Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thrilling time with the family at Long Point Eco Adventures in Norfolk County

Long Point Eco Adventures
We had a memorable time testing our physical and mental boundaries as we did adventurous activities in Norfolk county located in Ontario's South Coast. Our stay at Long Point Eco Adventures was full of energy and excitement as we anticipated and participated in activities we haven't done before.

Long Point Eco Adventures
It is a great place to have unique outdoor experiences - from Zip-lining, Stargazing, Apiary tours, Kayaking, Axe-throwing, and more. We can also stay over in their Wilderness Suites, which is perfect for families or in their Camping Pods, so there is more time to do everything they offer. 
Long Point Eco Adventures
Long Point Eco Adventures is a spacious facility to relax, surround ourselves in nature, and truly appreciate adventures - some of which will totally take us out of our comfort levels. We think it would be perfect fit for families with children over 8 years. Teenagers will love it, and people who don't feel they are adventurous will get a chance to have those experiences! Currently, Long Point Eco Adventures is open from Spring to Fall (May to October). 
Long Point Eco Adventures
To be part of the different activities book ahead of time, as there are limited number of people per group, and different times the activities are held at. Arrive a little early to sign the waiver when you do your first activity, once you sign one waiver during the stay you can participate in the different activities they provide. There is staff on site 24 hours, and they are helpful with directions, local area advice, and reservations.
Long Point Eco Adventures
Activities we did while at Long Point Eco Adventures

Axe throwing
We got a glimpse of axe throwing this summer while we were staying at Fern Resort. Axe throwing has become a popular activity over the last few years, and we finally got a chance to spend a lot of time practicing and perfecting our axe throwing skills. 
Long Point Eco Adventures
Once you get the hang of this activity, it becomes addictive especially when we start scoring. We found our guide to be very helpful in giving tips on how to handle the axe and throwing strategies to make it easy to target and get points.
Long Point Eco Adventures
Hiking the trails
There are plenty of walking and riding trails located in and around Long Point Eco Adventures that include public and private properties, which are part of a network we are welcome to use. We explored some of the Vineyard trails that starts through the grassland and goes to the apiary tour demonstration area, then across the road to the woods behind the beautiful vineyards at Burning Kiln Winery. 
Long Point Eco Adventures
This trail also crosses over to the St. Williams Conservation Reserve forest where we can see a variety of Carolinian species. This reserve's objective is to restore rare and sensitive ecosystems such as oak savanna and prairie communities. 
Long Point Eco Adventures
Check in with the staff at Long Point Eco Adventures and get a detailed trail map before hiking. If you enjoy biking, they have mountain bikes you can rent or bring your own and enjoy the trails.
Long Point Eco Adventures
Zip Line and Canopy Tour through the Carolinian Forest
This is an activity that will literally make us take a leap of faith. We loved how professional and enthusiastic the guides were, and we felt they knew what they are doing so it was easy to put our trust in them to keep us safe and have fun. Both the guides were superb as they totally made everyone in the group feel comfortable. Even those of us who were quite nervous to try zip-lining at the beginning, felt the exhilarating excitement of zipping through the trees and got comfortable as we zipped along. 
Long Point Eco Adventures
We love that there are many zip-lines because when we do each one we get a little more comfortable and want to do more, so this two and half hour tour gives us a chance to fully get into the experience and really enjoy it. Our children were super excited as they completed each zip-line, and wanted to know when we will do this again. The guides were patient, always made sure everything was safe, and made everyone in the group feel we are part of a team and can do this. They take pictures during the experience and email it to us, so we can share it with family and friends.
Long Point Eco Adventures
It is a great place to experience the adventure of zip-lining. At Long Point Eco Adventures, we can glide through 8 zip-lines, 2 suspension bridges, and a 40 foot rappel. These tours opened in 2009, and they take a maximum of eight people in each group, and offer tours multiple times daily. 
Long Point Eco Adventures
At the end of this experience, we felt a sense of satisfaction and simply loved it. Check their site for the details on the weight restrictions, and if you have medical conditions. They have nighttime Zip Line and Canopy Tours on Friday and Saturday nights.     
Long Point Eco Adventures
Apiary tour, unique experience of taking a close look at the bees.
Long Point Eco Adventures
We love learning about bees and find them fascinating. Over the years, we created our garden to attract more bees and butterflies by adding a variety of native plants, flowers, and trees. We also added bee hotels that attract different types of bees.
Long Point Eco Adventures
Long Point Eco Adventures
Long Point Eco Adventures
By participating in the Apiary tour at Long Point Eco Adventures offered by Vanessa's Bees we got to see bees in a different perspective. Having a calm positive energy will help us get really close to the bees and observe them. We learned about honey bees, how they work as a group, how the bee hives are kept and maintained, and how farmers extract the honey and wax. 
Long Point Eco Adventures
It was exciting for us to gear up in bee suites and take a closer look at the bee hives, and hold the frame with bees busy at work. We saw the queen bee laying eggs, how the queen eggs are especially cared for, the jobs of drone bees, what the female worker and nursing bees are doing, how they clean up their homes and get rid of invaders and dead bees. Vanessa is very knowledgeable and answered all the questions we had about these amazing pollinators.
Long Point Eco Adventures
After exploring the bee hives in the apiary area, we walked to the honey hut and made our own candles with melted bees wax. We enjoyed taking the time to decorate the glass jars, adding scents, and the melted wax. 
Long Point Eco Adventures
As the wax settled, we spent time tasting different types of honey, learning about honey in the local area, how different flowers affect the taste, and the health benefits of honey.
Long Point Eco Adventures
It was our first time tasting pollen that was collected by bees. Each of our taste buds gave us a different feel, we felt like it was bitter, slightly sweet and powdery, and  similar to cookie or dough crumbs. Bee pollen is supposed to have lots of health benefits such as improving our immune system and reducing brain fatigue.    
Long Point Eco Adventures
At the end of the tour we were able to purchase jars of honey that were harvested from the bees we met at the hives. We think this is a unique experience for family, and it is a must experience to really appreciate nature, and to learn how we can be part of saving the bees - an important pollinator for our own survival.     

