Blue Mountain Village is nestled between the charming communities of Collingwood and Thornbury at the base Blue Mountain and the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve . Its 40 shops and restaurants are located in Ontario’s largest pedestrian Village just steps from a wide variety of trails for hybrid, mountain and road biking. At the centre of the Village is the bike-equipped gondola that can whisk your group up to the top of Blue Mountain, accessing more trails and road biking overlooking the majestic views of Georgian Bay.

 

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Signature Cycling Adventure:
Pedal Paddle along the Apple Pie Trail

Ages 8+. Complete loop 5-6 hours, with 2 or 3 short uphill climbs. Begin your journey in the Village and take the scenic gondola (equipped to carry bikes) to the top of the Blue Mountain that is 3km from the top of the Escarpment. From there, it is 3-4 hours (40km) of scenic cycling through beautiful countryside and 1.5 hours of gentle paddling on the Beaver River, pleasantly interrupted by a country lunch in Heathcote at Blackbird Pie Company. Blackbird is a local’s favourite, serving delicious sandwiches, apple pies, and the area’s best butter tart. After lunch, you can coast down to Georgian Trail ,tucked away in the Cedar trees lining the road along the shores of Georgian Bay. The 1+ hour ride back to Blue Mountain is an easy ride with a short uphill at the end. Here, 40 shops and restaurants await, including eight patios and two ice cream stores!

Packages from: $60 +tx (includes map, gondola, lunch, kayak rental with transportation to the launch location). Bike rentals available. Visit ApplePieTrail.ca/adventures for more details (seasonal offering only during Gondola operating months June-September)

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Recreational Trail Riding

Ideal for all ages, trails are hard packed to accommodate hybrid and road bikes.  The Georgian Trail is a wide, tightly packed gravel trail 32km long that runs from Collingwood to Meaford, near Hwy. 26 West. It is perfect for a few short hours or an entire day. It has numerous access points along the way including: Northwinds Beach, Craigleith Provincial Park (Day-pass required), Blue Mountains private beach and snack bar, Peasmarsh Beach, Thornbury Harbour, Bayview Park and Meaford Harbour.  Much of the trail passes along the south shore of Georgian Bay with ample opportunity to stop, rest and swim during the summer months.  Maps can be downloaded here, or found at Tourism offices in Collingwood and the Visitor Information Centre in the Village. Blue Mountain resort also offers 1 hour guided tours along the top of the Niagara Escapment. Youth, teen and adult tours available. Bike Rental details 

 

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Mountain Biking

Blue Mountain Resort is Ontario’s largest mountain bike centre. The Bruce Trail – Canada’s oldest and longest footpath provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It is one of only fifteen such reserves in all of Canada, which runs from Niagara up to Tobermory.  Blue Mountain Resort offers guided mountain biking including downhill biking. Tours, camps and clinic pricing and details here. Visit website for interactive trail maps. Bike Rentals & Trail Pass details

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Road Biking

Ideal for all ages. Hybrid & Road bike. Blue Mountain is in the centre of a road biking mecca including the Centurion Cycling 25, 50 and 100mile routes. At its centre is the Blue Mountain Gondola that gives you access to the picturesque Beaver Valley where riders can enjoy cycling and culinary delights along the Apple Pie Trail. Options are endless on a road bike – some of the local favourites described below.  Bike Rental details

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Cycle & Spa Loop

Scandinave Spa, situated in a natural forest, minutes from downtown Collingwood & Blue Mountain, open year round from 10am-9pm and a member of Ontario by Bike. Finish your ride at Scandinave to enjoy the baths including a Finnish Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Thermal & Nordic Waterfalls, Hot Baths, Cold Plunges & relaxation areas.  Also available are Registered Massage treatments, relaxing getaway packages & an on-site bistro serving healthy local fare. Scandinave Spa – “Top 50 Spa” by Spas of America (2009/2010/2011) (877) 988-8484

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Wine & Cider Loop

The Georgian Bay region was recognized in 2013 as an Emerging Wine Region from Wine Country Ontariop. Three locations are registered members with Ontario by Bike: Georgian Hills Vineyards , Beaver Valley Cidery and Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery. Additional soft-cider markets dot the country roads where you will find Blue Mountain Cider and Goldsmith’s Cider for sale. Also not to be forgotten is the area’s most cherished cheese shop, downtown Thornbury, where you can pair wine, cider with a huge array of local, Canadian and international cheeses. 

Georgian Hills Vineyards (13.4 km from the top of the Blue Mountain gondola) is an award winning, established sustainable winery and vineyard, with a goal to develop a successful wine industry in the Georgian Bay region, just 15 minutes up the Niagara Escarpment in scenic Beaver Valley.  Visit their tasting room for a wine sampling or experience “Wine with Food”. (519) 599-2255

Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery (50km along Hwy 26 from Blue Mountain Resort) offers an ultra-modern facility with the most amazing views out toward Owen Sound.  Come in for a wine tasting, try the popular Vintner’s plate featuring local artisanal breads, cheeses, chocolates and nuts. (519) 371-9565.

