This summer has been the hottest on record, but we’re not even halfway through it. There’s still plenty of fun to be had in the sun and plenty more days where it’s safer to hide away from it. Prefer to soak up every last ray this season? Do so at one of these Alberta waterparks – just don’t forget to wear sunscreen, fam. Mother Nature is not playing around this year.
Featuring tube slides, a beach and a golf course (unrelated, but still fun), Discovery Canyon is the perfect place to escape the sun. Located in Red Deer, this totally FREE destination is definitely worth checking out – unless you’re not a fan of crowds. This one gets pretty busy, friends!
Where: 3800 River Bend Drive Red Deer County, Alberta
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Cost: $6 tube rentals
Distance from Calgary: 158 km
Distance from Edmonton: 161 km
Though Whitecourt is a tad smaller than the others on the list, it still offers an entire day of fun. With a beach, splash park and river tube slides, guests can cool down, chill out and get their adrenaline going with friends, family or their kids.
Where: 5004 52 Avenue, Box 509
Time: see times above
Distance from Calgary: 438 km
Distance from Edmonton: 180 km
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Alberta’s wildest waterpark, West Ed’s iconic spot has 17 slides, a wave pool, rope swing, zipline and more. No, this one is not outside but it is by far the biggest and best in the province and totally worth visiting if you’re looking to beat the heat this summer.
Where: 8882 170 St NW #1338, Edmonton
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Distance from Calgary: 307 km
Distance from Edmonton: 0 km
Alright, Alberta, this one may not reopen until 2022, but it’s definitely worth keeping in your back pocket. Located in Sylvan Lake, this one isn’t your run-of-the-mill waterpark. It’s better described as an obstacle course but don’t let that deter you! This giant inflatable attraction is a TON of fun – so make sure you check it out when we can again!
Where: 5104 Lakeshore Drive Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Time: 11 am – 8 pm
Distance from Calgary: 160 km
Distance from Edmonton: 299 km
With two waterslides, a spray park, hot tub, climbing wall, diving board and a community-sized pool, Vulcans summer outdoor waterpark is another small, but good summer spot. Especially if you’re from Calgary. It’s still a bit of a drive, but it’s close enough that it’s well worth the drive, after all, has anyone in history ever not had fun on a waterslide no matter the size?
Where: 516 Centre St, Vulcan
Time: Monday to Friday: 6:30 am – 8:30 pm | Saturday and Sunday: 12 pm – 7 pm
Distance from Calgary: 128 km
Distance from Edmonton: 419 km
There you have it, 6 Alberta waterparks where you can beat the summer heat. Be safe, be smart, stay hydrated and enjoy yourselves! Summer doesn’t last very long around here.