The best thing about Ontario Place was its newest addition, SOAK CITY! It was boiling hot when we visited Toronto, so coming to this water attraction seemed a smart thing to do. Water slides and raft rides down the chute made it really fun! Because it is so popular, expect to wait in line for a while.
Go to SOAK CITY before doing any other activity here at Ontario Place because it has the longest lines as the day progresses. There is a great water play area here that kept the kids giggling!!!!!!! We highly recommend SOAK CITY for a hot, Canadian afternoon.
Soak City hours are 10-8 p.m in July and August and was the best activity at this park! The cost to enter the park (Grounds Admission) is $5.00 for age 4-15 and seniors; $10 for age 16-64. Soak City is $12.00 additional.
Voted as the "Best Seasonal Attraction" by City Parent Magazine, Ontario Place is truly a good place to bring the kids (young!) & have a good family day.
It is built on 96 acres of parkland on Toronto's waterfront, & features attractions, gardens & even a water park.
Soak City is downtown Toronto's biggest waterpark, & is definitely one of the best in the whole GTA region. There is a raft ride, large scale waterslides, wading pools, waterplay, & even a hydrofuge. It is especially refreshing on a hot smoggy day, for you'll forget about it right away!
Other attractions at Ontario Place include Wilderness Adventure Ride, Megamaze, Bumper boats, Mars Simulator Ride ....
There are also some attractions designed exclusively for kids, including H2O generating station, The Atom Blaster(fun with foam balls), First Flight, Free Fall, Mini Greens Golf course, Cyclone Speedway & Bob's Boat Yard. There is even a OP Driving School for kids, the only one in Canada!
The Cinesphere is a landmark of Ontario Place, & is the world's first permanent IMAX theatre ! It offers many educational & adventurous films during the day. During some weekend nights (summer), the Cinesphere shows the latest Hollywood & box office Hits!
The Molson Ampitheatre, located near the entrance, is one of Toronto's top entertainment venues, playing host to many live concerts & events!
The Atlantis Pavillions is a magnificient structure that rises on top of Lake Ontario. It offers wonderful views of Toronto, & has many restaurants & nightclubs.
If you've got kids, you must take them to Ontario Place. It's a great place to spend the day, complete with a Water Park, bumper boats, IMAX theater, and many other activities. Being right downtown, across from the Exhibition grounds, it's a perfect summer location. Many people combine a visit to Ontario Place with their day at The Ex for a day full of family fun.
Visiting Toronto in the summer? If you plan to visit the Canadian National Exhibition, you can just walk right across the bridge and you'll be at Ontario Place. The Ex features more fair-like rides (like a ferris wheel, the zipper, Fire Ball, lots of games, and a food building, etc.) At Ontario Place you'll see
IMAX productions, rides and attractions (although not as many as the Ex - mostly bumper boats, log ride, and Mega Maze) and if you have children the Lego building is always fun. I loved going in there when I was younger. Different concerts, shows and festivles are held there all summer long and there is also an amazing water park, Soak City.
We visited this amusement park in June 2006 and admired its futuristic architecture. However, we visited it on the most crowded day. The waiting lines were long. Admittedly, we enjoyed the concert (name of the group forgottem) in Molson Amphitheatre much more than the rides. One activity that we will recommend strongly is Megamaze.
Ontario Place was an unexpected gem of an amusement park. I had been there about 25 years ago, when all it had was a big theatre and some paddle boats. So, when my friend recommended that we take the kids there for the day, I was a little skeptical. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it had grown to a full-fledged amusement park.
But unlike other amusement parks, I found the admission price to be reasonable, the rides and attractions were fantastic for the kids, and the overall quality of the park was second to none. Possibly the biggest surprise was that it was not at all crowded. Perhaps others don't know that it's such a great place.
Please see additional tips under "Off the Beaten Path" for more Ontario Place tips.
This is a good park IF you have toddlers and kids under the age 12. Youths and teens will most likely think it's lame, although during a heat wave the water park may appeal to everyone.
