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Take a Plunge! (Posted On: Monday, April 03, 2006)

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We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of this amazing new facility in The Village at Blue Mountain…annexed to the Westin Hotel. My children Suzan (11) and Jeffrey (14) were among the first kids in the area to take a Plunge!

The kids fidgeted in anticipation throughout breakfast and really wanted to know at exactly what time they would be allowed into the pool…and from the moment they came out of the change rooms they were in awe…”this is amazing” they said…then they were water bound in a hurry!

The bright high ceiling facility is absolutely beautiful. Plunge is definitely not your average pool. There are lots of places for mom and dad to sit back and relax while your kids are having a blast under the watchful eyes of the many certified lifeguards on duty…as a mom…this makes me feel very relaxed. Better yet…put your suit on and have some fun too. Even better than that…you can relax in one of the hot tubs while your kids play on the waterslides. Take a look at some of the pictures we took and have posted in our photo gallery.

Plunge, the new hot spot is a 10,000 square-foot, indoor/outdoor aquatic center featuring pools, child-friendly water play areas, hot tubs, water slides and lounging decks. They offer a variety of aquatic activities, fun for all ages and abilities for both resort guests and the local community.

What does all of this cost you ask? Very reasonable! Open from 9am to 9pm, 365 days a year, with some activities starting at 8am. Day passes start at $10 per person, non-swimmers only $5 and mid-week passes start at $84 for a single child under 13 (December to March or April to November…that’s four months of swimming fun for only $21 per month…about $1 per day per child). A family of four can spend the day at Plunge for only $42. Do the math…that’s less than it costs to see a movie with popcorn and drinks and you get the benefit of exercise and interactive family fun. Additional features include full towel service, lock & key lockers, men, women and family change rooms and up to 8 lifeguards on duty during maximum capacity.

Even if you only go for a ½ day family pass…at $36 for 6 hours for a family of 4…that factors out at $1.50 per hour per person. Remind me…what does it cost to go on a ride at Wonderland or the CNE? After seeing how much fun my kids had, I don’t think it’s possible to get bored. You could probably read a whole pulp fiction novel sitting in one of the many comfy and colourful Adirondack chairs or chaise lounges before the kids wanted to get out of the pool.

If you’re lucky enough to be a full-time resident of Collingwood, or the Town of the Blue Mountains you are eligible to receive an additional 20% discount. Some minor restrictions apply.

It seems to me that someone at the Blue Mountain Village Association has put a lot of thought and consideration into offering great fun and great value for visitors and residents alike. You can tell that the staff at Plunge are really excited about the facility…they are waiting for you to visit and have fun.

Go for it!!! Take a Plunge. For more information you can contact Kathy Boose, Plunge Recreation Manager at 705.606.0633 or kboose@intrawest.com. Plunge opens to the public on April 14th.

Submitted by: Julie Card

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