Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Create memories for all ages with these true back-to-nature experiences.

Over 450 million years ago, glacial ice carved natural fortresses high atop Georgian Bay’s coastal escarpment. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures invites you to explore the environmental, historical and geological significance of this nationally acclaimed Canadian/Ontario Signature Experience.

Self-guided on a well-marked trail, descend through a portal of the underworld to explore the hidden natural fortresses which sheltered the native people from their enemies. Long ago, the area was inhabited by Paleo-Indian hunters, the Huron First Nation peoples, Champlain and the Jesuits. Learn about the legends of the Petun tribe. Search for Ekarenniondi, “Standing Rock” for the shadows which marked paths to the mysterious Village of the Souls.

Explore a series of chambers, with sculptured cliffs, overhanging rocks, boulders, tight passageways and jig-saw puzzle fractures. Poke your nose into the Ice Cave - so deep and cold that snow and ice remains through the summer. Squeeze through the popular Fat Man’s Misery crevasse, or trek around it.

Continue from the depths to the upper nature trails, to the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment and peer over the edge of magnificent limestone cliff lookouts. From your vantage over 300 meters above the Bay, the views will take your breath away.

Explorers then have a choice. To zip… or not to zip?

Older adventurers may choose to soar high as a bird from the top of the mountain down the valley on the half-mile Thunderbird Twin Zipline. It’s Canada’s longest twin-zip featuring a patented new technology enabling you to ride side-by-side with your friend, controlling your own speed as you savour a kaleidoscope of scenery. Zipline riders should be 10 years and older; height & weight restrictions apply.

Alternatively … nature lovers and younger families can leisurely loop back to the main grounds and continue to the next iconic experience.

Venture over a 420 foot long Suspension Footbridge. The sensation is out-of-this-world – you feel like you’re suspended in mid-air. Expertly engineered and lined by a sturdy wire fence, even the youngest wanderer can safely see everything. Gaze down the Blue Mountain to Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Christian Island and Penetanguishene in the distance. On a clear day, view and photograph 10,000 square kilometer panoramic views of the beautiful South Georgian Bay countryside.

Spend the day! Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds. There are plenty of picnic tables and shade trees throughout the grounds. Or drop by the Snack Shack for BBQ food, cold drinks and Ice Cream.

Challenge your mates to a 18 hole round of mini-golf. Parents can rest while watching their youngsters burn more energy at the Children’s Adventure Playground.

Hitch your caboose to Rocky the electric train departing from the Big Rock Railroad Station and marvel at the artistry of the life-size wood carvings along the path. Climb aboard the country tractor/ wagon ride which rambles to and from the main gate to the bridge.

Pan for gemstones at the man-made Gemstone Mining Tower and sift through the rough to discover semi-precious treasures. You receive one gembag of sand (each bag is guaranteed to include an arrowhead) and an ID card with pictures of the 25 possible minerals you might discover.

Admire the three fountains at the pond which is fed by natural springs.  Daydream in a comfy Muskoka Chair.  Feed the friendly fish in the pond and see, up close, their glistening rainbow scales shimmering in the sunlight.

Create memories for all ages with these true back-to-nature experiences.

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