After sixteen years cruising capricious waterways by raft, Horizon X owner Martin Bertrand feels confident that the best excursions must take place in smaller boats. Rather than placing customers in the more popular and cost-effective "bus" rafts that seat 10?14 passengers, Martin opts for the small and stable Maravia Diablo. Referred to by Martin as the "sports cars of rafting," the safe, self-bailing vessels comfortably seat six to seven passengers. It's this attention to detail and customer service that won them "Feature Award ? Tourism" at the 2013 Business Achievement Awards Gala held by the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to a whitewater rafting, Martin and his troupe of knowledgeable guides and instructors supervise riverboarding and kayak expeditions that last up to two days and often encompass Horizon X's signature overnight stays at a base camp. The base-camp is located on the Ottawa river with access to all of its breathtaking views. The base-camp excursions include recreation such as beach volleyball, horseshoes, and hammocks for groups of up to 42 people. As an incentive to encourage eco-friendly adventuring, Martin's green program furnishes free trip photos and tree hugs if participants carpool to the base camp in the best ratio for their group.
Oziles' rental watercrafts exemplify the outfitter?s mission to empower Ottawans to explore and conserve their surrounding waterways. A fleet of canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats let guests power their own adventures in the water, complete with safety equipment. The tackle shop is fully stocked with everything necessary for fishing, from equipment for your rental boat to refreshments and snacks to enjoy once you return.
Virtual Sports Zone's golf playgrounds let fairway fiends of all skill levels conquer courses any time of year while enjoying the comforts of the great indoors. Special 3-D modelling technology recreates the playgrounds' 17 world-renowned courses available for play, crafting photo-realistic environments detailed enough to spot wind-blown roughs or ball-devouring gators from afar. To improve your club-crushing abilities, an advanced visual computer system analyzes the dynamics of your swing—including shaft flex, angle of attack, wrist cock, and degree of eyebrow movement—with results accessible on-screen, printed, or emailed.
The par 72 Hammond Golf Course stretches over 6,746 yards of rolling hills polka dotted with evergreens and scribbled with still creeks. Golfers approach the first tee and gaze over a 504-yard fairway, which hooks right toward a green guarded by pair of bunkers awaiting errant shots and misguided sunbathers. After the first hole, players face a gauntlet of equally lengthy par 5s, dogleg par 4s, and short par 3s. Three sets of tees make the course playable for golfers of all abilities,
taking the average player around four hours—or one metric Nicklaus—to complete. Golfers with today's deal have the option of rounding out foursomes with two younger players, who can use this time to learn the game or call out adults for abusing mulligans.
Parc Omega celebrates the diversity of Canada's fauna by giving visitors the opportunity to see some of the country's most majestic creatures firsthand. Roughly divided by biome, the park includes areas dedicated to recreating the habitats found throughout Canada's prairies, mountains, lakes, and boreal forests. Amid those picturesque settings, guests can spot
caribou, arctic wolves, black bears, deer, and wild boar as they drive along the 17-kilometre car path or meander down one of several walking trails.
The park remains open year-round, offering seasonal activities in addition to self-guided tours. Snowshoeing excursions, for example, are available during the winter. Guests can explore the first nation walking trail and learn about the 12 First Nations of Qu?bec or visit the park's historic recreation of an 1847 farmstead in the summer. The changing seasons don't stop the activities either, with visitors getting the chance to get up close and personal with animals?by hand-feeding elk or fallow, red, or white-tailed deer?any time of year.
The subject of a 2012 renovation, Bearbrook Golf Club's 18-hole course blankets the rolling countryside with a 6,111-yard circuit of closely manicured fairways and greens. Water hazards and mature trees dot the green expanse, eager to corrupt the path of errant golf balls and impressionable squirrels. While the par 72 course challenges golfers from the tips, it offers three tee options to appeal to players across the spectrum.