Things To Do in British Columbia

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

One Month of Tae Kwon Do Classes, or One or Three Months of Kickboxing Classes at Kees Tae Kwon Do(Up to 65% Off)

Kees Tae Kwon Do

Multiple Locations

C$169 C$59

Instructors teach the basic principles and techniques of tae kwon do or kickboxing during classes for all age levels

Bike or Paddleboard Rentals from Scenic Rentals (Up to 56% Off). Five Options Available.

Scenic Rentals

Victoria

C$28 C$14

Hop on a bicycle and cruise the streets and trails around Victoria or opt for the standup paddleboards and head out on the water

Four Oil, Drawing, Acrylic, or Watercolour Class for Teens and Adults at Rusart Fine Arts Co (50% Off)

Rusart Fine Arts Co

South Burnaby

C$160 C$80

Professional instructors teach students how to draw or how to paint using oil, acrylics or watercolours during two-hour classes

Paintball with Rental Gear for Two, Four, or Eight at Delta Force Paintball (Up to 69% Off)

Delta Force Paintball

Tsawwassen

C$109.96 C$39

Paintball teams trade shots as they play role of special-forces team defending the city or treasure hunters in a zombie-infested graveyard

5 or 10 Drop-in Fitness Classes at True Conditioning (Up to 65% Off)

True Conditioning

Steveston

C$75 C$29

TRX Suspension Training, Rip Training, High Interval Circuits and Strength and Conditioning workouts along with recovery focused yoga

Two or Four Tickets to The Baby & Tot Show 2014 on October 18 or 19 at The Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre (50% Off)

The Baby & Tot Show

The Tradex - Trade & Exhibition Centre

C$24 C$12

Multiple seminars and vendors show new parents and parents-to-be the ropes with advice, expert tips, and baby-centric products

5, 10, or 20 Yoga Classes at The Hot Box Yoga (Up to 65% Off)

The Hot Box Yoga - Kelowna & Vancouver

Kelowna

C$70 C$29

Classes held in a studio heated by far-infrared radiant technology work to detoxify bodies, leaving students feeling healthy and calm

C$49 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness (C$132 Value)

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

Maillardville

C$132 C$49

Far-infrared hot yoga aims to tone lean muscle and reduce cellulite, and boot camp classes use interval training to burn calories

Private-Pilot Package, One Flight Lesson, or an Online Pilot Class from Canadian Flight Centre (Up to 53% Off)

Canadian Flight Centre

Delta

C$570 C$269

Accredited instructors teach ground school before swooping into the sky for 30-minute first flights in Cessna and Piper aircraft

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Inner Power Wellness Studio (Up to 72% Off)

Inner Power Wellness Studio

Aldergrove

C$150 C$49

Yoga classes available for all skill levels help students balance their minds and bodies with styles ranging from strengthening to relaxing

C$59 for Introductory Belay Course and One-Month Membership at Romper Room (C$149 Value)

Romper Room

Nanaimo

C$149 C$59

2.5-hour course introduces climbers to knots, basic climbing techniques, safety, and belay skills

5, 10, or 1 Month of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes at Justins Limitless Health & Fitness (Up to 64% Off)

Justins Limitless Health & Fitness

Bonson Park

C$60 C$25

Trainer leads challenging boot camp sessions designed to scale up or down depending on skill level

Up to 61% Off Sturgeon or Salmon Fishing Trip for Two or Trip for Four from Great River Fishing Adventures 

Great River Fishing Adventures

Chilliwack Proper Village West

C$500 C$199

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Company noted for its record fish guides guests in catching and releasing sturgeon while top anglers discuss conservation efforts

Zipline Tour for 2, or Package with Accommodations and Optional Archery at The Wilderness Way (Up to 50% Off)

The Wilderness Way

Ashcroft

C$178 C$89

Sail through the air on ziplines totaling 2 km; after ziplining or learning archery, guests can stay in furnished tepees, tents, or cabins

