Transforming
Ontario Place

The province is moving forward with a vision for Ontario Place to become a vibrant, year-round waterfront destination that builds on its legacy of innovation, fun and live music, and engages residents and visitors of all ages.

  • In February 2012, the Ontario government announced the partial closure of Ontario Place to move forward with revitalization. At that time, an Advisory Panel was established to advise the government on redevelopment of the site.
  • On July 31, 2014, the province announced its long-term vision for Ontario Place to transform the site into a year-round, vibrant waterfront destination -- building on the site's legacy of innovation, fun and live music.
  • The Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail is the province's new landmark park. Previously a parking lot, the park and trail is 7.5 acres of public green space on a spectacular part of Toronto’s waterfront.

Minister's Advisory Report

In February 2012, the Ontario government announced the partial closure of Ontario Place to move forward with revitalization. At that time, an Advisory Panel was established to advise the government on redevelopment of the site.

Hearing from Ontarians is an important part of the transformation process.

The Advisory Panel undertook a comprehensive process to develop their advice, including public feedback and the review of previous studies and research. On July 26, 2012, the Advisory Panel submitted their report and recommendations on how to transform Ontario Place.


Long-term Vision

Below is a site map 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.

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Sitemap overview with numbered icons indicating locations on a map Culture, discovery and innovation hub Blue Park Canal District and pedestrian land bridge Celebration Common Urban Park and Waterfront Trail

1. Culture, discovery and innovation hub

A new iconic core area that could provide places and spaces for future ideas, with a focus on culture, innovation, learning and research.

Image of the culture, discover and innovation hub.

2. Blue Park

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.

Concept Image of the Blue Park
Concept Image of the Blue Park in Winter

3. Canal District and landscaped pedestrian bridge

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. Also, a 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.

Concept Image of the Canal District
Concept Image of the Land Bridge

4. Celebration Common

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.

Concept Image of the Open Green Space
Concept Image of the Festival Space

5. Park and Trail

Now open, the first step of transformation is the new Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail on the East Island of Ontario Place.

Concept Image of the Fire Pit
Concept Image of the Summit