Sundance Balloons' vibrant hot-air balloons float adventurous passengers over scenic landscapes. Each one-hour journey commences as sojourners greet their flight crew at a pre-determined location, receive a briefing on what to expect during the excursion, and observe their balloon as it swells to more than 10 stories in height.
The woven gondolas glide 1,000 feet above the ground but can sometimes gently skim treetops or cornfields when wandering over the countryside. Since balloons drift with prevailing winds, there is no wind chill and travellers feel only a slight sensation of movement. As is tradition for ballooning, explorers of the appropriate age end their flight with a champagne toast to tranquility, beauty, and neighbourhoods that appear as giant smiley faces only visible from the air.
At Rainbow Cinemas & Magic Lantern Theatres, darkened auditoriums with flickering screens draw audiences into magical worlds where fish can talk, motorcycles leap canyons, and love comes even for those who eat crackers in bed. The auditoriums show recent blockbusters at 16 multiplex theatres that spread across Canada, each of which retains its own unique personality and honours any historic roots. In Edmonton, the Princess Theatre?s original 1915 auditorium, complete with balcony, golden drapes, and red walls, accommodates moviegoers with babies or pet hyenas inside a soundproof cry room. In Saskatchewan, the circa-1930 Roxy Theatre preserves the ambience of a Spanish courtyard. As guests find their auditorium at the Rainbow Cinemas Ontario locations, they can admire giant murals by local artist Fred Harrison.
In the 1960s, a Ford motor rumbled as it cranked a towrope?and several skiers?up a snow-frosted hill. This slope, located just south of the Wapiti River bridge, marked the beginning of Nitehawk Recreation Area. By 1972, the operation relocated to its current lot south of Grande Prairie, exchanging the towrope for a triple chair lift and a full-service chalet at the top of its groomed runs, which range from bunny hills to black diamonds.
With each passing year, the landscape has matured. Winter recreation opportunities have broadened, thanks to the introduction of terrain parks, a snow school, and an advanced snowmaking system that disperses faux flakes when the sky is broken. In sync with seasonal shifts, the park also plays host to warm-weather attractions: a camping area, a bike park, a freestyle water ramp, and a beautiful backdrop for wedding ceremonies.
The internationally certified black belt instructors at Tien Lung Taekwon-Do Club help students build self-confidence and physical fitness with self-defence programs and seminars. With numerous staff members serving on the Canadian National Team, Tien Lung prepares students for tournaments or instructor certification with competitive and leadership programs. Parent-and-tot classes start tots 2?3 years old on a path to physical fitness, and after-school programs provide a martial-arts alternative to daycare or dropping little ones off at the nearest backyard wrestling match.