July 22, 2014

Glamping and Zipping at Long Point Eco Adventures

I will be the first to admit it. I'm a city gal, through and through. Bugs and I...well, we do not get along. When out for an entire day, or overnight - I need to have outlets to charge my phone (Hello!? How am I supposed to tweet with a dead phone?) and preferably Wi-Fi. If no Wi-Fi, DEFINITELY data! So, when I was approached to give GLAMPING a try...I was hesitant at first. But after looking into it more - I knew it was something I had to do!

Long Point Eco Adventures is located in St. Williams, Ontario in Norfolk County. It is basically between Port Dover and Turkey Point. Getting to Long Point Eco Adventures is incredibly easy, and incredibly scenic! I suggest taking the back roads and stopping off at some farms and small shops along the way to fully experience Norfolk County. There are antique shops, peanut farms, fruit and vegetable stands...and so much more to enjoy on the way to Long Point Eco Adventures. One great feature of Long Point Eco Adventures is that it is private land, therefore you can bring, and walk around with alcohol - without any restrictions! BONUS


View from the Fire Pit at Long Point Eco Adventures
View from the Fire Pit at Long Point Eco Adventures



The Wilderness Suite


Path of Wilderness Suites at Long Point Eco Adventures
Path of Wilderness Suites at Long Point Eco Adventures

Once we arrived at Long Point Eco Adventures we checked in and were brought to our Wilderness Suite via a golf cart. We were given some simple instructions, such as "Do not keep food in your suite as there have been instances with bears small animals getting in." So...of course, the snacks we brought were put in our car every night before bed! 



View of our Wilderness Suite at Long Point Eco Adventures
View of our Wilderness Suite at Long Point Eco Adventures

Let me tell you, the Wilderness Suites are not your typical tents! This most definitely Glamorous Camping! As I mentioned, I am a city gal, and I was extremely comfortable in the Wilderness Suite! Fitted with multiple electrical outlets, both inside and outside of the "tent", you enter through a sliding glass door. Each "tent" has windows that can be opened to allow a nice cross-breeze. There were 2 Muskoka chairs on the deck in front of the tent which overlooked Long Point. It was a beautiful place to relax and soak in the beauty of Long Point

View from the deck of our Wilderness Suite at Long Point Eco Adventures

Inside there was a mini fridge, table and chairs as well as comfy, plush luxurious robes! Oh, did I mention there was also a KING SIZED, hotel quality bed? Umm, yeah...#heaven. Not to mention the fully functional washroom with a private outdoor shower! Showering at night, under the stars is something everyone must try!

Private washroom with an outdoor shower at Long Point Eco Adventures
Private washroom with an outdoor shower at Long Point Eco Adventures

Adventures


If you prefer a more "authentic" camping experience - you can check out Long Point Provincial Park down the street. At Long Point Eco Adventures, you don't have to stay overnight in order to experience all the adventures they offer! You are more than welcome to use the trails, sign up for zip-lining and even check out the observatory


Learning in the Observatory at Long Point Eco Adventures
Learning in the Observatory at Long Point Eco Adventures

We were lucky enough to have a clear night when we went to the observatory. You are brought up in groups to the observation deck where they have a powerful 16” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. We were told that this telescope can actually spot objects almost 10,000 times fainter than the faintest objects that are visible to the naked eye. Umm...holy smokes! We got to see Mars and Saturn, as well as many constellations and star clusters. Our guide, Ian - really knew his stuff! He started out at Long Point Eco Adventures as a part-time job, fell in love with astronomy and was inspired so much that he decided to go to University where he is currently studying astronomy, among other subjects. Not only does the team at Long Point Eco Adventures teach you through the telescope, they also have a video presentation filled with interesting tidbits.

Telescope in the Observatory at Long Point Eco Adventures
Telescope in the Observatory at Long Point Eco Adventures

Looking to do something a little more adventurous? I highly suggest the zip-lining tour! I was SO SCARED to try this, especially after being told I would have to repel down a over 40ft from the top of a tree at the end of the course. But, once we got harnessed in, and the instructors took us on a test-run on a simple zip-line - I went from scared to incredibly excited

#ZipItGood at Long Point Eco Adventures
#ZipItGood at Long Point Eco Adventures
Not only do you maneuver your way through 8 zip-lines, there are also canopy bridges. These incredibly long, incredibly high up, incredibly wobbly bridges sway back and forth. Especially when you have a silly nut intentionally swinging the bridge. (That was me on this tour, LOL!) 

Canopy Bridge at Long Point Eco Adventures

Going through the zip-lines, you get an amazing view of the scenery and it is just breathtaking! You can view Long Point as well as all the trees and beauty on the site. You just hold on, and #ZipItGood through the trees - hoping a bird doesn't fly into you!  

Zip Lines at Long Point Eco Adventures
Zip Lines at Long Point Eco Adventures

At the end of the tour, you are on a tree-top. And the only way down, as I mentioned, is to repel over 40ft. This was by far the scariest part of the tour. You stand there, and the instructors tell you to do this twist and turn movement and then all of a sudden - you're hanging in mid-air! You control the speed in which you repel down, which was helpful, though - I got excited, feeling like Spiderman and landed quite quickly on my bottom! #Ouch LOL

40ft Repel at the End of the Zip Line Tour at Long Point Eco Adventures
40ft Repel at the End of the Zip Line Tour at Long Point Eco Adventures


This was the first, and easiest zip-line of the day! 
Thanks to @clickflickca for the video!

Long Point Eco Adventures also offers kayaking, mountain biking and even zodiac boat tours! The zodiac boat tour is the only way to get down to the tip of Long Point and see the historic lighthouse. 

You can learn more about the adventures that Long Point Eco Adventures offers HERE.

Food


Long Point Eco Adventures has a breakfast tent where the lovely staff have a variety of options for you to choose from. Feel like French Toast, that can be done. Craving an omelette? No problem! Another great part is that they use fresh, locally grown ingredients for everything! We may or may not have had multiple plates of bacon each morning! (Hint: we did!)

Omelette Station at Long Point Eco Adventures
Canada Day Omelette Station at Long Point Eco Adventures
Breakfast Bacon at Long Point Eco Adventures
Breakfast Bacon at Long Point Eco Adventures


Corporate Team-Building Retreats


The manager and my friend at Norfolk Tourism were both telling me that there was a bachelorette party there the week prior, and that companies often use Long Point Eco Adventures for company retreats. With ample space, both indoors and outdoors, meetings and gatherings can be held all over the site. There is also a great winery, Burning Kiln, directly across the street where meetings and gatherings can be held. The adventures that Long Point Eco Adventures offer are also great team-building experiences - especially the zip-liningYou can plan an action-packed retreat for your company, break down barriers and build team morale at Long Point Eco Adventures. They offer half-day retreats as well as multiple day retreats. the team at Long Point Eco Adventures is very accomodating and can work through exactly what you are looking for. 
You can learn more about the Corporate Retreats  that Long Point Eco Adventures offers HERE.

Long Point Eco Adventures

All in all, we had a fantastic time at Long Point Eco Adventures. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, the scenery was beautiful and the adventures were a lot of fun! I'm already planning another trip because I want to do the zip-lining again and head out on the zodiac boat tour

Have you ever been glamping? Which of the adventures offered at Long Point Eco Adventures most interests you?

Disclaimer: My accommodations and adventures were comped for our visit, however - as per usual, my views are entirely my own and I really did almost pee my pants repelling down the 40ft tree!