BC Power Sports mixes sightseeing with adrenalin to yield intimate views of hard-to-reach nature spots. Trained in first aid and approved by the Canadian Safety Council, their tour guides escort riders on ATV tours through an array of British Columbia’s verdant landscapes, from the ghosts of Stave Lake’s old cedar forest to Eagle Point, where roughly 2,000 bald eagles regularly swoop into Harrison River to adopt a pet salmon. The shop also outfits guideless adventures with vehicles chosen from their fleet of ATV rentals, which includes four-by-fours such as the 2011 Polaris Sportsman 400 HO or the two-seat 2011 Polaris Ranger. Each of the ATVs requires certification to ride, which visitors can obtain during the six-hour CSC safety course taught by a CSC qualified instructor. In addition to matching riders with four-wheeled friends, the staff also splashes through the path less taken during wakeboarding and wakesurfing tours.
Crowned the Favourite U-Brew Beer & Wine by Chilliwack Times readers in 2010, Divine Wines cultivates an appreciation for wine and cocktails with gourmet homemade elixir kits. Stirrers and shakers enlist RJ Spagnols lounge-liquor caboodles to harvest 15 750-millilitre bottles of cosmopolitans, mojitos, or piña coladas blended with wine instead of hard alcohol in order to suffuse the hybrid with a complex flavour profile and to complement monogrammed cheese-wheel coasters. Divine Wine's potable workshop escorts customers through the fermentation process, which yields a 12 per cent alcohol-saturated nectar primed for stiletto-heeled martini glasses in two to three weeks. Like scented resumé paper, a signature drink reveals much about a person's personality, and whether alchemists prefer the sweet mojito medley of white rum, lime juice, and fresh mint or want to fill their coconuts with piña colada on the rocks, Divine Wine offers a full satisfaction guarantee. Instructors outfit homemade potions with corks, labels and caps, and patrons may tote their own libation vessels or purchase bottles for $1 each.
Born from the mind of Italian racing magnate Claudio Valiante, SIMA International Motorsports Academy creates full-fledged racers with intense hands-on driving experiences in high-speed karts and motorcycles. The multipurpose track—a 3/4-mile technical circuit—boasts CIK-style apex and exit curbing for precision cornering, and can be configured into three different courses. Making use of the track is the karting school, a universal first step in any racer’s journey. The open-wheel karts simulate the speed and force of more mature open-wheel vehicles, and technical aspects of racing such as starts, racing lines, and post-race massages for the vehicles are easier on karts. National competitive racing circuits make stops at the track as well, with different classes of racers and karts vying for notice and championships.
The Clay Cottage’s cozy studio fosters creative expression with color-ready ceramics in the form of dinnerware, pots and jars, pet bowls, and adorable figurines, all waiting to be painted and taken home. Artists first select an item from the porcelain forest that lines the walls, or take a more in-depth dive into the catalog. Then, with studio-provided paints and brushes, they adorn their piece with the colors, designs, and Klingon war cries of their choosing. After about 3—4 days, the piece is fired, glazed, and ready for pickup. Those in search of a more private event can rent the studio for birthday parties, as well as bridal and baby showers.