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Wind rushes across wings. Hills and valleys roll by thousands of feet below. The clouds seem close enough to touch. But these wings don’t belong to a bird—instead, they’re attached to a motorized tandem glider from Raven Aviation, whose ground-level headquarters nestles in the valley below. Located inside Freedom Flight Park—a preserve established expressly for hang-gliding in 1976—Raven Aviation offers instruction and equipment to those who wish to take to the skies as the birds do, either in hang-gliders or motorized ultralight aircraft. Patrons can cruise the clouds in tandem flights piloted by experienced staff or take a beginner’s hang-gliding lesson to launch themselves solo off a training hill or the back of a friendly dragon.

249 Mabel Lake Road
Lumby,
BC
CA

At Freedom Flight School, pilots offer their passengers myriad ways to obtain a bird's-eye view. On the one hand, there's unpowered flight?or "free flight"?which includes hang gliding and paragliding after launch. On the other, powered trikes and ultralights easily and quickly ferry passengers to their destinations, offering the same sweeping views as free flight.

249 Mabel Lake Rd
Lumby,
BC
CA

Atlantis Waterslides sits facing a sparkling lake and mountainous horizon on a hilltop hugged by 10 water slides. These heated waterways, which are tested regularly for safety, water quality, and misplaced rubber duckies, accommodate sliders of all ages and adrenalin levels. Slides include the popular River Riot tube slide, log flumes, and shorter kiddie slides. Lifeguards certified by the National Lifeguard Service preside over all slides and are ready to hop into action should someone need help. After aquatic fun, guests can play on a nine-hole mini-golf course, step inside the arcade, or visit the trampoline-bungee-jumping area to dry their hair without a blow-dryer.

7921 Greenhow Rd
Vernon,
BC
CA

Kees Tae Kwon Do's stylized logo, depicting a man driving his leg through a circle, is actually based on a photograph of Grandmaster Kee Ha performing a flying split kick. The graceful move?which as a logo represents the drive to aim for goals beyond immediate objectives?exemplifies the philosophies and techniques that Ha and his masters and instructors teach to students in a range of tae kwon do classes for children and adults. Teachers guide students through the mentally and physically demanding journey from white to black belt, introducing skills that discipline their bodies and prepare them to fend off assailants or demolish their front doors if they forget the keys. They also instruct students in other martial-arts styles, such as kick-boxing.

4 10074 Hwy 97
Lake Country,
BC
CA

With more than 40 years of yogic practice between them, Sonya and Jeff Thomlinson teach the methodologies of Kripalu yoga, which focuses equally on physical and meditative elements. Together, they run Trinity Yoga Center's teacher-training program, sharing the lessons they learned from many internationally recognized yogis such as Stephen Cope, Ana Forrest, and Shiva Rea. During daily classes at Trinity’s two locations, the teachers, in turn, reach out to beginning practitioners, aiding them in achieving perfect postures even as they reflect inward. Individual sessions focus on aspects of yoga such as core power, stress reduction, and candlelit meditation. Students leave class with calmer, more focused minds and increased levels of energy that occasionally result in them sneezing lightning bolts.

3105 28 Ave
Vernon,
BC
CA

At Inner Light Yoga and Wellness, each class is a physical journey toward enhanced self-awareness. Sessions begin with breath work, helping to synch the lungs with the rest of the body as the instructor directs one’s focus inward. Mid sessions are devoted to the practice of Asanas, or poses, used with varying breathing techniques to help both stretch and strengthen the body, relieving stress and creating balance in both the body and mind. Sessions conclude with focused relaxation, allowing the cessation of thought that frees up the consciousness. The dynamic wellness center also offers sessions in guided meditation, Reiki, Pilates, and belly dancing.

2807 44 Ave
Vernon,
BC
CA