Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 minutes or less
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Come early and enjoy all the amazing food options at both the Richmond and Summer Night Market locations.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: WaterWalk and SplashPass
Q&A with Shawn, Operations Manager
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Although this is a fun activity, some people are claustrophobic and choose to come out early. If that happens to you, just make an "X" with your arms and we will take you out of the ball as soon as possible. To keep our guests safe, we check the zipper on each ball every every single day. We also sanitize the interiors before every single WaterWalk.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
We always have a staff member in the pool at all times to watch the balls and the people inside them. If someone seems uncomfortable in the ball we will approach them and see if they are okay and react accordingly.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Last year I started this business at the age of 15 with the mentorship and financial support of my family. We initially saw the idea in Hawaii and I immediately thought that we should bring it to Vancouver. Last year, we became a monumental part of the night market, which paved the way for our second location.
Even though the idea of an escape room is to... you know... escape, the escape rooms at Exit- Beckwith may keep pulling you back again and again. The irony isn't without reason—this multi-challenge facility features a streamlined narrative that weaves through seven meticulously designed rooms and even separate visits, thanks to player cards that keep tabs on each escapee's progress through the levels, puzzles, points, and weapons required to win. Read on for some details about the mythology, themes, and tools in the game:
The mythology centers around the Great One Desire, or G.O.D—a mad scientist intent on destroying the world. Players' follow G.O.D.'s path through time-travel, immortality, and alien invasions in order to advance through the levels and destroy him.
The themes are structured by difficulty and journey. Players can traverse through the Empire of Atlantis, down to the underground environs of the Terracotta Mausoleum, and then through airships, volcano mines, and the final adventure, the Boss Room, where weapons and points culminate in a chance to defeat G.O.D. Each of the seven themes last 45-minutes.
The tools include weapons granted to players with completion of every theme, as well as points and tools from solving puzzles. Teams must have all six weapons in order to advance to the Boss Room.
The player cards keep track of each player's gaming history, including past weapons, points, and levels earned in order to create a consistent quest that lasts from visit to visit and ups the stakes on the game.
Canadian Hapkido President Master Michael Lok has traced a circuitous route to his current position as one of Canada’s highest ranked practitioners of hapkido, a Korean mixed martial arts style that claims millions of black belts worldwide. Born in Hong Kong, Lok studied in Regina, during which time he became interested in the fighting style's intricate kicks, strikes, and joint locks. After winning the Canadian Open Sparring Championship and amassing enough trophies to fill a tiny inflatable swimming pool, Lok decided to go to Korea—hapkido’s birthplace—for several years of intensive training. Now a seventh-level dan black belt, Lok passes on decades of martial-arts wisdom in his Richmond studio, which he proudly claims is Canada's largest dedicated hapkido facility. Open since 1996, the studio and its seasoned instructors help practitioners of all ages progress through hapkido's traditional belt system. In addition to boosting self-confidence, honing discipline, and improving physical fitness, the studio also inspires loyalty; current and past student alike helped honor Master Lok and company with a Richmond News Readers Choice Award for Best Martial Arts Studio multiple times over the past decade.
Ever wonder what it's like to fly? Flight City Enterprises gives laypeople the chance to see what it's like to helm a 747 without going through the training, testing, and feather collecting a real pilot does.
Flight City maintains a professional-level flight-training simulator, about which former airline pilots have claimed, "I felt like I was right back in the cockpit." The simulator creates weather situations, such as snow, and random traffic patterns, as well as reproducing operative malfunctions.
After a quick briefing, newbie fliers take the helm alongside their instructor, who shows them every last duty, from preflight to landing. Together, they check gauges and meters before they take the "plane" into the sky, stressing the three major tasks: aviate, navigate, and communicate. Finally, the instructor guides them through an approach and landing, plus final breathing exercises to shake off the stress.
Nimble players send shuttlecocks flying in gravity-defying volleys across Ace Badminton Centre’s 12 courts, guided by a team of highly qualified instructors. The centre’s coaching staff overloads its collective mantle with a wealth of awards and trophies, such as Ximing Yao’s1986 US Open Doubles victory, or Shawn Zhang’s 2010 British Columbia men’s championship title. Trainees and players hone their skills on the courts’ floating-floor system, replete with a triple-layered PVC buffer and high-density foam cushioning for absorbing shock—much safer than floors cushioned by subterranean lava pits. After studying under a professional badminton coach or practicing against a worthy opponent, students can join the ranks of Ace’s trophy-bearing alumni, who sport medals from junior championships at both the provincial and national level.
In 1897, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery made history by producing 50,707 cases of canned sockeye salmon—the largest pack by a single
cannery in British Columbia. This bumper harvest came about three years after the cannery opened, when it was known as the Monster Cannery along Steveston's cannery row and in the nightmares of the younger canneries. Operational until 1979, today it occupies the same real estate and persists as one of the few historically intact canneries in British Columbia.
Inside, visitors explore Canada's west coast fishing history with guided and self-guided tours, films, and interactive exhibits, including the Canning Line, one of the site's permanent attractions. Here, guests can experience what it was like to work on a 1930s-era canning line. A hard day's work on the line can wind down at the gift shop, which is stocked with cannery-themed apparel, toys, and gifts.