Bay Ranch Lodge and Equestrian Centre's lessons and trail rides partner patrons with one of myriad horses for traversing its more than 250 acres. British-trained instructors imbue participants with their extensive knowledge of proper horse safety and riding technique during a 30–60 minute lesson within an enclosed arena before grooming sessions and double-knotting horseshoe laces prep each equine for its ride. Once students are securely aboard, horses spend an hour trotting along trails fastidiously trimmed in summer and plowed in winter. Each trek leads riders through bountiful pastures, natural woodland teeming with wildlife, or on bayside routes flanking Sturgeon Lake. As voyages conclude, customers can warm chilled tongues with unlimited cups of hot chocolate while making snow angels with their steeds.
Santa?s Village has developed into a complex of parks that offers something for all ages and activity interests. The complex including the traditional Santa?s Village Theme Park which is entering it?s 59th at Santa?s summer home. Sportsland, next to Santa?s Village, and offers go-karts, bungee trampolines, a rock wall, mini-golf, lazer tag and batting cages. Muskoka Zip Lines & Aerial Park, the newest addition to the entertainment complex, is an exciting treetop adventure with monkey lines, wobbly bridges, and zip lines. There is also an on-site campground with full service sites and Cabins to accommodate your extended stay.
Without the benefit of planes or cars, 19th-century pioneers trekked to the County of Peterborough, where they built a new life for themselves. Here, they established a number of operations including farms, a cider mill, and a print shop, and today, it?s as if the village never changed. The Lang Pioneer Village Museum re-created the 19th-century town in 1967 to give visitors a glimpse into pioneer life, and more than 25 restored and furnished original structures have been moved as far as 90 miles to lend the outdoor museum authenticity. Among these buildings is the three-story Lang Grist Mill, an 1846-built facility where wheat is still ground into flour every summer.
Costumed villagers populate the town, roving past the museum's vegetable gardens, hitching posts, and watering troughs on their way to work. In the various shops, blacksmiths shape metals, carpenters assemble furniture, and printers generate handbills on a 1927 Washington Flatbed Press. Villagers perform crafts such as open-hearth cooking and weaving; in fact, the museum's weaver shop showcases one of the few Jacquard looms on display in North America.
Visitors to the museum can interrupt any of the townspeople to find out more about their trade or to lend a hand with chores. The museum even rents out its 1886 schoolhouse to students for a day, replacing their usual teacher with a costumed interpreter who conducts lessons similar to those of a 19th-century classroom.
A chorus of scattering pins fills the air at All Star Interactive, a two-floor complex where guests hurl bowling balls down 24 lanes equipped with automatic scoring. A casual atmosphere awaits downstairs, where guests can compete in classic bowling or cosmic bowling. Upstairs, the Danforth Suite houses 12 private lanes amid dark leather lounge chairs and sofas, large-screen TVs, a full-service bar, and commissioned Canadian art illuminated by pendant lights. The upscale alleyway hosts private parties, corporate events, league games, and seminars on what to do if you encounter a bowling ball in the wild. And while bowling is clearly All Star Interactive's main draw, it's far from its only attraction. Guests can also square off in games of billiards and dine on a menu of classic grill fare.