Greater Toronto Area Water Parks Make a Splash
When the weather warms up, it is great time to get the kids outside to enjoy the short summer season. Now that school is out, and the days are longer, they can spend hours on end outdoors playing their favourite games with their family and friends.
One great way to keep them happy and cool this summer is at one of the Greater Toronto Area water parks. From wave pools to lazy rivers, and from 6-storey waterslides to splash pads, there is everything to keep them going all day and bring them home tired and ready for bed.
What: Over 7 million litres of heated water in a 20-acre water park with rides like The Plunge, Supersoaker, the Lazy River, Pumphouse, and one of Canada's largest wave pools
Where: 1 Canadas Wonderland Drive, Maple, ON, L6A 1S6
When: Saturday, June 13 to Monday, September 7 from 11 am to 7 pm
Cost: Regular park admission
What: Cedar Park Resort campground, near Bowmanville, is open to the public during the day and features a water park with a triple slide complex, multiple splash pads, water playgrounds with jets and buckets, and multiple pools.
Where: 6296 Cedar Park Rd, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K2
When: Saturday, June 6 to Monday, September 7 from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 7 pm on weekends
Cost: Adults $11; kids under 12 $10; children under 2 free
What: Take a scenic ferry ride to Toronto’s Centre Island where you’ll find Centreville Amusement Park featuring a log flume ride, bumper boats, swan boat rides, kiddie boats, and a wading pool
Where: Take the Jack Layton Ferry at 9 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2H3
When: 10:30 am to 8 pm daily weather permitting
Cost: $23.01 - $32.74 per person; family rates starting at $101.77
What: Features two acres of activities, including waterslides, larger than life water-spouting animals, a waterfall, misters, and tipping buckets.
Where: The Toronto Zoo - 361A Old Finch Avenue Scarborough, Ontario, M1B 5K7
When: Friday, June 26 to September 7, 2015 from 10 am to 6 pm
Cost: Regular Zoo admission
What: Year-round indoor wave pool, swirl pool, 160-foot twisting water slide, sauna, beach area with palm trees
Where: Lois Hancey Aquatic Centre - 5 Hopkins Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0C1
When: See seasonal schedule
Cost: $5.50 - $9
What: Features an 840 sq metre heated swimming pool (8 ft. deep), a splashpad with 30+ wetland themed water features located in natural wilderness surroundings.
Where: 10818 Heart Lake Rd, 3 km north of Hwy 7
When: Daily 10am - 7pm (weather permitting) from June 20th to September 7th 2015
Cost: $2.75 to $4.75