Hyper tubing and barrels surround an empty school bus in the centre of one of Sherkston Paintball's four woodland fields, while a two-storey tower stands tall among a huddle of lower-slung structures in another. Players can navigate through medium to thick brush in the aptly named Brush Field, or ambush the Attack & Defend field's 100-foot-long fort, which hinders blitzes with walls reaching more than nine feet and a tower missing a princess with scalable hair. Alternately, bunkers are the only obstruction on a new speedball field that's surrounded by a seating area for spectators.
Along with outdoor bouts every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year, Sherkston Paintball hosts annual events and tournaments including an epic Trailer Park Boys-themed battle. Players can also get the most up-to-date gear at the fully-stocked, on site pro-shop.
Flanked by deciduous trees that emblazon the landscape with deep ambers and yellows in the autumn, the course at Pelham Hills Golf and Country Club guides play along an emerald tapestry awash in natural beauty and obstacles. Water comes into play on 14 of the 18 holes, punishing overzealous shots on holes 9, 12, and 15 with the shooter's choice of a penalty stroke or a self-service swirlie. Elsewhere, mounds thwart easy play onto greens, and strenuous bunker positioning and elevated tee boxes reward deft club selection. Players who can keep their shots on the straight and narrow, however, will enjoy the fruits of generous fairways and numerous scoring opportunities afforded by pins awed into submissiveness.
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The outdoor enthusiasts at Play Hard Niagara outfit visitors for romps on the water, beach, and street. Gear rentals ranging from sit-on-top kayaks to bikes equip explorers for adventures throughout the Port Colborne area, including trips along the old canal and Lake Erie shoreline. For a small fee, Play Hard's staff delivers equipment to nearby locations for full-day rentals. Back in Crystal Beach, the shop displays a multitude of recreational equipment, ranging from land-bound scooters to surf gear that stands ready to skim over a cresting wave or through layers of the upper atmosphere.
Niagara Fishing Adventures guides line-casters over the waters of Lake Ontario for voyages fruitful in fish-centric escape. Troll for king and coho salmon as well as rainbow, brown, and lake trout on the sturdy decks of a 30-foot Sea Ray, ripe with opportunities to master plank-pirouettes or sea-legged tap dances. Captain Aldo Nava’s trawling savvy comes from almost 30 years of experience, including spots on the Canadian Sportfishing television series and high placement in salmon tournaments. Baited hooks taunt succulent schools that have made their way to lake hotspots during the prime spring and summer seasons for binge mayfly consumption and unbridled spawning. Rods, reels, and bait are included, allowing collectors to leave Fabergé lures at home in the safety of their own display tackle boxes.
Boasting a rugged, 3/8-mile D-shaped oval track, Merrittville Speedway supplies a dirt-dusted course for race warriors looking to burn rubber victoriously. Cheering audiences inhale the smell of blazing tires wafting through the air as specialty vehicles such as Modified Lites, Can-Am late models, four-cylinder trucks, and umbrella-wielding Mary Poppinses blast around the egg-shaped raceway for 25 laps. With two general admission tickets in tow, automobile enthusiasts can catch the action from grandstand seating while snacking on concessions (not included in today's deal) or hugging novelty speedway items (not included in today's deal). Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.