Many daughters inherit looks or personality from their mothers; Jennifer inherited 25 siberian huskies. Since receiving a government small-business loan on her 20th birthday, the young entrepreneur has channelled her passion for her pups and sledding into MUSHERS Dog-Sled Tours. Made up primarily of siberian huskies, Jennifer’s teams whisk visitors away on handcrafted freight sleds during treks across more than 80 acres of woodland trails.
After a brief tutorial, visitors can hop onto preharnessed teams for short jaunts or learn how to harness and hook up their own teams. Excursions cross a variety of terrain, from nighttime trails lit by tiki torches to challenging trips that cross barren ponds, frozen rivers, and shark-infested puddles. Those seeking more of a physical challenge can take an overnight camping trip with the dogs, and school groups can enroll in three-day programs that combine hands-on activities such as dog sledding and snowshoe hikes. Once their trips come to an end, visitors can reward the dogs with a tasty treat and bowl of water, or meet one of the pups MUSHERS’ currently has up for adoption.
Don't worry?it's not the end of the world. Though the field is littered with crumbling structures and stacks of littered tires, this is only a simulation. At Dodge This Paintball, masked players traverse the grassy fields, ducking behind eroded buildings and other obstacles in an effort to best their opponents. The fields operate by reservation only during the week, and on the weekends welcome walk-on players. Special game events pit players against one another in apocalypse-themed games or capture-the-flag style matches. All the while, the staff keeps close watch to ensure safety and that no one is settling standoffs with quickdraw contests by seeing who can blast Van Gogh's Sunflowers against the side of a barn fastest.
At The Practice Tee Driving Range, players sidle up to one of 32 separate hitting stations, unsheathe their golfing sticks, and proceed bash their unsuspecting golf balls skyward. After straightening out a slice, perfecting a 1-iron stinger, or adding a front handspring into a preshot routine, they often proceed to the short game practice area to brush up on putting touch and calibrate lobs in the 30-yard chipping zone. And because practice should prepare one for all manner of unexpected occurrences, from plugged golf balls to miniaturized Dutch windmills, intrepid players and their kids can also play a round of putt-putt on the miniature golf course that resides on-site.
Reading, writing, and mathematics don't come easily for everyone. At Canadian Learning Centre, dedicated staff members harness their own expertise to connect with adults and kids and guide them toward mastering their areas of difficulty. A phonics-based curriculum familiarizes students with vowels and consonants and helps them easily distinguish between silent letters and the ones that shout out loud. In writing sessions, pupils learn to apply grammatical rules and proper punctuation as they write stylish paragraphs. During mathematics sessions, students cover the basics, including addition and measurements, as well as more advanced skills such as calculus, geometry, and trigonometry.
Housed in The Bell Mansion, former home to lumber baron William J. Bell, the gallery exhibits contemporary works of art embodying local history. Two exhibits—Hadyn Butler Enlightened Portraits, and Seduced by Clay—run through February 27 and put a modern spin on the traditional mediums of stained glass and pottery. Hadyn Butler brings the oft-lofty subject matter of stained glass down to earth with his portraits of common people, and Seduced by Clay showcases a variety of pottery, such as a man-eating stiletto teapot.
Theatre Cambrian, which has been producing spirited community theatre since 1985, most recently shines its footlights on the lively stage adaptation of beloved MGM musical Singin’ in the Rain, transforming drab winter nights into hummable evenings out. This tinsel-town classic tells a love story set amid Old Hollywood's tumultuous transition to talkies. Don Lockwood is a silent-star playboy until he meets ingénue Kathy Selden, a struggling singer looking for a break. Trouble comes in the form of blonde bombshell Lina Lamont, who must learn to properly speak for the new sound films before it's revealed that she traded voices with an enchanted screech owl for a cask of bootleg whiskey. Witty songs, romantic dances, silly pratfalls, and a pair of extremely wet feet are the only solution to this Gordian knot.