ROAD TRIPS

Our road trips take you into the natural beauty of the area while challenging you with a local adventure. Hike and forage a local forest, shop for antiques in the many character stores in the region, wakeboard/kayak/paddleboard windmill lake, taste local beers, find secret spots for the best photos while getting tips, zipline the Elora Gorge and much more. We want you to truly enjoy your surroundings so our trips are flexible - incorporating time for an unplanned detour down a winding road or a few restful moments to breathe in the country air.

  Swim the St Marys Quarry.    The swimming quarry was actor Christopher Plummer’s favourite swimming hole and is where we take a quick dip to cool off or perhaps a jump off the water trampoline. There will be time to stroll downtown and view some of the most notable buildings including the Opera House, the spired municipal Town Hall and the Public Library, all built in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.   Time:  30 minutes to get there, 1 hour at the quarry, 1 hour downtown and 30 minutes to get home. Total time: 3 hours.    Cost: 2 for $29+HST, one for $15 (quarry included).

Swim the St Marys Quarry. 

The swimming quarry was actor Christopher Plummer’s favourite swimming hole and is where we take a quick dip to cool off or perhaps a jump off the water trampoline. There will be time to stroll downtown and view some of the most notable buildings including the Opera House, the spired municipal Town Hall and the Public Library, all built in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s.

Time: 30 minutes to get there, 1 hour at the quarry, 1 hour downtown and 30 minutes to get home. Total time: 3 hours. 

Cost: 2 for $29+HST, one for $15 (quarry included).

  Wakeboard and kayak with Noah.    Most locals have no idea that there is a fully sized windmill within the area. They certainly don't have a clue that there is a lake and two canals that facilitate wakeboarding, kayaking and paddle boarding. A Dutchman came to Canada in the 1980s and built the windmill for flour and lumber and now it has become a recreation area complete with surf shop. Lessons can be arranged.    Time:  50 minutes to get there, 1 hour for boarding, 1 hour downtown and 50 minutes to get home. Total time: 3 hours, 40 minutes.    Cost: 2 for $129+HST, one for $69 (lessons extra). 

Wakeboard and kayak with Noah. 

Most locals have no idea that there is a fully sized windmill within the area. They certainly don't have a clue that there is a lake and two canals that facilitate wakeboarding, kayaking and paddle boarding. A Dutchman came to Canada in the 1980s and built the windmill for flour and lumber and now it has become a recreation area complete with surf shop. Lessons can be arranged. 

Time: 50 minutes to get there, 1 hour for boarding, 1 hour downtown and 50 minutes to get home. Total time: 3 hours, 40 minutes. 

Cost: 2 for $129+HST, one for $69 (lessons extra). 

  Joan takes you on a yoga retreat.     Time to recharge by connecting with the four elements of nature: water, air, earth and fire. This full day starts off with a 30 minute guided meditation at the shores of Lake Huron, followed by 60 minutes of yoga under the trees in Pioneer Park. The afternoon starts off with a 20 minute silent walk in a forest and ends with the creation of a flower crown at a local farm. Your hosts and instructors are the most fabulous sisters, Joan and Claire.   Time:  50 minutes to get there, 1 hour for yoga, 1 hour downtown and 50 minutes to get home. Total time: 3 hours, 40 minutes.    Cost: $75+HST. 

Joan takes you on a yoga retreat.  

Time to recharge by connecting with the four elements of nature: water, air, earth and fire. This full day starts off with a 30 minute guided meditation at the shores of Lake Huron, followed by 60 minutes of yoga under the trees in Pioneer Park. The afternoon starts off with a 20 minute silent walk in a forest and ends with the creation of a flower crown at a local farm. Your hosts and instructors are the most fabulous sisters, Joan and Claire.

Time: 50 minutes to get there, 1 hour for yoga, 1 hour downtown and 50 minutes to get home. Total time: 3 hours, 40 minutes. 

Cost: $75+HST. 

  Learn to cook at Anthony's farm.    When was the last time you connected with your food’s origins? Now’s your chance! Stratford and Perth County's agri-food sector generates 1.5 to 2 million dollars a day - more than six of Canada's ten provinces combined. Our road trip is to the renowned family farm Soiled Reputations where we will learn to cook a special dish from the owner, Antony John. Antony emigrated with his family to Canada from Wales in 1970. In 1995, he and his wife, Tina, created Soiled Reputations, a certified organic farm that supplies gourmet greens and heirloom vegetables.    Time : 15 minutes to get there, a one hour cooking class and 15 minutes to get home. Total time: 1.5 hours.   Cost: 2 for $89+HST, one for $49.

Learn to cook at Anthony's farm. 

When was the last time you connected with your food’s origins? Now’s your chance! Stratford and Perth County's agri-food sector generates 1.5 to 2 million dollars a day - more than six of Canada's ten provinces combined. Our road trip is to the renowned family farm Soiled Reputations where we will learn to cook a special dish from the owner, Antony John. Antony emigrated with his family to Canada from Wales in 1970. In 1995, he and his wife, Tina, created Soiled Reputations, a certified organic farm that supplies gourmet greens and heirloom vegetables. 

Time: 15 minutes to get there, a one hour cooking class and 15 minutes to get home. Total time: 1.5 hours.

Cost: 2 for $89+HST, one for $49.

