Unleash your inner warrior and head to Triggers and Bows in Brant County for an afternoon of archery. Lessons are available for bow and arrow beginners, and those familiar with the sport can rent a lane with equipment.
Grand River Conservation Authority has created two downloadable lists that each contain 50 awesome things families can do together outside this summer (but really, you can try to do them any season).
Mountsberg Conservation Area’s Raptor Centre is a must-do for amazing animal encounters. The Centre is home to 15 different species of native birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, owls, vultures and falcons. Birds of Prey shows are held on weekends and holidays, and you can even arrange for a private raptor encounter. Horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo and Play Barn, and a Wildlife Walkway featuring a herd of bison make Mountsberg an ideal destination for kids and kids-at-heart.
Continue your animal exploration at Royal Botanical Gardens’ Reptile Rendezvous. This interactive exhibit features some of the world’s coolest creatures like vipers, cobras, alligators, lizards and turtles. You’ll also learn about the reptiles’ natural habitats and which ones can be found right here in Ontario.
Try climbing up or rappelling off the limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment at Rattlesnake Point. Local outfitter, One Axe Pursuits, provides rock climbing and rappelling lessons for beginners of all ages. Helmets, harnesses and other required gear are provided, so all you need to bring is your sense of adventure. If you’d rather stay on the ground, you’ll love trekking the scenic 12.7 km of colour-coded trails the park has to offer. Hikes range from 1 to 7.2 km and offer some of the best views in the province.