Canoeing the Grand's Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association–certified guides lead expeditions of the gentle, scenic Grand River and its surrounding sites. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, oar dunkers shove off on the country tour package for two. The day dives into an orientation where adventurers energize with fresh muffins and coffee, receive a safety handout, and may request tutelage in basic canoe entering and exiting, paddling, safety communication, and what to do when confronted by a feral kayak. Staffers then shuttle explorers to the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, where they can peruse farm-fresh produce, meats, and cheeses for two hours before embarking on a 30-minute guided tour of Mennonite backcountry. The tour arrives at the canoe launch, where paddlers can store their purchases safely or bring them on a two-hour guided canoe cruise to barter with great blue heron, river otter, and deer. The day concludes with a barbecue lunch on the riverbank, where the staff bequeaths a limited edition Grand River print in an imported macaroni frame to participants.
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.
Enormous waterslides twist like snakes above Wild Water Kingdom's acres of landscaped grass and open pools. All in all, 17 aquatic attractions dip, dunk, and douse visitors in torrents of water as they whip down slides with names such as Corkscrew and Sidewinder. Though tykes frolic on the semi-submerged playsets of Dolphin Bay, older visitors scream in delight as they hurtle through the twisting pitch-black tunnels of the Night Rider. Elsewhere, sun-soaked volleyball courts and dual miniature golf courses—one themed after a shipwreck, the other an enchanted forest—provide entertainment that keep suede swimsuits perfectly dry.
Additional attractions include Face Drop, which consists of four ziplines that send guests on 80-foot drops—reaching speeds of more than 50kmph—and a 260-yard driving range keeps stances honed with a steady stream of golf balls.
Instinct Windsports gives humans the means to defy gravity and evolution. Everyone from beginners to experienced hang gliders can learn the ways of flight, with instructors making safety their top priority. Ground schools explore the gliders and their underlying principles before a scooter-mounted towing winch and a computerized simulator let beginners ease into flight. Although not included with this Groupon, more experienced students can work through certification courses that give them the techniques necessary to soar on their own.
For a safe, immersive introduction to the world of hang gliding, the center’s certified pilots also offer tandem flights. A high-powered winch or an ultra-light airplane tows the duo to as high as 1,500 feet before releasing the glider to the instructor’s control. During the next 10–30 minutes, adventurers gain a birds-eye view of the surrounding area and the possibility of controlling the glider so they can brag to their land-bound pets after landing.
A sprawling sports complex housing five meticulously maintained NHL-size rinks and one Olympic-size rink, Canlan Ice Sports equips patrons of all ages with the space to hone their skating prowess. Nascent MVPs can lace up for public programs, such as the stick-and-puck program, wherein participants run through essential hockey playing skills such as passing, shooting, and lassoing wild zambonis at their own pace. The adult shinny program facilitates casual pickup games, and public skate times enable bladed feet to strut their stuff.
As adults carve the ice or enjoy a frothy beverage at the Thirsty Penguin Grillhouse, their kids can dart and dash at the indoor PlayZone. Designed for tykes between the ages of 2 and 12, the pastel-hued playland features slides, tunnels, and an area reserved for toddlers. Staff supervisors are on hand to ensure safe play and arbitrate juice box property disputes, and parents receive a pager that caretakers can buzz if any issues arise.
For more than 30 years, Club Meadowvale has been fostering able-bodied lifestyles in 40,000 square feet of fitness facilities. Slam serves off the walls of five international squash courts without having to pay pesky court fees or bothersome imperial racquet tariffs. Volley junkies can reserve courts online and access the rest of club’s repertoire of heart-rate hasteners, with the exception of the tennis facilities.