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.
Chirping birds and the wind in the trees are the only sounds that break the silence in Bruce's Mill Conservation Area. Until a human flies screaming through the canopy, that is. Treetop Trekking six aerial-rope courses wind through the forest canopies, challenging visitors with levels of difficulty increasing from beginner to advanced. Guides begin each adventure with a brief equipment-and-technique orientation, and gradually clear visitors for more difficult runs based on their performance.
Once they're cleared for climbing, participants scramble across bridges made of swinging, suspended logs. They crawl across webs of cargo netting, and swing through monkey cables. Treetop Trekking Stouffville also includes the giant 650' long Monarch zip line. Guides help adventure-seekers navigate these treetop courses during regular day tours.
Nature enthusiast Jeff Hathaway shares a passion for his country's indigenous animals—specifically amphibians and reptiles. At Scales Nature Park, staff and volunteers introduce visitors of all ages to more than 300 cold-blooded specimens from more than 60 species, most of which are native to Canada. The wildlife-conservation facility also houses exotic reptiles and amphibians donated by their owners or seized from private homes by protective agencies. All of these creatures coexist in a 21-hectare park, which represents natural habitats ranging from ponds and wetlands to hardwood forests and hemlock groves. An indoor nature centre showcases some animals in custom-built enclosures and serves as the venue for a range of programs, including hands-on animal demonstrations, guided walks, and guest lectures.
Northern Lakes Marine floats aquaphiles atop welcoming waters with adventure-inducing rentals and the convenient inclusion of all necessary safety equipment. The Sea-Doo smoothly launches one to three passengers on a 155-horsepower cruise that is swift enough to tow an upright water skier ($110/hr.). While quietly sailing along the lake's surface, riders may take turns wakeboarding, tubing, or piloting the watercraft. Intrepid wave runners receive a temporary license before their leisurely journey, as well as all required equipment, such as life jackets, a jerry can of gas, a fuel gauge, and a large jar of honey to deflect roving water bears.
Back Country Paintball sculpts more than 16 acres of rustic Muskoka landscape into safe and thrilling action terrain. Paint-slingers play survival of the cleanest while prowling playing fields modeled after urban warfare, a Wild West town, and a pit-course level from the game Call of Duty. Contenders enter the field with guns, unlimited air, and masks (a $20 value per person), plus overalls (a $5 value), and 100 total paintballs (a $12 value). From there, triggermen and women dodge pigment projectiles by ducking behind boulders and pines, diving into bunkers, or shamelessly standing behind a teammate.
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.