Picnic experiences in Ontario
The best part, you don’t have to bring your wicker basket with sandwiches, you can just arrive at your destination and the food, cutlery and everything else will be provided for you. Even a beautiful location, if you want. Prices vary from simple picnic outings to elaborate and sophisticated picnic celebrations (check operator website for pricing).
So, whether you’re looking to enjoy quality time at farm picnics with your family, throw a surprise party for your friend or perhaps propose to your partner with a pop-up luxury picnic, these unique picnic experiences are made for celebrating good times and creating long-lasting memories.
Just remember, plan ahead as these picnics fill up fast.
Here are a few of the top picnic experiences in Ontario:
Greater Toronto Area
It’s one thing to surprise your partner or family and friends with a picnic, but it's another to provide an upscale picnic experience that delivers not only on the finer details but excellence too. Picnic City offers you a special one-of-a-kind experience that is sure to leave you with long-lasting memories.
There are various types of picnic themes to choose from, such as the candlelit Garden Soiree Picnic or boho-inspired Bamboo Beach Picnic. You can also customize your own theme. No worries about the mess, everything will be packed up and cleaned. Start making memories, book your picnic today.
When: Bookings are available online year-round. In the event of rain, picnics can be rescheduled for another date.
Where: Service is available in various picnic delivery zones such as Toronto, Durham, York, Peel and Halton. Leave a message for requests about deliveries outside these areas.
Hotel X Toronto
There are many great things about Hotel X Toronto. In addition to luxurious accommodations and stellar views of Toronto’s lakeshore, there are many locations around the property or down by the waterfront that are hidden gems that you can use as the backdrop to your picnic. They also prepare delicious picnic baskets for pickup so all you have to do is focus on enjoying the moment and your surroundings.
Order the Deluxe Picnic Experience for two adults online. The package features a wicker basket with picnic accessories and cutlery. Included with the food, you’ll receive delicious jams, sauces, homemade hummus, fresh fruit, macarons for dessert and refreshing drinks. Kid-friendly meals and activities can also be added to the picnic order.
When: Guests or non-guests need to order at least 12-24 hours in advance.
Where: Add a picnic experience to your stay at Hotel X (111 Princes' Blvd., Toronto). Find your own picnic location or ask the concierge team for advice on the perfect spot.
Picnix Niagara offers you a portable picnic cart that makes it easy to transport your picnic to any of the beautiful surrounding parks. Choose the perfect setting for an al fresco dining experience with savoury meals and delicious desserts.
Carts contain a 5-course gourmet meal that can feed 2-3 people and include an assortment of local farm-to-table sourced food. Vegetarian and dairy-free options are available. The following picnic accessories can also be rented:
- picnic blankets
- pillows or chairs
- sun umbrellas
- games that can be played outdoors
When: Book your basket in advance, including next-day bookings. Carts can be used for up to two hours upon pickup. If it looks like rain, you can cancel or reschedule your picnic up to 12 hours in advance of your booking.
Where: Pickup is available by the gazebo at Queen’s Royal Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake at 12:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. Look for the large trailer shaped like a picnic basket, you won’t miss it.
Picnics by Niks – Niagara Wine Country Picnics
Take a guided tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake in a private Mercedes Benz van or guide yourself by booking an e-bike. Each experience includes a stop at a local distillery for a tasting, a picnic lunch or grazing menu, along with setup and décor. Enjoy the outdoors while sipping and nibbling on picnic menu selections in the comfort of the cozy picnic setting.
Picnic packages can also be expanded to celebrate special milestones and events, like birthdays, bachelorettes and micro weddings, adding a little extra something to your getaway.
When: Picnic tours must be booked 72 hours in advance. Bike rentals especially tend to sell out. In the event of rain, picnics can be rescheduled or arrangements can be made to find a sheltered alternative.
Where: Bike rentals can be picked up at 1582 Niagara Stone Rd, Virgil, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Van pickup details can be arranged with the company.
Explore and soak up the natural beauty of Niagara vineyards. Taste award-winning VQA celebrated wines, while enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch. This is one experience not to be missed for wine lovers. The package includes a professional driver/guide for transportation to winery destinations, for tastings and shopping at their boutiques. If beer is your preference, ask about tastings available at local breweries.
When: Itineraries are flexible, however booking from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. is generally ideal. Contact for booking availability.
Where: Pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines or Niagara on the Lake is complimentary and included in your package.
