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Picnics

Have a ball with family and friends this summer. Have the ultimate picnic! 

picnicsSummertime. That can only mean one thing - picnics! Whether you're a group of 100 or 1,000, Toronto and Region Conservation Parks has the perfect location for your next:

  • Company, church or family picnic
  • Team building, off-site meeting
  • Day trip with your daycare, day camp, scout or girl-guide group

The lush, green outdoor settings, combined with friendly staff will ensure that your next picnic will be a memorable one.

Company Picnics | Picnic Packages | Information for Group Organizers | Reservation Steps | FAQ

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You can have your picnic at anyone of the following seven TRCA Conservation Parks:

-Monday to Friday (except on Holidays) Picnic Permits are $10 plus HST

-Permit fees for a reserved site don't include park admission. Entrance fees are $ 6.50 per adult, $ 5.50 per senior and Free for Children up to 14 years of age at the seven TRCA Conservation Parks.

-Admission fee to pools is $ 3,75 at Albion Hills and $ 4.75 at Heart Lake and Petticoat Creek per person from 2 years old and up.

Boyd, Glen Haffy, Heart Lake open from April 26, 2014

Petticoat Creek opens from May 2, 2014


Swimming pools and splash pads open
on weekends from May 31 and daily from June 21, 2014


Albion Hills Conservation Area
View Albion Hills Picnic Sites »

Download the picnic site map » PDF
Boyd Conservation Area
View Boyd Conservation Area Picnic Sites »

Download the picnic site map » PDF
Bruce's Mill Conservation Area
View Bruce's Mill Picnic Sites »

Download the picnic site map » PDF
Glen Haffy Conservation Area
View Glen Haffy Picnic Sites »
Download the picnic site map » PDF
Heart Lake
View Heart Lake Picnic Sites »

Download the picnic site map » PDF
Kortright Centre
View Kortright Centre Picnic Sites »

Petticoat Creek
View Petticoat Creek Picnic Sites »

Download the picnic site map » PDF


To book your company, family or church picnic today, please call 416-667-6295 or email picnics@trca.on.ca


 

 

Company Picnics:

Reward your employees. Have a picnic!

It's been a long, cold winter. Your employees have been working hard. They deserve a break. Why not treat them to an unforgettable outing of fresh air and outdoor fun at one of the many Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) parks?

Company picnics are a cost-effective way to:

  • Revitalize employees
  • Improve morale
  • Encourage team spirit
  • Involve families in employees work lives

We'll also help arrange all your catering, entertainment and tent rental needs. All with just one phone call!

To book your company, family or church picnic today,
please call 416-667-6295 or picnics@trca.on.ca

Picnic Packages:

Each park is unique in the amenities that it offers:

  • Splash pads 
  • swimming pools
  • playgrounds
  • fishing
  • soccer fields
  • baseball diamonds
  • and much, much more!


Below are some of our more popular exclusive packages:

Glen Haffy "Gone Fishing" Pond Rental Package - $795.00 (incl. HST)

Looking for a fun activity that everyone can participate in? Then why not consider renting one of the fishing ponds at Glen Haffy for your exclusive use. Anglers young and old alike can cast their rods into one of our stocked ponds and try to land the big one. This package includes use of the adjacent picnic site and tables.

Bruce's Mill "Pool Party" Picnic Package - $500 + HST

Our swimming pool at Bruce's Mill is a great way to cool off this summer. This package includes exclusive use of a sheltered picnic Area, four hours swimming pool for 50 people with two qualified lifeguards and 20 complimentary park admissions.

Bruce's Mill "Pool Party" Picnic Package - $325 + HST
This package includes exclusive use of the pool for four hours for up to 50 people, the adjacent picnic site with tables and two qualified lifeguards.


For more information on these packages,
please contact our Visitors Service Team at 416-667-6295 or email picnics@trca.on.ca 

Information for Group Organizers:- Please select a site for your group based on maximum capacities from our list of parks and picnic sites listed on this website. Different picnic sites are available depending upon the size of your group. We can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 3,500 guests.

- The open grassy areas are suitable for games, and most offer shady spots as well. There's a different mix of activities in each Conservation Area - swimming at the pools, fishing, hiking, playgrounds, baseball diamond- just to name a few. If your group has a specific interest, ask where it is available.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Enough picnic tables to accommodate your group size.
  • We'll put up a sign on your site identifying that it is exclusively reserved for your group or organization.
  • Washrooms, garbage bags/containers and drinking water will be on your site or at walking distance.
  • Some sites have permanent shelters with BBQs (bring utensils to clean the grill, lighter fluid, and 30 pounds of charcoal).

PERMIT (RESERVATION) FEES: 
Reservation fees are payable at the time of booking and are non-refundable. 

