Woodbine Centre

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Woodbine Centre
Woodbine Centre logo.png
Location Rexdale Blvd. at Hwy. 27
Coordinates 43°43′13″N 79°36′01″W / 43.72028°N 79.60028°W / 43.72028; -79.60028Coordinates: 43°43′13″N 79°36′01″W / 43.72028°N 79.60028°W / 43.72028; -79.60028
Address 500 Rexdale Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 6K5
Opening date 1985
Developer Cadillac Fairview Corporation
Management Peter McCallion[1]
Owner Avison Young
Architect Crang and Boake Incorporated[2]
No. of stores and services 138
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 750,000 sq ft (69,677 m2)[3]
No. of floors 2
Website www.woodbinecentre.ca

Woodbine Centre is a shopping mall in the Rexdale area of Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada across from Woodbine Racetrack. In 2015, they celebrated their 30th birthday.

Opened in 1985 by then developer Cadillac Fairview,[2] the over 130 store mall is home to Fantasy Fair, a year-round indoor amusement park. The fair houses a Charles Loof carousel. It is one of 13 still in operation today.[4] They also have a 50 foot ferris wheel which they say is the only one in North America.[4]

Its design served as inspiration for property developer Sir John Hall when planning the MetroCentre, the UK's largest shopping mall, in the 1980s.[5]

Anchor stores

Former anchor stores

  • Zellers - closed March 2013
  • Target - supposed to take over the former Zellers; construction delayed due to its departure from Canada
  • Simpsons - replaced with Sears
  • Sears - closed March 2017

Fantasy Fair Amusement Park[edit]

Fantasy Fair
Location Rexdale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Opened 1985
Rides
Total 9

Fantasy Fair is an indoor amusement park and the largest in Ontario featuring nine full sized rides:[6]

  • 1911 Antique Loof Carousel
  • Crystal Kaleidoscope - indoor Ferris Wheel (50 ft.)
  • Bumper Boats
  • Ships Ahoy - spinning tea cups
  • Smash 'n Dash - bumper cars
  • Fantasy Flight - A 32' Balloon Tower Ride
  • Fantasy Fair Express Train - mini replica steam engine (driver sits in tender unit) with 3 open air passenger cars (each carrying 8 passengers)
  • Airforce (plane ride)
  • Spinner – roller coaster
  • Simulator
  • Climbing Wall
  • Drop Tower

Connections[edit]

TTC Routes 37 and 191 and YRT Route 7 run just outside the mall's borders. MiWay Route 30 operates a small terminal near the entrance, but it only consists of one bus shelter, just like most minor terminals. Two other MiWay routes, 11 and 12, operates outside the mall just like the TTC and YRT.

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