This summer, Travelocity.ca gave a group of Canadian bloggers the opportunity to literally go seize the summer! Armed with codes to go online at Travelocity.ca we were able to book hotel stays in our location of choice, to enable us to experience summer adventures with our family and, of course, report back to you, our readers!
Part one of our adventure took us to Edmonton, Alberta. We love West Ed Mall and everything it has to offer but undoubtedly the World Waterpark is #1 on our list! This water park boasts the world’s largest wave pool and more than 17 waterslides and play features! There’s literally something for everyone and you most definitely have to schedule an entire day to spend at the park because you’ll want to take in everything it has to offer – and we certainly did this summer!
Infants and young children have two great areas to enjoy as well – Caribbean Cove is a multi-level play structure with buckets of water dumping periodically, spraying water all the time, and three waterslides for little ones to venture down. Both my girls were the same age visiting the waterpark for the first time (age 2) and both were leery about this area at that age! My 5 year old, upon visiting now for the second time, loved it. So I’d suggest it’s best for kids 3-7 but it depends on your child and how much they love the crazy fun of water spray and play.
The Dolphin Kiddie Pool is great for babies and toddlers. With 3 dolphin slides ending in shallow water and a play area that encourages team work, the warm water is inviting to little kids and tired parents who sit along the sides observing the water play. It also happens to sit right below the landing-area of the Linetech Zipline so it’s fun to watch people as the kids are playing.
This was our second time visiting World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall, and we can’t wait to go back! There are a few things to note and suggest, should you plan on a visit this summer!
1) Read the World Waterpark map and slide information carefully. The majority of the slides are for riders 4″ tall, minimum. While my 5 year old is a daredevil and not scared of trying out the slides, she was not allowed to ride on the ones she really wanted to with her big brother because she is not quite tall enough. I promised her we would take her back next summer (and suggested that she eat all her vegetables to ensure she grows taller in the meantime!)
2) Reserve a pool-side cabana if you have young kids. It’s $60 for the full day but when you consider it gives you a room of your own to change, eat, rest, and regroup I find it’s more than worth the price. There are Beach Front Patio areas as well for $80 and while really pretty looking, I prefer having a closed-door area to use when needed. Plus, you get a key to a bathroom for cabana/patio users only.
3) If you don’t rent a cabana, find a few patio chairs near the water and plant your towels/bags there early in the day if you can. The majority of the time we were there, the chairs were holding towels and not actual people which is highly frustrating when a family would like to sit down and relax by the water for a bit. I realize my suggestion is a can’t-beat-them-join-them kind of mentality, but until they actually enforce any “no holdsies” rules, this is the way to go.
Click here for more information on pricing and hours at World Waterpark West Edmonton Mall!
Need a hotel recommendation in Edmonton? We booked our hotel through Travelocity.ca and it’s the one we always stay at when in the city. The Holiday Inn Express At The Mall in West Edmonton offers great, clean, rooms (we booked a suite) a pool and fitness area and my favorite – free continental breakfast each morning. Note that this hotel isn’t right at the mall, despite it’s name, but it’s just a short distance away.