On May 22, 1971, Ontario Place opened to the public as a theme park devoted to showcasing the province’s cultural and economic vitality. Designed by Eberhard Zeidler, the futuristic campus was built across an artificial archipelago in Lake Ontario, south of Exhibition Place. Following the success of Expo 67 in Montreal, where a group of Canadian experimental filmmakers debuted a new multi-channel film technology, Ontario Place positioned itself as an architectural and technological forerunner by building a geodesic dome to house the world’s first permanent IMAX theatre. Zeidler’s utopian playground—the Cinesphere and its interconnected network of floating exhibition Pods—continues to define the western stretch of Toronto’s waterfront.
After a partial closure of the park in 2012, Ontario Place reopened in 2017 as a public space that brings together recreation, leisure, and cultural programming.
Ontario Place is the site for two different Biennial projects: guest curator Charles Stankievech’s cosmological program, The Drowned World, at the Cinesphere, and Wigwam Chi-Chemung, an art installation and Indigenous interpretive learning centre by artist, poet, and teacher Elder Duke Redbird at the Marina.
This Biennial site description was generated by the curatorial team, in consultation with our creative partners, to offer lesser-known facts and histories, and explore sites in relation to the changing shoreline.
This Biennial site was made possible through a partnership with Ontario Place Corporation.
Accessible entrance and washrooms
Accessible ramps / elevators
Accessible seating (Cinesphere)
AODA compliant building
- Getting There
By Public Transportation:
- Travelling by TTC: The seasonal service to Ontario Place has returned and will be in effect until October, 2019. The 121D (Ontario Place-Cherry Beach) branch, which connects to the Subway at Union Station has two stops within Ontario Place at Remembrance Drive and Ontario Place Boulevard and at Remembrance Drive and Ontario Place Boulevard – Centre Entrance. Please visit the TTC website for more information.
- Travelling by GO Transit: Take the Lakeshore Line to Exhibition GO Station and walk 8 minutes south to Ontario Place. We encourage visitors to check routes on the GO Train website and set the destination to 955 Lake Shore Blvd West.
- Coming from the West: Follow Gardiner Expressway East, take the Lake Shore Blvd West Exit to travel East along Lake Shore until you reach 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West ORTravel along the Gardiner Expressway East and take the Jameson Avenue Exit, merge onto Lake Shore Boulevard West until you reach 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West.
- Coming from the East: Follow Gardiner Expressway West, take the Lake Shore Boulevard exit from Gardiner Expressway West to travel West along Lake Shore until you reach 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West.
Artworks at Ontario Place
Wigwam Chi-Chemung (Big House Canoe) is a floating art installation and Indigenous interpretive learning centre byElder Dr. Duke Redbird. Docked at the Marina, Wigwam Chi-Chemung tells the story of Indigenous…