This mini-golf mecca proffers both indoor and outdoor holes for all-season putting pleasure beneath one of the only golf domes from Toronto to Windsor. With winter weather at its worst, golfers can tap their way through boulders and misplaced cacti with pint-sized putters in the climate-controlled dome. When the sun wakes up on the right side of the bed, golfers can enjoy the two outdoor courses that take on ominous obstacles such as a waterfall, two watercourses, a spray, and charismatic shea butter salesmen. Aspiring Sam Sneeds can purchase the dome golf practice option and receive 60 minutes of dome time (normally $23.33 on weekdays, $27.38 on weekends) on one of Max's 36 tee mats. Practice swing, distance, and control while aiming for multiple suspended and floor targets.
From now until March, provincial league play will winnow down the 16 Ontario University Athletics men's basketball teams to a group of four well-oiled basketball machines, one of which will collect the coveted Wilson Cup. Meanwhile, the cameras of The Score TV network will stay trained on the action, tracking teams that have a chance to clinch a berth in the National Championship. Among the possible contenders, the Carleton Ravens hope to reclaim the title for the fourth time in five years, heading toward the playoffs after clinching the Eastern Conference and earning the respect of the curmudgeonly fortune cookie that told them they couldn't. Last year's champions the Lakehead Thunderwolves fight for their position atop the Western conference in the season's closing games while prepping to plow through the playoffs. The old-school wooden bleachers of the University of Waterloo's Physical Activities Complex intensify the heady air of collegiate competition and make it easier for fans to cheer on their favourites by doing the worm.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was founded out of necessity; in 1945, the Grand Philharmonic Choir was preparing a recital and needed tuneful accompaniment for the harmonic voices. Once its backup duty was over, however, the newly convened orchestra quickly established itself as an independent source for both classical and pops concerts performing more than 100 concerts annually in the Waterloo region. Now home to 52 on-staff musicians, the orchestra continues its decades-long tradition at venues around Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and Cambridge. From his position as music director, Edwin Outwater oversees the joyful noise, which ranges from baroque to Beethoven to the Beatles and Broadway. Since assuming the role in 2007, Outwater has been one of the orchestra's most vigorous boosters, arranging the group's first commercial recording in a decade, engineering an exploration of prog rock in collaboration with the Institute for Quantum Computing, and knitting sweaters for each musician's instrument.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $125), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $400), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (around $150 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoe-box photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts.
Though the winter snow has melted, inner tubes continue to zoom down the routes at Chicopee Tube Park—now cruising atop Italian mats, designed for waterless tubing. A host of other outdoor attractions complement the park’s eponymous activity. Two ziplines—an 80-metre line for first timers and a 300-metre line for veteran fliers—let passengers glide above the treetops without having to hitch a ride on a passing pterodactyl. The Eurobungy trampoline also gives guests the gift of flight, granting harness-sporting park-goers the ability to leap up to 25 feet in the air, and the spider-web climbing tower offers stationary bird’s-eye views once climbers have hoisted themselves to its pinnacle. For low-to-the-ground fun, harnessed participants at the horizontal ropes can balance six feet off the ground, getting a taste of tightrope walking without that chalky, acrophobic aftertaste.