The Whitecourt Rotary Park River Slides are a great place to spend the day with your family!
There’s one road trip that we make a few times every summer – and that’s the trip to Rotary Park. Every year, the tunnels are transformed into two river slides that end at a bottom pond.
Entering at the top, you’ll find about an 18″ deep water play area that allows you to get wet before you enter the slide. Sliding your way to the bottom, where the two paths meet up, you can get out and slide again, walking back up to the top.
Just across the park there’s a spray park. Standing under the buckets is one of the easiest ways to clean off your floaties at the end of the day, without bringing a load of sand into the car with you on the way home.
The slides will open after May long weekend, when the outside air temperature is 16 degrees Celsius (16oC) or above, weather permitting. If 16oC is not reached by 2:00 p.m. the slides will not open. Into September, the slides are open weekends only from 10 am to 7 pm (weather permitting). If you’re planning your trip for a Wednesday, the slides are occasionally closed between 10 am to noon for maintenance.
Getting there: Rotary Park is located at the end of 51 Street (north of the Whitecourt Fire Hall) in downtown Whitecourt. From Highway 43, turn north on to 51 Street and follow 51 Street until you reach the park entrance gate.
Bring with you: floaties (because even though they do a sell a couple in the small shack where you’ll find slushies and snacks, they’re likely to sell fast and be very expensive), a picnic lunch, towels and sunscreen.
And since you’re in the area, hike Hard Luck Canyon!