Victoria Day is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing: summer is coming. Though calendars may insist the first day of summer isn’t until June, all good Canadians know that May Two-Four is when the season really gets underway and summer vacation planning can begin. Everyone remembers those special trips that were reserved for summer. For some it was flying to some exotic locale, for others a road trip for an annual family gathering and for others still it was heading up to the cottage or cabin for some rest and relaxation. Here at Coca-Cola Journey we have put together a list of six summer must-do attractions from across Canada. Our hope is to take some of the busywork out of summer so you can stop planning and do what matters, getting out there and making memories with your family!
The Bay of Fundy (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia)
With all the time spent waiting for winter to end, it wouldn’t be right to let your summer pass by without spending some time in the great outdoors. With so many incredible national and provincial parks across the country to choose from, it’s hard to decide where to start this summer. Having said that it is hard to deny the unparalleled beauty of one of the world’s great natural wonders: the Bay of Fundy. With some of the highest tidal ranges ever recorded (an astounding 15 metres on average) you can literally walk along exposed sea floor where hours earlier the water level would have overtaken most single family homes. Be sure to take advantage of the great camping and hiking in the region as you enjoy this national treasure.
La Ronde (Montreal, QC)
2017 is a year of celebrations for La Ronde, Quebec’s largest amusement park, as Montreal marks its 375th anniversary and the park itself celebrates 50 years of welcoming visitors from across Canada. With over 40 exciting rides and attractions, everyone from seasoned roller-coaster connoisseurs to little ones making their first visit will find something to enjoy at La Ronde. There is The Monster, the world’s tallest two-track wooden roller coaster, and new to La Ronde this year is Titan. This pendulum-style thrill ride swings riders 45 metres in the air at speeds of up to 112 km/h all while their gondola rotates. La Ronde is also proud to host the 33rd annual l'International des Feux Loto-Québec, the prestigious fireworks competition that brings talented pyrotechnical teams from around the world to compete every year.
La Ronde is open from May 20th to October 29th and L'International des Feux Loto-Québec will run from July 1st to August 5th.
Canada’s Wonderland (Toronto, ON)
Another choice for thrill seekers this weekend is Canada’s Wonderland, outside Toronto in Vaughan, Ontario. The amusement park features more than 200 attractions, including more than 70 rides, a water park that opens May 27, and live entertainment. One of the new rides this year is Soaring Timbers, where visitors slice through the sky on giant gondolas. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 19-22. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 (weather permitting). Canada's Wonderland is open every day through September 4 and then weekends through October 29.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (Toronto, ON)
For an underwater spin on your summer plans, consider Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Found in downtown Toronto, this stunning aquarium has 5.7 million litres of freshwater and marine habitats divided into nine fascinating galleries and over 100 fantastic interactive opportunities including four hands-on exhibits. With everything from turtles and jellyfish to electric eels and seahorses and daily dive shows every two hours, there is sure to be something for everybody. Be sure to visit Dangerous Lagoon, which features a moving sidewalk (one of the longest of its kind in North America) that will carry your whole family through an underwater tunnel that runs the length of the exhibit.
The West Edmonton Mall (Edmonton, AB)
If your family is looking for some excitement this summer, Galaxyland and World Waterpark at the West Edmonton Mall have you covered. Galaxyland is an indoor amusement park – one of the largest in the world – that has been entertaining families since 1985 and today features 28 rides that will appeal to thrill-seekers of all ages. For the more adventurous members of your family, Galaxyland is proud to offer its crown jewel rollercoaster– Mindbender. Mindbender is an adrenaline junkie’s dream with speeds up to 100 km/h and over 1,200 metres of track making it the world’s largest indoor triple loop rollercoaster. After all that excitement you may want to cool off at World Waterpark which boasts more than 21 exciting waterslides as well as the largest indoor wave pool in the Western Hemisphere.
Vancouver Aquarium (Vancouver, BC)
With over 50,000 amazing aquatic creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium, the question isn’t whether to go but where to start. Enjoy daily dolphin, shark and sea otter shows at this Vancouver institution that has been amazing Canadians since 1956. While visiting, make sure you don’t miss the Treasures of the BC Coast gallery and discover the unique and breath-taking animals that live in BC’s local waters, including the Pacific Octopus. The Vancouver Aquarium is a fun and educational experience for the entire family. On-site amenities include a delicious Ocean Wise® Café, the Clownfish Cove children’s play area and a colourful and aquatic-themed gift shop. As an internationally recognized marine science centre, the Vancouver Aquarium is deeply committed to aquatic conservation and sharing the issues facing the oceans today.
To purchase your tickets to the Aquarium, see here.
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