Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Cave - 10 Tips for Exploring The Scenic Caves Collingwood

Our family is pretty big on making memories above acquiring stuff, especially when it comes to spending time with the minions. After Molly spent a lot of time talking about animal habitats, and the kids had proved themselves capable of tackling some lengthier and more challenging hikes we thought it might be a good idea to explore the Scenic Caves in Collingwood Ontario.

Our family had a great time exploring the caves and both kids felt like real adventurers!

Jack & Dad Explore a Cave 

Here are 10 tips to help you make the most of your trip to the caves.

1. Get some coupons from online to save you some money on admission. (We were able to save $4.00 per person with the coupons Grandpa Jim was able to find on line, this adds up quickly when there are four people in your family).

2. Wear your best treaded running shoes or hiking shoes.  They won't even let you in the park if you're not wearing appropriate footwear.

Molly enjoys a pre-lunch climb
3. Take advantage of in and out privileges by bringing a picnic to enjoy before or after your hike.  It will save you some cash, plus there are great picnic areas right next to the children's playground.

Molly makes her way out of a narrow cave exploration

4. Wait until your kids are old enough to handle the hike.  Molly and Jack were the youngest kids on the caves trail by about two to three years, but they totally rocked it (you can groan, that pun was intended).  This is not an easy hike, there are a lot of steep climbs up and down over slippery rocks.  This summer was the absolute earliest they could've handled this hike, which took us about an hour and a half total.

Taking a much needed rest on a rock

5. Bring plenty of water on the trail.  We didn't bring enough, it was a very hot day and there is nowhere (until you get back to the entrance to purchase additional drinks) and unfortunately the heat really took it's toll on Molly by the end of the day!

6. Wear a lot of sunscreen. Molly has started to say, "The sun sneaks up on you!" and this four and a half year old is right, just because it seems shady under the cover of trees and rocks doesn't mean that you won't get some sun.

Molly and dad on the suspension bridge

7. Check out the suspension bridge too!  After the caves we took a brief break and then hopped on the Scenic Caves "bus" over to the suspension bridge where we were able to check out a great view, and then frogs on the other side.


We met Tree Beard along our Journey

8. Go fairly early in the day and check the weather ahead, this would not be a fun hike on wet rocks.  The park won't let you in two hours before they close, make sure you get your money's worth by giving yourself four to six hours to explore.

9. Don't forget to feed the fish (they're giant) and pretty neat (fish food is available for sale).  Or if you're Jack you can feed the seagulls.

10. Bring your sense of adventure!  Molly and Jack were convinced there might be buried treasure or faeries in the caves, which made our visit all the more fun!

This activity was well worth the admission price (22.57 for adults and 18.58 for kids 3-17, plus tax) especially if you use some coupons and make a day of it.  Jack's favourite activity was chasing/feeding the seagulls whereas Molly liked exploring the narrow cave and the one that was cold like a fridge.  I'd definitely return again in a few years, probably on a slightly cooler day!

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