ADMISSION FEES 
Adults $ 6.50, Seniors $ 5.50, Children are Free up to 14 years of age. All visitors must pay admission at the front gate upon arrival. Permit fees for reserved sites do not include admission.


ADMISSION TICKETS

Organizers can pay the admission fees for group members - please request a ticket template when you make your booking. We must have a minimum of two weeks notice if you intend to use tickets for admission. Tickets are paid at the end of your event based on the final numbers of tickets presented at the gate for your group. Debit card, credit cards or cash is accepted.


RAIN 
Please note that we are an outdoor venue and events are "rain or shine". We do not provide refunds in the event of inclement weather. We strongly recommend that you reserve a site with a picnic shelter or arrange a tent rental. Swimming pool rentals are non-refundable in case of rain. In case of inclement weather swimming pools must remain closed.

BE EARLY 
A representative of your group must be on your site by 10 a.m. to ensure that others do not remove tables or use your site. If you are not on your site by 10 a.m., we cannot guarantee removal of members of the public that have taken over your site in the assumption that you are not coming.

OUTSIDE VENDORS IN YOUR PICNIC
Groups may arrange with outside suppliers for activities like dunk tanks, bouncing castles, clowns, face painters, catering, tent rental, and other activities on their own. If you are using a supplier that is not a TRCA business partner they will be required to provide us with proof of $5 million liability insurance, naming The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority as additionally insured for the date and location of the event. This is due two weeks before the event date. Events which do not provide this information prior to their event date will have their vendors refused access to our properties.

When you make your booking please let us know if you are thinking of such activities. We will provide you with instructions related to providing proof of adequate insurance.

ALCOHOL 
If the following criteria are not met, the consumption or sale of alcohol is strictly prohibited.

  • The Permit Holder has obtained proper authorization from: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority 5 Shoreham Drive, Downsview, Ontario M3N 1S4 Phone 416-661-6600, Fax 416-667-6271,and
  • Your event is catered by a registered catering service,and
  • Your site has a picnic shelter, or you have rented a "marquee" tent,and
  • You follow the stipulations as set out by the Liquor License Board of Ontario.

In addition, Permit Holders with Special Occasions Permits are required to obtain single event liability insurance in the amount of $ 5 million and The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority must be listed as additional insured on the policy.

All of these requirements must be met and documentation forwarded via e-mail at: picnics@trca.on.ca with a minimum of two weeks prior to the event date.

 

CHANGES IN YOUR BOOKING

To make changes or to re-schedule your reservation you must notify us at least two weeks prior to your event. Please note your may re-schedule within the calendar year. If your estimated attendance changes or you have contacted outside service providers, you must contact us a minimum of two weeks prior to your event date so that we may adjust your booking details.

CANCELLATIONS
Please note that we are an outdoor venue and events are "rain or shine". We do not provide refunds in the event of inclement weather. We strongly recommend that you reserve a site with a picnic shelter or arrange a tent rental. If you cancel the payment is non-refundable. Your reservation can be re-scheduled based on park availability.

PARKING 
Please park in designated areas only, roadsides and picnic sites are not for parking. Roadways need to be accessible at all times to emergency vehicles and improperly parked vehicles may be ticketed and towed at the owners expense.

LITTER/DAMAGE 
The Permit Holder is responsible for maintaining their picnic site in a clean and undamaged condition (reasonable wear and tear excepted). The condition of the picnic site will be determined solely by the TRCA. Should the site be left in an unsuitable condition, the Permit Holder will be invoiced for cleaning and/or restoration costs.

SOUND EQUIPMENT: The use of sound systems, including microphones, must be approved by the park superintendent. Visitors are asked to turn down music volume when excessive noise is disturbing other groups.

ANIMALS: Please note other animals except dogs on a leash are not allowed in the parks unless the following requirements are provided: Superintendent approval, an insurance certificate with liability in the amount of 5 million dollars including TRCA as additional insurance and current vaccinations records. 


For more information, date availability or to book an appointment to visit the facility during operations dates, please call (416) 667-6295 or picnics@trca.on.ca


Reservation Steps:

1. PLAN YOUR PICNIC

  • What are your preferred event dates?
  • Which Conservation Area would you like to attend?
  • What are your site requirements and do you have a specific site in mind?
  • What is your estimated number of guests?
  • Who is the designated person in your group that will be looking after the reservation?
  • Did you have any special activities or vendors planned for your picnic?

