The 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia, Canada, put the spotlight on the world's second-largest country. From the breathtaking scenery on Whistler Mountain to the groovy ambiance of Vancouver, visitors from around the world were invited to share in the adventure of getting to know Canada.
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In a country where winter sports reign supreme, it's no wonder that Canada boasts a slew of fitness camps for people of all fitness levels and ages.
Apex Mountain in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, is the site of The Mountain Challenge. Founder Troy Adams channels his military background to provide a fitness program designed to "facilitate positive change" to get results. Classes such as Battle Drills and Discipline Fitness and lectures such as "The Art of Motivation" provoke members to be all they can be.
Mountain Trek, located at The Ainsworth Hot Springs, is billed as a fit farm, not a fat farm. Guests partaking in the FitPath program are literally measured for this fitness experience. A body composition analysis, which includes your BMI, is performed upon arrival. Depending on your fitness level, you will indulge in daily 2- to 4-hour hikes with core and strength classes rounding out your day.
With many guests staying up to 90 days at The Hills Health Ranch in British Columbia, this retreat focuses on educating visitors to "a healthier, better lifestyle." After sweating through the fitness classes or hikes, guests are treated to massages. Encouraging you to change your lifestyle is the goal of the personal trainers and on-site professionals in nutrition, kinesiology and yoga.
For women only, the Mountain Escape program in Lake Louise guides participants in hiking through the awe-inspiring terrain, swimming, practicing yoga and Pilates and attending presentations which focus on health and fitness. Their mission statement is to inspire you to "be empowered by your own strength..." and offer packages of 2- to 5-day retreats.
Wellspring Vancouver hosts a 4- to 8-week summer fitness program for kids aged 11 to 18. Housed in Canada's newest institution of higher learning, Quest University, the children are treated to healthy meals and snacks while being encouraged to participate in activities like sea kayaking, kickball, mountain bike riding, soccer and yoga. Personal trainers are in attendance to assess each child's fitness level and guide him in safe workouts.
At Bear Creek Outdoor Center near Canada's capital city Ottawa, Active Challenge is committed to raising the fitness level of girls aged 12 to 18. With a registered dietitian on staff to provide awareness on healthy food choices, the girls are also guided in adventurous outdoor physical activities.
Outward Bound Canada has been providing wilderness adventures since 1969. They are a recognized leader in the business of teaching people to challenge themselves through physically demanding courses. Your classes will take place in the wilderness, where the learning of leadership skills augments the physicality of the program.