The Pointe-Calumet Super Aqua Club unveils a new tool to beat the summer heat – Montreal
As temperatures rise this summer, people are trying to find other ways to cool off, and a water park north of Montreal thinks it’s found an innovative new attraction for youngsters.
The Super Aqua Club in Pointe-Calumet, Quebec, has installed a new multi-sensory ride — an artificial river that flows through a 23-meter tunnel.
Riders on inflatable tubes are subjected to a variety of experiences, including holographic projections, sounds, and special water effects.
“You know, it was really dark and it was really fun,” 19-year-old Jack Hickman said after exiting the ride. “I couldn’t see what was really going on and then boom! The water came out of nowhere. »
His friend, Nick Banousis, 18, agreed. “It was really scary too,” he laughed.
Stephen Hamelin, CEO of Vortex Aquatic Structures, the company that created the attraction, insisted that while some people might find parts of the attraction a bit mind-boggling, the experience is still enjoyable.
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“It’s a jungle theme,” he explained, “so they’re going to see images of the jungle and sounds of the jungle and it’s very artistic.”
He said the experience lasts about five minutes, but to see it all riders have to go through the tunnel more than once.
“It’s also interactive, so depending on where you are, there will be a reaction to your presence and the number of people there,” he told Global News.
Club officials claim there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
“I think we’re proud of it and that it’s a Quebec company,” said Nadine St-Amant, president and co-owner of the Super Aqua Club.
According to Hamelin, this was built to attract young people.
“Children today are used to high-intensity multimedia experiences,” he said.
That’s why St-Amant said he jumped on the project, pointing out that more and more people are using — and getting used to — the technology, so bringing it into theme parks makes sense.
“People want to be entertained, people want to feel emotion, not just to have a ride, but to have other things around,” she explained.
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Park customers whom Global News has spoken to agree.
“I laughed the whole time,” says Josiane Konaté, who made the trip with her eight-year-old son. “There are a lot of surprises there. I was not expecting that at all. »
Alex Paquin went with his nine-month-old son, Austin.
“He was a little scared,” Paquin said of her baby. “He cried a little but he was good.”
When asked if they were too old for the ride, Banousis and Hickman were adamant.
“No, you’re never too old,” Hickman said. “Never too old.”
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