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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!


Families Embrace Winter

       Families are invited to embrace winter - December offers make it easy for families to gather in a cottage and let us take care of the meals, take. READ MORE...

Spring Adventure

Rally Connex and Dualsport Plus have introduced their 2015 dates for the Eastern Ontario Adventure Rally......are you in?  . READ MORE...

New Years Celebration

        New Years Eve Winemakers Dinner with Norman Hardie Wines.  Enjoy a 5 course dinner with wine pairings for only $99 pp ($129 inclusive).  Stay over for two. 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.