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“Great Day”

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Ranked #2 of 4 Tours in Blue Mountains
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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.
Waterloo, Canada
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Day”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

This was our second cross country skiing trip but first with lessons for my husband. I can only say the staff - especially Marianne, his trainer - went above and beyond. She was so enthusiastic and helpful and took the extra time to figure out issues with his gear. We had heard from friends in Waterloo that she was great and it was beyond our expectations.
The trails were exceptionally groomed and the setting is beautiful. Although it was busier than when we went previously on a weekday, the trails were still quiet and peaceful. What a great day - thanks!

Visited March 2014
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Irene T, Public Relations Manager at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Thank you for the accolades regarding our Nordic Centre and our fantastic staff. We are very fortunate to have several exceptionally qualified cross-country ski trainers on our team who offer lessons to children and adults. In addition to being a certified ski coach, Marianne teaches at the University level and has written numerous articles and books on “playfulness, leisure and well-being”. These three words reflect our mantra at Scenic Caves. The grooming staff is very attentive to preparing the trails daily for both skate and classic styles. The breathtaking escarpment views and towering trees distinguish our centre as an outdoor skiing oasis. Come back soon to practice all the techniques you learned in your lesson.
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Toronto
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12 reviews
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“Nicely groomed trails for cross country skiing, a bit pricey though”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

We visited that place in the winter for cross country skiing.
The trails were groomed and signage was adequate.
It would be nice if people coming with their own equipment will be charged less money to use the trails

Visited February 2014
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Irene T, Public Relations Manager at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, responded to this review, 6 February 2014
Thank you for complementing our grooming team. Every morning beginning at 6am, the staff members are out for about 3-4 hours, preparing the trails for both classic and skate skiers. Because we are situated at the top of the escarpment, the Nordic Centre offers excellent high altitude snow conditions. There are different prices for day trail passes. One price is with equipment rental; the other (less expensive) is without rental. Trail passes include access to our iconic 420 ft. Suspension Bridge which is the longest in southern Ontario. Expert cross-country skiers may ski down, then take their skis off and walk across the footbridge to enjoy the spectacular views. Less experienced skiers can easily hike down in their ski boots. One of the snowshoe trails crosses the bridge.
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Thornbury, Canada
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“Snow Shoe Guided Tour”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

We did the guided tour New Years Eve. They offer this tour on evenings (need to check the schedule). The tour guides were quite informative and we did go over the bridge and they did give us quite a good story on the history of the area. If money is an issue then just do the snow shoe on your own during the day when you can see more and spend less. The $30 was expensive for just an hour and a half when at night you couldn't see much. Customer service and staff were excellent, just quite a bit to spend for less than 2 hours of snow shoeing.

Visited December 2013
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Irene T, Public Relations Manager at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, responded to this review, 13 January 2014
Thank you for choosing to spend your New Year’s Eve evening on a guided night snowshoe hike. We appreciate your compliments on high quality of our customer service, staff and level of knowledge. Depending on the size of the group, we generally send out two guides. Each year, we assess our rates and we will review your comments.
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Wasaga Beach, Canada
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“Snow Shoeing Delight”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

We rented snow shoes and headed out in the clean crisp powder on one of many trails clearly marked. Our first delight was crossing over the suspension bridge, what a view of Blue Mountain Village, Georgian Bay and Collingwood. We continued up hill which is a great work-out for seniors to the look-out point, fabulous view, the snow on the trees is tremendous after four straight days of snow. We had a look at Canada's largest Zip-Line that is closed during the winter. The scenic caves entrance is also at the look-out but is closed as well. Great experience, if you like to x-country ski, this is a paradise.

Visited December 2013
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Irene T, Public Relations Manager at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
We are similarly delighted that your winter experience at our Nordic Centre was so enjoyable. There is no other place in Ontario where you can cross a suspension bridge on snowshoes, or revel in the spectacular 10,000 sq. km. views of Georgian Bay from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. Old man winter has brought us lots of snow, transforming our property into a winter paradise. The wonderful thing about snowshoeing is that you can enjoy the trails at your own pace. We hope you’ll return in the spring/summer/fall to visit the caves, zip lines and other green season activities.
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“Total tourist trap - very expensive and not very cavey is true”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

Now that I have been here I know the true meaning of tourist trap. A place of not much great appeal that is dressed up as being something worthwhile and sold at an overpriced cost.
I'd pay $5 to come here and see the cave-ish rocks and walk the suspension bridge to nowhere but not the over $20 it takes to get it.
Once you have paid the absurd entrance fee to walk around and see a few small cracks in the rocks - only one of which is really a cave, and none of them of any grandeur that people would expect for such a price - you can then play minigolf (with extra fee) ride a zipline (with big extra fee) or let your kids pan for semi-precious stones that are taken out of a package and then mixed into sand so your kids can waste some time refinding the stones (for extra fee) in a faux mining sluice -mining no historical connection to this location - just a way to extract more $$$ from the tourist.
There is also a tractor pulled ride for those who don't want to walk the 10 minutes to the scenic bridge but on busy days there is a scramble to get on and no organzied waiting line so it is total chaos to get a seat, and you can't be guaranteed a seat on any trip. Parking is also a hassle when the lots get busy.
The suspension bridge while interesting appears to serve no purpose other than to take you to the other side of the gorge where you can read from posters that tell you how they built the bridge that goes to nowhere, as there is no trail and nothing to see at the other side of the bridge. The view from the bridge is not ,much better than you can get from other lookouts on land. Some people may be put off by the swaying of the bridge in the wind or when anyone tries to rock it. The nature of the suspension bridge means that anyone can rock it and make it sway if they want too. This can be fun or scary depending on your outlook. I don't know why they built the bridge as as it is now it seems to serve little purpose other than to be an excuse to justify why it costs so much to visit.

Visited October 2013
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Irene T, Public Relations Manager at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, responded to this review, 12 December 2013
Thank you for your candid, subjective feedback. We listen carefully to all visitor comments and regret that you were displeased with your outing and the perceived value. Thousands of guests visit our property yearly and enthusiastically praise the spectacular views, the rock formations created by nature, the family-friendly activities and the zip line adventures. We are passionate about continuing to enhance our facility and providing our visitors with an enjoyable experience. Each year, we assess our admission rates and we will review your comments.
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