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.
Putting Edge provides a phosphorescent indoor mini-golf course that is fun for all ages. The 18-hole course features challenging twists and turns amid a glowing battleground seemingly created by a doodle-crazed ogre with a highlighter and artistic vision. Upbeat music adds to the fun as you expertly navigate your way through the incandescent irrigation routes and prove to your date that your putting skills are untouchable, like the bottom of Lake Ontario or Celine Dion's hair.
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.
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.
For more than two decades, Tee 2 Green has equipped golfers with clubs, outfitted them with apparel, and stocked their bags with accessories by revered brands such as TaylorMade, Callaway, and Ping. The store also specializes in arsenal customization, enabling players to find the right combination of club head, shaft, grip, and cybernetic caddie. Once customers have whittled down their selections, they can put them to the test in the shop’s indoor simulator by playing a virtual round on one of the 38 courses vividly displayed on its 10’x12’ screen.