The sun's out and it's boiling hot. Your friend who's trying to be "active and sporty" suggested hiking the Chief when it's nearly 30 degrees outside. As if. You've got a whole day to spend with your friends and you're trying to stay cool. But God knows that between an over-saturated Stanley Park, and trying to find a spot to sit at English Bay, you need some other options.
Well why not go to a waterpark? You've got the car, the friends and some good music for a summer adventure. We're not talking about the community centre sh*t. You know, the lame, over-humid pool that your mom forced you into for those "mandatory swimming lessons". We're talking huge slides, loud music and a big, big splash. So grab your friends and a snack, and gas up for 8 epic waterparks you need to hit before the summer ends.
1. Big Splash Water Park // 4775 Nulelum Way, Tsawwassen
Remember Splashdown? Well meet it's new and improved big brother. Splashdown recently closed, but was bought and restored under new ownership. Renovation plans also include making it more "adult-friendly" with an adult-only hot tub, cabanas and an espresso/gelato bar.
2. Cultus Lake Waterpark // 4150 Columbia Valley Highway, Cultus
Throwback to your 4th grade field trip. It's BC's largest waterpark. Anyone who went to Splashdown, really wanted to go here. And now you can. With slides that could give Playland a run for their money, check out their twilight rate.
COST: $29.00 for adult admission, $19.00 for a half-day pass.
3. Bridal Falls Waterpark // 53790 Popkum Rd, Rosedale
Although smaller in size, Bridal Falls Waterpark is much closer than the two former waterparks. Another huge advantage is being beside Tap-Ins, a one-of-a-kind mini-golf course - to make for a proper full day excursion.
COST: $21.00 for an adult.
4. Salmon Arm Waterslides // 1155 Lakeshore Dr. SW, Salmon Arm
A perfect pit stop if you're off on a weekend trip or driving into the interior, they boast 10 full-sized waterslides and a gorgeous campground right beside it. PS. They too have mini-golf.
COST: $21.00 for a full-day, $15.00 for twilight hours.
5. Loco Landing // 75 Riverside Dr, Penticton
Although their water-related attractions are limited to bumper boats and a jump and slide, we had to mention this place for everything else it offered. They've got go-karts, giant swings, rope courses and trampoline sports!
COST: A value pack costs $37.00 for every attraction in the park, though you can pick and choose your activities starting at $6.00.
6. Paradise Fun Park // 375 Island Hwy W, Parksville
It's the perfect place to get sprayed and get your Tiger Woods on. They've got two 18-hole mini golf courses and a ton of bumper boats.
COST: $15.75 gets you access to both courses and bumper boats.
7. Wibit Waterpark // 1010 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton
Wibit seriously put a new meaning on "water park". We're talking a giant inflatable course in the middle of Okanagan Lake. So before you hit up that wine tasting or after you've tanned for the day, be sure to... bounce by this place.
8. Atlantis Waterslides // 7921 Greenhow Rd, Vernon
Also featuring a number of flume slides, Atlantis' best attraction could be giant tube slide. For those who want to mellow out, they also have VIP Cabanas and a large hot tub.
COST: $26.00 for full day, $17.00 for twilight pricing.