Many modern teenagers face a catch-22: their parents don’t trust them behind the wheel of a car, but they need the driving experience to become more trustworthy drivers. Russ Bond, a 30-year automotive industry vet, decided to remedy this dilemma. He started kartSTART.ca, a traveling, family-friendly go-kart program that reaches beyond the mere thrill of racing in fast gas-powered carts to also emphasize the fundamentals and physics of driving. “What we teach here is how a vehicle works,” says Bond on his website, “…we help teenagers prepare for the daunting task of driving on today’s roads with the masses.”
During full-day programs at speedways throughout Canada, future drivers can hop into a Toyota go-kart for three driving sessions and an array of safety activities and lessons. To simplify matters, the outing includes all of the equipment necessary for a safe and realistic driving experience, including helmets and built-in backseat drivers designed to second-guess every turn you make. Programs also include lunch and beverages.
Fashion mastermind and entrepreneur Herschel Segal made a splash in Montreal's burgeoning shopping district in 1959 when he opened Le Château Outlet's original storefront, where he intrigued passersby with London-inspired swaddlings unique to Canada's fashion landscape. Le Château Outlet's avant-garde style of garb for men and women drew great success in the years to follow, earning one of its crowning achievements when the iconic John Lennon personally commissioned the shop to create the jumpsuit he wore during his "bed-in" at Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969.
The fashion retailer has since grown to include more than 230 locations in its trendsetting empire, staking its claim throughout Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. Le Château Outlet's well-dressed experts keep the shop's collection of formal and casual wear up to date on the latest styles and trends, which change more frequently than the Mona Lisa's facial expression when no one is looking.
Ducked behind two army transports and a crashed airplane, the teammates brace themselves before storming the Intermodal City’s three two-storey buildings. This urban setting often serves as the climatic location for big games at Georgina Paintball, where players duke it out on outdoor fields spread across 25 acres. On these fields, competitors snake among towers of tires, dive into sandbagged trenches, and face off in a Western-style duel inside a sheriff’s office.
Along with year-round, by-appointment games, the fields are used for laser tag bouts and Georgina Paintball’s summer camp, during which students learn shooting basics. After games and camp sessions wrap up, visitors can repair broken gear or update their paintball equipment at the pro-shop, which stocks brand-name markers, masks, and clothing.
Anyone who has jitters about their jump can just ask the more than 56,000 people who've experienced their first skydive with the staff of Parachute School of Toronto. They'll most likely discover that the seasoned instructors there are more than adept at reducing the nervousness of newbies. These skydive gurus do everything they can to put jumpers at ease before leading a training session designed to not only calm stomach butterflies, but cover all the basics.
Once students are confident, they can make a tandem jump attached to an instructor from 13,500 feet, depending on conditions. After exiting the aircraft, skydivers will reach speeds of up to 200km per hour—otherwise known as warp speed for birds—before safely descending to the landing zone below via parachute.
Russ Bond knows a thing or two about go-karts; after all, he's dedicated his career to them. As own of Canadian Karting League, he offers kids and adults the opportunity to take to the tarmac with race-prepared karts, comprehensive safety training, and a battalion of professional mechanics at their backs. Russ explains to motoringtv.com that through years of training and racing cars professionally, he “always wanted to give back … so kids could get involved in karting,” In addition to boosting adrenalin and making for memorable afternoons, karting can teach kids and tweens how to pass other cars, handle turns, and harmonize by punching their horns. Giving kids the experience of maintaining their own kart “can only help them when they get a licence,” Russ says.
Proving that go-karting is more than just a pastime that's slightly more thrilling than mini-golf, professional racer Zack Meyer claims to have kickstarted his career on the outdoor track at Innisfil Indy Karting. And it's not surprising, because here, the low-to-the-ground karts zip around the track at up to 70 kmph. For those who would like to follow in Zack Meyer's footsteps, the instructors at Innisfil Indy Karting's racing school teach aspiring drivers as young as 5 years old racing skills. The track also hosts birthday parties that safely pump up adrenaline levels, unlike releasing a confused and agitated deer into the party.