Where is the best location for our photography session in toronto?
Having grown up in Toronto, I have come to know many of its nooks and find myself being asked this by many clients. Whether its for an engagement, wedding or just a portrait session, here is a list of options in and around the Toronto area and they're corresponding photography permits.
Osgoode Hall Photography permit
Features: A stunning 1800’s historic building, with colorful 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
Knox College Photography
Features: Charming old architecture on a beautifully landscaped campus. Use is limited
to certain areas, but those areas are the best!. Click here to view a recent wedding that had their photos done at Knox College.
Location: College and University. Permit:
$120 for non-alumni / $60 for alumni Phone: 416.978.2187
Casa loma photography permit
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: $800 for 2hrs depending on time of day. Phone: 416.923.1171
View the Casa Loma blog here
Distillery district photography
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: $250.00 and picked up at PIKTO Phone: 416.364.4793
The Old Mill Photography Permit
Features: Historic building with a beautiful waterfall and landscaped gardens. Location:
21 Old Mill Road Permit: Permission normally required. Phone: 416-236-2641. Can only
take pictures if the wedding ceremony takes place here.
Union Station Photography
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: $150 Phone: 416-392-8188
Edward Gardens photography permit
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 photography permit
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
Humber Bridge, Etobicoke
Features: Situated on Lake Ontario (West end of Toronto), featuring sandy beach,
parkland & trees, and walkways Location: Lakeshore Rd. and South Kingsway
Alexander Muir Gardens photography
Features: Situated next to a ravine, beautiful sunken gardens, treed walkways, benches,
stone wall & stairs Location: Yonge St. & Lawrence Ave. Permit: $80.00
GuiLD Park and gardens photography permit
Features: Situated near the Scarborough Bluffs, Guild Park (Guildwood Park) is right behind The Guild Inn which has come online as a wedding venue a few years back. Features one of a kind statues and columns taken from downtown Toronto at the turn of the century. Call for permit
information Phone: 416-392-8188
View the Guild Inn Estate blog here
Hart House photography
Features: Beautiful courtyard, grounds and Gothic style architecture Location: 7 Hart
House Circle (U of T Campus) Permit: $400 for a 2 hour photography session. No permit required if wedding is held at Hart
House. Phone: 416.978.2187
Check out the Hart House blog here
Glendon College photography permit
Features: Beautiful Rose gardens, treed pathways, an old manor, and stone
walkways Location: Bayview Ave.& Lawrence Ave. Permit: permit required Phone: 416-
Mint room studios
Mint Room Studios is a photography studio in Toronto featuring 6 different studios: Ballroom, Conservatory, Library, Lounge, White Loft, and Nest. Each room is unique in its own way, has different interior design and decor suitable for all types of photoshoots.
Rates: 8:00 am –8:00 pm $95/per hour 8:00 pm – 8:00 am $195/per hour
Black Creek Pioneer Village permit
Features: Fully restored rural ontario 19th century village Location: Steeles Ave. & Jane
St. Permit: Call for permit information Phone: (416) 736-1740 ext. 5444
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)
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
Permit: $40 per hour (maximum 12 people)
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
Scarborough Bluffs Photography Permit
No More than 20 People
Eaton Hall, King City
Permit Fee: $550/4hours or $275/2hours
Royal York Hotel Photography
$500 without the booking of a hotel room, price can differ if you are a guest
All along the quaint street are structures virtually unchanged since its founding in 1794.
Renowned for its art galleries, restaurants and shops, all through a historic European
view, Main Street hosts numerous festivals drawing thousands of tourists throughout the
year. Come to Historic Main Street Unionville to absorb the atmosphere – its heritage, its
shopping, its dining, and its culture – all within a short drive from downtown Toronto.
Permit Fee: $103.50/2hrs
Phone: 905-477-7000 x4744 http://unionvilleinfo.com/
The McMichael Art Gallery photography permit
10365 Islington Avenue Kleinburg, Ontario L0J 1C0 Canada Tel: 905.893.1121 or toll
free 1.888.213.1121 Fax: 905.893.0692 General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The aga khan museum photography
The Aga Khan Museumis a museum of Islamic art, Iranian (Persian) art and muslim culture located at 77 Wynford Drive in Toronto. It is the first museum in the western world dedicated to Islamic art and objects. The permit fee is $325 Monday to Friday and $425 Saturday and Sunday. The permit form can be directly obtained by clicking here.
Click here to view the Aga Khan Museum wedding blog