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ICYMI: Floating water park opens this week

'Imagine the TV show Wipeout, but on the water,' says co-founder

Water you doing this August? 

Get ready to splash around at a new attraction setting up at Big Water Campground. 

“It’s something new. Imagine the TV show Wipeout, but on the water. It’s a ton of fun,” said Mike Lafreniere, Splash N Go Adventure Park Limited co-founder.

When it opened in Chelmsford last year, over 300 groups from Timmins made the drive to check it out. 

“There’s clearly a demand. This year the campground in Timmins reached out to us, they wanted to bring something different to the area, they had the location that we could use,” he said.

From Aug. 6 to Aug. 30, the park will be at the private campground located at 6940 Highway 655. The water park will be set up on the lake near the boat launch, so people won't have to trek through the campground, Lafreniere explained.

Splash N Go is an inflatable, floating obstacle course. It features a tower, slide, rotating log and more.

The setup being brought to Timmins was in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island for July. 

Anyone ages five and up are allowed on. Kids five to eight years must have an adult with them on the park at all times. 

“We supply lifejackets for every single person whether they’re an Olympic swimmer or a newbie. They have to wear one of our lifejackets, which is included in the cost of admission,” he said. 

It's the first time the park is being brought to Timmins. To goal is simple: to get people out.

"Everybody’s been locked in and locked down because of COVID. There hasn’t been very many activities out there where you can do as a family,” he said. 

“It’s been exhilarating to watch it because people haven’t had a chance to do much, let alone as a group. Seeing people out, seeing people laughing, seeing people having fun, people getting exercise — our goal is just to bring that experience to Timmins,”

If enough interest is shown this month, Lafreniere would look at extending the amount of time it's in town next year or expand it to a bigger park.

"We’re using this to gauge the interest,” he said.

Each day there are four, 1.5-hour sessions available. The park is open rain or shine, except for thunder and lightning. In that case, Lafreniere said people are rescheduled for the next available session.

Passes are $25 per person, including tax. For groups of five or more a discount is automatically applied at the online checkout.

Passes are available online here.

This article was originally published on TimminsToday on July 28, 2022