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.
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.
Certified by the world's largest diving training organization, and located near some of Barrie's best scuba hot spots, Dive Central is perfectly positioned to take students sub-marine. After an in-class or online introductory session, PADI-certified instructors give students as young as 10 years old a chance to test their sea lungs and Marco Polo skills in the safety of an on-site pool. In these confined dives, students will learn a watery cornucopia of aquatic aptitudes, including how to share or replace masks and how communicate in Welsh, the language of whales. Finally, students break Mother Earth's millennia-long stranglehold, striking out for the briny deep in a series of four open-water dives. After the run of classes, which can be completed in three or four days, you'll finally be able to dive to 60 feet with a partner, thus gaining the competitive edge at the neighbourhood apple-bobbing championship.
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 Darryl Cram and CPGA pro Chris Near helm the Brooklea Golf & Country Club academy, where students of all ages and abilities hone their par-hunting skills.
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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.