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Retro Photo TR: Paramount Canada's Wonderland 1984-87.


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I was leafing through some old photo albums a while ago and found a bunch of old pictures from PCW, which back then was only CW. Since we're posting retro trip reports, I figured I'd post these. The quality isn't great and the pictures are kind of small, but my scanner sucks at life so it's the best I could do. The pictures are of Hanna-Barbera Land - most of which is gone now, the kids area is now full of Nikelodeon themed rides - but you can see a few coasters in the background.

 

I was only 7 months old when the 1984 pictures were taken, so I don't make an appearance until later in the TR.

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My family ditched me for the day and went to Canada's Wonderland. The swans are pretty much the same, except they're more colourful now.

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Snail themeing! I look pissed here because my brother ruined the picture by being in it.

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The Smurf ride!

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More boats that go around in a circle ride!

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These are cars and they go around a track...that's all I got.

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The carousel in Hanna-Barbera land has characters like Dino, Yogi Bear, Scooby-doo and some shark to sit on. Apparently I was very excited to ride Dino.

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1986, time for my first trip to Wonderland and lots of kids with bowl haircuts! Here's my family infront of Wonder Mountain.

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I'm pretty sure these cage/rocketship/lock your kids up for a while so they can stop bugging you things are still there.

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My cousins on the airplanes, which are still there. If you look hard enough, you can see a tiny bit of Ghostercoaster in the background.

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Boulder Bash!..or something like that. This was my favorite ride when I was little, I was sad to see it go.

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The boats that go in a circle ride. More of Wild Beast in the background.

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My mom and my brother on the choo-choos. You can see part of Wild Beast in the background.

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Most of the rides in Hannah Barbara Land were Flintstoned themed, like these eggs that go up and down. My brother doesn't look too happy about being in a dino egg.

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A few more pictures, these ones are from 1987.

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There's Thunder run in the background. The Fly is now where part of the Antique car track used to be.

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Since there weren't really any coasters in this TR, here's me riding the Tivoli coaster at Marineland a few years later.

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Scooby doo, my brother, some random kids, and Wild Beast in the background.

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Another shot of the cars.

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Wow smurfs, Jabber Jaw (shark on carousel) and Flinstone bumper cars. Great 80's trip report. I wish I had pictures of the dark ride at Clementon park in the 70/80's since nobody I know seems to remember it, and the only thing people do remember is rotting away.

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I think I underestimate sometimes how much PCW has been devloped over the years.

 

Some of those pictures look like park icons in a grassy field. Just looks like nothing around. No buidings, no rides, little to know landscaping.

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Wish I could've ridden Smurf Mountain, it sounds awesome

 

PCW really has developed a lot over the years. I didn't realize it either until I looked at these pictures. It's too bad they don't really have much more room to expand since it's surrounded by houses and such on all sides now. :?

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