Vintage Photographs of Ontario Place in its Prime

I grew up in the 80s and early nineties and even though Canada’s Wonderland was making an impact with their amusement park, I always loved Ontario Place and its emphasis on park.

While searching the archives this week I came across some new photos that I had not seen so decided to make a collections of vintage photographs from Ontario Place in its prime during the 70s and 80s. I hope you enjoy and leave a comment with your memories and photos.

1970 - Pods being completed
1970 – Pods being completed
1971 Ontario Place Opening Day Fireworks
1971 – Cinesphere to wind up the opening day festivities at Ontario Place Saturday night. The $23 million provincial showcase opened its gates free to the last 3;000 visitors at 9:30 p.m.; just before wind-up display of fireworks.
1973 Children's Village
1973 – Children’s Village
At the heart of Ontario Place is the Cinesphere an 800-seat cinema with an 80-foot-by-60-foot screen
At the heart of Ontario Place is the Cinesphere an 800-seat cinema with an 80-foot-by-60-foot screen.
1980-1984
1980 – Cinesphere at Night
1986 - Wilderness Adventure Ride
1986 – Wilderness Adventure Ride
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CN Tower being completed in background
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HMCS Haida
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The paddleboat paths were awesome.
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Who remembers getting caricatures at Ontario Place?
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Paddleboating under the pods with the HMCS Haida in the background
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The Children’s Village in the background
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Paddleboat path ends at the rollerskating rink
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The first waterslide at Ontario Place
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Paddleboat marina
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Rollerskating rink
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HMCS Haida with the CN Tower in the background
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Loved it when the pods on the left were run by Nintendo and Lego. Was my life in the 80s.
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Mega Maze was dope. I loved trying to beat the time by casually running in between markers.
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Awesome restaurant patio on the water.
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Children’s Village
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Waterslide
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The best ride ever! I Loved the Wilderness Adventure Ride.
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The Wilderness Adventure Ride

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1984 – Concord flying over Ontario Place
1976 - View of children playing in ride at Ontario Place
1976 – View of children playing in ride at Ontario Place
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the 370-foot long; $400;000 water slide attracted mostly youngsters when it opened officially yesterday; and it was a race to see how often they could get to the top for another slide before their half-hour ran out. It costs $2 for 30 minutes of fun – and most agreed it was a bargain
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Bumper Boats

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1980 – 84 – Playland at Ontario Place
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1980 – 84 – Playland at Ontario Place
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1980 – 84 – Bumper Boats and HMCS Haida
Bumper Boats at Ontario Place
Bumper Boats at Ontario Place

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Children's Village at Ontario Place
Children’s Village at Ontario Place – One of the most dangerous things was running through these heavy bags. It was like Russian roulette head-butting.

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Inside one of the pods at Ontario Place
Inside one of the pods at Ontario Place
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Bumper Boats in front of HMCS Haida
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Peddle Boats at Ontario Place
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Aerial View of Ontario Place
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Aerial View of Ontario Place
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The Forum
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The Forum at Ontario Place
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Paddleboats traversing the rivers

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Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson at the Forum at Ontario Place
Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson at the Forum at Ontario Place

 

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Joel Levy
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