C$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport (C$300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

C$300 C$20

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

9 Holes of Pitch-and-Putt Golf for 2 or 4, or 10-Bucket Flex Pass at Doc's Golf Centre (Up to 50% Off)

Doc's Golf Centre

Penticton

C$48 C$24

Golfers can hone in short games at nine-hole pitch-and-putt course, where there’s a CPGA professional teaching lessons and a practice range

One Month of Yoga Classes, 10 Classes, or a Five-Session Workshop at Nataraja Wellness Centre (77% Off)

Nataraja Wellness Centre

New Westminster

C$150 C$35

A yoga instructor leads encouraging classes on Hatha and dance yoga; a yoga workshop covers Ayurvedic principles and diet

Haunted House Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Monstars and Beasts Haunted House (Up to 58% Off)

MAB Ventures

MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery

C$20 C$10

This family-friendly haunted house also offers photo booths, costume contests, and pumpkins for sale

5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Vernon Yoga (Up to 61% Off)

Vernon Yoga

Vernon

C$50 C$29

Attentive teachers impart ancient poses, stretches, and deep-breathing exercises during all-level classes at Vernon Yoga's studio

9-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Including Power Carts at Skaha Meadows Golf Course (Up to 43% Off)

Skaha Meadows Golf Course

Penticton

C$78 C$49

2,435-yard, par-35 course features sweeping, scenic views between South Okanagan wine country and two lakes

Beginner Horseback Trail Ride for Two or Four from Hylee Training (Up to 55% Off)

Hylee Training

Mission

C$120 C$59

Beginner riders explore the ranch's 5-acre property and encounter man-made obstacles during a one-hour trail ride led by experienced guides

C$119 for Two Months of Kids Martial Arts Classes and a Uniform at West Coast Martial Arts (C$308 Value)

West Coast Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

C$308 C$119

Kids' classes focus on Brazilian jiu-jitsu basics interspersed with lessons in self-discipline and self-esteem

Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes at House of Kenpo Karate (Up to 51% Off)

House of Kenpo Karate

Comox

C$50 C$25

A trio of black-belted instructors teach students the basics of self-defense oriented kickboxing

Vineyard Tour and Introduction to West Coast Wines for Two, Four, or Six at Salt Spring Vineyards (Up to 59% Off)

Salt Spring Vineyards

Salt Spring Island

C$30 C$15

Attendees tour vineyards of sustainably grown grapes, learn about coastal winemaking, and sample wines at optional tasting

10 Boot-Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Pro Fit Boot Camp (Up to 75% Off)

Pro Fit Boot Camp

Port Moody

C$159 C$39

Instructors push students of all fitness levels during indoor boot camps that incorporate strength, cardio, and power-yoga techniques

C$325 for C$650 Worth of Services at Golden Ears Paintball

Golden Ears Paintball

Pitt Meadows

C$650 C$325

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

90-Minute Introduction to Fused Glass Jewelry Class for One, Two, or Four (Up to 51% Off)

Danielle's Glass Fusing and Contemporary Ceramics Studio

Langford

C$79 C$39

All-inclusive studio session with everything needed to create and fire up four glass pendants

Birds of Prey Conservation-Centre Visit for Two or Family of Four at The Raptors (Half Off)

The Raptors

Duncan

C$40 C$20

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Hawks, falcons, and owls wheel overhead during raptor-flight demonstrations at raptor centre

C$149 for a Valley Glider Flight with a Personal HD Video from Vancouver Island Soaring Centre (C$245 Value)

Vancouver Island Soaring Centre

Port Alberni

C$245 C$149

Gliders are towed to 4,000 feet before being set loose over Alberni Valley's mountains, lakes, and farmland

Steve Harvey Live at Vancouver Convention Centre on Friday, September 26 (Up to 37% Off)

