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.
Go-karts zoom around a tire-lined track at Blue Mountain Go Karts, but the family-fun centre—which has been a Collingwood staple since 1964—offers a lot more than high-octane rides. Its outdoor grounds encompass batting cages, a full mini-golf course, and a 100-foot slide that was once used to train penguins for the winter games. Junior carts are available for children ages 5-10 on a designated junior track. And picnic tables make the perfect place for lunch.
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.
Chirping birds and the wind in the trees are the only sounds that break the silence in Muskoka Forest. Until a human flies screaming through the canopy, that is. Treetop Trekking by Arbraska's seven 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. A series of ziplines completes each course. Guides help adventure-seekers navigate these treetop courses during regular day tours, or during more challenging night climbs, during which participants have only a headlamp and a guide to asking owls for directions.
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.
Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge’s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 16 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.