I find Ontario Place very expensive for what is offered but it is a huge green space, I love the marina and walking along the shoreline. I did a show here one summer so I do enjoy going for a walk through the grounds... BUT I wouldn't PAY to enter!!
During the CNE (The EX) admission to the grounds of Ontario Place is free with your CNE ticket price. It will cost extra to "do or play" anything, and with THE CNE just over the bridge don't bother.
BUT it is a super break from the crowds, the noise and the heat at The Ex! I love to sit on the patio of the Marina Grille and have a beer in the sun and look at the boats and chill out for a while before heading back to the CNE.
The Molson Amphitheatre is also here as well as the Cinesphere IMAX, the city's largest movie screen.
Actually I would like to see the city make Ontario Place free for admission only. Still charge for all the rides, slides and games, but let people walk through. I always end up spending money when I am here... maybe put in a few new cafes, liven the place up a bit!
Great amusement park located on Toronto's waterfront. Lots of rides and attractions, have been coming here since I was a kid and it keeps getting better!
Rides and attractions like Mega Maze, Bumper Boats, Children's Village (great fun for kids, went here a lot as a child), Water Play, Mini Greens (I kicked butt here!), Rush River Raft Ride, Waterslides, Wilderness Adventure Ride and more (very wet!).
Don't miss the IMAX films at the Cinesphere. It's a huge round building that looks like a golf ball, you can't miss it!
Take the younger kids to the Atom Blaster where they can shoot foam balls at each other through various devices, my 3 year old nephew got a kick out of that, even though he needed his mum's help to reach things.
The Molson Amphitheatre is also here and concerts of all types take place there. Some of your favourite bands play at this venue.
Play-All-Day passes are $32 for 6-64 and $17 for 4-5 year olds. Kids 3 and under are free admission. Tickets are cheaper if bought online. You can also buy a family pass for 4 people aged 6-64 for $99.
Ontario Place is closed part of the year so check the opening times before you go.
Ontario Place celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Attractions include bumper boats, pedal boats, waterslides, mega mazes, miniature greens, aquajet racers, electronic boat and canoe rentals, river raft and simulator rides, and interactive/virtual reality games.
955 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Toronto , M6K 3B9
Telephone: (416) 314-9900 , Fax: (416) 314-9989
Located on the waterfront of Lake Ontario, this seasonal attraction has been entertaining families since 1971. The complex houses more than 22 attractions including bumper boats, pedal boats, waterslides, mega mazes, miniature greens, aquajet racers, electronic boat and canoe rentals, river raft and simulator rides, and interactive/virtual reality games.
This is near the harbourfront area and is a kind of entertainment park with all kinds of shows and such going on. We went to the Cinesphere (pictured) which is an IMAX theatre and saw a cool movie about volcanos and also some musical show at one of the outside stages.
This is a large entertainment complex, some of which is actually built out over Lake Ontario. There is an ampitheater for concerts, there are water park features, and also there is the "Atlantis" venue, which houses ballrooms, dining rooms and such.
Here are five photos of this complex. Click the photo to see them all.
Ontario Place is an amusement park on the waterfront. I think the attractions here are mostly for kids. If you are seeking real thrill rides, I would recommend you to go to Paramount Wonderland instread. The sphere in the photo is the Cinesphere, which is the first IMAX theater in the world. It got a huge screen 80 feet by 60 feet.
There is so much to see and do at Ontario Place that I recommend you check out their webpage at
In 2003 visitors will be introduced to several new state-of-the-art interactive attractions and play facilities for kids 3 to 13. Adventure Island is home to the New H20 Generation Station, The Atom Blaster, O.P. Driving School and Micro Kids. These attractions feature colourful, modern designs in totally interactive environments presenting children with unique opportunities to discover and learn while having plenty of fun.
One thing you won't want to miss is the Cinesphere©. With the largest screen in the Greater Toronto Area and 24,000 watts of digital sound, the Cinesphere© is the place to see everything from IMAX® films, to the latest Hollywood hits.
ONTARIO PLACE / CINESPHERE
There is very little to do here for adults. Admission is very expensive considering it is pretty boring. Also, photography is not allowed on the property.