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"Where should we go for photos?"

We get asked this a lot!  Here are some favourite wedding photo locations around Edmonton that are tried, tested, and photographer-approved.  We've marked the indoor photo locations for you, plus indicated places where you can take photos for free!

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Alberta Legislature Building

Alberta Legislature Building
Alberta Legislature Building

The Alberta Legislature is possibly the most popular park in Edmonton! The classic sandstone building is surrounded by flower gardens, fountains and mature trees. You can't go wrong; it's a dazzling location for photos.

Photo shoots are not allowed inside. The grounds can be busy, especially on holidays, but there is lots of room to share.

Alberta Government House

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The Government House shares grounds with the old museum building. This location is very popular for wedding photos due to an excellent blend of landscaping and architecture, providing lots of visual variety within a relatively small area.

The inside of the building is not available for photo shoots, but the porch area can provide some shelter if it rains.

Edmonton Radial Railway Streetcar

Edmonton Radial Railway Streetcar
Edmonton Radial Railway Streetcar

Combine a photo opportunity with a charming activity - ride one of the Edmonton Radial Railway Society's lovingly restored streetcars across the High Level Bridge. The streetcar barn in Old Strathcona makes a great backdrop as well.

The streetcar only runs May to October. Book a charter trip so they can stop the car in your ideal photo location.

Fairmont Hotel MacDonald

Photos at Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
Photos at Fairmont Hotel MacDonald

Perhaps Edmonton's most elegant location, the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald is very accommodating to their clients. Wonderful turn-of-the-century architecture and furniture as well as a carefully landscaped yard make this a classic choice for portraits, both inside and out.

All visits must be booked in advance.

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Paid

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Fort Edmonton Park

Fort Edmonton Park
Fort Edmonton Park

Step back in time for a charming historical look to your portraits! Ride the steam train, visit the fair, or choose an historical era to experience.  There's more variety here than you could ever use in one photo session!

Book an historical church for your wedding, or rent one of their other venues for events of all types!

McKay Avenue School

McKay-Avenue-School
McKay-Avenue-School

A bit of an Edmonton secret, this historic building is Alberta's oldest standing brick school. The museum features classical architecture including beautiful arched windows and doors. Available for event booking as well as photo shoots.

Paid location
Paid

Indoor

The Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre

Prince of Wales Armouries
Prince of Wales Armouries

The Heritage Centre is home to the City of Edmonton Archives and some historical displays. It also serves as an event centre. The exterior of the building features brick turrets and tall narrow windows that give it a castle-like feel.

Visiting the museum is free, booking for groups & events is available.

Rutherford House

Rutherford House Photos
Rutherford House Photos

A personal favourite, each room in this historical home has a different feeling to it. The main entrance stairs, library, bedrooms and sitting room all have different historical looks – and the exterior is a stunning backdrop as well.

Large groups may find the space a bit snug. Advance booking required.

University of Alberta Arts Building

UofA Arts Building
UofA Arts Building

On the U of A campus, Convocation Hall is one of the most beautiful landmarks. The main entrance is framed by pillars and vines, and the grand lobby is framed by arches and other classic features.

Visiting the grounds is free, indoor areas should be reserved.


Free

Indoor

A few other historical locations to consider:

John Walter Museum
Old Glenora - Alexander Circle

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The Citadel Theatre

Photos at the Citadel Theatre
Wedding at the Citadel Theatre

The Lee Pavilion inside the Citadel Theatre is a large indoor garden featuring a 2-storey waterfall. Daytime sessions are best as most of the interior light comes from the large windows overhead.

The lobby areas are open for the public to enjoy, but photo sessions and events must be booked in advance.

Edmonton City Hall

Edmonton City Hall
Edmonton City Hall

Edmonton's City Hall is a bright, modern building with railings, pillars, and staircases that give many photo opportunities.  The front entrance overlooks a large fountain – which becomes an ice rink in the winter! 

Visiting is free, but events and professional shoots should be booked in advance.

Paid location
Paid

Indoor

Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre

Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre
Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre

The Edmonton Inn features one of our city's few indoor gardens, which makes it a great location for photos when the weather isn't ideal.

It is a busy hotel, however, so plan your visit with them well in advance.

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Paid

Indoor

Edmonton Riverboat

Edmonton Riverboat Photos
Edmonton Riverboat Photos

The "Edmonton Queen" Riverboat is an iconic part of Edmonton. Take a ride down the North Saskatchewan and see our beautiful river valley from the water! Have your wedding ceremony on deck and your reception in their elegant dining hall.

