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Rental Opportunities

ERCA offers a variety of rental opportunities for your next event, special getaway, or memorable gathering.

Wedding chairs


The John R. Park Homestead

A wedding

The carefully preserved heritage buildings, brand new Conservation Centre, natural ambiance, and spectacular lakeside vistas of the John R. Park Homestead offer a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your next event. We have many customizable rental options available for all occasions. View our Rentals Brochure for more information.

Email the Homestead or call 519-738-2029.

Homestead grounds
outdoor wedding
Creative Commons interior

Holiday Beach Cottage

HBCA cottage

Holiday Beach offers a stunning new waterfront cottage rental. Voted the best cottage in Windsor-Essex in 2018, it is located just steps away from Lake Erie’s sandy beach, with breathtaking views. As the only cottage within the Conservation Area, it features a high level of privacy, can sleep up to 8 guests, and has a beautiful outdoor living space with gas barbecue, eating area, conversation area and fire pit. The dark skies in the park are perfect for evening star gazing. The interior includes modern conveniences such as a smart television, full size stove and fridge.

cottage interior

Seasonal Campsites at Holiday Beach

Are you looking for a beautiful natural setting for your seasonal campsite? Consider Holiday Beach Conservation Area. Nestled in a beautiful Carolinian Forest featuring a beautiful sandy beach, trails, a 3-storey bird-viewing tower, Holiday Beach provides an outstanding location for your camping season.


The seasonal campground features large open spaces, a comfort station with showers, 50 or 20 amp service, metered sites and laundry facilities. A new single-track cycling trail is located just across the street and will be opened this spring. The beautiful sandy beach and natural playground offers hours of fun for children and visiting grandchildren.


A limited number of sites are available for the 2024 camping season from late April – mid-October. Sites are $2960 plus applicable taxes. Contact to learn more!

Holiday Beach Conservation Area

Holiday Beach

Holiday Beach Conservation Area offers a beautiful and scenic location for your wedding, corporate gathering, or special event. This Conservation Area is growing in popularity for couples interested in a beach wedding but who don’t wish to travel out of country. It features onsite washroom facilities near where tents can be erected. There are no kitchen or food preparation facilities, so your caterer would have to make most preparations in advance.

Email us for more information or call 519-776-5029.

picnic area

Hillman Marsh Conservation Area

HMCA Centre

The Hillman Marsh Visitor Centre can accommodate roughly 30 people for a sit down meal. For events large than this, an outdoor tent should be erected. There are washroom facilities on site.

Email us for more information or call 519-776-5029.

welcome centre
walking across the marsh
    • Be sure to check with your officiant to ensure s/he conducts outdoor weddings.

    • You are responsible for renting your own tent, chairs, tables, lights, dance floor etc.

    • Food preparation must be done offsite. The caterer will also need to provide dishes, cutlery and glassware.

    • You must obtain and post a special occasion permit from the L.C.B.O. Please allow several weeks for your application to be processed.

    • You must also provide us with proof of liability insurance (sometimes called special event insurance, naming ERCA as additional insured). You can get this coverage through your home or auto insurance broker.

    • If you are serving alcohol, plan for designated drivers or some other form of transportation, since there are no taxi services in the area.

    • All garbage must be removed from the Homestead, or placed in the onsite dumpsters at Hillman Marsh or Holiday Beach.

    • Conservation Areas are smoke free, and only permitted in the parking lots, or in designated smoking areas at Holiday Beach.

    • In consideration of our neighbours, music and alcohol service must end no later than 1:00 a.m.

    • You are required to meet your tent company, caterer, etc. on site, and to conduct any associated utility locates.

    • You are required to have the site returned to its original condition by 10:30am on the day following your rental. All litter must be picked up, garbage removed from the site and keys returned. At this time a staff will go over the site with your representative and discuss cleanup/damages if any. If there are no damages, your damage deposit will be returned when you return the keys. The tent may stay on the grounds until Monday a.m. if necessary.

    • Your damage deposit is required at the time of contract signing. Your damage deposit will be held until the day after your event, when your representative and the ERCA staff review the site and inspect for damages. If damage has occurred, you will be required to pay for the damage, or have that amount deducted from your damage deposit.

If you want a natural theme and a casual atmosphere for your wedding or special occasions, one of our outdoor locations might be the perfect choice for you.  Please remember that outdoor events usually require more preparation and expense than those held in buildings with facilities. Weather and insects cannot be controlled, so flexibility is important. Remember that fish flies generally peak in late May or early June, so that may be a time to avoid.

It is important to note that for each of these locations, you, as the renter and event host, would be responsible for booking all other necessary infrastructure such as tents, electrical generators, tables and chairs, lighting for your tents, etc.


Independent photo bookings (without a site rental) are subject to availability. As event rentals are an important business aspect of the site, photo bookings can only be made one (1) month prior to your special event, and space cannot be guaranteed until that time. To book the site for your photos session, please contact one month ahead of your event to find out if your preferred date is available.

Photography Booking

Conservation Areas provide a beautiful backdrop for family, maternity, wedding or engagement photos! From lush forested areas, Lake Erie shorelines, to the historic John R. Park Homestead’s beautiful barns, and more, our diverse locations allow users to shoot year-round in a variety of settings. Please note that some conservation areas, like HBCA and HMCA do have admission fees payable at the gate.

All photo sessions at the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area require a permit. The site is very popular and often is privately rented, or in use during evenings and weekends. The John R. Park Homestead offers photo opportunities as part of your special event rental.

There are two levels of permits available

  1. A Wedding/Commercial Photography Permit allows you exclusive access to the grounds.

  2. A Site Photography Permit is available on an hourly basis, provides access to the grounds, and ensures the site is not closed for a private rental.

Photographers are required to have a copy of their valid photo permit with them during every shoot. Staff may request to see your permit.

Photography Permits

JRPH Photography

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