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“Don't bother - cash grab” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
260 Scenic Caves Rd, Blue Mountains, Ontario L9Y 3Z5, Canada
705-446-0256
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Snow-shoeing, Cross-country skiing
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Owner description: Scenic Caves Nature Adventures offers nature, history, scenery and memorable adventures. Explore a self-guided trails of caves carved millions of years ago and savour breathtaking lookouts from the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment, set in one of Canada's six UNESCO biosphere reserves. Learn about the First Nation's Petun tribe and their legends. Venture over Southern Ontario's longest 420 ft. suspension bridge. Take an adrenaline-pumping ride on the Thunderbird Twin Zip Line. Experience treetop canopy walking across a web of platform decks and air born walkways, and zip cable gliding on a guided Eco Adventure tour. Enjoy the many family-friendly features such as: children's adventure playground, Rocky the train, mini golf, gemstone mining, trout pond, picnic areas, snack bar and gift shop. In winter, glide along 27 km. of professionally groomed cross-country ski trails. Snowshoe across a suspension bridge and 8 km. of pristine trails winding through a 200 year old forest.
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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“Don't bother - cash grab”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My gf and I went here to see the caves and were surprised with the whole place. We are around 30 y/o and are fairly active, having seen several other caves and hikes around the world.
It's over $20 a person just to take a walk in the woods! Still, we like exploring caves, so we gave it a try anyways... the set up is a very touristy location with mini-golf and a playground for kids (featuring a rather creepy shrek replica). There is also a pond and sitting area, snack bar, souvenir shop and a tension bridge. The highlight of the place is the zip line which is another $60 or so. All we wanted to see was the caves. What a waste! The "caves" consisted of almost 20 locations that are lookouts, ravines and natural rock formations. There were only 2 or 3 actual caves, and the one had a long line up. Everything here you can do for cheaper, somewhere else like a park and a normal mini golf or fun centre. The place was well-kept and the service was friendly. There is also a train ride for kids and walking trails.
There was one area, down by the Indian Chief rock, that was gorgeous. I could have spent lunch there, but it is now a pathway for the other tourists.
This is the place to go if you want to see a cave but don't want to get dirty or are not in physical condition to crawl and explore one. If you are not going for the zip line or for those reasons, forget this place. Go to the Warsaw caves down in Peterborough (excellent) or spend your time on Blue. This is a classic tourist trap that you will wish you missed. If you paid our entry fee, we still wouldn't go back.

Visited September 2013
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Irene T, Public Relations Manager at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you for your extensive overview of the offerings at Scenic Caves. Our property offers light adventures built around the natural formations of the Niagara Escarpment. This highest point of the escarpment is a massive ridge of fossil rich sedimentary rock which began its formation 450 million years ago as the outer rim of a shallow sea known as the Michigan Basin. Once the water retreated the escarpment began its slow carving of crevasses, caves, rocky outcrops and cliffs. That’s what makes our geological formations different from others you might find in central Ontario (such as Peterborough’s Warsaw Caves). The complimentary activities included in park admission, enhance the visit for anyone for age 2 to 82. The new half-mile Thunderbird Twin Zip Line has been added to appeal to more adventurous ‘30-somethings’. After you’ve entered the park, if you decide to zipline, the additional cost is just $25.22 (pp. plus tax). Be sure to check our website and social media for special discounts during the fall and spring.
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Sydney, Australia
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“Amazingly Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Tree top hiking, zip lines through the forest or down Canada's longest zip line over the forest sounds awesome and it is! This is a great time of year to enjoy the zip lines and forest hikes due to cooler temperatures and fewer people. Thanks to our guides who made the experience one to remember and for taking over the camera to capture some of the winning shots (coming to YouTube soon). I expect to see this adventure on a future episode of Amazing Race Canada!

The knowledge shared by the guides about a small piece of Canadian native history and the region itself was unknown to me. It was not only an adventure but an educational adventure.

If you find yourself day tripping into Collingwood, book a Tree Top Adventure and pack your camera and GoPro.

Visited September 2013
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Irene T, Public Relations Manager at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Thank you for raving about our guided Eco Tour. Our guides are passionate about making every guest’s experience exceptional. They’re all entertaining and informative. Please share your You Tube video with us on social media! You don’t have to be on television’s Amazing Race Canada in order to have an awesome adventure here at Scenic Caves.
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Toronto, Canada
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I've always gone past this area of Blue Mountain, but only recently visited the scenic caves. They are lovely! a real hidden gem!

Visited August 2013
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Irene T, Public Relations Manager at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Thank you for praising our ‘gem’. Scenic Caves truly is a jewel in the crown of the south Georgian Bay region. The area is vibrant with year-round activities and special events offering visitors many great reasons to return time and time again. We proudly promote Scenic Caves Nature Adventures throughout the province as a destination, and actively participate in tourism initiatives. Please share your experience with everyone you know.
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Bowmanville, Canada
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“Caves and Twin Zipline were amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

I've read other reviewers comments about the caves not being up to their expectations, and they are certainly not the caves one would expect, more like caverns, but very interesting. We were there on a Wednesday, so it was fairly quiet on the grounds. The trails are well-maintained, but it is necessary to wear shoes with good grip if you plan on entering any of the caves, especially Fat Man's Misery, which is not for the claustrophobic.

The twin zipline was my first time on a zipline and it was so much fun, I'm hooked :)

The lack of signage/directions when you first enter the park - and when you get off the suspension bridge - is a bit disappointing, and should be improved.

Visited September 2013
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Irene T, Public Relations Manager at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Visitors are amazed at the caves, caverns and crevasses which began forming 450 million years B.C. (the Ordovician era). If guests are uncomfortable with going into the infamous “Fat Man’s Misery”, there is a path around it. If you’re ‘hooked’ on ziplining, why not return for an Eco Adventure tour, which offers a 300 ft. forest zip line and a 1000 ft. escarpment zipline. Thank you for your comments regarding signage, which we will address with new eyes.
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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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“Great hiking with remarkable views of the Georgian Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had a fantastic day, the weather was awesome, the skies blue, and the views were the best affording some great pictures.

Visited July 2013
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Irene T, Public Relations Manager at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
We truly appreciate your positive remarks. Whether the skies are clear or cloudy, Scenic Caves offers a splendid location for views and photography. In addition to the Suspension Bridge’s 10,000 square km views of beautiful countryside and Georgian Bay, some of the best locations for photos from the trails through the Caves and Caverns include: Lover’s Rest, Suicide Point and Signal Point.
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