Ontario Place (Closed for redevelopment)

Entertainment & Arts

North America, Canada, Toronto

Ontario Place is a multiple use entertainment and seasonal waterfront park attraction located in Toronto, Ontario, and owned by the Crown in Right of Ontario. It is administered as an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, just south of Exhibition Place, it is approximately 4 km west of Downtown Toronto. This premiere attraction opened on May 22, 1971 and consists of three artificially constructed, landscaped islands. Attractions are spread throughout the park, as well as walking trails and food and drink concessions. Traditionally targeted at a family audience, with emphasis on children's activities, the park has a seasonal operating schedule and is closed from October through April, with the exception of the Cinesphere IMAX theatre and private event space. Central to the complex is a public marina and a major concert theatre. Historically, Ontario Place, as a publicly subsidized provincial agency, aims to keep costs, especially for families, lower than comparable attractions. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, Ontario Place will offer free admission to the grounds. The park will also feature over 30 exhilarating rides and attractions plus the newly renovated Cinesphere, now in IMAX® 3D and the expanded Soak City waterpark with its own lounge pool and sand beach right at the water’s edge overlooking Lake Ontario.