One of the big draws of Granville Island in the summer is the Waterpark, the largest free water park in North America. Open sometime in May – early September, the waterpark includes a water slide, a large and varied spray park, as well as adjacent fun in the large sandbox and playground.
The waterpark was fantastic, with lots of opportunities for even the most water-shy child to explore. Water pooled near a drain, and Aiden loved that, and found a few of the spray areas not too forceful. He was desperate to try the slide, but I don’t think toddlers can go down, even with adults, until they are a little taller.
The playground itself is quite old, in need of an update, but still in fairly good condition. It’s not huge, but with all there is to do at Granville Island, it doesn’t need to be.
We will be back next year for sure!
After Mahon Park, the second of five water parks we’ve visited was Kilmer Park located up Lynn Valley by Lynn Headwaters. Out of the way, this park was definitely not as busy and the spray park itself was set to a timer (took us a while to find the button!). The spray features were a little more toddler-friendly, so Aiden and buddy Cole enjoyed splashing in (and drinking) the water.
In addition to the spray park, Kilmer Park also has a large sports field, washrooms, and a playground. The play structure was not huge, but it was fun for the kids. Unlike some smaller playgrounds, this one was made with kids of all ages in mind. We had a wonderful afternoon here!
There are 5 water parks in North Vancouver, with one of the most popular being Mahon Park, also known as Confederation Park. We’ve taken Aiden half a dozen times to Mahon, though he’s quite shy around the spraying water, as you can see in this set. The park can get quite busy in the summer months, with families flocking for picnics and playtime in the spray park and the playground area.
The park features a large track, washrooms & first aid, spray park, playground structure, little car structure, swings and some nature walks that take you through to a nice pond (though I’ve yet to do this!).
Because the park is so busy, we have been avoiding it of late and have been trying alternate water parks instead. However, I imagine that as Aiden gets older, more social and less water-wary, he’ll enjoy this park immensely!