Photography in Parks

Gairloch GardenOakville has many beautiful parks and gardens that provide the perfect backdrop for your special occasion, including the Oakville Municipal Greenhouse and Conservatory.

Open the Wedding Photography Park Permit Request Form (pdf, 80 kB)

Visit the Facility Rentals page for additional information and requirements.

How do I apply for a photography permit?

All requests received will be permitted on a first come first serve basis subject to availability.

Completed requests should be forwarded to:

Town of Oakville Department of Recreation and Culture
ATTN:  Booking Clerk
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3
Phone:  905-815-5989
Fax: 905-338-4188

What else do I need to know?

Parking is limited and not guaranteed, parking if available is restricted to designated areas only. Vehicles parking on streets in the vicinity of the permitted park are required to comply with all town parking regulations. Vehicles are not permitted on any grassed area.

Locations that require a permit:

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park - 2340 Ontario Street

A picturesque waterfront park located on Ontario Street below Lakeshore Road. The Bronte Butterfly Gazebo is an ideal spot for a wedding ceremony or photography. Visit the facility rentals page for permit information.

Erchless Estate - 8 Navy Street

Historic gardens that overlook Oakville Harbour and feature a rock garden and 10,000 annuals on display between June and September. Perennials reflect the 1920s period.

Gairloch Gardens - 1306 Lakeshore Road East

Extensive rose gardens and 15,000 annuals that bloom between June and September.

Please be advised

There are a variety of capital improvements that will be occurring at Gairloch Gardens (and Gallery) during the 2015 season.

The main Gairloch Gallery building requires numerous exterior replacements and improvements, and this work will commence in early May and last until approximately mid-July. The work consists of roof repairs, exterior wood cladding and window replacements, painting, along with replacement of the exterior fire escapes. There will also be some minor repairs and replacements to the smaller Studio building as well, during this same time period. To ensure safety of both the public, and the contractors working on the building, it will be necessary to fence off these work areas and install scaffolding to access the higher elements.

The small wooden bridge that currently spans the two ponds in the center of the park is also slated for replacement. The bridge is currently barricaded to prevent public use and will be replaced as soon as possible. We also hope that this work will be completed by mid-July.

Access to any of the park garden areas and trails, should not be impacted by any of these work items. We appreciate your patience as we make these much needed improvements to our facilities.

Locations that do not require a permit

Nottinghill Park - 1150 Nottinghill Gate

Four perennial flower beds in bloom from April to October including an ornamental grass collection and 7,500 annuals.

Shell Park - 3307 Lakeshore Road West

More than 500 blooming roses between June and September and 10,000 annuals in flower from May to September.

Rates & fees (per 90 minute booking)

Council approves rental fees annually based on current market trends, base rates and fees, and current budget requirements.  The rates are subject to change pending council approval. All fees include applicable taxes and insurance fees.

In effect for 2015 season

Oakville Resident - $261
Non-Resident - $295

Questions: Call facility bookings at 905-815-5989 or email