Vortex (Calaway Park)

Roller coaster in Canada
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Calaway Park
Location Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 51°05′16″N 114°21′33″W / 51.0876848°N 114.3591494°W / 51.0876848; -114.3591494
Status Operating since 1982
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Product Corkscrew
Type Steel
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Drop 21.3 metres
Inversions 2

Vortex is an Arrow Dynamics steel roller coaster located at Calaway Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. When it first opened in 1982, it was named "Turn Of The Century" and was painted an "earth tone" brown to blend in with the surrounding landscape. In 1986, it was renamed "Corkscrew". In the 2004 off-season, the track and supports were painted green, and the coaster train was painted pink. During this time, it was renamed "Vortex" with the new catchphrase "Fun From The Bottom Of Your Stomach". This update debuted when the park opened for the 2005 season. The update was for Alberta's centennial.

In the 2019 off-season, Vortex was repainted by Baynum Painting to a green and purple color scheme. The coaster train remains the same pink color.[1]

Vortex, unlike most roller coasters similar in size, sends riders around for two laps rather than one to accommodate for the short track length.



Color scheme

Purple supports with green track.


6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.



  1. "The Vortex". Baynum Painting Inc. Retrieved 30 January 2021.

External links

  • Vortex on the Roller Coaster DataBase.