The tropical Conservatory offers a beautiful and unique setting for personal and professional photography/videography. In consideration of the accessibility of our guests, certain photography guidelines apply.

We always encourage our general admission visitors to take photos for memories and souvenirs! However, tripods, light shields and other props are not permitted in the facility during our open business hours. Photography permits are available for all amateur and professional photographers looking to use this equipment.

Photography Permits:

A permit is required for all professional photography, this includes: portraiture, special occasion, semi-professional/professional or commercial photography sessions including but not limited to: family, maternity, or engagement photo shoots; wedding photos and fashion or other product shoots. Permits are not valid for use during our open hours. 

Bookings may only be made up to 4 weeks in advance of your desired date.

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory reserves the right to determine if your shoot is professional/commercial in nature and may ask individuals to suspend their activities if they do not have a permit.

*Fees are subject to increase if booking on a statutory holiday


Ideal for: non-professional photography groups and/or workshops looking to use tripods and other equipment
Permit Fee: $400.00 plus HST, $100 per additional 1/2 hour

  • Exclusive use of the facility
  • Valid for up to 10 people and a photographer
  • 1-hour minimum

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Ideal for: family photos, maternity or engagement photo shoots, etc.
Permit Fee: $400.00 plus HST, $100 per additional 1/2 hour

  • Exclusive use of the facility
  • Valid for up to 10 people and a photographer
  • 1-hour minimum


Ideal for: Wedding parties
Permit Fee:
 $500.00 plus HST, $100 per additional 1/2 hour.

  • Exclusive use of the facility
  • Valid for up to 20 people and a photographer
  • 1-hour minimum
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We welcome on-site commercial shoots to take place while we are closed to the public. Commercial photography/videography opportunities are available on Mondays in our off-season, with a half-day minimum required. This booking includes: exclusive use of the facility, free parking and assistance moving plants or wrangling insects.

Please contact our Booking Coordinator at or 519-653-1234 ext. 100 to inquire about rates and availability.

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Three ways to book!

1) CALL:

519-653-1234 x100

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Deposits and Payment

Deposits are required to secure a booking date and time. Until a deposit is received, the date is still open for booking by other parties. Deposits are non-refundable but can be transferred to another date if cancellation is made at least 7 days in advance.

The balance is due on the day of your visit. Payment can be made by cash, corporate cheque, Debit, Visa, or Mastercard.

All Photography bookings must pay a 50% deposit at time of booking.

Time Limits

Please arrive as close to your scheduled arrival time as possible. Your scheduled time will be strictly enforced. Rental times are inclusive of setup and tear down. Please note that it takes 15-20 minutes for cameras to acclimatize to the humidity of the Conservatory.

Amateur photography groups are welcome to stay past 10:00am when we are open to the public, but tripods and other equipment must be put away at that time.

Cancellation Policy

We require at least 7 days notice of cancellation. If 7 days are not given, 100% of the booking will be invoiced to you accordingly.

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is not responsible for loss, damage, theft, or disappearance of equipment, furnishings or any articles whatsoever owned, being used by, rented or borrowed by the rental group for the use on Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory property or while being stored on the later property.