If you think skiing and snowboarding are the only fun activities available at Blue Mountain, you’re quite mistaken. From zip-lining and downhill roller coasters to Scandinavian baths and indulgent food, we’ve uncovered loads of things to keep you busy up North until the snow falls.
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1. Experience an Exhilarating Downhill Thrill
Blue Mountain's "Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster" will take you on an electrifying 1,085-metre-long trip down the mountain, with lots of twists and turns along the way. While riders do get to control their own speed, we suggest going the fastest you can the whole trip (up to 42 km/h), because well you only live once, right?
2. Take a BIG Leap of Faith
Looking to indulge your inner thrill seeker? The "Bagjump" has you covered. We were too chicken to test this one out ourselves, but we watched others do it, and it looked mighty fun!
3. Challenge Yourself With a Ropes Course in the Woods
If you've got a competitive side, you'll want to check out the "Timber Challenge" at Blue Mountain. The ropes course features everything from suspension bridges and ladders to cargo nets and zip lines (some of which are 50 feet above the ground!)
4. Relax and Unwind
You really can't go to Blue Mountain without visiting the award-winning Scandinave Spa. Situated in the middle of the forest (just a few minutes away from Blue Mountain), the incredibly indulging Scandinavian baths experience includes: a Finnish sauna, a eucalyptus steam room, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, hot baths, cold plunges and various relaxation areas. Sign us up now, please!
5. Get Your Adrenaline Pumping at the Mountain Bike Park
Blue Mountain is home to Ontario’s largest lift-accessed Bike Park so whether you're looking for a leisurely scenic ride or want to learn how to tackle jumps and ladder bridges, they've got you covered. The various downhill and cross-country trails are all labelled ("Easy," "Intermediate" or "Advanced") so you don't have to worry about accidentally ending up on an advanced course either.
6. Indulge in Canadian Comfort Food
If you're looking for delicious comfort food during your stay in the Village, there are a couple of good options. Oliver & Bonacini offers all of the classics (think saucy baby back ribs and mouth-watering burgers) while Pottery Restaurant is a little bit more adventurous (their special fall menu features braised rabbit!)
7. Check Out the Live Music in Town
Love live music? Then take a short drive to Collingwood and visit Casbah Bar, where you can hear everything from motown and hip-hop to punk and the blues. If you need a break from the tourists at Blue Mountain (and want to see where all the locals hang out), this is the place to be every Thursday to Saturday.
8. Take a Scenic Hike
Looking to explore Blue Mountain on foot? You're in luck because there are a number of hiking and walking trails, some which incorporate the infamous Bruce Trail and others that provide a winding link between the base and top of the Escarpment. Just make sure you're wearing comfy running shoes as hiking up the mountain is quite the workout.
9. Test Out the New Zip Lining Course
If you're not afraid of heights, try the brand new zip lining course at Blue Mountain. You'll have loads of fun "flying" from platform to platform (at speeds of up to 50 km/hr) while taking in the breathtaking views around you. And the best part? Because the zip lines are parallel, you can do it along with your pals!
10. Go Sightseeing in an Open-Air Gondola
Blue Mountain's gondola ride is a relaxing way to get to the top of the Escarpment while taking in the stunning panoramic views at the same time. It's free when you're taking it downwards, so we suggest walking up the mountain and taking the gondola back down towards the Village (if you're up for a little exercise, that is!)