Cherry Beach, Toronto
Features: This is one of my favorite places to take photographs. Situated on Lake Ontario (East end of Toronto), featuring sandy beach, wooded areas and a boardwalk. It also has a very cool bridge.
Location: at the south end of Cherry St.
Permit: None required
Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto
Features: Probably half of my engagement sessions happen here. Comprised of distinctive industrial buildings, a quarry garden, surrounded by parkland. If you have the dough, enquire about getting a permit to photograph in the buildings (old brick, arches, graffiti – really cool!)
Location: Bayview Avenue and Pottery Road
Permit: Permission required (no permission needed for gardens)
Features: Incredible gardens and a wonderful pond. Nearly all of my family portrait sessions in Toronto happen here. It has that classic park feel and reminds me a lot of Central park in New York City.
Location: Bloor and Parkside (west, just north of the QEW)
Permit: Permission may be required, as events may be planned.
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.)
Edwards Gardens Conservatory, Toronto
Features: This is the classic wedding park in Toronto, with a large fountain, a staircase, walking trails, gardens, bridges, and botanical gardens. That said, your photographs here don’t have to end up looking traditional. There is probably a reason photographers have been coming here for 50+ years.
Location: 777 Lawrence Ave E , Toronto
Permit: The main section is free. For botanical gardens, it is $330 per 2 hours.
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 scheduled. P.S. you are not allowed to take any photographs inside the building.
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: $130 for non-alumni / $65 for alumni
Knox College, University of Toronto
Features: Stunning Neo-Gothic architecture in Toronto.
Permit: $335 per 2 hours.
Location: 59 Saint George Street.
Hart House, 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.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Features: Fully restored rural Ontario 19th century village Location: Steeles Ave. & Jane St.
Permit: $150 for engagements, $300 for weddings
Phone: (416) 736-1740 ext. 5444
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: $500 depending on time of day
Front Street/Esplanade area, Toronto
Features: Nice architecture, shops and outdoor cafes, green space with flowers and water fountain.
Location: Front St. & Market St.
Permit: None required.
West Queen West, Toronto
Features: One of Toronto’s hippest neighborhoods. Perfect for you artsy, creative couples. Pop into bars and cafes or hit up graffiti walls and alleys.
Location: Queen West between Bathurst and Dufferin
Permit: None required, but you may want to ask ahead at some café’s, bars or shops
Yorkville / Museum Row, Toronto
Features: One of Toronto’s poshest neighborhoods. The Michael Lee Chin crystal is one of my favorite backgrounds in the city. Yorkville has some great texture and little nooks.
Location: University and Bloor
Permit: None required
Unionville Maine St, Markham
Features: Quaint little street with some great texture
Location: Unionville Main St
Permit: $122.50 for 1 hour of wedding photography.
Phone: 905.477.7000 x6930 or x2300.
Kensington Market, Toronto
Features: One of Toronto’s other hippest neighborhoods – lively, colourful, and fun! Try on some vintage clothing, pose with silly sunglasses or hats at one of the outdoor stalls, share a coffee or snack, or explore the alleys with graffiti/street art.
Location: Tucked away between the borders of Dundas, College, Bathurst and Spadina.
Permit: None required, but you may want to ask ahead at any private establishments.
St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
Features: City architectural landmark, farmer’s market, indoor food market. Stroll through the market, stopping to taste some local cheese or fruit. The exterior of the building are fantastic (old brick) and get the most bizarre (and photogenic) light patterns, cast onto it from the adjoining buildings.
Location: Front St. & Jarvis St.
Permit: Call for permit information
Alexander Muir Gardens, Toronto
Features: Very well manicured park in North Toronto, situated next to a ravine. Beautiful sunken gardens, walkways, benches, stone wall & stairs. This is another classic wedding park. I like it for family photos, but find it a bit traditional for e-sessions.
Location: East side of Yonge St. just south of Lawrence Ave.
Permit: $118.02 for 2 hours.
Features: Traditional park; lots of trees, flowers, bridges, some water.
Location: Edenbridge Drive (east off Royal York Road)
Permit: $330.42 per 2 hour
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).
Permit: $472.02 per 2 hours.
The Old Mill Inn, Toronto
Features: Historic building with a beautiful waterfall and landscaped gardens.
Location: 21 Old Mill Road
Permit: Permission normally required.
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)
Humber Bridge, Etobicoke
Features: Situated on Lake Ontario (West end of Toronto), featuring sandy beach, parkland & trees, and walkway.
Location: Lakeshore Rd. and South Kingsway.
Permit: None required
TD Centre and Financial District, Toronto
Features: Urban environment, tall skyscrapers, concrete walls, and small green space.
Location: Bay St. & Wellington St. W.
Permit: None if venue is canoe restaurant
TToronto Beaches, Toronto
Features: Situated on Lake Ontario, features expansive beaches, a harbour & marina, and boardwalk cafe.
Location: Lakeshore Blvd. E. & Coxwell Ave.
Glendon College, York University, Toronto
Features: Beautiful Rose gardens, pathways lined with trees, an old manor, and stone walkways.
Location: Bayview Ave.& Lawrence Ave.
Permit: Permit required
Features: Victorian mansion surrounded by restored Victorian gardens.
Location: 285 Spadina Rd.
Permit: Call for permit information
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
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 or if you just want to be sure you get some green in your photos no matter the season.
Location: 19 Horticultural Avenue (south side of Carlton between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets)
Permit: $472.02 for 2 hours. It is a unique location in Toronto, especially during the winter.
Features: Toronto’s newest waterfront park. There are some cool wavy boardwalks and large yellow umbrellas.
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.
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
Toronto Music Garden, Toronto
Features: Beautiful outdoor architecture and close to the water and boats.
Location: 65 Front Street (between Bay and York Streets)
Permit: $118.02 for 2 hours.
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
Toronto Island Park, Toronto
Features: Great views of Toronto, natural park areas, beach. Plan a picnic! Photography at the nude beach (Hanlan’s Point) is extra J
Location: Leave from the Ferry docks or hire a boat
Permit: $330.42 for 2 hours in the park for weddings.
Wychwood Barns, Toronto
Features: Really cool architecture and old TTC signage.
Location: St Clair and Wychwwod
Permit: None required when not otherwise in use
King Edward Hotel, Toronto
Features: The Crystal Ballroom is one of the most unique spots in the city. This is a gorgeous ballroom that has gone into disrepair. Great for dramatic shots.
The Eaton Centre / Yonge + Dundas, Toronto
Features: For those who love the hustle and bustle! Dundas Square is a really nice spot to give your engagement photos a cinematic look.
Location: Yonge and Dundas
Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto
Features: Classic architecture and a double spiral staircase.
Location: Front near University
Graydon Hall Manor, Toronto
Features: Classic architecture and manicured gardens.
Windsor Arms Hotel
Features: Classic architecture, gorgeous details.
CN Tower / Steam Whistle
The most iconic structure in Toronto. Permit required.
Art Gallery of Ontario
Features: dramatic sculptural staircases, natural light in the main spots.
Features: Nature landscape – 25 hectares of pristine woodlands. Plan your visit and enjoy the view!
Permit: $175 – Call for more information about wedding ceremonies.
Toronto City Hall
Features: Spectacular views of the bluffs and Lake Ontario, trails, beaches and gardens.
Permit: Only for weddings – contact for more information.
Features: Located in downtown Toronto, this hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows and natural light.
University Club of Toronto
Features: Beautiful Victorian mansion; spiral staircase, ballroom.
Permit: $250 for two hours.
Features: Located in Mississauga, waterfront park, big beautiful barn.
Permit: required – call for more information: 905.615.4100