Horseshoe view

Ski hills in the summer? You bet. We took to the slopes at Horseshoe Resort for some outdoor summertime fun.

The year-round resort, an hour-and-a-half drive north from downtown Toronto, recently kicked off its summer offerings – visualize lots of wide-open space to let the kids explore, hike, climb and (if they are brave enough and 75 lbs) zipline.

Horseshoe miningMost of the kid-friendly activities are at the foot of the hill – rock-climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course, euro bungy (trampolining in a harness), small playground and gemstone and fossil mining. And as you can see from the view above, the restaurant and outdoor patio overlook the kid-zone, making it easy for families to let kids play yet be in close viewing distance. Plus there is an outdoor stage with a summer concert series.

Not far, you can do mini-putt, try to not to lose yourself (or your kids) in maze, or take the chair lift up for more adventures – mountain, fat and balance biking, ATV, buggie, Segway and hummer tours.

For more big-kid adventure, there is also a zipline and Treetop Trekking. (PS – for littles who want to play in the trees – check out the Treewalk Village in Stouffville.)

So easy to spend a full day here. Here is a peek of what you can see during the snow-free season.

Horseshoe Obstacle   Horseshoe Maze

Horseshoe Zipline  Horseshoe MiniPutt


Getting there: From downtown Toronto to Horseshoe, it’s an hour-and-a-half drive via hwy 400, just 20 minutes north of Barrie. Free and ample parking. You can also stay overnight – hotel with indoor pool.

Low-down: Slopeside Adventures is available weekends in June with daily activities starting June 29th. Entrance into the resort is free. A Play Pass to the Slopeside Adventures (unlimited euro bungy, rock climbing, inflatable obstacle course, mini putt and maze) is $29 for kids and adults. For the Adventure Pass Add (includes the above and one zipline) is $40. You can also rent bikes.

More Day Tripping: Late afternoon we headed a bit farther north (30 minutes) to play along Georgian Bay at the public Balm Beach and did a drive through Wasaga Beach. For more day trips like this one, check ou the Scenic Caves near Collingwood, or browse our recent Road Trips.