Steve Harvey Live

Vancouver Convention Centre

$152.77 $97

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Veteran entertainer and comedian shares love and relationship advice from his bestselling book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man"

Discover Scuba Diving Course for One or Two or C$99 for C$250 Worth of Any Courses at Ocean Pro Divers

Ocean Pro Divers

South Surrey

C$60 C$29

PADI professional leads introductory scuba course to teach students basic diving skills, including how to use equipment in shallow waters

Nine-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four at Royal Oak Golf Club (Up to 55% Off)

Royal Oak Golf Club

Victoria

C$44 C$22

Nine-hole, 1,915 yd. course boasts five par 4 & four par 3 holes lined with towering oaks & water hazards that come into play on five holes

8, 12, or 24 Dance Classes at World Dance Co. (Up to 69% Off)

World Dance Co.

Multiple Locations

C$96 C$35

Three-time world champion Diego Sanchez and other talented instructors guide students through salsa, tango, swing, and mambo dance classes

Exclusive Group Go-Kart Racing for up to 12 with 15-Minutes of Track Time at Indoor Kart Racing @ TBC (44% Off)

Indoor Kart Racing at TBC

East Richmond

C$250 C$139

Groups take the wheel of SODI RT8 go-karts & speed around the 1/5-mile track’s 13 turns

One-Month Fitness or Tennis Membership to Great West Fitness and Tennis Club (Up to 53% Off)

Great West Fitness and Tennis Club

Abbotsford

C$40 C$19

Fitness membership includes access to Zumba, yoga, boot camps, cycle, and infrared saunas; tennis membership includes access to fitness area

Entry for Two or Four to Hopscotch Festival Kelowna on September 26 or 27 (Up to 52% Off)

Hopscotch Festival

Central City

C$50 C$28

At the sixth-annual craft beer and spirit festival in Kelowna, visitors can sip samples of 150+ premium pours in a jovial astmosphere

Martial Arts Class Packages for Kids or Adults at Coquitlam Martial Arts (Up to 82% Off). Six Options Available.

Coquitlam Martial Arts

Coquitlam

C$135 C$35

Classes for adults and kids ages three and up cover kickboxing, karate, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, either singly or in MMA sessions

C$39 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga at Shanti Yoga (Up to C$128 Value)

Shanti Yoga

Tsawwassen Shopping Centre

C$128 C$39

Yoga classes ranging from gentle Hatha and yin yoga to power and Shanti sweat for a more rigorous workout

Children's, Beginner, or Intermediate Horseback Riding Lesson at Signature Stables (60% Off)

Signature Stables

Langley

C$50 C$20

Friendly staffers teach students of all ages and experience levels how to ride and groom horses

Nine-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Pull Carts and Range Balls at Eaglequest Nanaimo (Up to 54% Off)

Eaglequest Nanaimo

Nanaimo

C$84.75 C$39

Nine-hole, par 3 course challenges golfers with towering evergreens, water hazards, and tricky greens

C$49 for Unlimited Month of Yoga Classes at Oxygen Hot Yoga & Fitness (C$132 Value)

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

Maple Ridge

C$132 C$49

Infrared heat prompts students to sweat out toxins while they hold yoga poses, whose variations and modifications prevent fitness ruts

Two- or Three-Day Houseboat Rental for Up to 10 from Harrison Houseboat Adventures in Agassiz (Up to 61% Off)

Harrison Houseboat Adventures

Harrison Hot Springs

C$1,200 C$499

59-foot houseboat equipped with four bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms & comforts of home shuttles up to 10 guests around scenic Harrison Lake

Two-Week Gym Trial or One-Month Basic Membership to Sider Strength and Conditioning Ltd. (Up to 67% Off)

Sider Strength and Conditioning Ltd.

