Atlantic Cirque’s team of experienced instructors imparts their substantial acrobatic know-how to fledgling performers during a five-day Winter Wonder Cirque Camp. The camp is capped at 20 students to facilitate individualized attention and to ensure camper safety. Each action-packed day, agile pedagogues instruct students in a variety circus disciplines and equipment, including trampolines, stilts, and aerial apparatuses such as the trapeze. Between the spinning of plates and construction of human pyramids, students scrutinize Cirque du Soleil videos in order to glean inspiration for their own routines and partake in camp games to further fun-having. To cap off the week, families and ancestral ghosts descend upon Atlantic Cirque at 3 p.m. on Friday to take in the Winter White show wherein students show off their newly minted skills before receiving the keys to their own clown cars as a camp graduation present.
• For $12, you get a full-day bike rental (a $25 value). • For $20, you get a general tune-up (a $40 value). Idealbikes' staff of cycling experts revamp wheels and lend out an array of fully serviced bicycles. During daily rentals, customers can pedal down side streets and jump goldfish-filled bathtubs on any of the shop's myriad used bikes less than $500. Meanwhile, an included lock clasps wheels to nearby security guards, and a provided helmet cushions falling heads. Tune-ups commence as bike gurus fine-tune brakes and shifting, adjust the hub and bottom bracket, and then check the bike's tire pressure. Fresh oil lubricates the seat posts, pedals, and chain, and tools securely fasten all hardware. Finally, cycle docs wipe down and test-drive rides. Cycle parents can usually pick up their bikes the next day.
Designed by course architect Les Furber, The Links at Penn Hills’ 18-hole course weaves through waterways, wooded tracts, and rolling terrain for 7,236 yards of challenging golf. Breezes drift onto the course from the nearby Shubenacadie River, creating a tranquil environment for players to split fairways with soaring drives and carb-free clubs. At the end of each hole, bent-grass greens present a slick surface for each testy, breaking putt. Water hazards come into play on six holes, including the par 5 seventh, where shots must clear water and land on a bunker-fortified island green patrolled by a bearded, marooned Tom Hanks. The course promotes game improvement with a training complex that includes a 300-yard driving range, a nine-hole practice green, and a practice bunker. Course at a Glance:
The course at Harbour Ridge Golf Club blazes a winding path among numerous water hazards, opening out onto greens with sweeping views of the harbour below. As the slate-blue water ruffles in the wind, players work their ways across two par 3 holes, six par 4 holes, and a hole that can be played as a par 5 or a par 4 depending on the chosen set of tees. A clubhouse perches on a small hillock, overlooking the evergreen trees that line the fairways and distract lumberjacks from continually asking about the rules of golf.
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Upon glancing at the par of 31 and the yardage from the back tees—1,880—players might assume that a round of golf at The Links at Montague isn’t too serious. They’d be wrong. The course packs refinement and challenge into every corner of its diminutive space, from the stately stone entranceway and the clubhouse’s robust white pillars to the academy staffed by a CPGA Class A pro and the layout designed by architect Graham Cooke. He used every yard at his disposal to develop a nine-hole course reminiscent of larger championship loops. Players trek across carpet-like bentgrass fairways and greens, Kentucky bluegrass rough, and large, shimmering white bunkers raked regularly to erase the scrawled pleas for mercy. Running parallel to the eastern edge of Loon Lake, play also pulls players along a path that weaves through native hardwood trees and century-old softwoods, culminating in dramatic waterfront greens on the fourth and ninth holes.
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Cole Harbour Place—the home of hockey player Sidney Crosby—welcomes community members into a complex that hosts three pools, two regulation-size ice arenas, squash courts, and a weight-training centre and cardio room with more than 21 new pieces of equipment. The sprawling facility invites swimmers to splash during open sessions or learn how to greet a passing octopus properly during swim lessons; fitness classes get hearts pumping in boot camp and core yoga. A wealth of youth programming entertains whippersnappers throughout the year, and the wellness centre’s health classes and programs impart preventive-health advice to members of all ages.
At Brightwood Golf & Country Club, golfers drive and chip balls across 18 holes populated with lush fairways, challenging water hazards, and ball-trapping bunkers. The "Get Golfing" golf pass treats athletes to two free rounds of golf, two rounds of golf with the rental of a power cart, and additional discounts on greens fees and power-cart rentals. Amid looming trees and views of Halifax's harbour and skyline, players swing clubs or robotic arm attachments, whacking balls across the par 68 course, intricately co-designed in 1921 by prolific golf architect Donald Ross. Golfers are challenged to avoid wandering in the sand traps on Hole 3, falling from the tenth hole's two-tiered green, or plunging shots into the murky depths of the eighth hole's water hazard. At the close of 18 holes, golfers can sate appetites at the clubhouse restaurant.