Family Gatherings & Picnics

The City of Hamilton owns and operates nationally renowned cultural sites that you can use for your next social gathering or event. Expansive green spaces, tended gardens and captivating landscapes present tranquil settings for outdoor get-togethers, family picnics and photography shoots. Varying styles from the early 1800's to modern day offer charm and appeal.

Gatherings and social functions

Booking information

  • All venues and programs are subject to availability.
  • Rates include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.
  • Catering services are the responsibility of the client.
  • Confirmation of booking and payment policies differ from site to site; inquire when you book.
  • All functions must be compliant with the Municipal Alcohol Policy
  • Some museums are only partially wheelchair accessible; call for more details.

The Coach House at Dundurn

The Coach House was built in 1870 and today the Hayloft serves as a unique banquet space. This magnificent Victorian venue is sure to impress your guests.

Features include:

  • Unique 1870's Coach House
  • Space for up to 72 guests seated banquet style
  • Free parking
  • Two minutes from Highway 403
  • Fully accessible

Room rental rates

A $535 ($473.45 + HST) fee in addition to the regular rental rate applies to any rental involving alcohol consumption.

Half Day
Up to 4 hours between 9 am and 5 pm
Full Day
9 am to 5 pm
Evening
After 5 pm up to 1 am
$350 $450 $700

Room capacities

Banquet Theatre-style
(tables not available)
Reception
(includes head table)
Boardroom
80 120 72 40

Guided tours

  • We require 72 hours or three business days notice to book guided tours.
  • Discounted rates for the tours are subject to rental space booking.
The Coach House at Dundurn Regular Adult Rate Corporate Rate
Tour Dundurn Castle $11.50 $7.50
Tour Hamilton Military Museum $4 $3

Use of grounds - picnics and outdoor activities

Dundurn National Historic Site offers a sheltered pavilion with picnic tables and use of the grounds. Ask about a guided tour of Dundurn Castle for your guests. Enjoy a visit to The Kitchen Garden. Features include:

  • A scenic setting
  • Picnic table seating for up to 50 guests
  • Free parking
  • Activities on-site
Dundurn Pavilion Dundurn Park
$122 $581

For bookings and information contact:

Dundurn National Historic Site
Phone: 905-546-2872
dundurn@hamilton.ca

The Stable at Whitehern

The Stable at Whitehern Historic House & garden is a cottage-style retreat in the very heart of the city. The Stable exudes the tranquil charm of a quaint country cottage complete with dark-stained wood and original limestone walls.

Features include:

  • 1850's cottage-style retreat in the heart of the city
  • Space for up to 40 guests seated theatre-style
  • Kitchenette

  • Downtown location behind City Hall
  • Beautiful historic gardens
  • Accessible washrooms

Room rental rates

A $535 ($473.45 + HST) fee in addition to the regular rental rate applies to any rental involving alcohol consumption.

Half Day
Up to 4 hours between 9 am and 5 pm
Full Day
9 am to 5 pm
Evening
After 5 pm up to 10 pm
$200 $250 $300

Room capacities

Banquet Theatre-style Reception Boardroom
n/a 40 n/a 24

Guided tours

  • We require 72 hours or three business days notice to book guided tours.
  • Discounted rates for the tours are subject to rental space booking and a minimum group size of 10 visitors.
The Stable at Whitehern Regular Adult Rate Corporate Rate
Tour Whitehern Historic House & Garden $7 $5

Use of grounds - picnics and outdoor activities

Whitehern Historic House & garden has formal elegance and charm surrounded by spectacular perennial gardens. The McQuesten family cherished the garden as an oasis. You can try your hand at lawn tennis or croquet or enjoy a picnic in the garden. Features include:

  • A chance to try your hand at lawn tennis or croquet
  • Beautiful gardens
Whitehern Grounds
$377

For bookings an information contact:

Whitehern Historic House & Garden
Phone: 905-546-2018
whitehern@hamilton.ca 

The Cellar at Grandview

The Cellar is set among a sprawling rural landscape in Battlefield Park. It has early 19th-century décor with beamed ceilings and natural light. This little piece of the country would be exceptional for your next gethering.

Features include:

  • Exquisite 1830's decor
  • Space for up to 100 guests seated theatre-style
  • Kitchenette

  • Free parking
  • Just minutes from the QEW
  • Fully accessible

Room rental rates

A $535 ($473.45 + HST) fee in addition to the regular rental rate applies to any rental involving alcohol consumption.

