Canada’s Wonderland fans, rejoice! The theme park is set to open a multi-level dining facility, and here’s a preview of what it will look like!
According to the park, the largest and newest dining facility at Canada’s Wonderland is due to open later this summer and it will be called “Lazy Bear Lodge: Wood Fired Grille.” They say that the name was inspired by a sleeping black bear that’s featured prominently on the logo.
“This is a special project for Canada’s Wonderland for a few reasons,” said Peter Switzer, director of maintenance and construction. “One, it’s the largest capital investment we’ve ever made in a dining facility and two, its location is right in the middle of the park. That’s presented us with a unique challenge: finding ways to continue construction and get equipment and materials to the site while the park is in operation.”
The esthetic of the restaurant is inspired by Canada’s wilderness, and the interior will feature natural materials like flagstone, wood, as well as granite stone for the fireplaces and columns.
The massive space will include seating for 500, with indoor seating on the upper and lower floors, plus on a deck and a sprawling patio with an outdoor natural gas firepit.
Canada’s Wonderland says that “the venue’s ID sign will be set into a 16-foot-tall granite fireplace feature. Two additional fireplaces will warm the interior and upper deck dining areas at the rear of the restaurant.”
As for the menu, expect Lazy Bear Lodge to feature a Canadian-inspired grill and cookhouse menu with locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients. Additionally, “two meat smokers will infuse a deep, rich flavour to entrees like the Lazy Bear Spice-Rubbed Wellington County Smoked Beef Brisket. Guests can also look forward to dishes like Bradford Bay Smoked BBQ Chicken, Loaded Ontario Potatoes, the Catch of the Day, and – at the restaurant’s indoor/outdoor bar – a new lineup of Canadian drinks including the classic Caesar.”
The space will include more than 15 black bear statues that will be featured in playful poses inside and outside the venue, and staff have given them names like Boo Boo, Huckle Beary, Beatrice and Bruno.
Canada’s Wonderland expects that Lazy Bear Lodge will open later this summer.