Observatory Stargazing tours
Long Point Eco Adventures is located in one of the darkest points in Southern Ontario, so we were able to look up at the sky and see it lit up with an array of constellations. We also saw three planets, Mercury, Mars, and Saturn without binoculars. During the 2 hour guided tour, we heard stories from Greek mythology associated with the stars.
Long Point Eco Adventures
It was our first time looking through the powerful 16 inch telescope and taking a closer look at different objects in the sky such as M13 and M37. This was totally exciting, as the guide was patient and wanted everyone to take their time and see the objects. We were totally fascinated looking at these objects that are hard for us humans to fathom. This astronomical experience opened in 2010, they offer tours on select Tuesdays and Sundays, and on every Friday and Saturday.  
Long Point Eco Adventures
Just outside of Long Point Eco Adventures
Turkey Point Provincial Park – trails, beach, and the only provincial park with a golf course which used to be a naval base. It is about five minutes driving distance from Long Point Eco Adventures.
Long Point Eco Adventures
Long Point Provincial Park is 45 minutes from Long Point Eco Adventures. It has a beautiful beach area with picnic benches and washrooms close by. There are strong waves, and no lifeguards, so keep children close and enjoy the sandy beach.  

We love how these different and unique family friendly activities connected us to each other and nature, and  it is a wonderful way to make lasting memories. The activities are geared for children eight years and over, and you don't have to be an "outdoor" person to test your limits and experience these awesome activities that break personal barriers. It is a fabulous place not only for families and couples, but also for corporate groups and school tours.


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22 comments:

  1. thank you for sharing,
    I have added this to my weekend trip destination list.

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  2. I remember going to Turkey Point when I was a teenager. I am amazed as to how much there is to see.

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  3. This looks like such a fun place to visit! I have been wanting to try axe throwing for a while.

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  4. What a great place for family fun and creating amazing memories!

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  5. this is so cool! I would love to go there

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  6. A lot of fun things to do in that area!

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  7. I love the sounds of kayaking, stargazing, and zip lining. It's great that they have places to stay overnight too. Thanks for sharing!!

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  8. wow I'd love to go there and Im not to far away so I think I will

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  9. Certainly looks like a wonderful spot to visit,thanks for sharing.Love the photos!

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  10. There are so many fun activities and adventures to do there.

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  11. There are so many wonderful things to do in southern Ontario I have to get the family out there
    jan

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  12. We have been to Long Point but we have never done any of this!

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  13. INTERESTING PLACES TO VISIT LOVE ADVENTURES

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  14. So many fun things to do!! I would especially love the Zip Line and Canopy Tour and the axe throwing too!

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  15. Turkey Point Provicial Park looks fantastic. And I love the name.

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  16. Great place to visit. I love honey so I try to plant flowers for them.

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  17. Love your pictures and terrific review of Turkey Point Provincial Park, adventures and fun for the whole family!

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  18. This sounds like an amazing place to spend a weekend. I can't imagine zip lining though.

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  19. Oh, I would love to visit. There are so many things to see and do.

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  20. I wish we lived closer, this would be something we would love to experience! Sounds like a great learning opportunity and lots of fun too.

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  21. Good place to visit. Lots of things to do.

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