Resting on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie Rowing Club prepares budding rowers with a hands-on introductory tutorial and training program on a dry rowing machine. The two-hour Taste of Rowing program commences with a series of how-to videos and an instructive chat with the head coach as paddlers snack on complimentary food. Participants can practice on a four-person Erg Dryland rowing machine, and the last one to get bucked off wins a mechanical bull. After an insightful boathouse tour, club members guide students with useful next steps for securing a spot in a boat and befriending direction-savvy narwhals. The Barrie Rowing Club boasts 20 kilometres of rowable waves and a new dock that is specially designed for handicapped athletes.
At Manhattan’s, when sunlight splashes the interior’s brick walls and rustic wooden floors and the garage doors roll up to reveal views of Kempenfelt Bay, they serve a brunch of eggs benedict, french toast, and sandwiches. At lunch, guests can sit on the patio out front while enjoying a choice between items such as a open-face flat-iron steak sandwich or a crab and lobster burger. Later in the day, the regulars know that the bartenders make a mean martini and last call is a little before 2 a.m. They also know not to mistake Manhattan’s for a bar. At dinner, the restaurant’s chefs serve hearty dishes such as cedar-plank salmon, rib-eye steak, and balsamic-honey chicken.
Shoeless Joe’s beckons to passersby with aromas of tasty grill fare—roasted chicken, ribs, and burgers. Named for White Sox outfielder Joe Jackson, who famously made a home-run catch with a bare left foot, Shoeless Joe’s pays tribute to the world of sport, supplementing AAA sirloin steaks, thin-crust pizzas, and pasta dishes with regular broadcasts of baseball, hockey, football, and UFC fights. Guests can wash down their dinners with drafts or cocktails from the drink menu, which boasts classic concoctions as well as inventive creations tinged with ingredients such as maple syrup, blueberry puree, or bacon.
With the glow of neon, the sound of dance beats, and the scent of buttery pierogies, Extaz Lounge fuses the glamour of a nightclub with the rustic refinement of an Eastern European eatery. Beaded chandeliers cast a magenta and azure glow across the lounge's interior, where images of scantily clad models surround diners savoring plates of pan-fried chicken, salted herring, and savory puff pastries. At night, live DJ's urge bodies and sound-activated robots onto the dance floor, while karaoke on Wednesday and Sunday evenings grants guests their 15 minutes of fame.
Beneath the golden tassels of draped curtains, powder-pink treatment tables cradle the reclining bodies of visiting clients. There, the staff of K.Ka Beauty And Health Spa performs European-style skincare procedures—including facials, massages, and body wraps—with nourishing products and innovative technology. Meanwhile, nail technicians pamper hands, feet, and the work-weary talons of pet messenger falcons with a range of artful manicure and pedicure services.