It has 18 gravity-defying roller coasters, more than 200 attractions and a reputation for the tastiest amusement park snacks in Canada. So, it can’t be a surprise Canada’s Wonderland is considered one of the world’s top roller coaster parks.
For one thing, Wonderland is home to the thrilling Yukon Striker, a 1,105-metre-long vertical monster that towers 75 metres above the park and has the fastest dive speed per hour globally. (Note: That’s 130 kilometres per hour!)
Whether you visit the park to brave the Yukon Striker or the family-friendly Snoopy’s Racing Railway, there is a ride for everyone. And, if having your stomach in your throat is not your jam, Canada’s Wonderland still has plenty to do. There’s the Splash Works water park, sampling the epic food creations or even marvelling at Wonder Mountain, the park’s main waterfall. Plus, there are epic fireworks displays and seasonal festivals.
With so much to see and do at Canada’s Wonderland this year, where do you even begin? Here are seven this you need to do and try this year at Canada’s largest amusement park.
Ride the new Tundra Twister
Check out Wonderland’s brand-new Tundra Twister on your next visit. This giant 360-degree spinning swing ride is the first of its kind in the world. Soar high above the park as you loop and twist through the air at speeds of 75 kilometres an hour. Tundra Twisters’ rotating arms spin and turn as the pendulum swings, sending riders to heights of 47 metres. The gondola seats move randomly, meaning no two rides will feel the same aboard the Tundra Twister. Plus, the views from the ride are unbeatable.
Try the new Snoopy's Racing Railway with the family
Families will love the brand-new Snoopy’s Racing Railway. Climb aboard conductor Snoopy’s train as he tries to outrun Woodstock and his Bad Seed Gang. As Wonderland’s 18th roller coaster, families and children can race through this railway adventure’s dips and wild turns as it accelerates from zero to 50 kilometres per hour. Enjoy the family thrills of avoiding Woodstock’s traps as his gang tries to slow you down.
Experience the magic of Winterfest
Is Christmas your favourite time of year? Then you’ll want to experience Canada’s Wonderlands during Winterfest, from November 17 to December 31, when the park transforms into a magical holiday experience.
At Winterfest, you can go ice skating on Snow Flake Lake, watch over a dozen live shows, and much more. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a festive wonderland as you stroll past millions of dazzling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, including two trees towering over 15 metres tall on International Street.
Cool off at Splash Works
Splash Works is Canada’s premier waterpark, with 20 acres filled with splash zones, waterslides, and pools. The park features 17 different water slides, a lazy river and even a giant outdoor wave pool, meaning there is something for everyone.
Thrillseekers can try the Typhoon waterslide, where you speed through back-to-back turns and spirals before braving a 5.5-metre drop through the funnel. The typhoon was the first of its kind in Canada when it debuted in 2010.
Have fun getting scared at Halloween Haunt
On select nights from September 22 to October 19, Wonderland undergoes a sinister transformation. The iconic Halloween Haunt is Canada’s largest Halloween event, filled with thrills and horrors. This year, Wonderland’s Halloween Haunt features eight mazes, terrifying scare zones, hundreds of horrifying characters, thrilling rides and live entertainment.
There are new terrors like Dark Ride, a maze where guests navigate an abandoned carnival ride with horrors lingering in the shadows. Plus, you’ll want to experience the return of the Day of the Dead festival.
Treat yourself to funnel cake
One of the best bites at Canada’s Wonderland is their famous funnel cake. Whether you like the classic with fresh strawberries served on a bed of Wonderland’s signature funnel cake recipe or branch out to try new flavours, no trip to the amusement park is complete without this sweet treat. Enjoy the park classic or try new flavours like cookies and Cream or S’mores at Fightertown and Medieval Funnel Cakes.
Wonderland has so many food options beyond sweets. Lazy Bear Lodge is new this year in the Frontier Canada section of the park. The lodge’s design is inspired by the beauty of Canada’s rugged wilderness and invites you to enjoy a gourmet meal in the rustic dining room or patio. Plus, Lazy Bear Lodge offers halal, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, meaning everyone can find the perfect meal to refuel during a day in the park.
Watch dazzling firework shows
Canada’s Wonderland knows how to put on a show. Watch as the park lights up the night sky with dazzling fireworks on August 6 and September 3 from 10:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. For approximately 15 minutes, take in more than 6,000 colourful explosions.
For the VIP experience, head to Lazy Bear Lodge. You can take in the fireworks from the best seat in the house while enjoying a gourmet meal.
Members save on tickets
When planning your trip, don’t forget CAA. CAA Members save big on tickets to Canada’s Wonderland.