Run away from it all, even for just a few hours. Whether planning a staycation or putting the finishing touches on your itinerary in the capital, experience Runaway Picnic, Ottawa’s First Luxury Pop-Up Picnic offering designer-curated picnic packages anywhere in the city or local area. Create the perfect escape away from life’s worries by choosing either a relaxed cozy setting or an enchanting dining experience in a forest, on a beach, or at a private cottage or hotel.
Your picnic comes with everything you need and is available for groups of up to eight people. Enjoy a sweet or savoury charcuterie board. Dietary restrictions such as vegan, halal, gluten-free or diary-free can be accommodated.
When: Bookings are available year-round. Contact for booking availability. In case of rain, be sure to have an indoor or covered backup plan.
Where: Location of your choice or with help from your picnic planners within the Ottawa area.
The County Picnic
Taste some of the very best that the County has to offer. Grazing boxes provide the perfect opportunity to sample local and seasonal products. They are highly transportable to the destination of your choice. Pick up a box and head to the beach or just find a local park to enjoy the delicious mix of cheeses, meats, crackers and dips. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options can be substituted at no additional charge.
If you’re celebrating something special, VIPicnic Experience can help to make those moments memorable. Customize from start to finish, and don’t worry about a thing. Décor is provided along with graze boxes or a graze platter. Additional add-ons are possible such as music, balloons or even a photographer.
When: Place your graze box order or get in touch about a picnic with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Confirm their rain policy upon booking.
Where: Pick a comfortable spot in Prince Edward Country for a gourmet picnic or let County Picnic surprise you with a special location. Arrange pickup or setup details.
Be a guest at the historic Waring House in Picton and add a simple romantic picnic to your getaway itinerary. Waring House will take care of packing your picnic basket with sandwiches, fruit and dessert. You can top off the occasion by purchasing wine or beer to add to your picnic take-out.
When: Picnics lunches are available daily for guests and non-guests to purchase.
Where: Place orders 24 hours in advance by phone and pick up at the inn (395 Sandy Hook Road, Picton).
The Stratford Festival is well known for its major theatrical productions and brings theatre lovers from all over the world to enjoy great entertainment. But it’s not the only attraction. It’s the beautiful Ontario parks that offer relaxing picnic experiences in picturesque locations and there are many to choose from, such as Shakespeare Gardens or Tom Patterson Island. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the Avon River and spend some time admiring the flowers and your surroundings.
Select items from the takeaway picnic menu including sandwiches, wraps, salads or charcuterie for two.
When: Pre-order picnics at least 48 hours in advance through the Stratford Festival Box Office (1-800-567-1600), or order online at the time of purchasing a performance ticket. Picnic baskets must be picked up within 2 hours before the show performance and are available from April to October.
Where: Pick up at Festival Theatre (55 Queen Street Stratford) or Tom Patterson Theatre (111 Lakeside Drive, Stratford).
Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life
If you love animals and country views, join the alpacas while enjoying a unique picnic experience. Picnic packages come with locally sourced cheeses and snacks in addition to the delicious award-winning Udderly Ridiculous ice cream. There’s an option to upgrade to a deluxe version of the picnic package that includes aged cheese and additional items. Consider adding other farm experiences to your visit, including alpaca walks, goat yoga and even goat cuddles.
Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and outdoor shoes while you enjoy your outdoor picnic. Please note that the picnic experience is not suitable for children under 16.
When: Alpaca picnics are available June to October on most days, except Monday and Tuesdays. Find real-time availability and book your visit online. If your experience is cancelled due to weather, customers will receive a credit to be used for a future booking.
Where: 906200 Township Road 12, Bright
Jem & Co Luxury Picnics
Whether you're looking for a picnic proposal package or picnic ideas for couples, Jen & Co will not only make your luxury picnic experience delightful, it’ll be a moment you can treasure. Choose from three different packages: Classic, Deluxe or Luxe Life.
The Classic Cheese & Meat Platter offers 2-4 guests up to three types of local cheese and deli meats to enjoy with baguettes, dips and seasonal fruit. Larger groups of up to seven people will appreciate the offerings of the Deluxe package, which includes games and additional drink selections. The Luxe Life includes special features such as a floral arch, balloons and a photo stand to make the experience photo-perfect.
When: Complete the booking form with your event details, including date, time and location requested, selected theme and menu options. Picnics are three hours in length.
Where: Picnic experiences are available in Windsor, LaSalle, Tecumseh, Belle River and the Town of Essex. Additional locations are available at an extra fee.
