Clovermead offers family-friendly attractions and apiary-fresh honey in an old-fashioned farm setting maintained by the Hiemstras, a family of third-generation beekeepers. With admission to the Adventure Farm, quartets of children and adults can explore a play zone, a mini pioneer town, and pastoral attractions (a $6.78 value/person, including HST). Inside the Bee Discovery station, located in the restored Brownsville train station, guests can gawk at ceiling-high display hives and learn about the well-organized, rent-free lives of miniature honeysmiths. Visitors can also stroll along shaded, wooded trails or scale a mountain made of straw bales, and pint-size adventurers can test the laws of physics by sending themselves down the Black Hole slide. Pedal-powered go-karts convey single or paired riders around a racetrack, and walk-up pens grant farm animals a chance to see humans up close.
Sundance Balloons' vibrant hot-air balloons float adventurous passengers over scenic landscapes. Each one-hour journey commences as sojourners greet their flight crew at a pre-determined location, receive a briefing on what to expect during the excursion, and observe their balloon as it swells to more than 10 stories in height.
The woven gondolas glide 1,000 feet above the ground but can sometimes gently skim treetops or cornfields when wandering over the countryside. Since balloons drift with prevailing winds, there is no wind chill and travellers feel only a slight sensation of movement. As is tradition for ballooning, explorers of the appropriate age end their flight with a champagne toast to tranquility, beauty, and neighbourhoods that appear as giant smiley faces only visible from the air.
After channeling the insight passed down from a lineage of golf-course architects, Englishman Dr. Martin Hawtree designed Tarandowah Golfers Club as an authentic links course that has been praised by publications including ScoreGolf and Ontario Golf Magazine. The par 70 course circles a body of water and tight-knit grouping of trees, exchanging typical course hazards for an abundance of trajectory altering winds. Sod-faced bunkers and wispy fescue grasses border the course's greens, which are spread out over 7,067 yards from the tips. Tarandowah Golfers Club also houses a clubhouse with food and beverages and a driving range where golfers can calibrate their swings or showcase new post-putt struts.
On Adrenaline Paintball’s vast outdoor fields, airsoft pellets or paintballs flick through the air. The 12 fields help a variety of playing styles to thrive. Combatants seek out their opponents while lurking through trenches littered with foxholes and sniper towers. Wooded areas encourage warriors to dart between trees. Scenarios challenge patrons to rescue hostages or destroy a target. Away from the multilevel forts, winding indoor compound, and concrete tunnels, the field carries tidbits and gear for both airsoft and paintball.
At Great Lakes Farms, a renovated apple barn peers out over 155 acres of tree-thatched pastures. Apple pluckers can wander row after row of trees, weighing down a bag or phonograph horn with 10 pounds of plump apples. On the weekends, tractors tote a covered wagon past sun-dappled tree branches, and a corn maze distracts scarecrows from noticing they are wearing last season’s overalls. Back at the barn, patrons can delve into two heaping slices of Great Lakes Farms' house-made apple pie and practice reciting a list of their favourite apple varieties while gargling a glass of apple cider.
Stitch-It Central equips crafters of all abilities with an extensive supply of raw materials and stitching tools. Felt appliqué Christmas stockings add whimsy to winter hearths ($32.49–$35.61), and bamboo knitting needles imbue any sweater, scarf, or garter-stitched disguise with an organic element ($4.95–$9.68). A pair of Dimensions cross-stitch baby bibs serves as a more creative gift than a humdrum jetpack ($18.75), and Crewel embroidery kits enhance walls with frameable finger feats ($28.75–$41.50). Like dismantling a timed explosive, needlework is best completed when accompanied by precise instruction, so bring any masterpiece-to-be to the free in-house Sit'n Stitch Group on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.