Monday, December 24, 2018

Toronto Winter Light Exhibition 2018

Ontario Place is such a busy waterfront park during the cold months of winter, what with the Aurora Winter Festival, the once again active Cinesphere and the Winter Light Exhibition. They don't do a good job of explaining what you can and cannot see or for what cost it might be, so here is my take on the provincial park, quick before Doug changes it and puts up some condos and a casino.
On the west side of the park you can find both the Cinesphere and the free Winter Light Exhibition. The light exhibition has several illuminating pieces spread here and there and also features a skating rink, a skate rental shop, a snack shop, a fire pit and a food truck selling tasty beavertails. The exhibition is open from November 23, 2018 to March 17, 2019. While the light exhibition is free, the Cinesphere requires tickets to watch a movie.

In the central area, known as Echo Beach, you can find the Aurora Winter Festival hidden behind tall fencing, with just a hint of a ferris wheel peeking over the hills. It is open from November 29 to December 30, 2018 and costs about $20.

Over in the far eastern reaches of the park you find Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail, which are also free attractions, providing excellent views of the Toronto skyline.
Parking can be found in the Ontario Place lots, which have a flat rate cost of $15, or across Lake Shore Boulevard in the parking lots in Exhibition Place, with a day rate of $15. Apparently you can get $5 off parking if you have a ticket to the Cinesphere. You can park in Exhibition Place and walk across one of the two pedestrian bridges to get into Ontario Place. 

If you take the GO Train or stop at the Exhibition Place TTC streetcar stop you can catch a free shuttle bus to the eastern pedestrian bridge.

See more exhibits after the jump.

Lights along the path of the old flume ride

There are some great movies playing in the circular Cinesphere

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