Thunder Rapids Fun Park is a family run amusement park in Headingley, Manitoba.
Roy and Verna McGuckin, along with their four year old daughter Amber and two year old son Tyler, made their dream a reality in 1997 when they opened for business with a go kart track. A few years later their youngest daughter Colleen was born and joined the “family business.”
This year they are celebrating the park’s 20th anniversary!
Roy McGuckin with his daughter Amber and son Tyler working to build the main track at Thunder Rapids in 1997. Roy’s dad Malcolm was always eager to see the progress.
The Thunder Rapids main track after it was constructed in 1997 with the concession building construction in the background.
After the track was ready for racers, Verna and Roy used their landscaping background to craft and create the beautiful 18-hole mini golf course that’s complete with challenging holes including an island and a waterfall.
The mini golf course rose up from the flat prairie earth. It took two years to complete construction for the course in 1998 and 1999.
A real family business! Amber sleeping after a long day helping build the golf course and Tyler playing in the gravel.
The mini golf course when it was completed in 1999.
In 2001 the family made a splash when they added their third main attraction — the Bumper Boats, complete with water guns.
Roy and his son Tyler helping with the construction of the Bumper Boat pool.
A team of people worked together to get the pool ready for Bumper Boats in 2001.
In 2002 the family decided to add a free giant jungle gym to the park.
The Thunder Rapids jungle gym started in pieces before it was put together in 2002.
The family wanted to let other racers get behind the wheel so they added the mini track for the Kiddie and Junior Karts so racers starting at 3 years old could go for a spin in 2006.
Roy and Verna’s third child Colleen who was not too happy to have spun out on the Junior Karts.
Later in 2006 the family opened up their latest attraction, the batting cages.
The construction of the four batting cages in 2006.