Toronto Wedding and Engagement Photography Locations – Permit information- Downtown Core

Downtown Toronto is bursting at the seams with stunning locations. From Old Town to Dundas Square there are lots of options to chose from. Most of the parks in the city offer photo permits from May to October, other locations on the list are available all year long. Check out some of our favourite Toronto wedding & engagement photography locations.

Osgoode Hall

I visited the indoors of Osgoode hall during the Doors Open Toronto event and as truly beautiful it is, sadly no photos are allowed indoors.  The gardens, main facade and beautiful architecture make this a perfect location any time of the year.

Location: University Ave and Queen St W

Permit:  Not required

St Lawrence Market

I’ve worked at St Lawrence Market for years and love the old school vibe. Although a permit is needed for indoor photography, there are lots of outdoor appeal in the old town part of Toronto.

Location: Front St and Church St

Permit: Not required

Hart House

Beautiful neo-gothic architecture, gardens and no shortage of arched alleyways make Heart House a stunning outdoor photography location.

Location: University of Toronto Campus

Permit:  Required

Union Station

Although this is a busy area of the city, there are opportunities to catch the vastness of architecture and urban vibe during the weekends and early mornings.

Location: Front St & Bay St

Permit:  Not required for outdoor photography

The Distillery Historic District

This pedestrian only 19th century block is a perfect cobble stone backdrop for a more rustic feel. 

Location: Front St & Parliament St

Permit: Required

James Garden

This park offers many spaces with beautiful bridges, fountains, gazebos and lush foliage.

Location: Edenbridge Dr & Edgehill Rd

Permit: Required – $330.42 per 2 hour. Read more here.

Casa Loma

This one and only Toronto castle is a stunning backdrop with beautifully landscaped gardens and luxurious balconies.

Location: St Clair Ave W & Bathurst St

Permit: Required

Esplanade & Gooderham Building

This stunning street in old town Toronto offers brick buildings and quirky looking facades. 

Location: Esplanade & Front St

Permit: Not required for outdoor photography

Alexander Muir Gardens

This park offers beautiful vintage structures and symmetrical staircases. Perfect for those wedding party shots.

Location: Yonge St & Lawrence Ave E

Permit: $119.02 per 2 hrs. Find out more on this page

Old City Hall

This is a perfect location since it offers a contrast bewteen the old and the new. Beautiful arches of the Old City Hall contrast the skyscrapers of Bay street.

Location: Queen St W & Bay St

Permit: Not required for outdoor photography

TD Tower

  A perfect representation of Urban life, tall skyscrapers, lots of tunnel like alleys and interesting modern architecture.

Location: Bay St. & Wellington St. W.

Permit: Not required for outdoor photography

One King West Hotel & Residence

A historic gem with rich history as the former branch of Toronto Dominion Bank, One King West offers luxurious architectural designs from turn of the century.

Location: Bay St & King St

Permit: Required – find out more here.

Knox College

Another interesting spot on University of Toronto campus. Knox College offers stunning tunneled archways with beautiful gardens and geometrical designs.

Location: St George St & Russel St

Permit: Required – find out more here.

Art Gallery of Ontario

One of the most stunning modern architectural pieces in the city, AGO offers minimal yet vast backdrops. From the main hallway with the spiral staircase to the clean design of Galeria Italia, AGO is a definite must for the brides looking for a minimalist background

Location: Dundas St W & McCaul St

Permit: Unfortunately, only couples getting married at AGO have the ability to capture photos.

Yorkville Village

The contrast between the structures and new geometrical buildings with abstract designs (ROM)  makes this a perfect location for those who are undecided between the historic or modern feel.

Location: Bloor St W & Queens Park

Permit: Not required

Graffitti Alley

If you are looking for a colorful backdrop with an urban twist, it doesn’t get any better than Graffitti Alley. Make sure to take a walk through the entire stretch to pick fave illustrations.

Location: Graffitti Alley & McDougall Lane

Permit: Not required

Allen Gardens

This Conservatory is so rich with lush greens and has a romantic era feel with white framed windows and dome roof.

Location: Graffitti Alley & McDougall Lane

Permit: Not required

Kensington Market

This vibrant are of the city is filled with unique spaces and colorful architecture. This is perfect for those couples looking for a quirky backdrop.

Location: College St & Augusta Ave

Permit: Not required