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Kids at Canada’s Wonderland

Happy Tuesday friends!

When was the last time you were at Canada’s Wonderland on a Saturday? If like me, you’re going to answer with something like, “not in the last 5 years.” 

Halloween Haunt doesn’t count, especially when comparing to Kid’s Day.

That’s right, me and my boyfriend accidentally ended up at Canada’s Wonderland on Kid’s Day. We thought going on a gloomy day was a good idea, which ended up turning into a gloriously sunny one and our worst nightmare ensued (maybe that’s a little drastic, but I’m trying to convey my message clearly…).

We got on the Wonderbus from Finch Station and got to the theme park at around 1:30 pm. Once we got our tickets and were inside we totally decided that buying the Fast Lane in order to bypass normal wait times was a good idea… so we paid the additional $70 for the Fast Pass on top of our $60 ticket. I’m not one to complain but SINCE WHEN is it $130 for a day at good ol’ Canada’s Wonderland? I remember when it was $40 a day, who else?

Anyhow, we decided to make the best of it.

We started with Shockwave and ventured on to Vortex, Flight Deck and a few other favourites. It got rather annoying when Sledgehammer and Psyclone went down at the same time and needed maintenance, so Stevie hopped on to the Dance Dance Popup while we waited, presented by Coca-Cola, which definitely gave me a good laugh and a smile. Once we got on Sledgehammer we hopped on two of the newer rides.

Firstly, Skyhawk scares the crap out of me and is a swing seat in the form of a plane that dangles you 135 feet in the air, while you flip two pannels back and forth to try and flip yourself mid-air. This ride is so not my thing, but my boyfriend who flipped 11 times would definitely beg to differ. I’ve tried to convince myself that I won’t die if I do it, but something else within me has a stronger hold on me than my better-thinking does.

Secondly, the newest addition to the park, Soaring Timbers, is unfortunately a sore waste of time. I hate to say it, but it is. The new feature that has two pods seating 16 people, 4 rows of 4, has an arm that swings the pods around, up and then down, as the pods sway back and forth. At some point one of the pods does flip and its not a 100% guarantee, so it’s a hit or miss when looking for a thrill on Soaring Timbers; especially if you wait 30 minutes for it.

Even with the Fast Lane we had to wait upwards of 30 minutes for our rides, which we didn’t expect for the money that was paid. Regardless we did our best to push through the busy day and get on a few of the rides we had intended to.

After about 5 hours, a few rides and some snacks we hopped back on the Wonderbus and headed home. Myself and Stevie mutually decided that unless it was Halloween Haunt we wouldn’t be spending much more of our time at Canada’s Wonderland, because it’s obviously not the same it was 10 years ago.

Fun fact, that’s where me and Stevie met a decade ago. Weird, huh?

What’s your most recent theme park experience like and where should we seek our thrills next instead? I hear Ohio has a great ride or two…

Stay Thrilled,

pG. šŸ˜€

Kayaking in the City & Ticket LinkĀ 

Happy Thursday humans, it’s almost the weekend… at least for some of us.

Earlier in the week, on Monday, I was taken on a two-hour Kayaking experience with my family, minus my father, to celebrate my youngest sisters’ birthday. We didn’t go too far, nowhere inaccessible via TTC, rather just over to the Humber River at Old Mill and Bloor.

For those of you not familiar with the city, that’s in Toronto’s Western hemisphere.

My mother found a wicked deal on Groupon, as mother’s do, which got us each a two-hour trip for $19.95. What a bargain, right?

Affordable, within the confinements of the city, and also a great way to enjoy a summer day; before it all comes to an end.

Yes? šŸ™‚

Don’t get me wrong the water isn’t deep or crystal blue and there isn’t the craziest of scenery, but it’s honestly a good time that I’ll gladly enjoy again before the end of this season. There was a ton of cute wildlife to spot, the usual ducks and a few other birds hanging about like the Stork, as well as ridiculously gorgeous houses lining the steep banks of the Humber River.

