Our thoughts turn to watery fun when the humidity levels rise and heat alerts pop up on your weather app. Splash pads are great for a quick introduction and then you can make a full day of it at an outdoor water park once the kids have become addicted. Many water parks have options for both little kids and bigger thrill-seekers, and some are part of larger attractions such as zoos and amusement parks. Here are our picks for refreshing recreation in Southern and Eastern Ontario.

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Greater Toronto Area

Kidstown, Scarborough – Kidstown is the only water park operated by the City of Toronto and it is a good introduction to water parks for younger or smaller kids. It includes a tipping bucket, spray rings, squirting aquatic animals, a slide, wading pool and a splash pad. Did we mention it’s free?! Check out our list of free splash pads in Toronto here.

SplashWorks at Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan – SplashWorks has options to suit all members of the family, whether they’re looking for a thrill ride (Barracuda Blaster, Muskoka Plunge, Mountain Bay Cliffs and more), a kids slide or a more relaxed atmosphere, such as the wave pool and lazy river. Check out our story on Canada’s Wonderland here for more details.

Toronto Zoo’s Splash Island, Scarborough – Entrance to the Zoo’s huge splash pad is included in your admission, which includes waterslides, water-spouting animals, waterfalls, and tipping buckets. For 2021, wrist bands are required for entry to limit numbers for safety reasons, which reserves your group one hour of play.

Wet’n’Wild, Brampton – The Toronto area outpost of Wet’n’Wild has major attractions like the Krazy Kanuck family raft ride, a mega treehouse play structure, mini water park for the little ones, a bowl slide, free fall speed slides, and the Klondike Express mat slide racer. You can even relax in style in a private cabana. Check out our story on Wet’n’Wild here for more details.

Southern Ontario

African Lion Safari’s Misumu Wet Play, Cambridge – This expansive water park and splash pad includes slides, pools, tipping buckets, and sprinklers. Entrance is included with admission. Misumu Bay Wet Play is currently operating with limited capacity of 750 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bingemans Big Splash, Kitchener – Bingemans has both outdoor and indoor options: water slides, wave pool, mini golf and a water playground outside; an arcade, indoor playground, bowling alley, escape rooms and restaurants inside.

Earl Haig Family Fun Park, Brantford – This park features a waterslide, splash pad, lazy river ride, pool, playground and beach volleyball.

FunSplash Sports Park, Hamilton –  There is big floating inflatable obstacle course area and the Happy Splash Kids Zone in shallow water for children ages 4-6. It’s located in the Binbrook Conservation Area on Lake Niapenco, which also has a large swimming beach, children’s splash pad, picnic facilities, nature trails and boat rentals.

East Park, London – The park has waterslides, a zero-entry wave pool, an accessible splash pad and a waterclimber with tipping bucket. For parents that choose to stay dry but still want a cool place to hang out, they have a Tiki Bar patio.

Wild Waterworks, HamiltonClosed for 2021 Season

Cottage Country

Cedar Park, Bowmanville – Along with water slides and splash pads, this park also includes a family campground, mini golf, tennis court, picnic and playground areas, and 30 acres of parkland.

Emerald Lake, Puslinch – This water park with plenty of fun things to do: waterslide, splash pad, kiddie pool, water toys, and a pollution-free “lake” with high and low diving boards. Also in the area are camping spots, three kids playgrounds, picnic areas, volleyball, basketball, and a snack bar.

Rail Yard Wake Park, Mount Albert – Not only can jump around on the floating inflatable aqua park, there’s also wakeboarding. Kids must be 5+ to use the aqua park and those aged 5-8 must be accompanied on the inflatables by a paying responsible person (16+ years of age).

Splash ON, Barrie & Orillia – Run by Wibit Water Parks, these are large floating inflatables in Lake Simcoe, which is a unique way to enjoy our local natural lakes. The water parks are for ages 5+, and children aged 5-8 require a chaperone (parent/adult) to go out on the structure with them. All customers must wear company provided life jackets at all times when on the water park.

Westlake Willy Waterpark, Prince Edward County – Their inflatable water park is closed for 2021, but boat rentals on West Lake near Sandbanks Beach are still available.

Further Afield

Calypso Park, Limoges – Located east of Ottawa, this is Canada’s biggest theme waterpark. It has the largest wave pool and tallest waterslide tower in Canada, over 35 slides, 100 water games and two theme rivers, plus various food options and a VIP cabana section.

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