Northern Dunes’ front nine holes follow the curves of natural sand dunes in the manner of an original Scottish links course. Casual and avid golfing duos tangle with a par 72, 18-hole course (up to a $55 value per player), exchanging ball banter with trees, fescue, water hazards, and bunkers filled with natural sand in short par 3s and wordy par 4s. Pairs drive between fairways in an included power cart (an $18.50 value per player), navigating the greens' lulls, rises, and ghosts of squirrels past with GolfLogix GPS. The clubhouse nestles its rustic walls between the front and back nine, welcoming hungered putters to the 70-seat Dunes Bar and Grill. The pub proffers breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a list spanning wine, beer, and mixed drinks. Club-less golfers may rent a set for an additional $12.50 fee.
The high-energy activities under Xtreme Adventures Family Fun Center’s roof instigate rushes of adrenaline in technicolor environs. In the multileveled, 6,000-square-foot laser-tag arena, teams of combatants track down their opponents as they navigate serpentine passageways, duck around forest plants, and circumvent digital quicksand. Padded Crazy Cars spin 360 degrees as drivers ricochet around the rink, while on the trampolines lining the walls and floor of the Xtreme Jump pit, visitors of all ages traverse its elastic expanses in leaps and bounds. After their adventures, they can sample snacks from the Xtreme Cafe & Bar, including pizza, sandwiches, and wings.
The Blyth Festival, set in the rural village of Blyth, produces solely Canadian plays that touch on the shared experiences of local Ontarians. Blyth Memorial Community Hall, an intimate theatre with a 444-person capacity, hosts a diverse sampling of plays from within its charming brick edifice. Whether forcefully clicking ruby slippers throughout the six nostalgic vignettes of Hometown or pondering the realities of romance during the bittersweet love story Rope’s End, onlookers will uncover familiar subject matter explored in surprising ways. Audiences praise the performances for capturing the experiences of their day-to-day lives, instead of reeling back in terror from plays performed by their evil doppelgängers.
Now operating out of two locations, Pinacle Health & Fitness helps keep fitness seekers on track with group fitness classes such as spin, yoga, and fitness kickboxing, as well as an array of coaching clinics. One-on-one sessions range from personal fitness coaching to holistic lifestyle coaching including guidelines on how to eat well and how to properly access a pomegranate's sweet, sweet innards. Through online accountability coaching, trainers educate clients with regular email blasts and virtual resources including the centre's very own online magazine. The centre's registered massage therapists also loosen up limbs with relaxation and prenatal massages performed before major events such as marathons or marathon childbirths.
As its name implies, Veky’s International Cuisine serves up dishes from around the globe, including schnitzels, housemade stuffed sweet peppers, and Atlantic dill salmon. A bakery case of LaRocca cakes offers rich European chocolates and fresh fruits. The eatery’s 13-minute express lunch menu includes fresh meals guaranteed ready in less than 13 minutes or the staff will travel back in time to meet the deadline.
Nestled in the Blue Mountains and overlooking Georgian Bay, The Golf Club at Lora Bay challenges golfers with a championship-style course that honours the area's history and dynamic terrain. Co-designed by PGA tour pro Tom Lehman and Canadian course architect Thomas McBroom, the 18-hole, 7,200-yard course frames undulating fairways with the abutting shoreline and several wildlife preserves. Each hole confronts club-swingers with new challenges, from bunkers filled with local crushed limestone to fairways disguised as two-dimensional Christmas trees, and the layout integrates standing structures such as apple orchards and 100-year-old barns. Intensive maintenance keeps the course compliant with Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, and the course's combination of play and design has attracted premier competitions including the TELUS Skins Game, the Nationwide Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic and Celebrity Pro-Am, and the William Shatner Ultimate Frisbee and Barbecue Bash.