The triumphant crash of bowling balls against pins has been echoing throughout Brechin Lanes since 1956. The newly renovated five-pin-bowling alley maintains its family-friendly atmosphere by only selling soft drinks and prohibiting smoking within their walls. League banners hang over the 16-lane spread, and between turns, players cheer each other on from plastic benches or cushy seats throughout the centre. Atop whimsical bowling-pin-shaped coffee tables, players refuel their rolling arms and bragging muscles with hot dogs, poutine, and pizza made fresh to order. During weekend glow bowling, blacklights switch on, a crisp sound system booms the hits, and vampire bowlers suddenly become the brightest people in the room.
Eaglequest Nanaimo's par 3 golf course encompasses nine lush, challenging holes accented by towering evergreens and water hazards. Golfers tee up on real grass and then launch golf balls and papier mache zeppelins down tree-lined fairways. Shots soar over hilly terrain and water before trundling toward undulating greens. Clubbers can traverse the pastoral playground and complete a round in 60–90 minutes, giving them the ability to fit a game into a busy schedule. Before hitting the course, golfers can make like a pendulum at the 22-stall driving range, which features opportunities for straightening troublesome slices, improving golf games, and alleviating plumber's elbow. The range also hosts lessons and clinics conducted by CPGA pros for golfers of all abilities.
A careworn blue tractor rests near the tree line, its rusted exhaust puffing out from under the hood. The faint imprint of tire marks leads off into the lone opening in an otherwise solid wall of corn. At approximately 7 acres, McNab's Corn Maze covers a swathe of land where families wend through twists and turns, or shout helpful tips from the two-storey watchtower overlooking the labyrinth. Elsewhere, hayrides transport groups around the farm, where they can glimpse crops such as squash, gourds, and pumpkins, as well as genuine farming equipment such as plows, tractors, and the robotic horse that drives tractors. At the petting zoo, kids can caper about with adorable farmyard friends such as goats, piglets, and an emu.
Splitsville's 16-lane bowling alley can accommodate up to 140 guests for work parties, fundraisers, and birthdays. As an added bonus, the facility also offers convenient amenities such as lightweight bowling balls for kids, a lounge area, and a restaurant that serves pizzas, burgers, and spirited drinks. Casual bowlers who just want to test their fingers can grab a lane, too. Two of the most popular nights for leisurely rolls are Friday and Saturday when the alley has cosmic bowling.
As half of “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” duo Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn has played everywhere from the arena to the rodeo, beer joints to casinos. His Texas twang and electric guitar chronicle 20 years of wide-ranging exploits on his self-titled debut solo album. After he and Kix Brooks played their last show together in 2010, Dunn set to work as the new album's sole producer and main songwriter. "This time around, I baked it,” he said. “I baked it and cooked it, and cooked it again.” His signature rowdy honky-tonk kicks through in the single “Let the Cowboy Rock,” and the poignant ballad of forgiveness, “Bleed Red," urges listeners to “turn the anger into water / let it slip through our hands.”
Tracks Outdoor Adventures' certified and trained guides escort 6–12 trekkers and their taste buds on a six-hour excursion expedition through three Cowichan Valley vineyards. Journeys commence with hour-long scenic drives from Nanaimo to the Cowichan Valley, which surrounds passengers with breathtaking Vancouver Island landscapes including rolling hills, sprawling farm land, and wine-bottle bushes. Upon arriving at one of the day's vineyards, pairs taste wines such as award-winning pinot gris, gewürztraminer, and blackberry port or soak in the atmosphere of an Italian-influenced 1903 farmhouse, which doubles as a tasting room, wine store, and restaurant dispensing delectable pinot grigio, pinot nero, and Glenora Fantasia Brut. Each tour's itinerary is unique, as vineyards are chosen based on availability or by deferring to a grape-stained Ouija board.