West Edmonton Mall's World Waterpark – a five-acre indoor park that has a wave pool that holds 1.23 million litres of water and produces hydraulic-powered waves of up to 4.5 feet in height – began the year-round Sharks Surf Club in 2013 and also teaches those interested in learning to ride waves a sport commonly associated with tropical locales.
“I don't know of any other location in Canada where a program like this exists,” says park spokeswoman Sheri Clegg, adding water temperatures of 29C or 30C mean “wet suits aren't necessary. People enjoy being able to surf here,” she continues. “They are often surprised they can do so and delighted that they can learn the sport and/or hone their skills. In a 1.5-hour session they can catch up to 30 waves.”