I have a confession to make. I love theme parks.
Although possibly not as much as Dave, who wanted to go to Disneyland for our honeymoon. How, er… romantic?
Ok, so I might not like to go to a theme park for a romantic getaway but I do still enjoy them – especially a waterslide park. It’s the chance to bring out your inner child and escape for some fun.
So when we got a chance to go to Village Vacances Valcartier – one of the biggest waterslide parks in Quebec – I was excited. I may have possibly even bounced up and down on my tippy toes as we queued in the line to get in, releasing a little of my inner child.
Village Vacances Valcartier might not be as big as other waterslide parks like Wet ‘n’ Wild on the Gold Coast, but it’ll still keep you easily amused for a day.
There are more than 35 waterslides, as well as a number of pools including a wave pool which releases large waves every five minutes or so, following the sound of a ship’s fog horn (and a number of screams from excited children).
But one of the best parts of Village Vacances Valcartier for me is that it combines a waterslide with a theme park ride.
Our favourite was a ride called Marmite. Dave and I got into a double ringed floatie and flew down a roofed slide, landing in a large enclosed pool which spun you around until you went down a hole that led you to the rest of the slide.
It was kind of like being flushed down a giant toilet. But fun. And without the mess.
Then the rest of the ride you flowed through a river which went past witches who dumped water on you, wizards that cast magic spells and waterfalls that led you into dark caves. (All mechanical, of course.)
Another ride was similar, except you went down rapids on rubber rings, trying not to fall out.
But if speed is more your thing, rather than bouncing up and down, you can always ride Everest. I was too much of a scardey-cat to do that one, but Dave went on it – check out the video up top.
He said it was fun but was a little uncomfortable in his manly regions at some points!
If watersliding isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there are other activities you can enjoy at Village Vacances Valcartier. We played a round of mini golf, and I enjoyed kicking Dave’s butt. I got two hole’s in one!
You can also ride go carts around a track if speeding on land is more attractive to you than flying down a waterslide.
We were exhausted by the end of the day, and starving. Something about waterslides parks always makes me famished.
Later that night, as we fed our hungry bellies, I told Dave how I admired Village Vacances Valcartier’s business model. You can camp at the grounds during the summer, so the company gets extra income from that. And then in the winter, when many waterslide parks close, the park opens as a winter park where the waterslides are turned into winter tubing slides on ice.
My inner child is curious to know what the winter park is like. If it’s as good as the waterslides park, I want to return come December.
What’s your favourite theme park?
We were guests with Village Vacances Valcartier, but as always, our opinions are our own.
What you need to know:
Cost: An adult ticket to the waterslides park costs C$33.92. Compared to other theme parks, I think this is very reasonably priced!
How to get there: Village Vacances Valcartier is a 20 minute drive from Quebec City. If you don’t have a car, you can now ride a shuttle bus from the centre of Quebec City and back for C$4 each way. Check their website for more information on times.
When to go: In the summer, the waterslides open at the beginning of June and close the beginning of September. In winter, the park turns into one of the biggest winter parks in North America, opening mid December until the end of March.