Canada's Wonderland Celebrates 35th Birthday on Victoria Day


Fireworks kick off the celebration on Sunday, May 22

VAUGHAN, ON, May 19, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada's Wonderland celebrates its 35th birthday on Monday, May 23 and the party starts early with an explosive fireworks show that will light up the sky on Sunday night.

Canada's Wonderland officially opened its gates for the first time on May 23, 1981 with Wayne Gretzky, joining then Premier of Ontario, William Davis, for a spectacular opening ceremony that included 10,000 helium balloons, 13 parachutists, 350 white doves and representatives from the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, and Great Lakes regions of Canada.

Since 1981, Canada's Wonderland has been providing lifelong memories to families and friends alike with live entertainment, special events and over 770,000,000 rides for thrill seekers of all ages. Thirty-five years later, this season is shaping up to be the most exciting one yet with two new rides and the most elaborate line-up of special events, live entertainment and street festivals in history.

Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy an array of live entertainment including the WoofJocks Canine All-Stars Splash show, street performers and dance parties with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. The fireworks show will light up the sky on Sunday, May 22, at 10 p.m. with 4,000 fireworks hitting heights of over 600 feet. Before the fireworks kick off, there will also be a special Fire Diver performance off Wonder Mountain.

Specially priced online tickets are available for Monday, May 23 for only $35.00. Season Passes are also available for $69.99 until midnight on May 23. 

For more Park information including, tickets events and hours of operation, visit

Canada's Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN." In addition to Canada's Wonderland, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, three water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

SOURCE Canada's Wonderland Company

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Image with caption: "Fireworks light up the sky behind Wonder Mountain. (CNW Group/Canada's Wonderland Company)". Image available at:

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For further information: Soulla Lindo, Manager, Communications & PR, Canada's Wonderland, 905-832-7482,

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