How to book an outdoor wedding

How to apply for an outdoor wedding

Complete the following application form and drop off:

In person:

Alderney Gate 1st floor
40  Alderney Drive, Dartmouth

Office Hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Tracy Murphy

Phone Inquiries:

Tracy Murphy   902.456.0965


The more popular wedding spaces are listed below, but ceremonies are not limited to these specific areas.

  • Africville Park
  • Peace and Friendship Park
  • Dartmouth Common
  • Admiral Harry DeWolf Park
  • Ferry Terminal Park 
  • Fish Hatchery Park
  • Hemlock Ravine Park
  • Sir Sanford Fleming Park

How much does it cost?

Until March 31, 2024, $86.85 + HST to book space in a park for a wedding. 

Beginning April 1, 2024, the cost will be $88.59 + HST. 


Parking is first-come, first-served. No reserved parking is available.
Vehicles are not permitted in the parks unless on designated roadways.


In the event of extreme seasonal weather conditions, HRM staff will assess the potential for damages to the facility.  If required, staff will contact the client and a refund will be issued.

Client cancellations must be received by the  Facility Scheduling Office no later than one month in advance of the booking for a full refund.

Responsibilities of Users

  • Adhere to all contractual regulations.
  • Set up, take down, and clean up.
  • Any damages caused to the facility.

Public Gardens

Due to the impact on the fragile environment, wedding ceremonies are not permitted in the Public Gardens.
However, photography is permitted and does not require pre-booking.

Additional documents

The following provides information on your rental. All of these documents are in PDF format.

Application to book an outdoor wedding

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*)

Contact Information
Request Details
Please state the start time for your event - including the set-up time
Please state the start time for your event - including the take-down time
Will you be having a tent? *
Do you require electricity, if available? *
Please note: Vehicles are not permitted to on-site.
I acknowledge that this application is only a request. I will only receive confirmation once the applicable fees have been paid in full and the facility rental contract has been signed.
For additional information: Please contact the Facility Scheduling Office at 902.490.4585.

In accordance with Section 485 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), the personal information collected on this form will only be used by municipal staff for purposes relating to the administration of this application. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information, please contact the Access and Privacy Office at 902.943.2148 or