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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.Toronto.on.ca

City of Mississauga Mississauga.ca

Wedding Venues Hallz.com

National Parks Canada ParksCanada.pch.gc.ca

Wedding Locations WeddingLocation.com

Ceremony & Reception Venues Ontario

Miller Lash House, University of Toronto, Scarborough

La Primavera LaPrimaveraHall.ca

Toronto Downtown Bed and Breakfast -www.tdbab.com

The Manor, Kettleby

Delta Pinestone Resort – www.deltapinestone.com

North Country Getaway – www.northcountrygetaway.com

Pavilion Royale – pavilionroyale.com

Angus Glen Golf & Country Club

Eaton Hall – www.eatonhall.ca

The Old Mill – www.oldmilltoronto.com

The Great Hall – www.greathall.net

Casa Loma – www.casaloma.org

Gananoque Inn – www.gananoqueinn.com

Graydon Hall Manor – www.graydonhall.com

GlenErin Inn – www.glenerininn.com

Edwards Gardens – www.city.toronto.on.ca/parks/parks_gardens/edwardsgdns.htm

Windsor Arms Hotel – www.windsorarmshotel.com

Oak View Terrace – www.oakviewterrace.com

Michelangelos (Hamilton) – www.michelangelos.com

Ontario Heritage Centre – www.heritagefdn.on.ca/Eng/Conference-Theatres/conference-ohf.shtml

Oakville Golf Club – www.banquethallsontario.com/OAKgolfclub.htm

Cedarbrook Country Inn – www.cedarbrookcountryinn.com

Gage Park (Brampton) – www.bridalspace.com/gagepark/more.htm

Estates of Sunnybrook – www.estatesofsunnybrook.com

Rockwood Conservation Area – www.rockwoodheaven.com/conservation.html

Fairmont Royal York Hotel (Toronto) – www.fairmont.com

Chinguacousy Wedding Chapel (Brampton)

The Boulevard Club – www.boulevardclub.com

Mississauga Wedding Chapel – www.mississauga.ca

Inn on the Park – www.innontheparktoronto.com

Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant – www.mrsmitchells.net

Morrisburg Meeting Centre – www.morrisburgmeetingcentre.oetio.com

Southbrook Farms – www.southbrook.com

Hockley Valley Resort – www.hockley.com

The Nottawasaga Inn – www.nottawasagaresort.com

The Millcroft Inn – www.millcroft.com/attract2.html

Oakview Terrace – www.oakviewterrace.com

FindABanquetHall.comwww.FindABanquetHall.com

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

[[PASTING TABLES IS NOT SUPPORTED]]

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Spadina House

Features: Victorian mansion surrounded by restored victorian gardens.

Location: 285 Spadina Rd.

Permit: Call for permit information

Phone: 416-392-6910

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

dates.

Phone: 416-864-3440

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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

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Other “Alternate” locations

Downtown Streets (candid walking shots)

Fields

Alleyways

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)

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