Things To Do in Ontario

Brewery Tour with Samplers and Optional T-shirts for One or Two at Broadhead Brewing Company (Up to 46% Off)

Broadhead Brewing Company

Ottawa

Guests receive pint glass to take home after tasting beers in wide range of styles and flavours such as Wildcard Ale or Underdog Pale Ale

C$20 C$12

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"The Ghost Experience" with Three-Course Meal (Up to 51% Off)

"The Ghost Experience"

Multiple Locations

Paranormal expert leads participants through a haunted venue and divulges chilling stories after a three-course meal

C$79 C$47

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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"Evil Dead: The Musical" at Hamilton Place on October 29 (Up to 30% Off)

"Evil Dead the Musical"

Hamilton Place

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Campy stage musical lovingly tranforms Sam Raimi’s splatterfest with jaunty tunes and gallons of old-fashioned gore

C$52 C$36.40

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Eight-Week Piano or Guitar Course for One or Two at Synergy Performing Arts Academy (Up to 52% Off)

Synergy Performing Arts Academy

Multiple Locations

Music lessons train students in piano or guitar

C$99 C$49

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$20 for Two Private Lessons, One Group Lesson, and Four Parties at Fred Astaire Dance Studio ($150 Value)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio -- Kitchener

City Commercial Core

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

C$150 C$20

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$109 for a Two-Hour Wedding Photo Permit at Humber Arboretum ($200 Value)

Humber Arboretum

North Etobicoke

Snap wedding photos with the arboretum as a backdrop or your primary subject as you wander through scenic gardens and trails for two hours

C$200 C$109

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$178 for a Michigan Football Experience with Transportation from Roundtrip Tours on November 1 ($299 Value)

RoundTrip Tours

Multiple Locations

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Catch the Wolverines’ homecoming game, take a photo on the field, and enjoy the comfort of a chartered bus there and back

C$299 C$178

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"Wild Kratts LIVE!" at Chrysler Theatre on December 28 at 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. (Up to 39% Off)

Wild Kratts LIVE!

Chrysler Theatre

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The Kratt brothers bring their animated show to life, using goofy humor and adventure to get kids excited about zoology

C$28.50 C$17.50

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Golf Lessons and Practice at Markham Golf Dome (Up to 52% Off). Three Options Available.

Markham Golf Dome

Markham

Experienced instructors help improve swing mechanics, which can be practiced in a six-storey driving range

C$33 C$16

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10 or 20 Yoga Sessions at Platinum Family Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Platinum Family Fitness

Multiple Locations

Yoga sessions blend astanga and hatha principles or even combine with Pilates to help muscles stretch and tone; hot yoga is available

C$100 C$39

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Kids Haunted-House Indoor-Play Visit with Optional Plush Toy and Play Pass at Koala Kidz (Up to 57% Off)

Koala Kidz

Vaughan

10,000 square feet of play space includes an indoor playground, arcade games, prizes, sports, kiddie rides, and a kids haunted house

C$51 C$22.99

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One Round of Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf for Two or Four at Putting Edge (Up to 52% Off)

Putting Edge

Multiple Locations

Golf balls tumble down turf in 18-hole indoor glow-in-the-dark course themed around various settings such as medieval times and rain forest

C$21 C$10

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$19 for 10 Martial-Arts Classes at Pro Dojos (Up to $150 Value)

Pro Dojos

Multiple Locations

Ten classes in various martial-arts disciplines such as karate, judo, jujitsu, and MMA

C$150 C$19

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Five Large Buckets of Driving Range Balls at Joshua Creek Golf and Tennis (Up to 42% Off)

Joshua Creek Golf and Tennis

Oakville

65-stall driving range fosters the development of swings as golfers practice with large buckets of 105 practice balls

C$60 C$35

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21 Days or 6 Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Sessions at Fit Body Boot Camp (Up to US$370 Value)

