Soldier of Fortune (Hamilton)- Great Variety of Good Fields, Long Walk to the Great Fields,
Pro Shop and fields are too far apart.
Paintball City (Toronto)-Not a big fan of indoor (too dark can't see anything)
First off let me say that Shane (the owner) and his staff are amazing. My brother and I showed up yesturday (dec 30) and all we had was nothing but trouble with our guns. This was the first time I had actually used my gun (more on that later) and the cold was screwing up both mine and my brothers gun (apparently CO2 doesn't work well in the cold, lesson learned!). I couldn't get my gun to shoot at a consistant velocity and my brothers didn't work at all. Now I'm not sure if I should be saying this or not but when my brother went up to rent a gun Shane saw that he was frustrated because he had bought all his paint CO2 and field fee's that he gave him a rental for free. Now I don't want people showing up with old junky guns hoping for a free rental, I'll just say that my brothers marker isn't junky at all. So I hope people don't take advantage of Shanes generosity. The ref's are also great. I actually shot one by mistake (what can I say I'm a noobie) and he didn't take it personal and eject me from the field, after he actually helped me to get my gun's speed under control.
The Pro Shop is also excellent. I saw a post claiming that it was expensive, but that couldn't be further from the truth. I bought my spyder pilot there for 190 (C) on a boxing day sale, where later that night I saw online sales of the same marker for equal or more than what I paid for at Cameron but also received a membership for the field that entitles me to free CO2 refills and cheaper better paint (can't argue with that). I would have to say that the prices at Camerons from what I have seen so far are extremely competitive to anywhere else. Probably because they are located so in the country on highway 6 they pay next to nothing in property taxes and the fact that they want to make you a long time customer makes them go out of there way to give the greatest customer service in any industry.
Going back to when I bought the gun days before I played, Shane was trying to sell me on the air tank. I'm not a trusting person and I havent' ever bought something from Camerons before so I thought he was trying to get me to buy something I don't need. Apparently I was so wrong, the next day when I tried to play in -1 degree C weather I learned very quickly that CO2 blows (inconsistantly). Shane and his staff desperately tried to get the gun undercontrol but to no avail. So Shane actually lent me one of his compressed air tanks to help show me what advantages air had over CO2 and all I can say is wow what a difference, the marker shot so consistantly that now I am a believer.
The 3 fields are pretty good, they actually have heaters in the waiting area during really cold days. I cannot really give a great comment on the quality and setups of the field because I am still a noobie. But I will say that I had tons of fun on the main field shooting little kids (it's like the little guys in Halo) and hiding and ducking behind all the barrels and bunkers. The people that come out to paintball are all pretty interesting and passiontate about there sport, but I''m sure that's the same wherever you go. The other fields there look big engouh for some fun but are covered in ice when I was there so we did't have the opportunity to play on them. Maybe they should have two fields open at a time. One for general and the other for people who don't want to play with kids at a birthday party who end up shooting you below the waste because they are only 3 feet tall.
Overall I would say that my experiences at Cameron Speedway can be considered be great. They have a great staff who are passionate at what they do. They have the best customer service that I have ever seen in any industry. Prices are more than competitive. Fields in the summer are well kept and offer some good challenging play. All in all I would say that if you're in the area you should check out this field, you may never go anywhere else.
Last edited on Sunday, January 1st, 2006 at 9:41 am PST