Because of the Niagara Escarpment rock surrounding the Beaver Valley, caves and crevices exist throughout the region. There are many incredible caving places to explore in Grey and Bruce from Nottawasaga and all the way to the tips of the Bruce Peninsula. There is so much to discover in this area, so get your adventure pack together and get out there!
Just north of Singhampton and west of Duntroon lies the Singhampton Caves. These crevice caves that are open to the sky, were created when huge blocks broke away from the cliff’s face. A large variety of mosses create a moist green coating on the walls of the caves, and 27 species of fern have been recorded just within this small area. It really is a fascinating natural phenomenon to explore. Move carefully among the rock debris as you follow the blazes. The Singhampton Side Trail at its eastern end will connect you back to the main Trail, which then swings to the west to return you to your car in the area’s parking lot.
Very well known in the area, is Scenic Caves. Although admission is required, it is worth the price to view Collingwood, Blue Mountain, and Wasaga Beach! Guided tours of the area are also offered as well as zip-lining and suspension bridges. Scenic Caves is one of Canada’s “great natural wonders”. Self-guided walking trails through caves and caverns carved millions of years ago by glacial ice are the highlight. Explore a labyrinth of incredible caves and crevices that descend to up to 70 feet deep. With 18 unique geological rock features and many spectacular lookouts with panoramic views of 10,000 square kilometers of Georgian Bay it is quite amazing. The “Ice Cave” or also known as the “Refrigerator Cave” is a crevasse that descends so deep that it stays cold enough for snow and ice to remain inside through early summer! It is a favourite with visitors! Situated at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment, set in one of Canada’s sixteen UNESCO biosphere reserves there is so much to explore and discover at scenic caves!
Closer to the Beaver Valley, you will find the Duncan Escarpment area with some fantastic caves to discover! Due to seasonal extremes in temperature and the forces of gravity over hundreds of years, large blocks of rock have broken away from the main face of the Niagara Escarpment. The gradual shifting downwards of these huge blocks has created the crevice caves of the Collingwood-Blue Mountain area that are now open to the public to explore. The park’s wide variety of natural ecosystems/climates provides lots of interesting wildlife and plant life. The Bruce Trail provides good hiking and nature appreciation opportunities throughout the Duncan Escarpment. Camping, rock climbing, off road vehicular traffic and hunting are not permitted in this nature reserve.
If the Bruce Peninsula by Wiarton is your destination, then Bruce Caves is the place to be for your caving adventures. These caves were formed by the wave action of post-glacial Lake Algonquin, 7,000 to 8,000 years ago. Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area is known for its unique cave formations found along the escarpment face. Bruce’s Caves Conservation area consists of 7 hectares of Niagara Escarpment, upland hardwoods, wooded swamp, caves and access to the Bruce Trail giving fantastic hiking. Free admission and picnic areas are available making this a great day trip for adventure-fuelled families too.
No matter the area, no matter the caves, you will have a fantastic time exploring the Beaver Valley area!