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

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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, and 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 70s.

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

Hours of Operation

2016 hours of operation are subject to change without notice.

Private rentals may supersede public access. For Carousel closure information please refer to the City of St. Catharines official Facebook page.

Open Daily - June 15 to September 5

11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Labour Day - Monday, September 5

11:00 am - 8:00 pm

September 10 - October 9

Saturday and Sunday only
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Thanksgiving Day - Monday, October 10 

11:00 am - 8:00 pm

The Carousel is closed for private bookings on the following days/times:

  • Saturday July 30, 6 - 7 pm
  • Saturday August 6, 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Sunday August 14, 3:30 - 4 pm
  • Saturday, August 27, 11 am - noon
  • Saturday, September 3, 2:30 - 3pm

Sponsorship Rides (Carousel Rides are Free!) on the following days/times:

  • Once Upon a Child (buys and sells gently used kids' clothing, shoes, toys and baby gear) sponsored carousel rides on Sunday July 10 from 11 am - noon! Please check out


Photography Opportunities

The Carousel is available to rent for photos at $62.52 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 $125 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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