By Tom Albrecht | Feb 13, 2018 | Local News
It’s an amazing business in Fort McMurray called Aim High Park.
We’ve written before about the boom in the service sector that we’re seeing due to falling commercial/retail rents (think Avenue Coffee, Mr. E’s Solve-It-Torium), but I wanted to put this business out there as another shining example.
NOTE: The park is not free. You can find pricing info on the Aim High website
Fort Mac is getting better and better, and Aim High Park has two wicked parts to it:
At first, I sat and watched our friends donning headsets and backpacks containing computers. I watched them immediately become animated. But as a spectator, watching what they were seeing on TV screens, I was a little bored, to be honest.
Then it was my turn.
Immediately, my mind was blown.
Like, totally blown.
There are fifty games to choose from! Here are some examples:
Trippy times playing #virtualreality yesterday at @aimhighparkfm with friends Will & Paulina of @helloaurakey. We all ended up feeling a little nauseated after becoming addicted and playing too long. It was #soreal I leant on a "table" and almost fell over in front of a bunch of clowns at the fairground. WHAT'S REAL AND WHAT'S NOT?! #VR #AimHighPark #ateamymm #ateam4life #friendsforever #bff #ymm
It was a real out-of-body experience; so hard to explain - you really have to try it for yourself! To give you an idea of how real it is, before you get used to it, if you play for too long, then you get nauseous (all of us felt that way). At one point, I went to lean on a “table” (in the fairground) and almost fell over.
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The staff was a happy, super helpful, young bunch. It’s a costly thing (at $15 for 30 minutes or $25 per hour, per head, but you can check the full pricing info here), but not as expensive as actually getting out of Fort Mac. Compared to the cinema, it’s a lot of money, especially if you have a large family, but it truly is an escape.
The biggest issue is that the VR is highly addictive. You won’t want to put the controls down...Eek!
They even have a virtual escape room (which we haven’t tried yet). We’re obsessed with Mr. E’s Solve-It-Torium, so I’m sure this virtual experience will make us pretty happy, too.
We tried this when they first opened, and I have to say: it was a pretty happy thing. Tons of bouncing around into padded walls and jumping off climbing walls into feet of foam pieces. There are fun challenges (e.g. running off walls like a ninja), and it’s all smiles. Exactly what’s needed after a hard day of, for example in my case, blogging and selling houses.
What could be better than trampolining after you finish your pipeline inspections, or safety investigation, or generally working hard in Fort Mac?
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1 They’re located in at #8219, 8223 Manning Ave, Fort McMurray - that’s the old industrial part of downtown, near Town Hall, Greyhound and Avenue Coffee.