Friday, November 6, 2009

Eagle Canyon Adventures: Home to Canada's Longest Foot Suspension Bridge

In this weeks blog, I wanted to spotlight a really fun tourist attraction we found in Ontario. While road tripping across Canada, it was recommended to us that we check out Eagle Canyon Adventures. We had spent the day horseback riding in Thunder Bay, and our guide told us about this place. She said they had a campground, bathrooms, showers and a large suspension bridge well worth exploring.

We took her advice and headed up to Dorion after our horseback riding tour in Thunder Bay. I guess we arrived too late at night, and the gates to the campground were locked. We chose to sleep outside the gates in our car (as we had done throughout our entire road trip across Canada), and wait for the gates to open the following morning. It was a pretty scary experience sleeping in the middle of the forest. Every noise or crack we heard instantly left us in a panic wondering what was lurking outside our car.

We eventually fell asleep, and woke to the sound of the camp ground manager opening the gates. He got quite a good laugh out of us sleeping outside the gate in our car (I guess not many people do that). 

Off we went for a fun day of exploring the suspension bridge. I'm from Vancouver, and have been to the Capilano Suspension Bridge a handful of times growing up. I've never really found it that special, after you've been once, it always looks the same. 

I have to say, I really enjoyed our trip to Eagle Canyon Adventures. It was really different from the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver. The one in Vancouver is really overprices, and there isn't much there after you cross the bridge. At Eagle Canyon Adventures, it's about a 20 minute hike to the first suspension bridge. Once you cross the suspension bridge, you can hike a bit further to cross another suspension bridge. We had quite a bit of fun with the two bridges. We had my fellow road tripper stand on one bridge, and I stood on the other, taking pictures of each other. The best part about Eagle Canyon Adventures (besides the awesome hikes around the bridges), was that the  bridges were suspended over a beautiful canyon. Once you walk around the bridges and canyon, you can make your way down to the bottom of the canyon and see where the zipline ends. Yes they have a zipline down the canyon! We had an opportunity to watch a family zipline down from the top of the canyon (over a lake). It looked pretty awesome, but was too expensive for our budget.

We had a really great time at Eagle Canyon Adventures, and I'm pretty sad that not many people seem to know about this place. It's well worth checking out if your in the Thunder Bay area.

Have you been to Eagle Canyon Adventures before? Leave your comment below and let us know what you though of the suspension bridges.

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