Ex Nihilo Vineyards bottles distinctive whites and reds on a 10-acre slope overlooking Lake Okanagan. Wine tasters assume their positions for a flight of four wines within Ex Nihilo's Mediterranean-fashioned tasting room, designed by vineyard cofounder Jeff Harder. Both connoisseurs and newcomers to the grape game can tease taste buds with the ripe complexity of Night, Ex Nihilo's ultrapremium bordeaux, or can get to know the merlot, which, unlike a bust of Mussolini carved from ham, is fruity and approachable. Seasoned sippers may regard Night's oaky aroma as a striking counterpoint to the tropical scents of the pinot gris and may relish the balance of the riesling, which was rated Best Local White Wine - Central by Okanagan Life readers.
Mission Yoga’s friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified and know how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than when they entered the peaceful studio. With 50- to 90-minute classes scheduled Monday through Saturday, pliable plebes and elastic experts alike can find the time and session suited to them. For students new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Yoga stretches muscles, relieving stiffness and pain; it also increases flexibility and strength (deep core muscles support each pose), which will improve range of motion, balance, and posture, all vital to moving up in the corporate world, seeing over the steering wheel, and slicing your morning bagel.
Diving Dynamics primes aquatic explorers for underwater adventures with an in-depth introductory diving course taught by experienced instructors. The 60-minute session—known as the Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) course—orients participants with a comprehensive tour of the facilities that covers essential scuba equipment that students can touch and tango with. Once geared up in provided equipment, pupils dip into a custom-built pool to practice breathing underwater and sea-friendly manoeuvres for 30 minutes. The introduction also enlightens interested parties by explaining the best practices for transforming a scuba hobby into a vocation. A hot-dog cookout further bolsters the discovery course and serves as bonding time for participants and teachers. Diving Dynamics requires participants to bring their own bathing suits.
WildPlay Element Park elicits screams of terror and laughter from people of all ages while they perform primal and adrenaline adventures alongside the Okanagan hillside and Mission Creek Canyon. The signature Monkido Aerial Adventure (as in "monkey-see, monkey-do") sends harnessed guests climbing through four series of swaying plank bridges, zip lines, tree ladders, hanging nets, and Tarzan swings suspended 6' to 60' off the ground, as well as exclusive PAWD games. WildPlay's DragonFLY Zip Lines offers a guided view of the Okanagan hillside, grassland plateaus, and cliff edges, from ten lines connected by suspended platforms. Perhaps the Park's most fast-and-furious challenge is the new Primal Swing, on which guests soar at high speeds through a 100'-plus drop and a wide pendulum arc with breathtaking panoramic views.
Every night at Lake City Bowl, balls pirouette down the lanes until 1 a.m., dancing to the centre's state-of-the-art sound system and cosmic lights starting at 7 p.m. daily. During the daylight hours, bumpers let pint-sized bowlers bombard the pins with accuracy, exacting revenge as if they were a schoolyard bully or a trash-talking civics teacher. Between frames, four regulation-size pool tables transpose spherical competition to the felt, and an arcade puts gamers behind the wheels and paddles of driving simulators and air-hockey tables. Chefs dish out a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers at the snack stand, and live bands every Thursday night—and live DJs every weekend—crank out fresh tunes to overshadow the mechanics' drum solos from behind the pinsetters.