Bryan Dearsley revisits the wonderful Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, one of the top attractions in Collingwood and The Blue Mountains, and finds no end of fun things to do
Families with kids of any age won’t want to miss the incredible Scenic Caves Nature Adventures. And trust me, if you haven’t visited this top-rated tourist attraction in Collingwood in the last few years or so, then it’s about time you did.
Once known for offering not much more than a simple cave climbing and hiking experience, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures today is the kind of place you can take the kids to for hours without ever hearing the word ‘bored’ being mentioned.
Activities and fun things to do at the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures run the gamut from three-hour eco tours to walks and hikes along Ontario’s longest suspension footbridge.
Standing near the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment – more than 1,000ft in elevation – the 400ft footbridge arcs high above the treed valley some 100ft below. The views are simply breathtaking, and its well worth pausing to take in the 100,000 sq km panorama over beautiful Georgian Bay and the Collingwood area as that stretches before you.
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures Eco Tour
The Scenic Caves Eco Adventure Tour is your best bet if you’re looking to keep the kids busy for a few hours. Your guided tour begins with gear outfitting (included with admission) and a short hike to check out the suspension bridge. A wagon ride through the forest then provides a glimpse of the escarpment’s unique ecology before the real fun begins – the treetop walk.
This thrilling adventure takes you 2,000ft across narrow bridges suspended as high as 60ft in the air, almost at treetop level. And although you’re safely attached to guide ropes, the excitement of being so high up these huge 200 year-old oak and pine trees overlooking the stunning vistas beneath you is an experience unlike anything else in this part of the world.
As the sway of the bridges and cables causes you to constantly re-adjust your balance, you’ll find yourself hanging on tightly as if your life depended on it (don’t worry, it doesn’t – the ropes used to support you could hold up a small car). Your treetop walk ends with an incredible 300ft zip line ride through the trees (less brave souls can take a rope ladder).
An Adventure Playground Shaped by Nature
The fun doesn’t stop here, however. An even longer zip line awaits at the Scenic Caves Lookout Point, this one some 1000ft from start to finish. Exhilarating!
Then, when you’re done, there’s time to explore the caves and caverns more thoroughly, including trying your luck squeezing through ‘Fat Man's Misery’, a cave with a twist-and-turn exit that requires a little agility. There’s also a hidden natural cave fortress which once sheltered the native Petun people from their enemies, and a cave so deep and cold that snow and ice often remain there well into the summer months.
Before leaving, you can pan for mineral treasures as you sluice for quartz crystal, gold ore, amethyst, and many other beautiful semi-precious gemstones to take home, or try your hand at the mini golf course.
Year-round Fun at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Other fun things to do at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures in summer include:
- Riding the fun ‘Rocky the Train’ around the property
- Playing on the kids’ adventure playground
- Enjoying a fun tractor wagon ride
- Enjoying a picnic overlooking the property’s large pond
Come winter, there’s also plenty to do here, too. Highlights include:
- Cross-country skiing
- Nordic skiing and lessons
- Snowshoeing adventures, including nighttime tours
To learn more about what has become one of the top places to visit in Collingwood and the surrounding area, as well as for prices and other information related to the top things to do at the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, visit their website at https://sceniccaves.com.