Downtown

C$99 C$45

Two-week trial includes gym access plus a fitness assessment and sample plan; basic membership includes three personal training sessions

Nine-Week Progressive Yoga Class for One or Two at Driftwood Dance Academy (Up to 57% Off)

Driftwood Dance Academy

Lions Gate

C$151 C$69

Nine-week program teaches yogic postures and basic skills

$30 for $59 Groupon — Sundance Martial Arts

Sundance Martial Arts

Vernon

$59 $30

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

5 or 10 Belly-Dancing Classes at Boundless Belly Dance (Up to 57% Off)

Boundless Belly Dance

Penticton

C$45 C$22

Instructors run empowering classes in many styles that show students how to express themselves through movement and build confidence

Four Weeks of Pole-Fitness, Zumba, or Booty Camp Classes at Allure Fitness (Up to 64% Off)

Allure Fitness

Mission

C$80 C$29

Supportive instructors lead ladies of all sizes in pole-dancing exercises and techniques that aim to boost strength and confidence

One or Two Months of Martial-Arts Classes at Hong's Hapkido Martial Arts (Up to 72% Off)

Hong's Hapkido Martial Arts

Port Moody

C$135 C$40

Hapkido classes for students aged 4 through adult teach self-confidence and discipline while improving cardiovascular health and fitness

Two- or Four-Hour Guided Kayak Tour for One or Two from A Paddle in the Park Kayaking (50% Off)

A Paddle in the Park Kayaking

Sidney

C$60 C$30

Half-day tour explores intertidal waterways and often encounters seals; novice-level Inner Beauty tour paddles through Tsehum Harbour

C$30 for an 18-Hole Round of Golf at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club (Up to C$59 Value)

Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

Cobble Hill

C$59 C$30

Perched 25 minutes from Victoria outskirts and surrounded by Cowichan wineries, 4-star Golf Digest rated course welcomes a range of golfers.

One-Day Surfboard and Gear Rental for One or Two at Live To Surf (Up to 61% Off)

Live To Surf

Tofino

C$57.75 C$25

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Surfers carve up waves with one-day rental of a surfboard or bodyboard, and stay toasty with brand-name wetsuits, boots, and gloves

Vancouver International Improv Festival Visit for Two on October 7–11 (Up to 44% Off)

Vancouver International Improv Festival

Multiple Locations

C$39.96 C$22.50

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Local, national, and international long-form improv troupes, including Edmonton's Rapid Fire Theatre, fill up to two shows per evening

C$49 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness (63% Off)

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

South Surrey

C$132 C$49

Far infrared hot yoga classes are designed to reshape the body, sweat out toxins, and burn fat

Milk-Paint or Chalk-Paint Class, or Private Workshop at Frosty by Design (Up to 53% Off)

Frosty by Design

Victoria

C$125 C$59

Learn how to upcycle old furniture with chalk style paints, or experiment with several finishes

10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes with Optional Mat and Towel Service at Bikram Yoga Burnaby (Up to 74% Off)

Bikram Yoga Burnaby

Lougheed Town Centre

C$149 C$39

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Inside an ultramodern studio’s heated rooms, seasoned teachers share beginner-friendly poses that centre the mind and strengthen the body

Round of Golf for Two or Four with Push Cart at Mylora Sidaway Golf Club (50% Off)

Mylora Sidaway Golf Club

East Richmond

C$82 C$41

Golfers challenge their short game on this par57 course located minutes from downtown Vancouver

Fitness Classes from Abbotsford Personal Training (Up to 79% Off). Four Options Available.

Abbotsford Personal Training

North Clearbrook

C$179 C$39

Outdoor boot camps combine cardio and strength training, kick-boxing blends drills and martial arts, and Mudder Ready preps people for races

10 or 20 Yoga/Stretching & Flexibility Classes at RAW Fitness Inc. (Up to 51% Off)

RAW Fitness Inc.

