More than 200 firearms are on display inside Niagara Gun Range's showroom. Luckily, nearby shelves and display cases also contain the requisite accessories—including cleaning supplies and holsters. At an onsite classroom, instructors lead training sessions, including NRA classes for pistols, rifles, and shotguns.
On six wind-swept acres of sprawling green grass and leafy trees, two half-acre ponds shimmer and occasionally ripple as rainbow trout pierce the surface in search of tiny winged dinners. The scenery is pleasant, but the trout are the stars of the show at Burd’s Family Fishing resort where anglers of all kinds cast lines into well-stocked ponds in hopes of big catches. The staff provides all equipment including a rod and bait, allowing new fisherman to try out the sport without investing in expensive gear and a “Gone Fishing” garage door cover. They also clean the incandescent fish for free and bag them on ice for easy transport. Rod-reelers need only pay admission and a fee per hooked trout. Visitors can also take a respite from angling to picnic among the pastoral landscape and tranquil ponds by bringing their own lunch.
In 1967, Monty Guest—a revered black belt who was one of the top students of Canada’s premier martial artist, Masami Tsuruoka—developed the Kai-Shin form, which translates to “open mind”. Although several thousand years separates the birth of karate from the founding of the Kai-Shin system, Kai-Shin is still rooted in history, providing students young and old with a time-tested approach to building confidence, improving self-discipline, and bolstering fitness.
With more than four decades of teaching under his black belt, Sensei Guest still remains KaiShin Martial Arts’ head instructor. He, alongside a small team of instructors, shares his accrued wisdom at two facilities, including one in Mississauga that features a ring devoted purely to sparring and re-enacting famous Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robot matches.
Spanning 100 tree-lined acres, Silverdale Gun Club gives its members nine ranges to refine their marksmanship skills, from action shooting to precision rifle work at up to 200 yards. The club further supports these pursuits by housing a pro shop onsite. Though the ranges are chiefly reserved for Silverdale's members, they do open at select times to nonmembers.
Enveloped in cool lake winds and showers of sunlight, Bait Master Charters' boats have sailed the waters of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario since 1992. Each of the company's two fishing boats boasts cabins, private bathrooms, and decks, along with professional downriggers, outriggers, planer boards, and dipsy divers. Onboard, experienced fishermen guide customers on private fishing charters, scouring Lake Erie for walleye, bass, and perch or combing Lake Ontario for salmon, steelhead, brown trout, lake trout, and gold coins. Upon the trip's closure, the staff cleans and packages all catches so that customers can bring them home to cook.
Captain Strimple and the team at Bayside Boat and Tackle help new generations connect with nature through fishing and boating on scenic Irondequoit Bay aboard rented pontoon boats, rowboats, and paddleboats. They supply live bait and tackle to help customers snag a fish for dinner or a tire to replace a recent auto flat. Dedicated anglers can join Bayside's Let's Catch Fish fishing club, whose members enjoy discounted store purchases and boat rentals. Additionally, Bayside Boat and Tackle is a dealer for Duras portable inflatable boats, Tohatsu motors, and EZ Dock docks, which they can also help install.