Fit Body Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

C$185 C$39

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Paintball Package with Ammo and Gear for One, Two, Four, or Eight at Dodge This Paintball (Up to 59% Off)

Dodge This Paintball

Sudbury

Players dodge slung paint as they scramble across outdoor fields, littered with obstacles and ruins in a variety of paintball games

C$30 C$15

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Namaste Yoga Studio (Up to 65% Off)

Namaste Yoga Studio

Western Hill

Gentle flow, Hatha flow, heated power-flow Vinyasa, and core Vinyasa

C$70 C$25

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$35 for Cosmic Bowling for Up to Six at Dickson Bowl (Up to $71.59 Value)

Dickson Bowl

Downtown Cambridge

Black lights illuminate 20 five-pin lanes while up to six bowlers enjoy two hours of Cosmic Bowling

C$71.59 C$35

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6, 12, or 24 Boot-Camp Sessions at Denise Verutis- Personal Training (Up to 73% Off)

Denise Verutis- Personal Training

Guelph

Trainer Denise Verutis leads fitness-building group workouts capped at 20 students

C$90 C$29

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Karate, Kung Fu, or Kickboxing Classes at S.M.A. Karate (Up to 81% Off). Three Options Available.

S.M.A. Karate

Gardiners

In a 3,000-square-foot dojo, students of all ages suit up to train under seasoned instructors of Shaolin kung fu, karate, and kickboxing

C$75 C$19

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Fearless Heart Yoga (Up to 69% Off)

Fearless Heart Yoga

Waterloo

Nine different classes ranging from gentle yoga, which focuses on improving flexibility and relaxation, to the fast-paced Power Flow class

C$135 C$45

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Trainer Jane (Up to 88% Off)

Trainer Jane

Multiple Locations

A certified personal trainer and nutrition coach leads groups through workouts designed for weight loss and fitness maintenance

C$197 C$26

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$39 for Four Dragon Boat Experiences for One Person at Alkame Dragon Boat Services ($180 Value)

Alkame Dragon Boat Services

Frenchmans Bay Marina

Paddlers develop interpersonal skills as they paddle alongside other boaters under the direction of experienced dragon boat racing coaches

C$180 C$39

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One Month Martial Arts Gym Membership for One or Two at The Dojo (Up to 69% Off)

The Dojo

Brantford

Instructors focus on self-defense, confidence, and character building through the exercise of martial arts

C$125 C$39

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Mini Golf for Two or Four at Rock Glen Family Resort (Up to 55% Off)

Rock Glen Family Resort

Arkona

18-hole mini-golf course at a quiet country getaway near Rock Glen Falls

C$30 C$15

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"Edward Stone Presents: MindTrix the Show" at Fallsview Magic Theatre through November 30 (Up to 52% Off)

Fallsview Magic Theatre

Fallsview Magic Theatre

Magician injects a goofy sense of humor into his brain-boggling routine, which includes plenty of audience interaction

C$86.90 C$45

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$120 for Eight All-Ages Group Swimming Lessons at Buckler Aquatics ($203.40 Value)

Buckler Aquatics

Multiple Locations

Adults and kids aged 6 months and up learn to swim in one of three Buckler Aquatics-owned heated pools

C$203.40 C$120

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One, Three, or Six Intro to Polo Lessons at Cedar Valley Polo Club (Up to 58% Off)

Cedar Valley Polo Club

Mount Albert

Lessons in an outdoor field or indoor arena introduce basics of hitting a ball and controlling a horse, and lead up to a game

C$140 C$70

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Eight Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Imagine Dance & Fitness (Up to 64% Off)

Imagine Dance & Fitness

Multiple Locations

Classes lead clients through calorie-burning workouts in styles such as Zumba, yoga flow, and percussion-based Pound

C$72 C$35

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Paintball Package for Two, Four, or Six from Paintball Promos (Up to 79% Off)

Paintball Promos

Multiple Locations

Paintball Promos packages include choice of several area fields, admission, and all necessary equipment

C$40 C$10

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Drive One or Two Laps in a Luxury Car from G1Tour (Up to 88% Off). Five Tracks Available.

