You love the outdoors and you’re looking for a beautiful, elegant wedding venue that highlights this. With its rolling hills, numerous lakes and endless farmer’s fields, Kawartha Lakes is the perfect area to start your search. Kawartha Lakes is a region just 90 minutes northeast of Toronto and encompasses many smaller communities, each with their own charm. The Kawartha Lakes are perfect if you’re looking for a wedding venue not far from Toronto with a relaxing, cottage country feel. I’ve rounded up some gorgeous wedding venues that combine luxury with a rustic, outdoor feel.
South Pond Farms is located in the hills of Bethany and does a wonderful job of combining luxury with a relaxed, country feel. South Pond Farms features a restored century barn for your reception (mid-May to September), beautiful gardens and stunning fields. South Pond Farms is a full service venue which provides their own food, bar, florals and decorations and planning services. Included in the venue fee is use of the beautiful cottage for getting ready and for the couple to stay the night of.
Capacity: 120 guests
Century Barn Wedding venue is located on 100 rolling acres in Cavan, just an hour east of Toronto. Receptions are held at the fully restored barn with gorgeous chandeliers and twinkle lights. Country Barn Weddings allows the flexibility of having them take care of everything or leaving some things to you.
Capacity: 140 guests
Sir William MacKenzie Inn is located on 12 acres in Kirkfield, just east of Lake Simcoe. This property has many spaces to host your ceremony, including a post and beam outdoor chapel, a gorgeous cathedral of towering trees, or on the expansive lawns. The inn includes 12 guestrooms and all must be booked for Friday and Saturday nights. You and your guests will have the entire inn to yourselves for the entire weekend.
Capacity: 80 people indoors, up to 150 people outdoors under a marquee tent
If you’re looking for a place where you can make an entire weekend wedding take a look at Eganridge Resort. Eganridge Resort is located between Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls on the shores of Sturgeon Lake. You can have your ceremony under a maple tree by the lake and spend the entire weekend relaxing in one of the many cottages and suites. Eganridge combines luxury with a cottage feel and includes an on-site spa and golf course.
Viamede is a cottage and hotel resort on the north shore of Stoney Lake, about 90 minutes from Toronto. Come for the weekend and explore the 2000 feet of waterfront and 9km of hiking trails. Enjoy the kayaks, paddle boards and beaches in the summer, and the fireplaces, indoor pool and trails in the winter. Viamede takes care of everything for one price per person, but you do need to ensure 12 rooms in the main building are booked by your guests, with a two night minimum. Weddings are only booked outside of the prime summer months (not available between Canada Day and Labour Day weekends)
Capacity: 80-100 guests
There are so many wedding venues in the Kawartha Lakes that combine luxury with a cottage country feel close to the city. Get in touch and let’s start planning your dream day.