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amusement parks

Family Summer Survival Kit: Top Theme Park Tips

By SHANNON KELLY

Playland, Vancouver (Photo: Tiffa Day)

Family travel guru and Budget Travel contributing editor Fran Golden has some excellent tips for surviving theme parks with the kids this summer. And with the opening of the largest roller coaster in Canada this summer and upgrades at the World Waterpark at the mammoth Edmonton Mall, Canadian kids have good reason to beg for a trip to an amusement parks this year. (more…)

Psyclone at Canada’s Wonderland—Vaughan, Ontario

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Admittedly, we were partly attracted to this image for nostalgia: the colourful pattern reminds us of making super-cool designs with a Spirograph as kids. But also, the photographer has turned a none-too-attractive amusement-park ride into a work of art. You see this technique a lot with traffic in cities, but the unusual motion pattern of the ride and the coloured lights makes for a much more interesting photo. (more…)

Essential Calgary: Summer Thrills

Photo: Doug Zwick

Photo: Doug Zwick

Spend a day at Calaway Park, Western Canada’s largest outdoor amusement park, located just on the outskirts of Calgary. Spread out over 160 acres, the park’s 32 rides include their twisty rollercoaster, The Vortex, bumper boats, log ride, and the new Mind Blaster, which rolls thrill-seekers back and forth and up and down while seated in a circular carriage that spins rapidly, combining the feeling of the Ocean Motion and the classic Tea Cups in one. —Allison Onyett

Summer Stops for Families

From the most intrepid of daredevils to the quietest of bookworms, bright summer days bring out the playfulness in us all. To make this the best summer yet, Where Toronto offers 15 exciting ways to craft your own fun in the sun.

There are thrills galore at Canada's Wonderland.

Find thrills at Canada's Wonderland.

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More then 200 attractions and 65 rides test the truly adventurous at Canada’s Wonderland. This first-class amusement park is home to the Behemoth—the country’s tallest and fastest roller coaster with open-air seating and a blood-curdling 230-foot drop. If riding the rails isn’t your thing, try thrill rides like the toe-curling Drop Tower and stomach-wrenching Psyclone. For more subdued, tot-friendly amusements, head to Kidzville and Nickelodeon Central—kids will get a kick out of Dora’s Dune Buggies and Scooby Doo’s Haunted Mansion. Cool down at Splash Works, a 20-acre water park with twisting slides like the Super Soaker and the Plunge. Adults $51.99, seniors and kids $29.35.

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