G1Tour

Multiple Locations

Drive an Audi, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, or Nissan GTR on tracks ranging from 2.2 km to 4.4 km

C$339.33 C$69

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Two Laps Driving a Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, or Ferrari F458 Italia at ICAR Toronto (Up to 50% Off)

ICAR Toronto

Multiple Locations

Experience includes 20-minute course, two discovery laps as a co-pilot, two laps behind the wheel, and a certificate of completion

C$249 C$129

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Brewery-Tour Package for Two or Four at Railway City Brewing Company (Up to 55% Value)

Railway City Brewing Company

St.Thomas

Brewmasters turn Ontario-grown grains and hops into small-batch craft beers, such as the Dead Elephant IPA and Iron Spike blond ale

C$38.50 C$20

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$75 for One Month of Unlimited Tae Kwon Do Classes at Millennium Tae Kwon Do ($155 Value)

Millennium Tae Kwon Do

Multiple Locations

Instructors with 4th and 6th degree black belts instruct students of all ages in the ancient practice of self-defense and discipline

C$155 C$75

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Three or Six 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Spaulding School of Music (Up to 54% Off)

Spaulding School of Music

Multiple Locations

Comprehensive music lessons in guitar, bass, piano, drums, voice, trumpet, saxophone, or violin help students learn by listening

C$75 C$37

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Flight for One, Two, or Four, or Private Flight for Up to Six at Cloud Chasers Balloon Rides (Up to 45% Off)

Cloud Chasers Balloon Rides

Stratford

Fully licensed pilots take guests up to 1,000 feet in the air to take in panoramic views

C$295 C$199

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Winery Tasting and Tour for Up to Four or Eight at By Chadsey's Cairns Winery and Vineyard (Up to 56% Off)

By Chadsey's Cairns Winery and Vineyard

By Chadsey's Cairns Winery & Vineyard

Specializing in grapes that thrive in cool climate, wines crafted onsite include lively, mineral-forward riesling and dry chenin blanc

C$56 C$28

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Two Hours of Group Bowling and Pizza or Five Hours of Group Bowling at Elgin Bowling Lanes (Up to 78% Off)

Elgin Bowling Lanes

Elgin

Up to six bowlers challenge friends during two-hour bowling session paired with pizza or during five hours worth of bowling

C$175 C$39

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$49 for 30 Laps of Go-Karting at Innisfil Indy Karting ($99 Value)

Innisfil Indy Karting

Gilford

Drivers travel up to 70 kmph in racing go-karts

C$99 C$49

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$49 for 10 Starr Gymnastics Drop-In Playtime Visits at Starr Gymnastics ($90 Value)

Starr Gymnastics

Multiple Locations

Gymnasts' arena transforms into padded funhouse full of obstacles & adventures for kids 1 to 5 years old

C$90 C$49

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Culture Club at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts on November 24 at 8 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Culture Club

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts

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Legendary new-wave outfit behind “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” tours ahead of their upcoming album

C$107.50 C$60

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Fun-Centre Pass or Haunted-House, or Charitable Donation at Funhaven (Up to 50% Off). Seven Options Available.

