We came to the Ottawa region for a few days to take in some of the Canada 150th festivities and the highlight for our family was visiting this hidden gem just outside of Ottawa. We heard a lot about it being the “best water park in Canada” and it definitely lived up to that haughty title! We’ve been to parks around the world and Calypso ranks right up there with the best of them. We arrived mid morning on a weekday and the park did not seem crowded at all and lines for the rides minimal, I would recommend mid-week if you love the water rides like my family. I was so impressed with the variety of rides for all ages and thrill levels, over 30 in total. We really loved the Kongo Expedition ride, a solo inner tube ride through a Congo River themed adventure with animated animals and many water features to ensure a wet excursion. There are dozens of tube and slide rides from extremes like Vertigo, Adrenaline and the Aqua Loops to the raft rides for the whole family that we really enjoyed like Boomerango, Canyon Rafting and the Turbo Lab. We spent a couple of hours in the gigantic Calypso Palace wave pool; it’s impressive with forceful waves that have various levels in different areas depending on your comfort, the lifeguards we pretty good not letting young children past a certain point for their safety. My son really enjoyed the Pirate Aquaplay and the giant dunk bucket that dumped every few minutes.
We found some of the services and amenities quite helpful including ingenious “money at your fingertips” program, where you scan your fingertip and load whatever prepaid amount you what so you and your children can pay by scanning your fingers at the restaurants, no need to carry cash or cards while on the rides, that was very handy (no pun intended). We also opted to stay in a private cabana that had a fridge (for the outside food we were allowed to bring in), water, wifi, covered table and chairs and attentive staff. There were a many restaurants and snack shops as well as lots of chairs and picnic areas around throughout the park. Taking advantage of the “splash back” program is a great option, where you can pay $12 per person to come back within 6 days, wish we lived closer we would get a seasons pass for sure. Calypso also recommended on their site a charming, kid-friendly, century farmhouse Bed & Breakfast called “La Galerie D’en Avant” in the town of Casselman about 20 minutes away and the owners Lynda, Christian & their dog Nikey were wonderful as was the delicious breakfasts that were included. We will definitely make this an annual family trip!