MP-1994.9.55 | Scenic Railway, Grosbois Island, QC, ca. 1910
Scenic Railway, Grosbois Island, QC, ca. 1910
About 1910, 19th century
Silver salts on film - Gelatin silver process
8.3 x 14 cm
Gift of M. Albert Richard
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
By the beginning of the 20th century, a new generation of amusement park was becoming popular. Modelled after New York's Coney Island, these parks featured a wide variety of mechanical rides. Now, visitors came not just to watch the various shows and acts but also to enjoy the thrill of the midway rides. The midway was a new form of entertainment, one far removed from the proper entertainments of the Victorian era, intended to quell the very thing that the new rides sought to create: excitement, thrills, fun!
The workers in this photograph are building the tracks of a roller coaster.
The first amusement parks in Canada were modelled on the many successful American ones.
Amusement parks, which appeared in the early 20th century, applied many of the modern techniques and materials then being developed to the construction of new rides.
Anyone could go to an amusement park, but to take part in the rides and games, such as target shooting, one had to buy a ticket, which ran from 5 to 25 cents.