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This was small park was started by H. F. Blackwell near the outskirts of Hull (now part of Gatineau) on the road to Aylmer. It had a dance hall, roller skating, animal displays, a picnic area and a rollercoaster. This was designed and built by Keenan, Addison, & Pearce and called The "Deep Dip". It opened May 22, 1925 but closed three seasons later, which is likely when the park closed, as well.
One source mentions a "Scenic Railway". It's not clear if this was another coaster or not. However, since the term "Scenic Railway" is an older one from around the turn of the 20th century, it is possible that the park had two coasters during its run.
Greg Van Gompel of Savage, Minnesota says that the coaster was called The "Sky Chaser", and that it was designed by Vernon Keenan, built by Fred Pearce. Whether this was The "Deep Dip" renamed, or another ride is not known.
A factor in the closing of this park may have been Blackwell's costs of opening Bellevue Park in Trois Rivieres. Conflicts with city officials saw that park last only one season in 1926. Perhaps the investment associated with that park were too much and Blackwell couldn't cope if revenues from Luna were not enough to recoup his losses.
|Thanks to Tim Covell of Ottawa, Ontario and to Debora Bertrand for providing information on this park.|
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