Top 10 Amazing Toronto Wedding and Engagement Photography Locations

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Most couples wonder which are the most beautiful Toronto wedding photography locations. Fortunately, there are many locations that are perfect for capturing the unique moments of your big day. Without further ado, here are the best photography locations in the GTA. Also, make sure you check the pro tips at the end of the article.

1 Yorkville

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Why Yorkville?

  • Named after the Town of York, Yorkville is the area located between Bloor St, Avenue Rd., Bay St. and Davenport.
  • With its luxury stores that offer perfect backdrops for wedding or engagement portraits, Yorkville is one of our favourite shooting locations in downtown Toronto.
  • Here you can find a variety of places with different feels within minutes from each other. Hazelton Lanes is adorned with picturesque Victorian houses from the 1830s, while Ramsden Park boasts beautiful greenery if you are looking for a park-like feel.
  • The Village of Yorkville park and the terraces in the area are perfect sites to take beautiful couple photos. During the local Film Festival in September, the district is overcrowded and we do not recommend photo sessions during TIFF.

Recommended Wardrobe

  • The ideal attire for a Yorkville engagement shoot is a formal one to match the upscale area of the city.

No Permit Needed

  • No permit is needed for street pictures. Best time to photograph to photograph at this place is early in the morning before the arrival of tourists or two hours before sunset.Recommended wardrobe – The ideal attire for a Yorkville shoot is a formal one to match the upscale area of the city.

Parking

There is paid underground parking at148 Cumberland Street and free street parking on Berryman St. (3 hours) and Hazelton Avenue (one hour limit between 8am and 6pm). You could meet your photographer in the free parking lot on Ramsden Park Road and start there.

Ramsden Park is a perfect site for engagement photos if you want your pet to join.

Address

2 Distillery District

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Why Distillery District?

  • Distillery District is a very popular area for couple portraits and one of the most beautiful city locations for pictures. Over 1700 movies were filmed here which make it the second most popular film site after Hollywood. Chicago, Cocktail, X-Men and Cinderella Man are only a few of the movies shot here.
  • The best time to photograph here is early in the morning before pedestrians show up for their morning walk or coffee. It is common to see a few photo shoots taking place at the same time. As such, allow yourself plenty of time here to get the perfect shots.

Recommended Wardrobe

The ideal attire for a Distillery District photo session is a retro or formal one to match the vintage atmosphere of the site.

Permit Required

A $225 permit is required.

Phone

(416) 203-2363.

Parking

You can find paid parking spots on Mill Street, Distillery Lane, or Front Street.

Address

3 Knox College

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Why Knox College?

  • Knox College is one of most charming locations in the GTA. With its gorgeous architecture, splendid courtyard and manicured lawns, it is the perfect choice for your first look and romantic photos.
  • You can take both outdoor and indoor photos
  • The Knox Chapel provides everything you need to get married, including the officiant who is available to perform religious ceremonies.

Recommended Wardrobe

For engagement photos, you might want to wear something formal indoors and more casual outdoors.

Permit Required

A $350 permit for two hours of shooting is required. Please note that this location is in high demand so book early.

Phone

(416) 978-4500

Parking

You can find paid street parking on Knox College Circle.

Address

4 Casa Loma

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Why Casa Loma?

  • True to its name, Casa Loma is one of the most magical locations in the city. Its spectacular views of the city make it among the top spots for engagement proposals, photo shoots and weddings.
  • The Gothic Revival-style castle was built in 1911 as a private residence for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, and now serves as a historical landmark and event space. If you’re looking for the most unique backdrop for your photos Casa Loma will not disappoint.

Recommended Wardrobe

  • For outdoor photos you might want to wear a casual attire while the magnificent indoors would suggest a more formal dress.

Photography Permit Needed

  • No permit is needed for you take photos in front of the castle. However, if you want to take pictures in the gardens or indoors, you will need a $500 permit. Please call (416) 923-1171 or email [email protected]

Phone

(416) 923-1171

Parking

Casa Loma offers paid parking for guests. Additional paid Parking is available at 379 Madison Ave and walk for 5 minutes to Casa Loma via the Baldwin Steps.

