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GTA Locations & Permits

Suggestions on booking a park/photography location for your Wedding Day

# Call the department of Parks and Recreation of the City in which the park is located. For instance, if you chose to book Sunny Side Pavilion located in the City of Toronto, you need to phone the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation department. 416-392-8188

# In some cases, you must be a resident of the city in which the park is located in order to book the park. If you do not reside in the city in which the park is located, your friend or relative who lives there can book it for you.

# You should book as soon as possible since most parks become booked up fairly quickly and well ahead of time.

# Prices for booking parks vary depending on the park and the city it's in;

they range from $40 for 2hrs and up to $100 per hour. Usually, it costs $100 for 2 hrs., which is exactly what's needed for photography and video on the Wedding Day.

# Remember to bring your park permit(s) on the Wedding Day. You might not be allowed in without one.

GTA Wedding Photography Locations & Permits

Here is a list of the most popular Wedding photography locations in the Toronto Area.

Note: you DO NOT have to book any park for Engagement photos or Video

Look at Suggestions at the top of this page for booking tips

City of Toronto Website

City of Mississauga

Wedding Venues

National Parks Canada

Wedding Locations

Ceremony & Reception Venues Ontario

Miller Lash House, University of Toronto, Scarborough

La Primavera

Toronto Downtown Bed and Breakfast

The Manor, Kettleby

Delta Pinestone Resort –

North Country Getaway –

Pavilion Royale –

Angus Glen Golf & Country Club

Eaton Hall –

The Old Mill –

The Great Hall –

Casa Loma –

Gananoque Inn –

Graydon Hall Manor –

GlenErin Inn –

Edwards Gardens –

Windsor Arms Hotel –

Oak View Terrace –

Michelangelos (Hamilton) –

Ontario Heritage Centre –

Oakville Golf Club –

Cedarbrook Country Inn –

Gage Park (Brampton) –

Estates of Sunnybrook –

Rockwood Conservation Area –

Fairmont Royal York Hotel (Toronto) –

Chinguacousy Wedding Chapel (Brampton)

The Boulevard Club –

Mississauga Wedding Chapel –

Inn on the Park –

Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant –

Morrisburg Meeting Centre –

Southbrook Farms –

Hockley Valley Resort –

The Nottawasaga Inn –

The Millcroft Inn –

Oakview Terrace –


Parks and Gardens in the GTA

Humber Bridge & Park, Etobicoke

Features: Situated on Lake Ontario (West end of Toronto), featuring sandy beach, parkland & trees, and walkways

Location: Lakeshore Rd. and South Kingsway

Permit: None required

360˚ panoramic view of the Humber Bridge


Osgoode Hall

Features: A stunning 1800’s historic building, with colourful manicured gardens, cobblestone pathways and ornate iron fencing.

Location: Queen and University Streets

Permit: No permit required, however, be sure there are no events or filming scheduled.


University of Toronto

Features: Charming old architecture on a beautifully landscaped campus. Use is limited to certain areas, but those areas are great.

Location: College and University

Permit: $120 for non-alumni / $60 for alumni

Phone: 416.978.2187


High Park

Features: Incredible gardens and a wonderful pond.

Location: Bloor and Parkside (west, just north of the QEW)

Permit: Permission may be required, as events may be planned.

Phone: 416.392.8188


Casa Loma

Features: This famous castle provides a spectacular setting. Access to the conservatory, terrace and gardens are all available.

Location: 1 Austin Terrace (near Bathurst and Dupont)

Permit: $200 to $300 depending on time of day

Phone: 416.923.1171


Kariya Park, Mississauga

Japanese garden in the heart of Mississauga. All group photography occurring between Friday and Sunday afternoons must reserve and pay a fee of $70 to obtain a park permit. A permit reserves a 90 minute block of time.

Kariya Drive just south of Burnhamthorpe Road, Mississauga, Ontario



James Gardens

Features: Traditional park; lots of trees, flowers, bridges, some water.

Location: Edenbridge Drive (east off Royal York Road)

Permit: $50 to$100 per hour

Phone: 416.392.8188


Distillery District

Features: historic distillery built in 1832. Cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, and old brick buildings make a unique background for interesting photos

Location: Mill St. (Between Parliament St. and Cherry St.)

Permit: $150.00

Phone: 416.364.4793


Centennial Park Conservatory, Etobicoke

Features: Three glass houses with interesting plant collections.

Location: 15 Elmcrest Road (west off Renforth Road, just north of Rathburn Avenue)

Phone: 416-394-8543


The Old Mill Inn, Toronto

Features: Historic building with a beautiful waterfall and landscaped gardens.

Location: 21 Old Mill Road

Permit: Permission normally required.

Phone: 416-236-2641


Union Station (Toronto)

Features: One of the largest and most opulent train stations in Canada, with fascinating old architecture, both inside and out.

Location: 65 Front Street West (at Bay Street)

Permit: $100

Phone: 416-392-8188


Edwards Gardens Conservatory, Toronto

Features: Similar to James Gardens, but larger with a fountain and a staircase. Edwards Gardens website

Location: 777 Lawrence Ave E , Toronto

Permit: $50-$100 per hour

Phone: 416-392-8188


Cherry Beach, Toronto

Features: Situated on Lake Ontario (East end of Toronto), featuring Sandy beach, wooded areas and a boardwalk.

