This Sunday, May 3, is opening day at Canada’s Wonderland, an amusement park 40 minutes north of downtown. Rides aplenty are here, from heart-pounding roller coasters that take you as high as the sky, fling you from side to side, turn you upside down and every which way—names like Drop Tower, Psyclone and SkyRider are a testament to the intensity of these rides—to the more serene offerings like the antique carousel and bumper cars. For the really brave of heart, hop on the Behemoth, the country’s biggest, fastest and tallest roller coaster that takes you up 230 feet before careening back down a 75-degree angle at 125km/hour.
Little ones aren’t excluded from the fun and thrills, albeit pint-size ones. Friends like Dora the Explorer an Sponge Bob Square Pants roam around the park for picture ops, while Nickelodeon Central, Kidzville and Hanna-Barbera Land are filled with colourful helicopters, cars and boats to take kids up, up—but not too up—and away.
And at the end of the day, treat yourself to a toasty warm funnel cake topped with milky white vanilla ice cream and sweet strawberries with drizzling strawberry sauce—it’s one of my favourite ways to end a day of heart-pumping adventures.
So, grab a friend—or several—and head to Wonderland.