Province/Territory: Ontario

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

  • 200-year-old oak trees
  • 60 feet above the forest floor
  • 1000-foot escarpment zip line

Your adventure begins with all the excitement of a daring crossing on a walkway high above the ground across Southern Ontario’s longest Suspension Bridge. You reach its centre point; 300 metres above Georgian Bay. You hop on a tractor/wagon ride through the forest as you view the unique ecology of the Niagara Escarpment. You gather your courage, step out onto the 10-inch board, and begin walking amongst the tree tops 60 feet above the forest floor. The perspective is spectacular. 600 metres later you reach the end of your walk, but another thrill awaits you. A 330-foot forest zip line. You clip on and whisk your way through the trees. Back on solid ground, it’s time to venture below it, exploring a labyrinth of caves and crevices including the ice cave—a crevasse so deep below the surface that snow and ice often remain here through early summer. The grand finale is the exhilarating 1000-foot Escarpment zip line back to the Eco Cabin. Without a doubt your day at this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve experience has provided you with an unforgettable high.

Why you should visit
  • Drink in the spectacular perspective as you walk among the tree tops 60 feet above the ground.
  • Feel your heart race as you glide along a 330-foot zip line through the trees and a 1000-foot zip line across escarpment.
  • Venture into the belly of the earth, deep inside a network of crevices and caves that once sheltered the Huron-Petun First Nations people from their enemies.
  • Feel the chill in the air as you descend into an ice cave sequestered far below the ground.
  • Hike to the midway point of the Scenic Caves Suspension Bridge—the highest point on the Niagara Escarpment, over 300 metres above Georgian Bay—and take in 10,000 square miles of forest, water and sky stretching out before you.

Weather

  • Collingwood is located along the southern shores of Georgian Bay. To the west is Lake Huron. These two large bodies of water dramatically affect the climate of Collingwood, generally causing cooler, moderate temperatures during the spring, summer and fall seasons. In spring (April to June) temperatures average between -1°C to 13°C, summer (July & August) 18°C to 20°C and Fall (September & October) 5°C to 17°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Activity information for the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.
  • The guided tour through walking trails, the caves and to the suspension bridge takes approximately 3 hours to complete.
  • Ample free parking is available on the grounds.
  • This is not a wheelchair accessible activity.
  • All safety gear is provided and guides offer services in many languages.
When to go
  • Spring, summer and fall (May through October) when the tree tops are full of foliage and the underground trails are snow and ice-free.
  • Fall foliage is best viewed in September and October and mid-June to mid-August is generally warmest.
  • Winter activities are also available in the area from December to March.
Need to know
  • Running shoes or hiking boots required.
  • There are no age restrictions but there are height and weight restrictions for the Eco Tour. Participants must be 4’8” tall (or be with someone 5’4” or taller) and weigh between 85lbs – 250lbs. In addition, a waiver must be signed.
  • The cave trails involve some stairs and steep climbs but should be accessible for most people.
Getting Here