Caves & Climbing
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The South Georgian Bay region has a number of challenging climbs and the scenery is awesome! The popular Metcalfe Rock is one of Ontario’s oldest climbing area’s. Great top roping, traditional and sport climbing here. Access is easy and close to the road, following the Bruce Trail. Pinnacle Rock is directly across from the Metcalfe rock, and receives the morning sun. An extra bonus are the crevices and caves that surround it.
Old Baldy is another amazing limestone cliff located close to Kimberley. You need a Day Pass or a Seasons Pass with the Pay with your phone system from the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, but it is worth it for the views.
Get in on the action and take a climbing lesson or a tour with Free Spirit Tours. They offer rock climbing, caving, winter caving, plus hiking, canoeing & more!
Grow stronger and reach new heights as you scale and overcome Blue Mountain’s Climbing Wall. Become a natural in no time with everything you need to succeed including modern climbing equipment. Bring previous wall climbing experience or come as a beginner for an opportunity to reach the top of Blue Mountain. (Weather and conditions permitting. Light dependent. Some restrictions may apply. Ticket sales end 15 minutes prior to closure).
The Nottawasaga Lookout Trail, also called the Standing Rock & Caves Trail, (located south of Collingwood and 5min north of Singhampton in Clearview Township), provides talus slopes and cave and crevice development are also present. The Caves Trail can be challenging because the trail takes you through rock formations requiring you to crouch through openings and slide down. Steep sections are also present. (Caves are not necessary to complete the hike on the trail). Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be leashed. Steep drops are present, use at own risk and caves can be slippery when wet.
Explore caves & crevices at the Scenic Caves during the green season. According to experts: “The Scenic Caves at Collingwood are excellent examples of fissure caves. These occur in the narrow gaps that form between large blocks of rock as they move downslope from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. Fissure caves have been also called ‘neotectonic caves’ because their formation depends on the presence of joints (deep cracks) in the dolostone cap rock of the Niagara Escarpment. Joints are the product of modern day stresses created by the slow drift of the North American plate westward over Earth’s mantle. The word ‘neotectonic’ means ‘new tectonics’ in recognition that stresses are active.” Thus, Scenic Caves is best described as a series of chambers, with sculptured cliffs, overhanging rocks, boulders, tight passageways and jig-saw puzzle fractures.