Activities

Featured Activities

Activities can be arranged in advance by our team to make the most of your stay with us. We offer on-site, complimentary activities for our overnight guests to enjoy as well as recommendations for off-site activities you can partake in at your own leisure!

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Wine Tastings

Saturdays at 4:00pm

Join our Sommeliers for an informal wine tasting. Topics are different weekly and three great wines are selected, whether it’s a Cabernet 101 or what’s happening in the Rhone. There will always be a great wine discussion and tasting! A perfect opportunity to discuss with the sommelier what wine you should bring to your next event!

Space for wine tasting is limited. Times and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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Cooking Demonstrations

Sundays at 10:30am

Led by one of our chefs, this interactive cooking demonstration changes weekly and is largely based on participant interaction in designing the dishes to be created. The chef will lead the group through the preparation of a plate and discuss what flavours complement each other. This is a great opportunity to ask what the chef’s secrets are to preparing one of the menu items that you tried last night for dinner. A sampling is provided at the end of the lesson.

Space for cooking demonstrations is limited. Times and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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Beer Tastings

Returns Summer 2020: Fridays at 4:00pm

Delight your senses with Langdon Hall’s beer tasting, our newest addition to our growing list of activities. Relax, enjoy, be entertained, and take in this immersive experience while sipping on three feature beers, including Langdon Hall’s signature beer Four Pillars, a seasonal brew, and a weekly special.

 

Space for beer tastings is limited. Times and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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Garden & History Tours

Returns Summer 2020: Saturday at 10:30am

Vegetable Garden Tours

Returns Summer 2020: Tuesday to Friday at 10:30am

At Langdon Hall, there is a natural focus on gardens. Upon your visit, you’ll notice the calming ambiance, fresh aromas, and vivid beauty that our impressive gardens provide. Our vegetable gardens are perfected under the close eye of our Header Gardener, Mario Muniz. Join Mario for a multi-sensory Vegetable Garden Tour and enjoy a fun and informative afternoon under the sun, exploring the gorgeous setting of our Olmsted gardens, or book a Garden & History Tour and discover a rich history that dates back to the early 1900s.

Sign up for your activity at the time of your overnight reservation.

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Contact our team at reservations@langdonhall.ca to sign up.

On-Site Activities

All overnight guests are welcome to enjoy the full amenities of Langdon Hall, which include the comfortable main house sitting rooms, conservatories, and billiard and games room; the outdoor pool (open from Victoria Day – Thanksgiving), tennis court and croquet lawn; 12km of walking trails; courtesy sports equipment including bicycles; whirlpool and sauna facilities at the Spa; indoor exercise room; and Langdon Hall’s famed vegetable and flower gardens.

Outdoor Pool

The outdoor heated salt water pool is open from dawn to dusk from mid-May to mid-October. The pool and lounge area is available to overnight guests. Refreshments and a light menu is available at the pool area on sunny days.

Exercise Room

Offers a range of cardio-vascular machines as well as free-weight equipment. A personal trainer or yoga teacher can be arranged in advance.

Sports Equipment

Enjoy a leisure game of croquet on our Cloister croquet lawn. Equipment and instructions for game play stored at the bottom of the stairs near the Croquet lawn. Our tennis courts are also available for a leisure game or for practice. Equipment is provided at the front desk on a first come, first served basis or bring your own.

Spa & Gift Boutique

A morning or afternoon at the Spa can provide the perfect relaxation. Guest can choose from a variety of treatments and enjoy the amenities, including use of the co-ed sauna, steam room and whirlpool at their leisure.

The Gallery

Explore The Gallery along the main level of the Cloister building or within our Main Dining Room, where work from our current featured artist is displayed. Art exhibits rotate every four to six months.

Woodland Trails

Throughout the property there are 12 kilometers of woodland trails to explore on foot, by bike, or by snowshoes in the winter months. For our overnight guests to use, mountain bikes (4) are available to discover the trails (available on a first come, first served basis). Trail maps can be found in each of the guest rooms or at the reception desk.

Archery Lessons

Discover the ancient and noble art of archery. Our nationally certified coaches will come on-site to Langdon Hall and take you through the rudiments and principles of bowmanship and have you hitting the bull’s-eye in no time.

Continuouse activity, usually 60 to 90 minutes with each participant shooting every second round — so half the group is waiting half of the shooting time.
1 – 4 participants – 1 instructor $250-300.00 plus service & HST.

For larger groups, we can arrange “Drop In” shooting – shooting opportunity is available for participants to “drop in” and try shooting a few arrows — 2 to 3 hour opportunity to shoot, but participants “drop in and out ” for a few shots. They can “drop in” multiple times depending on the demand of the group.

Billiards & Other Games

Enjoy a friendly game of pool against friends or family while enjoying drinks from our Wilks’ Bar. Venture into our Game Room located on the second floor of the Main House to challenge your opponent to a game of your choice – choose from chess, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and more. Books also available for a bit of light reading in your guest room room or in common spaces.

