Though the winter snow has melted, inner tubes continue to zoom down the routes at Chicopee Tube Park—now cruising atop Italian mats, designed for waterless tubing. A host of other outdoor attractions complement the park’s eponymous activity. Two ziplines—an 80-metre line for first timers and a 300-metre line for veteran fliers—let passengers glide above the treetops without having to hitch a ride on a passing pterodactyl. The Eurobungy trampoline also gives guests the gift of flight, granting harness-sporting park-goers the ability to leap up to 25 feet in the air, and the spider-web climbing tower offers stationary bird’s-eye views once climbers have hoisted themselves to its pinnacle. For low-to-the-ground fun, harnessed participants at the horizontal ropes can balance six feet off the ground, getting a taste of tightrope walking without that chalky, acrophobic aftertaste.
Hardwood Ski and Bike has some of the best mountain bike trails in Ontario and provides 7 maintained mountain biking trails and 1 double track trail with loops for all levels of riders. We are an outdoor recreation facility with 300 acres of beautiful deciduous, pine and meadow ecosystems in a wilderness back drop.
Circle R Ranch is a 220-acre Touring Centre with 15 km of pampered, groomed, and tracked cross-country skiing trails meandering through picturesque wooded terrain including a 5 km skating trail for "skate" skiing. Membership covers all trail fees for the ski season and includes reduced prices to winter events. Before hitting the tantalizing trails, skiers without their own equipment can suit up with Circle R Ranch's state-of-the-art equipment rentals at the full-service pro shop or overcome their commitment issues and buy some new or used equipment. With poles and hand warmers in fist, graceful gallivanters can enjoy a day on the snow and then warm up in the heated lodge with home-style treats from the snack bar. For snow explorers that are new to the slippery sport, Circle R offers intro lessons (adults $30, children and seniors $22) during which skiers learn the classic style diagonal stride and uphill and downhill techniques, as well as receive equipment and clothing hints.
Winter never ends inside Alpine Slopes. The perpetual season is thanks to the facility's Maxxtracks skiing and snowboarding simulator, which looks something like a giant treadmill covered in buttercream icing. However, the ground actually consists of rolling nylon tufts, which create a soft training area for ski and snowboard instruction. Instructors can control this surface's slope and speed, making it whizz by at up to 25 kph for a safe, but realistic skiing or snowboarding experience. This adjustability allows the instructors to introduce the basics to beginners or help advanced skiers hone proper form, which they point out in a wall-length mirror. They even claim that novices will learn eight times faster than if they were practicing out on real hills or atop their neighbour’s roof. After sessions, guests can unwind at a full bar located within the rest area, which boasts the atmosphere of an authentic log ski lodge.
Skis carve silently through the snow, the occasional shout echoing through the trees. During warmer months, these same trees conceal mountain-biking trails. Nestled in the Oak Ridges Moraine, the year-round Lakeridge Ski Resort contains enough attractions to entice outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes.
A network of nearly 20 snow trails, including mogul runs, cover 70 acres of the mountain's rugged terrain and the former location of one ill-positioned fraternity house. These trails and three bustling terrain parks challenge skiers and snowboarders of all ages and experience levels. Alternatively, summer youth camps feature activities ranging from high-ropes courses to climbing walls. Lakeridge's visitors won't have to travel far to rest after a day hanging out with Mother Nature: the resort's proximity to Uxbridge provides easy access to several charming hotels and inns.
When Skyloft Ski Resort first opened in 1944, visitors were hauled up the hill in a tractor. Years passed and those old-fashioned methods fell by the wayside, and Skyloft Ski Resort eventually transformed into the family-friendly ski haven it is today. Now, 21 runs and trails snake across the Skyloft landscape, and a more than 300-foot vertical drop sends skiers and snowboarders soaring down the powdery slopes. Away from the snowy oasis, The Lodge provides a space to warm up beneath its post-and-beam ceilings, with views that overlook rolling hills, woodlands, and nearby yeti settlements.