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Canada's largest water park to debut June 7

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Published: April 7, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Canada's largest, long-anticipated water park, Calypso Waterpark, is set to debut on June 7, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

Located in Limoges, Ontario, just 20 minutes east of Ottawa, the $45-million dollar park has already sold more than 6,000 annual passes.

The park features an array of attractions, including 80-foot long speed slides, a half-kilometer jungle river winding past a 52,000-square-foot wave pool, a beach, and two play areas for children.

Park owner Guy Drouin states that one innovative park feature for guests is the ability to make purchases with their fingerprint.

“When you are with a bathing suit, you cannot carry a wallet or money. It’s hard to do that. If you want to buy anything you have to go back to your locker, take some money, buy something, and go back to your locker. That’s a long trip,” Drouin told the Citizen.

The park was originally set to debut in 2009 as SunnyLand Amusement Resort, according to the Ottawa Sun, but construction was delayed due to inclement weather. The name was changed to ease bilingualism concerns.

Readers' Opinions

From Nick Dakuginow on April 7, 2010 at 9:19 AM
That fingerprint payment is an awesome concept.
From Anthony Murphy on April 7, 2010 at 9:23 AM
Really Cool!

Is it indoors or is it going to be a seasonal park?

From Nigel Smith on April 7, 2010 at 10:10 AM
Looks outdoors

http://www.calypsopark.com/

From Joshua Counsil on April 7, 2010 at 10:35 AM
Yeah! First Blog Flume post! Thanks for posting it, Robert.

It's outdoors and seasonal. Unfortunately, as demonstrated by the construction delays, Ottawa is not known for its good weather. This is probably why they explicitly state on their website that the park is open throughout the summer, rain or shine, and does not offer rain checks. Also, the pools are heated.

The park itself seems to be the standard fare you would expect at most themed water parks, but I thought I'd submit this article for the fingerprint system alone.

From Anthony Murphy on April 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM
Yeah, thats what I was wondering because Canada is, well, not usually warm all year round!

But its good to see new things being put in Ottawa. Gotta put that on my list too after Holiday World!

From Mark Migliaccio on April 7, 2010 at 12:29 PM
Sounds like an interesting concept. I wonder if any parks here would start scanning fingerprints. I know my grocery store lets you do that. BTW What were the bilingual concerns?
From Joshua Counsil on April 7, 2010 at 1:02 PM
SunnyLand Amusement Resort was the original name for the resort. However, because of the park's proximity to Quebec, and because Ottawa is an overly-sensitive government town, the name was changed to Calypso, which is a shared English-French term.

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