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Canada’s Wonderland

It’s really no wonder that Canada’s Wonderland is one of the country’s premier amusement parks. Located in Vaughan, close to Toronto, this thrilling amusement park contains over 200 attractions, 70 thrilling rides and a 20-acre water park.

Though Toronto’s go-to theme-park for adrenaline junkies may be closed right now, you can still go for a virtual ride right from your living room.


Virtual Thrills

Take a seat on the tallest, scariest roller coaster at Canada’s Wonderland with an ultra-realistic video of their newest and wildest coaster: Yukon Striker. Adjust to full-screen, press play and get ready for some screaming.

If roller coasters aren’t really your thing, enjoy the rest of Canada’s Wonderland (maybe from a less frightening vantage point). Explore other virtual point of views from a whole collection of their rides (and, no lines!).The Park is normally open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m daily while Splash Works opens at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Save for Later: 7 Top Things to Do at Canada’s Wonderland

Not sure where to start? Plan ahead and add these stops to your itinerary for a future visit.

  1. Only Canada’s premier amusement park has Yukon Striker, the fastest, longest and tallest dive roller coaster ever. Thrill-seekers can experience a journey high above the theme park’s skyline, pausing at a 90-degree drop, staring 245 feet down into an underwater tunnel and then plunging down at the speed of 130km/h. The newest ride to the park is indeed exhilarating.

  2. Beat the heat with Splash Works, a 20-acre water park featuring The PlungeSuper SoakerRip Tide Racer and the Lazy River and enough rides to leave you and your family cooled off and prunier than ever.

  3. A day at the theme park can work up an appetite. The food at Canada’s Wonderland will help satisfy your taste buds and provide more energy for you to hit up the rest of the rides. Funnel Cakes are a theme park must!

  4. Wait for less and ride more with the Fast Lane wristband! Have unlimited rides and bypass the lines on 21 rides and attractions. Bonus: Fast Lane Plus lets you bypass the lines on three of the most popular roller coasters: Yukon StrikerLeviathan and Behemoth!

  5. Kids of all ages can have fun with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang in Planet Snoopy. They can also take part in a leisurely boat ride at Swan Lake or take a spin on the Character Carrousel.

  6. Planet Snoopy. They can also take part in a leisurely boat ride at Swan Lake or take a spin on the Character Carrousel.

  7. Take part in the interactive rides such as Skyhawk where riders can test their flying abilities as they take command of the cockpit and control the movement of the wings and Flying Canoes where riders control the two-person canoes to fly higher or lower over the water.

  8. Cool off at Timberwolf Falls, a water ride where you’ll plunge 50 feet down and get absolutely soaked from the giant splash. Not big on coasters? You can still get your water’s worth on the observation deck where you can also get drenched.

Live Entertainment and Special Events

The fun and thrills at Canada’s Wonderland don’t end with the rides. The live entertainment is amazing too-with acts such as the Victoria Falls High Divers who leap off the falls on Wonder Mountain and Starlight Spectacular a phenomenal evening display of lighting, music, lasers and water effects.

There are also several different events all season long with special programming on Canada Day and Labour Day long weekends.

More: Live Entertainment and Events

How to Get to Canada’s Wonderland

  1. Car: Take Highway 400 North or South to Rutherford Road in Vaughan (Exit 33) Proceed north on Canada’s Wonderland Drive and follow signs to Park entrance. A Passenger Pick-Up and Drop-Off area is located on Jane Street, south of Major Mackenzie Drive, between Norwood Avenue and Avro Avenue.

  2. TTC: Take the subway to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) Station located at Highway 7 and Millway Avenue. Hop on the 20 Jane St North bus. Exit at Avro Road/Jane Street

  3. YRT: At Vaughan Mills YRT Terminal there are four routes you can take:
    Route 4: Major Mackenzie between Vaughan Mills and Woodbine Avenue.
    Route 4A: Major Mackenzie branch offers service between Pine Valley and Woodbine. Passengers may walk into the Park from the bus stops located on Major Mackenzie at Jane Street.
    Route 20: Jane travels between York University and Teston Road.
    Route 760: frequency and span of service varies depending on date of service.

Tickets & Places to Stay

Check for ticket prices and order your Wonderland tickets online in advance of your visit. There are plenty of hotels available to accommodate overnight stays.

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