Canada need more theme parks

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 11:49 PM
okay i live in canada and have to say we are limited to a few theme parks, the major ones being Canadas wonderland, la ronde and Marine land with a few smaller scale parks like Play land, calaway park and galaxyland aswell a few family/ childrens parks such as storybook gardens, ontario place, centerville, santa's village and wild zone.

to me i feel canada is in need of a decent new park to me seeing every ride at wonderland having almost over a hour line and most canadians thinking vortex is a huge coaster is a cry for more amument parks with higher end/scale rides and this proves that they are popular and another amusment park would do well.

so.. where should a new park go? imo i think a city like hamilton would be a great place why? it is a growing city under one hour from toronto and under one hour from niagara falls and 1.5 hours from the buffalo. also hamilton has a lot of undeveloped farmland and is in need of a tourist attraction to boost tourisim, other places i feel that would be suitable are niagara falls, toronto, london, sarnia, windsor(close to detroit) just to name a few. *** Edited 8/16/2006 3:50:35 AM UTC by PCW*** *** Edited 8/16/2006 3:51:23 AM UTC by PCW***

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006 11:53 PM
Get you a passport, stop whining and come into the USA when you need your kicks. It's not like there isn't a bazillion parks right across the border from ON.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006 11:55 PM
lol i allready do that >.< thats my point it would be nice to have something great without having to leave canada and wait at busy borders
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:04 AM

PCW said:
thats my point it would be nice to have something great without having to leave canada and wait at busy borders

So you're saying, "Canada needs more theme parks" to save you the trouble of not having to leave your country to ride roller coasters?

Get real. Seriously. The world doesn't revolve around you. :)

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:08 AM
no not for me but canada as a whole or well ontario, its is proven a park would do well and they have the audience for it aswell it would help boost tourisim
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:24 AM
PCW, dont listen to those fools. I agree. I would make a visit to Canada to visit a decent park if I had something unique to check out.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:27 AM
thanks =] i am glad you understand
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:32 AM

ChicagoCoasterCub said:
PCW, dont listen to those fools. I agree. I would make a visit to Canada to visit a decent park if I had something unique to check out.

Before you start name-calling, why don't you really think out what you're "agreeing" with.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:35 AM
Ummmmmmmmmmm I think I did. I agree that Canada/Ontario could use another park.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:56 AM
I'm not going to go to rcdb and double check but don't most, if not all, of the major Canadian cities have a park? Add the US parks that are not too far across the border and it seems to me there is little to complain about.

That being said if someone is unable to travel due to their age, finances, or other restrictions I can understand how the lack of choices can cause this kind of "cabin-fever" response.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:59 AM
How do the Canadian parks do in regards to attendance? I know the PCW is tops, but how about the other major parks? How does Galaxyland compare with Camp Snoopy?

Just curious as to how some of the more isolated Canadian parks do on a yearly basis.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:14 AM
^Um, the P.C. fiends are going to get you -- it is the Park at MOA now. ;)
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:47 AM
UH OH lol
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:51 AM
Is tonight "Mad Math in Canada Night" or something? ;)
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 2:00 AM
PCW i'm all with you... I'm from ontario but I spent the last three years in Manitoba and I gotta tell ya... there's a need for something in the middle of our country. When the Winnipeg Arena was torn down there was talk of buildling a water park or SOMETHING there... i don't think that's going through tho...

I also agree that Ontario could TOTALLY support another 2 parks at least...maybe in Ottawa ... Hamilton's a good location or Burlington/Oakville...

I don't think African Lion Safari is gonna suffer too much hahahaha

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 2:04 AM
=] i agree and besides African Lion safari is more for families with younger children or people who enjoy wildlife lol and i am from ontario too, those also would make good spots but land is more expensive there lol so it would cost more to build in that area though. *** Edited 8/16/2006 6:09:55 AM UTC by PCW***
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 3:19 AM
I live in Hamilton, and currently they are trying to find a way to attract tourists consider MILLIONS of tourists pass by hamilton each year on the way to Toronto but always pass it because 1)there is only 3 Hamilton freeway turn offs from (Niagara QEW) then there is only another 3 +The Linc on the 403 but the linc mostly directs the traffic into ancaster as passerby's see all the shops etc driving past it. Anyways, what im getting to is everyone passes hamilton and don't dare to come in because of the griddy factory veiws you see while passing over the Skyway bridge, heck you can;t even see downtown Hamilton from there but in reality it's only a 15 minute drive.

Also, Hamilton is opeing the Redhill express way soon probably closer to fall this year or spring 2007. With that it should boost tourism to Hamilton *A BIT* Also, most Hamiltonians HATE the fact they have to drive to PCW and simply just 'don't go however alot still do. I know there is a big teen population in the suburban areas of hamilton, also alot of families just sitting on cash waiting for an amusement park to open to go spend,spend spend. There has been talks of building parks here, but it really never has became a reality other then WIld Water Works down by the beach and i know that place THRIVES everyday and let me tell you, i see so many out of province tags on cars in the parkinglot it isn't even funny... WHY? because it is RIGHT beside the highway with a turn off following it. Hamilton WOULD support a park and im sure it wouldn't hurt PCW or MLC because there is an 8 MILLION people population base within an hour drive of here(The GOlden Horshoe, Which is the 4th most populated area in North America right after NYC, L.A, Chicago).

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 7:34 AM
Ok, putting a park in Hamilton is like screaming for a major park in Toledo. Just ain't gonna happen, there isn't the attendence base that isn't already well served by other attractions and an amusement park doesn't equal instant gigantic tourist boom. Most people don't take trips just to go to amusement parks.

Where else in Canada could you put a park? Most of the major cities are located far enough north that there's only 2 or 3 months of averages (according to weather.com) that top 70 degrees. That's not really optimal park operating weather. A three month season isn't going to keep any place of substantial size open for very long even if you do consider open season to be any time above 65 degrees. So, unless you're going through the expense of an indoor park, a park anywhere outside of Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver is a strech, and all three of those cities already have parks.

Add to that that no new park has been built from the ground up in a damn long time and thanks for playing, but no thanks. At least you have someplace to go, how do you think an enthusiast in like western Nebraska feels?!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 10:54 AM
Just wanted to throw in my two cents. I live in Toronto and go to PCW all the time. I think we are extremely lucky to have an excellent, well run, beautiful park right in our back yards. Fine, it may not have a huge coaster for the enthusiast crowd to gawk over, but it has an excellent selection of flats and coasters, and a great water park.

Not to mention how successful the parks format is. It did have incredible attendance last year, and has again this year. And they appear to be making a lot of smart decisions and making a ton of money this year. Ops are better than ever, and lines move faster than I've ever seen. Employees are happy and guest interaction is at an all time high.

I don't think we should be so quick to wish for another park, when the one we have is that good. There are tons of cities in Canada and the US that have nothing at all.

If you're craving a 200ft+ coaster, you're in the minority of most park goers, and it's not that far from Toronto to Ohio to satisfy that craving.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006 7:23 PM

Impulse-ive said:Where else in Canada could you put a park? Most of the major cities are located far enough north that there's only 2 or 3 months of averages (according to weather.com) that top 70 degrees. That's not really optimal park operating weather. A three month season isn't going to keep any place of substantial size open for very long even if you do consider open season to be any time above 65 degrees.

Tell that weather bit to the parks in Japan and Europe which are open when it's snowing

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