Through the 80s and early 90s Graham Rawlinson accumulated more than a decade of experience piloting jets, hot air balloons, and ultra lights. Knowing how moving soaring through the sky can be, he opened Skyward Balloons in 1993 to share the experience with others. Today, Graham leads a team of Transport Canada–approved commercial pilots that ferry guests into the sky in kaleidoscopically coloured balloons. Leisurely sky-floats take guests 500–3,500 feet in the air, cruising over cities and the countryside for scenic champagne tours. Sightseers revel in aerial views of yawning pastures as they soar along, waving to earthbound onlookers and comparing lakes and ponds to unassuming puddles as lush treetops appear small enough to use for cleaning one's ears. The crew can accommodate corporate and group outings and are also certified to train student pilots. Their fleet of 10-storey-tall balloons can even help companies and public communication programs get the word out through airborne advertising.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 2,000 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Sally Creek unrolls a professionally designed nine-hole golf course that challenges club swingers with par 3, par 4, and par 5 play. The tree-lined borders and interweaving Sally Creek impart a park-like atmosphere, and golfers muster the poise needed to navigate the ponds, bunkers, and herds of buffalo. Call ahead to schedule a tee time, or reserve online.
The knowledgeable staff at The Record Works helps customers sort through thousands of new and used CDs, vinyl, movies, and video games. Music lovers can guide their record player's needle toward used LPs ($4.99+) or attempt to cram weekly new vinyl releases ($24.99+) into their mp3 players' headphone jacks. Pre-owned video games ($24.99+) beckon patrons to dust off controllers, and used DVDs ($9.99+) add variety to movie nights. Stereos fill up on pre-owned ($8.85+) and freshly made CDs ($17.70+), all carefully organized along the store's walls and in freestanding racks by categories such as rock and pop. Customers can sell their own used media to the store or return to pick out additional tunes from hundreds of new items left in bassinets on The Record Works' doorstep each day.
Mere minutes from downtown, Delta Fredericton offers guests an elegant leaping pad into Fredericton's cultural milieu. Savor a restful escape from backyard garden-gnome shantytowns in one of Delta Fredericton's premier rooms, all of which boast stunning views of the St. John River. Guests can also take advantage of the myriad recreational offerings, such as bike rentals and food market tours (not all activities are free). Alternately, stay damp and sedentary within Delta Fredericton's heated indoor and seasonal outdoor pools, sauna, or jacuzzi.