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Ontario Place to turn into outdoor adventure park, indoor spa and water park, Budweiser Stage to undergo transformation

The Ford government has announced that Ontario Place and Budweiser Stage are both getting an epic makeover.

Doug Ford made the announcement alongside Culture Minister Lisa MacLeod and Toronto Mayor John Tory. During the announcement, they revealed that Ontario Place would be transformed into a new outdoor adventure park, indoor spa, and revitalized concert venue that will be able to host shows year-round.

Ford said that this will offer “an exciting, inclusive and family-friendly experience that will play a key role in the province’s post-pandemic recovery, both as a tourism destination and as a display of Ontario’s strong cultural identity.”

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of Ontario Place this year, there is no better time to bring this iconic destination back to life.”

The Indoor Spa:

Austrian resort developer Therme, Quebec outdoor recreation firm Écorécréo and concert promoter Live Nation will be teaming up to oversee the development.

Therme will specialize in developing the “all-season” massive indoor spa, which will also have pools, waterslides and botanical gardens. There will also be a whopping eight acres of “free, publicly accessible gathering spaces, outdoor gardens and public beaches” outside of the facility, according to officials.

The Adventure Park:

Écorécréo operates several aerial adventure courses in Quebec. At Ontario Place, they will develop a “family friendly adventure park” just north of the current Cinesphere. This park will feature escape rooms, climbing walls, ziplines, and aerial obstacle courses. There will also be Segway, quad-cycle, canoe, and kayak rentals on site.

The all-season park is set to be completed by 2024.

Budweiser Stage:

Last, but definitely not least, Live Nation will be revamping beloved venue Budweiser Stage. They’re set to transform the space into a “modern, year-round indoor-outdoor live music and performance venue.”

“Protecting the iconic amphitheatre lawns, the new venue will have an expanded capacity of 20,000 in the summer and close to 9,000 in the winter, offering a unique indoor-outdoor experience with operable exterior walls to accommodate events, rain or shine,” the government explains.

The amphitheatre will likely be completed by 2030.

Beginning in August, the government will offer Ontarians to voice their thoughts and vision on what they would like to see at the redeveloped Ontario Place. This will be located on their website.

The Cinesphere is set to be maintained and integrated within parks, promenades, and trails. The Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail will also remain, and will stay accessible during construction.

Lead photo courtesy of Therme Group.

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