Address

5 Polson Pier

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Why Polson Pier?

  • If you’re planning a wedding in town and are looking for a gorgeous waterfront backdrop for your photos, look no further than the Polson Pier. The Pier’s picturesque boardwalk is the perfect setting for an outdoor photos, but it’s also just steps from some of Toronto’s most fantastic venues.
  • Also known as The Docks, Polson Pier offers spectacular views of the Toronto skyline. In the summer, it tends to be crowded, especially at sunset.

Recommended Wardrobe

Formal, casual

No Permit Required

Best time to photograph is either at sunrise or at one hour before sunset and one hour after the sunset.

Allocate more time for pictures as you might have to wait in line to take get your shot.

Parking

Paid Parking can be found at Polson Pier Parking Lot or free on Commissioner Street and on Cherry Street.

Address

6 Hart House

Hart House - One of the Top Wedding Venues in Toronto

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Why Hart House?

  • Toronto boasts plenty of photography locations, but if you’re looking for something a little more “unique” and conveniently located in downtown Toronto, then you’ll want to consider Hart House. This historic building, located on the U of T campus, offers a wealth of architectural details, a picturesque courtyard and more. 
  • Designed in the Collegiate Gothic Style by the famous architect Henry Sproatt, Hart House was inaugurated on Remembrance Day, Nov 11, 1919.

Recommended Wardrobe

Formal, casual

Permit Required

For a permit, please contact [email protected] Permits are granted within 30 days of the requested date to avoid interfering with the university’s activities. No permit is required if your ceremony or reception is held at Hart House.

Hart House has quite a few sites where we can take great photos, and ideally we start early in the morning.

Phone

(416) 978-2187

Parking

Paid parking is available at Tower Rd. Parking Lot. or on Hoskin Ave.

Address

7 Trinity College

Trinity College - One of the Top Wedding Venues in Toronto

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Why Trinity College?

  • Trinity College is one of the most unique wedding photography locations in town. 
  • The Trinity quadrangle, once home for the largest Shakespeare festival in Canada, is a perfect location for a first look, bride and groom and bridal party portraits.
  • The college’s Chapel is a stunningly beautiful space with stained glass windows, stone archways, and vaulted ceilings.

Recommended Wardrobe

Formal, casual

Permit Required

For a permit, please contact Trinity College

Phone

(416) 978-2522

Parking

Paid parking is available at Tower Rd. Parking Lot. or on Hoskin Ave.

Address

8 Evergreen Brickworks

Evergreen Brickworks - One of the Top Wedding Venues in Toronto

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Why Evergreen Brick Works?

  • Evergreen Brick Works is a unique urban park created from a decommissioned brick making factory. The grounds are full of greenery, and there are some amazing photo opportunities for your special day – historic buildings, a pond, a park and more.

Recommended Wardrobe

Formal, casual. Please bring a pair of flats if you plan to walk through the complex

Permit Required

For a permit, please contact the establishment.

Phone

(416) 392-8188

Parking

Paid parking is available on site.

Address

9 Kortright Centre

Kortright Centre Wedding

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Why Kortright Centre

If you love nature, Kortright Centre is one of the most beautiful pictures in the GTA. The conservation area offers a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos and it is very popular because of its unique scenic beauty. 

Recommended Wardrobe

Formal, casual. Please bring a pair of flats if you plan to walk through the forest

Permit Required

For a permit, please contact the establishment.

Phone

(905) 832-2289

Parking

Paid parking is available on site.

Address

10 Scarborough Bluffs

Scarborough Bluffs, one of the Best Wedding and Engagement Photography Locations in Toronto

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Why Scarborough Bluffs

Scarborough Bluffs are a beautiful natural feature that run for kilometres along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. The breathtaking landscape makes a great backdrop for romantic pictures and engagement photo shoots, since the bluffs are are both picturesque and varied with some areas featuring sheer drop-offs and others being more gentle slopes.

Recommended Wardrobe

Formal, casual. Please bring a pair of flats if you plan to walk through the forest

Permit Required

For a permit, please contact the establishment.

Phone

(416) 392-8188

Parking

Paid parking is available at 1 Brimley Rd.

