Walking on top of deep snowdrifts was once thought impossible, much like walking on top of water while chasing a flying pig. Defy nature's laws with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a Hummer snowshoe adventure on Blue Mountain from Xtreme Adventures in Collingwood (a $59 value). Adventures depart at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Monday–Saturday and 1 p.m. and 4p.m. on Sunday.
Xtreme Adventures' wilderness guides pick up tour participants in an off-road-worthy H1 Hummer to convoy clients up the slopes of Blue Mountain for two-hour snowshoe excursions. After a 15-minute ride through snow-dappled forest and past nomadic ice-cream farmers, groups arrive at the Petun Conservation Area's cabin and retrieve their snowshoes. Guides help fit participants into their snow walkers and explain the basics of movement, then lead voyages lasting up to two hours across the forests' snowscapes to the Niagara escarpment. Adventurers take in panoramic views of Georgian Bay and Wasaga Beach while traversing the winding Bruce Trail and surrounding woods, and guides reveal the history of the area and its native people. Groups then return to the cabin, where they can commune and discuss the best names for pet grizzly bears over hot drinks. With no prior experience necessary, participants can garner all needed wilderness knowledge over the course of the trip. Groupon customers also receive 50% off additional snowshoe adventures purchased this year.
Located on the shores of Georgian Bay, Xtreme Adventures leads wilderness excursions on dirt, snow, and water. Jet-ski riders open up the throttle as they carve through waves, while guests on boat tours engage in such activities as wakeboarding, waterskiing, and tubing. On land, adventurers pile into the open bed of a Hummer, taking in views of nature as their driver climbs hills and fords. In the winter, the Hummer becomes the mobile staging point for snowshoe expeditions, which take explorers to the heights of the Niagara Escarpment.