Curling is in Chad McMullan’s blood. After spending his childhood Sundays watching his parents compete at their favourite Winnipeg rink, Chad carried on the family tradition, notching victories in multiple World Curling Tour outings, two appearances in Canadian national championships, and one imaginary sleepover with the Governor-General over the course of his career. After stints as Executive Director of the World Curling Tour and World Curling Players' Association, Chad brought his icy know-how to Rock Solid Productions, which applies curling’s fundamental team-building qualities to everything from business retreats to beginner’s lessons. The group’s in-school training program introduces curling to 100,000 students each year, helping Chad share his childhood love of the game with the next generation of competitors.
Whether golfers are coming in from the snow, the rain, or a downpour of golf-club-sized hail, the sun is always shining on the virtual courses of OnGolf Club. While making their way to one of five course simulators, guests hear the healthy swoosh of a finely swung club. Each station boasts a selection of 80 world-renowned courses brought to vivid life with high-definition projection screens and effects like elevation, different lengths of grass, and trees swaying in a virtual breeze. Simulators also churn out analytics on each swing while onsite pros offer golfing tips for beginning or advanced students. Additionally, guests waiting for their tee time can watch the world of outdoor sports on one of the numerous TVs in the lounge.
Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge?s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 18 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.
At Aqua SubScuba Diving Centre, students train with the very same PADI-certified professionals who introduced Survivorman's Les Stroud to diving. When the team isn't spotting the famed survivalist during television shoots, they guide students to diving mastery at their own five-star development centre and local dive sites. Their introductory lessons begin with orientation sessions to ensure that students understand underwater safety guidelines, hand mations, and dolphin turn signals. They also lead pupils toward PADI certification with open-water dives and preparatory electronic courses. The staff can also offer referrals for open-water dives at optimal sites such as local spots or the underwater coffee shop used in the movie Finding Nemo.
For more than two decades, laughter has bounced off the walls at Kinder Zone. Here, children play safely protected from the elements in an indoor playground that's full of TSSA and CSSA approved equipment, including a Rock Climbing Wall and a toddler slide. Kids cruise past farmland murals in toy cars, then pull up to the play house with a fully stocked play kitchen. A double set of slides snakes through a play structure, while an inflatable jumping castle enables kids to bounce higher than they can on their spring-loaded beds. XBox 360 games capture the attention of older kids, and when the facility host birthday parties, staff assists with food, loot bags, and entertainment.
At Art One Academy, a team of practicing painters, sculptors, and illustrators share their expertise with a new generation of artists. Their curriculum, geared toward children and teenagers, includes painting, pottery, comic-book art, and digital-art classes, which can be taken individually or as a 19-week course.