Toronto’s Best Waterfront Wedding Venues

Couple by the lake

“Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its depths.” Rumi.

Our venue reviews:

Note: we sorted the venues capacity, starting with smaller and working our way up. Capacity assumes sit-down dinner affair with a dance floor (unless otherwise noted).

Capacity for 50-100 guests:

Paletta Lakefront Mansion (Burlington, up to 90 guests)

Capacity for 100-200 guests:

Sunnyside Pavilion (downtown, up to 160 guests)
Captain Matthew Flinders (Harbourfront, up to 160 guests)
Harding (formerly Holcim) Waterfront Estate (Mississauga, up to 200 guests)

We in Toronto are a bit spoiled with gorgeous waterfront and lakeview properties that double as fabulous summer wedding venues. And there are many reasons why you may wish to say ‘I do’ in the imposing serenity of the Lake Ontario.

Water is life. Can you feel its magnetic pull? It lures you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Warm sand and sparkly reflections of the sun. Cool breeze and freshness of the water. Waves gently nibbling on the sand… It is lively and playful. For many people, water brings feelings of happiness, freedom, and adventure. And there is so much symbolism in your decision in favour of a lakeside wedding. Water is gentle yet powerful. It cleanses, blesses, and nourishes. Life itself sprung from water. Great place to start a new life of your own!

Nautical Decor Tips

The nautical look is classic, easy to work with, and refreshingly simple for a wedding. Take your cue and inspiration from the famous sea captains, pirates, aquatic life, or a deserted island. Waterfront decor has a shabby chic look created with rough natural materials (cottons, linen, hemp, or denim). If you like a bold palette, try bright whites, reds, and blues. As an subtler alternative, baby blue or turquoise and straw colour work well against a sun-bleached off-white background. The rustic, earthy look can be instantly achieved with dark-stained wood, basketweave, straw vases or nautical rope knots. Dark leather, gray stone, sea shells and golden brass add depth and texture. Maps, globes, compass, coordinates of longitude and latitude, old glass bottles (which can be great centerpieces and candle holders), fishing nets, anchors, lifebuoys, skull and crossbones. Spiced rum and seafood. This is a perfect DIY wedding to design.