For all its Space Age looks, this is really just a fun amusement park, more thrilling than Centreville on Centre Island, but small in comparison with Paramount Canada's Wonderland . From a distance, you'll see five steel-and-glass pods suspended on columns 32m (105 ft.) above the lake, three artificial islands, and a huge geodesic dome. The five pods contain a multimedia theater, a children's theater, a high-technology exhibit, and displays that tell the story of Ontario in vivid kaleidoscopic detail. The dome houses Cinesphere, where specially made IMAX movies are shown year-round.

Ontario Place has many attractions targeted at kids, starting with the H2O Generation Station, a gigantic "soft play" structure with twisting slides, towers, and walkways. The Atom Blaster -- which claims to be Canada's largest foam-ball free-for-all -- is fun for the whole family. Younger children will enjoy the MicroKids play area with its ball pit, climbing platforms, and other tot-appropriate draws.

At night, the Molson Amphitheatre accommodates concert-goers in the reserved seating area under the canopy and on the surrounding grass. For concert information, call tel. 416/260-5600; for tickets, call Ticketmaster (tel. 416/870-8000).