Kazwear Swimwear’s fit experts swathe silhouettes of all shapes in swimwear by top-tier brands such as Puma, O’Neill, Jantzen, and Speedo. Nautical threads range in size from 6 to 26, and staff happily offers style suggestions to flatter a diverse range of body types. In addition to fashionable and flirtatious cruise wear, the store suits aquabats in sturdy performance wear. Many suits boast flourishes such as push-up tops, mesh inserts, and tummy control for confidently promenading through park fountains.
The Great Canadian Gift Company carries Canadian-made clothing, specialty and gourmet foods, and other gifts available for individual purchase. An array of gift baskets conveniently compiles heart-warming sentimentality or thanks for a job done medium rare in handy portable containers, such as the Icewine Winter Harvest basket loaded with Icewine chocolates, preserves, tea, and salmon ($69.99). Buyers can also build custom gift baskets by picking a container and stocking it with their own product theme. Fill a gold galvanized bin ($12.99) with a celebration of all things maple syrup, from maple barbecue sauce ($8.99) to maple crunch shortbread ($6.99). The Great Canadian Gift Company's team helps vessel captains optimize their container-to-product ratio with eco-friendly gifts such as the Urban Salvage maple serving platter ($49.99), which simultaneously expresses a sensitivity for the earth and gives wood from broken homes a second chance.
In 1980, Paul Montgomery's ski shop—along with everything in it—burned to the ground. All of his hopes and dreams, reduced to ash. As a teenager, Paul had tuned skis in a neighbourhood ski shop. After earning a degree in computer science, he decided to forego the fast-paced lifestyle of the tech industry—with its outsized salaries and lascivious solicitations from Ms. Pac-Man—and open a 900-square-foot ski shop adjacent to a ski lodge. And that's when he lost everything. But just four days after the fire, he decided he would continue to sell skis out of his home. As it turned out, many of the ski-club members had lost their gear when the lodge burned down, and they flocked to his home in droves. In one weekend, he'd sold more skis than he had in the previous year.
In the decades that followed, Paul struggled through financial difficulties and recurring nightmares about teaching dinosaurs to ski, but continued to expand the business he had once nearly lost. Today, Skiis & Biikes boasts five locations across the country and more than 50,000 square feet of skiing, snowboarding, and cycling necessities. More than 100 dedicated staff members channel their love of outdoor recreation into the kind of dedicated salesmanship that has earned the shop its hard-won success.
The high-energy activities under Xtreme Adventures Family Fun Center’s roof instigate rushes of adrenaline in technicolor environs. In the multileveled, 6,000-square-foot laser-tag arena, teams of combatants track down their opponents as they navigate serpentine passageways, duck around forest plants, and circumvent digital quicksand. Padded Crazy Cars spin 360 degrees as drivers ricochet around the rink, while on the trampolines lining the walls and floor of the Xtreme Jump pit, visitors of all ages traverse its elastic expanses in leaps and bounds. After their adventures, they can sample snacks from the Xtreme Cafe & Bar, including pizza, sandwiches, and wings.
The BlueMountain Activities team makes sure each guest can have fun out on the water, whether it's frozen solid or shimmering in the summer sun. During the winter, customers can rent ice-fishing huts and explore the snow-covered trails on snowshoes or snowmobiles either on their own or with guides skilled at warding off the forest's wild plows. Conversely, in the warmer months, BlueMountain rents out wave runners and party barges for sunlit cruises on the Georgian Bay.