Finding the perfect gift for a special person can be a challenge, especially for someone who usually just goes out and buys what they want when they want it. Father’s Day is just around the corner, and my best friend, Mike is hard to shop for because he has everything! Since he is like a member of our family, I do like to give him something for Father’s Day, but I was scratching my head about what to get him this year. I was relieved to have the chance to review Breakaway Experiences to find an experience that he would enjoy.
Breakaway Experiences is a service that offers Canadians with a shopping directory of unique packages from different companies that range from spas and restaurants to raceway and helicopter tours to gift to loved ones and friends, or to use for themselves. Their goal: To give the recipient of this service a fun and unforgettable experience they will not forget. They launched this service in 2014.
Fining experience is really easy with Breakaway Experiences. Here is how it is done:
- Look through the vast selection of experiences across Canada and select the one that you feel your family member or friend would love to do but hasn’t done yet…or pick something that’s on your bucket list.
- After you buy the experience it goes into your Breakaway Experiences account where you can email the experience to a friend (or print and put in a card) when the time is right.
- The person who receives the experience as a gift redeems the experience via a code in the email they received. After this they can activate the experience and contact the experience provider to reserve the activity or exchange the experience for another ( for example, they may prefer a spa day to bungee jumping).
- Have fun and add one more check to your bucket list!
After a lot of pondering over what I thought Mike would enjoy the most, I decided to try the Two-9 Holes of Golf experience from the Canadian Golf and Country Club just outside of Ottawa. When I told Mike what we were going to do, he was really excited as he enjoys playing golf when he can. These are the details that were included in this experience:
• Two-9 hole rounds of golf (valid 7 days a week)
• Power cart rental for two
• Two medium buckets of range balls.
Mike and I were excited as we walked up to the Canadian Golf & Country Club. The main building is large and gorgeous! The grounds were green and luscious and nestled around the main building of the facility, adding to the beauty of the building. We then entered the main building into the Pro Shop to check in for our reservation. The staff was really friendly, and was able to answer all of our questions about the course and the facility.
After being handed the keys to our golf cart, we set off to start our day of golf glory!
The course at the Canadian Golf & Country Club was fantastic! Mike said that this was one of the nicest courses he has played at in the Ottawa area, and he has been to quite a few of them. I really liked how there was variation to each of the holes, and each one gave the facility a different point of view. Since I am not even close to being Arnold Palmer, I always teed off at the half way marks of each hole.
Our golf cart was really fun, not only to drive, but to use throughout our game. It had a GPS installed to it so we could see where we were on the course. It also let us see how much off of the pace of an average player we were so we would know whether we should let other players go in front of us. Our cart was also keeping count of our score for each hole we were on, just in case we did not feel like keeping our score manually on the score card provided to us upon checking in (we were also able to email our score cards to ourselves which I liked as well). Finally, we were also able to order food while we were on the course by pulling up their menu and selecting which meal we would like.
Mike found it amusing that I would become entranced with the numerous bits of natural beauty found all over the course. There were so many feature that were, both man-made and natural, that made this course one I would want to return to the next time I wanted to pick up a game.
I became a bit parched while on the course, so I bought a drink from the Club’s snack truck. There were plenty of treats, both child and adult-friendly, that would keep your appetite until you wanted to eat a meal once you were finished on the course.
Alas, Mike’s Father’s Day golf game came to an end. We were sad to go, but we are planning to return to play another round of golf. We learned that, along with the course for golfers, there is also a larger holes of golf for visitors and members to play Soccer Golf. When we heard this, we were even more excited about our next visit to the Canadian Golf & Country Club. We were both really pleased with the facility, the staff and, of course, the course! Mike really enjoyed his Father’s Day experience.
Golf is not dad’s cup of tea? Breakaway Experiences has a list of great experiences on their directory that are great gift ideas:
- 1000 Islands Kayaking Guided Tour
- Biplane Ride Over Parliament Hill
- Canadian Golf & Country Club Golf for 2
- Great Canadian Bungee – Bungee Jump and Ripride
- Helicopter Ride Over Ottawa and the Gatineau Hills
- Learn to Ride Horseback Riding Adventure
- Ottawa River Guided Fishing Trip
- Tandem Skydiving
- Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro – Dinner for 2 with Wine
- White Water Rafting
Breakaway Experiences also has a wedding registry so couples can let their friends and family gift experiences to them instead of signing up for traditional wedding registries. These experiences will help to create memories for this new chapter in their lives gifted by you, and it is great for guests to your special day who are unsure what traditional gift to give!
Gift certificates for Breakaway Experiences are also available on their website if you are still not sure what experience to send that special someone you think would love to have a great adventure!
We are both also going to look into using Breakaway Experiences for more fun adventures, not only for ourselves, but to gift to our friends and families so they can have a great and memorable experience! I can’t wait to go on my next adventure!
Disclaimer: My experience was paid for by Breakaway Experiences in order to write this review. My views are all my own.
Breakaway Experience Giveaway!
Breakaway Experience would like for one Ottawa Mommy Club reader to have the chance to have an adventure of their own!
They are giving away a $100 Gift Card so you can go on the experience of your choice!
The giveaway is open to Canadian residents and will end on July 5th, 2015 at 11:59 EDT.
Good Luck to all that enter!
Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.