Steve and Lisa Cooper haven't just vowed to stick together through sickness and health. The recipients of 2010's Ontario Outstanding Young Farmers award have made that pledge to their land, practicing sustainable, eco-friendly farming that yields Cooper's CSA Farm & Maze's wealth of produce. Through their community-supported agriculture program, the Coopers' pair members with weekly baskets of veggies, fruits, and meats such as free-range chicken, hormone- and antibiotic-free Angus-grade beef, and pasture-fed goat and Berkshire pork. Their farm store stocks the same locally produced goods alongside preserves, local honeys, dressings, and cured meats.
Tours of the family-owned farm give guests a behind-the-scenes look at the Coopers’ methods, along with wagon rides that wend through the property and goat and chicken walks that introduce visitors to the livestock. Elsewhere on their grounds, a 10-acre corn maze stymies attempts to navigate its labyrinthine twists, a pumpkin patch overflows with gourds ripe for picking, and horse swings let youngsters mimic galloping on small steeds without having to shrink a real horse in the dryer.
At Airborne Trampoline KW, leapers of all ages defy gravity on the centre's six Olympic-style trampolines. Custom mats and padding surround each trampoline to ensure safe landings. Trampoline coaches certified by Gymnastics Ontario and the NCCP watch over visiting jumpers and recreational classes of students aged 6 through adult as they leap, flip, and twirl through basic moves and advanced tricks. When not leading classes, coaches also host tryouts for an in-house competition team. The centre also provides decorated private rooms and basic catering services for birthday parties, during which children combine the joy of birthdays with the thrill of hugging clouds they've herded indoors.
Machi Training Center caters to badminton-lovers who prefer to finish Thanksgiving dinner with a rally or give friends a flurry of jump-smashed shuttlecocks for Christmas. That's because the space stays open 365 days a year. Seven full-sized indoor courts give athletes ample space to get a feel for the sport or refine a sliced dropshot until it causes their own shadow to leap in the wrong direction. The private club employs three experienced coaches who lead lessons for students of virtually any age or ability level. They introduce beginners to the fundamentals when they're not teaching seasoned players how to limbo beneath the net. Machi Training Center allows members and guests to reserve a court for private practice, but they can also drop in at any time to play a quick match against a new opponent.
Spinbuddies Pole Studio wants workouts to be fun. That's why its friendly, seasoned instructors—some with more than three years of experience—offer pole-dancing classes designed for students of all ages and levels of fitness. While learning pole moves, students can burn up to 350 calories in one session and tone their arms, shoulders, and backs. The workouts also help build strong cores, enhance flexibility, and foster confidence. For bachelorette gatherings or girls' nights out, Spinbuddies hosts lively parties to teach moves to groups of 10 or more as they snack on appetizers and cocktails.
Magical Midways' colourful trucks have journeyed throughout Ontario for more than 60 years, metamorphosing quiet fields into lively amusement parks. Amid the clatter and hum of roller coasters, tilt-a-whirls, and merry-go-rounds, adults and youngsters compete for prizes over darts, hoops, and other games of skill. From within cheerful concession stands, servers dole out servings of sweet treats and hot foods. TSSA-certified mechanics stand by at all times, ensuring rides are working safely and not accidentally set to self-destruct.
Each member of Bikram Yoga Canada’s talented team of instructors possesses a sage yogic know-how borne of their participation in a 10-week certification course taught by Bikram Choudhury in California. Over the course of this rigorous program, the posing pedagogues learned the essentials of heated movement modality, spending hours stuffing their brains with wisdom ranging from yoga philosophy and anatomy to a detailed study of each pose. While the world-renowned course provides the team with an unshakable foundation, the instructors—firm believers that learning is a never-ending endeavour—undergo re-certification every three years to ensure that they remain abreast of current practices. With this impeccably trained and passionate staff at the helm of every sweat-inducing class, Bikram Yoga Canada offers students of all experience levels a chance to experience the physical detoxification afforded by stretching sessions within their balmy studio. During each class, the instructors put their hard-earned teaching skills into practice as they lead pupils through a series of 26 postures, known as asanas, designed to warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons while melting away tension and the frozen dinners stored in the hearts of pupils.