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Jun 2, 2011
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New Park Entrance / Parking Plaza - Rumor - (12/26/17) According to the latest rumors we may see some renewed focus on the expansion and infrastructure of Canada's Wonderland start in late 2018. If the rumors are true, at the end of the 2018 you may see park begin work on building a new modern Front Gate and a new Parking Plaza entry facility that will open in 2019.
I'm guessing this will be similar to what we've seen Cedar Fair build at Carowinds and Cedar Point itself in the past couple years. These projects add vital new infrastructure to park's ticketing and admissions systems, as well as create a new modern sense of arrival. Thing kind of upgrade has sort of been in a slow rollout to many of the old Paramount parks anyway as Kings Island also got a new parking entry plaza and smaller upgrades to the entrance and I believe a major upgrade for the entrance to California's Great America is also being planned for a future rollout.

According to ScreamScape it looks like Canada's Wonderland will be receiving the New Style Cedar Fair Entrance for the 2019 season. These new entrances have already been added to Carowinds, Cedar Point, and World's of Fun. King's Island received a new parking entrance recently, but has yet to have their full main entrance replaced and California's Great America has already gotten planning approval for theirs. Hopefully this entrance includes a headline coaster to tie into it as well.
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It would appear that Canada's Wonderland is getting planning approval for a new roller coaster at the park. said:
Planning - (1/18/19) Plans in the works to add a new coaster to Canada's Wonderland in the near future have been confirmed in the lists of the official meeting agenda notes from the Jan. 12, 2018 meeting of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. According to the meeting notes (click here and scroll down to page 45) Canada's Wonderland has proposed to "alter a waterway to construct in the Regional Storm Floodplain of the Don River in order to facilitate the construction of a by-pass channel and a new roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland located on Part Lot 18-20, Concession 5, 9580 Jane Street, in the City of Vaughan within the Don River Watershed."

The permit issued is for the period of Jan. 12, 2018 to Jan. 11, 2020, which seems to narrow down the timeline for the new coaster to open for the 2019 or 2020 season. According to the notes, the construction will create "a ride tunnel within the pond and regulatory floodplain" along with up to nine support piers within the regulated area.

"A portion of the proposed ride is located within the Regional Storm Floodplain. The proposed site is located at the south end of Canada's Wonderland, within an online pond, north of an existing online stormwater pond. The subject site is currently manicured lawn and an on-line pond."

"We are seeking approval for the full project at this time, however it will be a phased permit. Phase 1 will consist of the in-the-dry low-flow by-pass channel. Phase 2 will consist of the construction of the ride tunnel, piers and associated landscaping."

Based on the approximate location shown, the coaster looks like it will inhabit the empty space between Windseeker and Vortex. While I suppose it could take over the former Skyrider location, I've heard the former Skyrider location was earmarked to be used for future waterpark expansions.

Previous rumors indicated that the park was looking into the idea of a large-scale B&M Inverted coaster design, similar to Banshee at Kings Island.

Based on this information it would appear that the new coaster may not interact with the park entrance since the plot of land is located behind Wonder Mountain, though it's hard to say at this point. The station for Fury 325 is not very close to the park's main entrance and is still able to interact with it. Though it does wrap around the perimeter of the park, it may be harder for CW's new coaster to interact with the entrance without disturbing a lot of the existing park's structures.
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POV for Yukon Striker, a 246-ft tall B&M Dive Machine.

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Ride Stats

Designed by: Bolliger & Mabillard
Coaster type: Dive
Height of drop: 245 feet (75 metres) *includes underground tunnel
Top Speed: 130 km/h (80 mph)
Inversions: 4
Length: 3,625 feet (1,105 metres)
Duration: 3 minutes, 25 seconds
Trains: 3
Riders per Train: 24
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This coaster looks great. The layout looks totally different than any dive coaster B&M has ever put together. That fact alone makes this the first dive machine I actually feel a desire to travel out of my way for.
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This has the been the longest layout on a Dive Machine yet.

It definitely is, and seeing the length of the trims for the MCBR the ride is definitely going to be carrying some speed through the loop and Jr. Immelmann. Post MCBR is really dull, but it looks to me it's at most 80 feet off the ground.
Earlier this morning, Canada's Wonderland announced their 2019 lineup. While Yukon Striker was leaked (and boy, does that coaster make me want to go to Canada now!), the park also announced that it would be creating a new area of the park named Frontier Canada, where Yukon Striker will reside along with many other classic rides. Also, the park has announced that it will be receiving WinterFest for 2019! Nothing seemed to stick out to me thus far about the WinterFest lineup compared to the other parks that have the event, but I'm sure more details will be released on this eventually.

