What do you get when you combine:
- a dynamic friend duo
- a stunning water location
- an intense communal need for fun
- and the world’s largest unicorn floatie?
A fantastical place of floatie fun, and the story of Splashifax!
The story began in November 2018 when Jonathon first had the idea of how an inflatable water playground could start a wave of fun. Jonathon’s background was in the drier area of real estate and development, but he had also previously built, opened, and operated a trampoline park. And as an avid sailor and water sports enthusiast, Jonathon was no stranger to fun-making in the water.
Speeding ahead to late January 2020, Jonathon was staying in Halifax with his good friend Dave. Jonathon was struck by the beautiful location and community of the Halifax region. When Jonathon suddenly asked Dave if he wanted to start a local waterpark with him, Dave’s response was “Hmm…cool…not no…”. Two weeks later, “not no” became “let’s giv’r!” and Dave’s suggestion that “we need a really awesome feature attraction” gave birth to Splashifax’s iconic giant unicorn and familiar tugboat.
With Dave’s retail and logistics experience, and Jonathon’s development and play park experience, this dynamic duo was ready to make a splash. In an instance of unfortunate timing shared by so many new business-owners world-wide, the deposit for the waterpark was paid on the same day that the first case of COVID-19 was announced in Canada, so the venture was delayed until 2021.
When Splashifax opened in July 2021, Halifax was ready to dive into the much-needed excitement and fun of having its first floating playground and waterpark!