The Inside Scoop
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The First Look
The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, combines sophistication with waterside elegance to provide a posh venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Overlooking the resplendent Fraser River, it's difficult to match these tasteful surroundings. Indoor and outdoor spaces offer flexibility amidst graceful surroundings.
The Event Hall. With glass walls and modish architecture, this indoor space has the feel of the great outdoors. This venue will accommodate up to 190 guests for a cocktail reception and 150 guests for a seated event. The hall opens out onto a sizable balcony that is 44 feet long and 10 feet wide. This space can be tented, if desired.
Lower Dock. Situated right on the water's edge, the Lower Dock is available for distinctive ceremonies. Use the connected bridge for your processional toward the arch situated on the dock. The dock area is a public space. Thus, this venue requires booking through the Facility Manager. High winds can be present in this area and the fast-flowing river is just off the dock.
What You Should Know
The event staff at the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse is eager to assist couples with every aspect of planning their wedding. A variety of rental packages are available, which you can customize to fit your wedding day. Choose from an eight-hour rental or a five-hour rental period. You can rent the entire facility or just specific parts of it. You will also have access to the venue for your rehearsal.
The event team provides one complete set-up and breakdown of all furniture and equipment. The team also removes garbage for you. Furniture included with rental includes 25 rectangular tables in various sizes, 22 banquet tables and 11 cocktail tables. The facility also provides 180 white folding chairs. You can choose to rent your linens independently or through the facility. If you rent through the boathouse, white tablecloths, sashes and napkins are available.
Independent catering and beverage service will be necessary. You will also need to contract with a florist, photographer and entertainment services for your event. John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse has compiled a list of preferred vendors. If your event will be held on the docks, no glasses are permitted.
The facility also includes extensive audiovisual equipment with every rental. WiFi Internet is present in the facility. You will have use of a projector screen, a HDTV screen, a projector, one microphone with stand, a CD player, a full sound system and one iPod connection. Two large coat racks will be available for your guests. A set of lounge furniture is onsite and you can move the furniture where you'd like it. Parking is available near the venue in several spots.
A variety of layouts are possible in the Event Hall. Decorating the event hall is permissible, but you can't use tape or make holes in any surfaces. The venue also prohibits the use of sticky adhesives and tape. Traditional candles are allowed, but the venue requests the use of dripless varieties.
Weddings at the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse are unique due to the innate flexibility of this venue. You are free to add your personal touches and desires to your event and the staff will work with you to help you plan your wedding day. Some special perks you can include are:
- Outdoor heaters for balcony events
- Rowing or dragon boating excursions
From the Vendor
Wedding & Event Venue
Spectacular Vancouver Wedding & Event Venue. Fully floating and nestled in the banks of the historic Fraser River offering both indoor and outdoor event spaces. The event hall features exposed cedar beams and floor to ceiling glass walls with a water-front balcony which enhances the spaciousness and allows natural light to flood in, providing stunning views of the North Shore Mountains. The water level dock offers a unique ceremony or cocktail hour space to wow your guests. Conveniently located close to the Vancouver International Airport, the Richmond Olympic Oval and central to Richmond’s dining, shopping, entertainment and business district. Home to UBC's Varsity Rowing teams, St. Georges School and Richmond's community rowing and paddling programs.
Amenities + Details
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Destination Weddings, Planning, Tents, Rentals + Equipment
We are so happy we had our wedding here in December, 2016. The staff made it incredibly easy to Co-ordinary vendors, with incredible choices of preferred vendors, as well as make floor plans and give advice on the last minute details. The night of we had absolutely no worries, the coordinator of the night took care of every single thing without us even having to know about it. We would definitely recommend the UBC Boathouse to future couples looking for an amazing wedding venue.
Had my wedding here on November 5th and it was more than perfect! The staff were so accommodating and easy to work with! Definitely felt like I got my values worth!
We are so glad we chose the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse as our wedding venue for September 16, 2016. Every one of their staff was professional and courteous; from initial walk-through floorplan design through to the day itself, we felt we were in experienced hands. Also, the facility and items provided (i.e. chairs) were in excellent condition, and the venue is just plain gorgeous. Our guests were impressed with the beautiful location on the water. Thank you so much for being a part of our special day!