Pamper yourself and your loved ones with this luxury picnic experience. Get comfortable and Proper Picnics will take care of all the details. Start by choosing your preferred picnic location or choose from one of Proper Picnics’ recommendations. Picnic packages range from the Timeless for two guests to the Gold Luxe for eight guests. Enjoy a curated charcuterie of gourmet cheeses, cured meats, crackers, marinated shrimp and mushrooms, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Three types of children’s packages are also available that include kid-friendly meals and décor.
When: This picnic is a two-hour experience with year-round bookings available. Picnics can be rescheduled in the event of a rainy day.
Where: Picnics are available within the Windsor area. Additional fees will be applied outside of this area.
Berrylicious Picnics in the Patch
Book a blueberry-inspired picnic at Berrylicious Fruit Farm. Start with a berry picking lesson and tasting and learn all there is to know about this sweet treat. There are several picnic experiences to choose from, including a Family Picnic in the Patch for four and a Couples Picnic for two. Family baskets include sandwiches, drinks, a jelly roll bar and blueberry Jello topped with whipped cream,
Picnic-to-go options are available for those on the go. Enjoy fresh cheese, crackers, berries and veggies to take with you. They can be ordered in advance or picked up while you visit or stop by.
When: Real-time bookings are available online from June until September. Confirm rain policy with Berrylicious.
Where: 425533 Substation Road, RR #2, Burgessville
The Little Things Luxury Picnics & Sleepovers
Celebrate any occasion with a stylish picnic. Choose from a variety of themes and packages, customized to suit your picnic preference. You can even choose where you’d like to go on a picnic.
There are various upgrades available to bring your picnic packages to another level, such as rental of cabana or umbrella for sunshade, custom flowers for added decoration and even projectors and screen for a movie-themed experience. Additional food options for purchase include lunch boxes, fruit platters or custom cakes.
They don’t only do daytime picnics. Plan an extra special overnight sleepover experience for your little one. Choose from a variety of themes and add custom cupcakes, cookies, candies and a charcuterie just for kids. Glamping packages are also available.
When: Complete the online contact form to book your picnic. Bookings are available year-round and are 2.5 hours in length (sleepover and glamping experiences would be longer in length). Keep an indoor location in mind in the event it rains, rescheduling is also a possibility.
Where: Choose a location, including your backyard, your home or a favourite place. Deliveries can be made up to 30km from Orillia.
Beautiful views and good food await you on this picnic experience that will take you to new heights. Not only will you get to experience an amazing helicopter tour, but once you land, enjoy a custom picnic basket at a private spot, equipped with delicious food from local restaurants and shops.
The flight is 35 minutes and up to one hour on the ground. There are two helicopters to choose from: Helicopter R44 will accommodate up to 3 passengers and the Helicopter Astar can carry up to five.
When: Complete the online form to book. Picnic tours are only available in the summer.
Where: Start your Helicopter tour from a Muskoka hangar (1255 Gravenhurst Parkway, Gravenhurst). Alternative pickup locations can be arranged.
Sudbury’s boutique restaurant extends its warm hospitality to include luxe picnic offerings. Book a cozy picnic for two or gather seven of your closest friends to feast on a delicious graze table. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and keto food options are available to purchase, or you can bring your own food.
Picnic and Deluxe Packages include setting up indoor or outdoor picnics. Picnic settings can accommodate two to eight people, with an extra fee for additional guests. Do-it-yourself picnic rentals are also offered.
When: Bookings are available all-year-round, however, winter and spring picnics will only be offered indoors.
Where: Picnic setups are available in your backyard, local parks or locations in Sudbury and the surrounding area.
Superior Picnic Adventures
Pair your picnic with adventure in Superior County. Explore the outdoors in Northern Ontario and reward your tastebuds with delicious flavours from the area. Purchase a grab-and-go picnic meal, prepared by partner restaurants such as Red Pebbles Café, Drifter's Restaurant or the Grill Shack and follow the itinerary to your picnic location and adventure. Explore places such as Lloyd’s Lookout, Casque Isles Trail or Hurkett Cove Nature Trail.
When: Contact the restaurant on your selected itinerary for booking and pickup details.
Where: There are six picnic experiences to choose from located in various communities in the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Whether celebrating something special or just spending time with the one you love, plan the perfect picnic experience and let the pros take care of all the details for you. Find the perfect spot, take a seat and enjoy good food and good company.
Last updated: March 17, 2023