NOT WORTH THE $8 PARKING FEE. We had purposely spent an extra day in Ottawa to take the kids to “Canada’s Largest Waterpark”. Wish we had left a day earlier. The park had been featured on the local news while we were in Ottawa and had been advertised as “Canada’s Biggest and Best”. It was neither. The drive was about 35 minutes out of the city. As we are driving down this road in the middle of nowhere, we start to see parking signs for $8.00 which always annoys us, if we are going to the park why pay for parking; it is not like there is an alternative cheaper parking option. Anyway, we pay the fee and get ready to enter the park. To our fault, we are there on a very crowded and hot Saturday perhaps better planning would have reduced the lines but it would not have improved the experience. For a new park, many of the slides were older in design and poorly placed around the park. They claimed to have 35 slides but I think they included the small kiddie slides attached to the toddler play structure. Many of the rides were the same and located very close to one another which did not allow much room for the long lines. My kids enjoyed the wave pool but they had a strange rule that no shirts were allowed pass a certain point which meant my family had to take off their protective sun shirts in order to enjoy the full affect of the waves. The “raging” Jungle River was far from raging and was so crowded we barely fit. My kids enjoyed the boomerang slide but only got one ride because the wait was over an hour. Many of the slides were the kind without mats and my son has scratched his back on those before so he is weary of going down them. The food was disgusting! You had two options – an overpriced sit down restaurant whose plates didn’t look bad but who wants to pay $14 for a sandwich and some fries or a cafeteria that served poorly cooked burgers, chicken patties and hot dogs. There was only one ice cream place and they ran out of chocolate by 2:00 pm. Having visited Valcartier in Quebec this place was not worth the price of admission! Save your money and find a nearby beach to spend the day – we wish we had!
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