John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse

Richmond, BC

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Book Your Wedding with John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse


About Us

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.


Extra Perks

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

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Venue Capacity




Wedding Categories

Destination Weddings, Planning, Tents, Rentals + Equipment


Contact Info

7277 River Road, Richmond, BC (604) 827-2011

Reviewed on 6/12/2017 Jamie Y

The location is beautiful with great views of the landscape, mountains and waterfront. The team at the Boathouse was amazing to work with from setting up the tour to helping with suggestions on the fine details to make the wedding day even more special. We particularly enjoyed... Read More the fact that it was in a private area away from the hustle and bustle of the city which helped with the privacy and intimacy of the day. Looking back, it's hard to imagine having our wedding day at another venue as everything fell into place naturally.

Reviewed on 6/11/2017 A S

Beautiful venue with excellent service and value. Staff were knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Emails and phone calls were returned within one business day. Highly recommend this beautiful venue for your wedding.

Reviewed on 6/11/2017 A S

Beautiful venue with excellent service and value. Staff were knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Emails and phone calls were returned within one business day. Highly recommend this beautiful venue for your wedding.

Reviewed on 6/11/2017 Tamara P

Such a great experience to work with the team at the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse! Very quick to respond to any and every question we had and will to accommodate our needs. Such a beautiful venue! I would highly recommend this venue to anyone for any occasion.

Reviewed on 6/09/2017 Hayley L

I highly recommend the UBC Boathouse. From inquiring about the venue all the way to after the wedding, working with them was organized and professional. The staff are friendly, well-informed, and efficient. The view is beautiful and great for photos/video. You don't need too... Read More much decor because the venue/view speaks for itself. We had our ceremony on the dock, followed by cocktail hour outside, and finally the reception inside the venue. Everything went smoothly and I never felt worried while organizing with them or on the day of.

Reviewed on 6/08/2017 Sarah F

We had our wedding on May 12,2017 at the UBC boathouse and we chose the perfect venue! The boathouse is stunning -- the massive floor to ceiling windows and the sunset views are spectacular. The staff was extremely helpful leading up to the wedding and for the day of. We had a... Read More wedding of 80 people and the venue was intimate but spacious! What an awesome experience! I would highly recommend considering this venue! .... and to top it off our wedding photos turned out STUNNING with this backdrop.

Reviewed on 6/07/2017 Jessica P

We love this venue! Such a beautiful place to get married. The staff were amazing to work with and helped us plan every step of the way. Highly recommend!

Reviewed on 6/07/2017 Justine B

I can't say enough good things about this venue! My husband and I got married there March 31, 2017 and had an amazing wedding. The venue is gorgeous with windows from floor to ceiling overlooking the river and the beautiful wood floors. Since booking our venue our contact at... Read More the venue Karen was fantastic. Her communication with us was fantastic, she was fast on her responses and very helpful with seating plans and layout to everything else. We would highly recommend this venue!

Reviewed on 6/07/2017

We could not have been happier with the venue and the service at the UBC Boathouse. The venue is absolutely spectacular and speaks for itself, and we could sense the organization and professionalism from our first conversation. The staff here made our day so much more enjoyable... Read More and relaxing. We HIGHLY recommend the UBC Boathouse

Reviewed on 2/17/2017 Emily S

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,... Read More 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.

Reviewed on 12/01/2016 Amanda M

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!

Reviewed on 10/21/2016 Elizabeth T

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... Read More 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!

Reviewed on 10/19/2016 Amanda S

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,... Read More 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

Reviewed on 10/17/2016 Gina F

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... Read More 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.

Reviewed on 10/17/2016 Sarah N

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... Read More 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.

Reviewed on 10/17/2016

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... Read More 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!

Reviewed on 10/17/2016 Ainsley R

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... Read More selection and day-of coordination.

Reviewed on 10/17/2016 Nikki W

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... Read More 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!

Reviewed on 5/10/2016 Veronica V

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.

Reviewed on 5/10/2016 Monica F

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.... Read More 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

Reviewed on 3/30/2016

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... Read More 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.

Reviewed on 3/07/2016 Allison K

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.

Reviewed on 3/02/2016 Jessica K

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!

Reviewed on 3/01/2016

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"... Read More 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.

Reviewed on 2/21/2016 Caitlin B

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!