Short on time (or gas money)? Grab some friends and check out these quick, action-packed trips.
Published: June 19, 2013
Drive Time: 6 Hours
OK, this one’s more of a medium haul — but oh, the payoff: Nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay and spanning across the scenic Niagara Escarpment, BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT (bluemountain.ca) is Ontario’s largest mountain village resort. A world-class mecca for skiers, snowboarders and other wintertime adventure seekers, Blue Mountain also takes great advantage of its spectactular grounds for summertime thrills.
Take a guided tour along the top of the Niagara Escarpment on a MOUNTAINTOP SEGWAY TOUR; suspend into the forest on a guide-line and glide from tree to tree on the TIMBER CHALLENGE HIGH ROPES; speed down the escarpment’s varied terrain and zig-zag through the trees of the glades alongside magnificent views of Georgian Bay on the RIDGE RUNNER MOUNTAIN COASTER; Ontario’s first mountain coaster, soar through the sky in the OPEN AIR GONDOLA and cool off in the indoor-outdoor pools, docks, slides, hot tubs and more of the PLUNGE! AQUATIC CENTRE; inspired by the tradition of cottage-style boathouses.
There’s also a 40-acre village with shopping, dining, music and more, two on-site spas, a climbing wall, a pristine private beach, kayak and paddleboat rentals, mountain biking, tennis, catch-and-release fishing, golf (with a GPS tracking system on all carts) and, new this summer, WIND RIDER TRIPLE ZIPS, where guests can fly through the sky, reaching heights of 50 feet.
While you’re there, check out the nearby SCENIC CAVES NATURE ADVENTURES (sceniccaves.com) in the Blue Mountains. Eco tours and a 420-foot suspension bridge, almost 100 feet above the valley, are offered in an area that is home to 450 million-year-old caves used by Jesuit priests in the 1600s, and who joined 8,000 Native Americans living in nine villages along the escarpment. A carving of initials in one cave is dated 1850.
Or drive 90 minutes southeast for a day trip (or longer) into TORONTO — AUC TOURS (auctours.com) offers a daily shuttle from Blue Mountain Resorts into the city.
Lynne Konstantin is a freelance writer in metro Detroit. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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