Housed in a century-old dairy barn amid authentic stable fixtures, vintage theatre seats, and rural checkered textiles, Herongate Barn Theatre shines the footlights on arts culinary and dramatic. Presented the Eat Smart award, Herongate's food architects daily prepare an ever-changing smorgasbord of comfort classics, which have including among their savoury ranks plates of roasted pork loin with applesauce, roast beef, and cranberry chicken. Not to go unaided into the great digestive unknown, entrees are dutifully partnered with down-home sides such as Mom's sweet-potato bake and a full drink menu. Diners can graze as they lap up regular performances on the stage.
The 19 heritage buildings in Pickering Museum Village take visitors back in time. A blacksmith's shop, a school house, and other structures show how rural Ontario residents lived from the mid-1800s through 1920. The authentic buildings look just as they did hundreds of years ago, which makes it easy to imagine a family tending to the outside the Miller Cole House or picture a community gathering at the Bible Christian Chapel, circa 1853. Imagination isn't required, however, since the village's current residents?costumed educators?lead public tours and special events that show what life was like during bygone times.
Next Paintball supplies splatter shooters age six and up with the tools needed for colourful competition. Three hours of indoor paintball await happy hunters with four different styles of play to choose from, each with a different objective and game format. Test invisibility cloaks during Speedball, where small obstacles and bunkers make it hard to hide from adversaries. Tactical Paintball allows silent steppers to sneak about and snipe opponents among large houses and obstacles. Sensitive souls may find a fit with Microball, where light-weight equipment and smaller paintballs reduce the emotional sting of leaving the field looking like a Jackson Pollock painting.
Sustainable lifestyle choices, environmental consciousness, and building a sense of community: these are a few of the pillars upon which Moksha Yoga is built. The architects are Jessica Robertson and Ted Grand, who drew from years of training under yoga masters such as Bikram Choudhury and Acharya Yogana before co-founding Moksha Yoga. Their focus is on clearing the mind of distractions, detoxifying the body through sweat, and building powerful core musculature that can help practitioners overcome everyday obstacles from managing arthritis or stress to sliding out of tight crawlspaces.
Moksha Yoga's more than 70 studios operate under the caring supervision of a professional teaching staff. Their diverse backgrounds not only include years of yoga study, but also apprenticeships under Nobel Peace Prize winners and careers with Amnesty International. Both instructors and students are encouraged to share their positive philosophy off the mat as well: the company supports several charitable endeavours, and its studios are powered by renewable energy sources.
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.
Extreme Fitness sets Toronto's calories ablaze at the 13 renovated, multimillion-dollar locations peppered throughout the greater suburban area. Each facility hosts a menagerie of group fitness classes, which can be taken à la carte or bundled into a gym membership. Muscles loosen up in hot-yoga classes or bulge into sinewy symbols of might in outdoor boot camps, where students soak up vitamin D or distill Capri Sun from the sun's rays. To make sure members get the most of the gym's myriad amenities, personal trainers kick off fitness journeys with their Smart Start program, taking BMI measurements and analyzing heart health and oxygen uptake to give patrons a clearer picture of how much and what types of exercise they need to hit their goals.
After working up a calorie-blasting sweat, members can retire to the steam rooms or whirlpool tubs to soothe sore muscles. The internet business lounge lets people catch up on email while sipping a rejuvenating smoothie from the juice bar, and the basketball courts host pick-up games where adults can show underdog teams of fifth-graders that it takes a little more than pluck and an adorable animal sidekick to win games.