Riverside Park amusement rides (carousel, miniature train and paddle boats)


Guelph’s antique carousel ride is undergoing scheduled maintenance, which is taking longer than anticipated. As a result, the 2014 opening of the carousel will be delayed by six weeks. City staff hope to have the painted horses going around in circles again by July 1. Please note: the miniature train and paddle boats will open to the public on May 17. For private bookings outside of regular operating hours, email facilitybooking@guelph.ca.

Hours of operation

  • May 17 to June 22: weekends only, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • June 28 to September 1: daily, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • September 6 to September 28: weekends only, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Private bookings outside of regular hours are by appointment only

Tickets and passes

Single admission tickets

Can only be purchased at Riverside Park Concession for $2.30 each (includes taxes)


2014 pass: $16.61 (includes taxes) per individual

Passes may be purchased at:

  • Operations, Transit and Emergency Services45 Municipal Street
  • ServiceGuelph, 1 Carden Street
  • West End Community Centre21 Imperial Road South
  • Victoria Road Recreation Centre151 Victoria Road
  • Evergreen Seniors Community Centre683 Woolwich Street

Safety rules

  • All riders shall obey the safety rules posted
  • All riders must refrain from acting in any manner than may cause or contribute to injuring the rider or others
  • Each child under the age of five must be individually accompanied by a responsible chaperone (14 years or older) – that chaperone may ride for free when chaperoning
  • Children must be able to sit upright and hold on by themselves and are prohibited from riding on the chaperone’s lap
  • Anyone riding a carousel horse must have a ticket
  • Riders/chaperones must remain within the yellow lines while the carousel is in motion
  • Riders must remain seated while the ride is in motion and until the ride comes to a complete stop before exiting
  • Patrons displaying improper behaviour will be asked to leave at the discretion of the ride attendant
  • Pets are prohibited on all rides
  • Smoking is prohibited on all rides
  • Food and beverages are not permitted on the rides
  • Inclement weather may cause ride closure
  • The rides do not operate in the event of lightning 
  • If you choose to ride, you accept all risk