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Ottawa Segway Tours outfits sightseers with versatile Segway personal transporters, or PTs, for earth-friendly jaunts powered by drivers merely shifting their weight. Operators can easily manoeuvre their vehicles wherever their body tells it to—including indoors—avoiding such urban headaches as expensive parking lots, rush-hour traffic, and on-ramps riddled with dangerous slip ‘n slides. While enjoying the sights and sounds of their chosen path, users can take comfort in their low carbon footprint, both because they’re standing off the ground and because electric Segways give off zero emissions during operation.

35 de Villebois Rue
Gatineau,
QC
CA

At Metropolitan Rustproofing, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound, and probably hundreds of dollars worth of cure. According to the automotive aestheticians, rust begins creeping into metalwork as an invisible, microscopic menace. The pernicious oxidation has no end of options. Vehicles have at least 1500 bends, crevices, and hollow spaces where air and moisture can seep in and begin to corrode interiors and exteriors.

Happily, Metropolitan Rustproofing has cars literally covered. Its six-step process shields everything from the undercarriage to the trunk, hood, and door hinges. The treatment prevents rust with the help of one of two oil treatments, including a biodegradable vegetable-based version. Like the Tin Man’s prescription medications, the solutions keep rust at bay and prevent existing rust outbreaks from spreading. The shop guarantees its services for life so long as vehicles are treated annually.

3175 Boul. Thibault Nord
Trois-Rivi?res,
QC
CA

For motor enthusiasts, few sounds rival the sheer exuberance of an Italian super car spooling up its engine as it careens down the straightaway. At G1Tour, guests can achieve this thrill by slipping into the cockpit of their choice of three iconic super cars. Two Ferraris?a 360 Modena and an F430?twist their tires with 400 and 490 horsepower respectively, with the potential to reach the exact top speed of a cheetah who is driving a Ferrari. If that's not enough muscle, drivers can watch the blood drain from their knuckles as they attempt to contain the furious 552-horsepower Lamborghini Gallardo, who's high-rev plant propels passengers from 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds.

Cars can swirl around the 1.4-kilometre Sanair's wide tracks and soft turns or race headlong down the ultra-long straightaways of the 2-kilometre Sainte-Croix. Drivers who take on Mont-Tremblant negotiate hairpin turns and corkscrews as they work the pedals around the course's 4.2-kilometre track.

669 Le Bas du Petit Rang Saint-Franois
St-Pie,
QC
CA

Driven by a desire to share their passion for luxury and classic cars, the crew at Dream Car Rentals founded an independent rental agency that places customers behind the wheel of Ferraris, Porsches, Audis, and Dodges. They deliver their fleet of five cars directly to clients for weekend rentals, special events, day-long joyrides, or unplanned visits from 1980s action-film stars. They also coordinate race days, when customers can pilot the four-wheeled steeds on the 3.4-kilometre Circuit iCar course or the 5-kilometre topographic track at Calabogie Motorsports Park, which features 20 sharp turns and an anti-minotaur security system.

12800 Bd Henri Fabre
Mirabel,
QC
CA

Lave Auto Royale's attentive technicians only admit two cars per hour in order to give each auto their undivided attention. Armed with high-quality products, they wash and wax cars by hand, adding when necessary a clay-bar treatment, which is a nonabrasive method of removing stubborn debris such as tree sap and recalcitrant mules from cars' exteriors. Additionally, staff members have years of experience providing a host of special services, ranging from window tinting to the installation of bug deflectors, spoilers, decals, and racing stripes.

5 Labelle Rue
Gatineau,
QC
CA

A developer and distributor of powersports, utility, and recreational vehicles, Chironex brings the MadAss 125 ($3499) to Canadian riders through a joint venture with German brand Sachs Bikes International. The motorcycle's design pays homage to Sachs' more than 125-year heritage, sporting a naked look that does away with fairings and plastic parts in favor of durable, school-bus-jumping construction, weighing in at a stout 220 pounds. Specs start with 125cc four-stroke motor with electric start that can reach 90 km/h, coupled with a four-speed foot-shifting manual transmission. The frame holds a five-litre integral tank, enough fuel to set up to 100 kilometres worth of road ablaze before turning around and cooling it off with 16" wheels coated in traction-enhancing asphalt aloe.

5459 Canotek Rd
Gloucester,
ON
CA