Salmon and trout have a hard time hiding from Big Game Fishing Charters' 22-foot boat, even if they put on their best fake moustaches. In addition to rods and bait, the vessel brings along GPS systems and tracking gear from companies such as Fish Hawk. However, the most sophisticated fish finder stands at the boat's controls: expert angler Adrian Chapman. A member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Mr. Chapman has helped countless passengers pull fish from Lake Ontario since he started his company in 1999. He supplies everything needed for successful charters, including bait, equipment, and a second pair of hands to snap photographs once passengers reel in a prized catch.
Providing year-round play for sharpshooters of all experience levels, Next Paintball’s sprawling indoor paintball centre facilitates hours of temperature-controlled trigger pulling. Armed with 100 paintballs and swaddled in protective rental gear, pairs of pigment snipers bob and weave across obstacle-dappled interior turf as they gild opponents and clingy invisible friends in hails of chromatic pellets. Players of tactical paintball hone their sneaking and creeping prowess Wednesdays through Saturdays as they skulk around large houses set up on the field beneath dimmed lighting. Games of competition-style speed ball on Mondays and Tuesdays foster rapid-fire ammunition expulsion wherein intrepid warriors have nowhere to hide but behind small bunkers and inflatable older brothers. To formulate concrete battle strategies, paint slingers can also commune atop a viewing deck that overlooks the entire playing field.
Studio owner Zahra aims to help empower the women she works with, whether she’s helming her annual makeup drive for a local women’s shelter or while teaching the sinuous art of belly dance at her studio. Since 2001, her Zahra’s School of Dance has helped women celebrate their bodies, with special workshops led by international belly dance icons in addition to her regularly scheduled classes and workshops. In all classes, instructors teach graceful moves that centre on the lower body and focus on the waist and hips. Higher-level courses incorporate props such as veils and tambourines, eschewing the most basic belly-dancing prop, a T-shirt with six-pack abs drawn on it. Specialty classes, meanwhile, may combine belly dancing with classical Indian dancing or package routines into age-appropriate versions for kids.
Walking the plank is one of the scariest things you can do as a buccaneer, but not at Mega Fun 4 Kids. On its pirate-ship play structure, the plank is a slide kids can zoom down while their fellow playmates pretend to steer the vessel. Elsewhere in the 2,800-square-foot indoor playground, youngsters aged 8 and younger cook meals in the play kitchen, play dress-up in the costume corner, and ride a mini rollercoaster. Along with daily playtime, Mega Fun 4 Kids hosts frequent events, including family nights with movies and pizza and visits from kids’ celebrated characters such as Tigger and the third guy who voiced Piglet. For birthdays, staff party consultants plan soirees that delight kids with private time on the playground and can include extras such as jumping castles or screening of a favourite movie.
Algonquin Provincial Park is Canada's oldest provincial park and Ontario's second largest—at more than 7,500 square kilometers, it's larger than Delaware. That means you can hike the interior for days without seeing a wilderness TV crew. One of the most popular ways to navigate is by portaging, or carrying, a light canoe from one lake to the next. The landscape is speckled with hundreds of ponds formed by retreating glaciers. There's plenty of activity beneath the water as well: with a rod and a license, you can fish for pike, yellow perch, and trout to roast up for dinner.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
P.O.W.E.R. Lesson’s founder and CPGA-certified pro Dave Hartmann follows the tenets of the Power Lesson golf-training regimen to help bolster the performance of his students. A veritable Johnny Appleseed of golf, the seasoned ace travels to various sites across the greater Toronto area, spreading golf wisdom and planting divot tools that soon blossom into argyle socks. The 60-minute Power Lesson serves as the basic unit of Dave’s teaching endeavours. He focuses on one element of his pupils’ game with video analysis, and sends them home with a video that summarizes the lesson and offers tips that players can use for future reference or play on a nonstop loop whenever their 9-iron needs to be lulled to sleep.