Summer Hasn’t Ended Yet! #CanadasWonder #YukonStriker #ad

It’s crazy how we’re half way through summer; however, that doesn’t mean that summer has ended!  We still have plenty of time to cross a few things off of our “To Do” lists so let’s get focused.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Canada’s Wonderland, just outside of Toronto, each summer has been a must for my daughter (now 21 years old).  The park is situated on 300 acres, with more than 200 attractions including 16 roller coasters, two children’s areas and a 20-acre water park Splash Works.

Before proceeding, let’ s get one something clear:

  • I am afraid of heights.
  • I don’t like rides.
  • I am afraid of high speed.
  • I don’t like soaring through the air.
  • I don’t like to be flipped and tossed around.

So why would I enjoy Canada’s Wonderland?  Simply put, it’s for everyone!  While I don’t enjoy rides, it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t visit at all.  There’s so much to do, see, experience, and enjoy at Canada’s Wonderland … it really provides great family fun!

The 2019 Season welcomed Yukon Striker ~ the world’s longest, fastest, and tallest dive roller coaster, and Canada’s first dive coaster.

As per Canada’s Wonderland:

“Yukon Striker promises an exhilarating journey along its 3,625 feet of mountainous track where guests will be treated to a spectacular view stretching to the Toronto skyline. The coaster features a ‘hold and dive’ element where riders will literally be hanging on the edge of their seats, on one of three wide, floorless trains, breathlessly awaiting the 90-degree, 245-foot drop. Once released, the coaster dives from zero to 130 kilometres per hour straight down into an underwater tunnel before soaring up over steel track, propelling riders through four dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, Yukon Striker will claim several world records:

  • The fastest dive coaster at 130 km/h (80 mph);
  • The longest dive coaster at 3,625 feet (1,105 m);
  • The tallest dive coaster at 245 feet (75 m) – includes underground.”

Ride Stats:

Height of drop: 245 feet (75 metres) *includes underground tunnel
Top Speed: 130 km/h (80 mph)
Inversions: 4
Length: 3,625 feet (1,105 metres)
Duration: 3 minutes, 25 seconds
Trains: 3
Riders per Train: 24

Whew!  I’m just happy that I didn’t have to ride this crazy dive coaster!  While my daughter and her boyfriend had a blast on the Yukon Striker and many of the other thrilling rides, my partner and I either walked around, cooled off in the water park, or enjoyed a hot dog (ok, ok … or two).  After a few hours, we met up with the “kids” and explored more of the park together.

As a family that includes an adult child, it’s often difficult to find fun things to do together.  Adult children have minds of their own, which means they have their own views on everything, they have jobs and therefore their own schedules, and they frequently have a girlfriend or boyfriend.  We embrace our daughter’s boyfriend as a member of the family, and often refer to him as “son” and even “son-in-law”.

[It’s probably because our family is small to begin with.]

I know we enjoyed our day at Canada’s Wonderland and are looking forward to our next time.  These are just a few pictures so you can have an idea about our day:

So now what I’d like to know is have you had a chance to enjoy your summer?  Have you gone to Canada’s Wonderland this summer?

For more park information including events, tickets and hours of operation, visit http://www.canadaswonderland.com/

Canada’s Wonderland Means Endless Fun #ad

Being a parent of an older child has its challenges but it has its definite victories.  Independence is one of those ‘victories’!  Being able to say “Off you go and meet me here in an hour.”; for example, is liberating.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Why mention this, you ask?  Summer isn’t over yet and that means there is still time for you to enjoy time at Canada’s Wonderland.  It’s a theme park that offers fun, fun, fun!  If you’ve never been, I suggest you plan a trip and, get ready for thrilling rides, fun games, live shows/acts, yummy food, and even a place for water lovers (splash station, Lazy River, water slides, wave pool)!  Did I mention ENDLESS FUN?

I was fortunate to have been invited back to Canada’s Wonderland (once again) to participate in their blogger program.  Are you kidding?  I wasn’t about to pass on the opportunity to be called ‘the best mom ever‘!  I was offered family passes, parking and even food vouchers to experience the park ~ I’ll admit that this was a treat for me as well.

As we arrived at the park, I was able to say “off you go and meet me back here in two hours” but don’t forget I had to wait 20 years to be able to say those words!!!

NOTE:   I would never say those words to a young child; of course, but as I mentioned above, it’s very liberating to be able to do it now.  I’ve put in the time, as a parent, to have earned the ability to do so now.  I do miss the younger years and the different stages that children go through; however, being a parent of an adult child has its own bonuses.  Enjoying outings ‘as friends’; instead of as ‘mommy and child’, is satisfying in its own right.

The first two hours at the park was spent separately; I had a chance to explore on my own and, my daughter had a chance to explore on her own.  My daughter hopped on and off a plethora of  rides.  I’m not a ride-person so I spent my time walking around and watching the various shows like the Victoria Falls High Divers, and the Flying Frontenacs Stunt Divers.  Once we met back at our meeting spot, we set out for some lunch.  Canada’s Wonderland offers a variety of options that are sure to tickle even the finickiest of taste buds!  Shhhh, don’t tell, I even enjoyed a cold one!  The rest of the day we spent time together as a family.

Rain or shine, there’s so much to do:

  • over 200 attractions (this year’s additions: LumberJack, Flying Canoes and Splash Island Expansion ‘Lakeside Lagoon’)
  • 77 exciting rides (16 roller coasters)
  • 20-acre water park
  • many live shows
  • with 10,300 parking spots … you’re sure to find a parking spot so you can get inside the 3 million square foot park and ENJOY!

Unfortunately, there’s far too much to experience all in one day.  We will have to return before the summer is through.  We’re eager to enjoy more rides, events, and I think I’d like to spend more time on the Lazy River.

Have you visited Canada’s Wonderland?

Sybil and Betts – Requiem for a Friendship

Will you be in Toronto September 22, 2015?  Why not take in a show?

Alzheimer Society of Toronto is hosting a screening to raise awareness about dementia and  awareness about the experiences of families impacted by the disease.

There are over 43,000 people in Toronto and over 747,000 Canadians affected by this disease. This means many of you could benefit from learning more about it and connecting with others in similar situations.

The film is called Sybil and Betts: Requiem for a Friendship. The film tells the story of two remarkable women and their lifelong friendship. However, when Betts is diagnosed with dementia, Sybil must rally friends and family together to protect and care for her best friend, putting a new twist into an old relationship.

Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/115111889 

Admission is Pay-what-youcan.

To learn more about this upcoming event, please follow this link: www.uniiverse.com/sybilandbetts.