Paid location
Paid

Indoor

Muttart Conservatory

Muttart Conservatory Wedding Photos
Muttart Conservatory Wedding Photos

Beautiful any time of year, the glass pyramids of Edmonton's Muttart Conservatory house hundreds of different plants, water features, and paths through the greenery. The feature pyramid changes themes several times a year.

The surrounding park is open to the public, but indoor photos and events must be booked.

TELUS World of Science Edmonton (TWOSE)

Telus World of Science Edmonton
Telus World of Science Edmonton

You might think Edmonton's space and science centre is the domain of kids until you imagine how romantic getting married under the stars can be. The Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre is dazzling when the lights go down, and the catering and banquet facilities are top-notch. The surrounding park is great for some outdoor photos as well.

The park (outside) is free, but indoor access requires advance booking.

A few other Edmonton Landmarks to consider:

Edmonton Convention Center
Edmonton Valley Zoo
End of the World (Keillor Point)
Funicular
Ice Castle (Seasonal)
Walterdale Bridge
MacEwan University - Allard Hall
Louise McKinney Park - Chinese Garden

Locations with Graffiti:
- Commercial Hotel (Whyte Ave)
- Arts Barn (Old Strathcona)
- Blues on Whyte
- 99ave Underpass (Streetcar tracks)
- El Cortez / Crawford Block Mural
- Whitemud Creek Arch

Art Installations:
- Talus Balls
- Borden Park: Sculpture Garden, Vaulted Willow, Mirror Cabin

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Capilano Boat Launch

Capilano Boat Launch Photos
Capilano Park Photos

When you want to show the North Saskatchewan River in your photos, but your client isn't dressed for climbing, try the boat launch! This is one of the few places where you can drive down to the water level.

The boat launch is part of Capilano Park which also has lovely pathways and tons of green space.


Free

John Janzen Nature Center

John Janzen Nature Center
John Janzen Nature Center

Easily accessible, the Nature Center's park area offers wide, quiet pathways and open learning areas among the trees which make great places to set up a photo shoot. The Prairie Pond area is perfect for groups on the bridge or near the water.

The Center's indoor areas are not typically available for photo sessions, but the park areas can be visited for free.

Strathearn Park

Photos at Strathearn Park
Photos at Strathearn Park

This park gets a special mention because it has a great view of Edmonton's downtown. These photos are from the more eastern end, and traveling west along Strathearn Drive offers a view overlooking Gallagher Park and the Muttart Conservatory.

Exit the 98th Ave traffic circle to the south along 85 Street, then turn in and backtrack along the top of the hill.


Free

A few other outdoor options to consider:

Jagare Ridge Waterfalls Website Link
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U of A Botanic Garden (Devon)

Wedding Couple at the UofA Botanic Garden
University of Alberta Botanic Garden Photo

About 30 minutes from Edmonton, the "Devonian Gardens" cover 240 acres with botanical beauty and rich variety. The Kurimoto Japanese Garden is probably the most popular for wedding photos, but every area offers great beauty in different styles and themes.

You can book group visits and events on the grounds.

Paid location
Paid

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The Enjoy Centre (St. Albert)

The Enjoy Centre (St. Albert)
The Enjoy Centre (St. Albert)

The Enjoy Centre in St. Albert is a great location for receptions and events, but from a photographic standpoint it is somewhat limited by other patrons and busy backgrounds. It is still a handy indoor photo location, and the Lois Hole Park Day Use area is across the road if you want outdoor photos too.

Contact them for access details.

Festival Place Park (Sherwood Park)

Festival Place
Festival Place

For photography, the park around this theatre is beautiful.  Broadmoor Lake is surrounded by landscaped areas as well as pathways and bridges that provide beautiful backdrops.  The theatre itself is also a wonderful all-in-one venue - you could get married on stage!

Park areas are free to use.

The Fort Heritage Precinct (Fort Saskatchewan)

Bride and Groom at the Gazebo in the Fort Heritage Precinct
Inside the chapel of the Fort Saskatchewan Heritage Precinct

Fort Saskatchewan's historical district includes beautiful old buildings from the early 1900's including a schoolhouse, church, gazebo, and of course the NWMP fort – all of them provide great historical photo opportunities.

Casual visits to the grounds are free, but groups and indoor access must be booked.

Paid location
Paid

Indoor

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Ukrainian-Village
Ukrainian-Village

Very few locations in the Edmonton area bring history to life the way they do at the Ukrainian Village. Just 20 minutes from Edmonton's city limits, the trip is very reasonable and the results are worth it. Beautiful historic churches to host your wedding ceremony, unique photo opportunities and a rich historical character to the park all make for an enjoyable visit.

Admission is charged at the gate.

A few other short-trip locations to consider:

St. Albert Botanic Park
Greystone Gardens (Spruce Grove)
Trestle Bridge (St. Albert)

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