Funhaven

Sierra

Fun for all ages includes bone-chilling haunted house raises funds for charity; weekend nights at Funhaven include pizza or drinks

C$20 C$10

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$19.99 for One Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Nitro Fitness Corporation ($89.99 Value)

Nitro Fitness Corporation

Multiple Locations

Burn up to 500 calories per class during boot-camp sessions that can take place indoors or out and rely on functional movements

C$89.99 C$19.99

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$49 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at Moksha Yoga ($169.95 Value)

Moksha Yoga

Thornhill

At a sustainably powered yoga studio, students study under passionate instructors as they strengthen their bodies and focus their minds

C$169.95 C$49

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Yoga Classes at De La Sol Yoga (Up to 76% Off)

De La Sol Yoga

Hamilton

Gain strength and flexibility while detoxifying under infrared light in heated yoga or standard classes held in one of the two studios

C$33.90 C$20

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10 or 20 Boot-Camp Classes or Two Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Bold Fitness (Up to 88% Off)

Bold Fitness

Brampton

Sweat your way through a series of strength-, endurance-, and fitness-elevating exercises alongside up to 12 classmates

C$250 C$39

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Horseback Riding Lessons for One or Two at JL Equestrian Centre Inc (Up to 58% Off)

JL Equestrian Centre Inc

Kitchener

Two experienced trainers provide students with their expertise, equipment, and trained horses to learn basics in an indoor arena

C$60 C$25

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Two-Hour Mosaic or Stained-Glass Workshop for One, Two, or Four at Glass Mosaic Canada (Up to60% Off)

Glass Mosaic Canada

Stonegate - Queensway

Learn Roman mosaic techniques or stained-glass skills during a two-hour workshop for beginners and experienced artists alike

C$59 C$25

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One Beginner Yoga Workshop or Three Classes at Breath of Fresh Air Training Facility (Up to 69% Off)

Breath of Fresh Air Training Facility

London

The 90-minute beginner yoga workshops are available on Saturday, September 20 or October 4, at 2 p.m.

C$20 C$8

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Month of Unlimited Dance Classes or 10 Drop-In Classes at The Dance Studio at Absolute Fitness (Up to 73% Off)

The Dance Studio at Absolute Fitness

Multiple Locations

Ballet, hip-hop, and jazz classes for kids and adult ballet for students of all skill levels

C$180 C$49

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Social Painting Workshop and Café Drinks for One, Two, or Four at Paintlounge (Up to 45% Off)

Paintlounge

Multiple Locations

Art studio & café offers painters of all skills the tools, materials & guidance to create a canvas painting while unwinding with beverages

C$44.50 C$25

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Six or 12 Boot Camp Sessions at Evolution Sports Training (Up to 51% Off)

Evolution Sports Training

South Courtice Arena

An Olympic runner helps clients train in strength, speed, running technique, and more in a variety of hour-long boot camps

C$70 C$35

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Martial-Arts Classes at Combat Sambo Academy (Up to 93% Off). Three Options Available.

Combat Sambo Academy

Vaughan

The instructor has past experience with police and military training

C$100 C$29

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5 or 10 Indoor-Playground Visits or a Birthday Party for Up to 15 Kids at Play & Party (Up to 71% Off)

Play & Party

Richmond Hill

Plush playground with arches, stairs, tunnels & ball pit; 2-hour birthday parties offer access to the playground, movie theatre & more

C$50 C$19

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10 Yoga Classes, Month of Unlimited Yoga, or Four Bio-Energy Therapy Sessions at Sun Yoga (Up to 71% Off)

Sun Yoga

Sun Yoga

Instructors lead a variety of yoga classes; bio-energy therapist Jasna harnesses life energies to help body heal itself

C$135 C$39

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10 or 15 Fitness Classes at Complex Barbell (Up to 85% Off)

Complex Barbell

Burlington

Classes combine cardio, olympic lifting, gymnastics, plyometrics, and calisthenics into new workouts each day

C$200 C$39

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One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar Lessons at Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off) 

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

C$134.55 C$18

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Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rentals for Up to 6 or 12 at Parkway Lanes (Up to 73% Off)

Parkway Lanes Bowling & Entertainment Center

Lakeport

40 lanes with automatic scoring & bumpers plus an in-house game room with pool tables

C$89.40 C$25

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1 or 4 Full-Day Lift Tickets with Optional Equipment Rental or Season Pass at Skyloft Ski Resort (Up to 63% Off)

