How amusement parks are reopening across Canada

Jul 27 2020, 8:41 pm

As the country begins to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, amusement parks have begun to welcome back thrill-seekers.

“Quebec’s leading destination for thrills and family entertainment,” La Ronde is among the reopened parks in Canada.

La Ronde spokesperson Karina Thevenin told Daily Hive that the park has reduced capacity to maintain physical distancing. All team members and guests over the age of two will be required to wear a face mask while visiting the park.

The park is currently operating in “preview mode” and will continue to operate this way from July 31 to August 2 for Members and Season Pass Holders only. The general public will be welcomed back on August 3.

Rides like the Sling Shot, Goliath, and Disco Ronde will be open for guests to enjoy. Temperature checks will be taken upon entry to the park.

La Ronde will also be promoting physical distancing in queues and at dining and rest areas.

Meanwhile in Calgary, Calaway Park also welcomed back visitors as the province of Alberta has begun its reopening framework.

“We have actively worked with Alberta Health and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions to ensure that our park experience meets and exceeds COVID-19 safety expectations,” the park said in a release.

“We would like to thank the teams at Alberta Health and the Government of Alberta for their leadership as they continue to navigate this unprecedented time.”

A new admission reservation system has been put into place to help reduce capacities. Increased sanitization of rides will also take place as well as physical distancing measures and the strong recommendation of face masks.

At the West Edmonton Mall, Galaxyland remains closed until further notice, but the mini attractions at the mall have started to open. This includes Ed’s Bowling, Dragon’s Tale and Professor WEM’s Adventure Golf.

In Vancouver, limited rides and attractions at Playland at the PNE opened in July. All guests visiting Playland need to purchase their tickets in advance, as the park has limited capacity. Like other theme parks, masks are required at Playland.

Looking east, the Sandpit Amusement Park in Prince Edward Island is also open with reduced capacities, new ticketing procedures, increased cleaning, and a mask policy.

Screening procedures have also been put into place with the addition of extra hand sanitizer stations and installed barriers.

In Halifax, Atlantic Splash Adventure is open every day, but only the waterpark is open this year. Rides, the kiddie pool, go karting, the batting cages and mini putt will be closed. Masks are encouraged by the park. New and enhanced cleaning measures have also been introduced.

In Vaughan (just outside Toronto), Canada’s Wonderland remains closed, as theme parks were not included in Ontario’s Stage 3 of reopening.

Once it is given the green light, you can expect health screenings, required face masks, and added sanitization stations at the park upon reopening. Visitors will need to reserve specific date and arrival times online in advance, as Wonderland will open with limited capacity.

Wherever you are, be sure to stay safe and physical distance when visiting the country’s amusement parks.

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