The prices to use this place as a venue has jumped up significantly. With all their administration fees and taxes tacked on top of that, you're looking at close to $200 per person for a Friday event. The information here needs to be updated to avoid misleading others and perhaps saving the time to have to visit and then only find out then that the price person is like $50 more than quoted online.
Such a beautiful area that is full of life (except for birds the last few days). I am studying the Naturalist course that started this past weekend and we didn't see much for a birding course unfortunately but am certain it is because of the timing. I look very forward to spending several weekends over the next few months here and learning all about the animals and environment.
A sign warning about Black Legged Ticks was posted on site. Would be good to see that on the website as a warning. Stay on trails.
Very nice area for hiking, hidden gem in the vaughan city. When I was there, the whole trail has nobody else on. Quiet and private. Lots of types of trees to see too.
My husband and I were married at the Kortright in May 2019 and had a wonderful experience. We loved being able to use the entire grounds for pictures and also appreciated the venue's flexibility in case of rain - we planned to get married in the Cathedral of Trees but if there was poor weather we could tell the venue on the day of (by 10am) and use the Glass Hut to still get the outdoor vibe. I believe some other venues require 24 hour notice for changes like this so we were very glad to be able to call it on the same day - and were able to use the outdoor space!
Peter and Pauls did take over the venue while we were working with them but for us it was a great experience. Although we did switch representatives a few times while they sorted out the take over, we then ended up working with Stephanie who was truly AMAZING. She was extremely responsive, answered my 100 daily questions and was very flexible to allow us to customize our day. The company even honoured some of the details of our prior TCRA contract which was appreciated.
We were able to use some of the venue decor (lanterns, easels) which saved on some small costs. The venue also had a representative on site the day of the wedding to help out with coordination, timing etc. which was very helpful (I didn't realize this was provided so ended up hiring a day of coordinator which may not have been necessary).
We did have to pay for an open bar during dinner (just wine was served otherwise) but I believe that is common with many venues. Food was amazing, the guests were all very happy. We chose to upgrade our chairs for the reception (would be nice if these chairs were part of the main decor)...but if you choose to do so, the cost was relatively low compared to other external vendors. The venue now uses white folding chairs for outdoor ceremonies which is great. We were able to rent heaters, life sized board games and have a smores station (instead of a cake) - all for very reasonable prices.
Although the carpet could be updated, the decor of the venue was exactly what we were looking for. Wood, glass, greenery. A very nature/forest feel, even when indoors. The lights were an added cost to turn on but so worth it. Other venues we visited advised they would charge to have lights installed anyway.
Overall, we had a very hassle free, happy experience. Staff were very kind and accommodating. The ability to call for weather on the day reduced our stress level immensely as we wanted an outdoor ceremony. The venue is only private after 4pm (open to the public before hand) but this can easily be planned for (we did a 5pm ceremony and had no issues - even took pictures starting at 1pm in the grounds). And of course the gorgeous venue was why we chose the Kortright in the first place. So thank you to the wonderful staff! We truly had the best day ever.
If you love nature and perhaps getting married under a cathedral of trees, the Kortright Centre is a great place for a wedding. It's for those who want a more "green" wedding, but still classy, nonetheless. Revenues from weddings at the centre helps to support the education programs held there, so it's a great place to have the wedding of one's nature loving dreams while also giving back to nature and conservation at the same time.
A beautiful location for a wedding. We have been part of many weddings here and they all are unique. Looking forward to coming back many times through 2015!
The picture say it all !
What a beautiful place to have your wedding ceremony! The peacefullness of the maple grove is just right for a calm memorable wedding service with "Mother Nature' as one of your honoured wedding guests ,---- a beautiful place for your whole wedding day celebration .
I just love performing weddings here in the forest.
Forest Path (Ceremony Location)
Cathedral of Trees (Ceremony Location)