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Indoor Wedding Venues

COVID-19 Vaccination Verification

Starting September 22, 2021, each person who enters an indoor facility for meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be verified by the event organizer or designate. The only exceptions permitted for meeting and event spaces include:

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
  • Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
  • Retail or admission/membership purchases (without the intent to stay)

For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination

Do I need proof of vaccination to go on a tour in the museum?
You do not need to show proof of vaccination to access the gift shop, washroom facilities, retail or admission purchases and guided tours. Proof of vaccination is only required to enter indoor meeting and event spaces.

What can I expect for vaccine verification when I visit a City Museum event or meeting space?
Each person who enters an indoor facility for meetings or events must show proof of vaccination and identification at the time of entry, which will be verified by the event organizer or designate. Verification is required for any individual who is not an employee working in or operating the facility.

When arriving at a meeting or event space, signage will indicate the main entrance. Vaccine verification is required when entering a meeting or event space, followed by contact and health screening. Please plan and adjust arrival times accordingly as you may experience wait times before entering. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Will my vaccination records or personal health information be kept or recorded?
No. Any vaccination records or documentation will only be visually verified - no information will be retained or copied.

If I am just leaving the facility briefly and coming right back in, do I have to show my vaccine verification each time I enter the facility?
Yes. Businesses and organizations are not permitted to retain vaccine records or status, so individuals will be required to show their proof of vaccination each time they enter the facility.

What is acceptable proof of vaccination or identification?
Proof of vaccination, identification and exemption requirements are determined by the Ministry of Health. For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination. Identification is required to verify name and date of birth only.

  • Must show Name and Date of Birth, issued from an institution or organization
  • Does not need to include a picture
  • Can be shown as a photocopy or digital/electronical version (on a device)
  • Can be expired

Do I need to show vaccine verification to use the washrooms in museum facility?
No. Members of the public will be permitted to quickly use the closest non-changeroom washroom and exit the building.

I am unvaccinated – can I still enter the event or meeting space?
These vaccine exemptions apply to meeting and event spaces:

  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Individuals with a medical exemption and supporting documentation from a physician/nurse
  • Individuals using the washroom or passing through an indoor space to access outdoor space
  • Retail or admission/membership purchases (without the intent to stay)

Are youth required to show identification?  What is acceptable identification?
Youth 13 to 17 years of age accessing a meeting or event space are required to show proof of vaccination and identification in accordance with the Ministry of Health. For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/ProofOfVaccination.

What if I refuse to show vaccine verification?
No member of the public will be permitted to enter the event or meeting space without proof of vaccination or exemption.

The City of Hamilton has a Zero Tolerance policy. Anyone engaging in verbal assaults, threats or aggression, vandalism, or incitement of violence will be ejected from the property with a mandatory suspension from all municipal facilities. We ask that everyone attending a City recreation centre/arena contributes to a positive and supportive environment for children, their families, and community sport.

What if someone in attendance at my event refuses to show vaccine verification?
The event organizer is responsible to ensure that attendees are aware of and comply with the Provincial requirement to show vaccination status when entering a meeting or event space.  If they do not comply, the event may be cancelled, and a refund will not be issued. Staff may request at any time, documented proof of contact tracing, and evidence of vaccination screening.

Ancaster Old Town Hall

The Ancaster Old Town Hall was built in 1870 and is one of the finest pieces of stone architecture in Ancaster. It is complete with stage, hardwood floor and arched windows with a high ceiling.

  • 1870's town hall
  • 90 seated guests banquet style or 120 guests seated theatre style
  • Full kitchen
  • Free parking
  • Two minutes from Highway 403
  • Fully accessible

For bookings and information contact:
Ancaster Old Town Hall
310 Wilson Street East
Ancaster, Ontario L9G 1L8
Phone: 905-648-8144
[email protected] 


The Coach House at Dundurn

Located on the Picturesque landscape of Dundurn Park, this Victorian venue features peaked wood beams and original stonewalls providing an elegant, intimate setting sure to impress your guests.

  • Unique 1870's coach house
  • 120 guests seated theatre style
  • Free parking
  • Fully accessible
  • Two minutes from Highway 403

For bookings and information contact:
Dundurn National Historic Site
610 York Boulevard
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3E7
Phone: 905-546-2872
[email protected]


The Cockpit at Dundurn

Framed by the beauty of Hamilton’s waterfront, Dundurn's classical Cockpit, crowned by a cupola, could become your chapel for the day.

  • Originally built by Sir Allan MacNab as a cock-fighting pit
  • Exterior location also available for ceremony
  • Space for up to 70 guests seated theatre style
  • Free parking
  • Two minutes from Highway 403

For bookings and information contact:
Dundurn National Historic Site
610 York Boulevard
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3E7
Phone: 905-546-2872
[email protected]


The Cellar at Grandview

The Cellar is set among an expansive rural landscape in Battlefield Park. It has beautiful early 19th-century décor, beamed ceiling and natural light. This little piece of the country at the gateway to Stoney Creek provides an exceptional setting for your wedding reception.

  • Exquisite 1830's decor
  • 100 guests seated theatre style or 70 guests seated banquet style
  • Kitchen
  • Fully accessible
  • Free parking
  • Just minutes from the QEW

For bookings and information contact:
Battlefield House Museum & Park
77 King Street West
Stoney Creek, Ontario L8G 1H9
Phone: 905-662-8458
[email protected]


The Stable at Whitehern

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.

  • 1850's cottage-style retreat
  • 40 seated guests theatre style
  • Downtown location behind City Hall
  • Overlooking beautiful historic gardens

For bookings and information contact:
Whitehern Historic House & Garden
41 Jackson Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1L3
Phone: 905-546-2018
[email protected]


The Woodshed at the Steam Museum

Part of Hamilton’s first Waterworks, this historic building features elegant and soaring post and beam architecture from 1857.

  • 1857 Woodshed
  • 90 seated guests banquet style or 100 guests seated theatre style
  • Free parking
  • Fully accessible
  • Two minutes from QEW

For bookings and information contact:
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
900 Woodward Avenue (at the QEW),
Hamilton Ontario L8H 7N2
Phone: 905-546-4797
[email protected]

Venue capacities are presented at pre-COVID-19 levels. Please note that current actual capacities are 30% of the number published.

Venue Historic Site Ceremony - Theatre style with middle aisle Reception - Banquet style with head table
The Coach House  Dundurn National Historic Site 120 72
The Cock Pit  Dundurn National Historic Site 70 NA
The Stable  Whitehern Historic House & Garden 40 NA
The Cellar at Grandview Battlefield House Museum & Park 100 70
The Woodshed Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology 100 90
Ancaster Old Town Hall Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum 120 90
Venue Historic Site Half Day Full Day Evening
The Coach House  Dundurn National Historic Site $375 $500 $700
The Cock Pit  Dundurn National Historic Site   $650 $725
The Stable  Whitehern Historic House & Garden $275 $375 $450
The Cellar at Grandview Battlefield House Museum & Park $325 $450 $600
The Woodshed Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology $275 $375 $450
Ancaster Old Town Hall Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum $325 $450 $600