This year for Kris’ birthday, I was determined to give him an activity gift that required us to wear helmets and sign a waiver.
Kris partakes in a bunch of activities that I prefer to let him do solo, downhill mountain biking, sailing (racing, not leisure) and bouldering. I’ll do these things from time to time, but they’re not really my cup of tea. So for his birthday I wanted to give him all the fun of a helmet and waiver, while still picking an activity that we would both love start to finish.
After doing a bit of research, I happened upon an ATV adventure tour; 4 hours of ATV fun, just 20 minutes from my family cottage.
The Friday following his birthday, we took the day off work and headed north, with a promise from the tour company that it would be a fun, fast, muddy, adrenaline rush of a day.
They totally undersold it. It was AMAZING.
We arrived just a little before noon and were given our helmets, ATVs and orientation. Then, along with our guide and two other couples, we set out on the trails.
Having never ridden an ATV before, I got to go first and follow the tour guide, which was good because I could see how to do things properly! We spent the next 3+ hours zipping around on the trails, climbing over 3ft granite slabs, and then going down into ditches on the other side. Making turns while our bodies were at a 45 degree angle to the muddy ground, and climbing over fallen trees.
I actually managed to get spectacularly stuck, balanced perfectly on top of a fallen tree… It was an impressive moment, but Kris gave me a hefty push and I was free!
I was a bit uneasy at first, but got more and more confident with each turn and hill. I LOVED going up and down (sometimes straight down!) the hills, easily my favourite part.
Speeding around dense Canadian forest made for some beautiful views. We had plenty of opportunities to stop and admire beaver dams, large granite cliffs, immense trees and more.
We took a few breaks in open meadows for tea and snacks.
Nothing fancy (except for the beautiful scenery), just enough to keep us going. Though the tour guide told us they will accommodate 4 course meals at the rest stop for corporate functions (an ATV corporate function with 4 course meal! Wow!)
Frankly I was just happy to get off the ATV for a bit, have some water, and splash about in my wellies!
All in all, we had a great day. Kris had a blast whizzing around, going through muddy streams, and climbing over boulders. I had fun tackling the hills, getting stuck and watching him smile.
If you spend any time in Northern Ontario, check out Bear Claw Tours! Just make sure to stretch before and after, it’s a serious work out!