Amusement Parks, Beaches
and Pleasure Gardens
of Canada's Past
You are about to explore the outdoor pleasure districts of Canada's past. Few books, articles and documentaries are available on this subject compared to the number for similar areas in Great Britain, The United States and elsewhere.
For Canada, amusement
area discussions are typically part of a larger book or documentary
on some other subject such as a town's history. Sadly, save for a few
dedicated sources, in most cases the amusements detail is scarce.
This portion of
the CEC website improves
All have been drawn upon to document Canada's amusement past so as
to detail it here. Many postcards have been reproduced along with
photographs from generous submitions. These personal photos, plus comments
from their submitters, will instill in the reader how these amusement areas
affected those that experienced them and how those effects lasted long
after the parks, beaches and pleasure gardens closed.
Closed Canadian Parks
More Information on
Old Canadian Parks:
Books and Videos
Additional Attractions of
The Past are in
The CEC Midway
Time Portal Museum
Here are Tables of
Past Canadian Coasters
Described in CCP
To see all links affiliated with subjects of the past at the
CEC website, go to Canada's Outdoor Amusement Past.
Major gratitude goes to all submitters for their unselfish sharing
of information, photos and personal stories. A separate page dedicated
to these persons could have been created, but the list would be so
long that few would read it. It was chosen instead to incorporate
their names into the narratives so that readers could more accurately
associate individual contributions. In addition, this method better
shows that what is presented here is the work of many, many persons.
A huge thankyou to Tim Covell for usage of his Canadian park and
coaster research information that appears on this website. Tim's
materials now reside in the CEC archives.
Closed parks outside of Canada:
I would like to thank sitemaster Joel Styer for input
to Closed Canadian Parks.
Roller Coasters, old and new in North America:
Thanks to Chris LeReau for his input and the coaster
information used throughout these articles. He in turn
wishes to credit author Richard Munch of Pennsylvania,
U.S.A. for much of his information.
Now, Move on to the
Closed Canadian Parks
Canada's Outdoor Amusement Past