Cool Caves to Visit
This summer, why not take your family to an attraction millions of years in the making! The twisting passageways of these caves come from thousands of centuries of groundwater seeping into limestone beneath the surface, and dissolving it. As the water table lowers, the passageways remain, revealing narrow tunnels and soaring caverns waiting to be discovered.
Plan your family’s next adventure with plenty of caves and experiences to choose from. Here are some of Ontario's popular caves – and what you’ll find during your visit to these million-year-old wonders.
Photo credit: Bonnechere Caves
1247 Fourth Chute Road, Eganville, ON
The Bonnechere Caves are truly a unique experience for all ages. Millions of years in the making, the Bonnechere Caves are a thrill for the sightseer. Guided tours leave every twenty to thirty minutes and last approximately one hour except for weekdays in September when the tours are at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Located just 90 minutes from Algonquin Park and 80 minutes from Ottawa, in the town of Eganville, Ontario. Admission: Adults - $18.00, Seniors (65 +) - $16.00, Youth (13-17 years) - $14.00, Children (4-12) - $13.00, Under 4 - Free.
Photo credit: Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area
Bruce's Caves Conservation Area
502098 Grey County Road 1, Georgian Bluffs, ON
This property lies in the former Keppel Township, just off Grey County Road No. 26, 4.8 km northeast of Wiarton. Bruce's Caves Conservation area consists of 7 hectares of Niagara Escarpment and rock talus, upland hardwoods, wooded swamp, and caves with unique formations found along the escarpment face. These caves were formed by the wave action of post-glacial Lake Algonquin, 7,000 to 8,000 years ago. Click here for park admission rates.
Photo credit: Flowerpot Island
Flowerpot Island Caves
Flowerpot Island, Ontario
Flowerpot Island is 6.5km from Tobermory harbour and reached only by boat. Two private tour boat companies operate return trips from Tobermory to the island from mid May to mid October, weather permitting. Towering cliffs, strange rock formations, numerous caves, dense forest, glens, meadows, and flowers all surrounded by crystal clear water make Flowerpot Island one of the best attractions on the Peninsula. Other relics of the ancient sea that once covered all the Great Lakes area are the caves located 20 meters above Georgian Bay. The island is famous for its natural "flowerpot" rock pillars, caves, historic lightstation and rare plants. Most visitors take a tour boat from the town of Tobermory to spend a half or full day on the island hiking the trails, viewing the scenery, picnicking or swimming. Admission: Family - $14.70, Adult - $5.80, Senior - $4.90, Youth - $ 2.90. Passes are valid for 24 hours and the fee includes entry to the Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Tobermory. Note that Tour boats are privately operated and fees apply.
Photo credit: Conservation Halton
Mount Nemo Conservation Area
5317 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON
Mount Nemo is home to one of the best and rare cliff edge ecosystems and cave systems in Ontario, on the Niagara Escarpment. Rich green ferns blanket limestone boulders scattered among old growth forests that are alive with jewel like birds. Crevice caves and ancient cedars, a thousand years old, can be seen all along the meandering cliff edge trail. Features viewing geological features such as crevice caves, cliffs, and talus slopes. Admission: Adult (15-64) - $6.75, Senior (65 & over) - $5.75, Child (5-14) - $5.00, Child (4 & under) - Free.
Photo credit: Conservation Halton
Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area - Sheep Cave
7200 Appleby Line, Milton, ON
The Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area has some of the most inspiring scenic viewing found anywhere. Five breathtaking lookouts dot the edge of towering cliffs of Ontario’s striking Niagara Escarpment. With excellent hiking trails, this natural environment park is perfect for that therapeutic walk in the woods during any season. Viewing geological features such as crevice caves, cliffs, and talus slopes. Admission: Adult (15-64) - $6.75, Senior (65 & over) - $5.75, Child (5-14) - $5.00, Child (4 & under) - Free.
Photo credit: Rockwood Park
Rockwood Conservation Park
161 Fall Street South, Rockwood, ON
Towering limestone cliffs, caves and glacial potholes, including one of the world's largest, are a few of the natural wonders at Rockwood. Click here for park admission rates.
Photo credit: Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
260 Scenic Caves Road
Collingwood, ON, L9Y 3Z5
Website: www.sceniccaves.comExplore a self-guided trail of caves, caverns, and crevasses carved by glacial ice. Venture over Southern Ontario’s longest 420 ft. Suspension Footbridge which offers spectacular views of Georgian Bay. Hitch a ride on Rocky the train or the country wagon. Older adventurers can soar down the half-mile Thunderbird Twin Zipline. Enjoy additional features such as: children’s adventure playground, gemstone mining, mini-golf, trout pond, picnic areas, and more. Located 1 1/2 to 2 hours from anywhere in southern Ontario. Click here for admission rates and packages.
Photo credit: Otonabee Conservation
289 Caves Road , Warsaw, ON
Nestled in the valley of the Indian River, the conservation area offers a range of recreational opportunities the entire family or other group can enjoy. Includes 52 family campsites, 3 large group camp areas, 13 km of hiking trails, including a Caves and Limestone Plain Trail, 7 caves to explore and a scenic lookout over the river valley, sandy beach and swimming area on the Indian River, canoe launch and rentals, firewood, as well as picnic areas. Click here for admission rates.