Top 5 Event Spaces in Ottawa
There’s always a reason to celebrate or get together with the people who are important to you. So whether it’s for a wedding, a party, or a meeting with co-workers, we’re here to help you find the best event space in Ottawa for your gatherings.
There are also some handy FAQs at the end of this listicle to address some venue-related concerns you may have. But first, let’s talk about costs.
How Much Does an Event Space in Ottawa Cost?
An event space in Ottawa could have different rates from other venues due to several factors. Chief among these reasons is the nature of the event you’re holding.
As the table below shows, wedding venues and packages typically charge higher than those meant for corporate meetings. Some of the event spaces we’re reviewing today also charge per person instead of by the hour or event.
|EVENT SPACE||ESTIMATED COST|
|The Painted Window||Monthly weddings and parties $1,000 - $15,000 per event (75 - 240 attendees)|
Weekend wedding celebration $5,500 - $15,500 per event (75 - 250 attendees)
|Greyhawk Golf Club||Banquets for parties and meetings $20 - $100 per person|
Wedding packages $70 - $97 per person
All event types $2,500 - $45,000 per event
Please note that some event spaces are for members only (or for guests who are endorsed by members). There could be seasonal and off-season rates to consider, too.
The Top Event Space in Ottawa
Now let’s see which event space in Ottawa is the best fit for your gathering needs. We chose the ones in this listicle using the following criteria:
Without further ado, let’s get on with our list!
1. Ottawa Venues
|SERVICES||Venue for receptions, product launches, corporate meetings, private events, tour groups.|
|ADDRESS||103 York St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5T2|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+1.613.241.9997 ext. 115|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Ottawa Venues is not a single event space in Ottawa per se. Instead, it specializes in event planning and therefore has good resources for all kinds of events, including product launches, receptions, meeting spaces, tour groups, and other events.
It has several properties in the Byward area for different types of functions. There’s a bar and grill for cocktail receptions, a brewery for more intimate gatherings, and various pubs, restaurants, and bars to accommodate 70 to over 300 attendees.
However, its planner services are what makes Ottawa Venues stand out among other event spaces. Its team of planners specializes in putting together a week’s worth of customized experience for its clients with everything from location to entertainment organized on their behalf.
It’s great that Ottawa Venues offers one-stop-shop convenience for those who are too busy to organize an event by themselves. But it would be nicer to have a price guide of its services to give potential clients an idea of the costs involved.
- Offers one-stop-shop convenience for various events
- Can accommodate up to 300 event attendees
- Can customize a week’s worth of client events
- The office is closed on weekends
- Doesn’t provide a price guide
- No BBB accreditation
The service was exceptional, the atmosphere was perfect and the food was great!
“We had our Staff Xmas party there and have nothing but fantastic things to say. The service was exceptional, the atmosphere was perfect and the food was great! All 30 of our guests were very satisfied considering the last couple of years we never had great experiences at other venues. Thank you again!” – Kaitlin Van Gaal
Many venues and very creative ideas
“A one-stop-shop if you are looking to plan an event. They have many venues and very creative ideas.” – Nghi Tran
2. GreyHawk Golf Club
|SERVICES||Golf course and country club, banquets and wedding packages, private clubhouse and rooms for wedding receptions, celebration parties, business meetings|
|ADDRESS||4999 Boundary Rd. Ottawa, ON, Canada K4B 1P5|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+1 613-822-1454|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
Saturdays and Sundays 6:30 AM - 9:30 PM
There’s an Old World ambiance in GreyHawk Golf Club’s 17,100-square-foot clubhouse. It uses log sidings and natural stone to summon a frontier home look and feel.
The only issue we see here is that it might not appeal to guests or clients who would prefer something more contemporary as far as interior and exterior decor go.
It’s first and foremost a golf club with 18-hole courses in an open property. Client feedback always mentions how well-maintained its turf and clubhouse are so that’s a vote of confidence for its cleanliness and maintenance.
As for events, the club has a planning team to help organize anything from business meetings to wedding receptions. It can accommodate up to 300 people in the main clubhouse but also has smaller rooms to offer for more intimate gatherings.
GreyHawk is a members-only club but is open to functions for both members and non-members, which is great. There are also corporate golf packages offered for conferences, seminars, and meetings to spice up the events.
- Virtual tour available
- Corporate golf packages offered for meetings
- The clubhouse is open for member and non-member functions
- The ambience might be too Old World for particular clients
- Some website links are broken
- No BBB accreditation
Staff is friendly and the food is pretty good
“Overall the course is very well maintained and the crew is constantly working to improve anything that needs it. The greens are quite fast and roll true. Two 18s are both enjoyable and I am happy to play either one when I book. Best range of the club link courses in Ottawa. Staff is friendly and the food is pretty good. Improving the beer selection by adding a few craft beers would be a big improvement.” – Jeffrey Tobin
Spacious and modern restaurant and welcome center
“Great golf club. Very involved with the local community and has numerous activities throughout the year. Spacious and modern restaurant and welcome center as well. Easy to access right off of the 417.” – Ayusha Gupta
3. The Painted Window
|SERVICES||Country wedding venue, wedding packages,|
|ADDRESS||596 Lyndhurst Road Lyndhurst Ontario K0E 1N0|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Sunday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
The Painted Window is first and foremost a wedding venue situated on a 5-acre property.
