Canada need more theme parks

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 8:25 PM
crazy horse's avatar Would a major park be limited by the cool weather up in canada? I assume that the operating season would be just a few months long. Just a thought.

what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 9:21 PM
Oh come on now. It's not that cold up here and we don't all live in igloos and wear snowshoes to work.

A park can comfortably be open from May to October in most parts of the country, which is only a couple of weeks shorter than many US parks.

*** type-o *** Edited 8/17/2006 1:24:26 PM UTC by Odd Todd***

Putting the 'odd' in Todd since 1976...
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 9:43 PM
well ontario has a pretty close climates to... NY, PA, OH, and MI *** Edited 8/17/2006 1:47:07 AM UTC by PCW***
Thursday, August 17, 2006 2:47 AM
rollergator's avatar I really wasn't expecting to love "The Park at MoA" (or whatever it's called today, LOL). But I did....:)

The two exceptionally fun and rare and spectacular "big flats" (my beloved Hexentanz and the Rotoshake) were expected. The new-to-me final version of a spinning coaster was fun, if not quite spinny enough)...but no one warned me about the kite-eating trees backwards seats. Eerily reminiscent of "Return of the Yeti" (aka Everest) in the *reversed floats*, slightly nauseating but more fun.

The is but one wooden coaster in the Great White North, and it's name is God (thanks to nasai, LOL).

CF might fix up PCW's wood? Did I mention I'm the self-proclaimed "Patron Saint of Lost Causes"?

Thursday, August 17, 2006 5:37 PM
The parks in Canada that most people are familiar with are parts of American owned chains. Are there any similar Canadian companies that own a number of parks? or are they mostly individually owned?
Thursday, August 17, 2006 7:02 PM
I know you'll probably laugh at my selection for a new Canadian park - London, Ontario.

Let's look at it this way - it's right in between Niagara Falls and the Windsor/Detroit area. It doesn't have close competition like PCW, Marineland, Ontario Place, SFDL, and MFI.

From the maps I've seen it seems like a decent mid-sized city I think could support a mid-sized park like Dorney, Geauga, or even Darien Lake.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006 7:13 PM
yes london came to my mind aswell, and to answer your question RatherGoodBear, the more Major parks are run by american companies, such Paramount park's (now owned by Cedar Fair) Paramount Canadas wonderland and La Ronde run by Six flags those are the two major parks of canada and the rest are pretty much privatly owned.
Thursday, August 17, 2006 7:45 PM
rollergator's avatar Picturing the Parthenon and the indoor waterpark from Mt. Olympus as an IDEAL way to get a park started in one of Canada's "under-served" markets....and to generate year-round income.

Opa, eh? ;)

Thursday, August 17, 2006 8:02 PM
You've been ARN&R'd!!
Friday, August 18, 2006 1:13 AM
Hey, I stayed in London, Ont. once, years ago. A bunch of us stayed in the hotel that used to be the armory, I can't remember which hotel that is.

I remember London being a very clean and attractive city. I have a bunch of pictures lying around in a box somewhere of many of the buildings downtown. And I'm trying to remember the name of the restaurant we went to. Never did get to visit the brewery though.

Saturday, August 19, 2006 2:28 AM
You are dead on RatherGoodBear. I was born and raised in London, ONT and have lived here my whole life even to this day. London is named forest city because of are natural conservation areas and old historic beauty. The hotel you stayed in, I believe is the DELTA armory downtown London. Thank you for labeling London a clean and attractive city.

I played competetive hockey for London and it's named after the forest city.

With fanshawe college and the University of Western Ontario the weekends are insane when bars are running. It looks like a small NEWYORK on the weekends. Richmond street is like party central.

