Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion

Pond maintenance

The ponds in the Japanese Gardens are undergoing important maintenance. Some areas areas are a work in progress and may be temporarily closed. Thank you for your patience as we repair these ponds and beautify the surrounding landscape.

Welcome to the Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion 

The building features remarkable Japanese-inspired architecture to complement the scenic Japanese Gardens. The building boasts a stunning second floor banquet/reception hall with breathtaking cedar beams and panoramic views of the Gorge Waterway. 

The Esquimalt Gorge Pavilion was built in Esquimalt Gorge Park where it borders the Gorge Waterway and neighbours the expanded Japanese Garden. The Pavilion is a wonderful space for weddings, vow renewals, celebrations of life, conferences, and reunions to name a few. Learn more about the park's beginnings in 1907.

Sitting at 6000+ sq ft the Pavilion covers two floors, both with stunning views of the water.  Each floor contains 3000 sq ft of rentable space along with a servery that includes prep counters, residential fridge, range, dishwasher and sink.  The outer walls of the second floor have ceiling to floor windows overlooking the park and water way, as well as access to two balconies; one of which is 500sq ft and over looks the Japanese Gardens.  The first floor can be divided into smaller sections of 1000 sq ft creating 3 separate rooms, each having access to the outer patio, and an additional boardroom with a sink.

Pavilion Spring and Summer facility hours:

  • M-F: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Weekends: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The building is located in Esquimalt Gorge Park (1070 Tillicum Road) and can be accessed on foot via park pathways, vehicle or bike. Bike racks are available. 


3000 sq ft rooms:120 banquet seating 
1000 sq ft rooms:40 banquet seating 
Boardroom:20 people (conference table can seat up to 12 with additional chairs for 8)


  • 2 serveries each containing a residential fridge, range, dishwasher, and sink
  • FREE public WIFI
  • Unsecured loading dock
  • 3 outdoor food truck hook-ups
  • 96 parking stalls
    • 4 electric vehicle charging stations
    • 10 accessible parking stalls

2024 booking rates:

Upper Floor Full 

(3000sq ft)

 $154.50/hour (+GST)

Lower Floor Full 

(3000 sq ft)

$154.50/hour (+GST)

Lower Floor Room A, B or

(1000 sq ft)

$52/hour (+GST)

Lower Floor A/B or B/C 

(2000 sq ft)

$103/hour (+GST)


(1 on each floor)

$52/booking (+GST)
Boardroom$41.20/hour (+GST)

Full Facility Event Rental

Includes 2 hours in the garden

$5,010/day (+GST)
*all prices reflect the adult rate. Contact us to learn more about our 2024 rates. 
Full Facility Booking Requests

Full facility booking requests for reservations up to December 31, 2025, are being accepted. As of December 31, 2024 we will extend the acceptance of full bookings through to December 31, 2026. To secure the full facility booking request we will require a $500 non-refundable deposit.  Rates are subject to change. Notice of cancellation must be received at least 30 days before the event/first day of booking to receive a full refund. 

Individual Room Booking Requests

Individual room booking request for June to December 2024 are currently being accepted. All bookings require a $500 refundable damage deposit and full payment at time of booking. Notice of cancellation must be received at least 30 days before the event/first day of booking to receive a full refund.

To inquire about booking at the Esquimalt Gorge Pavilion, please complete our booking inquiry form below.  Due to a high demand of event requests please allow 3 - 5 business days for processing your request. 

Looking for more details on the Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion? Check out our Venue Guide for further information. 


If you do not see the information you are looking for, please contact us at [email protected] for more details. 


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