As the sun sets and the city lights begin to twinkle, the catamaran of Croisière Le Montréalais beckons guests with its glowing neon blue or pink deck. With revelers aboard, the bright lights dance across the inky waters as Le Montréalais heads out into the night. And while the ship may creep silently through the waters, the decks are anything but quiet as up to 300 guests mingle on two indoor and three outdoor decks. The design of the boat is sleek and modern, with ice-blue lighting, pure white furniture, neon mood lighting, and synthetic grass on the outdoor deck and the ceiling of the up-side-down putting room. A dance floor and full sound system invite guests to dance the night away, and menus provide sustenance with bites of salmon tartar, pork ravioli, and lamb sliders.
RiverRun Rafting & Wilderness Resort, a once humble 12-raft outfit, has grown into a 165-acre resort that accommodates all levels of outdoorsmen with a variety of lodgings. But whitewater rafting remains the focus of the resort, with guides leading trips ranging from high-adventure surges through foaming rapids to gentle floats down the Ottawa River's middle channel. And because the resort is located on a 4,000-foot stretch of shoreline, each trip ends on the resort's beaches, meaning that rafters get more time on the water since there isn't a second round of transport back to the resort.
River Run Rafting's staff of experts even pioneered a six-person sport raft dubbed the Ultimate Adventure Sports Raft, which is capable of turning back up river eddies, reentering rapids from the side, and suspending atop whitewater the way a surfer rides a wave. Upgrades are available for an additional cost.
Astride their trusty snowmobiles, the knowledgeable guides at Jay Snowmobile Adventures help visiting adventurers conquer the winter landscape during tours of picturesque Vermont snowscapes. One- and two-person tour packages begin at the outfitter’s home base, located 3 miles from the entrance of Jay Peak Resort. From there, groups wind through the wilderness of Jay, Vermont and parts of Westfield for up to two hours, exploring the snowy nooks and frost-covered crannies of Jay State Forest and the nearby countryside. They rarely make the trip alone, though; moose and white-tailed deer often dot the secluded paths, ready to pose for snapshots in their most photogenic outfits.
The only catamaran in Tadoussac, the good ship Katmar sets sail every summer day on a cetacean-spotting mission in the Saguenay fjord. A bilingual naturalist narrates each voyage, translating whale-songs while nature-lovers ooh and ahh at some of the Earth's largest creatures. Passengers have a great vantage point no matter which way they look; a glass ceiling affords a view of blue skies, and the Katmar's exclusive underwater camera provides a look at what happens below below-deck. After getting their fill of fascinating views, passengers can grab snacks and drinks at the bar or pick out a keepsake from the souvenir stand.
Ottawa Segway Tours outfits sightseers with versatile Segway personal transporters, or PTs, for earth-friendly jaunts powered by drivers merely shifting their weight. Operators can easily manoeuvre their vehicles wherever their body tells it to—including indoors—avoiding such urban headaches as expensive parking lots, rush-hour traffic, and on-ramps riddled with dangerous slip ‘n slides. While enjoying the sights and sounds of their chosen path, users can take comfort in their low carbon footprint, both because they’re standing off the ground and because electric Segways give off zero emissions during operation.
During the weekend getaway at the 600-acre Wilderness Tours resort, campfire experts assist visitors in rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and other active outdoor pursuits. Instructors dedicate Saturday to high-adventure rafting, with rafts taking to roiling rapids like rubber duckies patrolling an immense bathtub. On the second day, guests choose from a passel of outdoor sports and activities, opting to slice through water in kayaks, clamber onto mountain bikes for adrenaline-fueled joyrides, or scale climbing walls like squirrels born without fear instincts. Alternatively, visitors can take advantage of the camp's relaxation-inducing facilities by lounging on a mile-long beach, launching themselves into the river via slide or rope swing, or easing their hard-working muscles in bubbling hot tubs. Throughout the weekend, cooks prepare five hearty buffet-style and barbecue-pit meals (each accompanied by a vegetarian option) to sustain guests and to disprove the theory that all camp food is made out of cleverly disguised hot dogs.