You don’t have to travel far from the city for adventure. Southern Ontario’s rich landscape means extreme outdoor thrills are right outside our doorstep, not to mention the wild man made attractions that test the mental and physical limits of Torontonians year round. If you’re one of those daring thrill-seeking beings, find your bucket list below:
Scale A Cliff
Rock climbing at Rattlesnake Point in Milton is one of the most popular climbing locations in Southern Ontario, and offers over 235 routes for rock climbers interested in scaling across steep cliffs. Although the cliffs are meant for experienced rock climbers, there are a variety of companies in the area that offer lessons for beginners.
Walk Atop the City
Have you ever wanted to hang off of the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere? With EdgeWalk at the CN Tower you can. The EdgeWalk offers a unique experience that involves being tethered to the roof of the CN Tower, where you can quite literally walk and hang along the edge for ultimate views of the 6.
Explore Ontario’s Jungle
For those looking for the ultimate outdoorsy adventure close to the city, Treetop Trekking offers zip lining and aerial obstacle courses at five different locations in Ontario. Your closest thrills to the city await in Brampton and Stouffille with suspension bridges, Tarzan swings, and zip lining across the lake, as well as nighttime zip lining.
Wonderland has a bunch of wild rides like Behemoth, Leviathan, and the freefalling-esque Xtreme Skyflyer, but on of their newest big thrillers is the SlingShot. For you crazies still reading, this involves your human body being shot 300 feet into the air at 100 kilometers/hour. Check out the video below.
White Water Tubing
For those looking for a quick escape from the city heat, inner tubing down the Elora Gorge is a great option. Located just north of Guelph, the Elora Gorge is a natural wonder that was formed during the most recent ice age. Its beautiful limestone cliffs and rushing river makes for a pretty view that is best scene floating in a giant rubber donut. Pro tip: arrive early as tubes sell out.
iFLY Toronto, which is actually located in Oakville, offers an indoor skydiving experience. Using an indoor wind tunnel, iFLY provides an accurate simulation of the feeling skydivers get during their free fall, without some of the extreme risks. For just under 100 dollars, guests receive training, equipment, and a number of flights. For those who are curious about skydiving but don’t want to actually jump out of a plane, iFLY is a great option.