Here are the Top Places to Elope in Ontario:
01 A Private Island on Georgian Bay
There are 30,000 islands in Georgian Bay and many of them have cottages on them. So many of these cozy cottages can be rented on Airbnb and would be the perfect backdrop for your day. If renting a cottage is not for you there is also Beausoleil Island that is the largest island of Georgian Bay Islands National Park where there are day use areas as well as camping areas for both tents and o-tentiks, Parks Canada’s Yurts, where you can have a relaxed day right on the water.
My other favourite option is by far one of my favourites is heading to untouched islands with nothing but the majestic cliffs Canadian Shield, the crooked pine trees that inhabit the island and the serenity of Georgian Bay. These spaces are accessible by boat access only but you are in luck! We love to take couples out on the boat to these spots and your guaranteed to see more Beavers than people. The incredible rugged beauty of Georgian Bay is sure to take your breath away no matter where you go and make sure you plan for your day to stay out long enough to watch the sunset as the sunsets on Georgian Bay are like nothing else.
02 Airbnb's or Your Own Cottage
Dreaming of saying I do on the dock or along the water? Then a cottage could be perfect for you. There are so many great cottages in Georgian Bay, Muskoka, Kawarthas, Haliburton and beyond. The great thing about renting a cottage is you can narrow your search down based on how many loved ones will be joining you for your day or even staying the night! Some cottages can easily accommodate up to 25-30 and some are only meant for 2-4 people. You can totally make the day as relaxed as you want while at a cottage space.
Ontario’s oldest and one of the most popular provincial parks, Algonquin Provincial Park has 7,653 acres of pure wildness to explore to fit your adventurous elopement dreams. There are so many options in the park it literally can fit anything you have in mind! From a small intimate wedding at Bartlett Lodge, to saying I do at the incredible Barron Canyon, or even doing a portage trip to one of the many islands that dot the lakes of Algonquin. There is truly no limit when it comes to what you can do in Algonquin Provincial Park. If you love getting outside, hiking, canoeing, camping or so much more Algonquin could definitely be the place for you.
04 Killarney Provincial Park
Killarney is one of those spots many have not had the chance to visit as it feels just too far out of reach for a quick weekend trip, but is one of the reasons it is one of my favourite places in Ontario. Killarney is only home to 386 permanent residents but has so much to offer. From the beautiful Killarney Mountain Lodge, to a remote canoe trip or multi-day backing trip through the La Cloche Silhouette Trail or camping in a tent or yurt in beautiful Killarney Provincial Park. Home to the beautiful white quartzite mountains known as the La Cloche Mountains set the stage for some incredible photos and you don't have to leave the province to get mountains.
Oh beautiful Northern Ontario! Lake Superior is the largest and coldest of the great lakes but it is simply stunning! There are so many incredible places you could say I do up around this picture perfect area. From one of the many hiking spots in Lake Superior Provincial Park, the incredible Slate Islands that are home to Ontario's largest boreal woodland caribou, a cozy cabin that sits on the rocky shoreline of the lake, in the incredible wilderness Pukaskwa National Park and so many more incredible options!
06 Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay is populated city in Northwestern Ontario and has so many incredible spots not too far from the city center. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is one of the dominant landscapes of the area visibly seen from Thunder Bay the sleeping giant is filled with incredible hikes and even better views which makes for a perfect elopement adventure. If you are looking for something more quiet and back country then consider a backcountry canoe trip in Quietco Provincial Park, the canoe capital of Canada.
On this long strip of a peninsula is the beautiful Tobermory that is home to Bruce Peninsula National Park where you will find the incredibly popular Grotto. Tobermory has so much to offer when it comes to places to elope. You could choose to rent a cottage right on Georgian Bay or Lake Huron, take a boat to Fathom Five Island and get married on Flowerpot Island or the lighthouse in your background, take a trip to an even more remote island on Georgian Bay, save your vows in the Grotto itself. The options are endless. This is one of those places you should visit whether you live in Ontario or are visiting it is well worth the drive.
