Venues with History & Style

Parkwood Estate, Oshawa

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This week we’ll continue our tour of Destination GTA wedding venues. Today: buildings with history and style.

Canada just celebrated its 146th birthday. We are, relatively speaking, a very young country. Maybe we can’t boast about ancient castles or stately historic manor homes like our European neighbours, but for couples who want to step back in time, we do have a surprising number of historically significant venues here in the GTA.

Of course everyone knows about Casa Loma and The Old Mill. Today I’d like to introduce you to three lesser known, but equally spectacular, venues.


Ontario Heritage Centre



Fans of Downtown Abbey can experience the elegance of the Edwardian era at the Ontario Heritage Centre. Built in 1909 for the Canadian Birkbeck Investment and Savings Company, this former financial building is ideally situated in Toronto’s downtown core. Built in the Beaux Arts style, the rooms are graced with decorative plaster, wood and ironwork, high ceilings and large windows that provide generous natural light. The OHC’s largest space, The Gallery, can comfortably accommodate 120 for a sit down dinner.



Alton Mill Arts Centre, Caledon


In the verdant rolling hills of Caledon you’ll find The Alton Mill Arts Centre, a designated heritage industrial complex listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places. The Mill boasts a colourful history having been variously a manufacturer of long underwear, balloons for the Disney Co., and condoms (yes, you read that correctly). Currently enjoying its current incarnation as a vibrant arts hub, the Alton Mill offers a variety of spaces for your wedding, a mere 60 minute drive NW of Toronto.


Parkwood Historic Site, Oshawa


Our final destination is the eastern anchor of the GTA, the thriving community of Oshawa. It’s here we find the magnificent Parkwood Estate. The former home of auto industry magnate R.S. McLaughlin, Parkwood is a handsome Beaux Arts mansion. Built in the early 20th century and featuring stunning grounds – including a sunken Italian garden – Parkwood can host weddings of various sizes, both indoors and out.

A pillar of the financial community, a condom factory and a private home: three unique venues, repurposed for the 21st century. Perfect for the modern couple looking for a venue with historical panache. And just three of the dozens of historically significant venues available in Toronto and the GTA.



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