The third and final park we visited on our 2017 roller coaster trip to the United States and Canada was Canada’s Wonderland. After a short drive from our Airbnb near the center of Toronto, we pulled up on the parking lot. Amazed by the majestic sight of Leviathan swerving around the park entrance area, we scanned our 2017 Cedar Fair Platinum Pass at the turnstiles for the last time. Time for our Canada’s Wonderland trip report!
Canada’s wonderland is a theme park located in the city of Vaughan, approximately 40 kilometers north of Toronto. It opened in 1981 and is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment since 2006. It’s the largest theme park in Canada and houses no less than 16 roller coasters!
After having entered the park, we immediately went for one of the most anticipated coasters of our adventure: Leviathan, B&M’s first giga coaster (i.e. a roller coaster that exceeds 300 feet, or approximately 91 meters). This steel monster was built in 2012. It cost an astonishing 28.000.000 USD and is an absolutely amazing ride. It serves you with the perfect combination of speed and airtime moments, including the 306 feet (or 93,3 meters) first drop that immediately lifts your butt out of your seat. One downside about Leviathan though: It’s way too short compared to the amount of height and speed built up by the first drop. It ends way too quickly and gives you the feeling that a lot of potential was lost as soon as it hit the final brake run. You’re on the brake run forever as well. Granted, Canada’s Wonderland didn’t have a lot of space to work with on this coaster. But still, quite a shame that it ends with a lot of speed and height unused. Very spectacular and good looking ride nonetheless!
After our first ride on Leviathan, we decided to take some time for breakfast in the International street area of the park. We had some delicious bagels with a good cup of coffee at the Timmy Horton’s corner. Little point of critique here: the service was pretty slow. It seemed that the shop we went to was pretty understaffed, which caused a lot of disappointed people to end up leaving the queue. I think we spent about 30 minutes waiting for a coffee and some plain bagels.
Then the time came for more coasters! We decided to do some of the less spectacular ones and went for some older Mack rides: Thunder Run, a powered family coaster and Fly, a Wild Mouse coaster. Next up was Wonder Mountain’s Guardian, an interactive 4D dark ride with an incredibly spectacular ending that caught us all by surprise. All of these rides were not THAT special, but they gave us a very good laugh nonetheless.
Along came Vortex, a suspended coaster manufactured by Arrow Dynamics. On this type of coaster, the trains hang underneath the track with the ability to swing to the right and left while going through many twists and turns. We didn’t expect a lot from this one because we rode Iron Dragon in Cedar Point a couple of days before. Holy cow though, did this coaster surprise us! It was very intense and provided us with a whole lot of positive G’s. I never thought I would ever say this, but this Arrow coaster really was one of the bigger surprises of our trip. Very intense ride!
The moment had come to conquer Behemoth, Leviathan’s little brother, although ‘little’ is very relative when it comes to B&M giants. Behemoth is a B&M Hypercoaster (a rollercoaster that exceeds 200 feet or 61 meters) and was built in 2008. It’s not as high as Leviathan, nor reaches it the same speeds, but boy does it generate some very nice airtime. Every time we rode it, though, operations assigned us to seats in the front half of the train. I really would have loved to ride backseat on this one, but we weren’t really given the choice. Quite a shame, yet understandable given the fact that the park was pretty crowded.
Well, the airtime got us hungry. While we were walking around the Behemoth area, we discovered that there was a huge food truck festival going on. Pizza, greek food, poutine, ice cream, name it! There was a very nice, festive atmosphere as well and different bands were playing live music. Lukas and I ate poutine (after our friend Bo had to explain 379 times what exactly that was). Bo and Robbert ate pizza.
After lunch, there was no time to lose: more coasters. We started off with two woodies on a full stomach: Mighty Canadian Minebuster and Wild Beast. They were both VERY rattly and really give you that classic feeling that the coaster might fall apart at any given time during your ride. I especially loved the Mighty Canadian Minebuster for some reason. It seems to be a very personal opinion though: Robbert didn’t really enjoy both woodies but persevered for the credits. In between these two wooden coasters, we also went for a ride on Backlot Stunt Coaster. This is exactly the same ride like the one we did in Kings Island, so nothing special to report if it wasn’t for that intense helix after the first launch. The last roller coaster credit of our trip was quite a unique one: Silver Streak, a suspended family coaster by Vekoma. This one has a very limited capacity so it took us some waiting time to get on the ride, but it was all good fun!
On the day we visited Canada’s Wonderland, the park was pretty crowded because of the Labor Day Weekend. Crowded days in parks like these mean that time management is a thing. We chose to skip Flight Deck and Bat since we have already ridden many exact copies of these Vekoma’s in Europe. For our Belgian readers: they’re exactly the same as “Boomerang” in Bellewaerde and “Vampire” in Walibi Belgium. We also skipped Time Warp, a Zamperla flying coaster and many of the very original flat rides Canada’s Wonderland has to offer. Sorry guys, choices had to be made!
We finished our visit to Canada’s Wonderland – and at the same time our Summer trip to Canada and the United States – with some extra rides on Behemoth and Leviathan. Our personal epic ‘grand finale’ was riding Leviathan in the darkness after sundown, which was an incredible experience.