Address

Other Popular Locations in the GTA

Graffiti Alley

Also known as Rush Lane or Rich Mercer’s Alley, Graffiti Alley is located between Portland Street and Spadina Avenue between Queen Street and Richmond in the core of downtown. Many of the art pieces on Graffiti Alley were created by Uber5000, an artist from Nova Scotia who moved to Toronto a while ago. If you like graffiti and gritty urban buildings, this is definitely your location for couple photos. No permit is required. Paid street parking is available on Richmond Street W and Augusta Avenue.

Alexander Muir Gardens

Address: 2901 Yonge St, ON M4N 3N8

Alexander Muir Gardens are named after the man who wrote the song “The Maple Leaf Forever.” Besides the beautifully manicured gardens, one of the attractions of the Alexander Muir Park is the decorative gate found at the entrance from Yonge Street.

Please consider the fact the park allows double bookings so you need to allocate more time for pictures. A permit is needed. Find more information about applying for a permit here or call: (416) 392-8188.

Best time to photograph is immediately after sunrise or two hours before sunset. Free parking is available on site. Best time to photograph is early in the morning.

Ashbridges Bay (Permit Required)

Named after Sarah Ashbridges, a British loyalist who settled here in 1790 and owned a farm on this land, the park is located at 1561 Lake Shore Blvd E. The picturesque trails and boardwalk, along with a marina and the long beach make it a desirable photography location.

A permit is required and you can find more information on how to apply for a permit by calling (416) 392-8188.

Ideal wardrobe – casual attire. Best time to photograph is one hour before and after the sunrise. Free street parking can be found on Coxwell Ave.

Paid parking is available close to Ahsbridge’s Bay Yacht Club

Atlantis Pavilions

Location: 955 Lake Shore Blvd W. Atlantis is a spectacular venue with a science fictional look to it is located on the Ontario Lake. With its avant-garde architecture and located next to the former IMAX dome (now abandoned), Atlantis is a very popular spot for engagement pictures as the view of the Toronto skyline at night is breathtaking. Please inquire with the establishment if they require a permit.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10415 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, Ontario.

A permit is required. Phone: (905) 893-1121 extension 2209 or [email protected]

Main Street, Kleinburg

Kleinburg is a village with plenty of photographic opportunities. Before scheduling your shoot on Main Street, you might want to contact the village of Kleinburg to ensure that no events are held at the time.

Mel Lastman Square

The square is located at 5100 Yonge Street at North York Civic Centre and so named after the former North York mayor.

Vellore Town Hall

Address: 9541 Weston Road, Woodbridge.

Besides the Barn, the historical buildings and a gazebo, this small park is close to a forest so that one can achieve a multitude of looks in a relatively short amount of time.

Guild Inn Gardens

Address: 201 Guildwood Pkwy, Scarborough.

Guild Inn Gardens is a picturesque spot featuring various rescued facades of old buildings. The Inn on the fringe of Guild Inn Gardens is a great place to have your ceremony. The Inn is a historic building, located in the heart of Guild Inn Gardens, a 44-acre botanical garden and arboretum.

Permit required for pictures, not for engagement shoots. Call (416)-392-8188

Milliken Park

Milliken Park has many beautiful and romantic spots to create great wedding photos for your big day. It is also great for a picnic or just a walk or bike ride should you want to pick such theme for your engagement session. The area is very peaceful and you can feel the history of this place while you are there.

Address: 4325 McCowan Rd, Scarborough. A permit might be required. Please contact the establishment. Parking is available.

Thompson Memorial Park

Address: 1005 Brimley Rd, Scarborough. Permit might be required.

Chinguacousy Park

Address: 9050 Bramalea Rd, Brampton.

A $150 permit is required. (905) 458-6555. For winter nuptials, Chinguacousy Park could be a great option for your big day or engagement sessions if the weather is cold. The greenhouse offers beautiful light and hosts tropical plants that can be used as backdrop.

Gairloch Gardens

Address: 1306 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville, ON L6J 1L6 Lakeshore & Cairncroft Blvd, Oakville. Gairloch Gardens overlook lake Ontario and are the perfect backdrop for great photos. To purchase a permit, please call (905) 815-5989.

