9 Charming Wedding Ceremony Locations Rural Ontario
If you’ve ever dreamed of having a rustic wedding set in an idyllic country location, then this is a MUST read! These nine rural wedding venues are stunning locations that are certain to make your wedding dreams come true. From 11,000 acres of mixed forest to heritage stone buildings and rustic barns, these venues are truly incredible settings for your Ruralist-style wedding.
Stonefields Heritage Farm, Beckwith (top)- Stonefields is an exclusive outdoor event destination for weddings, private parties, corporate retreats and community functions. Set on a pre-confederation farm with 120 acres, Stonefields’ rich heritage dates back to 1816, when it was first settled by the Hawkins family. The property has since evolved into a charming country retreat.
Lang Pioneer Village, Keene (middle left) – Established in 1967, Lang Pioneer Village Museum is an outdoor museum that features over 25 restored and recreated buildings typical of a small 19th-century village. Costumed interpreters roam the picturesque village demonstrating the life and trades of a settler in the 1800’s. The Glen Alda Church, pictured here, provides a picture-perfect setting for a small, rustic wedding. The Grist Mill Lawn may also be rented for wedding ceremonies and can accommodate approximately 100 people.
Ganaraska Forest Centre, Campbellcroft (middle right)- The new Ganaraska Forest Centre is set in 11,000-acre mixed forest, within an hour’s drive of Toronto, Peterborough and Cobourg and is a perfect venue for weddings, corporate training or other private events. This multi-use facility, features overnight accommodations for over 80 people, the facility boasts a large Great Hall and a commercial kitchen.
Camp Walden, Palmer (bottom)- Located on 750 acres with a private lake, Camp Walden is the perfect setting to host a memorable event. Transform the dining hall into a magical wedding reception and gather your guests for a special ceremony at the Den (featured here), lakeside, or any number of beautiful locations on the property. There are cabins and cooking facilities available to make this a most memorable wedding getaway experience!
Bayfield Town Hall, Bayfield (top left) – Set alongside Clan Gregor Square in its own beautiful landscaped grounds, the Bayfield Town Hall – once the site of Village government – is now the cornerstone of Village life. It provides the perfect venue for cultural, artistic and community events, as well as offering a unique space for such things as weddings, business meetings and parties. With its beautiful “Blue Flag” beaches and glorious sunsets, Bayfield, set on the unspoiled shores of Lake Huron, is fast becoming the “go to” place for weddings in South West Ontario. Rent the whole building, which includes a full-service kitchen in the lower level, and you can stage both the ceremony and reception for up to 80 people at a sit down dinner. Also consider renting the landscaped Town Hall grounds, where you can set a marquee to accommodate larger numbers.
Fields on West Lake, Bloomfield (top right)- First impressions will tell you that you have arrived at a place steeped in agricultural history. Set in the middle of an old orchard dating from the 1920s and built to last many lifetimes, the fully restored buildings at Fields on West Lake, date from the 1860s. Fully licensed, insured, zoned and restored to meet the Ontario Building Code results in a safe, fully accessible site for weddings and memorable special events. Fields on West Lake can accommodate gatherings of up to 165 guests as well as provide on-site accommodations for up to 20 guests.
Purple Hill Country Hall, Thorndale (centre)- On a map, it’s Purple Hill Farm, on Purple Hill Road, north of Evelyn Side Road, just east of London. Purple Hill Country Hall has evolved into a Country Music Opry and popular wedding venue on top of the occasional cattle auction in the spring or fall. The large open space, generous stage and hand-made, wood-crafted arbour make the space perfect for rustic, country-style weddings.
Mrs. Mitchell’s, Shelburne (lower left)- Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant opened its doors in 1980, named in tribute to the school’s last and longest serving teacher, for her many years of dedication to her students. Imagine your ceremony on the beautiful grounds of a distinctive family home, photos on the footbridge by the pond, cocktails in the perennial garden, and an exquisite feast in the inviting dining room of a restored 19th century schoolhouse.
Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm, Ottawa (lower right) – Towering maples surround the quarried field stone house built in the 1850s. The wooden barn and other log outbuildings are reminders of the farm’s agricultural heritage. Follow the trails through 250 acres of maple bush, cedar groves and meadows. With a varied mix of country gardens, wooded glades and other unique settings, Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm is the perfect location for unique, one-of-a-kind events. The modern reception facilities can accommodate groups of any size. From individual families to corporate functions. The Stone House Hall will seat 80 comfortably, the festival tent on the South Lawn can accommodate up to 200 guests, and the Maples Reception facility will easily seat 400.
If you’re looking for more fantastic rural event locations then check out our story about 5 Unique Places to Hold Your Wedding or Special Event in Rural Ontario