As a kid, Michelle Ricketts could never sit still. She channelled her boundless energy into sports and scampering about outdoors, activities that trained her for a career in the fitness-and-recreation industry. After years travelling the world, Michelle circled back around to her home city of Vancouver, where she founded and continues to infuse her limitless energy into Storm Fitness Inc.
Within a variety of local parks and studios, Michelle and her team of fellow fitness aficionados conduct high-intensity full-body workouts. To train minds and restructure bad habits, they outfit programs with nutrition advice, meal plans, and grocery tips on which sugary foods to avoid and how to mould marshmallows into the shape of broccoli to reduce its calories. Through teaching proper fitness and nutrition models, the team spearheads a sustained mission to decrease obesity. Beyond that, 10 per cent of its profits go to Team Diabetes, an organization that promotes diabetes education, research, and services.
While training to become a martial-arts sensei, Hamid Haji learned to focus. In the process, his zeroed in on his calling: helping others achieve optimal health through exercise. Drawing from the more than 25 years of fitness expertise he’d acquired at the dojo, he began to build workouts that students of all skill levels could perform. He then partnered with Kelly Pearce—a martial-arts student, fitness trainer, and seasoned yoga teacher—to found Pro Fit Boot Camp. She added music and power-yoga poses to his boxing, kickboxing, and weight-lifting moves, and the camp’s training regimen was born. Workouts take place indoors to protect students from raindrops and UV rays. Sweaty brows abound as they attempt to lift crater-speckled hunks of cheese in swiss-ball workouts, and jettison oversized caplets of Tylenol across the room during gruelling medicine-ball routines. The group also grabs TRX suspension-training straps for bodyweight exercises that cultivate strength and flexibility.
Hogan's treats diners to relaxed, sophisticated environs and a menu of elegant fare orbiting around the twin suns of steak and seafood. Immersed in an atmosphere of light earth tones, seafoodies harpoon a whaleship full of starters, dining on clams and mussels ($12), seafood chowder ($8), or papaya, crab, and shrimp salad ($15). Entrees include the dynamic duck duo of roasted breast and confit ($29), dijon-herb-coated rack of lamb ($36), and smoked sablefish in brown butter ($28). Adjacent to the dining room, the lounge temps tipplers with the Canucks game or, on Friday and Saturday nights, the live entertainment.
Panorama is located in southern British Columbia, 180 miles (290 km) west of Calgary, and the secluded mountain town revolves around its evolving ski village and outdoor recreation. An hour north of the hotel, Kootenay National Park is lined with preserved wildlife habitats, limestone canyons, and steep rock façades on the western slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Here, the popular Rockwall Trail meanders south to Floe Lake and features views of the Vermillion River and mountain goats as they wander the landscape. After a day hiking or building high-rise treehouses, one can rejuvenate muscles at Radium Hot Springs, which has two large pools and is located just outside the park's southwestern entrance.The neighboring town of Invermere is home to Pynelogs Cultural Center, a log building built in 1914 that now serves as an art gallery and concert space. The gallery is lined with works of local artists, and outside, the Botanical Heritage garden features vegetables growing around a 60-foot (18 m) water fountain.
Guests enter The Point Pub's wood-laden interior to fill up empty stomachs with classic pub offerings, house-made desserts, and craft brews. A Stuffed Yorkies appetizer calls dining duos to split up miniature yorkshire puddings, dip them in a lifeguard-supervised pool of gravy, and then sink their teeth into shaved roast beef and horseradish mayo. For main courses, chefs fry up cheddar and cheese perogies as well as craft mashed potato canopies over beefy shepherds pies. Eaters deconstruct full racks of barbeque pork ribs, which balance out plates alongside crispy fries. Finally, dinner compatriots can share slices of house-made cheesecake drizzled in a choice of raspberry or chocolate sauce for a dessert sweeter than a baby singing its first pop ballad.