Make Your Own Memories

We are not currently accepting any event rentals at this time.

However, if you are interested, please see our Birthday Party information!

Homer Watson House & Gallery is the perfect venue for your wedding, private party or corporate event. Or, if you’d rather, it can be the unique backdrop to your next photo shoot. Connect with the Gallery, let us know how we can help you make your event memorable.

Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions

Homer Watson House & Gallery offers a unique, historic venue for your special day. Our heritage site features stunning original artwork, gorgeous architectural character, and nearly three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Our Main Gallery provides the perfect ambiance for an intimate event, while the stunning gardens surrounding our historic landmark are designed to provide an ideal setting for any event. All of our rental spaces are versatile and can accommodate your desired arrangement.

Homer Watson House & Gallery is an air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible facility and parking is offered free of charge. To assist in your plans for the special occasion, we offer a preferred list of vendors for flowers, catering, and photography. For a list of our preferred vendors, click here
Homer Watson House & Gallery provides both indoor and outdoor rental opportunities. Our indoor space gives a historic, classic edge to your wedding, while our outdoor space provides a breathtaking backdrop.

Private Events

Whether you are planning an anniversary, reception, or family function, the Gallery offers the perfect setting for a spectacular event. Enjoy our unique facilities, displaying historic architecture and local art, as well as our lush grounds – perfect for any outdoor event. Small groups enjoy the intimate setting that our Main Gallery offers while larger groups appreciate our outdoor facilities.


Our unique, historic location and lush grounds set the perfect backdrop for your memories and artistic efforts. Homer Watson House & Gallery prides itself on the maintenance of our historic facilities and grounds. We welcome photographers on site to take advantage of our unique setting. Please contact the Gallery to confirm availability, rates are dependent on the time/duration of Gallery usage.

Corporate Events

Corporate events take on a special quality at The Homer Watson House & Gallery. Located on a stunning historic site, close to the 401, our unique facility is the perfect venue for Conferences & Meetings, Seminars & Presentations, Business Banquets and Parties, Fundraisers, Employee Appreciation Events.

Our meeting spaces are attractive and accommodating. Choose your corporate space from a series of three galleries with flexible configurations. Convenient features include a projector, screen, and  Plasma TV for presentations. Please note that while Homer Watson House & Gallery has offers connections to preferred vendors, all vendors are welcome. Choose a memorable location for your next business event! For rates and availability please contact the Gallery at 519-748-4377.

Refund Policy

Registrations are accepted in person, by mail, phone or online. Full payment must accompany your registration. Post dated cheques cannot be accepted. There will be no refunds when cancelling 10 days before the first class or the event. Cancellations prior to that period will be subject to a 10% administration fee. We do not make arrangements for refunds for missed classes, events or transfers. Official receipts are issued at the time of registration. Any request made for tracing past payments/receipts will be subject to a $25.00 administration fee.

The Gallery reserves the right to cancel any class, workshop or event which does not receive sufficient enrollment. Cancellations normally occur one week prior to the start date. A full refund will be issued for classes or events cancelled by the Gallery. Instructors and content may change without notice. Registration and attendance are subject to the condition that the City of Kitchener, Homer Watson House Foundation, officers, and employees, are released from all responsibilities for injury, loss or damage, however caused, that may be sustained by any person attending a class.

Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing for your event can raise questions. Below is a collection of frequent questions and answers that will hopefully assist. If you question is not answered, please connect with us.

We would love to show you around, please call 519-748-4377 to set up an appointment to see the site and have all your questions answered.

Our site is a “blank canvas” you truly get to make your event a work of art by bringing in the tables, chairs, linen, and flowers that best suit you. We provide the unique intimate site, including three different Gallery spaces and a staff member during the day to answer questions and assist.

We are an intimate setting, our Main Gallery is the largest and seats 45-55 depending on the arrangement and chair style.

For a full room size chart see below: 

RoomSizeSeating CapacityStanding Capacity
Main Gallery33′ x 18′ Ceiling 10′Approx.45 -55Approx. 100
Cayley Room15′ x 17′ Ceiling 10′Approx. 20-30Approx. 50
Ferrie Room15′ x 15′ Ceiling 10′Approx. 20-30Approx. 40
Basement Classroom33′ x 15′ Ceiling 8′Approx. 30-35Approx. 50
Garden Studio35′ x 22′ Ceiling 9′Approx. 40-50Approx. 60

To book our site we required a signed contract, and a 30% deposit (non-refundable) of the total rental fee.

The sooner the better, we can not hold dates without a deposit. You run the risk of losing your desired date.

Yes, as long as you purchase the correct Special Occasion Permit Occasion permit from the LCBO. We also require proof that your designated bartender has their Smart Serve. Finally, you must secure Party Alcohol Liability  insurance for $2 million.

Sure Can! We suggest our preferred caterer because they are familiar with the unique nature of our site, and received great reviews in the past from our renter, but any caterer is welcome. We just recommend that before your event they stop by the site for a tour and discussion with our staff.

While parking is limited in our private front lot, you are welcome to park on the streets all around the Gallery.

Yes, there is a pathway that leads just around our building to the ramp at the back.  We also are happy to arrange priority parking for those with mobility concerns.

For information about the Homer Watson House & Gallery Rental Policy or for reservations and booking arrangements please contact Jessica Stacey, from Bonafide Events Studio for rentals that exceed 4-5 hours in length at For rentals that are less than 4-5 hours in length, please contact the Gallery at 519-748-4377.

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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