Skyloft Ski Resort

Uxbridge

Family-friendly resort sends skiers and snowboarders racing down up to 21 runs and trails with a more than 300-foot vertical drop

C$60 C$25

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$59 for a CrossFit Foundations Course and Three CrossFit Classes at Royal City CrossFit ($210 Value)

Royal City CrossFit

Guelph

After completing Foundations course, which takes four classes, clients join high-intensity, constantly changing CrossFit workouts

C$210 C$59

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Four or Eight Personal-Training Sessions at Reflections Training Studio (Up to 59% Off)

Reflections Training Studio

K7M 3E5

Skilled trainer with experience in cardio conditioning and bodybuilding leads pupil to weight-loss and muscle-building goals

C$240 C$99

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway (Up to 55% Off)

St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway

St. Jacobs

Sprawling more than 3,000 square feet, this miniature railway depicts intricately detailed life along Ontario’s railroads in the 1950s

C$16 C$9

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Five Weeks of Burlesque Classes for One or Two at Zahra’s School of Bellydance (Up to 55% Off)

Zahra’s School of Dance

Ajax

Learn a sexy burlesque routine with Artistic Director Zahra, then perform at the school recital

C$50 C$25

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10 or 20 Kettlebell Boot-Camp Classes at Commit 2B Fit (Up to 83% Off)

Commit 2B Fit

Multiple Locations

Kettlebell group training for all ages and fitness levels helps clients build strong, lean muscles and melt fat

C$130 C$26

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$34.95 for Water Park Admission for One and One Round of Mini-Putt at Fallsview Indoor Waterpark ($60.87 Value)

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Niagara Falls

16 waterslides up to six storeys tall, adults-only jacuzzis, wave pools & jungle-themed playgrounds entertain visitors of all ages

C$60.87 C$34.95

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10 CrossFit Classes at CrossFit 4 Time (Up to 76% Off)

CrossFit 4 Time

Scarborough

CrossFit’s daily workout continually changes to keep exercisers’ minds and muscles engaged

C$200 C$49

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Tour and Tasting with Glass and Truffles for Two or Four at Holland Marsh Wineries (Up to 68% Off)

Holland Marsh Wineries

Newmarket

Family vineyard creates eastern European-style wines from all-natural grapes, surrounded by lush landscapes

C$45 C$18

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10 Kickboxing Classes, or One Month of Unlimited Kickboxing Classes with Wraps at Superkix Martial Arts (Up to 71% Off)

Superkix Martial Arts

Welland

Students burn fat and build muscle with functional strength as they master the strikes, kicks, and cardio training of muay thai kickboxing

C$100 C$29

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Tour Package for Two or Four at Quai du Vin Estate Winery and Railway City Brewing Company (Up to 54% Off)

Quai du Vin Estate Winery and Railway City Brewing Company

Multiple Locations

Visitors tour winemaking and beer-brewing facilities, taste the products, and use gift cards toward bottles and gifts

C$41 C$19

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Keint-He Winery & Vineyards (Up to 53% Off)

Keint-He Winery & Vineyards

Wellington

Each participant can sip on five 1-oz. pours

C$20 C$10

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$275 for a Tandem Skydive and a T-Shirt at Parachute School of Toronto ($317 Value)

Parachute School of Toronto

Baldwin

After brief training, jumpers make a tandem skydive from up to 13,000 ft., reaching speeds of up to 200 km/h before a safe drift down

C$317 C$275

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Bikram Yoga Yonge (Up to 75% Off)

Bikram Yoga Yonge

Downtown Toronto

Classes incorporate a 26-pose sequence that stretches out the muscles, strengthens the body, and relaxes the mind

C$165 C$42

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$10 for Movie for Two and Large Popcorn at Rainbow St. Laurent Cinema (Up to $18 Value)

Rainbow Cinemas St. Laurent

Rainbow Ottawa

Multiplex theatres, each imbued with its own individual character, indulge visitors with first-run blockbusters and classic concessions

C$18 C$10

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Four-Hour Package for Two or Four with 100 Paintballs and Rental Equipment at Defcon Paintball (Up to 75% Off)

Defcon Paintball

Multiple Locations

Sprawling indoor courses laden with concrete cylinders

C$59.98 C$19

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One Month of Unlimited Boot Camp, Judo, or Functional Training at AK Fitness Studio (Up to 84% Off). Two Options.

