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Abandoned Amusement Park in Canada

Petar Djajkovski
The original Trinity Loop track remains - Author: Zippo S - CC BY 2.0
The original Trinity Loop track remains - Author: Zippo S - CC BY 2.0

Abandoned: The beautiful town named Trinity can be found on the Bonavista Peninsula, on the east coast of Newfoundland, Canada, and is widely known as a must see for any tourists and visitors traveling through the area.

It offers historic architecture, scenic walking trails, the thriving Rising Tide Theatre, fresh sea breezes and tasty Atlantic sea food. And for the people that lived in or visited the area some 20 years ago, an amazing amusement park named Trinity Loop, too.

Trinity Loop Remains. Picture taken from the railroad bridge – Author: Zippo S – CC BY 2.0

Trinity Loop Remains. Picture taken from the railroad bridge – Author: Zippo S – CC BY 2.0

Prior to the construction of the amusement park, the name Trinity Loop referred to a small but interesting railway built in the early 1900s by a man named J.P. Powell.

This railway was later extended to climb the steep hill around this coastal town, as well as to loop all the way around the lake, which shortly afterwards was naturally renamed Loop Pond.

The abandoned remains of the Ferris Wheel and a demolished locomotive after the devastating Hurricane Igor in 2010 – Author: Zippo S – CC BY 2.0

The abandoned remains of the Ferris Wheel and a demolished locomotive after the devastating Hurricane Igor in 2010 – Author: Zippo S – CC BY 2.0

When the railway became obsolete and finally closed down in the late 1980s, the loop was bought by the municipality of Trinity which later sold it to a businessmen by the name of Francis Kelly.

Kelly had a plan to restore and redevelop the whole area around Loop Pond and the old railway tracks. It was a great plan and worked even better in practice.

Very soon the area inside the railway loop was transformed into an amusement park full with boat rides, a Ferris wheel, mini golf course, swimming pool, petting zoo, a museum, live concert venues, the Rail Cart restaurant, bungalow accommodations and of course, the crown jewel from the past, the train that ran through the hills on the original loop around the lake.

The neglected mini golf course at Trinity Loop – Author: Zippo S – CC BY 2.0

The neglected mini golf course at Trinity Loop – Author: Zippo S – CC BY 2.0

The now abandoned Trinity Loop Park had an amazing start, attracting many tourists and was also a popular place for the local population. From little children and teenagers all the way to older generations visited regularly. It was an open and free place for anyone, apart from the rides and the restaurant.

The park operated successfully for many years but, as things go, people began to lose interest and its popularity declined. When this became a problem money wise and the park could no longer pay its bills just from the rides, a licensed bar was installed.

This move to allow alcohol on site in a way ruined the whole family atmosphere and soon Trinity Loop became more of a place you go to party instead a place to relax.

In 2004 the park was officially closed due to financial problems as the owner failed to make payments on time. Trinity Loop was transferred to the local municipality government and since then it has been in a state of constant decay. Today the forest around it has taken part of the park under its shade.

Overgrown with grass, the remains of the rides are just laying there all rusty and sad. The pond is the only thing that is still beautiful and crystal clear.

Abandoned Trinity Loop as seen from the nearby hill with Loop Pond behind – Author: Zippo S – CC BY 2.0

Abandoned Trinity Loop as seen from the nearby hill with Loop Pond behind – Author: Zippo S – CC BY 2.0

The bungalow cabins now lie in a state of complete despair and total disrepair. Smashed windows, destroyed walls covered in graffiti, doors missing or broken and most of the furniture either in pieces or missing.

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Vandals made this place a second home almost as soon as it closed. Once considered a heritage structure, the Trinity Loop today is a forlorn sight.