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Canada's top 5 amusement parks

Best fun family getaways

From SheKnows Canada
Everyone loves a good family outing — and when it comes to fun, nothing beats a quality amusement park. Pay a visit to one of these incredible Canadian destinations for a getaway you'll be talking about for a long time to come.

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Canada's Wonderland — Vaughan, Ontario

Canada's Wonderland features some of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in Canada, so it's the perfect choice for all you thrill seekers out there. There are also some great family rides, as well as Splashworks to help you cool down on those sweltering summer days. If you've never been, this year is the perfect time to visit as they will be premiering one of the world's largest animatronic dinosaur exhibits, as well as the park's tallest and fastest ride — Leviathan. They have some great deals on tickets and season passes, so it's easy to visit Canada's premier amusement park on a budget.

The CNE — Toronto, Ontario

Let's go to the Ex! More commonly referred to as the Ex, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is located in downtown Toronto at Exhibition Place. It runs for 18 days, from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3 this year, so it's the perfect way to send off the summer before the kids have to head back to school. The CNE opened its gates in 1879 and has been welcoming the Toronto community and visiting tourists ever since. It's loaded with delicious fair foods, old-school games and even some fun rides.

Galaxyland — Edmonton, Alberta

Why worry about having your visit rained out when you can visit the world's largest indoor amusement park, Galaxyland? It's located in the West Edmonton Mall and features more than 24 exhilarating rides and fun play areas for the kids. Get your shopping done and enjoy a pulse-pounding roller coaster at the largest mall in North America.

African Lion Safari — Hamilton, Ontario

Feel badly going to the zoo and seeing animals locked up in cages? Well, at the African Lion Safari, you're the one that stays all sealed up, as you drive through a land of animals in their nautral habitats. Sit merrily in your car as monkeys climb aboard your hood and giraffes sniff at your windows. This certainly isn't your same old zoo trip!

Upper Clements Park — Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia's biggest amusement park is a unique experience, because it's situated right on the shore of the Bay of Fundy. The abundance of water-related activities gives it a real edge on other parks. Upper Clements Park's quaint style provides a real family feel that you don't get at some of the larger amusements parks. Play a round of laser tag, enjoy one of the exciting rides or try your hand at their new zip-line course.

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