Off The Track Thoroughbreds often get bad names, for being 'nutty'. If you have an OTTB you'll know this is far from the truth. In fact, my OTTB has taught me to be a better rider, heres how.
As some of you may know my most recent trip was to New Zealand. And, although we obviously went to explore the beautiful country - there was actually a bit more to it.
We went to surprise my sister.
Queenstown is a city of adventure. There is SO much to do from Bungee Jumping to hiking to acting as real life Mario Kart characters. The Skyline Luge in Queenstown is a blast. This gravity-fuelled luge follows an 800m track, you control your speed...and let me tell you those luge carts can get going pretty quick. I went on the course with my sister, fiancé and my dad. We laughed constantly. Essentially you take the gondola ride up the mountain, get on a different chairlift and head to the peak. Grab your luge cart and head down the track. There are two routes, one a bit more challenging. Don't worry though before you go on your first run the staff there give you a quick tutorial. Down the track you go, hop off your cart & get back on the chairlift. We purchased 6 runs each, I definitely could have kept going. Not only is this a adrenaline rushing experience it also offers breathtaking views. Check out this video below for a sneak peak of what to expect!
The winter months in Canada can be dreadful, however if you get outside and make the most of it the cold season can actually be a ton of fun. In January I had the chance to go dog sledding while gathering content for The Weather Network. It was the best work day, to say the least. We went out with North Ridge Ranch in Huntsville Ontario. If you're looking for dog sledding places, they rock!
There's nothing worse than literally forcing your luggage shut! Ok, maybe when that whitening toothpaste you HAD to bring with you leaks all over your belongings is a bit worse.
Walk along Southern Ontario's longest suspension bridge, get your adrenaline rushing on the provinces longest half mile twin zip line, walk amongst the tree tops and meander through caves! Oh and how could I forget the panoramic views of Georgian Bay at the highest point along the Niagara Escarpment. The experience at Scenic Caves Eco Adventure Tours will not disappoint.
It is officially fall, which means it's the perfect time to get outside and explore! There are so many places to visit in Southern Ontario and a long list of things to do. The start of fall is my favourite season by far, note 'the start of fall'. The air feels so crisp and fresh, the leaves are beginning to change colours and the conditions are still relatively warm! I love to see new places and I also love Ontario. And, the great thing about Southern Ontario is the vast range of landscapes, quaint towns and of course, lakes with towering escarpment...the two together make for beautiful scenes.
Here's a list of four places that are under four hours from Toronto that you must check out this fall. They won't disappoint.
Cape Croker Park is literally the Bruce Peninsula's most wonderful hidden gem. I absolutely love visiting the Bruce Peninsula, whether it be to hike, camp or kayak...however, sometimes the popular destinations can be quite busy. I spent years as a kid at Cape Croker Park, and now I'm starting my own traditions here. Just this summer I was looking for a campground to go to for a weekend with my partner, dog, best friend, her fiance, their 8 month old baby, and their dog. With such a group, I had to pick the perfect campground, lol! We booked super last minute at Cape Croker Park and had such a BLAST!
Whitewater Rafting is a blast. Hands down. There are places all over the country to find some fast water, but I highly suggest the Kicking Horse River in British Columbia. We picked this spot originally because of where it is located. We were staying in Canmore and it's a relatively short trek. No complaints about the experience either! We rafted with Wild Water Adventures! It was adrenaline rushing, had a super fun environment and the setting couldn't be more gorgeous!
Games in the trees! At Skywood Eco Adventure you are suspended within the forests canopy. The park is relatively new to The Thousand Islands region, and it's the largest zip lining experience in Ontario. I was lucky to attend the opening day during the summer of 2016. The Tree Top Trekking facility has different levels of self-guided tours that include tricky obstacles, bridges, nets & zip lines! Or if you're there for the speed, you can go on a guided tour through 8 different zip lines!
The courses are challenging, but it's nice that the higher you get the harder it gets. So, if you decide you're calling it quits after two courses, even after just one, you end at where you started. There's Discovery Tours as well that are suspended just a few feet from the ground. These are super ideal for anyone scared of heights and kids!