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Top Summer Activities in The Blue Mountains

There is always a reason to visit and experience the charming towns and villages that comprise The Blue Mountains. Come explore and see the top five summer activities in The Blue Mountains.

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Blue Mountain Resort

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.

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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.

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Scenic Caves Nature Adventure

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is situated within one of Canada’s eighteen UNESCO biosphere reserves and dates back 450 million years. They provide guests with outdoor adventures in a stunning natural setting.

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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. There is Rocky the Train Ride, wooden animal carvings, Gemstone Mining Adventure, and a 18-hole mini golf. The Adventure Playgrounds are a great place for children to play.

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Paddling Adventures

Water activities are an enjoyable way to experience South Georgian Bay and the surrounding rivers! Free Spirit Tours and Eagle Adventures are just a couple of the paddling companies ready to take you on an adventure.

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Free Spirit Tours has different canoe, kayak, and SUP tours along the Beaver River and Georgian Bay. You will have an opportunity to see egrets, herons, cormorants, muskrat, turtles and so much more. Eagle Adventures provide canoe, kayak, and SUP tours for beginners to experienced paddlers. Their paddling tours includes the Wreck of the Mary Ward tour, Nord Canoe Trip and the Beaver River tours.

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Beach Fun

With so many beaches in the area it’s hard to choose one. Here are a few beaches in the Blue Mountains that are great for families to enjoy on a summer day.

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Northwinds Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the municipality. It has a large sandy beach with non-motorized watercraft rentals. This beach includes a playground, picnic table, and washrooms onsite. Craigleith Provincial Park was created to help preserve historic oil shale beach. It 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, Peasemarsh Beach has a sandy waterfront with pebbles and makes a great place for picnics. There are trails, washrooms and fishing areas.

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Shop Local

While in The Blue Mountains be sure to check out one of our farmers markets to enjoy what the locals have to offer.

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Thornbury Farmers Market is a great place to get your local goodies. The Market is open Sunday running from late May through Thanksgiving. Come enjoy the beautiful location and try the amazing honey mead, home baked bread, fresh produce and so much more. Another great place for local farm fresh goodness is at the Farmer’s Pantry. You will find U-pick in-season fruit, in season vegetables, prepared meals, and sourced gifts. For the kids, they have rope and cedar mazes, sand mountain, and can meet the barnyard crew. The Farmer’s Pantry is open July to October.

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We hope you have a fun and safe time exploring South Georgian Bay! Share your memories with us by tagging @SGeorgianBay on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

Planning to visit South Georgian Bay in the near future? Please contact individual businesses to confirm method and hours of operation and plan ahead by making reservations when possible. Visit our “Know Before You Go” page by clicking here.

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