Captained by its accomplished namesake, Sonya's Skating School's team of NCCP-certified coaches ingrains ice-trekking pupils with proper skating technique while enhancing their strength, speed, and agility through individual correction. One-hour sessions imbue apprentices with boot and blade awareness, crossover control, and longer strides through drills performed by foremost NHL players and zambonis training for marathons. Recent revisions to the school's regimen include the addition of pucks and sticks to some skating programs, and cardiovascular exercises choreographed to music, all intended to improve the skills of hockey hopefuls. Sonya's Skating School does not teach beginner blade-wearers how to skate, so participants must be able to glide forward, backward, and across ice sculptures of juggling polar bears before arrival. Customers should consult the school's schedule for class times.
A sprawling sports complex housing five meticulously maintained NHL-size rinks and one Olympic-size rink, Canlan Ice Sports equips patrons of all ages with the space to hone their skating prowess. Nascent MVPs can lace up for public programs, such as the stick-and-puck program, wherein participants run through essential hockey playing skills such as passing, shooting, and lassoing wild zambonis at their own pace. The adult shinny program facilitates casual pickup games, and public skate times enable bladed feet to strut their stuff.
As adults carve the ice or enjoy a frothy beverage at the Thirsty Penguin Grillhouse, their kids can dart and dash at the indoor PlayZone. Designed for tykes between the ages of 2 and 12, the pastel-hued playland features slides, tunnels, and an area reserved for toddlers. Staff supervisors are on hand to ensure safe play and arbitrate juice box property disputes, and parents receive a pager that caretakers can buzz if any issues arise.
Longtime OHL coach Stan Butler is on his way to leading the Brampton Battalion to a tenth consecutive trip to the playoffs. Over the Batallion's relatively short lifespan, 35 players have been drafted to the NHL, with 13 signing on professionally, including Raffi Torres, Wojtek Wolski, and Matt Duchene. The current roster boasts a similar stock of promising talent, including one rising star who is legally allowed to play with two sticks and infinite distraction pucks.
When water freezes it not only expands, it makes for great grace and sport. At Mitchell Skating Center, experienced coaches take advantage of that fact to lead figure-skating and hockey classes for everyone aged 4 to adult. Those 30-minute lessons ensure individualized attention and cater to all skill levels. During classes they teach basic skills and even have walkers so beginners' wobbly legs won't send them tumbling too often. Private lessons are available as well, and, when ready, skaters can join teams to experience the icy thrill of competition.
An all-in-one recreation facility, Skateland Family Fun Center entertains families for hours with rounds of 18-hole outdoor mini golf, laps around the wooden roller rink, and futuristic laser-tag battles. Kids can challenge parents for a high score in the arcade or perfect their air-running form as they ricochet off the walls of giant bounce houses. Adults and kids frequent the rink for hockey leagues and skating lessons, as well.
Spanning a majestic 760 acres of waterfront wilderness, Deerhurst Resort entertains visitors with a dazzling array of amenities and activities just two hours north of Toronto. Guests relax in homey hotel rooms with feather duvets and pillows, with the main building a 10-minute walk from the lake. By the water, visitors can lounge on the beach, compete in volleyball matches, and learn to waterski, kayak, or canoe. Fishing boat rentals allow fishermen to venture to the center of the lake, casting lines in hopes of snagging sizeable northern pike and fabled lake trout made entirely of gold. Between May and October, golf enthusiasts rove the greens on two 18-hole courses, leisurely competing with friends or taking pointers from the golf academy's instructor, Dave Castellan. The warm weather months allow swimmers to frolic in three outdoor pools and tennis players to hit outdoor courts, including three lit courts so players can photosynthesize at all hours. Deerhurst also offers scenic pony rides for children and mountain bike rentals for cyclists looking to explore the surrounding countryside. Indoors, visitors can rev up their adrenaline on the rock-climbing wall or sink into a blissful trance with massages and pedicures at Shizen Spa. Because of a draconian government mandate demanding that people must eat food or perish, Deerhurst's chef Rory Golden sees that the resort's five restaurants offer a diverse selection of dishes for all palates. The staff demonstrates their commitment to creating seasonal fare with locally sourced ingredients by harvesting their own herbs, honey, maple syrup, and shiitake mushrooms on the premises.