Beaver Valley Cidery (20km from top of Blue Mountain gondola) located on the Niagara Escarpment in the heart of the beautiful Beaver Valley – just 5 kms north of Kimberley on the scenic Beaver Valley Road. Hand-crafted hard ciders from select varieties of heritage apples grown on the property or supplied by local Georgian Bay apple growers. Cidery and tasting room are housed in an historic post and beam century barn that has been respectfully converted to a modern tasting room. Open May through October (519) 599-1001.

The Cheese Gallery  (14km from Blue Mountain) A licensed cheese shop with wine tasting bar located in Thornbury. Providing customers with extraordinary local and international cheeses, locally produced artisan’s foods, and the talents of a group of artists.  Savour the tastes, feel the energy, experience the art. (519) 599-6699 

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Grey County Cycling Map

Cycling in Grey County has been described as world class.  And that’s because it is.  With endless combinations of roads that twist and turn throughout the Beaver Valley, along Georgian Bay and through the rolling hills of Saugeen Country, there is always a new road to explore.  As you ride past everything from elk farms to apple orchards, the rural roads of Grey County will become a favourite road cycling destination.  The Grey County cycling map includes options from beginners and young families to advanced, elite loops. The routes were designed by cyclists of all abilities.   

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Simcoe County Cycling 

Whether you are an avid road cyclist, recreational rail trail fan or adventurous mountain biker, Simcoe County has a large variety of cycling routes and activities to fill first time visits and countless return trips. Simcoe County has a myriad of trails throughout the county, from abandoned rail lines to waterfront meanders, through many provincial parks and conservation areas. Connecting from one trail or road to another is not hard to do, making longer cross county tours from the beaches of Georgian Bay to the shores of Lake Simcoe an attractive possibility. Regardless of route, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the rich agricultural and cultural heritage of the area, while enjoying the charm and comforts available throughout the County. The routes below are from South Georgian Bay Cycling Adventures map and are listed in order of distance and difficulty. There are 11 routes in total. Download the PDF map for more route information.

Collingwood / Pretty River Loop (41km) – This scenic ride passes through Pretty River Provincial Park alongside the Niagara Escarpment and loops back to Collingwood.

Wasaga Beach Cruise (50km) – Starting in Collingwood, This route goes south on Hurontario St (County Rd.124), then east on local Airport Rd towards Wasaga. Pick any road north to hit a beach.

Collingwood to Feversham (61km) – This challenging ride climbs up the escarpment through the Kolapore Highlands to Feversham, and past Pretty River on the way back to Collingwood. 

Creemore Beer Run (63km) – Take County Rd 124 south from Collingwood, then east on Local Airport Road and south on Fairgrounds Road all the way to Creemore Springs Brewery, which runs free tours daily. Return routing is via hamlets of Dunedin and Glen Huron before returning to Collingwood.

CYCLING EVENTS

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2nd Annual Pedal Fest! (June 28-29th) 

Join us as school gets out on June 28-29th as we celebrate our love of the BIKE! 

BMX and unicycle bike demonstrations, enjoyment of live music, kids bike parade,  many biking contests and riders geared up for Centurion Ride in September. 

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Centurion Blue Mountain (September 12-14th) 

One of North America’s most exciting cycling event open to all!  Racers Race…Riders Ride and everyone has fun in the 25, 50 or grueling 100 mile races.  Book early to secure your hotel room. Racer registration and event schedule plus maps here>>

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For more Information

For cyclists, the Ontario By Bike Network offers a variety of information on cycling in Ontario, inspiring visitors and residents to explore more by bike. Find great places to cycle, links to useful cycling maps and plan your day trip or multi-day cycling itineraries with stops at certified bicycle friendly businesses en route.  View our on-line map with the location of and links to accommodations, restaurants, cafes, wineries, attractions, bike stores, tours and rental locations that all offer cyclists  extra services and amenities, creating a positive experience and fueling your desire to get back on the saddle to explore more of Ontario by bike.

Accommodations 

A good bike vacation starts with a good night’s rest. The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain and Blue Mountain Resort represent a variety of Village suites and golf course town homes. Most are equipped with underground bike racks. Please confirm at time of booking. 

  The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain

Set majestically at the edge of the 3-acre Mill Pond, it affords wonderful views of sunsets along the water and the glow of the mountain at night. Inspired by the tradition of Canada’s grand wilderness hotels, yet featuring pure, contemporary interior design, Trillium House beautifully marries classic charm with modern amenities. Details

 Luxury Accommodation Options


Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain has over 1,000 different accommodation units from which to choose from. Whether you are looking for comfort and value in the newly renovated Blue Mountain Inn, or boutique-style suites in Mosaic, Blue Mountain provides a wide variety of lodging to suit your needs. Details

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