History of Ontario Place

March 17, 1969

Cinesphere construction begins
  • Construction of Ontario Place begins.

"It should be an exciting place, just as Ontario is an exciting and dynamic province."
–John Robarts, Premier of Ontario, 1970


  • Ontario Place opens on May 22, 1971.
  • Children's Village is opened on East Island.

"The vision and scope of Ontario Place gives promise of our vast potential."
–Bill Davis, Premier of Ontario, 1971


Silos with Connecting Walkways on West Island
  • Concrete silos featuring Northern Ontario wildlife built on West Island.


  • Forum replaced with Molson Amphitheatre (now Budweiser Stage) - raising seating capacity from 8,000 to 16,000.
  • Waterpark updated and expanded.

2000 - 2010

  • Rogers Chinese Lantern Festival on West Island (2006-2008)
  • Summer 2010 – Ontario Place launched "My Ontario Place" pavilion and interactive website to seek public input into new vision for its future in advance of 40th anniversary

2010 - Present

Premier Wynne announces the William G. Davis Trail
  • Province announced plans for Ontario Place transformation. Public consultations allow Ontarians to share their views on the vision for the park and trail – design presented at public meeting
  • The waterfront trail is named the William G. Davis Trail in honour of Bill Davis who opened Ontario Place in 1971