Sculpted into the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Iroquois Golf Club’s links-style course spans 6,158 yards of gently undulating terrain. As players traverse the picturesque par 72, riverside winds, relatively sparse trees, and scorecards printed in Gaelic channel the coastal charms of the old courses of the Emerald Isle. Intervening waterways appear on all but three holes, placing confident swings and sound course management at a premium. Rounds conclude with a dramatic finish at the par 3 18th hole, where approach shots must send golf balls soaring over a water hazard that sits between tee and green and houses a community of great blue herons who raise their young on a golf ball-based diet. Patrons who arrive by plane at the Iroquois Air Strip or by boat at the Iroquois Marine Services can call the golf club and arrange for a shuttle to drive them to and from the course.
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Drifters Outdoors keeps water worshipers gleefully afloat with kayak and canoe rentals along the Rideau River. Before paddlers embark on self-guided two-hour trips, the expert staff can point out distinct local scenery, offer tips on paddling technique, and haggle with local beavers for good lumber prices on the behalf of renters. After suiting up in a brightly coloured life jacket, paddlers begin waterborne expeditions of the stately tree-lined river, one of southern Ontario's major waterways. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal is open to kayakers and canoers all week long, and rentals depart from the Kemptville town docks on weekends. Though not included in this offer, Drifters Outdoors also provides stand-up paddleboard rental, paddle-fitness classes, and a summer camp for kayak-crazed kids age 10–14. Water-bound customers are encouraged to call ahead to check rental availabilities and to gossip about the weather.
Real Deal Paintball brandishes field warriors with safe combat gear and diversely themed playing turfs to role-play battle and amp up heart rates. Secure a Tippmann 98 paintball gun and high-pressure air tank to your digital or woodland camouflage garb and harness before trekking through the Ardennes Forest or village of Hutsonville in search of rival targets and stray piñata shrapnel. With 500 paintballs, a secure mask, and Real Deal's seasoned military advisers on guard to light the way, soldiers can experience a thrilling half-day of swiftly blasting biodegradable gelatin capsules into the air while ducking behind sandbags or inside authentic army barracks. The package's adrenaline rush includes free bottled water, as well as photos and videos posted online to share with friends, family, and Santa's team of naughty vs. nice judges. Groupon holders may upgrade to a full day of play for $10, plus HST.
Pawsitively Pets For Kids fosters bonds between critters and kids with classes and camps designed to teach children to care for a variety of animals. Tortoises, chinchillas, snakes, and other exotic animals have all crawled, slithered, and hopped their way into Pawsitively Pets’ wide-ranging curriculum, along with more traditional domestic beasts, such as hamsters, kittens, and guinea pigs. During summer camps or classes held after school and on the weekends, Pawsitively Pets also uses kids’ enthusiasm for animal interactions to fuel projects and cooperative group activities, helping foster kids’ inner creativity and teamwork skills.