Say ‘I Do

The Gardens at HCP cannot wait to host your wedding in the magic and tranquility of our award-winning botanical Gardens.

As one of Equally Wed's preferred vendors and the recipient of multiple Vancouver Island Wedding Awards, we are proud to offer a safe and accessible space for you to celebrate your love and commitment.

At HCP we know that your love is too big and joyous to be kept indoors - that's why when you say your vows in our outdoor ceremony area, you will find yourselves accompanied by birdsong, joined by soaring eagles, and surrounded by flora whilst the waters of our conservation park sparkle in the background.

Our Couvelier Pavilion provides a climate-controlled reception area and ceremony backup, replete with red cedar beams and unique Pacific Northwest architecture.

We offer a full wedding package at our beautiful Gardens with two options:

Day Package 9am - 5pm

Evening Package 1pm - 9pm

Questions? Interested in a site visit? Ready to start a contract? Contact HCP's Event Coordinator at [email protected].

We are so excited to turn your dream of an outdoor wedding into a reality.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The Gathering Place is the beautiful, circular brick area where we host wedding ceremonies. The Pavilion refers to the Couvelier Pavilion, the building where we hold receptions and events.

Yes! HCP is open year-round for weddings, subject to availability. Weddings October-April receive an off-season discount of  10%.

Preferred days for weddings at HCP are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Wedding bookings open every January for the following year - for instance, bookings for 2024 weddings open January 2023. Email to inquire about being put on a waitlist for future years.

We reserve dates for a period of one week and if not confirmed within that time frame, the reservation is released. If you decide to go ahead with the date, HCP requires a 50% booking deposit upon signing of the contract. This deposit is fully refundable for up to 30 days prior to the wedding date, which is when the remaining payment will be processed.

The booking deposit is fully refundable up until 30 days prior to the wedding date. Between 30-7 days prior to the wedding date, 50% of the deposit is refundable. There is no refund for cancellations less than 7 days before the wedding date.

Yes! Contact HCP's Venue Coordinator <[email protected]>to reschedule - as always, rescheduled events are based on availability.</[email protected]>

HCP has a max capacity of 100 (including the wedding party). We love small weddings, and we cannot wait to host a gathering of your close family and friends.

Yes, our venue is totally wheelchair accessible. We have a wheelchair ramp from the parking lot to the Gardens, a ground level Pavilion with an accessible washroom, and sloping gravel paths connecting the Pavilion to the Gathering Place. For additional information please email <[email protected]>.</[email protected]>

HCP provides up to 100 white outdoor ceremony chairs in the Gathering Place, a signing table (with a white linen tablecloth) + chair, and a beautiful wooden arbour to decorate as you see fit (zap straps only - no pushpins, staples, or nails, please).

No - rice, birdseed, confetti, glitter, and silk petals are not permitted in the Gathering Place. Organic flower petals and leaves are welcome, as are bubbles!

Yes! There are power outlets surrounding the Gathering Place, however HCP has no technical equipment outside of the Pavilion - if you wish to use heaters, speakers, or the like at your ceremony, you must bring your own equipment.

HCP provides:
13 round tables (60” diameter)
13 rectangular tables (6'x2')
22 rectangular tables with adjustable height (4'x2')
Up to 100 chairs
White linen tablecloths
A/V equipment (projector, screen, HDMI cord, speakers, microphone)

Certainly! The Pavilion is equipped with a complete air conditioning system.

Yes, the Pavilion has a commercial prep kitchen for you or your caterer's use.

No, all catering is done via third party. If desired, ask the Venue Coordinator for a list of preferred caterers.

You are welcome to bring your own food to the premises. Please be advised that we do not supply utensils or glassware, so you will need to bring your own if necessary.

No, HCP has no dishware or glassware. All dish equipment must be rented and brought on site by a third party.

No. For safety reasons, glassware is not permitted anywhere in the Gardens, and must stay in the Pavilion or the Pavilion's brick patio.

Yes, if you apply for and receive a Special Event Permit from the Province of BC (this can be completed by either you or your caterer, if applicable). HCP must receive a copy of your SEP for you to serve alcohol on our premises. Alcohol consumption is limited to the Pavilion and the Pavilion's brick patio. As weddings happen during HCP's open hours of 9am-4pm, no drinking is permitted in the gardens.

All decorations must be set up and taken away the day of your wedding. If you are interested in setting up your wedding in advance, please note that a service fee will apply. The fee is determined by your total amount at an hourly rate.

Yes! Booking an event includes free access to the Gardens for you and all of your guests, for the duration of the wedding. Garden Maps are available at the front office.

No. HCP is open to the public every day of the week from 9:00am-4:00pm. You will have exclusive access to the Pavilion and the Pavilion's brick patio. Visitors to the Gardens are always very respectful of weddings.

You are welcome to take photos in the designated gathering area and pavilion. Should you wish to take photos within the garden itself, please note that there is an additional fee of $300, which will be added to your total amount.

General information:

  • Price: $300 for a two-hour rental period during our regular operating hours from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Sunday.
  • The volunteers are typically in the gardens on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
  • We kindly ask that you please refrain from stepping into the flower beds as it may disturb the plants

If it rains, the Pavilion will also be available as a backup if this is part of your wedding package. Please note that elopements do not include this option. In our experience, embrace the rain! Nothing says “perfect West Coast wedding” like a romantic drizzle.

No, smoking and vaping is not permitted anywhere inside HCP's gates. You may smoke or vape in the parking lot.

Half of HCP's parking lot will be reserved for the wedding, with additional angle parking available along Quayle Road. Parking is limited, however, so we recommend carpooling or hiring a shuttle for large groups.

Of course. Safety is of the utmost importance - if it is unsafe for anyone to drive home, they may leave their car in HCP's parking lot overnight. Any cars left overnight must be picked up by 9:00am the next day.

Yes, HCP's Venue Coordinator will be onsite for the entire duration of your wedding, to supervise the event and provide whatever assistance you require.

You can if you wish, however the Pavilion does not have proper setup for hair, makeup, and changing. It is recommended to consider preparing for the event off-site or utilize the gardens as a space for getting ready.

Yes, we welcome live music! Speakers or amplifiers on the Pavilion's patio must be set up facing Viaduct Flats (away from HCP's residential neighbours).

The elopement package gives you access to the garden of your choice for 3 hours, to say your vows and take pictures. HCP provides seating for up to 10 guests, and a signing table (with a white linen tablecloth). The elopement package does not give you access to the Pavilion or the Gathering Place.

We're thrilled to have taken home several Vancouver Island Wedding Industry Awards:

  • 2020 Special Edition: Macro to Micro
  • 2019 Best Elopement Experience
  • 2019 Best Unique Wedding Venue (finalist)
  • 2018 Best Collaborative Styled Shoot
  • 2018 Best Outdoor Ceremony Venue
  • 2018 Best Unique Wedding Venue (finalist)
  • 2017 Best Outdoor Ceremony Venue
  • 2016 Best Outdoor Venue

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Site visits are available by appointment only. Please contact our
Event Coordinator by email at <[email protected]>to request an appointment.