It’s meant for weekend weddings and has little whimsical spots like The Fairy Rock Garden, a cocktail barn called La Terrace, a wedding gift store, and a massive wedding tent that can accommodate up to 250 attendees.
It also offers complete wedding weekend packages that are fully customizable and adjustable. So brides and grooms who simply don’t have enough time to organize their special day won’t have to fret about even the smallest details like centrepieces, parking, and tea cake carts.
The downside is that it seems to primarily be focused on weddings and not other types of gatherings. And if alcohol is involved in reception, the bride and groom are required to obtain proof of Liquor Permit 30 days before their event.
Still, non-wedding parties can opt to rent the venue minus all the services and inclusions for a reasonable $3050 (taxes included) for 24 hours.
- Offers complete wedding weekend packages
- Plenty of inclusions for weddings
- Has a gift store
- Focused mostly on weddings
- Liquor permit required 30 days before the event
- No BBB accreditation
This location is the perfect rustic greenery venue out there
“The painted window is the best venue you can book for your wedding! Hali made our wedding a dream come true! She made sure everything was more than perfect, she made sure I was stress-free on the wedding day, she took such good care of us and I can say that my wedding was a fairytale because of Hali and the painted window. This location is the perfect rustic greenery venue out there, it is SO BEAUTIFUL and the decoration is amazing. Hali was very accommodating to our budget and responsive to every little question and need that I had. We truly love her so very much she made our wedding perfect.” – Areli Lopez
Pays attention to all details, friendly with everyone
“As a photographer is a great pleasure to work with Hali, she is professional… she pays attention to all details, she is friendly with everyone. She makes sure you feel like you are home. Can’t say anything negative about the venue or the owner. Hali, she is warm and welcoming.” – Carlota SP
4. Ottawa Art Gallery
|SERVICES||Rental space for meetings, events, weddings, catering, event planning, florals and decor, valet, art gallery|
|ADDRESS||50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5|
|OPERATING HOURS||Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
While it’s dedicated to collecting and preserving regional art for Ottawans to enjoy, the Ottawa Art Gallery also has unique spaces available to rent. Clients needing a vibrant and artsy space for meetings, weddings, and other events can opt to hold them here.
There’s a virtual tour for potential clients and it’s great how it shows all the nooks and crannies of the rentals. There’s a sun-drenched Sky Lounge, a terrace that’s perfect for receptions, a salon, and a customizable mesh wall that lights up according to colour preference!
There’s a sizable main salon that can accommodate up to 350 guests in a standing reception. The terrace is also a great gathering place alternative when there’s warmer weather.
The Ottawa Art Gallery offers services for various functions and gatherings, too. But since it doesn’t list a price guide, it’s best to reach out to its staff to inquire about capacities and rental rates.
- Virtual tour available
- Different venue sizes available for rental
- Can accommodate up to 350 guests for a standing reception
- Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
- Doesn’t provide a price guide for services
- No BBB accreditation
The building is beautiful!
“This is a must-see for Ottawanians and visitors! The art is relevant and first-rate! The building is beautiful! There is excellent food in the cafe and the restaurant.” – Patricia Beckett
OAGGAO must be on top of the list of places of interest
“What a great place! It’s offering refreshingly interesting art that makes you think. Very lovely café as well!! And it’s free!! No entrance fee, can you imagine that? If you have to decide between different places of interest, OAGGAO must be on top of your list.” – Nina Elshof
5. Aquatopia Conservatory
|SERVICES||Weddings and private events, water garden theatre, aquatic landscapes, tropical interiorscapes, floral and decor, catering, bar|
|ADDRESS||2710 March Road Ottawa, ON, Canada K0A 1L0|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+1 613-225-7663|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
Fridays 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturdays 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Closed on Sundays
The Aquatopia Conservatory is the perfect venue for those who want a tropical vibe all year round. It’s also a good choice for future brides and grooms who want an exotic location for their special day minus the expenses of a destination wedding.
There are full-service wedding packages meant to take the hassle and stress of event preparations. Aquatopia has a team of coordinators, chefs, servers, florists, and designers to help engaged couples’ dream nuptials come to life.
Even non-wedding clients can enjoy the gorgeous greenery and blooms that fill the water garden conservatory whatever season it is. The venue can hold up to 150 people for dinner and cocktail receptions for up to 8 hours of exclusive use.
There’s an on-site management staff ready to assist guests at any time. We’re truly hard-pressed to find anything of fault at this venue except perhaps its limited capacity for accommodating more guests.
- A tropical ambiance all year-round
- Comprehensive wedding packages are available
- Complete facilities and amenities offered
- Can accommodate up to 150 guests only
- The office is closed on Sundays
- No BBB accreditation
Was blown away by the attention to detail
“What an absolutely beautiful venue. I attended a wedding (service, cocktail hour and reception) and I was blown away by the attention to detail.” – Mary M.
The plants are beautiful and the location is pleasant too as is the staff
“I’ve lived in Ottawa/Gatineau for 14 years now and have been to many sites around the area. For the first time, I discovered the Aquatopia Water Garden. This is a nice discovery. The plants here are beautiful and the location is pleasant too as is the staff. It’s too bad they don’t use the bar to serve coffee or whatever else. It would be a great little oasis escape. They only use it for receptions and such.” – Yodaman Solo
FAQs About Event Spaces in Ottawa
We hope you can use this listicle as a resource to find the best event space in Ottawa for your gatherings! If you think we left out a good event space, please let us know.
We also recommend reading our other published posts on different venues and spaces for groups big or small: