Picnic shelter rentals

Reservation information

The City of Guelph has picnic shelters at various locations to meet your recreation needs, which can be booked by submitting a Picnic Shelter Request Form. Please note a minimum of 72 hours is required for processing new or additional reservation requests.

Making a reservation request

  • Mail to West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Road South, Guelph, Ontario N1K 1X3
  • Phone: 519-837-5678, option 1
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Online: You will have the opportunity to request your picnic shelter reservation online. This will eliminate the paper application and allow you to check the availability at each location.

Check availability / request a picnic shelter

Contact information

Facility booking concerns

  • All facility booking concerns can be emailed to [email protected] or call 519-837-5678.

Non-emergency maintenance concerns and issues

  • All park maintenance concerns can be emailed directly to [email protected] or call 519-837-5626.

Parks emergency contact number

  • Call for urgent issues in parks and outdoor facilities that require immediate action at 519-837-5678.
  • Please have your permit number ready and be prepared to provide as much information as possible about the problem to the operator and a contact number for a return call.

Booking information

COVID-19 Updates

The booking package enclosed is based on current information and is subject to change based on new regulations, guidelines or direction. Picnic Shelter users will be updated as we continue to monitor our protocols and practices.

Picnic Shelter users must adhere to provincial and public heath COVID-19 guidelines, including practicing social distancing, staying home if not feeling well, proper hand washing and sanitization. Users will be responsible for all attendees/participants and ensuring they are following COVID-19 protocols.

Picnic Shelters and Amenities

Note: All users must adhere to the COVID-19 outdoor gathering limits as set by the Ontario Government and Public Health.

Riverside Park Small Picnic Shelter (Green Roof—35’)

  • 5 picnic tables in shelter
  • 8 picnic tables in grass area
  • Located closest to Evergreen Seniors Community Centre
  • Access to water, electricity (15amp), charcoal barbecue, garbage cans

Riverside Park Large Picnic Shelter (Red Roof—60’)

  • 5 picnic tables in shelter
  • 8 picnic tables in grass area
  • Located farthest from Evergreen Seniors Centre
  • Access to water, electricity (15amp), charcoal barbecue, garbage cans

Guelph Lake Sports-field Large Picnic Shelter (Red Roof)

  • 25 picnic tables
  • Located closest to washrooms, in between the soccer and ball diamonds
  • Please note that Guelph Lake Picnic Shelter availability may be limited due to close proximity to sports fields

Schedule of Dates

Please note that the below dates are subject to change due to COVID-19 and a minimum of 72 hours is required for processing new or additional booking requests. Picnic shelter requests are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

  • Picnic Shelter applications accepted

Saturday, April 30, 2022

  • First day of Picnic Shelter Bookings (water and electricity available)

Sunday, October 9, 2022

  • Last day of Picnic Shelter Bookings (water and electricity shut off for Fall)

Fees

Please note that the below fees are based on the 2022 rates and fees. Additional rates and fees may apply depending on the details around your request.

Small Picnic Shelters (Riverside Park and South End)

  • ½ day (lunch) (8 a.m.-2 p.m.): $79.42 + HST
  • ½ day (dinner) (2:30 p.m.-dusk): $79.42 + HST
  • Full Day: $125.10 + HST

Large Picnic Shelters (Riverside Park and Guelph Lake)

  • ½ day (lunch) (8 a.m.-2 p.m.): $105.76 + HST
  • ½ day (dinner) (2:30 p.m.-dusk): $105.76 + HST
  • Full Day: $160.18 + HST

Making a Reservation Request

Submitting an online request

Requests to reserve picnic shelters can be made online. This is a quick and easy alternative that allows you to check the availability at each location and submit your request electronically. It will be reviewed by our team and a Booking Coordinator may reach out to you should they have any further questions related to your request. You will receive a copy of your contract and important rental information once your request has been approved.

Your payment is due at the time the reservation request is submitted. If your request is not fulfilled, you will be refunded.

Request by phone or email

Picnic shelter requests can be made over the phone or email. Please call the Facility Booking Team at 519-837-5678 or email your request to [email protected]

Reservation Specific Information

Barbecues and Cooking Equipment

  • There is a charcoal barbecue at each shelter. Customers must supply their own charcoal.
  • Barbecues (charcoal or propane) must not be placed under trees, tents, canopies or picnic shelters. They must also be located away from combustibles.
  • Anyone using barbecues are required to have a multipurpose, class ABC extinguisher with a minimum of 2A10BC rating in close proximity during use.
  • Propane Barbecue Usage: A soap test must be conducted around all connections prior to igniting a propane barbecue.
  • For more information on propane-fueled equipment, flammable or combustible liquids, please contact the Guelph Fire Department at 519-763-8111.

Electrical Equipment

  • Hydro (standard outlet, 15 amp service) is available between April 29, 2022 and Thanksgiving.
  • Simple plug and play devices (coffee pots, kettles, radios – see sound amplification guidelines) are permitted at the picnic shelters, however they must be either CSA or ULC approved, including extension cords. Equipment being used outdoors should be rated for outdoor use.

Sound Amplification

  • Amplified sounds need special permission at the Riverside Park picnic shelters due to their proximity to the enabling garden.
  • Radio or music volume should be kept low as to not disturb other park users.

Inflatables and Amusement Rides

  • Inflatables, bouncy castles, or amusement rides are not permitted at the picnic shelters.

Public Events

  • If you are hosting a community or public event, please complete the special event application form located at the Special Events web page.
  • For an event attended by the public or an event where you do not know each attendee, you are required to contact Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at the Public Health web page at least 60 days prior to your event if you are serving food at a public event. This does not apply to private events where it will be attended by your invited guests only.
  • A hand washing station must be placed in close proximity when cooking or barbecuing food for public consumption.

Cancellation Policy

  • Refunds are given to users that provide written notice at least 15 calendar days advance of the reserved date.
  • Refunds will not be given for rain or inclement weather.

Rental Contract

You must have a copy of your facility contract with you on the day of your booking. It will clearly outline when you are permitted to be on site. Rental of the picnic shelters include the use of the shelter and immediate area only.

Contact Information

Facility booking concerns

All facility booking concerns can be emailed to [email protected] or call 519-837-5678.

Non-emergency maintenance concerns and issues

All park maintenance concerns can be emailed directly to [email protected] or call 519-837-5626.