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Although February may officially be deemed the month of love, spring and summertime are wedding season here in the True North. Once the snow melts and colourful blossoms begin appearing once again in gardens, wedding bells can be heard chiming from coast to coast. After the bride has finalized her dream dress, the venue is perhaps the most intimate design decision that a couple can make. While Canada’s finest cities are home to a host of breathtaking venues, from the boutique hotel to the upscale banquet hall, the True North’s countryside offers a number of rustic destinations. Whether you are a small-town girl or a city slicker looking for the ultimate escape for your nuptials, you may want to escape urban life this wedding season and opt for the old school charm of farmland. We’ve curated a few Canadian spots for the low maintenance bride to put their shabby yet chic visions to life.
Ideal for a large wedding celebration, the barn at Cambium Farms is located in the heart of the picturesque Caledon Hills, Ontario. Built in the 1800s, the barn has retained all of its authentic charm, which include its exposed beams, braces, posts and rafters. Known for its elaborate architecture and engineering, the venue can hold up to 250 guests and is said to be equipped with a country style bar, lounge and DJ booth.
London Heritage Farm
Overlooking the south arm of the Fraser River in Richmond, British Columbia, London Heritage Farm is a historical site that has been reconstructed to represent pioneer life during the 1880 to 1930s era. Sitting on four acres of land, the farmhouse is filled with intimate details and memorable articles from years past including photographs, quilts and restored furniture. Surrounded by heritage gardens, their outdoor picnic benches can offer a casual alternative to the otherwise formal reception.
Grange Manson Barn
Nestled in the quiet fields of Austin, Quebec, the Grange Manson Barn is renowned for the Scottish stonewall construction of its founder, Neil Manson, and his son, Corey. With two levels, the barn’s old wooden floors and dwindling lights are said to accommodate up to 200 guests. Facing mountains to the north and west, the venue’s two balconies offer views of the Quebec landscape.