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Wedding Guidelines

The Niagara Parks Commission administers and maintains over 1,723 hectares (4,250 acres) of parkland along the Niagara River Corridor. These parklands include parks and picnic areas, historical and archaeological sites, golf courses, a marina, restaurants, gift shops, attractions, a horticulture school and kilometers of recreational trails and scenic drives. The following areas under the jurisdiction of The Niagara Parks Commission have been designated for wedding ceremonies.

Available Locations | Booking Procedure & Fees | Regulations | Legal Requirements | Religious Ceremony | Reception/Catering | Wedding Photos | Contact Us

Available Locations

Outdoor Locations

The Wedding Arbour and Willow Pond at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Please note: the Wedding Arbour should not be mistaken with the James N. Allen Pergola, $5 parking fee applies.

Oakes Garden Theatre, across from the Hornblower Plaza. Please note: there is no reserved parking at this location, paid parking if available on Niagara Parkway and Clifton Hill or surrounding parking lots/garages in the area, the Park remains open to public during ceremony times.

Mather Arch (near the Peace Bridge) in the Town of Fort Erie. Please note: parking is available at no fee, the Park remains open to public.

The Artist’s Garden located at Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. Please note: parking fee applies (based/hour/vehicle), The Floral Showhouse and Garden’s remain open to public Times: 2 hour time period during operating hours.

Dufferin Islands ceremony site is located on one of the islands. Parking is available however limited. Park remains open to the public.

Rose Garden located at Queen Victoria Park, no reserved parking and the Park is open to the public.

Rambler’s Rest is the closest designated ceremony area to the Falls. There is no reserved parking. Open to the public.

Indoor Locations

Queenston Wedding Chapel in Queenston, Ontario beside the Laura Secord Homestead. Please note: complimentary parking available.

The Tropical Garden Foyer in the Niagara Parks’ Floral Showhouse. Please note: parking fee applies, based/hour/vehicle Times: 2 hour time period during operating hours, remains open to public.

Butterfly Conservatory located beside the Botanical Gardens. Please note: $5 parking fee applies Times: 2 hour time period after operating hours.

Booking Procedure

A wedding ceremony location is confirmed once we receive full payment and a signed General Release form. The ceremony site payment is non-refundable, according to the schedule below:

Outdoor Locations

2017 Prices (plus HST)

Botanical Gardens Wedding Arbour & Willow Pond $425
Oakes Garden Theatre $425
Mather Arch $425
Floral Showhouse & Gardens $350
Floral Showhouse & Gardens Private $650
Dufferin Islands $425
Rose Garden at Queen Victoria Park $425
Rambler's Rest $425

Indoor Locations

Queenston Wedding Chapel $600
Floral Showhouse Tropical Garden Foyer $425
Butterfly Conservatory $800

Regulations Regarding Weddings on Niagara Parks Commission Lands

  • All Buses or Commercial Vehicles are required to obtain a permit while traveling throughout Niagara Parks Commission property. Daily or Annual permits are available at bus management locations (e.g. Table Rock, Rapidsview, Aero Car, Butterfly, or Floral Clock) or before entering Niagara Parks, on-line.
  • The Niagara Parks Commission is providing the location only. Other arrangements are your responsibility, including a back-up location in case of inclement weather.
  • The set up of tents, structures, etc., is permitted at designated areas in the Botanical Gardens. Permission must be granted by the Niagara Parks Commission. For further information please email the address listed below.
  • If seating is desired, you are to make your own arrangements. Chairs are to be delivered, set up and removed during your two or three hour interval in the designated areas. A list of service providers will be sent to you once a site is booked; however, you are not restricted to those contacts.
  • No loud speakers are permitted. If music is required, it should be played on battery-operated equipment.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Section 31, sub-section 2, of the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario reads: “No person shall consume liquor (alcohol) in any place other than a residence, or premises in respect of which a license or permit is issued.” If you are interested in a small reception following your ceremony please contact the e-mail below for more information.
  • It is the responsibility of your group to ensure the grounds are left clean for others.
  • The use of confetti, rice, bird seed or other materials in not permitted. Rose petals are allowed as long as they are cleaned up afterwards.
  • The Niagara Parks Commission’s General Release from Liability form must be signed before permission is granted to hold a wedding on NPC property.
  • No items are to be staked into the ground or stapled/nailed etc. to any trees or any other areas on NPC property.
  • Electricity is limited. Please ask for more information.
  • You may use the fire lane to transport guests to the Willow Pond site; please designate one vehicle. You may not park any vehicles on the fire lane or drive on the grass. Limos, limo buses, classic cars etc. may use the fire lane as well.

Legal Requirements

In order to be married in Canada, a wedding license must be obtained. There is an age requirement (18 years or older) and all applicants must be able to provide identification. For all the details on wedding licenses including the cost, please contact the Clerks’ Department, Niagara Falls City Hall, 4310 Queen Street, P.O. Box 1023, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X5 Phone: (905) 356-7521.

Religious Ceremony

The Niagara Region Telephone Directory has a list of the local churches in the area. Please telephone the minister at the church (denomination) of your choice directly to confirm costs and details of your wedding ceremony.


The Niagara Parks Commission owns and operates five restaurants on NPC property as well as off-site catering locations. We would be pleased to assist you with your reception or catering needs.

Wedding Photo Information

Wedding photos can be taken at any of our outdoor locations throughout the Park with no fee or permit required and is on a first come, first serve basis. Indoor wedding photography can be booked for the Niagara Parks’ Floral Showhouse. The rental fee for a 1 hour time period is $125 plus HST. Please be advised that the Floral Showhouse is still open to the public during that time. Please respect our beautiful grounds and the rights of others.

We wish you all the best in your future together!

Niagara Parks Commission - Weddings
5881 Dunn Street Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2N9
Phone (905) 356-2558
Fax (905) 356-7895