Fab Five: Great Places, Amazing Spaces

We have curated a list of five fabulous Western/Northern Canadian event spaces inspired by art, nature and Canada’s rich cultural heritage.

On the Rocks

Painted Boat Resort & Marina, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
Nestled in a five-acre glade of Douglas fir, red cedar and arbutus trees, Peter Treuheit’s architectural design was carefully designed to take full advantage of this extraordinary geography.   Imagine your meeting or event in one of their spectacular nature encouraged spaces, each uniquely designed with the earth in mind and built to complement the beauty and wonder of their inspired surroundings.
Meet in the morning, and hike, kayak, or fish in the afternoon – Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina is an incredible location for small meetings, events and weddings. With its breathtaking vista’s local five star culinary offerings and close proximity to Vancouver, this is the ultimate in west coast experiences.

Spectacular by Nature

Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology, British Columbia
Events held at the MOA offer an unforgettable experience in one of Canada’s foremost cultural attractions. This dramatic venue boasts exclusive, intimate spaces for business and social events with rich, culturally intense galleries and stunning ocean views.
This jewel has long since been a favourite with local planners for its spectacular location and architecturally magnificent design. Spaces for rent include the presentation circle in the Multiversity Galleries; the Theatre Gallery with the most amazing Italian leather chairs, the Great Hall and the courtyard with over 3,500 square feet and a grassy plateau that overlooks the Sea to Sky coastline that can accommodate 1000 people seated for dinner.

Deep in the Boreal Forest

Elk Ridge Resort, Saskatchewan
Located in a luxurious setting in the heart of the boreal forest. Elk Ridge is Saskatchewan’s premier all season resort, and is recognized as Reader’s Digest Top 9 Must See Canadian Winter Destinations. The resort features a world class golf course, five star dining and a myriad of all season experiences for even the most discerning corporate client. For connectivity, meetings are supported by state of the art technology and an event team ready to help plan down to the last detail. For post meetings, this resort features outdoor experiences such night golf  swimming, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, tobogganing, or cross-country skiing  over more than 400 km of groomed trails, kayaking and watching northern lights.

The Art of Indulgence

Hotel Arts, Calgary, AB
Hotel Arts is a creative and extraordinarily unique boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Calgary.  This chic property is designed to appeal to even the most discerning guests, offering luxury and culture at every level. The hotel boasts original art on every floor, from stunning sculpture to breathtaking paintings, to hand blown art glass light fixtures.
The in house catering features two award-winning dining experiences; Yellow Door and Raw Bar with its exotic Pacific-Rim influenced cuisine, bespoke cocktail collection and the stunning poolside patio.
For events, their award winning events team is passionate about creating one of a kind experiences for your guests. Creative spaces, sumptuous cuisine and attention-to-detail that would impress Michelangelo – events at Hotel Arts are nothing short of inspired.


Blachford Lake Lodge, Yellowknife, NWT
Located in the rugged wilderness of Northern Canada, this resort is in Aurora-watching country. Perched on a rocky knoll overlooking Blachford Lake, it is a half-hour bush-plane ride from the city of Yellowknife.  It may be many miles from the closet starbucks but they guarantee that your first cup of coffee on the stillness of a northern morning will be the best cup of coffee you ever have.
The high end lodge provides all the benefits of a luxury hotel, such as wireless internet, hot tubs and Aurora-watch wake-up service. Combined with the priceless addition of a pristine wilderness environment, unpolluted by artificial light or noise, this is the perfect setting for watching the Aurora Borealis.
Blachford’s unique location, five star diningcomfortable northern wilderness setting, security and unobtrusive service are valued for small conferences, workshops and team building for elite groups. With all the modern technical amenities and full connectivity, Blachford offers all the comforts of a resort in a magical wilderness setting.