Monday, March 26, 2018

Winter is over at Ontario Place

But the lights remain and the island park is open for pleasant walks past the marina, concrete ship breakwater, the Cinesphere and the abandoned rides of the family theme park that closed in 2011. Actually this is a good time to visit the western portion of the island park before any redevelopment changes what is left and you can try to recall what the park looked like when you were younger.
In 2017 they started a winter light festival which had a synthetic skating rink as well as a winter light exhibition from December 8 to March 18, 2018 (the end of March Break). The festival had free admission and was open seven days a week and included skate rentals, food and drink, music and an evening bonfire from Friday to Sunday. There is plenty of paid parking at Ontario Place, pick the western lot, which shouldn't be too busy unless there is a concert at the Budweiser Stage or games at BMO Field across Lake Shore Boulevard.

Arriving at dusk allows you to take in some of the park that doesn't have lights and to check out the sunset over Humber Bay. Then you can wander the paths as the festival lights brighten against the coming darkness as you enjoy your wilderness adventure.

See more of the abandoned flume ride after the jump.

The western bridge to the park

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