Saturday, August 19, 2006 9:17 AM
I'm actually surprised that we have yet to see Disney look into land in the Toronto, or Montreal area. Disney has a product that people would drive or fly many miles to vist, and don't seem to hesitate about moving into other markets lately. Both Montreal and Toronto have a large population base, and you would probally see huge crowds generated in both cities for a Disney esque operation. Gatineau would be another prime spot, directly across the river from Ottawa and just over a one hour drive from Montreal, and about four hours from Toronto. Ottawa would also provide a Gatineau based operation just over 2 million potential visitors. Disney Land Canada Eh? I kind of like the sounds of that. *** Edited 8/19/2006 1:20:39 PM UTC by Phil&Melissa***
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Saturday, August 19, 2006 12:17 PM
well actually i have heard that disney has looked in to potential parks in canada but has decided againts it due to not haveing a full year operational season and that revenue made from the shorter operating season wouldnt be enough, and besides how many disney parks do you know that are only open 5 months of the year?

but it is a good idea and i would love to see a disney canada myself

Sunday, August 20, 2006 12:43 AM
^^^ Coaster Discern, just mail the check.
Sunday, August 20, 2006 11:06 PM
For how much? :)
Monday, August 21, 2006 5:19 AM
Well Yeah, I guess Canada could use some more parks but be realistic:

You have to remeber canada only has a population of 32 Million(Aprox.) and U.S.A Has 300 Million(Approx.)

-8 Million of canadas 32 Live within a 120km Radiius of Toronto(The GTA / The Golden Horseshoe Area)

-60% of the Canada's Pop. Lives in Quebec & Ontario Alone.

-The Weather Climates Could be a major factor, Leaving Southern Ontario a good chance to be a supporter of a park considering that area is level or lower than 23 States. Also if u look at a map Windsor Ont. is directly a straight line to the California/Washington Border.)

But Anyways Heres my conclusion:

•Ontario - 12.5 Million People. - Definately could support another MAJOR park in the future and some smaller parks(Maybe a smaller one in Toronto but a bigger one in say, Ottawa, Hamilton, Windsor Areas or anywhere in the Southern Ont.).

•Quebec - 7.6 Million People - Could support another large park (closer to Ottawa or Quebec City away from Montreal which has La Ronde)

•Nova Scotia 938 Thous. People - Wouldn't support a park due to many factors (Low population, and BAD winters also gets alot of rain is isn't really an urban province)

•New Brunswick 751 Thous. People - Probably would not be able to support a park, However maybe a small family type park in Halifax.

•Manitoba 1.2 Million People - Probably could support a park in Winnepeg which would attract visitors from Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario & Alberta, BUT considering the seasons and the overall spread out population of the province I doubt it.

•British Columbia - 4.1 Million People - Would more then likely be able to have a park considering the amount of tourism, also the 2010 olympics will be attraction lot's of tourist BUT they are winter games unfortunately. Also with BC's Rainy climate it makes it less feasable but it probably could use a new park say in Victoria or Vancouver.

•Saskatchewan - 1.01 Million People - Considering I don't even know about a park in Sask. without looking it up, Im sure they could support a small FAMILY park in either Saskatoon or Regina.

•Alberta - 3.2 Million People - Most Definately Could support a new park. Tourism is pretty good in alberta due to the West Edmonton Mall. Calgary Stampede, The Rocky Mountains, The Dinosaur Dig Sites etc, and there are some large citys(Calgary, Edmonton) which could support a park. Edmonton - More of a family park, Calgary could do good with a more Amusement Chain Park type.

•Prince Edward Island - 137 Tho people - Doubt it. Maybe a small travelling carnival would be succesful but never an amusement park. Yeah they have Anne of Green Gables there but it would never be enough tourism or provincial population to support a park.

•NewFoundland - 537 Thous. People - I also highly doubt this one for same reasons as above. Also most of the population is because its a HUDGE fishing port.

•North West Ter. - 42 Thous. People - Too Cold, Too little population = No luck.

•Nunavut - 28 Thous. People - Too Cold, Too Little Population.

•Yukon Ter. - 31 Thous. People - Too COld, Too Little Population.

Your Thoughts?

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Monday, August 21, 2006 11:20 AM

Ѕіx Flαgѕ Đαrієή Ĺαkє said:

•Nova Scotia 938 Thous. People - Wouldn't support a park due to many factors (Low population, and BAD winters also gets alot of rain is isn't really an urban province)

•New Brunswick 751 Thous. People - Probably would not be able to support a park, However maybe a small family type park in Halifax.

Just so you know, Halifax is in Nova Scotia, making it a far more 'urban province' (to use your term) than New Brunswick.

Putting the 'odd' in Todd since 1976...
Monday, August 21, 2006 5:58 PM
Calgary is home to Calaway Park so there is at least one park other than Galaxyland at WEM in Alberta.

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