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Top 5 Forest Wedding Venues in Ontario

Top 5 Forest Wedding Venues in Ontario. Hamilton Wedding Photographer. Southern Ontario based Photographer.

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In this blog series, I really wanted to do a deep dive into different venues that offer different looks. I feel like there are so many incredible places across the province and only a few are known well. The rest fly under the radar.

I thought I could shine a small light onto some absolutely stunning and unique venues across the province for my non-traditional, outdoorsy couples.

These forest venues will suit the type of couples that loves the outdoors, greenery, and want something that hits both the romantic look and the low key vibe. Those two things don’t often go hand in hand but I think you’ll find these venues most definitely hold a magical aspect to them while still being laid back.

For couples who like camping, adventuring, the outdoors, forests, getting out of the city and want a venue that can satisfy that craving these will hit the spot!

I tried my best to get some close to the city of Ottawa, but most of them are further outside of the Ottawa area.

Woodland Weddings

  • Niagara Region
  • 150 Maximum guest capacity

Now this one wins for a lot of Josie points because it’s waterfront and in a forest! YUP!!! The trees surrounding the ceremony site give it an air of magic. You can see in the photo below that it is by the water which also adds another layer of beauty and nature.


Whispering Springs

  • Grafton
  • About 140-150 maximum guest capacity

This venue is actually a glamping/spa which makes it that much cooler for a wedding venue. They have a beautiful forest ceremony site that is so incredibly magical. The aesthetic Whispering Springs has captured cannot be matched anywhere else. It’s campy yet classy, comfortable and has that magical forest look.


Kortright Centre

  • Woodbridge
  • Kortright has 3 main venue sites with different guest capacities, but the highest is 200.

This site is a super enchanted woodsy look to it! The site backs on to a beautiful lush forest with trees that line up beautifully for some really unique and special images. The ceremony site is surrounded by lush greenery and the reception site is just as woodsy, open and enchanting! Different reception sites on the grounds offer for different looks as well and I believe one is covered, greenhouse-style!


The Meadows

  • Belleville
  • 160 Guests

The Meadows actually has 3 ceremony sites therefore you can personalize it more. They have a barn, field or forest. All have very different looks but are equally beautiful.

I love the forest look personally but it’s nice to have a selection! Really good for the outdoorsy folk that don’t know exactly what look they want because it offers a few great selections. Super outdoorsy, has lots of open space. They have pretty twinkle lights and beautiful wood interior for their reception area.


Manoir de la Forêt

  • Cantley
  • 120 Maximum guest capacity (I could be wrong as I remember hearing that somewhere but couldn’t find it online)

This venue is much more intimate than the ones above, but that’s what makes it so cozy. It’s intimate woodsy and romantic. This is also the closets woodsy venue to Ottawa that really captures that enchanted forest vibe.



To sum up, forest weddings are magical and adventurous at the same time. I hope these top 5 forest wedding venues in Ontario inspires you and gives you some ideas for your future wedding!

I have photographed some weddings at other foresty venues and added some pictures below with the general location. *Some are private property.

If you’re interested in booking me for your wedding click here and let’s get chatting!

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