Celebrating Love in Nature

Person kneeling down to about person on an outdoor stage.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Nature is the perfect place to celebrate your love. Whether that’s a walk through the forest with a special someone or proposing to the person you want to spend forever with, conservation areas are naturally romantic and full of opportunity. With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, we want to share some never-before-seen photos of weddings, proposals and engagements from Terra Cotta, Island Lake and Belfountain Conservation Areas.

Flower arrangement on a wooden pedestal.
Nature is the perfect backdrop for decorations and accents.
Flower alter in front of a lake.
A gorgeous flower alter.

We started hosting weddings in our conservation areas in 2015. To date, we have hosted over 75 weddings and ceremonies!

Two people standing under a wooden alter.
Wedding ceremony at Terra Cotta Conservation Area held in the outdoor, covered pavilion.

Terra Cotta is a great wedding venue, if you want your ceremony and reception at the same location. The outdoor pavilion allows guests to hang out before the ceremony and after the reception.

Person playing frisbee in a field with a party guests in the background.
A groom playing frisbee on a lovely summer’s afternoon at Terra Cotta.

Guests can play different games in the field including frisbee, badminton, beanbag tags and life-size board games.

House-like structure with decorations.
It’s always exciting to see what personal touches the wedding party will put on their ceremony backdrop.
Outdoor stage covered in streamers.
Simple decorations are the perfect backdrop to compliment the beauty of the natural environment around you.

The outdoor stage at Terra Cotta is a beautiful structure to say your vows in front of your guests. The stage is surrounded by built in wooden benches, which can hold up to 200 people.

Outdoor stage surrounded by rows of wooden benches.
Seating is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Belfountain Conservation Area is one of our most scenic parks making it the perfect spot for engagement photos in spring, summer or fall. You could even take engagement photos in summer and have the ceremony in autumn. The conservation area closes in winter for public safety.

Two people walking up outdoor steps, surrounded by fall colours.
Engagement photoshoot at Belfountain Conservation Area in autumn.

Photography is included in the wedding booking package or you can connect with us to individually book a photoshoot session.

Outdoor alter surrounded by chairs.
The terrace at Belfountain Conservation Area can accommodate a ceremony up to 100 people.

Our staff are on site during your big day and will help make everything run smoothly.

Two people holding hands walking along a bridge.
The Belfountain suspension bridge was built in 1908.

Belfountain has beautiful structures to enhance any photo, including the Belle fountain, the Fox Folly, the suspension bridge, waterfall and Yellowstone Cave.

Island Lake’s outdoor amphitheater can accommodate up to 200 people.

Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville is another cherished wedding venue. In 2018, we completed the outdoor amphitheater. The lake is a stunning backdrop to any wedding ceremony. The bridge on the side of the stage functions as the perfect isle to walk into the ceremony.

Two people standing and two dogs outside posing for a photo under a covered bridge.
The newly covered bridge at Island Lake is a beautiful location to take photos.

Island Lake also has numerous beautiful structures and natural elements to take photos with.

Picnic table with various food items on it.
Who doesn’t want to sit around a campfire, enjoy s’mores and celebrate the new couple?

Having an outdoor wedding is a unique opportunity to offer guests activities and experiences indoor weddings don’t allow, like roasting marshmallows over a bonfire.

While hosting weddings, we also respect nature. Confetti, rice and flower pedals cannot be thrown in our conservation areas. We recommend bubbles because they are pretty and they leave no trace!

Two people hand in hand smiling with people around blowing bubbles on them.
Celebrating the new couple with a sea of bubbles!

To learn more about weddings at our conservation areas, please visit our wedding page. And don’t forget, nature is also the perfect place to pop the question!

Share your engagement and wedding photos with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

By Kimberley Laird, Associate, Marketing and Communications

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