For Petra Cliffs owners Steve and Andrea Charest, purchasing the climbing and bouldering school wasn't just a good business opportunity, but a way to add value to the local climbing community. Avid climbers themselves, they helped the facility develop into a place where beginners feel comfortable grabbing their first grips, but also one where advanced climbers and boulderers still feel challenged. Within the 8,500-square-foot space, visitors can climb, take lessons, tackle a high-ropes course, or even work out on strength-training equipment. Of course, the staff puts safety and knowledge above all else, and they teach and keep up with professional development courses so they don't miss learning about new protocols or new rock formations that may have evolved in the last five years.
More than 560 horses come to life when you ignite the engine inside one of The Racing School's authentic stock cars. The ensuing roar engulfs the entire vehicle, and your body rumbles as you grab the steering wheel and look towards the track. No stop signs. No pace cars. Just grip the steering wheel and drive?a race-car driver is born.
The Racing School has facilitated more than 14 years of thrilling moments just like this (and documented many of them on video). The staff here consists of current and former professional racers, who teach novices how to handle traditional stock cars, racing trucks, and other high-octane vehicles. Once instructors cover acceleration, braking, warp speed, and the other essentials, training culminates with a driving experience at professional-level tracks, including Waterford Speedbowl, Devils Bowl Speedway, and Thompson Speedway. Here, the experts give newbies the freedom to drive like pros, encouraging passing and letting drivers set their own pace.
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.
Equipment: Curves Hydraulics
Students should bring: Water bottle, sneakers and comfortable workout clothes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come in and burn up to 500 calories in 30 minutes. Jillian Michaels workout with Curves is awesome.
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.
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