MP-0000.861.8 | Entrance to Dominion Park, Montreal, QC, about 1910
Entrance to Dominion Park, Montreal, QC, about 1910
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1910, 20th century
Coloured ink on paper mounted on card - Collotype
8 x 13 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
The cinema and professional sport were two examples of the increasing commercialization of leisure-time activities. The opening of amusement parks was another example of this phenomenon. Sohmer Park, which opened in 1889, soon had competition from Riverside Park in Maisonneuve and especially the Dominion amusement park.
Dominion Park was different from its predecessors, which primarily put on music, singing, vaudeville and acrobatics shows. Dominion was a real, U.S.-style amusement park, with rides and lots of thrills.
Dominion Park was on Notre Dame Street, near the river, in the east-end municipality of Longue Pointe. A streetcar line served the area. For Montrealers, an excursion to Dominion Park was like a trip out of town.
Dominion Park opened on June 2, 1906. At that time, even though French-speaking Montrealers outnumbered English speakers, signs were often in English only, as can be seen in the photograph.
For Montrealers at the time, going to Dominion Park was a real outing. As the picture shows, men and women wore hats and put on their fanciest clothes to go to the amusement park.