Unveiling the Hidden Gem: West River’s Edge Intimate Wedding Venue

An LGBT wedding couple posing in front of West River's Edge in Fort Saskatchewan for wedding portraits with Cynthia Priest Photography

Alberta wedding couples, are you looking for a great small wedding venue with easy access to portraits done in nature? Look at West River’s Edge in Fort Saskatchewan.

I have photographed at least two small and intimate weddings at this particular venue, which was planned by Pop-Up Weddings YEG.

I am an intimate Alberta-based wedding photographer. You can check out my wedding portfolio and contact me through the contact form to inquire about an available date. Weddings are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Happy to chat about your quote and wedding timeline.

A collage of images of an Albertan elopement at West River's Edge

West River’s Edge Pavillion

Address: 1875 River Valley Drive
Capacity: 40 guests

The West River’s Edge pavilion has a hall for events like weddings. There are two outdoor fireplaces and a balcony overlooking a fish pond stocked in the summer with brown, tiger and rainbow trout as well as yellow perch. The main floor is wheelchair accessible.

West River’s Edge Amenities

There are two built-in TVs, a podium, and a built-in sound system. The BBQ/Picnic area is available upon request. The deck is also available upon request and can fit up to 40 people maximum. There is also a kitchen for caterers to work out of. There are two outdoor fireplaces. Kitchen is equipped with a fridge, sink, stove and microwave.

History of West River’s Edge Pavillion

It was a gravel quarry over 25 years ago. Now, West River’s Edge is a 194-acre haven for skiers and families or couples with dogs for off-leash park hikes. There is also a boat launch by the pond, where it connects to the North Saskatchewan River.

Having previously scouted West River’s Edge trails, there are plenty of locations for different looks for your wedding portraits — without having to leave the area. It is also a very kid-friendly venue; a separate section of West River’s Edge reveals a playground.


Two brides during a procession at West River's Edge with the fireplace covered by sheer lace and flowers

Planning Your Wedding Ceremony at West River’s Edge

The time of your ceremony is important if you want to feature the pond as your background. Within two hours of golden hour is highly recommended for the best even natural light.

When this timing is not possible, it is highly recommended to decorate around the fireplace to avoid harsh lighting reflection from the pond. The brightest part of the image should be you and your future spouse.

To ensure that you get the best wedding photographs, it is imperative to plan the layout of the ceremony ahead of time.

The deck is also a great alternative if you plan to put a floral arch outdoors. (Just be sure to move the garbage can and the picnic table out of the way!)

Decor of tables and chairs dressed in white by Sevy from Pop Up Weddings YEG at West River's Edge in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

Wedding Reception at West River’s Edge

West River’s Edge’s banquet area can fit around 52 people per City of Fort Saskatchewan’s website. There is a separate room where it can be set up for the buffet table — or a getting ready area. If using the spare room as a getting-ready area, we will use the blank wall by the window.


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