We had our wedding on June 17,2016 at the UBC boathouse and have zero regrets about choosing this venue! The pictures don't even do it justice. The venue is stunning -- the massive floor to ceiling windows inside was the most beautiful backdrop to our wedding party table, especially during sunset!! The staff are veterans and by far the most helpful staff I had dealt with during the many encounters I had with different vendors. We wanted a venue where we could bring in our own alcohol (check) and they had a list of cateror vendors that we're all ranges and one that fit perfectly with our wedding. They have hook ups for everything like music hookups for a DJ Or iPod to play outside on the docks, projectors, microphones...seriously they have thought of everything and nailed it! What an awesome experience! I would highly recommend considering this venue! Amanda
The UBC boathouse was our dream venue. Its beautiful inside and out with gorgeous water and large outdoor area with a modern clean interior for receptions. We had our ceremony and reception here on July 8, 2016 and we couldn't be happier! The most important thing is you get to work with the most amazing, helpful staff who responds to emails instantly and honestly plans the entire timeline of your wedding. They are seasoned veterans and really take the lead while considering every single one of your requests. Our wedding day was perfect and the UBC boathouse played a huge part in making that true.
Picking UBC boathouse for our venue was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Everyone raved about what a beautiful space the boathouse was. Most of our guests said their highlight of our wedding was enjoying cocktail hour on the dock, in the sunshine. Our dinner dance space was very eligant and bright: I loved all the windows at the boathouse that allow natural light. Also having a wedding in Richmond was convenient for guests flying in from out of town and for our friends who live in the lower mainland. Karen from UBC boathouse was very friendly and helpful. Matt, who was the day of helper was very professional and worked hard to ensure everything ran smoothly. I highly recommend this venue to anyone who wants an unforgettable wedding.
We had our wedding on July 31, 2016 and the UBC Boathouse was the perfect venue for our small, intimate Indian wedding. Before even seeing the venue we were challenged on our hold by another couple. Afraid that we would lose such a beautiful space, we went ahead and booked it... and it was the best decision we had made! We had an outdoor Indian ceremony on the dock and an indoor Western reception. The space required very minimal decor due to its surrounding beauty. The staff were so great to work with. They were professional, courteous and very accommodating when working with outside vendors. They helped us answer all of our questions along the planning process. Couldn't imagine a better, more stunning venue than the UBC Boathouse!
We had our wedding on September 9, 2016. The UBC Boathouse is a beautiful venue requiring minimal decorations due to the sleek and modern reception hall and the stunning backdrop. The UBC Boathouse staff were wonderful - very quick to respond to questions and to help with vendor selection and day-of coordination.
We had our wedding on July 24, 2016, & this was our dream venue! We fell in love with the UBC Boathouse before we started venue searching & nothing could compare when we started looking! It's clean & modern with beautiful wood touches. The staff is very helpful & the natural views are breathtaking! We caught a gorgeous sunset on the river, so the natural beauty of this place is worth it alone! It's awesome to have the ceremony & reception at the same location & the simple white chairs & tables are very elegant. Perfect for the simple, elegant, modern wedding. I wish the time block was longer without having to add hours to set up & take down, but just try to allot for more time than you think you need! The staff is really nice & everything went smoothly! Definitely so happy with our decision on our venue to help us have the best day of our lives!
Had a really great event at the UBC Boathouse! Absolutely gorgeous venue. The staff were always very knowledgeable and quick to answer any questions I had. The only drawback was that it was an expensive venue, but definitely worth the money.
