New inflatable waterpark coming to Gore Bay this summer

Sudbury-based Splash N Go Adventure Parks set to launch a new inflatable floating waterpark on June 25

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Gore Bay residents looking for some summer fun on the waters of Lake Huron have something new to look forward to coming this June.

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Splash N Go Adventure Parks is set to launch a new inflatable floating waterpark in the area on June 25 for anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors and a fun set of aquatic challenges.

The new park will be the Sudbury-owned company’s fourth location since its first park opened in Chelmsford in 2021. It’s scheduled to run until July 31, but may be extended based on demand.

Like the company’s other parks, the custom-designed inflatable course will offer a variety of floating obstacles and slides suitable for anyone aged five and up.

“It’s a great outdoor activity that’s for all ages,” said Mike Lafreniere, a Splash N Go Adventure co-founder. “It’s not just for kids; it’s for adults, as well. It’s something that the whole family can do.”

Like many Northern Ontarians, Lafreniere said he often spends his summers on Manitoulin Island, which helped sparked the company’s interest in the area. When the municipality of Gore Bay contacted them about opening a location in the area, he said, they jumped on the opportunity.

“It’s a great atmosphere and a great place to be,” said Lafreniere. “The people are always friendly and there’s a lot of tourist activity. We’ve seen that there’s always room for more attractions and so it was always a targeted area that we wanted to hit.”

The company’s three founders all had previous experience in the inflatables business, and wanted to bring the floating waterpark experience to Northern Ontario. They were initially set to launch their Chelmsford location in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic set them back.

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The next year, after consultations with local health units, the first park opened to the public.

“It seemed like the perfect time to launch this activity because there wasn’t much out there at the time for anyone to do as a family,” he said. “So it presented itself as the perfect opportunity to go ahead and launch.”

Since opening, Lafreniere said it has seen tremendous success across its locations, with tickets often selling out to weeks in advance.

“It spoke to the demand for such a park in Northern Ontario,” he said.

Alongside the new Gore Bay park, Splash N Go Adventure’s three other locations will also be operating across Ontario this summer. Locations at Vermillion Lake in Chelmsford, Sherkston Shores Resort, and in Timmins will all welcome guests in the coming months.

Passes will be available for guests ages five and up for $25 at Guests are asked to arrive 45 minutes before their scheduled session to sign in and complete waivers.

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