AK Fitness Studio

Toronto

Get fit with a range of fitness classes, ranging from the discipline of judo to the intervals of functional training and boot camp

C$199 C$39

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Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, Nissan GTR, or Lamborghini Driving Experience from Ultimate Exotics (Up to 57% Off)

Ultimate Exotics

Stoney Creek

Take the wheel or sit back as a professional driver cruises around in an exotic car that go from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.9 seconds

C$199 C$99

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Boot-Camp, Boxercise Classes or Gym Membership at Quick Fitness (Up to 68% Off). Four Options Available.

Quick Fitness

Downtown Brampton

Boxercise classes incorporate combat arts, cardio, and strength training; Boxercise meets six days a week and boot camp meets every day

C$80 C$39

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One Month of Kickboxing Plus with Optional Martial-Arts Classes at Breakthrough Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

Breakthrough Martial Arts & Fitness

Victoria North

Kickboxing Plus incorporates yoga, martial arts, strength training, and plyometrics set to music

C$79 C$29

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Canadian financier, industrialist, and business visionary Sir Henry Pellatt modeled the Casa Loma castle on the style of art and architecture he came to admire when touring similar castles throughout Europe. Today, the structure endures mainly as a testament to the culture and lifestyle of the Toronto elite during early 20th Century. Visitors can tour the grounds on their own or with a group while learning about the family, the Edwardian heritage, and?most importantly?the architecture and history of the landmark castle atop the hill.


The History of Casa Loma

  • 1859: Henry Pellatt was born in Kingston, Ontario

  • 1882?1902: Pellatt became a millionaire by investing in various mining, insurance, land, and electricity prospects

  • 1905: Pellatt was knighted for his military service by the Queen's Own Rifles

  • 1911: Working with Canadian architect E.J. Lennox, Pellatt helped design his dream home?a Medieval-inspired castle

  • 1914?1924: Economic hardships eventually forced Sir Henry and Lady Mary Pellatt to sell Casa Loma

  • 2014: After failed attempts to transform the residence into a hotel, a school, a museum, and an art gallery over the years, Liberty Entertainment Group chose to preserve the historic structure


The Sights of Casa Loma

Self-guided tours of Casa Loma and the surrounding area are available throughout the year. Here are some highlights worth seeing:

  • Great hall on the main floor: This room serves as a focal point within the castle, complete with 60-foot ceilings and sculpted figures adorning the pillars.

  • Sir Henry Pellatt's master suite on the second floor: Mahogany and walnut walls keep with the home's luxuriant spirit. This room also features a hidden compartment beside the fireplace where Sir Henry Pellatt would conceal secret documents.

  • Carriage House and Stables: Connected to Casa Loma by an 800-ft. tunnel which runs 18ft below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto?s Dark Side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Prohibition, The Depression, The Plague, The Great Toronto Fire, and Toronto?s first plane crash. The carriage house features an Automotive Exhibit featuring vintage automobiles from the early 1900?s.

  • Estate gardens: The five acres of lush flora surrounding Casa Loma showcase ornate sculptures and fountains as well as meticulously tended displays of perennials and a wooded hillside filled with wildflowers, ferns, rhododendrons, and decorative grasses.


The Pellatt Newsreel

To deliver more insight into the Pellatt family's optimistic construction and tragic loss of Casa Loma, the castle screens a 22-minute docudrama on the rise and fall of the estate. Narrated by Colin Mochrie, this docudrama adopts the tone of a 1939 newsreel as it tracks Sir Henry's resounding business successes, followed by his gradual financial undoing.

