The chefs at Miramar Restaurant fry, grill, and steam a flavourful array of classic Chinese dishes. Beef and broccoli are topped with a succulent dark sauce, and barbecued pork plates tempt eyes and tongues with colourful mixed vegetables. Among house specialties, the Bird Nest pays tribute to a storied delicacy without actually displacing neighbourhood wildlife. A selection of vegetarian options ensures diners of all dietary stripes leave satiated.
The top rope and lead climbing routes at Grip It Indoor Rock Climbing beckon wall scramblers up an extensive variety of vertical terrain suitable for any skill level. For novices, the gym's team of certified instructors offers one-on-one coaching and lead classes such as an Introductory offering, appropriate for those unacquainted with the sport or those with an uncontrollable tendency to keep rocks as pets. Climbers can also enlist themselves for longer climbing programs, such as the Technique course, which helps improve form and mindset, and Learn to Lead, which instills safe indoor climbing skills.
In Nutana Curling Club’s eight-sheet arena, throwers deliver stones as sweepers make way using the sport’s signature brooms. This familiar scene unfolds throughout the season, as the more than 80-year-old club hosts leagues for curlers ranging from beginners to seasoned pros. Off the ice, non-members can relax with pints of beer while watching sports on big-screen TVs or playing shuffleboard—a sport similar to curling—or darts—a sport similar to launching nuclear missiles at random cities. Along with regular events such as bonspiels, Nutana Curling Club also hosts several international competitions that draw world-class players from across the globe.
Originally built in 1946, Broadway Theatre enjoyed an almost 50-year tenure of showing the popular films of the time and hosting live productions before it was sadly forced to close its doors in 1993. Dismayed by the loss of their theatre, members of the community came together, purchased the venue, and reopened it, and Broadway Theatre has remained under their watchful protection ever since. Now, the movie house screens independent films gathered from around the world and plays host to improv-comedy shows, concerts, and professional fire drills.
Saskatoon Paintball deploys combatants at two separate locations, including an outdoor field in Vanscoy that remains open year-round and features 10 different battle zones. During winter months, an indoor facility on Valley Road invites teams in from the cold to pelt each other with reballs, or rubber paintballs. The indoor location also features a spacious viewing area, as well as a pro shop stocked with the sport’s latest equipment.
Nestled along the South Saskatchewan river valley in Victoria Park, the Riverside Badminton & Tennis Club sends racqueteers bounding after shuttlecocks and bouncing balls seven days per week. Nine tennis courts host seesawing scrimmages atop freshly resurfaced grounds, which are illuminated after nightfall. Competitors can also battle racquet-to-racquet on six hardwood badminton courts. Aside from day-to-day drop-in games, the club also offers lessons, camps, and leagues to help players of all ages to hone their skills, and Riverside's attentive staff remains on duty to dish out advice and mediate arguments between rival ball machines. Other on-site amenities include a pro shop and lounge area.
Nominated for the 2010 Celebrate Success! award, Lead Pilates and Wellness offers a distinctive blend of Pilates and wellness programming to mould muscles and tone tendons in a newly renovated 2,300-square-foot studio. Today's Groupon is good for three accessory classes, which include Essentrics & TRX Circuit, a class designed to trim problem areas while increasing flexibility and agility, and the suspension-focused TRX & Restore classes. Grouponers can also check out the torso-lengthening Restore & Rejuvenate sessions, the Kick Abs Bootcamp, and Strengthening Your Evil Core, a Pilates class for supervillains. Check out the schedule online.