Remembering Ontario Place's Origins
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Remembering Ontario Place’s Origins

The landmark's evolution from a showcase of the province's achievements to a family amusement park.

Born out of what could be called “Expo 67 envy,” Ontario Place was originally designed to be a park where the cultural and economic accomplishments of the province could be celebrated, with a side order of entertaining diversions. While the early exhibits flopped, Ontario Place became a spot where children played, teens saw their favourite acts at the Forum, adults enjoyed a drink, and everyone caught a film at the Cinesphere or watched the crowds drift by. Though its early programming was geared to all ages, the park has evolved into a haven for younger visitors, which some have pointed to as a reason for declining attendance.

Today, we found out that Ontario Place is largely shutting down, effective immediately, in anticipation of a planned redevelopment of the site. As Ontario Place prepares for its latest makeover, a look back at its first two decades.