Weddings on Pathfinder Island

Welcome

Camp Pathfinder Island has been host to a number of wedding ceremonies, offering dining, accomodation, a ceremonial chapel, and vast outdoor activities for you and your guests. Located on Source Lake in the heart of Algonquin Park, our Canadian wilderness camp is the perfect location for your rustic wedding.

 

Pink sunsets, canoe paddles along the shore, canvas platform tents and wood cabins for lodging - come celebrate with us. We are here to help you to deliver an event that goes above and beyond your expectations.

 

Ceremony Options

One Day

We offer the option to have your cocktail hour, ceremony and dinner at Camp Pathfinder, while your lodging and other meals are elsewhere. We partner with Arowhon pines, a beautiful resort located minutes away on Little Joe Lake. There are also a number of other lodging options close by. For this selection, your guests and you may stay elsewhere and be shuttled or driven to Source Lake for the ceremony and evening events of your choosing before being shuttled/driven back to your lodging for the night. 

Two Days, One Night

For this option, you and your guests will arrive on the island between 10 am and 1 pm for lunch/brunch. Cabins and tents will be moved into, and there will be a few hours of relaxing downtime, paddling and swimming before cocktail hour, ceremony, dinner, and reception. Guests and the Wedding Party will stay over in their tent or lodge. The following morning there will be a breakfast and time for camp activities before guests make their way off the island.

Three Days, Two Nights

This option is best if you are looking for the perfect rustic destination wedding. You and your guests will have ample time to swim, paddle, play and explore before your big day. Guests arrive at the island between 10 am and 1 pm for lunch/brunch, move into their tent or lodge and spend the day with friends and family in true camp style. You can work with us to come up with fun activities for your guests to take part in on this day. The following day (wedding day!) guests will have time to enjoy camp all morning and early afternoon before attending cocktail hour, ceremony, dinner, and reception. Guests and the Wedding Party will stay over in their tent or lodge. The following morning there will be a buffet breakfast and camp activities before guests make their way off the island.

Accommodations

Venue & Setting

Lovingly maintained in rustic simplicity since 1914, Pathfinder Island's 17-acres shelter us in a beautiful arrangement of traditional cabins and tent lodges beneath mature pines and hardwoods. A forest canopy grows overhead, and pine needled paths lie underfoot. 

Pathfinder is a five-hour drive door to dock from Buffalo, three and one-half hours from metro Toronto and Ottawa, and two hours from Peterborough, ON. The camp accommodates over 120 guests in cabins and platform canvas tent lodges. Electricity is available in a number of our fine lodges to accommodate for any electronics needed to help you and your guests look their best.

 

Our wonderfully rustic island home includes a beautiful pine dining hall (1934) with resident chef, pastry chef, and complete food service; A picturesque swim waterfront with 10- and 20-foot dive towers is the centre for swims and soap bathing; treasured wood-canvas canoe fleet that is the pride of our Camp, voyageur canoes and kayaks; large fire pit clearings for nightly bonfires (1910s); an excellent low/high ropes and challenge course, rock wall and zip-line (2000); sunrises, sunsets, and a blanket of stars unique to this light-pollution free woodland escape.

Dining

Our wonderfully rustic island home includes a beautiful pine dining hall (1934) with resident chef, pastry chef, and complete food service. The dining hall seats up to 190 people family-style tables. Our head chef Gonzalo Pantoja and his cooks cover all food service. His homemade menu, including baking and pastries, is prepared fresh daily on the Island. Pathfinder accommodates a number of dietary preferences and needs.

Our camp dining hall is transformed during a wedding. Pine and cedar bows intertwine with dazzling string lights to decorate the historic wooden beams above, while white linen table cloths and fine silver cookware cover the tables alongside nature bouquets and candles. Our camp staff and chefs work flawlessly to deliver beautiful meals to your wedding guests. 

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served before the ceremony while overlooking Source Lake. 

Ceremony

Ceremonies take place along the back North-Western shoreline of the Island, where you find our Chapel. The Pathfinder Jean Norton Memorial Chapel is a tranquil and beautifully secluded island destination just a short walk away from all the action in central camp. Two sections of hand-built wooden seating sit amongst the swaying trees and face the sun-lit shoreline and main Chapel podium. Typically, the Wedding Party, Groom, and lastly Bride, are each paddled to the chapel where they will enter the ceremony in front of guests. A beautifully unique way to celebrate together. 

Reception

Wedding receptions take place at the Pathfinder Recreation Lodge. The Pathfinder Rec Lodge is a 1940s pine landmark, with restored truss beams, mullion windows, maple floor, and modern lighting. Two scenic paths, one along the Eastern shore of Island and one cascading down from the center of camp through cedars and pines above, lead you and your guests to the reception. Dessert and treat buffets, state of the art sound system, beautiful lighting, shore-side dock - this is the perfect spot for dancing, drinking, and celebrating this exciting night. The facility can be tailored to use or hide its technology resources. 

Lodging

Pathfinder accommodates over 120 guests in cabins and platform canvas tent lodges. Electricity is available in a number of our fine lodges to accommodate for any electronics needed to help you and your guests look their best. All tents and lodges are equipped with beds, mattresses, shelving and a place to hang your suits and dresses. Tents and Lodges are located along the shore and within minutes of the dining hall, restrooms, and waterfront.

Facilities

Here at Pathfinder, we have two main restrooms, one for men and one for women, each equipped with multiple toilets and sinks. As for bathing, we are lake bathers. It is important for us to have the least impact by using soaps that do not leave phosphates or residues in the water. Good soap choices are Camp Suds, Burt’s Bees or Dr. Bronner’s. Good shampoo choices are Herbal Essence or Burt’s Bees. Please be sure to bring your own towel and toiletries. 

 
 
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