Is it hot enough out there for you? If you’re looking for a fun, exciting way to cool off this summer, look no further than one of Canada’s best water parks. We’re sharing our picks for the top wet and wild parks across the country.
Cultus Lake Waterpark, Fraser Valley, British Columbia
Family owned, Cultus Lake Waterpark is the biggest water park in British Columbia. Thrill seekers should try the Freefall, a 22-metre vertical drop slide, which can mean hitting speeds of up to 60km/hour (if you dare), or give the Valley of Fear, British Columbia’s only free-fall tube ride, a whirl. There’s also a relaxing 110-metre lazy river where you can float, rather than free fall. In addition to the many water slides you’ll find hot tubs, restaurants, and locker and lounge chair rentals for your convenience.
Magic Mountain, Moncton, New Brunswick
Head to Moncton, New Brunswick, for a wet and wild summer experience at Magic Mountain. Catch a wave in the 330,000 gallon wave pool or try the Torpedo, Canada’s first skybox drop capsule. There are tamer body slides for those without a need for supersonic speed, as well as tube rides, a lazy river, pools, hot tubs, mini golf and a splash pad just for kids.
Shining Waters, Prince Edward Island
Enjoy more than 40 attractions (both wet and dry) split into six themed areas at PEI’s Shining Waters. Located in Cavendish Beach, this popular water park has attractions for both thrill seekers and those who prefer to cool off in a gentler manner. There are four large water slides, three children’s slides, a splash pool, body slides and the Cannonbowl – a twisting, turning, super-soaked adventure.
Splash Works Water Park, Vaughan, Ontario
Canada’s Wonderland, just outside of Toronto, is home to Splash Works Water Park, a 20-acre water park featuring a wide variety of ways to get wet and wild. Slides are given a rating starting with five, meaning an aggressive thrill (the Barracuda Blaster), four, meaning a high thrill (the Body Blast), down to one, which is a low thrill but still a great way to cool off. The park also boasts one of the largest wave pools in Canada.
World Water Park, Edmonton, Alberta
This water park in Edmonton might be indoors, but that doesn’t minimize the fun you’re sure to have here. Located in West Edmonton Mall, the park boasts the world’s largest indoor wave pool and has more than 17 unique water-based attractions, including beginner slides, intermediate slides, advanced slides and extreme slides. There are also hot tubs and a rock climbing wall to enjoy.
Turtle Tide Waterslides, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, is home to Turtle Tide Waterslides, which has over 520 metres of water slides on offer. Visitors can enjoy Manitoba’s longest twister ride, the river raft ride, the bullet slide (where you can reach speeds up to 75km/hour) and also spend time at multiple restaurants and a gift shop.
Wild Water Kingdom, Brampton, Ontario
Attractions for kids of all ages (and kids at heart) can be found at Brampton, Ontario’s Wild Water Kingdom, which opened in 1986. This popular water park has some thrilling water slides, as well as kids’ pools, a lazy river and a wave pool. If you prefer to stay dry, there’s a zip line, mini golf course, bars, food kiosks and volleyball courts.
Bromont Water Park, Bromont, Québec
Head to Bromont, Québec, to cool off at Bromont Water Park where water slides range in thrill level from easy to extreme. Some slides twist and turn and some are straight down drops, while others offer a more meandering ride. But no matter which slide you choose, you’re bound to have a great time getting wet.
Granville Island Water Park, Vancouver, British Columbia
Not much in life is usually free, but, if you’re looking for some family-friendly fun on Granville Island in Vancouver, head straight for Granville Island Water Park, North America’s biggest free water park. Part of the False Creek Community Centre, this water park has a water slide, a large spray pad with all sorts of fun ways to cool off, a toddlers’ play area and lots of places to have a picnic.
Lead photo: © Ski Bromont