3.5 seconds. That's all it takes the Porsche GT3 to go from a standstill to 100 kph. At that point, though, the car is nowhere near its full potential. 200 kph and 300 kph pass by in a blur of asphalt, until the engine peaks at 315 kph. It's a feat that makes the term supercar seem like no exaggeration.
That Porsche is just one of seven high-speed luxury vehicles in G1Tour's garages. Their other automotive stars boast names like Ferrari, Audi, and Lamborghini, all of which accelerate to speeds worthy of Canada's best race tracks?which is exactly where G1Tour operates. The company hands over the keys and sends customers zipping around closed tracks throughout Quebec and Ontario, including Calabogie Motorsports Park and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. (All that's required is a valid driver's license and a brief training session.) G1Tour also rents its fleet for nights out on the town or afternoons of impressing the city's drive-through workers.
Signature Service: Horseback riding
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable clothes to ride in, including boots with a heel, and bring a helmet if [you] own one.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Many customers look [forward] to the time they spend riding with us as [it's] their chance to escape the stress and business of their daily life. They come to unwind, experience nature, and access their joy. Adding horses to their lives has changed them for the better, they say, and added overall to their quality of life.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Wear pants [that are] comfortable to ride in (thick leggings, for instance) and boots with heels. Bring a helmet if [you] have [one]. Gloves are a good idea, too, lightweight [ones] in summer and warm ones in winter with a good grip.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
[I] lost two family members to cancer in quick succession, and my horses were what kept me sane and helped me through. Caring for the horses and spending time with them helped me find joy again in life, and [I] wanted to share that with others. The barn is my church, and riding is my mindful practice/yoga.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Many of my adult riding customers are people that felt a deep connection to horses and enjoyed them in their youth [but] then raising families and work got in the way of their horse life. So they are coming back to it as mature individuals wanting to re-access the joy of horses they felt when [they were] younger?a gift to their original selves.
When people hear the phrase "water aerobics," they might envision a dull scene of swimmers lifting buoyant weights and doing the "YMCA" at sloth speed. At Progress Fitness & Aquatic Centre, however, the 25-metre pool acts as a stage for nine high-intensity classes, in which students battle water's relentless resistance. Students can slip into suspension belts to rehearse deep-water running, or groove to swing-dance tunes as they twirl against the H2O molecules. The gym embraces the entertainment afforded by variety outside of the pool as well—its group studio hosts workouts that range from cardio-kickboxing drills to Hatha yoga stretches. In the equipment area, cycles, treadmills, and rowers whir beneath mounted televisions and free weights challenge muscles at squat racks and benches.
The centre's personal trainers and veteran swim coaches take on clients of all ages and abilities. They teach Red Cross swimming lessons for children—who progress from AquaTots to AquaQuest and, finally, AquaLawSchool—and craft custom programs for adults. An on-site massage therapist and a travel agent endorse relaxation between exercise bouts.
Omega Fit Club's amenities evoke scenes from science fiction movies. The facility is lined with Technogym cardio and strength equipment, and a futuristic Kinesis wall challenges fitness seekers with more than 250 distinct exercises centred around working against gravity's resistance.
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Life Yoga's passionate instructors share their expertise in a 1,200-square-foot studio with spacious, spa-inspired shower rooms and a practice space embellished with handmade fabric wallpaper. Students burn calories and release mental stress in small classes with helpful one-on-one attention: gentle Restorative Yoga, energizing Vinyasa Flow, and Hatha Fundamentals are just a few options. In the studio's lobby area, local businesses such as Rhubarb Paper Co. display their wares.
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