This article was originally published in the Winter 2020 issue of Invest In Style Magazine.

 

Winter is a season of unique delights. Yes, the cold can be biting and snow can grind traffic to a halt. But if you find the right setting—that beautiful, natural spot where snow mounds up like fluffy pillows and drapes evergreens like Christmas garland—there is no season more beautiful. It’s places like that where you’ll be inspired to get out and play in the fresh air, to experience all the adventure that winter affords. One such spot is Scenic Caves Nature Adventures near Collingwood. Once the snow arrives—and it arrives early and often here—the park becomes a winter playground for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

 

 

“The conditions here are ideal for winter sports because of higher elevation—we’re located on the highest spot of the Niagara Escarpment—and the colder lake-effect conditions ensure that we receive plenty of snowfall,” explains Linda Service, director of marketing for Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.

 

“In addition, the trails predominantly go through 100-year old forests and therefore are well protected, meaning the snow lasts longer.”

 

“But,” Service hastens to add, “while nature does most of the work, we do our share by maintaining the trails daily to ensure the best experience.”

 

Scenic Caves is located within one of Canada’s 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves. For generations, it has been beloved for its scenic views overlooking Lake Huron, the iconic stone formations that are the basis of its name, and it’s enthralling Petun First Nations lore. But it was a fair-weather attraction only. That changed in 2002 with the opening of the Scenic Caves Nordic Centre, allowing visitors to experience the gloriously beautiful setting year-round. “Many people are looking to engage in winter adventures but want something less aggressive than downhill skiing, and where better than in landscape as attractive as ours,” enthuses Service.

 

Strap on a pair of skis and glide along 27 km of cross-country ski trails passing through where the silence is peace-inducing, the beauty of the snow-draped hills blissful. There are threee trails of varying difficulty, offering a challenge for skiers of all abilities. Lessons and rentals are available for those new to the sport. 

 

 

Or put on snowshoes and trudge along 10km of trails weaving through snow mounded in soft, billowy folds. Again, there are three trails of varying difficulty: 1km for novices, 6km for intermediate, and an expert trail 10km in length. One of the appeals of snowshoeing is access to the 420-foot long suspension bridge (southern Ontario’s longest). Brave the slight sway to enjoy the spectacle of a vista encompassing 10,000 square kilometres of steel-grey Lake Huron.

 

Whatever your chosen sport, keep your eyes peeled as you navigate the trails. A wide range of wildlife call Scenic Caves home, and when sunlight glistens off the snow deer, chattering squirrels, rabbits, and flittering birds like to come out to frolic.

 

Whatever your chosen sport, keep your eyes peeled as you navigate the trails. A wide range of wildlife call Scenic Caves home, and when sunlight glistens off the snow deer, chattering squirrels, rabbits, and flittering birds like to come out to frolic.

 

Whatever your chosen sport, keep your eyes peeled as you navigate the trails. A wide range of wildlife call Scenic Caves home, and when sunlight glistens off the snow deer, chattering squirrels, rabbits, and flittering birds like to come out to frolic.

 

The winter air may be chilly, but at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures the varied experiences are enough to warm you up!

 

For more information go to www.sceniccaves.com

 

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