Overall, like Kings Dominion's 2018 additions, Canada's Wonderland has unveiled its biggest capital investment in the park's history!

According to the marketing site that Canada's Wonderland posted, the new land @mtorange mentioned was initially planned for the parks original opening but was scrapped for one reason or another.
Canada's Wonderland said:
The launch of Yukon Striker coincides with the official opening of Frontier Canada, a gold rush-themed attraction area in Canada's Wonderland. Originally conceived of for the park's opening in 1981, Frontier Canada was never realized until now. Other attractions to be featured in the section include Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Lumberjack, Soaring Timbers, Flying Canoes, Vortex, Timberwolf Falls and White Water Canyon.

Full press release for the new land:

Canada's Wonderland said:
August 15, 2018

The 2019 season promises to be the biggest yet for Canada’s Wonderland. The park will introduce Yukon Striker, a world-record-breaking dive roller coaster, and Winterfest, an immersive holiday-themed event, making it truly an amusement park for all seasons.

As well, Canada’s Wonderland will officially open Frontier Canada – which is arguably, the most historically significant event to take place.

To understand the importance of this ‘new’ gold-rush themed section, we’ve got to travel back in time more than 37 years. Back to a time when Maple, Ontario was still farmland, Wonder Mountain didn’t exist and Canada’s Wonderland was merely a fantastic concept waiting to be realized.

When Taft Broadcasting began to build the park, intentions were to open in 1981 with five themed areas: International Street, Medieval Faire, Grande World Expo 1890, The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera and Frontier Canada.

The latter section would be representative of the rugged Yukon backcountry during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s. Guests would be treated to adventure in the wilderness, and have a chance to experience and learn about life for prospectors, miners, lumberjacks, and Indigenous people who were part of the great gold rush boom along the Yukon River’s headwaters.

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Above and below, some of the original concept artwork for Frontier Canada attractions and venues, drawn prior to 1981. Mighty Canadian Minebuster's sign ultimately did get created.

The late Pierre Berton, Canadian journalist, historian and nearby Kleinberg resident, was brought on as a consultant to provide historically accurate ideas for the new area. As part of his research he travelled to Silver Dollar City in Missouri to examine their 1880s-themed amusement park. He also drew on his extensive knowledge of the Klondike Gold Rush, having been born in the Yukon and growing up in Dawson City, where his father had moved during the 1898 stampede. He also authored several books on the subject including Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899.

Some of the attractions he proposed included The Chilkoot Tramway and Slide, a Steamboat Ride, The Search for John Franklin: An Arctic Experience and a hands-on Gold Panning Experience, among others.


At some point in the ensuing months, Taft Broadcasting made the decision to postpone the construction of Frontier Canada until the year after opening, in 1982. Instead, the fifth themed area would be International Festival.

The decision to postpone was explained by Mike Filey, Canada’s Wonderland publicist, in The Topic newspaper in July 1980: “Basically we had a choice. We could have forced it and had a watered-down Canadian section in the park, or we could wait and do the job right. We decided that the latter was the best route.”

As was further explained in the Amusement Park Journal in 1981, “First, any new park had to add attractions (in subsequent years) to have the visitors return. Second, it was important that the theme areas that were going to open be done well. If everything had been built at once, quality would have suffered.”

However, 1982 came and went and Frontier Canada was shelved indefinitely, presumably due to financial constraints.

Skip ahead to more recent years under Cedar Fair’s ownership, and you can see Canada’s Wonderland has been busy getting back to its roots. Canadian-themed attractions have been added, such as Lumberjack, Flying Canoes, Soaring Timbers, Muskoka Plunge and even the kiddie area in Splash Works, Lakeside Lagoon. Frontier Canada will now be home to many of these attractions, plus classics Mighty Canadian Minebuster, White Water Canyon, Timberwolf Falls, Vortex and the brand-new Yukon Striker dive coaster.

As to what else is in store for Frontier Canada, well, everyone will just have to wait and see!

Canada’s Wonderland staff are excited to finally bring life to Frontier Canada, after its conception so long ago. It’s created a sense of renewed pride in what we do, to infuse a bit of our Canadian identity and history into our amusement park.

We hope our guests enjoy!

Grace Peacock
Director, Communications

This is really exciting to see a whole new themed area going into the park especially one that honors the parks original vision!
Just caught the tail end of this on the Science Channel.

It showcases the upclose construction of Yukon Striker from the beginning to its first test run. It’s really interesting to see a huge B&M put together.

You can watch it online here:

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