1 Austin Terrace
Toronto,
ON
CA

A community presence in Ottawa for more than 140 years, YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region remains true to its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages across all seven of its facilities. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and full gymnasiums outfitted with equipment for basketball, soccer, and rope skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness centres with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga, boxing, and salsa-dance classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, birthday parties, and outdoor education.

These YMCA-YWCA outposts are dedicated to helping all members of the community. They provide those in need with emergency and youth housing, employment services, and domestic-violence support programs. They further strengthen and unite the Ottawa community through the YActive Assist program, which adjusts membership rates to help families that can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.

200 Lockhart Ave
Ottawa,
ON
CA

Creative Kids Place engages exploring minds aged 2–12 in its colourful arts-and-play centre through drop-in sessions, summer camps, holiday camps, birthday parties, and special programs. During drop-in sessions, children can stuff teddy bears, paint T-shirts, or string beads of bracelets as preschoolers and toddlers bond with their parents over creatively minded toys or frolic in costume in the dress-up area. Creative Kids Place provides all needed craft supplies, paints, and play activities, and changes its crafts weekly to ensure children don't steal the company's secrets and start their own franchises. March break camps provide children from 4–12 years with an opportunity to spend time with a variety of crafts over March break, and all camps include either a bowling or a mini-golf outing.

When not playing, parents use free WiFi or lounge on the centre's couches amid bright red and green walls and tables draped in decorative tarps. Alternatively, crafters can choose from an array of sculpted, three-dimensional pottery canvases including penguins, dinosaurs, unicorns, princesses, and more. After wee artists paint their pieces to express colour appreciation or camouflage them from envious stuffed animals, staff fires completed sculptures in an on-site kiln.

3176 Ridgeway Dr
Mississauga,
ON
CA

At Wynn Fitness Clubs, exercise isn’t about altering how the body looks. It’s about changing clients for the better from the inside out. Here, during group and one-on-one training, fitness experts pair encouraging words with adaptable exercises involving dumbbells, kettlebells, Selectorized weight machines, and functional movements such as pushing and balancing. In addition to bolstering the body, these programs strengthen the will to achieve, propelling exercisers toward goals faster than an espresso-fuelled hockey puck. Calming fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates unite the mind and body with deep stretches, focused core exercises, and measured-breathing techniques. Club members can torch calories with solo sessions on the clubs’ cardio machines or during boot camps, cycling routines, and Zumba dance parties that cultivate friendships while boosting energy and endurance. Post-workout, spa-like locker rooms and couch-lined cafés invite exercisers to relax and recharge.

300 John St
Thornhill,
ON
CA

Spread across 270 historic acres, Knollwood Golf Course is a challenging 36-hole facility comprised of the Old Course set right alongside the New Course?both designed by well-regarded course superintendent Jack Harris in 1970 and 1990, respectively. Players can opt for a round on the Old Course or the New Course links and enjoy hole designs that embrace the natural Ancaster topography. Elevated tees and long, perplexing par 5 holes with ominous names such as Buried Treasure and Redemption lead to finely timed fairways that open up into stirring panoramas. The New Course entices advanced club swingers, and the Old Course's more accessible series of par 4 holes with large, accommodating greens is appealing for beginners.

Knollwood players don clean-cut golf attire and enjoy a golfer's paradise that has been open to the public since 1970 and keeps players happy with sprightly paced 10-minute tee times, on-site restaurants and beverage carts, and a "no-argue" rain cheque policy. The facility's proud groundskeepers maintain large, naturalized areas on the course intended to encourage the wildlife to thrive and occasionally join in on a game.

1276 Shaver Rd
Ancaster,
ON
CA

At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.

279 Queen Street East
Brampton,
ON
CA