Commando Paintball - More variety, more professional, but smaller fields.
Directions to the Field:
1. Head east on Routh 174 toward Rockland
2. Turn right at Chemin Canaan/Canaan Rd - go 2.1 km
3. Turn left at Baseline Rd - go 4.8 km
4. Turn right at Lacasse Rd - go 2.2 km
There is no sign at the field. You drive into a private farm laneway. The staging clubhouse is at the back. You have to make reservations.
Synopsis: Two fields, a speedball field and a ravine. I didn't play the speedball field so this review is about the ravine. The place is actually behind a farm.
Very long ravine with stream running the whole length. Lots of bunkers in the middle of the ravine. Several bridges across the stream. Very high ridges on either side of the ravine. Lots of brush with no bunkers on one ridge. Bunkers on the other side.
Playing in the brush provided LOTS of opportunity for stealth and sniping. The whole layout of the ravine gave lots of opportunity to develop different strategies and tactics. It was a hell of a lot of fun.
Tippman 98 rentals with HPA. Very reasonably priced rentals and paint.
Henry, the owner, is a great guy.
Only one field, so no variety. But it's a big ravine so you can try lots of different strategies.
The ravine is very long, but not terribly wide. We spent most of the time on top of the ridges because the middle of the ravine seemed like a death trap.
Bridges were very slippery when wet, and some were little more than logs. Kinda unsafe.
Boundaries were not clearly defined. There was caution tape strung willy-nilly throughout the ravine, and it didn't make much sense.
There was no clearly defined dead/safe zone. It was very frustrating when "dead" and active players congregated together at the starting bunker. The starting bunker became a de facto dead zone, but it was actually an active bunker!
My goggles fogged up something fierce. It may have been because it was raining, but I strongly suggest bringing your own goggles.
It was raining, and the parking lot became a mud pit. Several cars got stuck in the mud. You may want to park on the road if it's raining.
Neutral (depending on your point of view):
The clubhouse is just a barn with a couple of picnic tables. They bring the rentals and the HPA tanks in from Ottawa on a trailer.
Very informal reffing. We pretty much ran our own games. No safety speech at the beginning. Very little organization.
Last edited on Sunday, May 14th, 2006 at 9:39 am PST
Happy to say that Ottawa Paintball now has a new outdoor field (www.ottawapaintball.ca), very nice with 4 playing fields. And on the weekend of the 6th you were the first group of the season and we had just managed to get are equipement in the field area the morning of. So yes we were not 100% ready.
Thanks and hope to see everybody at are new outdoor field.