Northern Lakes Marine floats aquaphiles atop welcoming waters with adventure-inducing rentals and the convenient inclusion of all necessary safety equipment. The Sea-Doo smoothly launches one to three passengers on a 155-horsepower cruise that is swift enough to tow an upright water skier ($110/hr.). While quietly sailing along the lake's surface, riders may take turns wakeboarding, tubing, or piloting the watercraft. Intrepid wave runners receive a temporary license before their leisurely journey, as well as all required equipment, such as life jackets, a jerry can of gas, a fuel gauge, and a large jar of honey to deflect roving water bears.
Back Country Paintball sculpts more than 16 acres of rustic Muskoka landscape into safe and thrilling action terrain. Paint-slingers play survival of the cleanest while prowling playing fields modeled after urban warfare, a Wild West town, and a pit-course level from the game Call of Duty. Contenders enter the field with guns, unlimited air, and masks (a $20 value per person), plus overalls (a $5 value), and 100 total paintballs (a $12 value). From there, triggermen and women dodge pigment projectiles by ducking behind boulders and pines, diving into bunkers, or shamelessly standing behind a teammate.
When it opened in 1922, Cedarhurst Golf Club wasn't an 18-hole course. It wasn't even a nine-hole course, a driving range, or an early simulator made with a scrolling painted screen. It opened with just three holes, and remained that way for four years until renowned architect Stanley Thompson came along to bring it up to a nine-hole layout. Mr. Thompson himself would go on to a decorated career as a course architect, designing courses such as Banff Springs and Jasper Park and founding the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Cedarhurst, meanwhile, continued to expand, with a clubhouse built in 1935 and a back nine designed by Bert Turcotte that was added in 1964.
Today players pass through that original clubhouse en route to a round on the 18-hole course. They might notice a marked difference between the front and back nines, primarily between Thompson's narrow fairways and small greens on the front and Turcotte's extreme length and large greens on the back. Even so, the most difficult hole is the par 3 third, where players must crush a 243-yard tee shot while being careful to avoid the out-of-bounds area that runs down the right side.
Chirping birds and the wind in the trees are the only sounds that break the silence in Bruce's Mill Conservation Area. Until a human flies screaming through the canopy, that is. Treetop Trekking six 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. Treetop Trekking Stouffville also includes the giant 650' long Monarch zip line. Guides help adventure-seekers navigate these treetop courses during regular day tours.
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.
The intimate venue known today as City Theatre opened its doors in 1993 as the Second City Detroit. Renamed in 2004, the space still hews to the comedy troupe’s mission with a packed schedule of thigh-slapping theatrical performances. The stage is located inside the Hockeytown Café, where the entertainment is supplemented by a menu of beer, buffalo wings, and deep-fried pucks.