On six wind-swept acres of sprawling green grass and leafy trees, two half-acre ponds shimmer and occasionally ripple as rainbow trout pierce the surface in search of tiny winged dinners. The scenery is pleasant, but the trout are the stars of the show at Burd’s Family Fishing resort where anglers of all kinds cast lines into well-stocked ponds in hopes of big catches. The staff provides all equipment including a rod and bait, allowing new fisherman to try out the sport without investing in expensive gear and a “Gone Fishing” garage door cover. They also clean the incandescent fish for free and bag them on ice for easy transport. Rod-reelers need only pay admission and a fee per hooked trout. Visitors can also take a respite from angling to picnic among the pastoral landscape and tranquil ponds by bringing their own lunch.
This serene wilderness getaway foregoes television and radios, supplying a sustainable escape from the physical stress constants of urban living with 40 kilometres of cross country ski trails, a wood heated sauna, and an outdoor hot tub. Each of Algonquin’s rooms, includes a double bed or two singles and is infused with a European charm. In the common lounge, meet fellow travellers recovering from technology induced eye ticks, or exercise vestigial legs by bicycling through Algonquin Park. An alternatively powered hot tub relaxes bodies and minds concerned with upsetting Mother Nature, and indoor plumbing is a welcome reminder of the world you've temporarily snubbed behind.
At Magic Lantern Theatres, darkened auditoriums with flickering screens draw audiences into magical worlds where fish can talk, motorcycles leap canyons, and love comes even for those who eat crackers in bed. The partnering multiplex theatres and cinemas show recently released blockbuster flicks at 15 locations spread across Canada, each of which retains its own unique personality and honours any historic roots. In Edmonton, the Princess Theatre’s original 1915 auditorium, complete with balcony, golden drapes, and red walls, accommodates moviegoers with babies or pet hyenas inside a soundproof cry room. In Saskatchewan, the circa-1930 Roxy Theatre preserves the ambience of a Spanish courtyard. As guests find their auditoriums at the Ontario locations, they can admire giant murals by local artist Fred Harrison.
At My Dive Center, divers can don fins, tanks, and suits and embark on a scuba diving trip—or acquire the skills to do so. The equipment and instructional center’s PADI classes range from the beginner-focused open-water certification course to sessions on more specialized arts, such as learning to take great underwater digital photos of a manatee’s good side.
Located on Hammer St. behind Toys R Us, Barrie Sports Dome spans 350 feet in length and contains facilities for exercising golf swings, kicking soccer balls, and annihilating frenemies in paint ball. The setup of the professional paint ball field changes weekly, and players employ the aid of reballs, a soft, lightweight rubber ball that feels like a regular paint ball without the cost or influence of messy, inconsiderate paint. Choose the driving range option to take advantage of one hour of indoor golf under the glow of Barrie Sports Dome’s 4 million BTU furnace.
Ducked behind two army transports and a crashed airplane, the teammates brace themselves before storming the Intermodal City’s three two-storey buildings. This urban setting often serves as the climatic location for big games at Georgina Paintball, where players duke it out on outdoor fields spread across 25 acres. On these fields, competitors snake among towers of tires, dive into sandbagged trenches, and face off in a Western-style duel inside a sheriff’s office.
Along with year-round, by-appointment games, the fields are used for laser tag bouts and Georgina Paintball’s summer camp, during which students learn shooting basics. After games and camp sessions wrap up, visitors can repair broken gear or update their paintball equipment at the pro-shop, which stocks brand-name markers, masks, and clothing.