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.
THEMUSEUM’s vision—“To awe, inspire and enlighten”—is evident to its visitors as soon as they traverse the adult- and child-sized doorways. Once inside, they begin their journey through the exhibition halls in front of the vibrant plants protruding from the Living Wall, whose purpose is to clean the air and cool the interior of the multilevel facility. Along with permanent exhibitions, THEMUSEUM also hosts temporary exhibits; past installations have explored the pop art innovations of Andy Warhol's Factory, the interplay between art and electronics, and the experimental brushstrokes of painter Tom Thomson. In addition, THEMUSEUM is also a destination for global travelling exhibits, having played host to travelling international blockbusters like Our Body: The Universe Within and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.
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.
Instinct Windsports gives humans the means to defy gravity and evolution. Everyone from beginners to experienced hang gliders can learn the ways of flight, with instructors making safety their top priority. Ground schools explore the gliders and their underlying principles before a scooter-mounted towing winch and a computerized simulator let beginners ease into flight. Although not included with this Groupon, more experienced students can work through certification courses that give them the techniques necessary to soar on their own.
For a safe, immersive introduction to the world of hang gliding, the center’s certified pilots also offer tandem flights. A high-powered winch or an ultra-light airplane tows the duo to as high as 1,500 feet before releasing the glider to the instructor’s control. During the next 10–30 minutes, adventurers gain a birds-eye view of the surrounding area and the possibility of controlling the glider so they can brag to their land-bound pets after landing.
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