Centennial Park Conservatory

Centennial Park Conservatory features three green houses with a surface of 12,000 square feet hosting a permanent collection of plants from around the world.The best feature of Centennial Park Conservatory are the greenhouses that allow us to shoot year round in a tropical-like site. Address: 151 Elmcrest Rd. A permit is required, call (416) 392-8188.

Estates of Sunnybrook

Vaughan Estate, McLean House and the Coach House is an award winning complex including three historical buildings converted into event venues. The Estates of Sunnybrook are located minutes from downtown at 2075 Bayview Avenue. Besides the splendid historical buildings form the beginning of the 20th century, the beautiful gardens are another reason to consider this site for your photo shoot. For reservations please call (416) 480-4960.

Fantasy Farm

Located at 50 Pottery Rd., this beautiful property is minutes from the downtown area and surrounded by a 200 acres conservation area that makes it an oasis in the city. A photo permit is needed. For reservations please call (416) 425-9122 or visit Fantasy Farm website.

High Park

Official Address:1873 Bloor St W, ON M6R 2Z3 though the park covers a 400 acres area. The park is extremely busy in early spring to admire the cherries blossoms (sakura). The park website clearly states that commercial shoots are not allowed, yet this is ignored by couples especially for engagement sessions.

Kensington Market

Located in the heart of the city west of Spadina and north of Dundas, Kensington Market is a vibrant neighborhood, with plenty of restaurants and bars, coffee shops and souvenir stores. No permit needed. Street parking. This area is not suitable for large bridal parties.

Kew Gardens

Address: 2075 Queen St. East. For information on permits please call (416) 392-8188.

Leslie Spit or Tommy Thompson Park

Leslie Spit is a peninsula located at the base of Leslie Street south of Lakeshore Boulevard East. The park is only open on weekends and features trails, a lighthouse and covers an area of over 500 hectares. This is a dream place for engagement shoots.

Millennium Gardens

The gardens are located at Lakeshore and Coxwell Avenue, across from the old Woodbine Racetrack. A permit is required. Please call (416) 392-8188

Music Garden

Located at 479 Queens Quay W, the Music Garden was co designed by the famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma and is built like a treble clef. A photo permit is required . For permits please call (416) 392-8188. Free and paid street parking.

Nathan Phillips Square

One of the most recognizable landmarks in town, Nathan Phillips Square is located in front of the City Hall at Queen St. and Bay St.

North York Rose Garden

This manicured garden is located in the heart of North York, at the Northwest corner of Yonge Street and Park Horne Avenue. Parking is available and a permit is required. For permits please call 416-395-6055

Oakbank Park

Address: 250 Centre Street, Thornhill. A permit is needed. For more information please call (905) 832-2281

Osgoode Hall

Graceful arches and impressive pillars are the hallmark of Osgoode Hall, a beautiful building that was originally built as the city’s first law court. Heritage building located at 130 Queen Street West.

No permit is needed for either couple portraits. Paid Parking available on the streets.

This building is situated in the downtown area and parking is always an issue.

Queen’s Park

This beautiful urban park in downtown was opened by Edward Prince of Wales and named so in honour of Queen Victoria in 1860. The building with the same name is located right in the heart of the city.

Rosetta McClain Gardens

Rosetta McClain Gardens is a hidden gem that only the most savvy wedding photographers know about.  The gardens boast a splendid fountain, a gazebo and stunning views of lake Ontario.

Address: 5 Glen Everest Road, on the South side of Kingston Rd. East, A permit is needed and you can call 416-392-8188.

St James Park or St. James Gardens

Located besides the church with the same name, at 65 Church St, St James Park boasts one of the most beautiful gardens and a gazebo and a fountain, not to mention the majestic St. James Church. A permit is required and you can obtain it by calling City Parks at (416) 392-8188

Sunnyside Pavilion

Located on Lake Ontario at 1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Sunnyside Pavilion features a courtyard, fountain, beaches and a boardwalk complementing the late 1800 architecture and lend the place a timeless character. Also, the unobstructed views of the city skyline are breathtaking.

