|One of the "pods" suspended out over Lake Ontario|
cc Flickr user: sookie
I miss Ontario Place. Weirdly, though, I don't know if I miss the actual, concrete and glass Ontario Place or the idea of it, the spot it holds in my heart.
|The Forum in its early days|
Toronto Star File Photo
|Ontario Place under construction in 1970|
Toronto: Ontario Department of Trade and Development, 1970
|Aerial view of Ontario Place from the west|
What kind of man will come to this country
To bear the discomfort and challenge his brain?
For it will take him, shake him, remake him;
So sang the schemer, the poet, the dreamer,
So sang the many who gave it their name.
Many years later I took my young son to Ontario Place and while we were there we watched an IMAX film entitled Ring of Fire, a spectacular movie about the volcano belt of the Pacific Rim. During one particular scene, the shots of an active volcano were getting more and more intense until suddenly the scene shifted to a barren, post-eruption landscape and the film went very, very quiet. Out of the silence of the Cinesphere rose one voice, tiny yet firm, delivering the heartfelt message, "The End!" It seems Tim wasn't as enraptured by the seething volcanic cauldron as his dad was.
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It's funny to see, reading through the Star readers' memories of Ontario Place, just how varied those memories are. I guess it all depends on when you first visited, because the park underwent several transformations over the years, some big and some small. I took my own kids there more than once but my memories of those visits are not nearly as strong as those of the times I visited as a boy. So that makes me wonder: is it Ontario Place I really miss? Or do I just miss what it represents in my memory bank? Either way, I truly hope we've not seen the last of it.