Location: at the south end of Cherry St.

Permit: None required


Alexander Muir Gardens, Toronto

Features: Situated next to a ravine, beautiful sunken gardens, treed walkways, benches, stone wall & stairs

Location: Yonge St. & Lawrence Ave.

Permit: $80.00

Phone: 416-392-8188


TD Centre, Toronto

Features: Urban environment, tall skyscrapers, concrete walls, and small greenspace

Location: Bay St. & Wellington St. W.

Permit: None if venue is canoe restaurant

Phone: 416-869–2277


Front Street/Esplanade area, Toronto

Features: Nice architecture, shops and outdoor cafes, greenspace with flowers and water fountain.

Location: Front St. & Market St.

Permit: None required.


St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

Features: City architectural landmark, farmers’ market, indoor food market.

Location: Front St. & Jarvis St.

Permit: Call for permit information

Phone: 416-392-7219


Ashbridges Bay, Toronto

Features: Situated on Lake Ontario, features expansive beaches, a harbour & marina, and boardwalk cafe

Location: Lakeshore Blvd. E. & Coxwell Ave.

Permit: Call for permit information

Phone: 416-392-8188


Hart House, U of T, University of Toronto

Features: Beautiful courtyard, grounds and Gothic style architecture

Location: 7 Hart House Circle (U of T Campus)

Permit: No permit required if wedding is held at Hart House.

Phone: 416.978.2187


Glendon College, York University, Toronto

Features: Beautiful Rose gardens, treed pathways, an old manor, and stone walkways

Location: Bayview Ave.& Lawrence Ave.

Permit: permit required

Phone: 416-487-6798


Spadina House

Features: Victorian mansion surrounded by restored victorian gardens.

Location: 285 Spadina Rd.

Permit: Call for permit information

Phone: 416-392-6910


Black Creek Pioneer Village

Features: Fully restored rural ontario 19th century village

Location: Steeles Ave. & Jane St.

Permit: Call for permit information

Phone: (416) 736-1740 ext. 5444


Don Valley Brick Works, Toronto

Features: Comprised of distinctive industrial buildings, a quarry garden, surrounded by parkland.

Location: Bayview Avenue and Pottery Road

Permit: Permission required.

Phone: 416-392-8188


Todmorden Mills, Toronto

Features: Adjacent to the Don Valley Brick Works historic site, the Todmorden Mills Museum is a unique industrial settlement built in the 18th century.

Location: Pottery Road, west of Broadview at Mortimer Ave.

Permit: permit required

Phone: 416-396-2819


Sunnyside Park & Pavillion, Toronto

Features: Situated on Lake Ontario, featuring beaches, Late 1800’s architecture, iron gates, Courtyard with fountain, treed areas and a boardwalk.

Location: Lakeshore Blvd. and Colborne Lodge Drive

Permit: $40 per hour (for up to 20 people)

Phone: 416-392-8188


Allan Gardens Conservatory, Toronto

Features: Six indoor greenhouses ¬ great for late fall and winter weddings.

Location: 19 Horticultural Avenue (south side of Carlton between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets)

Permit: $40 per hour (maximum 12 people)

Phone: 416-392-8188


Harbourfront, Toronto

Features: Toronto’s newest waterfront park.

Location: South side of Queen’s Quay Blvd. West (between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street)

Permit: No permit required for outdoors; please call to inquire about indoor permits.

Phone: 416.392.1111


North York Rose Garden, Toronto

Features: In the heart of North York, the Rose Garden has winding pathways, mature trees and a lovely array of greenery and flowers.

Location: Northwest corner of Yonge Street and Park Horne Avenue

Permit: $12.25 per hour

Phone: 416-395-6055


Toronto Music Garden, Toronto

Features: Beautiful outdoor architecture, with spectacular indoor opportunities.

Location: 65 Front Street (between Bay and York Streets)

Permit: Permission may be required, as events may be planned for certain


Phone: 416-864-3440


Fantasy Fair, Toronto

Features: Ontario’s only indoor amusement park, complete with rides and attractions!

Location: Woodbine Centre, 500 Rexdale Blvd.

Permit: $60 permit required. Rides can be reserved for 10 minutes @ $60/ride or a 3-ride package of $150

Phone: 416-674-5200


Other “Alternate” locations

Downtown Streets (candid walking shots)



Train Tracks

Building Ruins

Train Tracks

Other Locations to Consider

Allen Gardens

George Brown House

Humber Arboretum

Kensington Market (candid walking shots)

Mackenzie House

Old City Hall

Ryerson Campus (Gould Street)

St. James Park (downtown)

Toronto Island

Indoor Locations to Consider

Most indoor locations require permits, although often we are allowed to take just the bride and groom inside for some quick shots, without a permit. However, if the bridal party and/or family members need to join the shoot, then a permit is always needed.

King Edward HotelFour Seasons Hotel

University of Toronto (Victoria College & Hart House)

Toronto City Hall

Old City Hall

Mississauga City Hall

Markham City Hall

The Eaton Centre

The Manulife Centre

Union Station / The Skywalk

Fairmont Royal York Hotel

St. Lawrence Hall

York Event Theatre

BCE Place (they will say “no” if you call in advance, but they have said “yes” many times on the spot if we do some quick shots of just the bride and groom)