In the mood for an adrenaline rush? Try skydiving, parasailing, paddleboarding, wakeboarding, flyboarding or seadoing. If you love freefalling above beautiful sand and water or jumping over waves on high quality seadoos, then head to Grand Bend where you can experience the latest and greatest in adrenaline filled activities.
Since 1982, the Grand Bend Sport Parachuting Centre has operated as the only skydiving facility in Southwest Ontario. Here, qualified professional instructors assist anyone from beginners to advanced skydivers with freefalling. Whether you’re a freefalling expert or this is your first jump, there’s something for everyone at the parachuting centre. Instructors recognize that a first jump can be frightening, so they offer new skydivers a freefall skydive with two instructors assisting until the parachute is activated, which is when the beginner steers the parachute with instructions via radio.
If skydiving isn’t your thing, try parasailing with Grand Bend Parasail through the skies at heights of up to 1000-ft. from Grand Band’s beautiful pier. There are several qualified instructors and operators who provide instruction to all participants, no matter their experience level. There are tons of deals to take advantage of such as early bird flights, which run from 9am to 11am every day; sunset loads where you can enjoy one of Canada’s best sunset destinations from a birds eye view above the main beach; and group rates and specials for groups of 6 or more people.
Head over to Xtreme Water Sports where you can whip around on waves in a seadoo, launch into the lake off of a 20-ft. water trampoline, try out a tube or water ski. They even have the latest innovation in adrenaline rousing water thrill-rides, flyboarding, which is essentially a “water jet pack” that uses water pressure to let the user rise into the air, dive, and jump out of the water. Xtreme also provides an exclusive jet boat charter service and quality seadoos, jet skis, and three person waverunners for rent.
Recently, there has been a new addition to the adrenaline scene in Grand Bend – wakeboarding and paddleboarding lessons and rentals! Head to Bayfield’s Windmill Lake, an eco-friendly outdoor recreation park that offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced cable wakeboarding, as well as stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boating. Windmill Lake is the only straight line cable park in Huron County, and the first bi-level wakeboarding park in Canada. There are adventures for the whole family with programming like PaddleFit, Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Yoga, and guided nature tours that wind through 200 acres of forest.
• Parasailing: grandbendparasail.com, 519-525-3596, Main St., Grand Bend
• Skydiving: skydrivegrandbend.com, 519-238-8610, 70114 Country Rd. 81, Grand Bend
• Seadooing & water trampoline: xtremewatersports.ca, 519-238-5816 or 519-319-4864, 84 Main St., Grand Bend
• Wakeboarding & paddleboarding: Windmill-lake.ca, 519-524-0636, 35957 Bayfield River Rd., Bayfield