Join us: September 6th, 2021 | 11-4pm | Ontario Place

In 2020, the World Monuments Fund included Ontario Place in its Watch Program—a collection of 25 sites from around the world of great cultural importance threatened by neglect, vandalism, conflict, or disaster. 

In our Watch Day event, we invite the public to participate in an inclusive, creative activity to engage the broader community in the conversation around Ontario Place’s future and the threats it faces from re-development.

The event will be outdoors and COVID-19 protocols will be observed. Due to ever-changing public health restrictions on public gatherings and in-person events, the physical aspect of Watch Day is entirely contingent on the public health guidelines in place at the time of the event. 

This event is hosted by the Future of Ontario Place project, in collaboration with artists Jake Tobin Garrett and Lindsay Zier-Vogel. This event will be photographed.

To volunteer or learn more about the event, please email us at aconextgens@gmail.com.

Illustration Station

We will host an all-day drawing-based activity and scavenger hunt. Volunteers will hand out free postcards with views of Ontario Place at drawing stations set up at two locations.

Participants are encouraged to explore the grounds and find the place the image on their postcard was taken, and take a picture to post to social media.

We will also have information on hand for anyone who wishes to mail in their postcard to the Provincial government to let them know Ontarians care deeply about the future of this iconic site. Free stamps will be provided. Downloadable files are also available below.

We are seeking volunteers to help us run these stations. If you are interested, please send us an email at aconextgens@gmail.com.

Guided Walks

We will run two free guided walks starting from the locations of our two postcard stations, led by author and former ACO president Richard Longley.

The two hour-long walks will follow the same route, in opposite directions. They will describe the inspiration and ingenuity that created Ontario Place and Trillium Park, and will ask visitors to consider how they would revitalize Ontario Place for future generations. Walks will be family-friendly and children are welcome.

11:00AM – Tour begins at Trillium Pavillon and ends at Illustration Station.

2:00PM – Tour begins at Illustration Station and ends at Trillium Pavillon.


Downloadable Line Drawings


Why Now?

On July 30th 2021, the provincial government of Ontario announced a redevelopment plan for Ontario Place after leading a two-year long bidding process behind closed doors. The Future of Ontario Place Project team find the opaque bidding process and ensuing proposal problematic on many accounts. Read the full response here.

In short, we are concerned that:

1. There was no consultation with the public and interest groups.

2. The proposal lacks a comprehensive vision that recognizes Ontario Place’s value as a public asset.

3. There is currently no Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for Ontario Place, despite repeated recommendations by heritage experts.


About Future of Ontario Place

The Future of Ontario Place Project was made possible by a partnership between the World Monuments Fund, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto, and Architectural Conservancy Ontario.

Through a research initiative and public campaign, the Future of Ontario Place Project is working to build public knowledge of the heritage values of the site, and to imagine the future of Ontario Place as a public cultural asset for all Ontarians.

World Monuments Fund

World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization devoted to saving the world’s treasured places.For more than 50 years, working in more than 100 countries, its highly skilled experts have applied proven and effective techniques to the preservation of important architectural and cultural heritage sites around the globe.

Architectural Conservancy of Ontario

Architectural Conservancy Ontario is a charitable organization whose mission is to encourage, through education and advocacy, the conservation and re-use of structures, districts and landscapes of architectural, historic and cultural significance, to inspire and benefit Ontarians.

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture

The Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto offers graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, forestry, and visual studies — as well as unique undergraduate programs that use architectural studies and visual studies as a lens through which students may pursue a broad, liberal arts-based education.


Land Acknowledgement

The Future of Ontario Place Project recognizes the importance of the site to Indigenous histories, cultures, and futures. We support a robust Indigenous consultation by the Government of Ontario prior to the commencement of any development, and the protection of the ecologies which have emerged on the artificial islands since their construction.

We are committed to advocating for “meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects” per the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report’s Calls to Action.


Special Thanks

World Monuments Fund

FOOP Initiative

Jake Tobin Garrett, Illustrator (Website)

Lindsay Zier-Vogel, Artist (Website)

Andreea Muscurel, Photographer (Website)

Richard Longley, ACO Volunteer

Victoria Walker, ACO Volunteer

Bill Greaves, ACO Volunteer

Sara Shemirani, ACO Volunteer

Marina Ibrahim, ACO Volunteer

Irene Galea, ACO Volunteer