Canoeing the Grand's Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association–certified guides lead expeditions of the gentle, scenic Grand River and its surrounding sites. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, oar dunkers shove off on the country tour package for two. The day dives into an orientation where adventurers energize with fresh muffins and coffee, receive a safety handout, and may request tutelage in basic canoe entering and exiting, paddling, safety communication, and what to do when confronted by a feral kayak. Staffers then shuttle explorers to the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, where they can peruse farm-fresh produce, meats, and cheeses for two hours before embarking on a 30-minute guided tour of Mennonite backcountry. The tour arrives at the canoe launch, where paddlers can store their purchases safely or bring them on a two-hour guided canoe cruise to barter with great blue heron, river otter, and deer. The day concludes with a barbecue lunch on the riverbank, where the staff bequeaths a limited edition Grand River print in an imported macaroni frame to participants.
Flag Raiders ensures fierce competition with outdoor arenas marked by a variety of obstacles, terrain, and setups. Paintballers and their friends can traipse through an urban cityscape, firing colourful orbs past buildings or over six full-size cars while dodging stern jaywalking cops. On the turfed speedball pitch, prowlers quickly take cover behind inflatable obstacles and advance before getting splat tagged.
Pilates in Guelph's certified instructors woo the mat-curious with a lineup of 55-minute classes that blend styles and skill levels. Within a spacious, mirrored studio, groups of about 12 students acquaint themselves with the latest in advanced Pilates equipment such as trapeze tables and fitness circles designed to whittle muscles into toned renditions of interestingly shaped countries. Beginner-level classes, such as the Pilates Basics class, instill fundamentals; classes that target certain body areas, such as the intermediate-level Abs, Shoulders & Core class, employ weights and the participant's own body weight to strengthen the entire upper body. Intermediate-level students can glower in the face of the Pilates Bootcamp class, which zips students through high-intensity cardio movements and equipment work, leaving muscles grizzled and ready to punch in walls. Instructors cater to individual needs such as physical limitations and specific health conditions.
Wedges 'N Woods Golf Academy helps players of all experience levels build their skills at its comprehensive practice facility, complete with driving, chipping, and putting greens. A fully irrigated tee deck allow guests to practice landing on the 10 target greens using every club, and practice bunkers challenge golfers to get out of the sand before the tide washes away their castle. CPGA professionals offer various levels of instruction, combining modern teaching techniques and video analysis to correct golfers' swings and mental approach to the game. The academy also maintains an 18-hole miniature course surrounded by natural landscaping and sand traps, providing mini golfers their first step toward their quest to attain the Mini Masters' coveted green sweater vest.