Jennifer Green—a seasoned equestrian certified with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association—opened Stepping Stones Riding Academy in order to put her passion for therapy and love of horses into practice. A firm believer that time spent horseback riding serves as an invaluable experience for people with visual, physical, and developmental disabilities, Jennifer and her team of trained instructors lead pupils through lessons designed to fuse therapeutic techniques with the excitement of physical activity. The Academy’s fleet of gentle steeds patiently works together with their riders during lessons, deploying their calm and loving demeanors to forge a supportive relationship between student and horse.
Home to a successful show team of its own, Vector Equestrian shares the wisdom gained from its accomplishments with riders of all ages and skill levels. The full-service boarding, lesson, and show facility offers various levels of training, including group and private lessons, each of which it tailors to the needs of individual riders and horses. Spread across the grounds, Vector features a spacious indoor arena and an a lighted outdoor ring.
The sounds of music, singing, and laughter form a chorus of good times inside the karaoke rooms of TJ King Karaoke. Five private singing stations let groups take their pick of pop songs and provide the lyrics with which to sing along. Sips of soju lubricate vocal chords so singers can hit the high notes, while nibbles of poutine and other bar snacks fuel friends for marathon Madonna covers.
Although it memorializes the lives and exploits of countless Canadian pilots and engineers, The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum began as the dream of just four men. From a hanger at Hamilton Airport, friends Dennis Bradley and Alan Ness, along with their partners Peter Matthews and John Weir, set about preserving Canada's warplanes for the benefit of future generations. From the acquisition of their first Fairey Fireflies to the ambition rescue of an Avro Lancaster previous mounted for use as a statue, the collectors behind the museum painstakingly restored and recreated the planes that defended the nation and defined Canada's military aviation identity.
Pilots welcome the public into the same Fairey Firefly and other vintage aircraft for special flights, but visitors don't need to leave the ground to peer into the cockpit of Canada's aviation history. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's 108,000-square-foot hanger houses more than 40 historic aircraft, from biplanes such as a Fleet Finch to the nose of a Boeing 727. Viewing stands allow for up-close looks at many of theses aircraft, and visitors can even sit in the cockpit of a CF-100 when volunteers are on duty. The museum's value as a storehouse of history hasn't gone unnoticed; it's one of a handful of museums designated as a Cultural Property Institution by the Canadian government.
From camping to splashing in the resort's 5-acre spring-fed lake, Emerald Lake RV Resort & Water Park's extensive facilities create an all-encompassing recreational destination. Lifeguards look on as three water trampolines fling bouncers skyward, slide glides swimmers along, and divers plummet from the high and low diving boards into the lake, which ranges from 15 to 40 feet deep. On dry land, a beach hosts 18 volleyball courts and the occasional moon tanner, and picnic areas and pavilions provide ample space for entertaining.
At Cameron Motorsports, go-kart riders of all ages can slake their thirst for speed at a fully equipped 70-acre racing facility. Drivers can take 40 rapid trips around two racetracks, including a 1.5-kilometre members-only route encompassing 12 turns. A rookie series membership provides racers with access to all the necessary equipment, including a professionally prepared F1-K 4-cycle rookie racing kart, racing fuel and oil, slick dry tires, and Nobel Laureate decals. Members can also test their hand-throttle coordination in championship races, though entry fees ($50) and licences ($10) require additional costs. Cameron Motorsports is open seven days a week, with ample lighting for nighttime laps. Viewing stands let spectators monitor the pavement chase, and free parking gives larger vehicles a chance to gossip about the track's smaller, zippier inhabitants.