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FAQ & Information

What Is a Celebration of Life?


A celebration of life is an event that focuses primarily on the life a lovedone, and the legacy that they leave behind. The focus is on happymemories of the deceased rather than on the sad fact that they’re nolonger with us. While there are often tears, these events tend to be creative, and focuson joy and laughter. Truly celebrating a life well lived allows people totransition through their grief and move into a place of healing and peace. A celebration of life can be a graceful warm gathering for tea & conversation, an evening cocktail-style party with friends, or anintimate family dinner with great food and love. The element of ceremony and memorial are sometimes part of theexperience, but seldom include a full funeral. The one constant is that acelebration of life is always an expression of how much the world issuch a better place because of a life well lived.




The Conservatory


Aquatopia Conservatory is avenue where you and yourguests can escape to a warmindoor tropical paradise anytime of year, immersed in aliving, breathing ecosystemfilled with lush greeneryand water gardens. With such a positive sense of place, Aquatopia is the ideal space to honourand celebrate the life of your loved one. Our facility affords friends and family of the deceased a place of naturalserenity, where they can connect with one another, and venerate the joyand happiness of their loved one’s legacy.




Our Planning Team


While celebrations of life are notburdened with expectations, it isimportant to realize that the eventyou are planning should meet theemotional needs of your guests. With so many decisions to makeupon the passing of a loved one, itcan become overwhelming forsurvivors of the deceased to eventhink about planning a socialgathering. Aquatopia’s professional events teamappreciate this reality, and can assistyou in creating a beautiful,meaningful celebration of your lovedone’s life story, and free you from thetrammels of playing host. Our talented event coordinators,floral & décor artists, AV technicians,and chefs are experts in socialkinetics. They are always passionateabout their craft and work incomplete service to themeaningfulness and success of everyevent they produce.




Facility Fees


Monday - Thursday - $2,495
Fridays & Sundays - $3,495
Saturdays & Holidays - $4,495
All facility fees are subject to 13% HST.




Terms and Conditions


All silverware, classic white porcelain china, titanium Bar & stemware, and cruet wares are included. If minimum guest counts are not met, a surcharge of $25.00 per guest not present applies. All food and beverage services are subject to a 15% service charge and 13% HST.





We are pleased to offer the following services when you book Aquatopia
Conservatory for a celebration of life. Our facility fee includes: 

  • Up to six (6) hours exclusive use of the Aquatopia Conservatory Atrium & Greenhouse for groups up to 150 guests.

  • A personal event coordinator to assist you with all planning aspects of your event held at our facilities including memorial ceremony and reception.

  • Services of our event design team to help you create & stylize all of your floral & decor elements and create the perfect commemoration of your loved one.

  • Up to 150 vintage lime washed Chiavari chairs & cushions.

  • A selection of square 5' x 5' dining tables with classic floor-length linens & napkins.

  • A variety of contemporary lounge sofas, chairs, ottomans, side tables & rugs.

  • An assortment of cocktail tables with floor length linens.

  • A variety of steampunk weathered pine & wrought iron tables & gunmetal grey tabouret chairs.

Grace Celebration

A lovely, stylish event to honour your loved one in the warm sunshine and greenery of our conservatory, in the classical style of the bygone era of English garden parties. The food is light and whimsical, highlighting the sweet and savoury delights of traditional Bedford tea service.

 $64 per guest 

(50 guest minimum) 

Grace Celebration of Life Menu - Bedford Tea Sandwiches


Bedford Tea Sandwiches Selection of three (3) different tea sandwiches. Watercress & Egg Salad (v) Cucumber, Tomato & Basil Cream Cheese (v) Croque Monsieur Ham & Gruyere Hot Smoked Salmon Campagne & Mixed Greens Sun-Dried Tomato & Hummus Pinwheels (v)





Grace Celebration of Life Menu - Sweet Treats


Sweet Treats Light & buttery madeleine cookies with citrus zest. Ginger and wild berry scones with clotted cream & homemade jams. Tropical fruit salad.





Grace Celebration of Life Menu - Sweet Treats


Sweet Treats Light & buttery madeleine cookies with citrus zest. Ginger and wild berry scones with clotted cream & homemade jams. Tropical fruit salad.





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Soirée Celebration

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A cocktail style celebration filled with love and laughter
where family &friends even laud & toast the deceased and
the positive legacy left in their slipstream. Typically an
evening affair, a Soirée Celebration of Life features fine
food & drinks, music, and venerating presentations.
Sadness is acknowledged but wrapped in a spirit of joy
and appreciation.

Hors D'oeuvres Style

$74 per guest

(50 guest minimum)

Plated Tapas Style

$124 per guest

(50 guest minimum)

Soirée Celebration of Life Menu - Tapas Style


Tapas Style $124 per guest (50 guest minimum) Selection of five (5) different tapas plates. Coconut Shrimp with Roasted Peanuts & Habanero Mango Puree Seared Tuna with Toasted Hemp Seeds & Avocado Vinaigrette Pork Belly & Tamarind Glaze with Pickled Radish Brioche Beef Burger, Angel Hair Fries, Mac Sauce Aged Ribeye & Rosemary Smashed Potatoes with Tarragon Red Wine Jus Patatas Bravas with Maple-Orange Syrup, Brussel Sprouts & Chorizo Sausage Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto with Asparagus & Parmesan Crisps (v) Vegan Spanish Roasted Padron Peppers, Sun-dried Tomatoes (v) – and – Cheese & Charcuterie Station – and – Banana Xango with Salted Caramel & Vanilla Ice Cream Vegan Mango Sorbet with Coconut Milk & Chia Seeds Selection of Italian Desserts





