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Feel Good Friday: Virtual Amusement Park
Summer is a busy time for me as I try to fit all of my favourite warm weather activities in to the very short season that is a Canadian summer. Most weekends you can find me at the beach, out for a hike or road tripping to a cottage or quaint lakeside town. It is important for me to take it all in and ensure I make the most of what Ontario has to offer. One of my favorite summer activities is heading to Canada’s Wonderland to become a ride warrior.
When I was a bit younger I used to be able to go on ride after ride all day long. Lately I have begun to realize that all of the spinning, hills and loops make this guy feel a little under the weather. Maybe you are like me and rides don’t really go as well as they used to, or maybe it is too costly or too far to travel to get to your nearest amusement park. If this is the case, you might like point-of-view (POV) roller coaster videos.
POV videos are a quick, easy and inexpensive way to allow you to experience the sights and sounds of the fastest, tallest and most terrifying coasters from around the world. Turn off the lights, put the video on fullscreen and enjoy all the thrillers of your virtual amusement park right from the comfort of your own home!
Leviathan - Canada's Wonderland, Canada
Leviathan is Canada’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. Riders will climb 306 feet only to plummet back down again, reaching speeds of 148 km/h.
Kingda Ka - Six Flags Great Adventure, United States of America
Kingda Ka is the tallest roller coaster in the world and the fastest in North America. It goes from 0 to 206 km/h in 3.5 seconds, and climbs over 45 stories (456 feet).
Formula Rossa - Ferrari World, United Arab Emirates
The Formula Rossa recently took over the top spot (from Kingda Ka) as the fastest roller coaster in the world. Although it only climbs 52 meters in the air, it reaches a speed of 240 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
If being the fastest or tallest isn’t your thing, you can also check out this video of the Top Ten Scariest Roller Coasters in the World, the list does include two that I mentioned above.
The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face, are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing has been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.
Nathan is an energetic and passionate youth advocate who has spent over two decades supporting youth with mental health and wellness. Through his work in public health, youth program development and coaching, Nathan brings a wide range of experiences in supporting youth to achieve their personal goals and to make positive change in their community. When not in the office Nathan spends most of his time taking care of his fur baby, playing volleyball or coaching basketball.
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