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Where to elope in Ontario

Updated: Jan 29


Ontario is such a diverse province!


If you’re thinking of eloping in Ontario you’ll have no shortage of unique and stunning places to choose from.


Ontario often gets overlooked as a beautiful province, being flanked on either side by the epic scenery of the East and West coasts, but honestly, this province is special. It has everything from stunning national parks with lush green forests and wildlife, to one of the most diverse major cities in the world. Canada’s capital city is here and it’s also home to the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth!


Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking about possible outdoor locations to say your vows and create your ideal scenic wedding day from.


  • Algonquin Park is one of the most stunning places on earth, and we are lucky to be the home of this diverse landscape that is so quintessentially Canadian. From the wildlife to the lush interior filled with rocky ledges, many lakes and mossy trails, there are no shortage of places to explore. With a large majority of the area only available by foot or by boat, it's also an ideal place for an intimate and eco friendly elopement ceremony.

  • If you’re looking for dramatic cliffs, epic views and pristine beaches, you can’t go wrong with Bruce Peninsula National Park near Tobermory in southern Ontario.

  • The Muskoka region, dubbed Ontario’s ‘cottage country’ with it’s clear lakes and rugged landscape, can provide nearly any activity you can dream of.

  • Toronto is a great choice if you’re looking for dramatic cityscapes and gritty appeal or if you’re picturing a more urban adventure. Toronto island is another fantastic location, with Centreville amusement park and great views of the Toronto skyline.

  • The capital city of Ottawa makes a great cultural and historical choice with areas like Parliament Hill, Rideau canal, national museums, and all the outdoor activities available along the city’s waterfront.

  • 1000 islands is a region that provides endless accessible and pristine shorelines, rich history and has a unique culture, situated along the peaceful northern U.S-Canada border.

  • Prince Edward County is an island community named the ‘gastronomic capital of Ontario, and has everything from food adventures and amazing wineries, to sandy beaches and towering limestone cliffs.

  • The Niagara region is chock full of unique areas to explore such as Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake and let’s not forget, the many fabulous wineries to discover.

  • If the classics are your thing, check out the city of Stratford, Ontario, home to the annual Shakespearean Stratford Festival.

  • Long point Provincial park’s 40 km long sandpit is a designated World Biosphere Reserve and the area is one of Ontario’s top spots for birding and fishing and has gorgeous sandy beaches along the warm waters of Lake Erie.

  • Hamilton, known as the ‘City of Waterfalls’ is located along the Niagara Escarpment and is home to the largest stretch of the Bruce Trail that winds its way along the forested ridge. Along the trail and throughout the city you’ll find plenty of conservation areas and waterfalls, as well as the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens and the very unique Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Wherever you choose to make your commitment and however you decide to spend your wedding day, you can’t go wrong when you choose to make it an authentic reflection of what’s important to you both.

Phew!….I guess that was my little love letter to Ontario.

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