10 Reasons to Visit Southern Ontario’s Scenic Caves During Summer & Fall

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If you are in search of one place in Ontario for the whole family – from grandparents to teenagers and toddlers – then you should consider visiting Scenic Caves in Blue Mountains. From ziplines and caves for your teens to mini-train tours for grandparents and grandchild to fun walks across Southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures offers year-round seasonal outdoor adventures for all ages.

Here are 10 things to do when you visit Scenic Caves during the summer:

1. Caves & Caverns

Explore a self-guided trail of caves, caverns and crevasses carved millions of years ago by glacial ice, and savour the breathtaking lookouts from the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment, set in one of Canada’s eighteen UNESCO biosphere reserves. These natural caves and caverns were once the home of the Petun First Nations people. These historic caves are surrounded by an incredibly breathtaking forest that is nearly 200 years old!

2. Hike! Hike! Hike!

The Hiking Trail Centre with 15 kilometers of self-guided trails offers a unique experience of exploring 370 acres of stunning landscape. This landscape includes caves and caverns that are 70 feet below the surface! The trails are marked with signs as easy, intermediate and advanced trails based on the distance and the difficulty level. However, the staff is present along the trail to assist hikers on their journey. The trail contains 17 unique geological features and amazing views of the Georgian Bay which is great for pictures.

3. The Suspension Bridge

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The suspension bridge is the longest in southern Ontario, with a length of 420 feet. A walking trail leads to the bridge or if you’re too tired to walk, you can get a tractor or wagon ride to it.

The bridge is suspended 82 feet above the ground and if you’re afraid of heights, don’t worry because the bridge is completely safe to walk on and even has a chain link fence on either side. Besides, you won’t be too busy focusing on its height when you’re surrounded by the most jaw-dropping views of the stunning green forest below and all of the south Georgian Bay.

4. Thunderbird Twin Zipline Adventure

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**Closed due to COVID-19 in 2020**

Soar for half a mile, on one of the longest twin zip spans in Canada. Thunderbird’s new technology allows the rider to control their own speed and even stop and enjoy the views while suspended over the Escarpment. On a clear day you’ll see Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach… even Christian Island and beyond!

5. Eco Adventure Tour

July Special Offer on Eco Adventure Tours at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

**Closed due to COVID-19 in 2020**

Experience treetop canopy walking and zip cable gliding! Climb high up the treetop canopy, 40 feet above the ground where a web of platform decks spun together by cables and air borne walkways, a mere 10 inches wide. Leave the forest canopy by zipping down a 300’ forest zip line.

6. Gemstone Mining

This is a great activity for the entire family, especially for kids and it only takes 30 minutes! It is a great educational experience as it allows you to discover minerals such as gold ore, crystals and fossils in the same way that early miners did.

A bag containing sand and gemstones is provided and gemstones are discovered through panning at the water trough. Each bag is guaranteed to provide great artifacts and gemstones.

The Gemstone mining adventure is located at the main entrance and has to be purchased for all ages, at $7.30 (plus hst) per person.

7. Fish Pond and Picnic Area

The picnic area surrounds the pond that contains rainbow and speckled brook trout. This area is a great spot to sit with your family and friends and enjoy the view.

Fishing is prohibited but you can feed the fish with fish food that will be provided to you at 25 cents per portion.

8. Mini Golf

Their 18-hole mini golf course with built-in obstacles is a fun activity for the whole family. It includes a well maintained golf course that is surrounded by lush green trees that make the experience more relaxing. You can play at your own pace and it only costs $4.60 (plus hst) for all ages.

9. Children’s Adventure Playground

They have two playgrounds: one for kids of ages 2-5 and the other for kids of ages 5-12. Both playgrounds are safe and contain structures such as a miniature suspension bridge, a geometric structure comprised of ropes and many other structures for kids to enjoy.

10. Choose Your Ride

Rocky The Train: Explore the grounds of Scenic Caves abroad an electric train resembling an authentic 19th-century locomotive complete with bells, steam whistles and a caboose. Grab some snapshots of the features you’ll pass – wooden lifelike carvings, railway crossings, the tunnel and more – while the Train Conductor regales you with stories along the way.

Tractor Wagon Rides: Enjoy a journey through the forest on the tractor-drawn wagon to the incredible Suspension Bridge.

TRIP PLANNING – SCENIC CAVES NATURE ADVENTURES

When: Year Round Destination; Hours Vary depending on activity. Seasonal activities: May to October (green season), Nov/Dec to Mar/Apr (winter season)

Hours Until Labour Day: June 26 – Sept. 7, 2020
Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 7 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 9 AM – 7 PM

Sept. 8 – Nov. 12, 2020
Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 9 AM – 6 PM

How much:

The admission fee for the summer season (June 26 – Sept. 7, 2020) covers the hiking trail , the caves and caverns, the Suspension Bridge and the Children’s Adventure Playground.

Adult (18-64): $26.50

Seniors (65+) and youth (3-17): $24.25. There is no admission fee for toddlers.

Food: There are many snack bars at various locations that serve delicious snacks and cool drinks. On holidays and select weekends they offer roasted s’mores and spider dogs and several scrumptious treats. The Trail’s End Grill is a new addition that will be open daily in October from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm. It is a mobile kitchen that will offer mouth-watering food that is prepared by certified chefs.

Where: 260 Scenic Caves Rd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0P2

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