Photography in Parks

Gairloch GardenOakville has many beautiful parks and gardens that provide the perfect backdrop for your special occasion.

A photography permit must be obtained by individuals wishing to conduct a formal photoshoot on municipal property.

To request a photography permit please submit a Wedding Photography Park Permit Request Form (PDF, 118 kB).

Wedding Photography

The following are picturesque locations popularly used for taking wedding photos in Oakville.

Locations that require a permit

  • Bronte Butterfly Gazebo at Bronte Harbour Park

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.

  • Erchless Estate

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

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

  • Oakville Municipal Greenhouse and Conservatory

A beautiful tropical plant environment featuring Caribbean and South American tropical plants.

Locations that do not require a permit

  • Nottinghill Park

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

  • Shell Park

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

Permit information

A photography permit must be obtained by individuals wishing to conduct a wedding photography on municipal property as indicated above.

Wedding photography permits are issued in 90 minute intervals, including arrival and departure times.

Parking at all recommended photography locations is limited and not guaranteed. Parking, if available is restricted to designated areas only. Vehicles are not allowed on any grassed areas.

There is no access to indoor facilities or washrooms at any of the recommended photography locations.

For more information about wedding photography in Oakville and obtaining a wedding photography permit, please call 905-815-5989 or email