This article was originally featured in the Fall 2020 Issue of Invest In Style Magazine
Adventure awaits on the Niagara Escarpment.
Written By Andrew Hind
While Blue Mountain is best-known for skiing, you don’t have to hit the slopes to unleash your inner daredevil. Nor do you need to await the arrival of snow. Xtreme Adventures (xtremeadventures.ca) offers autumn excursions that blend excitement with scenic beauty. Their customized H1 Hummers (think rugged military jeep, not discontinued city SUV) is the tour vehicle of choice.
The man behind Xtreme Adventures is no stranger to thrills and adrenaline. If it’s a pulse-pounding sport, Mark Bourbonnais has likely tried and mastered it. He has decades of off-road driving experience. He is a certified kite boarding instructor and he’s a two-time Canadian National hang-gliding champion, the first man to fly a hang glider from atop the CN Tower, the world’s third tallest freestanding structure.
If adventure had a name, it would be Mark Bourbonnais.
Bourbonnais founded Xtreme Adventures 16 years ago with the aim of offering the public a mild dose of adrenaline. In summer, water sports and guided boat and jet ski tours keep Bourbonnais busy. As temperatures cool and the leaves begin to change, his focus shifts to Hummer tours.
Let’s set the scene: you sit in a Hummer, ascending the Escarpment along a rutted, one-time settler trail, over rocks and through ponds. Nature’s paintbrush has dappled the surrounding trees and plants with harvest hues. A gold and auburn blanket of leaves covers the ground. When the vehicle emerges from the woods, the azure waters of Georgian Bay stretch out to the horizon.
“Fall is the most popular season for our Hummer tours. The colours are truly gorgeous,” explains Bourbonnais. “Our tour is an exhilarating experience. The route is very rugged, and more extreme than most of our competitors’, passing through flooded areas, forests, and an old beaver pond.” The route’s extreme nature was the origin of the company’s name.
“People leave the tour saying, ‘I can’t believe what a Hummer can do’,” says Bourbonnais. “It’s really one of the most capable off-roading vehicles ever made.”
Tours run until the end of November, when Xtreme Adventures transitions to snowshoe excursions.
Sit back, hold on, and revel in an afternoon of scenic adventure.
Visit them at https://xtremeadventures.ca !