We plan to revitalize Ontario Place into a year-round, vibrant waterfront destination -- building on the site's legacy of innovation, fun and live music.
The Urban Park and Waterfront Trail is a major milestone. It is now time to start the next stage of work: commence an environmental assessment and land-use planning process to ensure there is a thorough public review of the social, economic and environmental impacts of the proposed plan to revitalize Ontario Place.Scroll through the images below to get a sense of what a future Ontario Place could offer along this spectacular part of Toronto’s waterfront. And let us know what you think.
Aerial view of the proposed plan for Ontario Place that includes ideas for: a hub for culture, discovery and innovation; a canal district with shops and restaurants; a waterscaped park around the Cinesphere and pods; a celebration common; a green pedestrian land bridge over Lake Shore Boulevard connecting to Exhibition Place; the park and trail on the eastern most edge of the site – all linked by a continuous waterfront trail around the islands.
A new iconic core area that could provide places and spaces for future ideas, with a focus on culture, innovation, learning and research.
Artist impressions of a waterscape or `blue park’ to bring playful activity and people onto the water with a series of floating elements and surfaces around the Cinesphere and pods.
Artist impressions of a new waterfront promenade along the northern edge of the site – a canal district – for shopping, dining and performance, helping create a greater connection with the growing neighbourhoods close by.
Concept for a pedestrian land bridge that extends across Lake Shore Boulevard into Exhibition Place, strengthening connections between the two places as well as to the city.
Ideas for the east island landscape. Inspired by the performance legacy of Ontario Place, the celebration common is envisioned as a flexible, green space for open-air cultural activities, festivals, community events as well as passive recreation.
Already underway, the first step of revitalization is the new urban park and waterfront trail along the eastern edge of Ontario Place. Key elements of this park and trail include a garden to relax and take in the views and a rocky scramble offering a naturalized play area.
March 17, 1969
Ontario Place is built
“It should be an exciting place, just as Ontario is an exciting and dynamic province.” –John Robarts, Premier of Ontario, 1970
May 22, 1971
Ontario Place opens
“The vision and scope of Ontario Place gives promise of our vast potential.” –Bill Davis, Premier of Ontario, 1971
July 1, 1972
New attractions and features
Children’s Village play area opened on the East Island.
August 1, 1978
Canada's first waterslide opens
Canada's first waterslide opened, bringing the attractions to the water's edge.
August 1, 1980
Ontario Place is transformed
Concrete silos were built on the West Island and featured displays of Northern Ontario wildlife.
The waterpark expanded
Old waterslides were replaced with new ones including Rush River Raft Ride, Pink Twister and Purple Pipeline.
February 1, 1994 to May 18, 1995
The Forum was replaced with the Molson Amphitheatre
The Amphitheatre seats 16,000 as compared to 8,000 in the old concert venue.
July 20, 2006 to October 1, 2008
Rogers Chinese Lantern Festival began on the West Island. This event lasted until 2008.
June 1, 2010
In anticipation of Ontario Place’s 40th anniversary in 2011, Ontario Place honours its rich history and seeks a new vision for its future
In summer 2010, Ontario Place launched a new My Ontario Place pavilion and interactive website to seek public input into its long-term plans for redevelopment.
February 1, 2012
The province announces plans to revitalize Ontario Place and establishes a panel of community and business leaders chaired by John Tory to advise the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport on a new vision for Ontario Place.
June 5, 2012
John Tory and the Minister’s Advisory Panel host an in-person and virtual town hall to gather ideas from Ontarians on what people would like to see at a new Ontario Place.
July 26, 2012
The panel submits to government its report on Ontario Place Revitalization, recommending the site be transformed into a year-round, multi-use waterfront community and urban park for all Ontarians to enjoy.
September 1, 2012
Work begins to research the site to understand what needs to be done to prepare Ontario Place for future development.
December 1, 2012
We’re listening – Ontarians share their ideas about the new vision for Ontario Place. Humber College and the University of Toronto have used the revitalization project as a real world case study in class. The government participated on the review panels to hear the students’ ideas.
June 26, 2013
The province announces the first step to revitalization: a new urban park and waterfront trail on the east island of the site, providing residents and visitors access to part of the waterfront that has been closed to the public for more than 40 years.
November 12, 2013
Design team LANDinc and West 8 is selected for the urban park and waterfront trail — chosen for their extensive local and international experience in planning and designing large waterfront park projects.
December 2013 to March 2014
Province launches public meetings and online consultations encouraging Ontarians to help shape the vision for the park and trail at key stages in the design process. Ontarians also invited to provide feedback on the Environmental Assessment.
March 19, 2014
Developed design for park and trail is presented at public meeting #3. Key features of the park and trail include: an upper and lower park, a ravine gateway honouring First Nations’ heritage, a romantic garden, a rocky bluff for play, and a gentle summit to take in the views of Lake Ontario.
July 31, 2014
The province announces its long-term vision for Ontario Place with a proposed mix of features, including: a collection of green spaces, a blue park for water activities, flexible spaces for festivals, live-music year round, a culture, discovery and innovation hub, a canal district with shops and restaurants, conservation of the Cinesphere and pods, and a pedestrian land bridge to Exhibition Place.
Construction on the park and trail on the east island is expected to begin in the fall.