Great West Fitness & Tennis Club helps its members get or stay in shape with cardio and weight training equipment, a slate of group classes, and both indoor and outdoor tennis facilities. Divided into ladies-only and coed sections, the gym provides options both for the solo exerciser and for those who prefer to bond over mutual sweatiness. The former can build or tone muscles using the club's weightlifting machines and free weights or gaze at mountain vistas through extralarge windows while they trot in place on a bank of treadmills. Classes, led by Great West's certified trainers and instructors, include yoga, boot-camp, Latin-flavoured Zumba, and cycle classes designed to strengthen midsections and enhance apple-slicing skills. You can receive a free fitness assessment administered by a personal trainer or relax in an infrared sauna with complimentary towel service.
VRC Fitness hastens heart rates in a squeaky-clean and eco-friendly facility of more than 25,000 square feet. Members get access to four cardio areas, a pool and hot tub, seven courts for racquet sports, and a motivational butler. Pump iron in a weight room organized by targeted body zones, or work a round of reps in the circuit weight room. A one-on-one orientation session with a certified personal trainer, who will create a customized workout program suited to personal health ambitions, accessorizes all new memberships. A bountiful schedule of group fitness classes fosters collective vigour through cycling, boot camps, dance classes, and more, and a ladies-only area demolishes guts of diligent divas. Registered goal-smashers can take advantage of family and local benefits or sign up for tanning, towel service, registered yoga classes, and additional personal training sessions for additional costs, though entries in stationary-bike races are always free.
Tired of feeling unfit and unhappy with their bodies, husband-and-wife team Barry and Jana Ratzlaff decided to make a change. They registered for a fitness and weight-loss challenge, and have since revamped their physiques and lifestyles. Today, 50 and 25 pounds lighter, respectively, Barry and Jana have made it their mission to help others change their lives while having fun.
To that end, their mostly outdoor fitness facility spans 10 acres of cedar forest. But the natural expanse is more than idyllic hiking grounds. Twenty challenges obstruct winding, wooded trails, through which Barry and Jana lead small groups in flipping heavy logs, balancing on cedar beams, scaling rope walls, and outrunning beavers. When the weather isn’t ideal, they bring their fitness expertise indoors to their fully stocked studio for one-on-one personal-training programs, which can include weight-training, cardio counseling, and nutrition planning.
From The Glen Bar & Grill's outdoor patio at Fraserglen Golf Course, diners feasting on a menu of hearty clubhouse fare can steal glimpses of weeping willows leaning over cattail-lined lakes and manicured greens petering off into rugged farmlands and the mountains beyond. These idyllic greens not only lure wandering eyes with breath-taking views, but also unfurl scenic pastures where visitors can walk off recently devoured burgers, sandwiches, and wraps or make snow angels in sand traps when overcome by food euphoria.
The Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery Visitors Centre aims to educate and entertain visitors with programs and events centred on the world of water-breathing animals. The centre's indoor and outdoor facilities allow guests to observe live fish in aquariums as well as in their natural habitat. Educational programs, which are designed to reach specific age groups, include It's a Trout's Life for grades K–2, What's That Habitat? for grades 2–5, and Trout Fast Food, in which visitors in grades 2–5 analyze the insects that trout seek out when their waterproof refrigerators go empty. In the all-ages Learn to Fish program, aspiring anglers learn how to identify fish and use different lures to attract specific species. The program also focuses on responsible fishing ethics and proper fish-handling techniques to increase survival during catch-and-release.
Fishing can be a solitary pursuit, but Swiftwater Guiding's team knows that sturgeon fishing is a team sport. It can take three or four people to hold a Fraser River sturgeon—the behemoths can measure up to 12 feet long and often weigh more than 1,000 pounds. Even more impressive, sturgeons are known for their verve, executing spectacular leaps when pursued, and chomping on bait so hard that bystander fish feel proud of their own table manners.
Swiftwater Guiding's heated aluminum jet boats—always helmed by an experienced guide—also pursue more docile aquatic life. Salmon trips can capture chinook, pink, coho and sockeye fish during the few days they are in the river. Fly-fishing trips, meanwhile, can target salmon or other species such as the rainbow trout, which is known for swallowing whole rainbows. The boats leisurely glide down a breezy stretch of river between Fort Langley and Hope, which was also an old fur trading route.