08 Manitoulin Island
Manitoulin Island, the world's largest fresh water island and an absolutely beautiful place for an elopement in Ontario. Offering so many great spots including Bridal Veil Falls, the Cup and Saucer Hiking Trail, the beautiful turquoise waters of Georgian Bay, a wide variety of lighthouses, Manitoulin Brewing and so much more.
Muskoka is in the heart of Ontario's cottage country that has over 14,000km of amazing shoreline, Canadian Shield, crooked pine trees and some of our favourite spots to host your elopement in Ontario. For all the best places to elope in Muskoka make sure to check out this post!
10 Bon Echo Provincial Park
Bon Echo Provincial Park, located about 3 hours from Toronto in southeastern Ontario is the perfect place for an elopement. Featuring tons of hiking trails, the beautiful Mazinaw Rock which also has ancient petroglyphs on the side of the rock as well as multiple lakes.
11 Prince Edward County
If you are looking for white sand beaches to elope on in Ontario then Price Edward Country is one of the best options for you! With rolling sand dunes, Lake Ontario's waves lapping up on shore, driftwood and little inlets filled with warmer, shallow water it is a beach lovers dream.
12 Elora Gorge
Elora Gorge, located just under 2 hours from Toronto situated along the Grand River is the perfect place for an elopement. With Elora Gorge Conservation Area, Victoria Park and the newly renovated and restored Elora Mill are all incredible options for an elopement in Elora.
13 Your Backyard
Getting married in your own backyard is 100% an option and if you love your backyard space (or a family members) consider doing it there! When you get married in your backyard you are already comfortable in the space and will be able to look out everyday and know that was where the next chapter of your love story began! As well, there is no venue rental fee or permits required to have a backyard wedding!
14 Waterfalls in Hamilton
Hamilton is home to over 100 beautiful waterfalls which make an incredible backdrop for your elopement in Ontario. From 100m tall waterfalls to smaller ones that cascade down the rocks it is a very tranquil place to be tucked into the forest. The waterfalls make great backdrops year round even when they are frozen!
Killbear Provincial Park is an incredible provincial park sitting just outside of Parry Sound (3 hours from Toronto) along the rocky shoreline of Georgian Bay. Here there are so many incredible hikes that offer beautiful views of the bay and allows you to explore the thick forest. Say I do under the iconic crooked tree along the rocky outcrop in Killbear is a perfect place for an elopement in Ontario.
17 Hardy Lake Provincial Park
Hardy Lake Provincial Park is a non-operating provincial park located in Torrence, Ontario in the heart of Muskoka. Hardy Lake is a great place if you are looking to hike to a quiet spot for your ceremony or just for an adventure. Filled with over 19km of hiking trails offering both short and long trails so you can pick your challenge and go explore. Hardy Lake Provincial Park is an incredible option to elope in Ontario.
18 Glen Oro Farm
Glen Oro Farm is a fully operating horse farm that is now offering the most incredible eco-retreat luxury camping. These glamping domes are an incredible place for your adventurous elopement in Ontario. Focusing on the important of the environment, sustainability as well as comfort and is available year round.
Forks of the Credit Provincial Park located in Caledon, Ontario is the perfect place for an outdoor elopement. Offering part of the Niagara Escarpment with beautiful hills, forests and even a waterfall! There are so many incredible places to choose from in this park.
20 North Bay
North Bay and the surrounding area are filled with so much beauty. Sitting in northeastern Ontario and bordered by two lakes, tons of forest trails and so many hidden gems for your Ontario elopement.
There are so many different York Regional Forest Tracts that are located throughout the York Region and are filled with so many different kinds of beautiful trees, creeks, ponds and make for the perfect spot if you are looking for a forest elopement in Ontario.
There are so many incredible places to elope in Ontario this is only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other options along little quiet lakes, under the pine trees in the forest, along your favourite hiking trail or anywhere that you truly love! Your possibilities truly become endless when you are looking at having a small wedding or elopement and I am here to help you find the perfect spot. If the places above don’t quite fit what you are looking for I have a master list of hundreds of incredible locations all throughout the province that I would love to help you find the perfect spot that really feels like the two of you for your elopement day.
Do you have a favourite place you would love to elope in Ontario? Let me know in the comments or send me an email so I can help you plan your dream day!
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