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
pools,
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
Works
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)

While
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!)

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