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May 14, 2018

Ready for Another Season of Wonder?

Nearly 37 years ago, in the middle of farmer's fields and streets that would be unrecognizable today, a mountain was built in Vaughan. Vaughan wasn't even a city then, but Wonder Mountain may have put the community on the map. That beautiful mountain --and its surrounding area-- have evolved and changed over the years, but Canada's Wonderland has continued to be a focal point and tourist "must see".

Growing up in Vaughan, as soon as Victoria Day hit, it was time to get your season's pass. It was almost a given. It's safe to say we grew up at the park; we were so fortunate to have a world-class amusement park nearly in our backyard, and because my mom was a teacher, her summers off meant we had ample time to enjoy the amenities. As kids, we would spend entire days (from park opening to park close), riding the rides, catching the shows, and of course, eating a funnel cake. That, too, was most certainly a given.

As we got older, we continued the Season's Pass tradition, even though I refused to go on the thrill-seeking rides. We spent long, hot days at Splash Works, taking in the spectacles at Medieval Castle (at the time it was the only spot that had A/C!), and people watching on "the hill", which sadly, is no longer there.

Canada's Wonderland 2018 is much different than Canada's Wonderland 1988/89 (likely when those photos were taken). But it remains an amazing place to spend the summer. In fact, I still get the feels when I walk into the park and look out over the fountains to the Wonder Mountain.

We've been taking our girls to park since they were babies, fully immersing them into the culture of Canada's Wonderland. Some of the old school rides are still there, and there's always something new and exciting happening at the park, from rides, shows, festivals and events all summer long. With a season's pass, you get access to all these happenings, and lots of other perks, too. 

New to the park this year, a Canadiana tribute with two new rides -- Lumberjack and Flying Canoes. It's all set up in a quaint corner of the park (on the way to my fave ride -- White Water Canyon!). In this area, you can sit on a Muskoka chair, enjoy some Canadian craft and take in the rustic, woodsy atmosphere before heading off to the next zone. See, there's lots to do even if you DON'T do rides, like me.

Coming this weekend is Victoria Day (May 19-21), and as the unofficial start of summer, it's also a great time to be at the park. Of course, fireworks happen on Sunday, May 20 at 10 p.m. (weather permitting). The park also lights up the sky for Canada Day, Civic and Labour Day Holidays, as well. And Splash Works, as well as Splash Island, open the following week -- May 26!

What does this all mean?! It's time to get your season's pass, cause, prices go up May 21! 130 days of fun for $71.99 per person online, or 6 payments of $11.99, which, when it's put that way, is totally reasonable. Of course, when you're buying online, you can also add parking and dining plans to your pass for extra savings.

After a crazy long and cold winter, I'm ready for summer! And I can't wait to spend it with my family at Canada's Wonderland. 

Disclaimer: I am a 2018 WonderBlogger and receive perks as part of this affiliation. As always, the opinions on my blog are my own.

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