We took our children on an overnighter at the Canad Inn, because they have the Splashers Park and my kids love to waterslide. The room exceeded our expectation, and the service was good. My kids spent several hours at the waterslide on Saturday, I went into the pool as well. The facility is very nice, with beautiful killer whale murals painted on the walls.
We noticed that the chlorine levels seemed very high. I have a pool at home, so I understand what it takes to maintain correct water chemistry, and if my pool smelled like that I would have added fresh water to dilute the chemicals. In a facility like this one, that sees the kind of traffic they get the water needs to be tested 5 times per day.. we didn't see a single test done in the five hours we were there.
The harsh chemicals in the pool were taking a toll on us even my wife and I who were sitting in deck chairs supervising our kids on the side lines. That night my young son's eyes were so red and swollen he couldn't sleep, we had to put ice on them, he was in much pain. The next day, my kids begged to go on the slide again that morning.. we finally relented. The kids played for about 1 hour, they were in the hot tub, suddenly they both started caughing, choking and crying.. the chlorine was so harsh it hurt their lungs. We were the only ones using the facility at the time, we left an informed the front desk. That was the end of our watersliding, the kids were disappointed.. after we left my wife and I compared notes and agreed that in all of the hours that we spend in the pool area.. we didn't observe a maintenance person checking the water chemistry at all, and despite the harsh chlorine smell the water was cloudy. We could only conclude that they don't put much emphasis on keeping the water levels at safe levels for choliforms or chemicals. As a result we won't be visiting the Splashers park again. The Best Western on Pembina has a salt water pool and slide..
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