Water parks get set to turn on the taps

During the month of June, all the large water parks welcome thrill seekers for the first time this season

On a hot summer day, a water park is a tried-and-true way to both entertain and cool off the family. 

Montreal has several options within driving distance of the city.

Calypso Theme Water Park

Opening day: June 7, 2017
Rates: $37.17 for those over 1.32m tall; $30.09 for those under that height.

Located just across the border in Limoges, Ont., this water park features more than 35 water slides, 100 water games, as well as Eastern Canada’s largest wave pool and tallest waterslide tower. And, as an added bonus, all the pools are heated!

Super Aqua Club

Opening day: June 16, 2017 
Rates: 54" and up costs $24.35, 42" to 53" costs $20.0, 55 years and up costs $17.40. Preseason specials are available.

This park is located in Pointe-Calumet (30 minutes north of Montreal) and offers a large beach and picnic area in addition to other water park facilities, including a wave pool, water slides, tubing, playground and more.

Ski Bromont Water Park

Opening day: June 8, 2017
Rates: $43 for 1.37m and up; $34 for those under that height and seniors; $21.50 for 3 to 5 and free for kids under 3.

Scenic Bromont, about an hour east of Montreal, is home to a water park with more than 20 activities, from the wave and paddling pools for young children to extreme activities such as the Tarzan’s Rope for young daredevils.

Parc Aquatique Mont St. Sauveur

Opening day: June 10, 2017
Rates: $37.40 for those 13 and up, $30.57 for children between 6 and 12 and $17.40 for those 3 to 5. Discounts if bought online.

This water park in the Laurentians offers a picturesque mountain setting and more than four kilometres of water slides. It includes roller coasters for thrill seekers as well as moderate attractions, such as “children’s island,” a tidal pool for toddlers with a mushroom that shoots water and a frog slide, “the activity pool,” a pool fitted with bridges, ropes, floating obstacles, and waterfall for children 6 to 12, and “the little train” which offers young children a short train ride around a small man-made island situated in the middle of a lazy river. There is also a 183-metre slide dubbed Blizzard, which boasts a sloping seven-storey drop and promises no shortage of twists, turns, and swirls.

Amazoo Water Park Granby Zoo 

Opening day: June 3, 2017
Rates: $39.95 for those ages 13 to 64, $31.95 for ages 65 and up, $26.95 for those ages 3 to 12, $12.95 for  2-year-olds, and kids under the age of 2 get in free. 

Granby Zoo has invested $3 million in the Amazoo Water Park. The new additions are three Amaznonian water slides including the completely enclosed Anaconda slide, the Ara slide that has both open air and enclosed sections, and the Piranha slide that features a giant bowl for a whirlwind spin. 

Complexe Atlantide

Opening day: June 23, 2017
Rates: Day passes to the park start at $26.09 (FREE for ages 2 & under) and $91.33 for families (2 adults/2 children). Check the website for specials on season passes.

Complexe Atlantide has recently invested $6 million and has added some new features to the park, including a bowl-shaped water slide and a U-shaped slide, an enchanted castle, an aerial obstacle course, and a 'wipe-out' style inflatable obstacle course on the water. Other features of the park include more than 20 slides and water games, a camping site, a playground with inflatables, parks, petting zoo, mini golf, beach area and a haunted house for older kids. 

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