You’ve seen the frozen waterfalls, but have you ever explored ice caves in Ontario? Well, if you’re the adventurous type, then this experience has to be on your winter bucket list.

These caves are so spectacular that the New York Times named them one of the 52 best places to visit in the world in 2019.

The ice caves are a rare and magical phenomenon that occurs when the waves of Lake Superior in northern Ontario freeze over and form fascinating shapes.

According to the Great Lakes Guide, the crashing waves of Lake Superior can reach over 6 metres high. The bitter cold, intense wind and waves are what allow these ice caves to form.

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That means that you likely won’t spot these caves during more mild winters, but it looks like this winter will likely be a cold one in Ontario.

These ice caves change from year to year depending on the conditions, and it’s believed that due to climate change, this phenomenon could become history within the next two to three decades.

However, there is still ample opportunity to see these majestic caves. You just have to know where to look and be prepared for a serious trek.

According to Ontario Parks, Old Woman Bay is considered one of the iconic places to go to see ice caves in Lake Superior Provincial Park.

Great Lakes Guide says that Alona Bay, Hibbard Bay, Coppermine Point, and Saw Pit Bay are the best places to see them.

If you’ve never gone on an expedition like this before, you will need to ensure that you are prepared with all of the essential gear and safety information. You may want to consider booking a guided tour with companies like Wolftrack Guides.

If you’re up for the challenge, this might be the most epic winter adventure that Ontario has to offer!