Give the gift of experience this holiday season

Dec 11, 2018
With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve put together a handy list of experiences from across BruceGreySimcoe. If you’re tired of fighting the crowds at the mall or not sure if you’re Aunt Sally needs another pair of socks or a 2019 calendar, we’ve got something for everyone on your list. Whether they’re an outdoors lover, a food lover, an art lover or a beer lover, give the gift of experience this year instead. Maybe you’ll be lucky and they’ll even invite you to join! Do more, see more and experience more in 2019.  

For the outdoor lover on your list



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. Thanks to the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, you can gift your loved ones a guided eco-adventure on the Bruce by clicking right here. Not only will they get an unforgettable experience, proceeds will help the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association—a registered environmental charity. Gift certificates can be used for winter adventures like Ski Lion’s Head, their March Break Owl Prowl or any of their other four-season adventures. Book before December 24 to save $50. Click here to learn more.

Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours in Oliphant and Sauble Beach

This Oliphant-based boat business is the perfect place to invest in family adventure this holiday season. They offer everything from sunset cruises to private boat tours, snorkeling tours, birding tours and chair yoga on their pontoon boats. They even have a glass bottom boat. With a new Sauble Beach location opening this summer and new Sauble River cruises, it’s the perfect time to gift a Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours cruise. Find out more about their gift certificates right here and view a complete list of cruise options right here.

Free Spirit Tours: Wild Edibles Workshop, Caving, Climbing, Paddling and more

With 20 years of experience, Free Spirit is your local expert on guided outdoor adventure in the region. From caving, climbing and paddling to their newest Wild Edibles foraging workshops, giving the gift of a Free Spirit Tours experience is a great idea for the outdoor lover on your list. You can purchase gift certificates right here.

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 events January 16 and February 6th. The evening includes a 5.5-kilometre guided snowshoe hike, maple taffy, a cheese fondue, live music, bonfire and craft beer, cider and wine. Book your experience right here.

Snowshoe Eco Tours and Moonlight Snowshoe Tours at Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Experience the Wye Marsh in a whole new way. Choose from their Snowshoe Eco Tours or the Moonlight Snowshoe Tours. Eco tours include a 3-hour, 4-kilometre guided snowshoe trek that lets you access parts of the marsh not normally open to the public. Your guide will give you a brief snowshoe lesson, help you look for animal tracks and have the chickadees eating right out of your hand. Warm up by the fire with roasted bannock and cedar tea. And the cherry on top? A day pass to come back and visit the marsh again. Find out more about the Snowshoe Eco-Tours here.
The Moonlight Snowshoe Tours give you access to the marsh after dark. Groups are kept small to improve the chances of wildlife encounters. There are plenty of hoots, chatters, coos, yips and howls to be heard. Find out more right here.

Bike Tours with Eagle Adventures Gift Certificates

Already known for their canoe and kayak river tours, Eagle Adventures is offering new bike experiences in 2019. Ranging from guided rides for novice, intermediate and advanced riders at Loree Forest, Kolapore and Three Stage to historical tours of Collingwood, these will make a great gift for the cyclist on your list. Find out more right here.

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, Eco Adventure Tours and Nordic Centre

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.



For the crafty artists on your list

DIY Workshops at Nak’d Basics

With locations in both Collingwood and Owen Sound, Nak’d Basics offers a do-it-yourself approach to making bath bombs, shampoo and more. Get in touch here to book a DIY workshop for the crafty and creative types on your list.

Art Workshops with Imagination Studio in Clarksburg

Do you have someone on your list who’s a budding or accomplished artist? The Imagination Studio in Clarksburg offers some great classes and workshops for adults and kids. Find out more about their classes right here

For the history and culture lovers

Give Live Theatre and Live Music tickets

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.

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

For the food lover on your list  

Collingwood Cooking Academy

Why not treat your friends or family to a cooking class at the Collingwood Cooking Academy? Chef Phillip Tarlo has over 40 years of experience from the Savoy Hotel in London to an array of European kitchens. The Collingwood Cooking Academy offers classes like Cooking 101 to Pasta workshops and Date Night Dinners. Gift a class today by visiting their website right here.

Because everyone loves beer

Lastly, the folks at The Beer Bus now sell $50 or $100 digital gift certificates for Beer Bus Bucks. The recipient can use their bucks towards any of the regularly scheduled tours The Beer Bus runs. With tours like Breakfast Beers, Hoppy Hour and their Winter Wine Wonderland favourite, you’re sure to make their day! Purchase gift cards right here.