Panels of drywall form an intricate labyrinth of walls and rooms inside Xtreme Tactics' 14,000-square-foot airsoft arena. Opposing teams softly tread through the warren, taking cover behind walls and shooting their foes through windows. Their weapons of choice are full-scale replicas of real firearms, whose plastic BBs help sideline adversaries and move teams closer to completing tactical, war-like scenarios. As real as the battles get, not all matches are grounded in reality—in the past, the arena has played host to games based on terrifying fantasies, such as the zombie apocalypse or Keebler elves going on strike. Helmets, masks, and tactical vests protect players during games, and when the final blow has been served, they can restock on guns and equipment from Xtreme Tactics' massive pro-shop.
The entire year is filled with screams at Adrenaline Adventures, where gravity and nerves of steel combine to produce a bounty of thrilling activities. In the summer, a cable-wakeboarding system zips riders along as they’re pulled by an overhead cable system while standing atop wakeboards. Groups can bond as they challenge the ropes course and zipline together, or take to beach-volleyball courts for a few rounds of bumps, sets, and spikes. During the winter, a snow machine fills the slopes of hills dedicated to snow tubing and snowboarding, rather than requiring riders to wait for adequate snowfall or use up their genie wishes for snow.
The staff of Adrenaline Adventures may love extreme activities, but they’re equally dedicated to safety. Sesitec—a German company that specializes in creating cable-wakeboarding systems—designed and installed the system, and Canadian officials certified each of the towers. In addition to yearly inspections from the Office of the Fire Commissioner for Manitoba, the staff works to maintain the system with daily maintenance, weekly tests, and their own annual checkups. The ropes course and zipline equipment are similarly cared for, and the staff regularly grooms the snowboarding and snow-tubing slopes to keep them free of sharp edges and unsafe bumps.
In Vertical Adventures’ 5,000-square-foot climbing gym, visitors scale colourful walls or traverse the bouldering gym, backed by ground support from staffers and automatic belayers. Climbers of all levels can hone their technique by practicing independently with the gym’s rental equipment or through an array of courses for children and adults. Instructors teach belaying, rappelling, and other basics, along with more advanced self-rescue techniques such as always carrying a fold-up helicopter. The gym also hosts birthday parties for groups of six or more, where a dedicated staff member helps guests to familiarize themselves with equipment and optimize their safety.
U-Puttz Black Light Miniature Golf reimagines the prehistoric world, creating a scenario in which dinosaurs were hit with neon fluorescent fairy dust instead of a giant meteor. Visitors perfect putts across its 18 glow-in-the-dark holes passing by dinosaurs, deep-sea dwelling creatures, and craggy volcanoes. Inside glow party rooms, kids celebrate birthdays, snacking on burgers and hot dogs from the on-site eatery and practicing their reflexes on arcade games.