Ontario amusement parks for thrill seekers
Whether you prefer fast roller coasters, tall ziplines or big wave pools, there is no shortage of heart-pumping experiences in Ontario.
Test your nerves of steel on the daring rides at Canada’s largest amusement park. Home to 17 roller coasters, Canada’s Wonderland has a caliber of coasters that make it a top coaster destination you’ve got to visit.
Travel the length of 12 football fields in under 3.5 minutes on the Yukon Striker. The highlight is the scary 68 metres (223 feet) ascent, then the nerve-racking 3 second suspension dangling at the peak, followed by the abrupt and terrifying 90 degree drop into an underwater tunnel. If you’re looking for an even higher coaster ascent, try the Leviathan –the biggest ride with the tallest peak in the park that travels faster than most trains.
You can easily spend an entire day at this thrill-seekers dreamland. Canada’s Wonderland has everything from log flumes to lazy rivers, loop-de-loops to steep drops — there’s something for everyone.
Location: 1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan
It takes a full 60 seconds to glide across Canada’s longest zipline. Located outside of Thunder Bay, Eagle Canyon Adventure’s zipline is 53 metres (175 feet) above the ground; it’s also the nation’s highest zipline. The surrounding natural and rugged landscape is truly captivating.
If you’d rather take your time admiring the beautiful scenery of the canyon, you can walk across the premiere suspension bridge. At the 183 metres (600 feet), it’s Canada’s longest foot suspension bridge. If that distance to walk across seems intimidating to you, consider walking across the second and shorter suspension bridge, which is just 91 metres (300 feet).
Location: 275 Valley Road, Dorion
Experience the rush exploring the zipline and obstacle courses at Niagara Falls. Witness the wrath of the world’s strongest waters 67 metres (220 feet) beneath you as you glide 670 metres (2200 feet) down to Niagara Falls.
Enjoy this experience with up to three other people since four people can zipline at a time. Get closer to nature when you experience this thrilling ride at night when the colours of the Falls illuminate around you. Looking for more of a rush near Niagara’s Gorge? Whirlpool Adventure Course offers three obstacle courses. The extreme course is the most challenging that involves aerial obstacle courses that tests your stability, strength and climbing abilities.
Location: 3500 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
For thrill-seekers who welcome a challenge, MARKED Ultimate Family Adventure Park is the place to be. This massive outdoor park has everything from axe throwing to paintball and laser tag — all set up in a beautifully designed obstacle course.
You’ll feel like you’re in combat training at this great course set up, just like a military training course. There’s no shortage of activities for the whole gang — right up to the ultimate campfire, where you can grab a bite with after a long day of adventure. MARKED is located inside of the X-Tread Combat Zone in Carleton Place, near Ottawa.
Location: 13259 Highway 7, Carleton Place
Relive your childhood at one of the seven Treetop Trekking aerial adventure parks across Ontario. Feel the rush as you fly across ziplines and climb like a monkey on balance logs, cable traverses, hammock nets, wooden bridges and Tarzan swings suspended high in the forest canopy. Kids courses and night treks are available. Treetop Trekking has won the honour of Ontario’s Top Attraction in Attraction Ontario’s People’s Choice Awards.
Be one of the first to experience the weightlessness between earth and sky with uplå, North America’s largest trampoline. This floating tree-lined universe is made up of nets, combining the thrill of canopy trekking with the joy of trampolining at Treetop Trekking’s Stouffville location (opening summer 2023).
Open year round, Ridge Runner at Blue Mountain will fulfill your need to ride a coaster in the winter in addition to the warmer months.
Steer and control your own roller coaster along the one km track filled with twists, turns and downhill adventure while you are surrounded by the picturesque outdoor settings at Blue Mountain.
Coast across the Ottawa River on the first and only interprovincial zipline between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.
This scenic 426 metre trip provides a unique and breathtaking view of the Ottawa’s downtown cityscape, including the Parliament Hill. Start the trip in Ottawa and glide towards Gatineau. It’s a memory you can enjoy with your favourite fellow adrenaline junkie. Keep those memories forever when you purchase a video that captures your experience.
The thrills and chills continue even as the seasons change. In winter, relish the joy and exhilaration of quickly sliding down Ontario’s longest snow tube hill. There’s no skill level needed to have fun at this heart pumping activity. Just hop on the magic carpet that will transport you back to the top of the hill where you will and do it all over again.
Location: 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Barrie
Wet n’ Wild has all sorts of exciting thrill rides for the entire family. Step onto the floor of a vertical chute with the drop floor causing you to plummet and freefall down a 360 degree loop or defy gravity travelling through water adventures filled with twists, turns and loops.
With adventure slides named Hurricane and Typhoon, Krazy Kanuck, Oh Canada! And Wet n Wild Jr, expect a rush the moment you step onto the slide.
Location: 7855 Finch Avenue West, Brampton
Add your name to the bragworthy list of thrill seekers like Sir Richard Branson who dared to ascend 356 metres above the ground to walk outside of the 1.5 metre ledge of the CN Tower while securely strapped and under the leadership of trained and enthusiastic guides.
Do you have what it takes to lean forward on the ledge hands free? It’s the first of its kind in North America and a unique and memorable way view Toronto.
Location: 290 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
Feel the rush of skydiving without jumping out of a plane. Ifly offers the exhilarating free-falling experience in a safe indoor skydiving environment.
All ages are welcome and there’s no experience needed in this simulated environment.
Location: 75 Consumers Drive Building I, Whitby
Experience the outdoors on a motocross track built for high-powered e-bikes. The three kilometre track has woods loops and field jumps. It's also built to accommodate different riding abilities and bike clinics.
Canada's first all-electric dirt bike school is open to beginners to expert riders. Bike packages include coaching clinics and overnight dirt bike camping. Bikes are available for rental, including kids’ bikes. You can bring your bike when you book a spot to ride.
Location: 244 Tracey Road, Roslin
Last updated: September 12, 2023