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Urban Park & Waterfront Trail Project: First phase of Ontario Place revitalization is underway

Site Plan

Your park. Your ideas.

We have reached a major milestone: the design of the park and trail along the east island of Ontario Place is complete and construction has begun.

 

Thank you for sharing your ideas

They have been an important part of inspiring the design team of LANDinc and West 8 to create a unique green space that evokes Ontario’s natural landscapes, as well as embraces the location’s stunning views of the city scape and Lake Ontario.

Scroll through the concept images below to see the main features of the final design.

 

 

Icon of speech bubbles.Let us know which area of the park and trail you are most looking forward to visiting.

 

red starWilliam G. Davis Trail

The waterfront trail running through the park is named the William G. Davis Trail, in honour of Bill Davis who was Premier when Ontario Place first opened in 1971.

Below is an image of the Georgian Bay rock that will carry the trail dedication, marking an area along the trail where people can gather and take in views of the lake and the city.

William G. Davis Trail


Ravine with Moccasin Identifier

The ravine is the gateway to the park, offering the first glimpse of Lake Ontario. Developed in collaboration with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the ravine walls celebrate First Nations’ heritage and culture with the Moccasin Identifier, a visual reminder to recognize and honour the past. 

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Ravine with Moccasin Identifier - Before

The Pavilion

An open-air pavilion inspired by evergreen forests and the iconic structures of Ontario Place, frames the romantic garden and provides a space for shelter, activities and gatherings.

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The Pavilion - Before

Romantic Garden

The open space designed for rest or play, features windswept pine trees and smooth rocks inspired by Ontario alvars.

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Romantic Garden - Before

Rocky beach and fire pit

Nestled along the water’s edge is a rocky beach with a fire pit, inviting visitors to enjoy the water’s edge, participate in evening bonfires and take in the views of the city.

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Rocky beach and fire pit - Before

Rocky scramble and boardwalk

The waterfront trail continues along the water's edge to the Rocky Scramble, a bluff made up of stacked boulders and rocks designed for spontaneous play. A long communal sitting area within the bluff provides a place to enjoy the beautiful views out over the lake.

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Rocky scramble and promenade - Before

View from the upper trail

The waterfront trail winds around the summit and connects to the upper trail. The upper trail, with its evergreen trees, will create a natural shelter along the upper park. Within the upper park, three marker trees – a traditional First Nations’ way of navigation – will be planted to guide and direct visitors on their journey through the park towards the summit.

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Summit

Located at the southern tip of the park, the summit is the highest elevation in the park and provides gentle slopes to sit on while taking in expansive views across the park and out to the lake.

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The summit - Before