Ontario Place is temporarily closing until its expected revitalization in 2017. Some areas of Ontario Place will be ready for the 2015 Pan Am Games, and privately run attractions (Atlantis, the Molson Amphitheatre and marina) will remain open throughout the redevelopment. Ontario Place was opened on Victoria Day in 1971 and was welcomed as a ‘beacon of the future’, an achievement which represented Ontario’s richness and untouched potential. Four decades ago, newspapers acclaimed the ‘futuristic playground’ made into Lake Ontario on manmade islands and creative pods. Its closure and revitalization is due to its inability to make a profit since its opening year when 2.5 million people visited the attraction. Last year, Ontario Place saw about 1 million visitors and half that number only walk through it to get to the Molson Amphitheatre.
My wife and I enjoyed the attraction in 2010 and we had quite an adventure that saw a bag I was carrying with food and my glasses drop into the propeller of a bumper boat. The food was lost, the glasses got scratched and the boat’s motor started releasing smoke … good times. I’m looking forward to going back in 2017 when Ontario Place becomes a futuristic Toronto attraction again.