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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!


Meetings With Intent

Elmhirst's Resort and The Mane Intent are pleased to announce their partnership in offering a new and unique Leadership Retreat package. If your company is looking for a unique meeting experience to.READ MORE...

A Wedding Story with Wine

The Saunders Schram wedding took place at Elmhirst’s Resort on Saturday – a gorgeous warm afternoon, perfect for such a special celebration. Details of the day have been coming together since.READ MORE...

Stand Up Paddling

Stand up paddle boarding and surfing have become very popular in recent years. What started in Hawaii as an offshoot of surfing has become an extremely popular sport across North.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.