2. RESERVE BY PHONE

TRCA will:

  • Help you choose a site
  • Book a site over the phone
  • Send you your picnic permit and a park map


3. MAKE YOUR PAYMENTS

  • For picnic bookings your full payment is due at the time of booking
  • We accept VISA and MasterCard over the phone. You may also pay in person at our Head Office via cash, cheque, VISA or MasterCard


4. CHECK YOUR PAPERWORK

  • Check your picnic permit carefully to ensure your booking is correct - let us know of changes as soon as possible
  • Be sure to read the contract terms on the permit before signing the Terms of Acceptance
  • Sign & Return one copy of the picnic permit (keep the other one for your records)


5. ENJOY YOUR PICNIC

  • Feel free to copy the park maps to give to your guests
  • We will put a RESERVED sign on your site and enough tables for your group
  • Your site is reserved for the day - you must have someone occupy your site by 10 a.m. to establish that you are coming


For more information, date availability or to book an appointment to visit the facility, please call (416) 667-6295 or picnics@trca.on.ca

FAQ:

Q. What happens if it rains?

A. TRCA cannot control the weather but we will make every effort to ensure your event goes smoothly. Please note that we are an outdoor venue and events are "rain or shine". We do not provide refunds in the event of inclement weather. We recommend booking a site which includes a shelter, however if no shelters are available, you are advised to rent a tent. This will provide shelter in case of rain and also some shade on hot summer days. TRCA can make recommendations on rental services.

Q. How early should I book?

A. The earlier you book a site the easier to will be to plan your event. TRCA will take reservations up to a year in advance. If you have a large party there is peace of mind in knowing a space is booked.

Q: When do I need to confirm my attendance numbers?

A: If your attendance numbers have changed from the original permit you must contact customer service at least two weeks prior to your event.

Q: When do I pay for my function?

A: The reservation fee is due at the time you make your reservation. Admission for your guests may be paid in advance or on the day of the event - speak to a Customer Service Representative about the best options for your group.

Q: What do we do with our garbage?

A: Garbage bags are provided by site staff. Garbage should be taken to the large dumpsters located in the park.

Q: What are the park hours?

A: All Conservation Areas open at 9:00 a.m. and closing times vary during the summer months according to daylight hours. Please check with gate staff upon arrival for specific closing time.

Q: How many picnic tables will I get?

A: For reserved sites, we will provide one picnic table for approximately every eight people. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate seating,

Q: Where will my picnic tables be placed?

A: Your tables will be set out in the main area of your picnic site. Once you arrive at your site in the morning arrange the tables to suit your function.

Q: Can I cancel my picnic?

A: If you cancel the payment is non-refundable. Your reservation can be re-scheduled based on park availability.

Q: Why do I have to pay admission charges when I have already paid for a site reservation?

A: All visitors must pay admission at the front gate upon arrival. The reservation fee is to reserve your site and does not cover the admission costs. This admission cost covers the maintenance of the site and conservation area.

Q: Is there hydro at the picnic sites?

A: Several of our picnic sites with picnic shelters do have hydro, but most sites do not have hydro service. Ask at the time of your booking what your site offers. The hydro that is available will not be adequate for operating large inflatables and other carnival activities. Most will require a generator that is available from the entertainment company.

Q: Where do I get water for my picnic?

A: Outdoor standing pipes are available throughout the park. Please ask staff for the location of the closest one to your site. Please note that bathroom sinks are NOT to be used for washing dishes. We do not provide water for objects like dunk tanks. You will need to arrange with a water truck service to provide this.


For more information, date availability or to book an appointment to visit the facility, please call (416) 667-6295 or picnics@trca.on.ca


Catering Services

BBQ Catering
905-521-8383
www.bbqcatering.com

BBQ Gourmet
416-783-7257
www.bbqgourmet.com

Chef's Catering
416-646-1848
www.chefsbbq.ca

Fire it Up BBQ
905-771-3666
www.fireitupbbq.com

Food for Thought
905-943-9346
www.foodforthought.ca

Franco Freshy
416 503-7777
www.francofreshy.com

Simply Barbequed
905-565-9607
www.Simply-BBQ.com

Ice Cream Trucks & Desserts
647-716-4975 / 416-457-8401
www.icecreamkingdom.com

 

 

Entertainment Services

Airbounce Amusements
1-888-373-1833
www.airbounce.com


Checkers Fun Factory
1-877-937-3683
www.checkersfunfactory.com

Entertainment Ontario
1-888-418-7469/905-770-0231
www.entertainmentontario.com

Hart Entertainment
416-762-2200
www.hartentertainment.com

The Main Event
905-607-3338
www.maineventfun.com

Portable Rock Climbing Walls
905-720-0865
www.blackrockclimbers.com

Samko Party Services
416-251-1741
www.samkosales.com

Showvision Events
416-944-0469
www.showvisiontalent.com

Superior Events Group Inc.
416-249-4000
www.superiorevents.ca

 

 

Tent Rentals

D & D Party & Tent Rentals
1-888-727-8933
416-665-9570
www.ddpartyrental.com

Party Magic
905-857-4657
www.partymagic.ca

Higgins Event Rentals
416-252-4050
www.higginseventrentals.com

Port-O-Lets

Chantler's Environmental Services
1-800-265-3384
www.chantlers.on.ca