In February, the Ontario government provides their winter bound residents one Monday as a holiday to spend with the family.
So on this long weekend, we decided to drive up to Collingwood and go cross country skiing at Scenic Caves. The name is a little misleading in the fact that, yes they have caves, but they also have so much else to do.
The property is situated on face of the Niagara escarpment just south of the Blue Mountain ski resort or about a 10 minute drive from the town of Collingwood.
On this long weekend we found the modest parking lot almost full, but managed to find a spot recently vacated by another family just heading out.
The Lodge which by name is a bit of an overstatement, houses the ski and snowshoe rental area, a small stand up cafeteria (think hamburgers, fries, hot chocolate and candy) and restrooms, plus a couple of wood burning stoves and enough sitting area to get your gear on and stash your boots.
The staff who fitted us up for the ski’s could not have been more pleasant and friendly. A mature team that definitely has customer service and satisfaction in mind.
The rental cost for 4 sets (3 adults and 1 youth) of skis, boots and poles was $160.03 for the day. I paid in cash and gave the lady what I thought was two $50 bills and three $20 bills. At the same time, I asked for forgiveness on the 3 pennies as all I had was another $20 and frankly I did not want all the change back. The lady said “oh for sure, don’t worry about the 3 pennies”, nice touch, I thought.
Right after that another staff member was happily getting us set up with the right size skis and boots. Then, the lady who took my money came over and handed me a $50 bill and said, “hey you have to watch these new bills as they sometimes get stuck together.”
Needless to say, I thanked her and Scenic Caves won a customer for life for that simple act of honesty.
Now onto the skiing part.
The equipment was top notch, boots were warm and comfortable and the cross country skis were in great shape.
They have separate snowshoe and cross country ski trails as you would expect. Trails range from easy (green) to difficult (black) and vary in distance so there is something for all skill and energy levels.
The trails were well marked and they provide us with a nice quality map that actually held up well against the damp and cold of our ski jackets.
If you don’t get a map at the lodge, not to worry as the trail is well marked. You simply can’t get lost.
Once we were on the trail, the crowd quickly dissipated and we soon found ourselves among the winter trails and great vistas overlooking Georgian Bay.
If you are up for some exercise, fresh winter air, tremendous views and great customer service at a reasonable price, then you are in for a pleasant family day outing at Scenic Caves.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.