Some facilities within the City of Sarnia serve multiple, or specialized services to citizens. If you are looking to host a concert, performance, or a small wedding ceremony/elopement you will likely be renting a specialty facility.

Music can be played up until 8pm in accordance with the Noise By-Law.

Refer to the Hosting an Event page for more information on hosting a private or public event, and potential additional fees.

COVID-19 Update

Public events must fill out the attached Event Application Form, and Event Requirement Form for review from staff, and must keep in mind there may be additional event fees associated with hosting in the park.

Per the Provincial Roadmap to Reopenorganized public events and social gatherings are subject to restrictions outlined in Schedule 3, Section 1:

  • no more than 25 people if the event is held indoors, or
  • no more than 100 people if the event is held outdoors.

In Step 3, physical distancing is not required at outdoor organized public events or social gatherings. However, we still recommend all persons physically distance (two metres from others) or wear a face covering/mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Per the Provincial Regulations, below are the requirements as outlined in O. Reg 364/20: Schedule 1 – General Rules for Event Organizers:

  • Prepare and make available a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your event, and submit to Recreation staff.
  • Actively screen any/all workers and employees prior to attending the event, or all individuals if gathering indoors. Anyone that is not well must not attend.
  • Collect and maintain contact tracing information for any/all workers and employees for a period of 30 days.
  • Clean and disinfect any/all shared amenities, equipment and items regularly. 
  • If there will be live entertainment, performers must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from any spectators or be separated from any spectators by an impermeable barrier (e.g. plexiglass).

It is also required to passively screen attendees by posting signs in conspicuous locations visible to the public that informs people how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the activity premise (see Schedule 1, section 2. (3) (a)). Currently, there are existing passive screening signage questions located at the pavilions that you can refer your attendees to.

All events must adhere to the Provincial Regulations in place at the time, and all regulations set from the Parks By-Law and are responsible to ensure their participants do as well. 

Seaway Kiwanis Pavilion – Canatara Park

The Seaway Kiwanis Pavilion was gifted from the Seaway Kiwanis in 2006 and is the perfect location for a summer wedding ceremony, or private event. It is located in Canatara Park, near Lake Chipican and the Children’s Animal Farm.

The pavilion is available to reserve from May to October, weather permitting, and can accommodate up to 150 people.

Permits are given to ensure use of the Pavilion only, therefore please keep in mind that it is in a public park. The Parks & Recreation Department will not require users of the park to vacate other areas that are in use (BMX Track, Picnic Shelters, etc).

Tables and chairs are not provided at this location.

Rental Rates for 2021:

Unlicensed Rental Half Day (4 Hours) $175.00+HST
Full Day (8 Hours) $340.00+HST
Licensed Rental Half Day (4 Hours) $255.00+HST
Full Day (8 Hours) $510.00+HST

 

Germain Wedding Arbor – Germain Park

The Germain Arbor is ideal for small wedding ceremonies and/or elopements. It is available to rent from May to October, weather permitting. It is positioned in front of the award-winning Germain Gardens for a scenic backdrop. The arbor can accommodate up to 75 people.

Rental rates for 2021 are $37.00+HST per hour and may be subject to an additional insurance fee. This facility is booked at a minimum of 3 hours, and a maximum of 6 hours in one day.

Permits are given to ensure use of the Pavilion only, therefore please keep in mind that it is in a public park. The Parks & Recreation Department will not require users of the park to vacate other areas that are in use.

Amenities
Amenities include hydro, and the arbor. Users can decorate modestly, however no tacks or nails can be used and all items must be removed at the end of the rental. Chairs are allowed to be brought by the licensee; however, tents are not permitted.

Wedding Reservations
The arbor is only rented out once per day for weddings. Payment is due in full at the time of booking. This pavilion can be booked up to one year in advance to hold a date. Upon approval of fees each year, staff will advise of the amount required.

Japanese Gardens – Germain Park

The Japanese Gardens is a great location for an intimate wedding ceremony and/or elopement. It is available to rent form May to October, weather permitting. The garden is beautifully maintained with a peaceful theme, located in an intimate and sectioned off area of the park. The gardens can accommodate from 10 to 20 people.

Rental rates for 2021 are $37.00+HST per hour booked, and is subject to an additional insurance fee.

Permits are given to ensure use of the garden only, therefore please keep in mind that it is in a public park. The Parks & Recreation Department will not require users of the park to vacate other areas that are in use (Soccer Fields, Garden Plots, etc).

Amenities
Amenities include the garden, and hydro if needed.

Kenwick Wedding Gazebo – Kenwick Park

The Kenwick Gazebo and Pavilion is a great location for a modest outdoor wedding ceremony. It is available to rent from May to October, weather permitting. The pavilion is positioned for a beautiful view of Lake Huron along Bright’s Grove Beach. The space can accommodate up to 50 people.

Rental rates for 2021 are $75.00+HST per hour booked, and is subject to an additional insurance fee. This facility is booked at a minimum of 1 hours, and a maximum of 6 hours in one day.

Permits are given to ensure use of the Pavilion/Gazebo only, therefore please keep in mind that it is in a public park. The Parks & Recreation Department will not require users of the park to vacate other areas that are in use.

Amenities
Amenities include hydro, and the arbor. Users can decorate modestly, however no tacks or nails can be used and all items must be removed at the end of the rental. Chairs are allowed to be brought by the licensee; however, tents are not permitted.

Wedding Reservations
The arbor is only rented out once per day for weddings. Payment is due in full at the time of booking. This pavilion can be booked up to one year in advance to hold a date. Upon approval of fees each year, staff will advise of the amount required.

Suncor Agora – Centennial Park

The Suncor Agora stage is a newer facility that was built in 2017-2018 in the heart of Centennial Park. It is part of a 12-year partnership with Suncor Energy, and replaced the previously well-known Dow Peoples Place.

The stage is positioned to overlook the scenic Sarnia Bay and St. Clair River waterfront and has hosted a number of recognized performers from the community, and those internationally known. Past performers including Walk Off the Earth, The Trews, Aces High, One Man Out, the Liuna Block Party, the Youth Battle of the Bands, and many more.

Amenities include a back dressing room, washrooms attached, a concession stand and storage room attached, a sound system, hydro stations, tables and chairs, and a large concrete pad in front of the stage.

Rental Rates for 2021:

Half Day Rental (4 Hours or Less) $420.00+HST
Full Day Rental (Maximum 8 Hours) $840.00+HST

 

Bandshell Stage – Canatara Park

The Canatara Bandshell Stage is located just beside the Beach Pavilion and is a smaller concrete stage used to host a number of community performances and events. Performances include the Canada Day Multicultural performances and musicians from the Summer Entertainment Series every summer.

Rental rates for 2021 are $41.00+HST per hour. Renters may be subject to an additional insurance fee. This facility is booked at a minimum of 3 hours, and a maximum of 6 hours in one day.

Refer to the Contact Us page to submit an inquiry or report a safety concern, or email parksandrecreation@sarnia.ca.