Kelowna

C$100 C$55

Expert yogis and flexibility instructors lead up to 30 students through a series of poses that increase flexibility and tone muscles

5, 10, or 20 Group Fitness Classes at Move and Groove Fitness (Up to 56% Off)

Move and Groove Fitness

Multiple Locations

C$60 C$29

Hot hula fitness classes draw on Polynesian dance moves and drum beats, and PiYo blends yoga and Pilates techniques with upbeat music

C$49 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Oxygen Hot Yoga & Fitness (C$132 Value)

Oxygen Hot Yoga & Fitness

Delta

C$132 C$49

Trainers strengthen cores and improve flexibility during yoga classes; infrared heaters boost body heat to summon productive sweats

Bubble Tour, Tasting, and Food Pairing for Two or Four at Backyard Vineyards (Half Off)

Backyard Vineyards

South Langley

C$32 C$16

Tour of the facilities and overview of making sparkling wine; samples paired with a cheese and antipasto plate

Five Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga 360 (71% Off)

Yoga 360

Multiple Locations

C$100 C$29

Certified instructors lead students through yogi Bikram Choudhury’s signature 26 poses, which aim to improve balance and strength

Greens Fees and Range Tokens for Two or Four at Bridal Falls Golf (Up to 51% Off)

Bridal Falls Golf

Rosedale

C$66 C$37

Before rounds, golfers can loosen up at the covered driving range, practice green, and pitching and sand-bunker area

One or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Heart & Soul Fitness (Up to 79% Off)

Heart & Soul Fitness

New Westminster

C$208 C$49

Blast calories in a Cardio and Core or conditioning class or tone up in the Extreme Ripped or Strictly Strength class

C$110 for a Hands-On Introductory Flight Experience from Sea to Sky Air (C$199 Value)

Sea to Sky Air

Squamish

C$199 C$110

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First-time flyers settle into the copilot's seat and experience grabbing the controls during the 30-minute hands-on flight

C$49 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness - Mission (C$132 Value)

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness - Mission

Mission

C$132 C$49

Hot-yoga sessions flow through a series of yogic poses in a heated studio

Fall Harvest Beer- or Wine-Tasting Cruise for One or Two from Accent Cruises (Up to 51% Off)

Accent Cruises

Vancouver

C$89 C$44

Taste seven different wines or beers from cottage brewers on a 2.5-hour cruise through False Creek, English Bay, and the harbor

One-Month or 10-Visit Beginner Rock-Climbing Package for One or Two at Coastal Climbing Centre (Up to 78% Off)

Coastal Climbing Centre

Surrey

C$290 C$73

Learn to tie knots and belay before scaling the gym's 100+ climbing routes and solving its 80–100 bouldering problems

Half-Day Salmon-Fishing Charter for Two or Four from Good Time Dave’s Fishing Charters (Up to 50% Off)

Good Time Dave's Fishing Charters

Victoria

C$280 C$149

Experienced guide leads a half-day salmon-fishing excursion on a 23 ft. Sea Sport vessel, with catches often ranging from 5 to 50 lb.

One or Three Private Pilates Sessions at Cedar Chiropractic & Physiotherapy (Up to 58% Off)

Cedar Chiropractic & Physiotherapy

Burnaby Heights

C$75 C$35

Certified Pilates instructor help clients build strength and flexibility via equipment such as the Reformer, trapeze table, and foam rollers

Four Private Beginner Piano Lessons or Introductory Music Theory Lessons at Cadenza Music (Half Off)

Cadenza Music

Richmond

C$76 C$29

Experienced musicians teach first-time pianists proper arm use and basic scales; music theory pupils explore music's structures and forms

Four-Hour Sturgeon-Fishing Trip for Two or Four from Swiftwater Guiding (62% Off)

Swiftwater Guiding

Lower Sumas Mountain

C$500 C$195

Guided, four-hour trips cruise the Fraser River in heated, covered boats, capturing and releasing sturgeon that weigh up to 1,000 lb.

