Cold winter wind howls across Ontario, but students of The Swim Academy are keeping warm as they glide through the 90-degree waters of the center’s indoor pools. For more than a decade, the academy’s dedicated and skilled swim instructors have guided students of all ages through the crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, conducting classes within pool locations in fitness centers and resorts throughout the local area. The coaches keep class sizes small and offer programs for all levels of experience, from beginners to high-school athletes to advanced triathlon trainees. They even offer a course for infants, during which a certified Pedia Swim instructor leads tadpoles as young as 6 months through basic water skills. Additionally, the Academy offers lifesaving classes, during which experts teach aspiring lifeguards and swim coaches first-aid techniques, such as how to administer CPR to swimmers and water wings.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
As the home of the TSN Classic Bowl Championship, Classic Bowl sees its share of high-stakes bowling. Even during recreational matches, the alley’s shimmering lights reflect the competitive glint in bowlers’ eyes as they stare out at the polished surfaces of 60 lanes that span 70,000 square feet. The echoes of crashing pins resonate throughout this expansive space seven days a week and reach their zenith during cosmic bowling on weekends, when party lights set matches aglow and pins sway to the beats of popular tunes spun by a live DJ. In between games, recharge with food and drinks at a full-service bar or sharpen hand-eye rapport during button-smashing melees in the arcade. Experts at the on-site pro shop equip bowlers with gear, offer helpful advice for improving scores, and feed energy bars to the hamsters that thanklessly propel balls toward their targets.
If you've got the gear and the guts, there's no limit to the experiences the world offers. In Canada alone, a thrill-seeker can explore the unknown depths of a local waterway on a scuba dive, reach new heights with just a carabiner and some rope, get their speed fix on a mountain bike, and experience the raw thrill of giving each star in the night sky a nickname. All of these activities will have a stage at the show: professionals offer scuba demos in a dive tank, a rock wall awaits anyone bold enough to climb it, and the camping showcase spotlights some of the nation's best campgrounds and most reliable gear from top industry brands. Talks led by seasoned experts round out the three-day weekend. Dave and Deb of Planet D talk about their globe-trotting adventures, and Hap Wilson recalls the 60,000 kilometres he's traveled by snowshoe and canoe.
Dedicated to upholding the celebrated customs of Indian craftsmanship and culture while keeping abreast of current trends, Vanita Kollections outfits patrons in chic apparel that celebrates India’s rich heritage. Amid the shop’s stock of boldly hued garments laden with ornate embroidery, clothiers help shoppers try on traditional items including saris forged from materials such as crepe, chiffon, and georgette. Champions of dressing women for all manner of occasions, staffers keep shelves stocked with celebratory garb ranging from glittering bridal wear to sleek suits. To ensure that each customer looks her best, the store’s tailors’ fingers fly as they perform in-house alterations, creating a sleek fit, lengthening hems, and shortening pant legs in the event of a reverse growth spurt.
Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 16 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.