Give the gift of experience

Dec 08, 2017
Holiday gift giving, you either love it or you hate it. That feeling of giving friends and family something special that lights up their eyes and makes them smile is invaluable. But let’s face it, as a society we’re overloaded with ‘things’. What if instead of picking up another pair of socks this holiday, you gave the gift of experience?  You’ll often hear people say all they really want is more time with friends and family. By giving an experience, you’re giving the gift of time as well as the gift of education, experience and adventure.  If you’re still looking for the perfect gift this season, we’ve put together a list of amazing outdoor and indoor experiences across BruceGreySimcoe. Make this the year you do something different!
Outdoor Experiences
Maybe the folks on your list are already outdoor enthusiasts or maybe they have always wanted the opportunity to get outside more.  From exploring the Bruce Peninsula in the winter months to stuffing stockings with gift certificates for summer season adventures, we’ve put together a handy list of outdoor experiences that adventure enthusiasts would love to see under the tree.
Winter Wilderness Eco-Adventure on the Bruce Peninsula
The word is out about how beautiful the Bruce Peninsula is during the summer months but fewer have experienced the magic during the winter months. This epic 3-day wilderness eco-adventure would make an amazing gift for the adventurer on your list. Not only will they get an unforgettable experience, proceeds will help the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association—a registered environmental charity. Book before December 24 to save $50. Click here for more information, view the event on Facebook or call (519) 377-5166 or e-mail

Moonlight Snowshoe and Fondue at Hardwood Ski and Bike

If you’re looking for a unique night out, give the gift of a Moonlight Snowshoe and Fondue at Hardwood Ski and Bike. This amazing cross-country ski and snowshoe facility hosts three events during the winter on December 30th, January 27th and February 10th.  The evening includes a 5 kilometre guided snowshoe hike, maple taffy, a cheese fondue, live music, bonfire and craft beer, cider and wine. Book your experience right here.

Marsh by Moonlight Snowshoe Experience at Wye Marsh
Maybe you’d like to give the gift of a Wye Marsh experience? The Marsh is a special place but it’s even more exciting after dark. With the hoots, chatters, coos, yips and howls of the marsh animals, this small guided snowshoe hike offers great opportunities for wildlife encounters. Find out more right here.
Give the gift of a Fat Bike adventure with Explorer’s Tread

An experience with this Bruce Peninsula guiding company is a great fit for experienced outdoors folk and newbies alike. From guided fat biking tours on their groomed trails to unique snowshoe experiences, check in with Explorers Tread for a unique experiential gift this season.

Gift them a Bruce Peninsula Boat Tour
This Oliphant-based boat business wants you to invest in family adventure this holiday season. They offer everything from sunset cruises to private boat tours, birding tours and chair yoga on their pontoon boats. Find out more right here.
Gift a high-flying summer adventure in Sauble Beach
Last summer saw the addition of the Ascent Aerial Park in Sauble Beach. This high-ropes course is packed with adventure and gift certificates will give them something to look forward to on their summer vacation. Find out more right here.

For the adventurous little ones

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Many of the experiences listed would be suitable for families with children, but how about getting them a chance to learn more about the outdoor world? Both At Last Adventures and Free Spirit Tours offer unique Forest School and summer camp experiences that would make great gifts. 
Many of the basecamp attractions, both winter and summer, at Blue Mountain Resort are also kid-friendly. What kid wouldn’t love a trip down the Ridge Runner or a summer afternoon on the Woodlot Low Ropes course?
Gift them a chance to catch the big one!

The team at Collingwood Adventure Voyages and OSM Adventure Travel are offering gift certificates for fishing charters and other adventures this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a sunset fishing adventure, a snorkeling trip to the Mary Ward or another unique adventure around Georgian Bay, check in with Kevin right here for some great gift ideas.

Stuff their stocking with a Scenic Caves Nature Adventure

From the suspension bridge to the Nordic ski trails and guided moonlight snowshoes, you’ll find an experience to remember at Scenic Caves. With great deals on Christmas gift certificates, make this the winter they get out exploring.

Indoor Experiences
For the foodie on your list: Make it a culinary Christmas


Learning how to make potato gnocchi with fresh pesto 😍 #cookingclass #homemadepasta #pastamaking #gnocchi #pesto #collingwoodcookingacademy

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The Collingwood Cooking Academy offers a range of culinary experiences that would make great Christmas gifts. From Cooking 101 to pasta workshops and date night dinners, join Chef Phillip Tarlo for delicious (and educational) experience.

The gift of history: Give a museum membership

Did you know that if you buy a membership at either Grey Roots Museum and Archives, the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre or the Simcoe County Museum, you get access to all three BruceGreySimcoe museums? If you have a friend or family member who loves to explore and experience history, this is a great gift. For membership information, click through to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, Grey Roots Museum and Archives and the Simcoe County Museum

A ticket to the show: The gift of live music and theatre

BruceGreySimcoe is home to some amazing live music and theatre venues. Gifting tickets to a live show is always a hit, offering an experience your family and friends might not otherwise have. There are tons of great venues but check out the lineup at The Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound, the Orillia Opera House, the Midland Cultural Centre, Casino Rama, Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound, and Meaford Hall to get started.