You Can Explore Historic Ruins & Limestone Caves In This Ontario Oasis

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Toronto Senior Staff Writer
Ontario's Rockwood Conservation Area Has Limestone Caves & Historic Ruins

Who doesn't love spending a day in the great outdoors? If you've been craving a nature adventure, then you'll want to add this place to your bucket list. Filled with towering cliffs, limestone caves, and historic ruins, this place is perfect for your next day away from the city. Fuel your wanderlust by visiting Ontario's Rockwood Conservation Area and taking in all the stunning views.

Located just an hour outside of Toronto, Rockwood Conservation Area boasts a range of warm-weather activities. 

You can indulge in all sorts of fun such as canoeing, hiking, swimming, and caving at this rustic spot.

Two separate trails will lead you along majestic cliffs and through wetlands. You'll pass by massive glacial potholes, which are giant round pits carved into rock.

The area is home to hundreds of these holes, including one of the largest in the world.

If you're feeling brave, you can venture inside one of the many limestone caves, where you'll discover stalactites, columns and flowstone.

Flashlights, helmets, and long shirts and pants are suggested for this activity.

The ruins of Harris & Co. Rockwood Woolen Mill is a must-see. This massive stone structure is a popular destination for event photos due to its rustic charm.

Paddle your way around tiny islands and through the thin channels of Rockwood reservoir. Canoes and paddleboats are available to rent on site.

The area even comes with a large sandy beach so you can get your suntan on and splash around in the cliff-encased water all day.

Since no day trip is complete without some good snacks, there are plenty of picnic tables scattered throughout the park where you can relax and enjoy a meal.

The Conservation Area is usually open year-round, with limited services running from October 16 to April 30. Admission is $7.50 per adult.

Due to the current lockdown, the conservation area is currently closed until further notice. However, it's never to early to add it to your bucket list.*

Rockwood Conservation Area

Price: $7.50 per adult

Address: 161 Fall St. S., Rockwood, ON

Why You Need To Go: Explore ancient limestone caves and historic ruins in this rustic park near Toronto.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

*This article has been updated.

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