Off-Site Activities

Round of Golf

Galt Country Club is an established private 18-hole golf course, welcoming guests of our members and outside players. The picturesque course is located next to the Grand River, a 15 minute drive from Langdon Hall, and offers some stunning play along the river. Inquire for pricing. www.galtcountryclub.com

Whistle Bear Golf Club is a challenging links style championship course located less than 10 minutes from Langdon Hall. Inquire for pricing. www.whistlebear.ca 

Wake up the Wild – African Lion Safari

The African Lion Safari, located 25 minutes from Langdon Hall, offers a behind the scenes experience with a privately guided morning tour to witness a pride of lions at their most active time of day, come within a metre of the endangered rhino, zebra and ostrich, as well as have the opportunity to hand feed Canada’s largest herd of giraffe. This Ontario Signature Experience is not available anywhere else in Canada. This experience is offered June through September and begins at 8:30a.m.
www.wakeupthewild.com

Town of St. Jacobs

This quaint Mennonite community offers some wonderful shopping opportunities with a Flea and Farmer’s Market open Tuesday (June-August), Thursday and Saturday in addition to the various boutiques along Main Street. Traveling distance to St. Jacob’s is less than 35 kilometers or 20 minutes. Arrange an escorted Tour of St. Jacob’s & Mennonite Communities:

 

Shun Piking Tours 519-744-2935 (Warren) – $250 Escort fee for up to 5 hours.

 

Your KW Host – Tour duration and escort fees vary. www.yourkwhost.com

Fishing & Learning to Fly Fish

Learn the art of fly fishing in a pristine trout pond, where guaranteed, there are lots of fish! Instruction is performed by seasoned professional guides and participants will learn to cast, land fish, different fly types and why and when to use them along with safety on the water. www.calmwatersflyfishing.ca

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Located less than 20 minutes from Langdon Hall, the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory offers a unique nature experience to families and adults alike. Walk amongst hundreds of free flying butterflies and learn about their environment and local conservation efforts.  www.cambridgebutterfly.com

Kayak, Canoe and Tubing Trips

The Grand River located beside Langdon Hall offers calm waters to paddle along. Choose to explore via kayak, canoe or River Runner and admire the scenery and local wildlife. Three local options for active adventures include:

Canoeing The Grand (Cambridge) – Canoe Trip Only – 2.5 hours from arrival time to completion time. Shuttle service available up the river to a variety of drop off points. www.canoeingthegrand.com

 

Tubing the Grand (Cambridge) – Lazy River Runner – 2.5 hour experience, includes a free taxi ride back to the start point if desired. www.tubingthegrand.com

 

Grand Experiences (Paris) – Offering active outdoor options by kayak, canoe, paddleboard, raft, voyager boat, bikes and hiking. www.grand-experiences.com

Water Skiing on Puslinch Lake

McClintock’s offers recreational skiing for all ages with Canada’s top instructors. Offering beginner through competitive slalom, trick, jump and wakeboard. Lessons are private, with one-on-one personalized instruction. We have a 99% success rate with beginners! McClintock’s also offers special clinics in wakeboard with the top wakeboarders in the world. www.mcclintocks.com

Aerial Adventures

Fulfill your dreams and go soaring in a custom-made glider! Head to the town of Rockton to join one of the SOSA Gliding Club pilots in this unique experience, and even get the chance to pilot the glider! This is a seasonal activity. www.sosaglidingclub.com

 

A memorable hot air balloon ride can be arranged through Skyward Balloons in the Kitchener area. Flying twice a day, seven days a week. Sunrise or Sunset options only, available seasonally. www.skywardballoons.com

Drayton Entertainment (Live Theatre)

Head out to the show for an afternoon at one of three nearby locations. Enjoy a live performance in Cambridge at Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge, or nearby in Waterloo at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse or  St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre. Both matinee and evening performances are available. Less than a 30 minute drive. www.draytonentertainment.com

Centre in the Square (Live Entertainment)

Do you enjoy music, magic or family shows? Kitchener’s Centre in the Square likely has something to offer for a special evening out. Less than a 30 minute drive. www.centreinthesquare.com

Stratford Play Festival (Live Theatre)

Stratford Season runs from April to November, with both matinee and evening performances are available. Less than an hour’s drive. www.stratfordfestival.ca

Escorted Hike in Carolinian Canada

There are many choices for a two hour, five kilometre walk in the forested area of Langdon Hall. A favourite is a walk directly from Langdon Hall along the Grand Alee where one would arrive in years gone by via horse and carriage. The trees that line Grand Alee, Carolina Populars, some still standing, enhanced the experience of arrival. You will retrace your steps from the original gates via “Deer Run” and “Maple Lane” to Langdon Hall. A pair of walking shoes is about all we need. The pace is moderate and designed to explore this special part of Ontario, its trees, plants, history and geology.

 

The guide, Greg Vincent, is a long time hike leader for the Bruce Trail and Grand Valley Trails Associations. Escort fee is $189.00 for up to 3 hours.
To learn more about Greg: Hikevincent.wordpress.com

Horseback Riding Lessons

Located 20 minutes from Langdon Hall, Irish Creek Stables has been providing excellence in riding instruction and horsemanship for over 40 years. Learn the basics of riding or practice your current skills in their beautiful bright indoor arena or large outdoor sand ring. Lessons occur for 1.5 hours for maximum 2-4 people. Advance booking is required with one week’s notice and lessons are subject to availability. www.irishcreekstables.com

Still looking for more?

It doesn’t end here – this area offers many more attractions and events, and unique outdoor sites found only in the Grand River Conservation Area. Visit the links below to find out more.
Explore Waterloo Region
Grand River Conservation Authority

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