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Destination | Canada

With Canada's majestic mountain peaks, pristine lakes, incredible wildlife, hot springs, massive glaciers, untouched islands, Native American culture, historic castles, luxury hotels and cosmopolitan cities, a Canadian wedding has an amazing array of options to offer for your destination wedding.

Boasting a truly unique combination of European elegance, rugged natural beauty, and multi-cultural diversity, a wedding in "Oh, Canada" provides Americans an international wedding destination without costly and time-consuming travel issues. Plus, Canadians are known the world over for their friendliness, their impeccable manners, charm and even temperaments, making a Canadian wedding a "no-stress" affair.

A bit about Canada

"Ohhhhhh, Canada!" historic castles, native American culture, wildlife, many islands, rugged high peaks, pristine lakes, hot springs, glaciers, luxury hotels, European cities and Niagara Falls. Canada is definitely worth singing about and one of the best kept secrets. Any couple looking for an international destination that isn't too distant, foreign or costly, but that offers a choice of European elegance, rugged natural beauty, and diverse culture, should consider Canada.

In addition to the laundry list of reasons to choose Canada I add that I have never met a Canadian I did not like. They seem a little less cynical and a lot friendlier than many nationalities.

Did you know, that in addition to English and French, which is spoken primarily in Quebec and some of the Atlantic Provinces, there are also 53 native languages still spoken in Canada? Remarkable, and did you know there are approximately 150 castles in Canada?

Learn more about them by going to

  • http://www.canadacastle.hpg.ig.com.
    Or read Castles of the North: Canada's Grand Hotels

  • www.lynximages.com/castlesmain.htm
    Many of the castles have been converted into elegant hotels many owned by the Fairmont Hotel Family www.fairmont.com.

If you do choose Canada as your wedding destination, you will want to plan on having it between May and October if you want an outdoor wedding unless, of course, you want a winter wedding.

Canadian Rockies

Of course, you must start your day with pancakes and maple syrup in Banff , Lake Louise or Jasper- but then head out to the Icefields Parkway , one of the most scenic drives on Earth.  Tumbling glaciers, lacy waterfalls, meadows, saddles, cirques and tarns- this drive alone comes with its own peculiar alpine language.  You'll learn these terms at the Columbia Icefields Centre, located at the toe of North America's most accessible "living" glacier, the Athabasca .  A specially designed all-terrain coach, the Ice Explorer, takes you on a guided tour up the glacier's belly as it slowly and imperceptibly recedes into history. Snow that fell thousands of years ago crunches beneath your feet, at times 300m (984 ft) thick.  You'll se miles of snowy icefields, recessional moraines, a few of its 30,000 crevasses and the dramatic effects of global warming.  There are also numerous easy hikes you can take at the toe of this glacier but a guided tour on the Ice Explorer is the most popular, and unusual.

Design Ideas

Canada is rich in culture and natural resources which inspire any number of themes. You could draw inspiration from Celtic, French, or Native American culture, the environment or the adventure of the pioneers or the dare devils that took the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel! Take a leap of faith as they did and celebrate it with fun decor arranged in wine or beer barrels of varying sizes. Set the pace with French-Canadian folk music sometimes referred to as Acadian music or the beat of a Native American drum.

There is no shortage to delectable local dishes such as beef jerky, smoked or planked salmon which is cooked on a cedar shingle or Rapee Pie which is an Acadian dish made of chicken and potatoes. If you are little more adventurous you can incorporate a taste of caribou, venison or bison. Then wash it all down with some of the best beer in the world.

If you want to design an indigenous bouquet you have a lot to work with including: wild roses, dogwood, mayflowers, artic poppies, ladies slippers and violets.

Ammolite, is a gem that is only found in Alberta. It is an amazing stone which resembles black opal in the sense that the colors of the gems change with the angle of the light. It comes in a variety of colors including yellows, orange, and red. Blue is the rarest. It is a stunning stone that should be incorporated somehow into a Canadian wedding perhaps as cuff links for the groom or a piece of jewelry that the bride wears.

Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail

The Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail is a detour off the Southern Scenic Route, which runs between Dunedin and Te Anau. The trail is a series of walks and places of interest linked by easy drives. You need to allow at least five hours to visit all the places of interest and complete all the walks.

If you follow the trail from north to south, you'll begin at Niagara Falls - a very short waterfall, named by a surveyor with a keen sense of humour. The next place of interest is a concrete horse trough, used by early horse teams. At Waikawa there's a museum displaying photographs and memorabilia from the area. Opposite is the former St Mary's Anglican Church. From the wharf there is a twenty minute walk along the beach on what was once a coach road.

Porpoise Bay is the next stop - home to the rare Hector's dolphin. Nearby is Curio Bay, a world renowned fossil forest best viewed at low tide. Travel on to Waipohatu, a forest area with picnic sites and walks, before you venture onto Slope Point, the most southerly point of the South Island.

Return to the main road and the Tararua Acre, situated 300 metres from the road. This is the burial site of casualties from the wreck of the SS Tararua, which ran aground on 24 April 1881.

Your final port of call is Fortrose, where there is a blacksmith's shop and the area's oldest European cemetery.

Canada Travel Info

  • Climate: 
    Weather conditions range from the extreme cold of the Arctic regions to the moderate temperatures of more southerly latitudes. The Maritime provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) are marked by considerable fog and precipitation. Canada's climate is marked by wide regional variations. For specific information, see the individual provinces.
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  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • International calling code:  +1

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