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Picnics & Social Gatherings

Many of our parks offer great opportunities for large family reunions, big group picnics or outdoor events of all types. Are you looking to have a picnic or outdoor social gathering within a City park? Any gathering over 25 people, or a gathering that requires a designated “picnic” site, like a picnic shelter, must have a permit.

Please note, NOT all sites are equipped with BBQ’s. If the site has a BBQ people are permitted to use it. Gatherings are only permitted to use a portable barbeque where authorized by permit or where posted to allow their use. Also note that only charcoal or briquettes are permitted to be used in permanently fixed barbeques. The use of fuel is strictly prohibited in permanently fixed BBQ’s.

Please contact our event line at 416-392-8188 for further information and permitting opportunities. Picnic/Outdoor social gathering sites can be permitted from 10:00am to 8:30pm in any City park.

Call in start date to permit: As required beginning January 2nd, yearly

Permit season: May 15 – October 30, weather permitting

Rates: Please check current permit rates

For permit requests outside of the posted permit season, please contact 416-392-8188 to discuss off season permitting opportunities.

How to apply for a permit

To obtain a permit or get further information on rates and availability, call 416-392-8188 and press 2, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Payment by VISA, Mastercard or American Express is accepted over the phone.

Pack a litterless lunch

Popular picnic locations

Looking for a picnic location? Some popular parks for picnics are listed below.
* Parks with picnic shelters

Adams Park*, Centennial Park (Etobicoke)*, Downsview Dells Park, Earl Bales Park, High Park*,
Milliken District Park*, Morningside Park, Thomson Memorial Park*, Toronto Islands*, and Wilket Creek Park

Fire pit permit process – The permit request is made through our Customer Service Permit Call Centre by calling 416-392-8188.