Everything You Need To Know About Belmont Park
Long before there was La Ronde, we had this wonderful amusement park.
When you think about Montreal's amusement park only one thing comes to mind, La Ronde of course! Summer just isn't summer without a trip to our beloved amusement park. But before there was La Ronde there was a lesser known amusement park operating in Montreal from 1923 to 1983, I'm talking about Belmont Park.
This wasn't just a gathering of pony rides, carnival games and booths where someone tries to guess your weight, this was a full blown park complete with a large wooden roller-coaster called The Cyclone, a carousel, a Ferris wheel (this one actually worked) a pool, a skating rink and even a "kiddieland."
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After paying your 35¢ admission fee, you crossed the gates where you were greeted by a loud puppet known as the The Laughing Lady. You passed by rows of snack bars and concession stands until you reached the ticket booth to you buy a strip of 15¢ tickets which gave to a boat, a train, bumper cars and a ton of other rides.
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The park was shut down in 1983 shortly after a police raid. Apparently the city of Montreal which owned La Ronde at the time wasn't too happy about a privately owned park luring their customers away.
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