Brightly colored paintballs whiz through fresh lakeside air until they collide with a tree, patch of grass, or someone's body. On three outdoor fields, this colorful carnage unfolds as mask-wearing participants take aim and fire their semiautomatic paintball guns from lookouts, behind bunkers, and under trees. Sylvan Lake Paintball's grounds also house a pro shop staffed by seasoned paintballers, where patrons can load up on everything from paintballs and CO2 canisters to barbecue burgers not booby-trapped with a surprise paintball filling.
The power of human flight isn't hard to obtain. All it takes is some water and a quick lesson from the team at Alberta Flyboard Inc. They teach people to strap on a Zapata Racing Flyboard, which uses aquatic jet-packs to elevate its rider into the air. Then, with a bit of practice, they can soar into the air, skim the water's surface, or even dive like a dolphin who's serious about physical fitness. In addition to these lessons, Alberta Flyboard sells Flyboard kits for the most serious of aquatic adventurers.
The Calgary Woman's Show brings together businesses, entertainers, educators, and robot overlords to appeal to female sensibilities. On the entertainment stage attendees might catch a pole-dancing for fitness exhibition, a rock-and-roll concert, or a martial-arts demo. The seminar theater might feature anything from a medical Q&A to a discussion on the Divine Feminine. And on the market floor, merchants including bakeries, cosmetics companies, and fashionable tastemakers sling their wares.
Heritage Ranch immerses visitors in its idyllic woodlands crisscrossed by old dirt trails over which horses pull carriages, wagons, and sleighs that look as though they've rolled straight out of history. Under the tree canopies, couples can devote their time on the ranch to one another with romantic date night packages that combine carriage & sleigh rides with dinner and wine at Westlake Grille. The sound of laughter from children and families can be heard during trail rides as they wend through the property's 217 acres of parkland—equivalent to one clydesdale football field—and camps keep the good times coming during the summer.
Though the nearest mountain is almost 200 kilometres away, Canyon Ski Resort still manages to send skiers shushing down 164 metres of vertical slopes. Equipped with 6 lifts and 18 runs, the canyon skiing terrain allows adventurers to take the plunge on evocatively named green-, blue-, and black-diamond slopes including Powderhorn, Springbok, and Wine Skin. In addition to slopes, the resort hosts a terrain park and super pipe, as well as lights for night skiing. The resort sits directly between Edmonton and Calgary, and allows visitors to greet expansive views of the landscape while enjoying hot or cold beverages in one of many fireplaces.
After ascending to an altitude of 12,500 feet, first-time skydivers are fitted into specially designed harnesses with their instructors?this is called a tandem jump. When the door opens, jumpers and their instructors push off into the open air. What follows is the ultimate thrill, aside from hearing your name read off a teleprompter for any reason: a free fall of more than 40 seconds.
It's no surprise that such an exhilarating experience might attract return customers. Those who want to repeat this rush, as many do, can enroll in Skydive Big Sky's skydiving school, where, beginning with ground school, they'll set out on their way to becoming a certified solo jumper. From there, they'll rack up jumps, perhaps by taking part in more challenging jumps for seasoned skydivers.