For most people, the mention of Blue Mountain conjures thoughts of snow covered hills and winter ski trips. Although Blue Mountain may be the third busiest ski resort in Canada, the resort is just as popular in the Summer and Fall with activities that range from rock climbing and ziplining to mountain biking and hiking. There are activities for the whole family which is especially great since family travel this year is still mostly limited to local excursions close to home. So grab your kids, your hiking boots and an adventurous spirit because here are some of our favourite family-friendly activities in Blue Mountain!
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Here are 5 family friendly activities in Blue Mountain
Climb aboard one of the best ways to see the gorgeous fall colors surrounding Georgian Bay and the nearby village. This accessible gondola ride is fun for the entire family and provides great views all the way to the top where you can enjoy a meal at Summitview Pavilion (check hours before it closes for the season). Photo opportunities abound!
Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster
For the more adventurous of the group, satisfy your need for speed on this high-flying zip down the mountain where YOU are the driver! The course begins as your self-controlled coaster car is pulled uphill, so be sure to take in the scenery at this pace (it’s like hiking without the work!) Be forewarned that the silence of nature can be broken at any time by the occasional screaming neighbor zipping down beside you.
Good to know: Face coverings are currently mandatory on this attraction.
Paddle Boats on Mill Pond
If the aforementioned coaster seems too intense for your crowd, we suggest taking a leisurely and picturesque ride on Mill Pond. Choose between the all-new water trikes (think massive bicycles) or classic paddle boats available at the Mill Pond Activity Centre.
Good to know: The Activity Centre is open daily and the last boat departs at 7:30PM.
Timber Challenge High Ropes and Woodlot Low Ropes Course
Many families can be quite competitive in nature. If that describes your group, you should definitely check out these two ropes courses! The Timber Challenge High Ropes Course features seven courses of bridges, ladders, zip-lines and more at varying degrees of difficulty. The Woodlot Low Ropes Course is a kid-friendly version of Timber Challenge made for younger adventurers aged six and up!
Good to know: Guests can only enter the ropes course with an “Add-On Adventure” ticket which must be purchased in advance online.
Cascade Putting Course
Adults and kids alike will have a blast testing out their putting skills at the moderately-challenging 18 Hole Cascade Putting Course, located right at the base of Blue Mountain! As a bonus, enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful surrounding mountains and waterfalls during your game.
If the activities listed above aren’t enough to keep the family occupied, other favorite activities of ours include the Plunge Aquatic Centre (year-round water park anyone?) mountain biking and various hiking trails with unbelievable views. And, for the adults in the group, we cannot suggest a trip to Blue Mountain without mentioning the nearby Scandinave Spa. This Scandinavian-inspired spa offers hot and cold outdoor baths with views of Blue Mountain, therapeutic massages and steam rooms for ultimate relaxation. The perfect getaway from the getaway!
Ticket Tip: You can, of course, buy individual attraction tickets but Blue Mountain offers Play All Day and Explorer Day Passes. These passes are great if you are planning a full day of fun and may save you a buck or two!
Now that Summer is coming to an end and the temperatures are dropping, what better time than now to escape the city and head north to discover (or re-discover) Blue Mountain? There is something for everyone at the resort, no matter the season!