Slide into a family summer vacation

Calypso, Canada’s biggest theme waterpark, is launching its second season.

The Summit Tower is a spectacular new attraction which features 10 new waterslides

The Summit Tower is a spectacular new attraction which features 10 new waterslides

Calypso, Canada’s biggest theme waterpark, is launching its second season.

Families and thrill-seekers are invited to enjoy more than 35 heated waterslides, 100 water games, Canada’s largest wave pool and so much more near Ottawa.

After only a year of operation, the company invested $5 million in the Summit Tower, a spectacular new attraction, which features 10 new waterslides, each more impressive than the next.

With a total height of 10 stories, the new Summit Tower is the tallest free-standing waterslide tower in North America. The new Summit Tower will be officially unveiled in mid-June.

Summit Tower features 10 waterslides that offer something for the entire family.

The Accelerators, first of their kind, consist of four, 28-metre tall, high-speed slides, two of which include toboggan boats that line up four riders and two others with double inner tubes.

Designed for thrill seekers, the AquaLoops, a Canadian exclusive, are two slides where adrenaline and centrifugal force are combined to give swimmers an unforgettable experience.

The ride starts in a closed cabin with a drop floor. Once the signal is given, the floor opens and swimmers are “dropped in a vertical freefall” at a height of 17 metres, then follow a roller coaster-like slide featuring a 2.5 G loop. A video of an AquaLoop is available at calypsopark.com.

The Family Twisters, four coiled, family slides, feature translucent and closed-off sections at a height of nine metres. Families will love sliding down the AquaSnake, Pigtail, Mellow Yellow and Twist & Shout.

A new VIP Zone featuring 15 luxurious private cabanas has also been added for the summer season.

Visitors will have a blast with their family, colleagues or friends in these cabanas, which come equipped with lounge chairs, a sound system, a refrigerator and much more.

Rental fees are set at $99 per day. The VIP Zone also features a terrace bar open to everyone, with attentive, personalized care given to VIPs.

Calypso stands out through its sheer size: an aquatic section covering over 100 acres and including over 35 waterslides, 100 water games, the country’s largest wave pool and all heated pools.

Calypso Theme Waterpark is located east of Ottawa on Highway 417 and 75 minutes from Montreal.

There are plenty of hotel options nearby in Ottawa and the park is open from June until Labour Day. For more information on the waterslides, park layout, nearby accommodations, or rates visit www.calypsopark.com.