Every year since its founding in 2006, more than 20,000 players arrive at Paintball Nation's three locations to playfully trade paint across outdoor battlefields or among towering indoor obstacles. Sniper towers overlook Mississauga's urban scenario field, where misfired paintballs splatter against trucks, tires, and wooden boxes. At Burlington, players hide behind plastic barrel towers as they compete in three zones encompassing a total of 20,000 square feet. During summer months, Brampton's outdoor facility hosts paintball squadrons as they launch technicolor salvos amid fresh air and sunlight.
Whether games take place indoors or out, Paintball Nation's referees make sure simulated battles remain safe and good-natured. To that end, they brief every visitor on field rules and etiquette, such as never using nonfield paint or unlicensed Blackhawk helicopters.
Infinite Paintball's 18,200-square-foot indoor field is filled with movable obstructions that the staff reconfigure each week to keep competitors on their toes. The well-lit, family-friendly environment lets paintballers move from field to private room, where dye-splattered revellers over the age of 10 can enjoy pizza and soft drinks before heading back out to sling the rest of their 135-round pod of paintballs. Infinite Paintball's safety-conscious team of enthusiasts referee all competitions as well as staff the on-site pro shop, where shooters can browse extra gear such as chest protectors, coveralls, and canvas tote bags to decorate while in the field.
Though its name suggests a brutal stadium where two competitors enter and only one leaves, Gladiators Paintball Arenas lets players roam freely in and out of the brightly lit indoor arena equipped with turf flooring. Those amenities are available at both Gladiators' Toronto and Gormley indoor speedball fields. Each location also has an outdoor tactical field where players can duck and cover under an open sky. Blue barrels and yellow, red, and black inflatables dot all playing grounds, where under the trained eye of referees, players blast opponents with paintballs fired from rental Tippmann 98 custom markers. Paintball guns line the shelves inside Gladiators' pro shop, which guests can visit after matches or after attending onsite parties replete with pizza feasts and three-hour paintball sessions.
The rugged indoor playing field at Defcon Paintball’s Toronto and Mississauga locations span more than 40,000 square feet and beckon sharpshooters to engage in multicoloured campaigns. For each session, players don their gear and load their guns before Defcon staffers helm a comprehensive safety course that outlines essentials such as equipment usage, the rules of the game, and how to ornament opponents’ backs with dramatic chiaroscuro. Participants bob and weave through a dirt-floored indoor course littered with concrete cylinders, ducking behind piles of sandbags as they fire 100 polychromatic slugs at their rivals.
Flag Raiders ensures fierce competition with multiple outdoor fields that are marked by a variety of obstacles, terrains, scenarios, and setups. Paintballers and their friends can traipse through an urban cityscape, firing colourful orbs past buildings or over six full-size cars while dodging stern jaywalking cops. On the turfed speedball pitch, prowlers quickly take cover behind inflatable obstacles and advance before getting splat tagged.
Under new management, and celebrating its grand re-opening, The Paintball Arena is once again filled with the sounds and splatters of paint-filled combat. In the village, paintballers slink through 16-foot-wide streets and pop off rainbow-coloured rounds, ferretting opposing players out from behind wooden structures. The village is one of the indoor fields at The Paintball Arena’s 42,000-square-foot facility. The arena also houses a speedball court for fast-paced games of reactionary strategy. Referees monitor all matches and oversee games of Zombies, Capture the Flag, Protect the Castle, and more. After splatter-tagging friends, teams can retire to the second-floor lounge, replete with private booths and tall windows that overlook the paintball battlegrounds.