Calling all wannabe ninja warriors.
On a recent trip out west to visit family in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, we made a pit stop at Splish Splash Water Park in the small prairie town of Minnedosa, MB. Manitoba’s first floating water park, the series of floating interlocked islands made for a fun way to beat the heat, burn some major energy and for us, spend a day while visiting Riding Mountain National Park. Splish Splash is located on Minnedosa Beach, a 40 min drive north of Brandon and two hours west of Winnipeg and 40 min south of Riding Mountain.
Trip tip: keep reading families in T.O., some Ontario floating water parks are listed below.
Our family loved it. It helped that our kids recently became big time water bugs, and coupled with their obsession with the Netflix series Ultimate Beastmaster and NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, they were more than thrilled to try out the course. For adults and kids alike it was a lot of fun and a pretty physical experience – climbing, crawling, falling, jumping, bouncing, swimming and laughing when you lose your balance on an obstacle or slip off the floating monkey bars. We all got a turn having dad in TOw bounce us off the launch pad and trampolining with grandpa in TOw.
The park has hourly rates for all ages – kids 8-and-under are $9.99 per hour or $18.99 for the day. Children 6-8 years must be 42″ and be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets are included and mandatory for all (you have to swim out to the water park and can’t touch the ground at that point.)
Okay, so Toronto families don’t need to travel to Manitoba to try out a floating obstacle course – though we highly recommend visiting the prairies! There are a few locations for similar lake life fun in Ontario and across the country:
Splash ON Wibit Water Parks have two locations in Ontario that are an easy day trip from the GTA. Barrie is at Centennial Beach in the heart of downtown Barrie and Orillia is at Tudhope Beach in J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park. Both locations offer five day day passes ($99), a day pass ($25) and evening pass ($15) per person – for kids 5 and up.
If you’re out west in B.C., find for similar floating water park fun in the Okanagan in Kelowna, Peachland, Penticton and Osoyoos B.C. We also came across this one online at Harrison, B.C. near Chiliwack. In Alberta, there is one in Sylvan Lake near Red Deer.
Pirate Ship Cove in Lake Ontario is touted as Niagara’s first and Ontario’s biggest floating water park. Just check out these photos! A day pass is $39.95 per person, with an evening special pass (from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) $24.95 per person. It’s located in Jordan, ON in between Grimsby and St. Catharine’s.
Heading further east, we found a similar floating water park Aquazilla outside of Montreal.