  Zipline the Elora Gorge with Larissa.    Perched on the edge of a spectacular gorge and nestled along the banks of the Grand & Irvine Rivers lies the enchanting village of Elora. You will experience the gorge’s spectacular churning waters close-up by ziplining through its towering walls of limestone ravines. After ziplining, we will walk into the picturesque village and enjoy a bit of shopping at local favourites including Mermaid, Epiphany, Jammed Lovely, and ReFIND Salvage. On the way home, we’ll pass by the West Montrose covered bridge, host of the horror move It, and the Amish community of Milbank.    Time : 1 hour to get there, 1 hour of ziplining, 1 hour around town and 1 hour back to Stratford. Total time: 4 hours.   Cost: 2 for 149+HST (two jumps), one for $89.

Zipline the Elora Gorge with Larissa. 

Perched on the edge of a spectacular gorge and nestled along the banks of the Grand & Irvine Rivers lies the enchanting village of Elora. You will experience the gorge’s spectacular churning waters close-up by ziplining through its towering walls of limestone ravines. After ziplining, we will walk into the picturesque village and enjoy a bit of shopping at local favourites including Mermaid, Epiphany, Jammed Lovely, and ReFIND Salvage. On the way home, we’ll pass by the West Montrose covered bridge, host of the horror move It, and the Amish community of Milbank. 

Time: 1 hour to get there, 1 hour of ziplining, 1 hour around town and 1 hour back to Stratford. Total time: 4 hours.

Cost: 2 for 149+HST (two jumps), one for $89.

  Take in rural theatre with Kelly.    The town of Blyth was founded in 1877 in the rolling hills of Huron County. It’s two ponds were the primary source for the clay used to create the distinctive yellow bricks found in buildings throughout Southwestern Ontario. Our road trip lands at the award-winning Blyth Festival Theatre for a matinee performance. Blyth Festival features fully Canadian productions from a rural point of view featuring the Pigeon King and the New Canadian Curling Club. Afterwards, Road Trippers are welcome to a backstage tour of the theatre.   Time : 1 hour to get there, a half hour to walk the downtown strip, 2 hours of theatre, and an hour to get home. Total time: 4.5 hours.   Cost: 2 for $139+HST (with ticket) or one for $79.

Take in rural theatre with Kelly. 

The town of Blyth was founded in 1877 in the rolling hills of Huron County. It’s two ponds were the primary source for the clay used to create the distinctive yellow bricks found in buildings throughout Southwestern Ontario. Our road trip lands at the award-winning Blyth Festival Theatre for a matinee performance. Blyth Festival features fully Canadian productions from a rural point of view featuring the Pigeon King and the New Canadian Curling Club. Afterwards, Road Trippers are welcome to a backstage tour of the theatre.

Time: 1 hour to get there, a half hour to walk the downtown strip, 2 hours of theatre, and an hour to get home. Total time: 4.5 hours.

Cost: 2 for $139+HST (with ticket) or one for $79.

  Taste craft beers from local breweries with John.

Taste craft beers from local breweries with John.

  Shop Helen's top antique stores.  

Shop Helen's top antique stores. 

  David's pointers on scenic photos.  

David's pointers on scenic photos. 

  Bike Wildwood Park with Joel.  

Bike Wildwood Park with Joel. 

  A spiritual hangout with Lisa.

A spiritual hangout with Lisa.

  Painting tips from Philip. 

Painting tips from Philip. 

  Dayna hosts at the Riverfest Music Festival. 

Dayna hosts at the Riverfest Music Festival. 

  Neil leads a history tour that will keep you wide awake.

Neil leads a history tour that will keep you wide awake.

  Sommelier Bob takes you for a wine tasting.

Sommelier Bob takes you for a wine tasting.

  Food tour of some of the best diners, cafes, restaurants, bakeries and cheese factories.

Food tour of some of the best diners, cafes, restaurants, bakeries and cheese factories.

  Bike the Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail.

Bike the Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail.

  Hike and forage with Peter. 

Hike and forage with Peter. 

  Tasting at McCully's Maple Syrup Festival.

Tasting at McCully's Maple Syrup Festival.

  Watch a movie at Shipka drive in.

Watch a movie at Shipka drive in.

  Tom leads tour of local farming community.

Tom leads tour of local farming community.

  Shop St Jacob's Market.

Shop St Jacob's Market.

  Female Persuasion Retreat

Female Persuasion Retreat

  St George Applefest.

St George Applefest.

  Beaching it at Grand Bend.

Beaching it at Grand Bend.

  Steve takes you fly fishing on Maitland River, Bayfield River, and Saugeen River

Steve takes you fly fishing on Maitland River, Bayfield River, and Saugeen River

  Watch drag racing at Grand Bend Motorplex.

Watch drag racing at Grand Bend Motorplex.

  Insider's tour of Stratford with Neil. 

Insider's tour of Stratford with Neil. 

  Meditate & yoga at Bayfield Beach.     

Meditate & yoga at Bayfield Beach. 

 

  Taste yummy appetizers. 

Taste yummy appetizers. 

  Bob shows off St Marys and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bob shows off St Marys and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  Ross leads us on a biking trip to St Marys.

Ross leads us on a biking trip to St Marys.

  Bob captains us down the Grand River.

Bob captains us down the Grand River.

  Elora is home to the Elora gorge river system and the Elora Quarry.

Elora is home to the Elora gorge river system and the Elora Quarry.

  We take a tour of the Goderich Gaol where the last public execution in Canada took place.

We take a tour of the Goderich Gaol where the last public execution in Canada took place.

  New Hamburg Fall Fair.

New Hamburg Fall Fair.

  Off to the quaint town of Bayfield on Lake Huron.

Off to the quaint town of Bayfield on Lake Huron.

  Take in the Embro Truck and Tractor Pull - the world's heaviest motorsport. 

Take in the Embro Truck and Tractor Pull - the world's heaviest motorsport. 

  Be a kid at the Factory in London.

Be a kid at the Factory in London.