Craving a sand in your toes, sun on your face destination feel for your wedding day? With the still low (though bouncing back) dollar, choosing a local destination could be the solution. On the right sunny summer day, these five B.C. destinations are close to home but far from ordinary.

 

Middle Beach Lodge

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Perched on 40 acres of secluded West Coast oceanfront, Middle Beach Lodge features rugged headlands, two magnificent lodges and 20 rustic, self-contained cabins. Ideal for a group of 60, this tranquil setting is just 10 minutes from Tofino. With stormwatching and elopement packages as well, it’s particularly suited to those seeking a free-spirited West Coast wedding. www.middlebeach.com

Photos: Taylor'd Photography & Graphics 

 

Fraser River Lodge

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Sitting on an 18-acre private property with 2,000 feet of riverfront, the Fraser River Lodge is rustic meets elegant. Opt for a country wedding in a wildflower field with view of majestic Mt Cheam or a warm and intimate ceremony in the log cabin. For couples seeking a little fresh mountain air, Fraser River Lodge is the perfect escape from hectic city life. www.fraserriverlodge.com

Photos: Sharalee Prang Photography

 

Rowena’s Inn on the River

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Nestled amongst the mountains and forests of Harrison Mills, Rowena’s Inn on the River is a restored English-style manor. With Gatsby-esque glamour and manicured gardens, the venue will transport guests to the British countryside. Just as beautiful on a snowy winter day, Rowena’s Inn on the River is a fairytale setting. www.prettyestateresort.com

Photos: Tallevi Studios

 

Sea to Sky Gondola

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Say “I do” at the top of a mountain. With breathtaking views of the coastal mountain range and Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Gondola’s Summit Lodge has floor to ceiling windows so your view is unobstructed. The enormous patio can be transformed for your ceremony and reception, and the West Coast design featuring Douglas fir beams is ideal for any décor palette. www.seatoskygondola.com

Photos: Paul Bride

 

Bird’s Eye Cove Farm

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Located in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, Bird’s Eye Cove Farm is a timber-frame barn on a 300-acre heritage farm. With rolling hills and ocean views, the venue is ideal for couples seeking an ethical wedding with farm to table catering onsite. Highland cattle roam the pastures, so if you’re lucky you’ll snap some rustic photographs complete with farm animals. www.birdseyecovefarm.com

Photos: Amee Nijjar Photography // Devon Gillott Sessions