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City Hall, 2nd Floor
50 Church St.
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 7C2

Tel: 905.688.5600

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Lakeside Park Carousel 


Lakeside Park
1 Lakeport Road
St. Catharines, ON
L2N 5B3


The smiles and laughter which the Lakeside Park Carousel inspire are a century-old tradition! For 5 cents a ride, you can experience the carousel's magic and its wonderful ability to bring out the child in all of us. The carousel is a timeless tradition connecting our past, present and future generations.

The Lakeside Carousel is a Charles I.D. Looff original, carved between 1898 and 1905 in Brooklyn, New York. The beautifully restored animals were carved by Looff's factory workers, including Marcus Charles Illions, who later went on to become a famed carousel-maker in his own right. Relocated in 1921, the carousel came to St. Catharines from its earlier home at an amusement park in Scarborough, now part of the City of Toronto. It was purchased for the amusement park flourishing in Port Dalhousie, which had 58 attractions. In those days, more than a quarter million people annually crossed the lake in steamships to visit Port Dalhousie on weekends.

The carousel has 68 animals, including horses, lions, camels, goats and giraffes, plus four chariots. The accompanying music is played by an antique Frati band organ which uses a system of paper music rolls to serenade riders. Each animal has been hand carved and the horses still have real horsehair tails. The carousel animals have all been carefully restored by the Friends of the Carousel, who continue with annual maintenance and repair work to keep the carousel in sound working order.

The Lakeside Park Carousel is one of approximately 350 antique hand carved carousels still operating in North America - only nine of which are in Canada - and is considered fairly unique in size. The original Looff lion on the Lakeside Park Carousel is one of five existing Looff lions in all of North America and it is the only one that has its head turned to watch onlookers as it circles by. The second lion on the Carousel was carved in 2004 by the Friends of the Carousel to replace the original lion that was stolen in the 1970s.

The carousel continues to be beloved by all who come to visit it.

Hours of Operation

The Lakeside Park Carousel is open from 11 am - 8 pm.

July 1 - September 4, 2017: Daily

September 9 - October 9, 2017: 11 am - 6 pm, weekends only

Please note the carousel will be closed for a private booking on: Saturday, August 26 from 3:45 - 4:30 pm

Sponsorship Ride

Friday, Aug. 11 from 11 am to 8 pm.
The Friends of the Carousel will be sponsoring the rides all day, in honour and memory of longtime dedicated and much adored volunteer, Joanne Bonomi, honouring her request for everyone please find a way to make a child smile ... The Friends of the Carousel are celebrating her life, memory and request by sponsoring a Free Ride day on the day the Celebration of her life will take place. Everyone to join in, making your own memories, taking a trip down memory lane and making a child smile.

Sunday, Aug. 13 from 11 am to noon and from 2 pm to 3 pm
Ridley College will be sponsoring the rides on the Carousel.  Come out and enjoy a free ride on your favourite animal.

Saturday/Sunday, Aug. 19/20 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
East of Yonge will be sponsoring rides on the Carousel.  Come out and enjoy an afternoon of free rides.


Season Pass

Give the gift of fun this year, with a Season Pass to the Carousel, for only $20 including HST, per person.

Photography Opportunities

The Carousel is available to rent for photos at $70.80 plus HST per 30 minutes.

Carousel Courtesy Ride Program

Looking for a fun and unique way to gain exposure for your business or organization?  Sponsor an hour or afternoon of rides at the Lakeside Park Carousel for only $140 per hour (price includes HST and on-site signage opportunity).

Rent the Lakeside Park Carousel

The Lakeside Park Carousel is available to rent for private function.


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