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Quebec park to get steampunk makeover

6 Jul 17 A popular amusement park in the Canadian city of Quebec is to be transformed into an entertainment zone inspired by the industrial era.

Les Galeries de la Capitale announced the CA$52m (£32m) construction project to create the new Méga Parc. The existing 30-year-old complex will be fully revamped as part of the transformation.

Construction, slated to begin in September, will extend over a period of 18 months.

The overhaul is designed to deliver a surreal experience straight out of the Industrial Revolution - through the lens of the fantasy world of Steampunk. The idea is that people will travel back in time to the turn of the 19th century in an alternate age where technology has evolved in a completely different way. Steam-powered machines, factories, and steel will be omnipresent in this retro-futuristic industrial environment.

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The new Méga Parc will feature at least 18 attractions, and most of the park’s existing rides and attractions will be replaced. Those that are kept, including the rollercoaster and merry-go-round, will get a facelift in line with the new theme.

“After taking trips to check out amusement parks around the world, we found some attractions for the new Méga Parc that are anything but ordinary,” said Méga Parc manager Jean Pelletier. In addition to the first spokeless Ferris wheel in North America and a freefall ride twice as high as before, Méga Parc will offer the longest indoor skating trail in Canada.

In the middle of the park, there will be a stage for shows and an interactive fountain with water jets and sound and light features. There will be three new rooms set up for children's birthdays, and the recreational space can be rented out for corporate events. 

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