Canada’s Wonderland – New Rides and Shows for 2017 – Toronto, Ontario

Finally, school is out and so is the sun!  What better way to enjoy a Canadian summer than heading to the country’s #1 amusement park, Canada’s Wonderland.  Fun awaits as the park unveils new and exciting attractions and shows for the 2017 season.

This year, Wonderland is showcasing 2 unique and exciting rides that add to their spectacular array, including a new thrill ride inside the main park as well as a towering water slide within Splash Works waterpark.

Soaring Timbers: Located inside the main park and set amidst countrified landscaping of wood, rocks and waterfalls, this noteworthy experience is the first of its kind in North America.  It looks to be a new twist on an old classic, such as Shockwave but with fewer arms – as two gondolas are lifted 60 feet into the air and then swivel and twist independently to turn riders in every which direction as the ride revolves 360 degrees. Guests experience a wide expanse of movement, including sensations of rotating and freefalling as the ride arcs and dives and gains momentum. Surprisingly, however, the motion is much smoother than expected.  It doesn’t violently pitch in various directions, instead the movement is fluid.

Considering this ride is new to the park, visitors can expect long lines throughout the season as thrillseekers give it a ‘whirl’ – pardon the pun. Luckily, an extra line is installed for guests possessing Fast Lane passes, which should help to keep the crowds moving.

Looking to cool down?  Then, why not head over to Splash Works, Wonderland’s adjacent waterpark, to experience their newest speed slide, Muskoka Plunge.  What makes this 60′ tall slide different to any other in the park, or in Canada, is the way riders experience the slide. Guests step into one of four enclosed tubes or “launch chambers”, aptly called a Drenaline Drop, and then free fall and navigate through S-curves and 360-degree loops for a total length of 300 feet. Considering how fast hearts will be pumping during the plunge, riders will welcome the sensation of the cool water splashdown when they reach the end.

This slide is definitely next level and is a welcomed addition to the family friendly waterpark.  It’s still early in the season and the weather has been uncharacteristically cool and rainy so Muskoka Plunge has yet to get the workout that it will undoubtedly see when temperatures eventually soar.  But rest assured the lines will become lengthy with thrillseekers anxious to give this new water ride a try.

Of course, these featured attractions are only a small part of the massive park and are in addition to the many rides that millions of visitors of Wonderland have grown to love over the years.  For a full overview of the park, click HERE.

When it comes to shows, Canada’s Wonderland has much in store this season to celebrate Canada’s birthday celebration of 150 years.  Themed events will run throughout the summer with featured shows that include stunt diving with the Flying Frontenacs Stunt & Dive Show.  Head to Arthur’s Baye to watch skiers and kayakers perform interesting tricks and stunts, and look for The West Coast Lumberjack Show to watch daring tree climbs and chainsaw carving.  Celtic dancers, fiddlers, live music, and magic shows are also in store.  And, as always, Canada Day will be celebrated with a massive fireworks display that will light up the night sky.

For a full list of special events, be sure to visit Canada’s Wonderland website HERE. You can also find the park’s interactive mobile app on the site, free to download so you can plan your visit and experience everything there is to see and do.

Don’t miss the park this season, it’s going to be a special one as Wonderland celebrates Canada’s Birthday.

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  • July 2, 2017 at 6:57 pm
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    i went last week and wasn’t impressed with the new rides, kinda boring. a lot of parks now have launch shoots for waterslide and soaring timbers is moreorless just kinda of a knockoff of the pirate ship and shockwave just like you said. i wish the park would bring back sledgehammer or do something like cedar point with dragster

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