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As part of our recent visit to Blue Mountain, the boys and I visited Scene Caves Nature Adventures.

Scenic Caves is one of Canada’s “great natural wonders” with self-guided walking trails through caves and caverns carved millions of years ago by glacial ice. That alone is reason to visit this attraction!

It’s also home to a historic village site, home of the “Deer Tribe” of the Petun First Nations people and eighteen unique geological rock features.

Situated at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment, there are numerous lookouts with views of 10,000 square kilometers of Georgian Bay – simply spectacular.

At an average pace, the trail through the caves and suspension bridge takes approximately two hours to complete. But my boys were so excited that we practically zipped through the caves and nature trails! The zip line course has ten lines and two suspension bridges, providing tourists with a unique view on the area’s natural splendour.

Scenic Caves

Scenic Caves

Scenic Caves

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Scenic Caves blue mountain

Scenic Caves view

Scenic Caves

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Scenic Caves

Scenic Caves lookout point

Scenic Caves in Collingwood

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Scenic Caves

Scenic Caves

Scenic Caves

Scenic Caves has various hiking trails with beautiful views of the area. The paths range in difficulty from easy to moderate, and tourists can travel routes through woodlands, through rocky outcroppings, or along the Niagara Escarpment.

Scenic Caves’ suspension bridge spans 420 feet across a steep gorge and provides amazing views of the surrounding area. Visitors can stroll across the bridge at their leisure or test their nerves with a bouncing walk.

For older kids and adults, Scenic Caves also has a professionally guided treetop walk and zip cable gliding at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Discover the flora and fauna, set in one of Canada’s six UNESCO biosphere reserves. Guests must be between 70 lbs and 250 lbs and over 4’8″ tall or with someone who can reach 6 foot 2 inches high.

Read about the rest of our trip at Blue Mountain!


The Westin Trillium House: Luxury at Blue Mountain

I haven’t been to Blue Mountain before so I was quite excited to go for the first time and bring the kids along with me in a Buick Enclave to take on our trip (review to come later). Blue Mountain is Ontario’s largest mountain village resort, nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay. It is now a true four-season destination with a multitude of family friendly activities.

When you think of Blue Mountain, skiing probably comes to mind first. But there are so many fun activities during the spring summer and fall including an Open-Air Gondola, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Plunge! Aquatic Centre, Cascade Putting Course, Timber Challenge High Ropes, Woodlot Low Ropes, Wind Rider Trip Zips and more. What’s more, some of the activities are also available during the winter months along with the 36 ski and snowboard trails. Let’s not forget the Village with 45 restaurants, bars and shops.

blue mountain village

The boys were anxious to start on all the activities. First, they played a round of mini-golf at Cascade Putting Course just steps from the Village. The 18-hole course features waterfalls, streams and cascading landscapes.

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cascade putting course

The boys wanted to rock climb but unfortunately it was only open for groups. We had an afternoon break at BeaverTails in the Village, a must-have for me since I don’t live close to one of their locations. Of course I got mine with that delicious chocolate-hazelnut spread… I didn’t care if I was going to bloat up (I’m sensitive to gluten), it was so worth it!

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We then headed over to Crock a Doodle, a quaint paint-it-yourself pottery company for some afternoon arts and crafts. Of course we all had a difficult time deciding on which piece to paint since there was such a wide selection of lovely items from bowls to platters to piggy banks.

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blue mountain pottery

And here are our finished pieces, ready the next day after 4pm:

blue mountain pottery

It never failed, on our way to and from the gorgeous Westin Trillium House, we HAD to stop and look at the frogs and the hundreds of tadpoles. More about the Westin here.

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After a quick change, we headed over to Firehall Pizza Co. for dinner. The restaurant features fire hydrant beer towers, fire hoses and ladders hanging from the ceilings and a beautiful patio overlooking the Events Plaza and the Mill Pond. Ironically, there was a fire last summer which forced the restaurant to close for repair. Firehall Pizza Co. has a casual and family-friendly atmosphere with a menu that’s sure to please any taste or dietary restriction, such as gluten-free pizza!

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firehall pizza co

One of the most thrilling attractions at Blue Mountain is the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster. I havee never experienced as exhilarating a ride as this one! I’ve been on my share of roller coaster rides but the adventure of being in a single car speeding down the mountain and through the forest, through twists and turns, all the while trying to remember to keep pushing the levers DOWN otherwise someone behind you could actually collide into you – is a thrill beyond thrills!

ridge runner mountain coaster

ridge runner blue mountain

After that crazy adventure, we called it a night… and boy what a restful night it was at the Westin Trillium House and their comfortable Heavenly Beds!

The following morning we met up with the other bloggers on our #FamilyBloggerRetreat, @gonewithfamily, @inksriblr and @mapleleafmommy for a light breakfast and then we were off to visit the Scenic Caves. We spent the morning discovering at our own leisure – read all about our visit to Scenic Caves here.

The kids were extra hungry after hiking through the caves and nature trails but they each wanted different things – my youngest craved pancakes while my oldest wanted a hamburger. I, on the other hand, felt like having eggs and bacon. Where could we dine that would satisfy the taste buds of all three of us? Sunset Grill of course!

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We stopped to pick up a Tall Blonde at Starbucks – no really!

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During our visit, I treated the boys to Hatley Scoops for a Kawartha Dairy ice cream and The Happy Valley Candy Co. for some gummies before heading over to Plunge! Aquatics. While the boys frolicked both in the indoor and outdoor pools and whizzed down the waterslide, I enjoyed a lazy afternoon watching them go to town.

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That evening, we had dinner with the group at The Pottery located in the original Blue Mountain Inn. The restaurant is named after the original Blue Mountain Pottery which was founded in the early 1950s. The Terra Cotta replicas on display are some examples of those produced by the founder of Blue Mountain Resort, Jozo Weider.

the pottery restaurant

the pottery blue mountain

the pottery blue mountain

Now if the husband was able to join us, I could sneak away to one of Blue Mountain’s on-site spas for some pampering… or if a babysitter came along, we could enjoy a cocktail at one of the many bar/lounges in the Village! Blue Mountain really has something for everyone.

A perfect way to end our trip to Blue Mountain Resort? A ride on the Open-Air Gondola.gondola ride blue mountain

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We truly had a fabulous visit at Blue Mountain. My boys had so much fun – and we didn’t even have time to experience all of the activities available! They are anxious to come back in the winter and learn how to ski. Blue Mountain is investing $10 million to expand its ski and snowboard terrain and add new trails for winter 2013/2014 so you know it’s going to be even more amazing!