With wedding season soon in full force, the last fling before the ring is the party on every bride tribe’s mind. When it comes to the ultimate bachelorette bash, what could be better than indulging in one last all-out, wild excursion with your core group of gals? Contrary to popular belief, jetting off to Vegas is not the way to toast the bride-to-be. If you simply don’t have the time or the budget to escape to Sin City, you can always have a legendary bachelorette closer to home. After all, Canada’s biggest cities can be the setting for a stereotypical blowout bachelorette, whether the blushing bride has cocktails, dancing, dinner or a luxury spa treatment on her mind. From Montreal’s thriving lively downtown core to Toronto’s energetic city streets and upscale nightlife, there is endless opportunity for pre-wedding excitement in your home and native land. We’ve rounded up a few homegrown bachelorette party ideas that are sure to please any Canadian girl set to tie the knot this season.
While “shedding before the wedding” may simply be just a fad (not be mention a particularly catchy hashtag!), there’s no better way to unleash your inner goddess than to partake in an exotic fitness class. In the centre of Old Montreal, just a few steps from Place d’Armes, Milan Pole Dance Studio claims to offer intense and vibrant dance workouts for the classy yet sassy gal. Visitors can take a 60-minute pole dancing class or book a private event with the bridal party, where you get a one-on-one lesson and a performance from your instructor, plus a memorable photo-op of the squad in action. After working up a sweat, your girl gang can head down to La Champagnerie to pop some bubbly. The first and only champagne bar in Montreal, La Champagnerie’s art nouveau décor is said to bring together modernism and history in a glass. In addition to their bubbles, they also feature a wide selection of cocktails paired with the chef’s French inspired cuisine and a DJ in house.
Nothing quite speaks the language of womanhood like the magic of lipstick. Take the posse to a custom lipstick class with Bite Beauty to find the perfect shade for the wedding day. As their most personalized offering, participants can choose from nearly 200 pigments as well as select their fave finish and scent. Rest-assured ladies, no one will be sporting the exact same colour as team bride on the big day! After a day full of glam, share some laughs with the bride as she lets loose at a female-centric comedy show in the city. Squad Goals takes place the third Saturday of every month at Bad Dog Theatre, and features Toronto’s leading female improvisers in one big show. While they may not be your O.G. crew, this squad represents a powerhouse of women and is the perfect addition to your existing girl squad.
Vancouver, British Columbia
If the bride needs a break from the stress of planning her big day, stop at Scandinave Spa Whistler and take a peaceful moment to experience traditional Scandinavian baths in what is described as an out-of-this-world environment, with both indoor and outdoor facilities. After a quick escape into the heart of nature for some much-needed revitalization, head back into the bustling city for a sophisticated night on the town. Downtown Vancouver’s Granville Street is known as the party hub of the west coast. While fairly sleepy by day, this neon-filled entertainment strip is buzzing at night, as the street comes to life after dark. Stretching roughly from Nelson Street to Robson Street, this area is packed with bars and nightclubs, including The Roxy, which makes the area an ideal destination for club hopping from one dance floor to the next.