Scenic Caves Nordic Centre has become a favourite for Ontario cross-country skiers during the last decade as it has all the right qualities to satisfy. With well-marked trails for all levels, daily grooming and picturesque trails it makes for a great outing.
A compact well-marked, and well-groomed set of loops. Check out the lookouts, rest on the picnic benches, on a good weather day you can see forever. Because the trails are on top of the escarpment, the snow conditions are ideal but it can get a bit windy with snow squalls blowing in from Georgian Bay.
Nordic ski paths are wide and easy to turn for the average skier. Perhaps too many trail crossings had me checking the map too often. But once out back the harder trails will get you going.
Skate skiers have 25 km open up on, such as on the Eagle’s Flight/Georgian Path.
Snowshoeing 12 km – Very well marked set of trails that meander through the woods that never gets too tough. A few worthy lookouts to check out and “the bridge to nowhere”. You can cross with your snowshoes Ontario’s longest suspension bridge at 420 ft. The view is stellar. Guided night walks too.
The main lodge serves as an open area for lounging by wood stoves or having a bite to eat. In one corner you can buy food and you can get gear in the other, all at a reasonable cost. The staff are friendly and helpful.
As for the trails fee, they keep going up and are one of the most expensive! And this year again due to the pandemic the lodge is closed and there are only outhouses. So you are getting less for your money.
Not a huge area to ski, but they have snow when others don’t. The hills and escapment views will make it worth the visit.