City Living: Waterparks

This summer has been bloody hot. Like wanting-to-sit-in-front-of-the fan-in-your-undies hot. We figured there
had to be a better (slightly more clothed) way to beat the heat. While we may be
partial to
we love to check out a water park for some cool-down thrills.

Canada’s Wonderland (Vaughan, ON)

Once you’re done on the rides, or if you’re a roller coaster
wimp, Splash
is Wonderland’s place to cool off. The 20-acre water park has
slides for the whole famjam, from the tame Lazy River to the more
adrenaline-pumping Black Hole. Home to Canada’s largest wave pool, you can
easily spend the day soaking in some rays or getting drenched on one of their
wicked waterslides.

Our pick: Barracuda Blaster. Grab a buddy and a double inner
tube for this one. You’ll fly down a high-speed flume, before twisting around
the giant whirling bowl of water. Minus a grade school swirlie, this is the
closest you’ll get to being flushed!

Wild Water Kingdom (Brampton, ON)

For under $40, head on over to Wild Water Kingdom where they
take their water slides seriously. Not only does the kingdom impress in the
slide department, but they claim to have the only double-tipping bucket in the world. We
remember the scene as a kid: waiting with great anticipation as you watched the
oversized buckets slowly filling before the big splash!

Our pick: The Cliff is for the daredevils on the fourth floor
who are courageous enough (or crazy enough) to tackle a slide with a
seven-storey vertical drop.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark (Niagara Falls, ON)

If you like to stay where you swim, Fallsview Indoor
Waterpark in Niagara Falls is the place to be. North America’s largest hotel
and indoor water park complex, it boasts 16 different waterslides, a wave pool
and a year-round outdoor sundeck to get your tan on. Plus, it’s only steps away
from the other, more famed water attraction: the Horseshoe Falls.

Our pick: After a long day of playing tourist along the Falls,
you could find us lounging in the Horseshoe Hot Springs, one of their two
adult-only hot tubs.

Calypso Park (Ottawa, ON)

Jump in the car and fuel up, because this one is a bit out
of our ‘hood. While located in Ottawa, it is well worth the five-hour drive to
check out Canada’s biggest themed water park. From ecology expert Wildman Jack
to Calypso Goddess of the Waves, the water park has its own cast of characters
that inspired the wet and wild attractions.

Our pick: The Summit. The name says it all when it comes to
the highest free-standing waterslide in North America. Measuring 17 metres, the
Aqualoops ride starts in an enclosed cabin
with a trap door. At the signal, the floor suddenly opens under your feet and
you drop straight down into a roller coaster-like ride with a 2.5 G loop.”
Sign us up.

Darien Lake (Darien, NY)

you’d normally find us here riding the coaster or jamming at one of their
concerts, SplashTown is the place to
cool off. Darien Lake serves up the standard lazy river (Floatation Station)
and tube-riding slides, alongside the Big Kahuna, a four-person raft ride that’s
more than 700-feet long.

Our pick: When we think water parks, the LAST thing we
usually think of is relaxing. But at Darien Lake, you can rent your own private
cabana for the day: loungers, tubes for the waterslides, personal wait staff,
bottled water and snack included. We know it’s not that adventurous, but give a
girl a break (and a cabana boy!)

City Living: Loving our city

There’s no place like home. When you live in a city like Toronto, it’s not always
necessary to venture north to sit in four hours of traffic. We have a decently clean lake (thanks, zebra mussels!), we
have patios that serve cold drinks and we have parks with grass. What else do you need? Forget leaving the city the second the clock hits 5 p.m. on Friday, and stick around here. Lots to do, plus at the end of the day, you get to
sleep in your own bed. Score.

Here are our suggestions to skip the “staycation” or “Occupy Summer” movements
and simply learn how to relax and enjoy our own surroundings. Many of these activities seem obvious, but how many of you actually take advantage of this stuff? Exactly.

For some excitement:
Release your inner child and head to Canada’s Wonderland. Don’t worry
about not being entertained. The large-and-in-charge Leviathan made its debut in May and promises three and half minutes of a stomach-dropping, silent
screaming, hair-raising good time. We dare you. Don’t forget about the
funnel cakes, but maybe save them for after the ride.

Stay up to date with @WonderlandNews.

For a little R&R:

Get your beach on. Former parking lot-turned-urban oasis, Sugar Beach is one of Toronto’s prettiest man-made beaches. Located at the bottom of Lower Jarvis, this hotspot has sand, umbrellas, trees and the best view in the house of our city’s waterfront. Sugar Beach is a great way to spend a day; food, shops and shade are just steps
away should you need a break. Plus, bands will often make their way down here to play concerts. Nothing better than a little live music with your ray-catching.

The pink umbrellas are just part of the charm.
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For an afternoon
Get moving – rent a Bixi or hop on your own wheels and take a tour of a part of Toronto you haven’t seen yet. We’re blessed with so many neighbourhoods with unique personalities. From the food to the people to the fashion, be surprised at your
city’s offerings and Bixi’s convenience. Grab a friend to discover Balwin’s
intimate selection of patios, people-watch up in Yorkville, discover the hidden charms of the Bridal Path and Forest Hill, or check out the changes in Regent Park. The possibilities are pretty much endless. Plus, you’ll get a li’l exercise to boot.

Follow them @BixiToronto.

For a little patriotism:
Head to the Skydome (uhh – Roger’s Center), tap into your competitive side and cheer on our Jays. Toronto’s Major Leaguers have launched into this season full force and need all our
support. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, indulge in the overpriced food and
beer, and enjoy that we Torontonians may actually have a shot at playoffs; if
you’re a Leaf fan, you’ll understand.

We promise, this sport is one of the best to watch right now, since the Jays actually have a shot at winning.
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Show them a little online love: @BlueJays.
For a little arts
& culture:
After soaking up some stifling rays, recharge your
inner-genius with air conditioned trips to the ROM for some prehistoric adventure (they’ve got a groovy new dinosaur exhibit. EVERYONE loves dinos), the AGO
for the Picasso exhibit (hurry! It ends this August) and if you need
to compromise with the athlete (or tourist) in your life, the Hockey Hall of Fame is also a museum, of sorts. Have some fun playing goalie.

This beautiful building houses all things hockey.
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And that’s just a sampling of everything there is to do here at home. For any out-of-towners visiting Toronto this summer, hit us up @rockitpromo for even more recos.