Soirée Celebration of Life Menu - Tapas Style


Tapas Style $124 per guest (50 guest minimum) Selection of five (5) different tapas plates. Coconut Shrimp with Roasted Peanuts & Habanero Mango Puree Seared Tuna with Toasted Hemp Seeds & Avocado Vinaigrette Pork Belly & Tamarind Glaze with Pickled Radish Brioche Beef Burger, Angel Hair Fries, Mac Sauce Aged Ribeye & Rosemary Smashed Potatoes with Tarragon Red Wine Jus Patatas Bravas with Maple-Orange Syrup, Brussel Sprouts & Chorizo Sausage Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto with Asparagus & Parmesan Crisps (v) Vegan Spanish Roasted Padron Peppers, Sun-dried Tomatoes (v) – and – Cheese & Charcuterie Station – and – Banana Xango with Salted Caramel & Vanilla Ice Cream Vegan Mango Sorbet with Coconut Milk & Chia Seeds Selection of Italian Desserts





Family Repast Celebration

A more intimate dinner style gathering where close family & friends share a scrumptious meal together away from the public eye of a funeral &reception. It creates a space where loved ones can unwind and focus on each other rather than the sometimes hundreds of guests who have come out to honour the deceased. Family members no longer need to play host, because it is at this moment in dealing with your loss that our events production and culinary team assume this role allowing you to focus on sharing the moment with one another.

Below is a sample of one of our fully customizable dinner menus. Clients will be invited to meet with our executive chef to design and price a personalized menu to suit your family’s preferences.

What Is a Celebration of Life?


A celebration of life is an event that focuses primarily on the life a lovedone, and the legacy that they leave behind. The focus is on happymemories of the deceased rather than on the sad fact that they’re nolonger with us. While there are often tears, these events tend to be creative, and focuson joy and laughter. Truly celebrating a life well lived allows people totransition through their grief and move into a place of healing and peace. A celebration of life can be a graceful warm gathering for tea & conversation, an evening cocktail-style party with friends, or anintimate family dinner with great food and love. The element of ceremony and memorial are sometimes part of theexperience, but seldom include a full funeral. The one constant is that acelebration of life is always an expression of how much the world issuch a better place because of a life well lived.




The Conservatory


Aquatopia Conservatory is avenue where you and yourguests can escape to a warmindoor tropical paradise anytime of year, immersed in aliving, breathing ecosystemfilled with lush greeneryand water gardens. With such a positive sense of place, Aquatopia is the ideal space to honourand celebrate the life of your loved one. Our facility affords friends and family of the deceased a place of naturalserenity, where they can connect with one another, and venerate the joyand happiness of their loved one’s legacy.




Our Planning Team


While celebrations of life are notburdened with expectations, it isimportant to realize that the eventyou are planning should meet theemotional needs of your guests. With so many decisions to makeupon the passing of a loved one, itcan become overwhelming forsurvivors of the deceased to eventhink about planning a socialgathering. Aquatopia’s professional events teamappreciate this reality, and can assistyou in creating a beautiful,meaningful celebration of your lovedone’s life story, and free you from thetrammels of playing host. Our talented event coordinators,floral & décor artists, AV technicians,and chefs are experts in socialkinetics. They are always passionateabout their craft and work incomplete service to themeaningfulness and success of everyevent they produce.




Facility Fees


Monday - Thursday - $2,495
Fridays & Sundays - $3,495
Saturdays & Holidays - $4,495
All facility fees are subject to 13% HST.




Terms and Conditions


All silverware, classic white porcelain china, titanium Bar & stemware, and cruet wares are included. If minimum guest counts are not met, a surcharge of $25.00 per guest not present applies. All food and beverage services are subject to a 15% service charge and 13% HST.





Family Repast Celebration of Life Menu - Five-Course Family Dinner Sample


Five-Course Family Dinner Sample

Starter
Flame-Seared Diver Sea Scallops with BurntCauliflower Purée, and a Mirin Reduction

Pasta Entrée
Butter Poached Lobster Parpadella withLemon-Chili Asparagus

Intermezzo
Watermelon Mint Rafraiçhir Bouche Main Course
Charcoal-Grilled Wagyu Beef with SzechuanPeppercorn Mignonette, & White Asparagus à Cote

Dessert
Butter Bourbon Crème Brulée PearCompote & Caramel





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Beverage Services

Customizable Host Bar

$2,995 Per Event

NOTE: Cost of alcohol & specialty non-alcoholic beverages are not included in this service, and will be invoiced separately at LCBO and/or retailer list prices. No alcohol returns.

  • Coordination of a No-Sale Special Occasion Permit from the AGCO.

  • Service for the purchase, delivery, storage, and cooling of all LCBO listed beverages

  • Unlimited standard bar rail mixes, soft drinks, juices, cordials, condiments & garnishes.

  • Freshly brewed organic, fair-trade coffee and tea.

  • SmartServe certified and uniformed bar/service staff (up to 6 hours) for the duration of your event.

  • All required titanium crystal barware, stemware, and service equipment.

  • On-site ice maker & storage.

Non-Alcoholic Bar

$29 Per Guest

NOTE: Cost of specialty non-alcoholic beverages are not included in this service and will be invoiced separately at list prices.

  • For Soirée Celebration of Life events where no alcohol is served.

  • Unlimited standard soft drinks, juices, cordials, condiments & garnishes.

  • Freshly brewed organic, fair-trade coffee and tea.

  • Uniformed bar and service staff (up to 6 hours) for the duration of your event

  • All required titanium crystal barware, stemware, and service equipment.

  • On-site ice maker & storage.

Espresso & Specialty Tea Service

$495 Two (2) Hours

$695 Four (4) Hours

  • Fully staffed & equipped barista service.

  • Specialty teas, espresso, cappuccino, & lattes.

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