Our Rooms

Planning an event and in need of a beautiful venue?

Whatever you have in mind, we can help make it a reality.  Take a look at our available facility spaces, and let your imagination run free…


Reception Hall


Our Reception Hall is the destination for larger events and dinner receptions.

With its beautiful view facing the river and vaulted wooden beam ceiling, this bright inviting space is perfect for any type of function.  Its location off the main lobby allows for ease of access for event setup, and provides close proximity to our washroom facilities and coat check.  This room houses our fixed bar service facilities, and is adjacent to our catering kitchen.   Can be rented as a whole, or subdivided into two smaller rooms, each of which can be rented individually.  Located on Level 2, perfect for private, corporate, or community events.

Capacity: 140 seated dinner reception / 180 seated lecture style / 225 stand-up reception

Room Size: 2434 square feet (226.2 square metres)

Included equipment:  tables, chairs, audio system, microphones, cables, power connections, network access

Optional equipment: digital projector, screen, smartboard, portable stage, black 8ft pipe & drape.

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Vale Theatre


Our Theatre features comfortable seating and all the amenities you need to hold your next event.  Perfect for business presentations, media events, movie & game nights, rehearsals, live music performance, or anything else you can imagine.  Located on Level 1, the room can be expanded to include the classroom area if a larger capacity is required.

Capacity: Theatre – 52 seated / Expanded Theatre – 152 seated

Room size: Theatre – 778 square feet (72.3 square metres) /  Expanded Theatre (with Discovery Room, please see below) – 1780 square feet (165.5 square metres)

Included equipment: 52 fixed seats, digital projector, screen, audio system, microphones, LED lighting

Optional equipment: additional seating, stage, smartboard, black 8ft pipe & drape

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Discovery Room

Our Discovery Room is located on Level 1, just off the exhibits.  With large windows and access to the grounds, this bright space is ideal for smaller gatherings and groups.  Perfect for group events of up to 50 people, this room can be arranged in a number of different ways to meet your needs.  This room also serves as an additional seating area when renting the Expanded Theatre.

Capacity: 30 seated classroom style / 50 stand-up reception

Room size: 1002 square feet (93.2 square metres)

Included equipment: tables, chairs

Optional equipment: stage, smartboard, black 8ft pipe & drape

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If you are looking for some interactive fun to your event, consider adding an activity package to your rental.  This allows your guests to experience our exhibits and programs and provides a science interpreter for tours or various science demonstrations and hands-on activities. Options include a 1-hour guided riverside hike along our trails, a 1-hour exhibit tour, or a 1-hour science demo session and can be customized as well.

Space size: 1848 square feet (171.7 square metres)

Exhibit/demonstration/activity prices (for a 1-1.5 hour session), when added to a room rental:

Up to 20 people: $50

21 to 40 people: $110

41 to 60 people: $170

61 to 80 people: $230

A great addition for conferences or any function interested in making the most of their Centre experience.  For more information on interpretive programming, please contact education@manuelsriver.com or (709) 834 2099 extension 203.

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photos courtesy of Stantec Architecture Ltd. / Crockwell Photography