St. Rose Beach, was assembled one small parcel at a time over a five year period between 1967 and 1975. Opened during Canada's Centennial in 1967, it was just five years later, in 1972, that a small but determined group of City power brokers began quietly working behind the scenes to convert St. Rose Beach into a municipal landfill site. Thankfully, a combination of serious environmental concerns and strong Department of Parks and Recreation resistance stopped this proposal.