The high-energy activities under Xtreme Adventures Family Fun Center’s roof instigate rushes of adrenaline in technicolor environs. In the multileveled, 6,000-square-foot laser-tag arena, teams of combatants track down their opponents as they navigate serpentine passageways, duck around forest plants, and circumvent digital quicksand. Padded Crazy Cars spin 360 degrees as drivers ricochet around the rink, while on the trampolines lining the walls and floor of the Xtreme Jump pit, visitors of all ages traverse its elastic expanses in leaps and bounds. After their adventures, they can sample snacks from the Xtreme Cafe & Bar, including pizza, sandwiches, and wings.
Elite Fitness sprawls across 7,500 square feet, buffing bods and increasing lung capacity with 65 weight and cardio machines and more than 7,000 pounds of free weights. Group classes, including aerobics, yoga, and jiu-jitsu, ensure repeated workouts through communal encouragement, and complimentary personal trainers motivate muscles that refuse to flex or do their homework. Locker rooms provide lockable storage cubicles for finery and showers for rinsing off nonremovable attire. Members can celebrate successful workouts with a fruit smoothie blended at the Elite Fitness smoothie stand or can give melanin a workout in a stand-up tanning bed. Free parking is provided; however, those who prefer a motorless treadmill can walk or propel a giant hamster ball to the gym along Tay Shore Trail.
Golfers could spend a whole day at Brooklea Golf & Country Club without hitting the same shot twice. With 27 holes of tee-to-green terrain and a practice facility with a 300-yard driving range, a 6,000-square-foot chipping and putting green, and a short-game area with practice bunker, the complex gives golfers the chance to work on all facets of their game. As the course's grassy centerpiece, the 18-hole championship course unrolls 6,587 yards of tree-lined fairways and fast, bent-grass greens pinched by the occasional water hazard or bunker filled with silica sand. Measuring 1,750 yards, the 9-hole West course packs four par 4s and five par 3s into an abbreviated layout so players can conveniently squeeze a quick round into their schedule without drilling holes into their office floors. Head teaching professional Daryl Cramm helms the Brooklea Golf & Country Club academy, where students of all ages and abilities hone their par-hunting skills.
Championship Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,587 yards from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Scorecard
Beginning its life in 1907, The S.S. Keewatin traveled the Great Lakes from the bottom of Georgian Bay to the tip of Lake Superior. Along with a fleet of four other ships, the Keewatin transported passengers on the 2.5-day trip for 58 seasons before being retired and considering a nice summer home in Florida. Though modern in one sense—it was one of the first vessels to carry radar on the lakes—the Keewatin was brought down by its wood cabin construction and inability to keep up with the speed of more contemporary planes and trains.
Today, the ship survives in its permanent spot at Port McNicoll. Tours explore the passengers and crew's staterooms along with the more glamorous ladies' smoking lounge and a dining room of the Edwardian period. Below deck lies the Titanic-era 3,200 horsepower quadruple expansion steam engine that powered the great ship as well as its demure disco.
What began as a nine-hole course transformed when Deer Run Golf Course sprouted a back nine in 2002 and, along with it, inherited a diverse landscape of riverside terrain brimming with marshes, waterfalls, and extreme elevation changes. The new batch of holes extended the total yardage to 6,120 from the back tees, a challenging endeavour that encompasses both wide-open, forgiving fairways on the front nine and tree-lined, water-laden stretches on the back nine. Players must adjust their swings and expectations accordingly as they make the turn, remaining especially wary of the tee shot from the 12th hole’s elevated tee box and the subsequent urge to somersault all the way down to the fairway.
Located on the shores of Georgian Bay, Xtreme Adventures leads wilderness excursions on dirt, snow, and water throughout the never-ending adventuring season. Jet-ski riders open up the throttle as they carve through waves, while guests on boat tours engage in such activities as wakeboarding, waterskiing, and tubing. On land, adventurers pile into the open bed of a Hummer, taking in views of nature as their driver climbs hills and fords a beaver pond. In the winter, the Hummer becomes the mobile staging point for snowshoe expeditions, which take explorers to the heights of the Niagara Escarpment.