Owned and operated by a cohort of passionate paintball players since 2001, Ambush Paintball's three recreational fields, with a fourth opening May 27th, constantly undergo grooming to ensure their safety and to accommodate new, challenging obstacles. A 200-foot-long tire wall, two-storey clock tower, and 50-foot easel for target practice adorn the massive 450'x250' Ambush City Field, whose square shape and symmetrical layout prevent either team from naming their strategies after famous couture dresses. Meanwhile, two mobile homes, nicknamed the Redneck Fortresses, shelter participants on the Grassy Mounds Field when they're not navigating the trenches and maze-like grassy paths on the outside. More paths abound on the 5-acre diamond-shaped Lost Forest Field, whose tree forts and barricades have hosted as many as 200 players at a time. Elsewhere, a celebrated speedball park hosts a range of guests––from first-timers to pros of the sport––for tournaments every Sunday.
Deep in the west coast?s tangle of rainforest and foliage, paintballers skulk across 100 acres of playing ground divided into six fields. They hide behind mammoth tree stumps, traverse bridges over streams, and navigate themed battlegrounds such as The City populated with abandoned shacks and beat up pickups. Players can bring their own equipment or rent gear onsite; however, paintballs used during gameplay must be purchases at Maple Ridge Paintball.
At Panther Paintball, tall cedars and thick brush help to conceal the tactics of opposing shooters, who dive into the real-dirt trenches and other hiding spots that characterize the facility's 57 acres. Drop-in players as well as party groups can sling their BBs across no fewer than 12 variously configured battlefields strewn with tires, beaver-dam bunkers, dirt mounds, and other obstructions. The fields lend a realistic ambience to Panther's scenario-play events, during which vigilant referees oversee themed play. Panther recently added airsoft to its arsenal, which doesn't weigh down players with big hoppers or bulky air tanks.
North Shore Paintball encompasses a sprawling 3-acre paintball field flush with trees, paint-splattered walls, and towering stacks of rubber tires. Paintball pros outfit acrylic gunners with nontoxic vegetable-based ammo and semiautomatic Tippmann 98 paintball guns equipped with tanks of CO2. Meanwhile, goggles and masks shield heads as they creep up hills and cower behind heaping sandbags during rainy, snowy, and sunny conditions. Bevies of multicoloured balls fly overhead in games of team elimination, attack and defend, capture the flag, and quick-draw portrait painting. Once out of their allotted ammo, paint pelters can purchase additional paintballs from North Shore's store. Overalls are also available subject to availability.
Save the hostage and defend the fort. These are just two of the eight games Whistler Paintball's employees supervise as players of all levels weave their way across four outdoor battlefields. Sprinkled with man-made forts and tires, each wooded, steep, or wide-open field poses a challenge for players as they dodge nontoxic paintballs and explain the meaning of existentialism to field mice. Before the games begin, group and individual players don camo clothing and a fog-reducing mask, which has an attached ribbon to help gamers identify their teammates during battle. A BT Omega Assault or MP3 semiautomatic paintball gun completes the outfit. Players then watch an equipment demonstration and safety briefing before enjoying 20-minute games on any of the four playing fields, which are open all year round. Whistler Paintball also provides a covered concession stand and free parking lot and can arrange shuttle pickup services when requested.
Richmond Indoor Paintball lets competitive sharpshooters live out intricate battle strategies in 25,000 square feet of barricades, abandoned buildings, and streets made to look like a real town. Open year-round, the facility’s graffiti-splattered walls surround the field, and the beat-up old cars littered about offer cover. Players find only premium rental equipment, paintballs, and all elements of play kept feeling as though they were plucked straight from a video game. The space accommodates up to 60 guests from noon to midnight each day except Tuesday, when the facility closes for cleaning and community art-history lectures. Click here to view a virtual tour.