For more information, please call (416) 531-2233

Todmorden Mills

Todmorden Mills is a complex of heritage buildings operated by the City. Todmorden Mills is one of the most interesting site for pictures the area. It used to be an old lumber mill, and now it’s been converted into a cultural hub. There are many different spaces to choose from (both indoors and outdoors), but the most popular is The Gallery, which is a vast open space with soaring ceilings and a gorgeous floor.

Address: 67 Pottery Rd. A permit is required(416) 396-2819

Angus Glen Golf Club

Angus Glen Golf Club hosts weddings and other special events, and it provides a beautiful backdrop that makes the magic happen.

Address: 10080 Kennedy Road, Markham. Phone: (905) 887-0090.Copper Creek Golf ClubAddress: 1191 Highway #27 Kleinburg. Call (905) 893-3370

Donalda Club

Donalda Club is a sanctuary of tranquility and offers beautiful gardens and a hall perfect for couples portraits. Address: 12 Bushbury Dr, North York. Permit is required. For inquiries, please call (416) 447-5575

Edward Gardens (Permit Required)

Edward Gardens area is located along the ravine created by Wilket Creek. In 1944 Rupper E. Edwards transformed the land in a splendid garden, who was purchased by the city in 1955. Now, the gardens are a very popular place for portraits. The botanical gardens feature a creek, a dam adorned with several bridges, a mini waterfall, pathways and of course, the gardens.

Address: 777 Lawrence Avenue East, North York, Ontario M3C 1P2

Glen Abbey Golf Course

Glen Abbey Golf Course is one of the most picturesque and popular Toronto wedding photography locations for many reasons. The golf course itself is a delight with rolling fairways, large oak trees, and green hills.

Address: 1333 Dorval Drive, Oakville. To buy a permit, please call (877) 622-4196.

Greystone Golf Club

Address: 9689 Dublin Line, Milton. Phone: (905) 875-3808

Humber Arboretum

Address 205 Humber College Blvd, Etobicoke. A permit is required for shoots. For information on permits, please visit this page.

Humber Bridge

This beautiful pedestrian and bicycle bridge located by lake Ontario is part of the Waterfront Trail and has a clear span of over 100 meters (330 ft.) over the Humber River.

James Gardens

An iconic spot in the city, James Gardens is famed for its fantastic floral displays. The gardens are run by the City Parks. It should be noted that the gardens are planted and maintained by volunteers. The gardens are easily among the most popular spots for pictures and chosen by couples looking to incorporate greenery and water into their wedding photos.

Address: 61 Edenbridge Rd, Etobicoke. A permit is required for professional shoots you can obtain it by calling (416) 392-8188

Karya Park

Karya Park is one of the most beautiful sites in the GTA. With winding pathways and arched bridges, Karya Park offers the perfect photography backdrops. Especially in spring, the park is packed with couples having their engagement sessions. Sakura, or the blossoming cherry trees is the best time to take engagement photos. Karia Park is located at 3620 Kariya Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 3J2

Sites to Avoid

Any areas during blackout dates such as Caribana and long weekends

  • Banks
  • Police buildings
  • Government buildings
  • Museums

Dundas Square

A tourist attraction, Dundas Square is very busy and loud spot. It is suitable for large group photos, but not for bride and groom intimate portraits. If we are close by we could stop to take a few photos, but do not make the square the main spot for your engagement or wedding photos.

Union Station

A very busy place, Union Station may look like a great site for pictures, but the looks you will get here are fairly similar. If we are in its vicinity, we will stop to take a few pictures if you really want.

TTC Subway

A TTC Subway shoot requires a budget of tens of thousands of dollars and it is simply not good site from a photography standpoint.

Toronto Zoo

A zoo might sound like a good scene for a shoot, but it is very crowded and not suitable for an intimate engagement or shoot.

Pro Tips

  • Bring a few outfits and change them depending on the location
  • Have a big bag in which you can carry props and extra clothing
  • Plan the shoot with your photographer
  • Professionals suggest selecting two favourite places or a maximum of three areas if they are close to each other in order to maximize shooting time
  • Budget enough time for your shoot. If the weather does not collaborate or the location is crowded you will need extra time.