Long-running North Rustico theme park won't reopen

Jim Day
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There will be no more summer seasons for Santa's Woods theme park in North Rustico as it will not be re-opening.

Santa's Woods theme park did not open last year after nearly 40 years of operation, new owner has other plans

Santa Claus is vacating his iconic playground in North Rustico.

Santa's Woods theme park, once a spot bustling with children on warm, summer days, will be closing for all seasons to come.

The modest amusement park that featured mini golf, electric cars and visits from Santa did not open last year after operating for nearly 40 years.

Last week, Lenny Blacquiere purchased the five-plus acres of property.

He has no immediate plans but notes his interest in the property is for personal use not a commercial endeavour.

"No plans yet,'' says Blacquiere, who owns and operates Len's Boat Hauling in North Rustico.

"I'm just going to clean it up and go from there.''

Blacquiere, 50, recalls taking his daughter to Santa's Woods about 10 years ago.

"It's a beautiful spot,'' he says.

Doug Holland ran the business with his wife for decades starting in 1976.

To the delight of children, Holland would play the role of a slender Santa year after year after year, quite likely at times sweltering in his red suit.

In 2011, a then 85-year-old Holland had to escape through a rear window in his burning house that was located in the heart of the theme park.

Holland had already sold the business earlier in 2011 to James Gallant, the North Rustico resident well known for his massive annual Christmas light display.

Geographic location: North Rustico

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Recent comments

  • Shawn Stevenson
    March 05, 2016 - 19:31

    Truly sad to see such a historic site being shut down, Yet it does go to show all good things do come to end though.

  • crotchety
    March 04, 2016 - 08:21

    I hope the new owner enjoys the property and builds a lovely cottage on it. The woods there are beautiful, but I'm not sad to see the Santa thing go into the history books.