature and relationships.

When we love a place, we marry the earth. Many of us have favourite places in nature– particular lakes, ocean vistas, and forests that capture us or are significant to our partnerships and families. Your location wedding is on Indigenous land. Indigenous Peoples are the original celebrants on the land.  To marry in a good way on the land, learn more about Indigenous wedding hosts in your favourite places.

Please note: not all options listed are open year-round.

Photo Credit: Gadbois Photography at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler

? Whistler
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

The marriage of two coastal communities who have existed harmoniously in the Whistler area for many generations is celebrated in this exceptional facility. A showcase of art and culture, the
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) provides outstanding venue spaces, including a longhouse that fits up to 80 people for traditional ceremonies. Two large reception halls offer views of the location’s majestic alpine surroundings and the SLCC’s patio provides room to laugh, mingle, and rejoice while Blackcomb Mountain peers down from above.

Quaaout Lodge: Christi Mickelson Photography [Decor Styling and Wedding Planning by: Wild Sage Events]

? Chase
Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort
If a wedding by the water is what you seek,
Quaaout Lodge should be on your list to check out. The lodge is located about an hour’s drive from Kamloops and sits along Little Shuswap Lake. Your lakefront wedding can be large or small, featuring dramatic scenery within the East Kootenay mountain range, and the opportunity to indulge in golf and spa outings for you and your guests. The lodge is in the territory of the Secwepemc Nation and is owned by the Little Shuswap Indian Band, which has established a reputation for providing quality hospitality experiences for visitors to this exquisite part of British Columbia.

Bill Reid Gallery | Credit: Sama Jim Canzian

? Vancouver
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver

Located in downtown Vancouver, this public gallery is named after acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid and is available for event rental during non-gallery hours. This is an ideal urban space for your intimate wedding ceremony, cocktail party, or reception–with several spaces available, including an outdoor pavilion for small outdoor ceremonies. Gallery staff make it easy and are ready to help you with onsite catering services and planning. Host your matrimonial merriment amid spectacular sculptures, jewelry and a totem pole by James Hart of Haida Gwaii–guides and exclusive gift shop access are available to guests of your event.

Big Bar Guest Ranch

? Clinton
Big Bar Guest Ranch
Looking for a laid back ranch wedding? Big Bar Guest Ranch, owned by Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation is the ideal place for a unique wedding ceremony. With a variety of onsite accommodation options for families and large crews, a wedding at the ranch allows you to leave it all behind without giving anything up. Staff eagerly works with guests to customize your menu, arrange special touches, and organize land-based activities for your party, including horseriding and fireside receptions.  A Justice of the Peace is available from Clinton for your elaborate or simple ceremony. Rolling sage-covered hills and starry skies are the backdrop for your most memorable day.

Tin Wis Resort

? Tofino
Tin Wis Resort, Tofino
Owned by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, this wedding venue offers exclusive coastal views, gorgeous accommodations, and tailored event services all year long. Choose an intimate beach wedding with surf and sand to witness your vows, or call on staff to help you select on of the many event spaces available onsite. A storm watcher’s paradise in the fall and winter months and a surfer’s paradise at all other times, Tin Wis has endless possibilities for a wedding in any season. Gourmet catering is available and there is plenty of room for your extended families, out-of-town guests, and animal attendants. Raise a glass to the happy couple from the west coast of Vancouver Island as you enjoy sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

St Eugene Resort

? Cranbrook
St. Eugene Golf, Resort & Casino
Want a fairytale wedding in spring or summer? St. Eugene, set amid the Rocky Mountains and Purcell Mountains, is a fine choice for a magical beginning. The 300-acre resort stands on the shores of the St. Mary River and features a championship golf course. Couples with plans for a large wedding will be particularly drawn to St. Eugene, which has 125 guestrooms and suites, an on-site casino to keep guests entertained, and a spa for pre-wedding facials and treatments. Hiking trails and a heated outdoor pool are other attractions that will appeal. Owned by the Ktunaxa Nation, St. Eugene is an incredible success story that draws travellers from Alerta, British Columbia and beyond.

Wya Point

Wya Point Resort
If an intimate beach wedding is for you, head to Wya Point. Picture yourself saying your vows while standing on the shores of the Pacific Ocean with the sun on the horizon and your closest family and friends witnessing this momentous occasion in life. Wya Point, known for its luxury yurts and sophisticated suites adjacent to Pacific Rim National Park, provides a variety of accommodations as well as the opportunity for a dream getaway to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Owned and operated by the Ucluelet First Nation, Wya Point is a star on the Pacific, sitting among towering Sitka spruce and Douglas fir trees that have been living together beautifully for centuries. It is indeed a place for forging unbreakable bonds.

POSTED BY: Indigenous Tourism British Columbia