ABC Music Studio owner and instructor Alison Edgar has plenty of musical talent of her own—she has a B.A. in music—but developing it in others is where her real passion lies. After earning a graduate degree in education from McGill University, she served on its faculty for four years while also racking up experience working with younger students. Her career has taken her through stints directing children’s choirs and high-school bands and working as a music specialist at the elementary level, and through it all she’s built up a 20-year resumé of private lessons. Edgar is open to working in any style toward any of the student’s goals, whether it’s to play recorder in a student talent show or to found a platinum-selling recorder band.
It's safe to say Janet Shanahan knows her way around not only horses, but around the world of equestrians. Having worked with the likes of Torchy Millar—the chef D'equipe who led the Canadian team to the 2008 Olympics—Shanahan has traversed the show-jumping circuits of North America for more than 25 years. Since 2008, she's headed up the Kildare Riding School, where she passes on her knowledge to students regardless of age, experience level, or commitment to memorizing Black Beauty. At her school, Kildare offers a variety of lessons for children and adults and also runs events such as open houses and weekly pony rides for parents and tots.
In the perfect world, Aron Delucry would start his day with snowboarding in the morning, followed by an afternoon of wakeboarding and wakesurfing. At Rider Watersports, he and a team of veteran instructors can at least emulate this dream afternoon, towing water-sport enthusiasts across Green Lake behind a Super Air Nautique 210, a boat outfitted with more than 1,000 pounds of water ballast and a GPS. For newbie wakeboarders and wakesurfers, the team also offers introductory sessions, which cover the basics of boat safety, stance, board control, and how to politely ask seagulls to go fetch your sunglasses.
Named after an arm of the Pitt River, Fox’s Reach Pub & Grill nourishes a neighbourly atmosphere, serving a menu of gastropub fare and pouring 10 draft beers in entertainment-drenched confines. Mains include the al forno ribs, a half-rack of baby backs glazed in Rickard’s Red barbecue sauce served with cornbread that doubles as an edible napkin ($10.49). The WTF (which stands for "what the Fox!?") double cheeseburger stacks bacon, ham, onions, mushrooms, a fried egg, an onion ring, and house sauce into an edible Jenga tower ($13.99). For plant-based flavour titillation, the greek pizza piles mediterranean veggies, feta, and garlic olive oil atop a hand-tossed thin crust ($11.99). Beer-battered cod bites ($7.49) pair well with a draft pour from the seasonal drink menu, boasting recent cameos by Okanagan Spring pale ale, Sleeman honey brown, and Queen Elizabeth's hard iced tea.
At Heather Hills Farm and Golf Course, soaring shots pepper the fairways of nine distinct holes. Clusters of towering trees lend themselves as the course's natural framework, and water hazards and sand traps lie in wait at various points prepared to entice misguided balls. Players tee off behind three different tee boxes as the course unveils its smaller-scale design, including a 185-yard sixth hole, which represents the course's longest shot and tastiest green fringe. The facility's sprawling greens serve as a backdrop to Heather Hills Farm, where agricultural sustainability and philanthropic efforts join forces to help improve surrounding communities. Course at a Glance