Splash into Fun this Summer

Choice Hotels Canada Picks Top Canadian Water Attractions

TORONTO, Aug. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - It might be August, but summer is in full swing with heat wave alerts and temperatures topping 40 degrees across the country. It's no surprise that Canadian travellers are seeking relief from the heat and flocking to water-based attractions. Whether you are looking to spend the day lounging on a beach, on a surfboard or a gravity defying water slide, Canada is overflowing with water attractions to help travellers keep cool this summer.

The travel experts at Choice Hotels Canada are sharing their favourite attractions and where to stay if you're planning a water-based trip:

1.       Calypso (Limoges, Ontario)

Why we love it: The country's biggest themed waterpark features more than 35 waterslides and 100 water games, including two lazy river rides, a kiddie park and a mad scientist themed area. The park's 52,000-square-foot wave pool is the largest in Canada and Summit Tower is the tallest waterslide tower in North America.
Where to stay: Quality Inn (3363 St. Joseph Blvd., Orleans, ON)

2.       Lawrencetown and Stoney Beach (Lawrencetown Provincial Park, NS)

Why we love it: Lawrencetown Provincial Park is great for sporty and adventurous travellers and is known for some of the best surfing in North America. Lawrencetown Beach is the popular choice for surfing enthusiasts and swimmers, but Stoney Beach is a great option for kite surfing thanks to its shallow waters and strong winds.
Where to stay: Comfort Inn (456 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth, NS)

3.       Magic Mountain (Moncton, New Brunswick)

Why we love it: Magic Mountain, located near the infamous Magnetic Hill, is the largest man made tourist attraction in Atlantic Canada. Featuring a wide variety of rides, this waterpark is one of the more affordable options for families by allowing you to bring your own food too.
Where to stay: Chateau Moncton Hotel & Suites, an Ascend Collection Hotel (100 Main St, Moncton, NB)

4.       Sylvan Lake (Sylvan Lake, AB)

Why we love it: Sylvan Lake is one of the most popular recreational areas in Alberta. Welcoming more than 1.5 million visitors annually, it has a beautiful beach, free parking and a large BBQ fire pit. The area is perfect for activities from water skiing, windsurfing, dragon boat racing and swimming.
Where to stay: Hotel – Comfort Inn & Suites (13 Beju Industrial Drive, Sylvan Lake AB)

5.       Beachclub (Pointe-Calumet, QC)

Why we love it: Just 30 minutes outside of Montreal is the largest outdoor club in North America, where guests can party on the beach with some of the world's hottest DJs like Tiesto and Hardwell. It's also great for celeb spotting. Rumour has it Justin Bieber will be visiting soon and Kylie Jenner is slated to celebrate her 18th birthday here.
Where to stay: Quality Suites Montreal Aéroport (6300 Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire, QC)

6.       Cultus Lake Waterpark (Cultus Lake, BC)

Why we love it: This award-winning waterpark gets the top spot in British Columbia for a reason. The wide selection of rides offers excitement for adrenaline junkies, but is balanced out with hot tubs for the more faint of heart. As a bonus, Cultus Lake Adventure Park is directly across the street making this a perfect family vacation destination.
Where to stay: Comfort Inn (45405 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack, BC)

7.       Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls, ON)

Why we love it: Nothing beats seeing 'The Falls' for the first time. Luckily, there exists a number of options to get up close and personal thanks to boat tours, helicopter tours and Journey Behind the Falls, a walking tour that lets visitors explore tunnels within it. For some indoor fun all year round, families can head to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark which offers rides the whole family will enjoy.
Where to stay: Quality Hotel Fallsview Cascade (5305 Murray Street, Niagara Falls, ON)

8.       Wasaga Beach (Wasaga Beach, Ontario)

Why we love it: Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world, serving up 14km of beautiful scenery. With over 50km of trails, it's also an excellent destination for those who like to hike and spot some wildlife.
Where to stay: Comfort Inn (980 King St., Midland, ON)

9.       Sauble Falls Provincial (Sauble Beach, ON)

Why we love it: The shallow but clear water of Sauble Beach is ideal for families with young children to play safely. Meanwhile, families with older children will have a blast exploring the Sauble Falls where canoeing is a popular activity.
Where to stay: Quality Inn (100 North Rankin Street, Southampton, ON)

10.   Harrison Lake and Hot Springs (Harrison Hot Springs, BC)

Why we love it: Just 90 minutes from Vancouver, this attraction includes a stunning lake, natural hot springs and breathtaking mountain views. It's no surprise it's a favourite among travellers. Once you're done getting your feet wet, the local village offers charming dining and shopping options.
Where to stay: Comfort Inn (45405 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack, BC)

Water attractions are always a big hit on family vacations, particularly when the weather is scorching! Next time you are booking, be a savvy traveller and check out Choicehotels.ca for special offers on attractions and events.

About Choice Hotels:

Choice Hotels Canada® is the nation's largest hotel franchisor with 325 properties currently open or under development. We are affiliated with Choice Hotels International, Inc®, which franchises more than 6,300 hotels in 35 countries and territories worldwide. Our company's Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® hotels & suites, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge® and Rodeway Inn® brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet our guests' needs. With more than 22 million members and counting, check out our Choice Privileges® rewards program to see how you can reap the benefits of being a member of the Choice Hotels® family. Visit us at www.choicehotels.ca for more information.

SOURCE Choice Hotels Canada Inc.

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