Barrie is known as one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and as the gateway to the north. What many people do not realize is that nestled only 20 minutes north of Barrie is the new and exciting Horseshoe Adventure Park.
Sandra Roberts (Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of PIE Bookazine) and myself (Business Relations) were invited to Horseshoe Adventure Park for a weekend of fun. When we arrived we were greeted by Susan (Marketing Program Manager) and Mark (Assistant General Manger) of Horseshoe Resort. They had arranged for their team to deliver a cheese and fruit tray to our room, which was a welcomed surprise upon checking in.
The hospitality we received and friendly staff at Horseshoe Resort is unmatched by many resorts we have visited in the past. Everywhere we went there was young, energetic Adventure Park staff to assist us on our stay. Logan, the golf cart attendant at the Valley Golf Course, arranged for a golf cart for Sandra and I. We ventured around the course and got some great shots of the amenities. We tried our best to maintain golf course etiquette and ran into some friendly players who gave us a rundown of when it was appropriate to drive the cart during a game and when to remain quiet. I think they could tell we were a little out of place in our high heels and over sized sunglasses.
After working up an appetite, Sandra and I dined at Silks Restaurant conveniently located in the hotel. Steve, the Manager of Silks, personally greeted us and recommended his favorite dishes. He ensured there was fresh bread on the table and an option of still or sparking water. Steve moved to Canada a short time ago. He originally managed restaurants in Las Vegas so his added touch was a welcomed surprise. Sandra ordered a seafood selection for her appetizer and grilled tuna as her main, while I opted for the tempura escargot and grilled Salmon. We thoroughly enjoyed our dishes and our time at Silks. The staff was friendly and efficient and everything from the raspberry pallet cleanser, to the assortment of delicious martinis provided proof of the fine attention to detail in the restaurant.
The next morning Sandra and I were invited to take a ride on the Zip Flyer. Our flight time was scheduled for 10:30am and although we both found the climb to the top slightly daunting, once seated in our safety harness, Sandra and I were ready to zip. The views from the Zip Flyer were spectacular and the line drops you on a landing pad in the heart of the adventure park so you truly get a view of the whole premise. After our ride on the Zip Flyer, I tried a hand at the rock-climbing wall. I struggled to get to the top while children half my age scrabbled up there without hesitation. It was so nice to see a resort so suitable for families with children of all ages.
Sandra and I relaxed for the remainder of our stay poolside at the indoor/outdoor pool in the resort. We enjoyed a quick bite to eat at the Crazy Horse Restaurant, also located on the resort. The sweet potato fries and chicken fingers were just what we needed after a day of adventure and sunshine.
We would like to thank Horseshoe Resort for accommodating us and making us feel so welcome during our stay. Your outstanding staff and hospitality is unmatched by many resorts and we thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.