Experiences

Natural Pond at New Earth Estate

Natural Pond

The property features a natural pond filled with spring melted snow, and rainwater, with a little island in it. The pond is home to abundant wildlife year round; turtles, frogs, craw fish, can often be seen around, and it’s a home to blue herons and wild ducks. You can use the paddle boat by the floating dock and enjoy this beautiful ecosystem. In the deep winter the surface freezes, creating a perfect surface for a skate.

Stargazing

The area surrounding New Earth Estate offers exceptional stargazing opportunities as one of the darkest Southern Ontario regions, which provides the ideal no light pollution stargazing experience for our guests. At New Earth Estate a telescope is available for your stargazing session if you arrange in advance. 

If you like to stay overnight ask us for accommodation.

Forestbathing

New Earth Estate is located in a remarkable forested 50-acre parcel with mature tall and old trees of many kinds. Walking through the trail you can see an amazing combination of wildflowers during spring and summer.

Some of the wild plants and flowers on the New Earth Estate are Dwarf Dandelion, Buttercup, Swamp Buttercup, Bachelors Breeches, Bird’s Foot, Chokecherry, Columbine, Dog tooth Violets, Elderberry, Jack in the pulpit, Lady’s Slippers, Wild Leeks, White, Pink, and Red Trillium, Wild Black Raspberry, Wild Strawberry, Milkweed and many more ...

The Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, or Forestbathing, is good for both physical and mental well being. It is proven to reduce stress hormone production, improve feelings of happiness and frees up creativity, as well as lowering heart rate and blood pressure, boosting the immune system and accelerating recovery from illness.

On a Forestbathing tour we will take you on a magical trip through the forest, where we can see various types of plants, flowers, trees, terrain, water features, birds and wildlife abundant in Grey County. Along the way, we collect wild edible plants and make a fire brewed natural organic tea and serve it while you are relaxing in the spa facility, afterward you can sit by the fire in a tipi to have your vegetarian/vegan meal, that accommodates food preferences or allergies.

If you like to stay overnight ask us for accommodation.

Tobogganing

Tobogganing is a fun activity in snow season for kids or adults; not only it keeps you warm, but also benefits your heart, lungs, muscles, joints, and even your brain.

Cardiovascular benefits

Have you ever noticed that you are a little short of breath after climbing up a hill while pulling a sled behind you? This phenomenon can be attributed to that shorter duration burst of physical activity followed by the rest at the top (and of course sliding back down).

Doing repeated bursts of higher intensity physical activity followed by a period of rest is known in fitness literature as interval training.

This form of exercise improves the health of your cardiovascular system (heart, lungs and blood vessels).  Just remember, the key is to take enough time to recover and catch your breath at the top of the hill before plummeting back down and repeating the cycle! 

Muscular benefits

Climbing hills makes us use our hip extensors, knee extensors and ankle plantar flexors (Glutes, quads and calf muscles in other words). 

These muscles are also used for walking and running under normal circumstances. Many athletes will use hill and stair climbing to strengthen these muscle groups for athletic performance. Tobogganing just makes this form of training a lot of fun at the same time.

Bones and joints

All physical activity strengthens our bones as well as the connective tissue and cartilage (smooth lining) in our joints. These benefits are enhanced by adding “resistance.”  In the case of tobogganing, we are resistance training by carrying the load of a sled up the hill or by simply working against the resistance of gravity by carrying with the weight of our own body uphill. 

Brain

When we exercise, our body produces chemicals called endorphins. When an increased level of endorphins circulate in our brain, we experience pain relief, pleasure and a sense of well-being. 

Remember to wear appropriate, clothing such as warm ski cloths, gloves, and hats. We provide the sleds or you can bring your own we have two sites for this great activity.

On a Tobogganing experience you can bring your own sled, buy, or rent it from us, After the exercise we will serve some fire brewed tea, or hot apple cider while you are relaxing in the spa facility, next you can sit by the fire in a tipi to have your vegetarian/vegan meal, that accommodates food preferences or allergies.

If you like to stay overnight ask us for accommodation.

Gamefields at New Earth Estate

Games

Bring Frisbee, badminton and rackets, volleyball, and basketball, to play in the fields.

Black's creek at New Earth Estate

The Creek

The property features a branch of the Saugeen River called Black’s Creek, which is a habitat of wild flowers, dragonflies, bees, and small fish, and the source of drinking water for all the wild life, from deer, to raccoons, porcupine, and all others. The water is clean, cool, and clear, and the current is tranquil at the property. It gets faster along the way toward the west through the creek; since waterways do not belong to anyone, it is legally safe to travel on the water, some like to do tubing. Tubing can be dangerous, we are not fans and have not done it ourselves, but if you are ready for this adventure, you can enjoy tubing in New Earth Estate creek, bring your own tubing gear, you also will need to sign a consent form, as we won't be liable for your safety.

Birdwatching

On any given day blue jays, chickadees, grosbeaks, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, blackbirds, juncos, grouse, blue herons, wild turkeys and others can be seen and heard around the property. The forest provides habitat and bird watching opportunities for many interior species such as ovenbird, scarlet tanager, wood thrush and pileated woodpecker. We will have binoculars with us on the bird watching tour.

On a Birdwatching tour we will take you on a journey through the forest, where we can see or hear various types of birds, while passing by flowers, trees, terrain, water features, and wildlife abundant in Grey County. Along the way, we collect wild edible plants and make a fire brewed natural organic tea and serve it while you are relaxing in the spa facility, afterward you can sit by the fire in a tipi to have your vegetarian/vegan meal, that accommodates food preferences or allergies.

If you like to stay overnight ask us for accommodation.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing offers great exercise in snow season, which helps to enjoy the great outdoors, stay warm, and explore the forest during the winter months. We provide snowshoes or you can bring your own and explore a remarkable, maple, beech, spruce, pine, birch, and cedar areas of forest. We will take you on a snowshoe journey through the magical forest, where you can see various types of trees, terrain, water features, birds and wildlife abundant in the nature of Grey County.

The terrain includes hills, stones, wetlands, cool streams, swampy areas, and a small pond with an island, which add to the natural beauty of this rolling landscape.

On a Snowshoeing tour we will teach you how to use the snowshoe, and walk through the forest, where we can see various types trees, terrain, water features, birds and wildlife abundant in Grey County. After the exercise we will serve some fire brewed tea, or hot apple cider while you are relaxing in the spa facility, afterward you can sit by the fire in a tipi to have your vegetarian/vegan meal, that accommodates food preferences or allergies.

If you like to stay overnight ask us for accommodation.

Unique Wedding and other Ceremonies

If you ever wanted to have a unique memorable wedding or any other ceremonies in nature, this is the place! There is a tipi village for a bohemian style sitting around the fire, or a roofed hall with tables and chairs for your guests. With a wide selection of unique photo opportunities and also accommodation and experiences for you and your guests if you choose to stay.

We will help you design and host the perfect event, big or small. Walk through the village of tipis, or aisle oftrees in the forest by the creek if you wish, there are plenty of options.

Retreats

On our event page, we announce some retreats each year, which, are usually organized by yoga teachers, musicians, life coaches, and other facilitators, you can sign up and participate in any of these.

You can also design and host your tailored corporate event, of any size. Your group will become an efficient team, when you arrange nature inspired retreats filled with relaxation time as well as outdoor activities such as trail hiking, snowshoeing, dog sledding, group games, fire heated spa, outdoor cooking, glamping, stargazing, and much more.

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