Since March of 1989, equestrian instructor Diana Bayer uses the pastureland at HeronCrest Stables to teach the principles of dressage horseback riding. During lessons, owner and manager Diana or her daughter Melissa addresses the needs of all levels of riders, even designing lesson plans to educate young children when they’re most eager to learn and least eager to ask the horses for insider information to use at the racetrack. Should the weather fail to cooperate, horse, rider, and instructor will retire to the large Cover-all Arena, complete with a heated viewing lounge and tack room.
Modelled after the world-renowned Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Le Circuit Quyon Karting is a destination for serious and committed karting fans. Guests pilot high-powered karts over 550-metres of asphalt, chasing the checkered flag in single 8-minute races or longer 15- and 30-minute group sessions. An active participant in the NCKC competitive kart-racing club, Le Circuit Quyon hosts championship series races and outfits their own team of speedsters in Corsa or CRG karts or mostly empty soap boxes.
All 30 of Walkley Bowl five-pin lanes boast computerized scoring and on Monday and Thursday evenings, the alley’s cosmic lighting system kicks in, working in tandem with lively music during rock ‘n’ bowl sessions. Walkley Bowl also keeps the cosmic party rolling on Sunday afternoons, allowing children with early bed times to participate. League bowling is available for children, seniors, and adults. In addition, the alley hosts an on-site pub that keeps its doors open in an effort to draw in of-age patrons with the aroma of specialty beers on tap and glow of hockey games playing on LCD screens.
As the leaves began to slip into their autumnal shades in September of 1988, Ottawa’s artists won a years-long battle to secure their city a municipal art gallery of its very own. Built with the hopes of showcasing the unique energy and voices of the local artistic scene, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) has, in the two decades since its founding, upheld its advocacy and celebration of municipal talent with an ever-changing roster of exhibits. An ongoing lineup of interactive programs and events cultivates a community of art lovers and sparks cultural discussions. Meanwhile, kids' art camps bolster the creativity of local youngsters and the egos of any cryogenically defrosted Monets in attendance. The OAG also houses the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, a compendium of upward of 1,600 homegrown masterpieces from the modern period featuring celebrated artists including Emily Carr, Jack Shadbolt, and Paul-Émile Borduas.
Dedicated to fostering imaginative playtime for children, Midway Family Fun Park?s 50,000-square-foot space bustles with young adventurers with climbing, jumping, and riding on a slew of indoor attractions. Well-trained employees oversee the indoor kiddie train and helm two 25-foot rock-climbing walls to ensure the safety of all scalers; young sprouts can also hone flexibility and balance amid the jungle gym?s ball pit and slides. Outfitted with a number of entertaining and challenging obstacles, the nine-hole black light mini-golf course grants clubbers a chance to show off their putting prowess on scaled-down greens.
Guests also have access to the bustling arcade, which requires tokens for play, or can stop for sustenance such as a speciality pizza at Max's Bistro. Midway Family Fun Park also offers full-service party planning for birthdays and other special events. Staff swoop in to take care of everything from set-up and activities to cake and goodie bags, allowing parents to shoot home movies and stage bloopers for the DVD extras.
Giggles of revelry and the buzz of more than 30 arcade games reverberate throughout the interior of Fun Junction, an indoor center filled with family-friendly attractions. Blacklit sharks and sea serpents glow in the nine-hole mini-golf center, where players take aim at holes illuminated in the black greens. In the laser-tag area, combatants take cover behind neon-outlined walls carved in blackness. Meanwhile, youngsters can safely romp in the padded jungle gym or join families for breaks in the pizzeria.