Four or Eight Private 30-Minute Music Lessons at Kelowna Rock School (51%Off)

Kelowna Rock School

Central City

C$80 C$39

In a one-on-one setting, instructors teach their pupils how to play the guitar, bass, drums, or keyboards; instruments are provided

10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Tola Yoga & Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

Tola Yoga & Fitness

Port Coquitlam

C$130 C$45

Instructors help students strengthen bodies and minds inside a studio with a variety of yoga classes, including Vinyasa flow and Hatha

Four or Nine Custom Small Group Training Sessions and a Personal Assessment (Up to 64% Off)

Cara Thien Personal Training

Delta

C$195 C$75

Instructors lead clients in customized workouts that incorporate weight lifting, cardio exercises, and plyometric training

Any 10 Martial Arts Classes for Kids or Teens and Adults at Infinity Mixed Martial Arts (Up to 74% Off)

Infinity Mixed Martial Arts

Langley

$150 $49

Sample this martial studio's of classes, which includes kid's, teens, and adults Brazilian jiu-jitsu, karate kickboxing, and Muay Thai

Horseback Trail Riding for Two or Four from Equutrails (Up to 44% Off)

Equutrails

Maple Ridge

C$120 C$69

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Ride through crisp, changing foliage or along sparkling bodies of water as a knowledgeable guide directs the journey

Two Games of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Four or Six at Chillibowl Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Chillibowl Lanes

Chilliwack Proper Village West

C$49 C$23

Guests of all ages enjoy five-pin bowling at this 24-alley centre that also offers black-lit disco bowling

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As rock-climber, Andrew Coffey saw a growing interest in bouldering among his fellow climbers and he also noticed a lack of dedicated bouldering gyms in the city? so he decided to build one himself. He teamed up with architects and graphic designers to plot out a floor plan and contracted undulating walls of custom-designed rock that could be climbed without ropes. When he and his team finished laying the soft-mat flooring in the 10,000 square foot space, they'd finally brought The Hive to life. To supervise and lead classes, Andrew has gathered a team of climbers with extensive outdoor experience, including some who also hone their bodies for rock-climbing through gymnastics, dance, judo, and tai chi.

Inside the facility, instructors and visitors traverse overhangs, vertical angled slabs, an archway, and top-ups where they can climb up over the lip without any ropes. The walls reach up to 16 feet throughout most of the gym, with grades ranging from V0- to V10+, remaining closer to the ground and free of avalanches in a dedicated children's area. In one of the central structures, summit-reachers can glide back to earth in a tube slide.

Instructors require new visitors to take a tour and small lesson prior to climbing, and gym staffers change the challenging routes every three weeks to keep climbers from discovering hidden deposits of Skittles. They also teach in-depth techniques during short or long courses lasting up to five weeks and expand instruction to the outdoors during up to two-day programs. When not teaching visitors how to climb without ropes and evade roving packs of mountain bikes, gym staff host climbing competitions, special film screenings and parties for local climbers, where they pit their skills against each other in friendly competition.

520 Industrial Avenue
Vancouver,
BC
CA

In the dining room, the rhythmic pounding of a bodhrán hand drum mingles with the joyful melodies of a tin flute, flooding every inch of the space with an ebullience punctuated by onlookers’ clapping hands and tapping feet. The diners have left the feasts spread across their tables mostly untouched, their attention glued to the band in the midst of their lively song. Such moments aren't a rarity at Donegal's Irish House, but are an almost nightly occurrence at the jovial eatery that brings locals together to make new friends and share in internationally inspired meals.

Champions of fostering an atmosphere of community and friendship, the affable staff goes out of its way to make guests feel welcome, thanks to attentive service and an ever-changing calendar of events that keep inviting guests back. On select evenings, patrons can convene at Donegal's to watch a Canucks game or to see local bands. As guests chat and mingle in the dining room, the kitchen buzzes with chefs concocting Irish standards such as shepherd's pie and international cuisine that includes perogies and sausage, jambalaya, and butter chicken. Donegal's signature dish remains the whopping blarney stone burger, a 7.5-pound charbroiled Canadian beef patty that gets its eater a commemorative T-shirt and a place on the wall of fame if it's eaten within two hours with no help. Unsuccessful competitors, meanwhile, find their snapshot displayed on the wall of shame, under the most personal entry from their dream journals.

