During all four seasons, The team at Toronto Adventures smuggle urbanites out of their condos and A-frames and into the area's nearby-yet-faraway outdoor streams, trails, and forests. In winter, the guides lead groups snowshoeing in the Humber Valley and Copeland Forest, and in warmer months, they glide teams over two rivers for kayaking and canoeing adventures. Paddlers cast gentle ripples over waters that harbour salmon and turtles while admiring shores that shelter deer, foxes, and blue heron.
Summer enthusiasts can also bask in the warm weather by sailing on Lake Ontario in keelboats, staring directly into the sun, or standing astride a paddleboard at Sunnyside Beach. For land lovers, guided hikes explore the Humber and Rouge valleys as well as the Bruce Trail. Toronto Adventures also offers adventure bus trips, dogsledding, stand up paddleboarding, hiking, and sailing.
The Busy Genies owner Hanna Guerra is entertaining gleeful guests in her 3,000-square-foot indoor-playground facility in Etobicoke. Hanna, herself a mother of two, heads the bilingual staff who specializes in corralling children. The diverse spectrum of play structures includes long spiral slides that twist from a 32-foot playhouse, an inflatable bounce castle, and large ball pits. As they cavort, kids enjoy children's music from Brazil, France, and Africa. Meanwhile, the playground attendants make sure toys are continuously relocated throughout the day to prevent dangerous obstacles and break up fights between cabbage patch dolls. Further, all equipment is wiped down at day's end using organic cleaners. The Busy Genie's team fosters an upbeat environment, while parents recharge and enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and WiFi.
Since opening in 1978, Artworld Fine Art has expanded along with Toronto's art scene, expanding into a 7,200 square-foot open-concept space that allows paintings and sculpture to be displayed around performance art such as dance, music, and literature readings. Gallery Director Donna Child––who has headed the space since 1995––and her team represent more than 30 local and international artists.
In addition to displaying art, Artworld also helps clients take care of their own, offering restoration, cleaning, appraisals, and custom framing. Not surprisingly, their framing materials are museum quality, including acid-free matting and UV-protective glass that prevents 99% of glare.
Infinite Paintball's 18,200-square-foot indoor field is filled with movable obstructions that the staff reconfigure each week to keep competitors on their toes. The well-lit, family-friendly environment lets paintballers move from field to private room, where dye-splattered revellers over the age of 10 can enjoy pizza and soft drinks before heading back out to sling the rest of their 135-round pod of paintballs. Infinite Paintball's safety-conscious team of enthusiasts referee all competitions as well as staff the on-site pro shop, where shooters can browse extra gear such as chest protectors, coveralls, and canvas tote bags to decorate while in the field.
At National Training Centers, instructors tackle the difficult task of improving athletes' hockey game without any ice. Instead, they train the body to perform better in the rink, with balance yoga classes dedicated to improving leg flexibility and core strength. Instructors help players hone their stride and endurance with skating-technique-based treadmill classes. All of their training focuses on the essential attributes of an ice-rink athlete: core strength, agility, power, speed, and the ability to walk on frozen water.
When you look around Xtreme's 33,000 square feet of space, it's hard to discern what stands out the most. Is it the 40-plus cardio machines? The free weights, sauna, or juice bar? Every gymgoer can find something special under this roof—and there's still more than enough room for Zumba, Mixed Martial Arts, and boot camp classes, too. If that wasn't enough, each class is led by a dynamic instructor and some of the staff even boasts experience in the UFC ring. The facility also opens up at 5:30 a.m. during the week to accommodate regular work schedules and anyone who works out as their day job and child care services are available to members at no additional cost.