As great as BC is for all it’s lakes to swim in, beaches to lounge at, or rivers to float down – sometimes a sunny summer day calls for something a little more… exhilarating.
Avoid the potential dangers of cliff jumping, or the strenuous hikes that come with finding a solid rope swing—BC’s water parks have all the water-related adrenaline you could ever hope for.
Not to mention the hottubs, lazy rivers, concessions, picnic tables, suntanning chairs, and easy accessibility that you simply can’t find out there in nature.
If you’re looking to have an exciting time in the water, and that one slide at the local pool just isn’t doing it for you, check out a few of BC’s most thrilling water parks on your next big summer day off.
The water park that sits beside what was once glorious Dinotown (Rest In Peace, sweet childhood), Bridal Falls is still up and running on their wickedly fun hill. No climbing up slippery stairs necessary, just
running briskly walking up the plastic walkways.
Where: 53790 Popkum Road South, Rosedale
Hours: Open 10 am to 6 pm daily until September 4, weather permitting, call1-888-883-8852 to confirm.
Entrance: $24 per person all day to close, $16 per person for evening sliding starting at 3 pm, $12 per person for a Dry Day Pass (no hot tub or slide access however you may supervise small children in the kiddie slide area), and $5 per person at 5 pm for the last hour of sliding.
Ah, classic Cultus Lake Water Park. The iconic water park of the Lower Mainland, complete with the Valley of Fear, the Tubular Terror, and the 72 ft high Freefall, You’ll be shivering with excitement, fear, and maybe the cold, as they’re open rain or shine—but they at least have a hot tub to deal with that last one. This place gets super busy, so make sure to either come early or on a weekday.
Where: 4150 Columbia Valley Hwy, Cultus Lake
Hours: Open from 10 am to 6:30 pm until September 4, closing time extended to 7:30 pm between July 22 to August 20. July 21 and August 11 are night slide days, open from 8 pm to midnight.
Open rain or shine.
Entrance: $30 if over 48″, $19.05 if under 48″ or seniors (60 years or older). Twilight hours (begins four hours before close): $19.05 if over 48″, $13.33 if under 48″ of seniors (60 years or older).
It’s back, and splashier than ever! The sad “CLOSING” signs on a fondly remembered Splashdown Water Park are gone, and a newly revamped jungle of pipes and tubes have taken their place. At only 30 minutes away from Vancouver it would be silly not to go.
Where: 4775 Nulelum Way, Tsawwassen
Hours: 10 am to 2 pm June 12 to 23 (Monday to Friday only), 10:30 am to 7 pm June 24 onwards (seven days a week).
All hours are weather permitting.
Entrance: $28 All day pass, $17 twilight pass (4 pm to close), children three and under are free with paying adult.
This one is not necessarily a “climb up some stairs and slide down some tubes” kind of water park, but we doubt anyone is complaining once they get there. With a huge assortment of inflatable obstacles to bounce around on—not to mention the beautifully refreshing lake they sit upon—this place is a great alternative if your butt has had it with those plastic slides.
Where: 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs
Hours: Open 11 am to 6 pm, June 24 to September 3, seven days a week.
Entrance: $28.58 per person, $20 per person twilight rate (4 to 6 pm).
Atlantis Water Slides is the go-to place in the Okanagan for your adrenaline fix. Sitting just north of Vernon, it boasts six serious slides, a hot tub, seven VIP cabanas, and the beautiful, hot days that the interior is famous for.
Where: 7921 Greenhow Road, Vernon
Hours: Open 10am to 6 pm until September 3.
Entrance: $26 for adults 13+, $17 for children aged four to 12, and free for those under four. During twilight hours (from 2:30 pm to close) it is $17 for adults, $11 for children.
This is the place to bring the whole family—perhaps even a few cousins, if the RV is large enough. The Salmon Arm Water Slides are a landmark in the community, and offer 46 RV sites complete with electricity and water hook-ups. Salmon Arm Water Slides also hosts seven slides, two hot tubs, a concession, and even an arcade.
Where: 1155 Lakeshore Drive, Salmon Arm
Hours: 11 am to 6 pm, June 30 to September 2
Entrance: $21 for adults (over 13), $15 for children (four to 12), $2 for toddlers (three and under), and $10 for seniors (60 and above). Twilight pass (3 to 6 pm) $15 for adults, $10 for children, 2$ for toddlers, and $8 for seniors.