At Turtle Bay Pub, scenic views of Wood Lake enhance the experience of sipping cold brews and indulging in a diverse selection of pub fare. That cuisine ranges from hearty classics, such as racks of ribs or steak & Guinness pies, to lighter dishes, such as flatbreads topped with prosciutto, pear, and goat cheese. Live music sets the mood on Friday nights, and on others, it's set by the cheers and groans of patrons as they watch sports games. Sunday brunch, replete with omelettes and buttermilk pancakes, is also available.
The team behind Avenue Classic Bar sets out to create an upscale tavern with a warm, neighborly feel. A row of chandeliers shines soft light on intimate conversations below, as patrons nestle into soft folds of U-shaped leather booths. Bottles of top-shelf liquors rise from behind the bar, waiting to be plucked from obscurity and to melt some unsuspecting ice cubes. Stone walls and hardwood floors lend a rich quality to the upscale saloon.
The centrepiece is a 14-foot screen. And 26 plasma TVs reinforce the HD sports experience, from UFC fights to NHL fights. The games enjoyed at Best Damn Sports Bar aren't all passively viewed, though; billiards, darts, and arcade games beckon the competitive side of patrons.
Sports fans periodically fill cheering mouths with savoury bar favourites, including burgers, flatbread pizzas, and wings that come in 15 varieties—honey garlic and butter chicken, to name two. And to wash down it all down, draft and bottled beer, cocktails, and red and white wine vie for table supremacy.
At Gracie Barra Kamloops, students learn the art of the underdog: brazilian jiu-jitsu. This martial-arts discipline capitalizes on the concept of leverage to negate any advantage of size or strength. Its grappling techniques therefore enable a person to subdue a much-larger opponent using a repertoire of joint locks and chokeholds.
The instructors—two of whom are certified black belts—demonstrate their ground-fighting techniques during classes for all ages. These sessions hone self-defence moves while promoting overall fitness, much like kicking the panel of your StairMaster between each step.
Michaelbrook Ranch Golf Course unspools in the Okanagan Valley, inviting players to tee off against a backdrop of mountains and wine vineyards. Measuring 3,799 yards from the back tees, the par-63 executive course is relatively diminutive in stature but outfitted with hazards such as water on four holes, troublesome rough, and the threat of interference from lost sommeliers. The distinctive 18th hole boasts two greens—one an island and one safely inland—each of which may be in play on any given day. After sinking your last putt, head over to the Brook Bar and Grill for a post-round meal and celebratory drinks.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-63 course * Total length of 3,799 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 58 from the back tees * Course slope of 84 from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
As members of the RJS Craft Winemaking Academy, Bayleys BrewHaHa's four stores supply all the ingredients and equipment necessary for burgeoning brew masters to craft their own wine, beer, and cider. Today's Groupon crafts 48 bottles of cider or coolers under the tutelage of Bayleys' familial crew, who assign each student a spirit animal to guide them through the process from start to finish. On-site facilities use 100% reverse osmosis filtered water as the base for flavours like apple, pomegranate, and hard cranberry lemonade. After adding and mixing all the appropriate ingredients, the base is bottled, stored, and mellowed with select classics of reggae. When fermentation completes about four weeks later, the ciders and coolers are ready to bottle and are 100% guaranteed.