Make Family Memories at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Where can you explore the outdoors with activities appealing to all ages in your family?
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is your destination for nature, history, scenery and adventure!
Walk along serene nature trails and view breathtaking lookouts at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. The self-guided tour is well marked - take your time to stop and enjoy the native plant and wildlife living in this UNESCO biosphere reserve.
The legends and secret hiding places of the First Nation’s Petun Tribe come to life as you view “Ekarenniondi” (translated Standing Rock) and Council Chambers.
Descend into the cool, damp underworld. Visiting a cave might sound a bit scary. Not here! The trail of caves/caverns/crevasses is family-friendly. It’s a magnificent labyrinth carved from the Ice Age, leading you up and down steel stairs, through enormous crevasses covered in green moss and between boulders. The famous “Fat Man’s Misery” might be a challenge for some, but no worries – you can walk around it.
Once you ascend from the caves, you’ll have a great look at the Thunderbird Twin Zipline located in the centre of the park. If you have older adventurers (10 yrs. and older, height/weight restrictions), purchase a ticket to soar like a bird, 2550 ft. down the valley on Canada’s longest twin zipline.
Walk back along nature trails. Upon returning to the main entrance, there are many more choices of things to do. Feel like a break? Hop on the country wagon-tractor ride to the iconic Suspension Bridge.
Step across Southern Ontario’s longest 420 ft. footbridge to view 10,000 sq. km. of south Georgian Bay and region. You’re suspended high above the valley, experiencing a gentle sway, while the high chain link fence and incredible engineering protects all. Hop back on the wagon or take a leisurely walk back up the hill.
If you have older children (10 years and older), pre-book a spot on the 3-hour guided Eco Adventure tour. You’ll climb up the treetop canopy on a web of platform decks and air borne walkways, zip down 300 ft. zipline, explore caves while learning about the area ecosystems and finish by flying down the 1000’ Escarpment zip. Reservations are required.There are age, height and weight restrictions.
There are many more things to do for all ages!
• Hop on Rocky the Train at the Big Rock Railroad and view the beautiful wood carvings of Canadian animals along the path.
• Challenge your putting skills by playing a round of mini-golf in a natural setting.
• Pan for gemstones at the man-made tower and sift through to discover semi-precious treasures.
• Parents can rest while watching their youngsters burn more energy at the Children’s Adventure Playground.
• Feed the rainbow and speckled brook trout at the pond or relax in a Muskoka chair.
• Pack a picnic – there are plenty of picnic tables throughout the grounds. Or drop by the Snack Shack for BBQ food and cold drinks.
- Prepare for a hike and ‘light adventure’. Children should be old enough to walk unassisted through the caves. Baby backpacks for sure-footed parents are an option for toddlers. Strollers are only permitted in the playground and picnic areas.
- Fully-closed running/hiking shoes with good treads are imperative. Do not wear flip-flops, sandals, crocks, ballet flats, etc.
- Whether a daytrip or vacation outing, Scenic Caves is located about a 1.5 – 2 hrs. from almost anywhere in southern Ontario.
For information on rates, hours of operation and more, visit: www.sceniccaves.com.