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 Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
Owners Murrel and Lori Brubacher invite groups to solve a challenging ghost-town-themed labyrinth at the Waterloo County Corn Maze. For 60–90 minutes, visitors weave through corn stalks and trek down winding paths to sell insurance to the recreated ghost towns' resident spectres. Every abandoned borough showcases information about early towns that helped shape the local Ontario community, and visitors who find the information enter into a monthly drawing for dinner for two at Anna Mae's Bakery & Restaurant. On Friday and Saturday evenings, nocturnal adventurers navigate the outdoor maze using only moonlight and a flashlight brought from home. After solving the field, kids head indoors to excavate kernels from the sandbox and count grains in the sand pile. Families nibble packed meals at the picnic area. Larger groups can call ahead to book a free reservation for the volleyball court and campfire pit stocked with roasting sticks, on which guests warm volleyballs to their peak gooeyness.
As a member of the Molly Bloom's Irish Pub family, Failte Irish Pub delivers the classic Irish spread of Guinness-battered fish, bangers and mash, and shepherd?s pie. And the chefs stay busy in the kitchen piling beer-battered onion rings atop burgers and simmering pots of baked potato soup. The shareable servings of French Canadian poutine are crafted with hand-cut yukon gold potatoes covered with Montreal cheese curds and rich beef gravy. The pub treats guests to live entertainment in the form of musicians strumming their guitars and burping out the words to top hits.
Locomotives cut through the Waterloo area and chug across the Conestogo River, stopping at St. Jacobs Farmers Market and the Village of St. Jacobs in Woolwich. Recapturing the glory days of railway travel no longer requires expensive tickets to the state time machine. Today, you need only hop aboard the Waterloo Central Railway. Engine No. 9 is on site and sometimes pulls the train, transforming an average day into an exciting event, and taking holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Grandparents' Day, to the next level with special themed rides.