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.
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.
The centre’s expert instructors hone beginners’ and advanced players’ strokes in a bucolic outdoor setting. On one of four-lit hard courts, tennis acolytes spend a stimulating hour learning or improving the fundamentals of serves, backhands, and forehands. With their racquet-mastering teachers, intermediate players work on improving their game toward the goal of rousting all comers, and advanced players concentrate on mind-control strategy. John Hatch Tennis Centre has hosted lobbed airborne balls since 1980, when tennis was invented.
Based on the American classic by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati's Tony Award–winning stage adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath represents an onstage gale of acting chops, emotion, and clever puppet commentary from the opera box. Antoni Cimolino, general director of the theatre, also directs this classic Great Depression–era tale of a family's migration from Oklahoma to California in the 1930s and the challenges they face in a series of migrant-worker camps. The cast includes award-winning veterans of The Canadian Stage Company, Vancouver Playhouse, and collaborators of visionary thespian Robert Lepage. Both an entertaining and educational windfall, this production of The Grapes of Wrath creates opportunities for field trips, peer bonding, or an undeserved afternoon of fun for complacent dependants. This play is suitable for ages 12 and older.