Use of the Central Experimental Farm for Public Activities

Weddings on the Farm

Please note the following when planning a wedding on the Farm:

Contact the Central Experimental Farm to receive a "Permission/Authorization to Use" form. Complete, sign and return the form with payment of $28.25 ($25.00 + $3.25 harmonized sales tax {HST}) payable to the Receiver General for Canada.
This fee is non-refundable.

Ceremony and guests

  • There is a limit of 40 people attending a ceremony
  • Tents, chairs, decorations, tables, and serving of food or drink are not allowed.
    • Lawn chairs are permitted if elderly persons, or persons with a disability, cannot stand for the entire service. Chairs should be removed immediately afterwards.
    • Parking is not permitted on the grass in the Arboretum.

Location and access

  • Wedding ceremonies are permitted in the Arboretum only. Wedding ceremonies are not permitted in the Ornamental Gardens or the Tropical Greenhouse.
  • Wedding parties are invited to visit the Arboretum in advance and inform us of their choice of location. The Arboretum cannot be reserved. In case of rain there should be a back-up location, the Central Experimental Farm does not have an indoor hall, gazebo, or covered facility.
  • Cars are not allowed into the lower portion of Arboretum (beside Dows Lake). A location near the circular road or parking lot will make access easier for those with mobility issues.
  • Access to any public areas is not to be restricted. This means, wedding parties cannot block off a specific area including the bridges in the lower part of the Arboretum. With the large area of the Arboretum, 25 hectares (63 acres), finding a quiet, private spot should not be a problem.
  • Extra use of the Arboretum grounds, which could adversely affect the trees, is not encouraged as the Arboretum is a scientific collection of trees and shrubs dating back to 1889. The Arboretum receives about 1,000 visitors each day during the warm months; therefore, use of the grounds is already quite high.


  • A completed "Permission/Authorization to Use" form is necessary for wedding pictures in the Arboretum or for the Ornamental Gardens. There is no fee for wedding photos taken on the Central Experimental Farm. Contact the Central Experimental Farm to receive a "Permission/Authorization to Use" form.
  • The Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens cannot be reserved.
  • Wedding photos or group photos are not permitted in the Tropical Greenhouse.
  • A wedding photo shoot or a group photo in the Ornamental Gardens may include up to 15 people.
  • Chairs, food, alcohol and decorations are not permitted.
  • Stepping in flowerbeds is not permitted.

Host a charitable activity at the Central Experimental Farm

Submit your proposal via e-mail ( for a public activity by October 31. A calendar of approved activities for the following year will be posted by November 31. Proposals will be considered based on a review process. Late proposals will not be considered.

Information to include in your activity proposal

  • Name (individual, group, organization, etc.)
  • Number of people expected
  • Date of Activity (day and time)
  • Site requirements (size of space needed, parking, etc.)

Once the activity is approved, please contact the Central Experimental Farm to receive a "Permission/Authorization to Use" form. Complete, sign and return the form with payment of $28.25 ($25.00 + $3.25 HST) payable to the Receiver General for Canada. This pay is non-refundable.

Requestors will also be required to provide proof of insurance (minimum $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 depending of the type of activity) for liabilities associated with the activity and the use of Crown property.

*Note: AAFC does not support commercial activities such as music concert, flee market or amusement park.

Regulations respecting the property of the Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm:

  • Climbing in trees is not permitted in the Arboretum.
  • Littering is not permitted in the Arboretum or in any area at the Central Experimental Farm.
  • Liquor is not permitted in the Arboretum in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario.
  • Smoking is permitted in the Arboretum but smokers should be mindful of potential fire hazards.

Activities for charitable organizations are to be held within the Arboretum. On occasion, activities involving walks or runs may be allowed to use roads of the Central Experimental Farm. A number of factors affect permission to use these other lanes and roads including; day of the week and time of day, seasonal farm operations, and the estimated number of participants.

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