Half Day
Maximum 4 hours until 5 pm
Full Day
Maximum 8 hours until 5 pm
Evening
5 pm until 12 midnight
$250 $350 $500

Room capacities

Banquet Theatre-style Reception Boardroom
70 100 40 40

Guided tours

  • We require 72 hours or three business days notice to book guided tours.
  • Discounted rates for the tours are subject to rental space booking.
The Cellar at Grandview Regular Adult Rate Corporate Rate
Tour Battlefield House Museum $7 $5

Use of grounds - picnics and outdoor activities

Battlefield Park is nestled under the Niagara escarpment with its acres of forest, parkland and heritage gardens. A sheltered pavilion with kitchenette, two early-19th century homes, a small creek that meanders through the park and a magnificent stone monument create the perfect setting. Features include:

  • Tranquil setting
  • Picnic table seating for up to 100 guests
  • A sheltered pavilion with kitchenette
Battlefield Pavilion Battlefield Pavilion
(with use of kitchenette)
Battlefield Park
$91 $122 $377

For bookings an information contact:

Battlefield House Museum & Park
Phone: 905-662-8458
battlefield@hamilton.ca

The Woodshed

Built in 1859, The Woodshed at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is a unique setting.

Features include:

  • 1859 timber-frame woodshed
  • Space for up to 100 guests seated theatre-style
  • Kitchenette
  • Free parking
  • Just minutes from the QEW

Room rental rates

A $535 ($473.45 + HST) fee in addition to the regular rental rate applies to any rental involving alcohol consumption.

Half Day
Up to 4 hours between 9 am and 5 pm
Full Day
9 am to 5 pm
Evening
After 5 pm up to 1 am
$200 $250 $300

Room capacities

Banquet Theatre-style Boardroom
72 100 60

The 1913 Electric Pumphouse

The 1913 Electric Pumphouse at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is a unique setting for special events.

Features include:

  • Early 20th century industrial brick and concrete architectural detail
  • Ideal for wine tastings and trade shows with space for up to 33 vendors
  • Up to 100 guests seated banquet style
  • Free parking
  • Just minutes from the QEW
  • Audio visual equipment available

Room rental rates

A $535 ($473.45 + HST) fee in addition to the regular rental rate applies to any rental involving alcohol consumption.

Half Day
Up to 4 hours between 9 am and 5 pm
Full Day
9 am to 5 pm
Evening
After 5 pm up to 1 am
$250 $350 $400

Room capacities

Banquet Theatre-style Boardroom
100 60 40

Guided tours

  • We require 72 hours or three business days notice to book guided tours.
  • Discounted rates for the tours are subject to rental space booking.
The Woodshed Regular Adult Rate Corporate Rate
Tour Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology $7 $5

Use of grounds - picnics and outdoor activities

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology provides a sheltered pavilion with picnic tables adjacent to the woodshed and access to the public park for activities. Features include:

  • Restful setting
  • Picnic table seating for up to 50 guests
  • Kitchenette
Steam Museum Grounds
$377

For bookings an information contact:

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
Phone: 905-546-4797
steammuseum@hamilton.ca

The Ancaster Old Township Hall was built in 1870 as the seat of municipal government. It stands today as one of the finest pieces of stone architecture in Ancaster, complete with stage, hardwood floor, and arched windows with a high ceiling.

Features include:

  • 1870's Township Hall
  • Space for up to 120 guests seated theatre-style
  • Outdoor gazebo
  • Free parking
  • Two minutes from Highway 403
  • Kitchen

  • Fully accessible

Room rental rates

A $535 ($473.45 + HST) fee in addition to the regular rental rate applies to any rental involving alcohol consumption.

Half Day
8 am to 12 noon or 1 to 5 pm
Full Day
9 am to 5 pm
Evening
After 6 pm up to 1 am
$250 $350 $350

Room capacities

Banquet Theatre-style Reception Boardroom
90 120 90 40


For bookings and information contact:

Ancaster Old Town Hall
310 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, Ontario L9G 1L8
Phone: 905-648-8144
fieldcote@hamilton.ca 

Fieldcote Museum Meeting Room

Modest meeting space with patio doors that offer a lovely view of the beautiful garden and stone terrace. Small kitchenette available.

Room rental rates

A $535 ($473.45 + HST) fee in addition to the regular rental rate applies to any rental involving alcohol consumption.

Half Day
Up to 4 hours between 9 am and 5 pm
Full Day
9 am to 5 pm
Evening
After 5 pm up to 1 am
$200 $250 $300

Room capacities

Banquet Theatre-style Boardroom
20 30 20

Use of grounds - company picnics and outdoor activities

Fieldcote Grounds
$581

Fieldcote Memorial Park includes seven acres of woodland, award-winning naturalized perennial gardens and charming Tudor-style cottage architecture. Your guests will enjoy walking along the woodland trails admiring the many species of Carolinian plants and flowers. Features include:

  • Charming Tudor-style cottage architecture
  • Sheltered tranquillity
  • Tents are permitted on the grounds at Fieldcote and are the responsibility of the client.

For bookings and information contact:

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum
Phone: 905-648-8144
fieldcote@hamilton.ca