Ultimate Summer Adventures in BruceGreySimcoe

Jun 13, 2017
The best summer ever. That’s what you’re after. We’ve got everything you need for a summer packed with envy-inspiring, shareworthy outdoor adventures. Conquering this list will not only earn you bragging rights, it will make you feel alive. Get to know our backyard and share your adventures with us @brucegreysimcoe
 
Go ziplining  
 


Mouth wide open, wind whipping in your hair, red light blinking on your GoPro and your best friend laughing on the zipline beside you; it’s the perfect way to start the summer. Scenic Caves Nature Adventures in Collingwood lets you ride side-by-side on the Thunderbird Twin Zip Line. Just down the road, Blue Mountain Resort has the Wind Rider Triple Zips  that lets up to 3 riders zip at once. In the Barrie area, Horsehoe Resort offers ziplining in their summer lineup too.

Flyboard
 
 

Because, seriously, there just aren’t that many opportunities to fly like an actual superhero. Flyboard Wasaga Beach provides all the instruction and equipment you need to literally fly above the water on a jet powered board—no experience required. Their qualified instructors will come to your dock or you can learn right at the beach. Individual experiences or group lessons are available. You can even tack Go-Pro footage right on to your package.
 
Conquer the high ropes
 
 

60 feet off the ground, legs shaking trying to reach the next obstacle, your friends heckling/cheering you on below. Ropes courses test your limits and make you feel like a full-on hero when you’re done. Blue Mountain is home to two ropes courses, the Woodlot Low Ropes and the Timber Challenge High Ropes. Which one you choose depends on how you feel about heights and how much time you’re looking to spend in the treetops.
 
Horsehoe Resort offers treetop trekking adventure and you can test your boundaries on Scenic Caves Nature Adventures Eco Adventure ToursHeading to the Bruce Peninsula? Sauble Beach has a brand new aerial park, called Ascent Aerial Park opening this summer and in Tobermory, you can check out the Little Cove Adventures ropes course.
 
Snorkel a shipwreck



Pack your waterproof camera and go beneath the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay to explore Tobermory’s shipwrecks and the Fathom Five National Marine Park. The best way to start? Check out The Divers Den in Tobermory for guided snorkelling trips.
 
Even closer to the GTA, the wreck of the Mary Ward lies off the coast of Craigleith (about 15 minutes west of Collingwood) in the waters of Georgian Bay. Notoriously hard to find, Free Spirit Tours will guide you here by sea kayak, where you can then snorkel and learn about the wreck.
 
 Bike down a mountain
 

 
Let’s face it, pedaling uphill sucks. Going downhill on the other hand is flat-out awesome and adding technical trails through the forest just brings things to another level. Ride the gondola up like a boss before pounding downhill over rocks and roots. The right equipment (a full-suspension bike and a set of good body armour) will have you selling your car on Kijiji for a DH bike. Both Blue Mountain Resort and Horseshoe Resort offer rentals, lessons and some amazing downhill trails.
 
Climb the Niagara Escarpment  
 
Chalked fingers crammed into the tiniest cracks of the Niagara Escarpment, climbing shoes impossibly gripping the wall, a view for days when you finally remember to look. Sure, your grandma makes you take scenic drives but earning your view after climbing is so much better. Since safely learning to rock climb requires equipment and instruction, there are several great outfitters in the region who can get you going. Free Spirit Tours  based in Collingwood often leads climbing lessons at Metcalfe Rock. Owen Sound’s At Last Adventures can help you get started at Metcalfe and beyond and accomplished climber Leslie Timms operates On the Rocks and can help introduce you to the sport.
 
 
Ski or snowboard down a freestyle water ramp

 

Unstrap your SUP and tie down your snowboard or skis. That 1440 you couldn’t nail this winter is happening. After climbing the steps to the top of Horsehoe Resort’s water ramp, you can strap in, point it and try that elusive trick without the unforgiving icy landing you usually face. The Horseshoe Resort water ramp is regularly used by Freestyle Ontario athletes but is also open to the public with either a Freestyle Ontario membership or a one-day Freestyle Ontario day pass. Freestyle camps also run at the ramp during the summer months. To find out more visit Freestyle Ontario before you plan your visit. Horseshoe summer attractions are scheduled to open July 1.

 Take it off-road

 
 
Channel your inner braaaaap by adding an engine. The smile on your face as you pick mud out of your nether regions will stay for weeks. BruceGreySimcoe has some great spots to get a taste of the dirt. At Horsehoe Resort (near Barrie), their Yamaha Adventures program offers both ATV and off-road motorcycle tours and lessons for total beginners and experienced riders.
 
Closer to Owen Sound, near Williamsford, MotoPark has a long history in Canadian motocross. They hold races throughout the season for some of the best riders in Ontario but this is also an awesome place to learn to ride. With lessons and rentals available, you can also camp on site and make it a learn-to-ride getaway.

 
Ready, set, go

The best summer ever awaits so get going. Have questions? Contact us at info@brucegreysimcoe.com or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or Youtube