Great location, all guests complimented on choice of venue. It made the wedding look beautiful in both Photo's and in Video. Our wedding day was the one day in April where it poured and the clouds/sky was very gloomy/grey. Even when the weather was bad, the venue was beautiful. No words can explain! Plan B was an option I really didn’t want to happen, but it turned out great. Especially with the UBC Boathouse Staff, who was onsite and very helpful. I am more than satisfied with the choice of this venue. Until now, guests always rave about what great of a choice it was! :) APRIL 22 2016
I am from Richmond BC and my groom is from Prince Rupert. We wanted a venue that reflected our life growing up on the west coast. The minute I stepped into the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse, I thought to myself "This is breathtaking". The staff at the UBC Boathouse has provided a welcoming atmosphere, a high level of customer service, transparency, and very kind help. The venue is actually competitive in terms of cost and my guests, who came from all across Canada, were thrilled with the views and especially with the modern new fireplace. Our cocktail hour was stunning and had the feel of an art-gallery exclusive party. I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful and kind the UBC staff were. My wedding was pretty, modern, unique and the guests were comfortable as we did everything (ceremony and reception) in one venue. I hope I can book this venue again for other functions. Thank you everyone at the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse for providing us with a spectacular venue that we will always remember. Highly recommended.
Such an amazing venue!! We had our wedding there March 5, 2016. The staff was so helpful all along the way, they really did everything possible to make sure the day went smoothly. Our wedding was just perfect, our guests thought the venue was stunning as well.
UBC Boathouse was a fabulous venue for our ceremony and reception. Not only is the venue beautiful, the staff is so friendly and helpful! I would recommend UBC Boathouse to anyone and everyone looking to host a special event!
Event date: Feb 21, 2016. Beautiful venue. We were able to hold our ceremony and reception in the same space and it only took the staff 10 min to transition the room so we didn't need to worry about guests waiting around. It was the perfect amount of time for a "comfort break" for everyone. Generally got same day responses if I emailed the staff with a question leading up to the event. They provide access to the locker rooms so the wedding party could get changed after set up which was convenient. The rooms also locked so we were able to use it to store gifts. One complaint: they were kind of gross though. I know it's meant for athletes but they could at least sweep up the broken beer bottles before weekend events.
UBC boathouse was a wonderful choice of venue for our January 16,2016 wedding. They were easy to work with, reliable and always friendly. Any questions asked via email were responded to wishing 24hours. We would highly recommend choosing them for your wedding!
we had our wedding on January 10th, 2016 and book UBC boathouse. When i first saw the place, i did not hesitate at all to book it. It is beautiful with mountain and river background, big glass windows, balcony and amazing dock for you to have your wedding in the summer. The staff are so great and helpful with my unlimited questions, emails and requests. Our wedding was such a blast, everyone had a great time and love the place. Every process from booking the venue till our actual wedding finishes is smooth. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone that's going to get married!
Boathouse ceremony and reception Dec 28 2015Reviewed on 1/27/2016
Gorgeous location for an indoor ceremony! Reasonable winter rates and super responsive/ helpful staff.
Excellent Communication and DeliveryReviewed on 1/27/2016
Booking at the Boathouse was very easy. They provided much-needed help every step of the way and helped us solve any logistical issues that came up for our December 28, 2016 wedding.
Dec 31, 2015 - Beautiful VenueReviewed on 1/16/2016 Kaity G
UBC Boathouse was the perfect venue for our NYE Wedding. It was absolutely beautiful. Being a NYE Wedding, we had limitations for drop off and pick up times coupled with hefty costs for being the "stat". UBC Boathouse understood that we were on a budget and helped us out with to meet our needs and accommodated us as much as possible. There are a lot of policies that you need to adhere to but at the end of the day our wedding was beautiful and it all worked out.
Amazing venue!Reviewed on 10/23/2015
Everyone we worked with at the Boathouse made this a fun and stress-free planning experience, and the whole thing went down without a hitch (except for us getting hitched). Couldn't imagine a better venue for what we were looking for.
Sept 19th 2015 weddingReviewed on 10/21/2015 Nicole M
The UBC Boathouse was a great venue for Ceremony and recpetion all in one. The staff were great as it rained that monring and they had to move the ceremony inside which doing the switch for the reception after went seamless and it was so quick none of the guests were disturbed at all. The inside ceremony turned out to be beautiful also and the pictures were amazing with the big windows behind us. The clean up was easy 20 minutes and we were gone. I would highly recommend their venue its such a beautiful place and all our guest raved about how nice it was there. IT is so nice you hardly even need decorations, minor anyways!! the location also was amazing for pictures, we did not have one bad picture. Highly receommend just be prepared to book all your vendors as its not an all in one wedding!