Largest Amusement Park In Western Canada

June 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Top Vacation Destinations

The largest amusement park in western Canada is Calaway Park, just outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada. When the park opened in 1982, it was much smaller than its current site, but has grown as more land was purchased for the development of more children’s and thrill rides. Originally centred on Hanna-Barbera characters, the park introduced their own mascots when the licensing for these was lost. Jack Bunny and Jill O’Hare were created in the late 80s, a few years later Calaway Park started the Jack and Jill Club for children ages 3-12 that hold season passes.

The park encompasses 160 acres and offers 32 rides, suitable for both children and adults. According to 2005 statistical data, it is considered the safest theme park in North America. Dedicated to keeping this status, the staff is required to attend training seminars and safety briefings either before or during their first shift. Height restrictions are strictly enforced, and ride-employee certifications are mandatory.

The variety of rides offered at Calaway Park will make a day spent well worth the time for the entire family. The Vortex, a roller coaster with corkscrew twists and turns, is the biggest attraction. This thrill ride even has a section that briefly suspends the rider upside down, showing part of the reason for its popularity.

Shoot the Chutes and the Bumper Boat Splash Challenge are both water rides, allowing you to cool off on hot days. Among many other rides, the park also has a Mini Golf Course, a maze, a train ride and even a fishing pond for those who want a break from the excitement of the crowds. There are stage shows throughout the park, preformed for the entertainment and delight of all, along with restaurants and stalls offering a variety of food and beverages. The beautifully designated picnic areas for those wanting to bring their own food even has lockers provided for storage at a nominal fee.

After a day spent outdoors, the Delta Airport Hotel Calgary’s family friendly atmosphere is a great place to unwind. The hotel is built beside the Bow River, guaranteeing a scenic view of the river, as well as the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the distance. For leisure, the hotel has a magnificent indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, while the state of the art gym allows the opportunity to work off any residual energy after a busy day. Other attractions, such as the Aero Space Museum Association of Calgary, make the Delta Airport Hotel Calgary a convenient, comfortable choice for your Canadian vacation.

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