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Imagine yourself sightseeing over the Kawarthas, flying into a remote lake, riding a horse through the woods, teeing off overlooking the water, catching the wind on your kiteboard, driving your own machine on a guided Safari, waterskiing for the first time, kayaking around the island or landing your trophy fish......adventure lives here!


More Winter

The 8th Annual Snow Kite Weekend was a great success…..the weather co-operated and enthusiasts enjoyed the Poker Run, demonstrating the sport and assisting those new to kiting with lessons.  The. READ MORE...

Elmhirst's Own Roast Beef Buffet

    Saturday Night Roast Beef Buffet in The Wild Blue Yonder is only $15.95 plus HST.  Enjoy the hockey game or curling with a pint of local brews or a. READ MORE...

Snowkite Weekend

           January 23-25 the snowkites will appear on Rice Lake for demos, lessons and a poker run…..this annual event introduces the sport of kiteboarding to those who dare.. READ MORE...


Free Spirit Kiteboarding

Formerly an extreme sport, kiteboarding is now available to everyone, right here on Rice Lake! Try it once, and you’ll be back for more!

Join the Fun!

Building on the success of the annual Kiteboarding Weekend in January, (join us for next year’s weekend, January 24-26, 2014) the school has opened to share the experience and exhilaration of kiting with those who want to try a new sport (on land water and ice). Free Spirit Kiteboarding School is affiliated with both iko and pasa, associations governing safety and standards for the sport.




Stephen Elmhirst, an avid kiter, is now sharing his passion with others – instructing and introducing beginners to the basics of kiting. Email Steve.

Kites and equipment are available from Ocean Rodeo and are available for purchase on site
Lessons are priced at $80 per hour (HST additional)

Accommodation, meals and Spa services available on site.