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I’m sure that all of you remember the carousel from the movie ‘Mary Poppins’ starring Julie Andrews.

Some of you probably also know that Canadian rock band Rush’s song ‘Lakeside Park’ is based upon Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie, a suburb in St. Catharines, Ontario.

What most of you probably don’t know is that the Port Dalhousie carousel which can be found in Lakeside Park was Walt Disney’s first choice for the carousel in his movie Mary Poppins.


The serendipitous and random interconnectedness of it all!

However, St. Catharines was not in the position to sell it to him.

Further, this landmark carousel which had been constructed in 1905 was deeded to the city of St. Catharines on the condition that the carousel rides would forevermore continue to be made available to all for the historically original fare of five cents.

To this day, anyone can ride any one of the hand carved sixty-eight animals and four chariots on this carousel for the same cost as it did one hundred years ago.

So, the next time that you find yourself in Ontario Canada’s Niagara region, Be sure to visit this historical amusement ride.

With each ride costing only a nickel, imagine the fun you can have with a whole dollar!