Top Summer Activities in The Blue Mountains
Blue Mountain Resort has a lot of great summer activities! The European-like village has amazing shops and restaurants. There is also lots of fantastic outdoor family activities. The Timber Challenge High Ropes includes seven courses that reach 50 feet above ground with ladders, zip lines, cargo nets, and suspension bridges. The WoodLot Low Ropes is great for children and first-timers, which has three self-guided courses that include 25 different aerial elements. Blue Mountain Resort also has the Wind Rider Triple Zips, with three parallel lines that reach up to 50 feet above ground. The Apex Bag Jump can be a fun activity as well, with a free fall height up to 21 feet. Blue Mountain Resort also has their own mountain coaster called “The Ridge Runner” which includes 3560 feet of twists and turns going down the mountain. Mountaintop Segway Tours can be a fun way to explore the top of the Escarpment. Cascade Putting Course at the bottom of the Resort is a mini golfing course that the whole family can enjoy. To experience Blue Mountain’s spectacular view, the Open-Air Gondola is a enjoyable ride to the top and bottom of the mountain. Blue Mountain Resort has a couple hiking trails, a rock climbing wall, and a mill pond to paddle boat on. During the summer, there is also lots of live music going on in the Village square! Oliver & Bonacini Café & Grill is a fantastic restaurant to go to, with a nice patio and great food.
Scenic Caves also has many family fun activities for the summer. Not only does Scenic Caves have unique caves and caverns, there is also a 420 foot long suspension bridge that reaches a height of 82 feet above the ground. There is the Eco Adventure Tour that takes you along to explore distinctive Canadian heritage and nature. Along one of the highest points on the Niagara Escarpment, Scenic Caves also has Ontario’s longest twin zip line, 2550 feet, with a vertical drop of 287 feet. The Adventure Playgrounds are a great place for children to play.
Thornbury Farmers’ Market is a great place to go get local goodies! The Market is open Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm in the park beside the Town Hall on Highway 26 in Thornbury. Another place in The Blue Mountains to shop for local farmer goods is at the Farmer’s Pantry, located at 788030 Grey Road 13, in Clarksburg. For the summer, they have their mini putting, cedar and rope mazes as well. Farmer’s Pantry is full of fresh local fruits and vegetables when in season. Prepared meals and sourced gifts are also available inside their market.
Water activities are an enjoyable way to experience South Georgian Bay and the surrounding rivers! Free Spirit Tours has different Canoe, Kayak, and SUP tours along the Beaver River and Georgian Bay. Eagle Adventures also has their own paddling tours, which includes the Wreck of the Mary Ward tour, Nord Canoe Trip and the Beaver River tours.
There are many beaches in The Blue Mountains that are great for families to enjoy a summer day. Northwinds Beach is a large sandy beach with non-motorized watercraft rentals. This beach includes a playground, picnic benches, and washrooms onsite. Craigleith Provincial Park has a nice rocky beachfront, with unique ancient fossils. There is a camping area, picnic tables, and washrooms. Delphi Point in Craigleith is also a great beach with a large shale waterfront. This beach has a small covered pavilion for picnics, a portable toilet, green space, and trails. Located in Clarksburg, Peasmarsh Beach has a sandy waterfront with pebbles. There are trails, washrooms and fishing areas.