Mar 26, 2011

9 Ontario Place

Ontario Place (established in 1971) is considered a world-class attraction ideal for families because of its theme parks, walking trails, water slides, lake etcetera. Located on the waterfront of Lake Ontario at 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West. It is opened seasonally from May to September and closed from October to April. I had visited Ontario Place years ago when my children were infants but failed to visit once they were old enough to go on there own. So last summer armed with two free all day passes I called up my best friend and we spent a Saturday exploring the entire grounds. Needless to say I was flabbergasted by the condition of the place. The best part of the entire day was the company and the scenery from the lake. What was shockingly disappointing was how dirty some of the seating areas were and I kept thinking, ‘This is Ontario Place where families and tourists come to visit? Do they not have people that inspect the grounds? This is a health hazard.’ I am not talking about the kind of dirt people make like cup, paper and other debris. I am talking about cobwebs spread out on the underneath of benches, climbing from bench to bench the length of the benches meant for people to sit on, spiders, mosquitoes and wasps.

The wasps were in the folds of the tents some of which were lined with cobwebs with little flies that laid there trapped. I was surprised by the numerous places where these large cobwebs were visible. While the grounds were not littered with garbage the sight of these large cobwebs insect infested areas are a sure sign of poor maintenance. I was tempted to take photos of all the cobwebs and bugs (I hope they clean up before the summer is in full swing) to ashamed I instead focused on spending quality time with my friend as we walked along the lake exploring the grounds taking pictures of the lake, skyline and surrounding landscapes.

Once we left Ontario Place we attempted to purchase a pop to quench our thirst but decided against it when the man told us the price - $2.00 for a can of pop. I bought an ice-cream cone (something I seldom eat) and we caught the Bathurst Streetcar discussing the sheer madness and audacity of the man to sell canned pop for $2.00 each. Actually my friends exact words were, “not even if I was dying of thirst with my tongue dragging on the ground would I buy a can pop for $2.00 (usually 2 for $1.00), he must be mad.” We got off at King & Bathurst had dinner got back on the Bathurst Streetcar into Bathurst Subway where we both headed East bound parting ways at St. George Subway as she left to catch the other connection to the North/South bound trains and I continued on East. It was a wonderful day.

Click here photos of Ontario Place for more photographs of O.P. (all photographs were taken by me Rhapsody). Click on photographs on post to get a larger view.


  1. Glad to see you were enjoying the outdoors despite the few not so good things.

  2. As prices go up, and salaries fail to keep pace, we can only expect more such decay. Hope they find something not too costly but which can make some money and help maintain the place

  3. I am glad you got to spend time with a friend. A shame how our national treasures are not maintained.Now hold on to your hat, a small glass of soda (mostly ice) at the theater here is $3.28.I hope you have a wonderful day.

  4. hmm... you have a strong sense to work for social cause..i too get irritated if i feel that i am cheated..
    have a wonderful weekend

  5. Awww, it's so sad when a lovely place gets into disrepair. At least you were outdoors and all


  6. Thanks so much for you coming by.
    Have a great week.

  7. At least you had a lovely day out of it all


    someone needs serious advice-->

  8. Hi,

    From the lovely photos I believe this is a very wonderful place although there are few shortcomings due to official apathy. Surely you can write to the local news paper about this problem.

    It was an excellent idea to go there with your friend and have a good time. As regards the man who tried to cheat you, there are such people all over the world hanging around parks,beaches and other places of tourist attraction. Recently I was cheated in Kochi beach by a man who sold me ordinary tea saying it was ginger tea and charged me a fancy price.

    Best wishes,

  9. Hello Wonderful!! It's been so long since I have visited this attraction. I remember going there many years ago and visiting the Childrens Village (which I think is now closed?) I thought I had died and gone to was soooo cutting edge for it's it had an educational slant to it...kinda like the Science Centre. With those huge parking lots put under ground, there would be a ton of room for a huge range of additions to this place. I would love to see it really revitalized. I know, I'm dreamin'....

    But I am glad that you got out for the day and enjoyed some quality time with those dear to you. Sorry to hear about your disappointments.


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