As Canada has been on my travel wishlist for so long, I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the country’s attractions, for those of you who might be lucky to visit. In this post, I’m going to be looking at why you should plan a trip to Canada’s Wonderland.
As one of Canada’s largest amusement parks, there’s bound to be something for everyone there. And after my visit to Disney World, I’ve definitely changed my outlook on holidays that involve a theme park trip! To find out more, we’re going to be exploring Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto.
If you’re planning a holiday to Canada, or even if you’re lucky enough to be considering a more permanent move there by browsing or buying Halton real estate, a great way to spend a day is with a trip to an amusement park. The largest amusement park in Canada, often named among the country’s best, Canada’s Wonderland is located just outside of Toronto and features a 20-acre water park, over 200 attractions, and nearly 70 rides. There’s so much fun that can be had there, it’s definitely worth planning into a trip.
Let’s have a look at some of the activities that Canada’s Wonderland has to offer.
The thrills of the rides
If you like big thrills, you’ll find them, with 15 roller coasters here, including Leviathan, the most feared, winding its way across a huge swath of the park, dominating its skyline. It travels 92 miles an hour at 80 degrees and drops more than 300 feet as the sixth highest in the world. Wild and intense, it’s sure to satisfy hardcore coaster fans.
Also sure to be a firm favourite with thrill-seekers is The Yukon Striker. This is the world’s longest, fastest and tallest dive coaster, sending passengers over the precipice of a 90-degree plunge, leaving them hanging there until diving straight down, 245 feet, into an underwater tunnel.
Families looking for something tamer will appreciate Thunder Run, a mine train coaster that revs up to 40 miles per hour, travelling through Wonder Mountain with strobe lights, an illuminated dragon, and more. Personally, I’d be sticking to this one, as heights aren’t really my thing!
On a hot day, there may be no better place to be than at Splash Works. As Canada’s Wonderland is a water park and amusement park in one, when you need to cool off from the heat, you can enjoy the Muskoka Plunge, a 60-foot-tall waterslide complex with four thrilling slides that include 360-degree loops at speeds of around 25 miles per hour.
Each one takes a different path to the bottom. At the Rip Tide Racer, you can zip down with up to seven of your friends. There’s also a classic lazy river to relax in, and one of the largest wave pools in Canada. If you have little ones with you, at Lakeside Lagoon, then they can enjoy cooling off in a wave pool and riding two family-friendly slides.
There’s something for everyone
Canada’s Wonderland truly offers something for everyone – even the dogs. This is probably more of a perk for the residents, but it’s still pretty cool to have options for your canine companions! There are dog kennels, so you don’t have to leave your furry best friends at home.
You’ll also find games, a mini-putt course, live presentations, and characters for the kids. They can meet Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang in Planet Snoopy, which also has a Character Carousel and leisurely boat rides on Swan Lake.
Canadian fare is a lot more diverse than it used to be, even drawing foodies from across the globe, and its top theme park reflects that. While you can still find plenty of the usual Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, and Pizza Pizza, it goes way beyond that with the Muskoka Craft Bison Burger and housemade chips, Butter Chicken at Backlot Express, and the Grilled Mac & Cheese at Alpen Cheesery, a sandwich stuffed with Mac & Cheese.
At Coasters, a 50s-style diner, you can get creamy milkshakes and fantastic fish and chips. As this is Canada, poutine is a must, and at a poutine-only food truck, you can get this classic Canadian comfort food. For dessert, enjoy another Canadian classic, the beavertail, a deep-fried doughnut shaped like a beavertail, coated in sugar and cinnamon, with various toppings available.
While amusement parks generally aren’t the place to go if you’re on a diet, there are healthy options at the Grab & Go Market too.
Why you should plan a trip to Canada’s Wonderland
All in all, if you’re fortunate enough to be able to visit the Toronto area, you should definitely check Canada’s Wonderland out. If you’re with the family in particular, there are so many ways to spend a great day out at this awesome amusement park.
Have you ever been to Canada? Let me know in the comments if you’ve visited this magical part of the world.
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