We spent about an hour heading towards Lake Ontario, at which point we turned back and headed back up stream. It was a workout in and of itself but truly, I felt relaxed and distant from all the noise the city often produces. The temperature was mild with a light breeze and a cloud-cast sky as well, which made it an enjoyable environment to Kayak in. 

It was also a great treat to spend that time with my family (hint hint), we don’t do things like this often enough anymore. When in reality, we really should be!

Remember to buy your ticket off the Groupon link before it expires, and then make the booking for your excursion on Torontos’ Humber River.

Toronto Adventures Inc. Tickets 

I know I will be soon, again.

Always Exploring,

pG. =D

SoCIAL LITE Vodka Keeps it Lo-Cal for the Weekend

Back in August of 2016 at an event being held just outside of Toronto I was privileged to be introduced to an impressive new drink, SoCIAL LITE Vodka. It currently retails in Alberta, British Colombia as well as Ontario. Now I wish I could describe to you the heat that day in a way that would allow you to comperehend my immense need for a crisp refreshment; this after standing out in the scorching sun for a short while. While my desire manifested some more I became interested in a conversation I was hearing from just across the grass at another tent, “… cool, refreshing and light…,” is what I overheard. I took it as a sign and quickly ran over to the tent bearing the 355ml black and lime-green cans, with drops of ice-water running down their exteriors. 

Photo by @darreneaglescreative

It was then and there that I became acquinted with Dan Beach, Executive for SoCIAL LITE Vodka; as he first shared with me the story of how the drink, and brand, came to be. He explained that himself and two of his friends (Kevin and Neetu), whom all maintained an active lifestyle, wanted to find a way to indulge in a healthy social life without any reprocussions; whether that be a hangover the following day or poor health that can be developed from drinking alcohol. We are all susceptible nonethless. It all began in their kitchen and soon became something bigger than it was potentially expected to be. Since it’s conception they have grown to retail their product in 3 provinces while introducing two new flavours. To boot, they have now intergrated Arlene Dickinson from Dragon’s Den into their SoCIAL LITE Vodka family to strengthen it even more. 

Once I had heard all of this, Dan poured me a sip from the slender can decorated with chic-green and black branding into a plastic cup. I threw it back and my love was instant.

The original flavour, Lime Ginger, is absolutely to die for; tangy but not bitter, refreshing but not powerful, and fizzy but not too overwhelming. Lime is certainly the dominant flavour with hints of ginger in every sip, blended into a vodka-soda. It is no wonder that it has become such a difficult item for LCBO to keep on their shelves. The kicker here is that the flavours are 100% natural with no added sugars or artificial flavours, weighing in at a super-light 80 callories. It is safe to say that you could pound a few back and not become a haggard Haggrid the following day. What a DREAM!

While the brand continues to grow the two new flavours they have developed and launched are Lemon Cucumber Mint as well as Pineapple Mango. These additional flavours are currently available in Alberta and British Colombia, so us Ontarians must sit patiently and await their release onto shelves in an LCBO nearest us.

Photo by @darreneaglescreative

Being someone who has partied hardy for a few years of my life I am definitely resistant to the possibility of being consumed by a hangover after a night-out, or even a night held at home. I have suffered my fair share from doing so and truly despise wasting a full day for a good night; there is no balance in doing so, not for me anyways. This is why SoCIAL LITE Vodka is the ideal drink for myself to indulge in when I chose to drink, which is really just on the occassion. If you are anything like me a sugar-filled drink will give you a massive headache, which is why I am glad I could share with you this beautiful creation that I myself was also personally introduced to.

Thank you, Dan Beach. 

Photo by @darreneaglescreative

If you prefer a drink that requires a smaller commitment in terms of the reprocussions associated when it drinking, you must look no further. SoCIAL LITE Vodka will become your saving grace as it has been mine.

With that being said it is Friday after all, so a TGIF to you with hopes for a pleasant weekend ahead.

Stay In-Control.

Peter. =D