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The kids are going back to school, the sun is setting earlier and the nights are feeling a little chillier. All of these signs mean the dog days of summer are coming to a close, but the back-to-school blues doesn't have to ruin your fall and winter fun. Canada is home to some of North America's top indoor amusement parks, and these five must-visit attractions are guaranteed to continue the summer thrills through the colder months.
Galaxyland -- Edmonton, Alberta
The West Edmonton Mall isn't just a place for back-to-school shopping. As the largest shopping mall in North America and the 10th-largest in the world, this massive shopping center is home to far more than clothing and gift stores. The West Edmonton Mall is home to the world's largest indoor amusement park, complete with 27 action-packed rides for all ages. Also included in this indoor oasis is the World Waterpark, Marine Life aquarium, Professor Wem's Adventure Golf and enough family-friendly fun to fill a whole vacation.
Fallsview Indoor Waterpark -- Niagara Falls
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Spend your entire visit to Niagara Falls in and around the water. The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark combines the adventure and action of the falls with 3 acres of indoor family fun. Visitors can lounge in the hot springs, play in the wave pool, plunge down thrilling slides or catch some rays on the sundeck all within a 2-minute walk of Niagara Falls. The park is located steps from the area's most popular hotels, making a day at the park a no-brainer for families visiting in all seasons.
Fantasy Fair -- Toronto
You'll never hear your little ones complain about going to the mall again. Fantasy Fair is Ontario's largest indoor amusement park, and it's located inside Toronto's Woodbine Shopping Centre. The park is filled with carnival rides and attractions, including the Crystal Kaleidoscope Ferris Wheel, the Antique Carousel, a climbing wall, drop tower, a 6D themed ride experience, bumper cars, an arcade and more. Spending a rainy fall day at the mall just got a whole lot more exciting.
Great Wolf Lodge -- Niagara Falls
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Niagara Falls is one of Canada's most popular tourist attractions, so it's no wonder the Ontario town is loaded with things for travelers to do when they're not observing the natural wonder. The 9,290-square-meter Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls is a place where you can stay, play, dine and shop in a single location. Park visitors can hop aboard the Niagara Rapids Run, splash down family slides, rent cool cabanas, experience exhilarating drops, play in the Frog Pond, cruise the lazy river or enjoy dozens of other attractions in and out of the water. The Great Wolf Lodge sets itself apart from other indoor amusement parks with a relaxing spa for adults and the Scooops Kid Spa where parents can get pampered with their little ones.
Adventure Bay Family Water Park -- Windsor
Learn to surf, get your adrenaline pumping and enjoy family-friendly fun this fall at the Adventure Bay Family Water Park in Windsor. This must-visit water park features all of the best water-based attractions, including a wave pool, the twisting Python tube ride, the Whizzard downhill racing slide, the FlowRider surf experience, a lazy river and tons of other slides, playgrounds and activities for kids and adults of all ages. Turn your fall or winter Windsor escape into a summer day filled with thrills, relaxation and plenty of waves.
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