12054 96 Ave
Surrey,
BC
CA

As the sun’s rays reach across British Columbia, breakfast is being served, coffee and all, in the middle of Shuswap Lake. Though it's been cooked aboard one of Waterway Houseboat Vacations’ watercrafts, the diners devouring their morning meal still have the overwhelming sense that this is what it feels like to spend quality time in the wild. That combination of coming together as a group while communing with nature is Waterway Houseboat Vacations’ raison d'être and has been since its founding in 1968.

Dedicated to outfitting aquatic sojourners with the most lavish, well-equipped vessels possible, the company's proprietors had their own fleet of houseboats built up in their Sicamous-based boat yard. Each masterpiece of engineering is embellished with luxurious amenities such as hot tubs, fireplaces, and gold-plated shoulder parrots, each of which fight for boater attention with lake-adjacent activities such as swimming, hiking, water-skiing, and fishing. While eager to introduce visitors to the scenic beauty of the Shuswaps, the company simultaneously aims to uphold a dedication to environmental stewardship, preserving their beloved home with initiatives that include stocking boats with biodegradable soap and spearheading a comprehensive recycling program.

113 Weddup Street
Sicamous,
BC
CA

As golfers line up tricky, round-deciding rolls on the green of the signature 17th hole at Olympic View Golf Club, they might have to block out an unusual sound. Just behind the green, water crashes earthward for more than 60 feet over one of the course’s two waterfalls. The dramatic feature generates a roaring din as well as a beautiful backdrop for players as they near the end of their scenic golfing excursions.

Such tranquil scenes are common on the 6,600-yard course framed by the dense forest of south Vancouver Island and the looming profiles of Olympic Mountains peaks. But the calm can be deceptive, as the Bill Robinson–designed layout aims to challenge. Twelve lakes are interspersed throughout the site, and numerous bunkers intimidate golfers with their depth and walls etched with tally marks. This signature mix of beauty and difficulty earned the club a four-star rating from Golf Digest in 2008, as well as a ranking of 10th Best Public Golf Course in British Columbia by Score Golf in 2011.

The GBC Golf Academy at Olympic View Golf Club aims to prepare golfers mentally and physically for playing the most enjoyable golf of their lives. Located on 14 acres, the academy features nine large grass driving areas with target greens as far as 330 yards. In three short-game areas, players practice putts, pitches, and fake surprise at finding the ball in the cup. The amply appointed grounds complement a teaching philosophy that encourages development of a repeatable swing tailored to the individual’s physical capabilities.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,600 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole

643 Latoria Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA

Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of Mixed Martial Arts through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.

3916 Hastings Street
Burnaby,
BC
CA

It's completely dark within the Black Hole, one of Splashdown Park's premier water attractions. The slide twists, turns, and dives through a web of enclosed tubes, and as park visitors slide towards the landing pool, they have no idea what's coming next. Not that increased visibility makes anything less thrilling. At Big Jim's River Run, the sun shines down on a 320-foot simulated river. Its fast, churning whitewater caries tubes and their occupants through a series of rapids, ultimately culminating in a giant splash into the main receiving pool. Nearby, a children's area encompasses six pools and five tamer slides, and a giant hot tub lets adults relax between aquatic attractions or imagine what it's like to be stew.

Nestled behind the 425-foot Oliver Twist and Corkscrew water slides lie some dryer activities. Volleyball and basketball courts bustle with games, and hot dogs cook on gas grills, which are available for rent. Alternatively, the onsite concessions area serves up pizza and burgers.

4775 Nu Lelum Way
Tsawwassen,
BC
CA