Blue Mountain is located in the heart of one of Canada’s most stunning natural landscapes and in a region with a vibrant social and cultural scene. From Wasaga beach, the longest freshwater beach in the world, to authentic harbour villages, the Georgian Triangle offers an unforgettable journey through both nature and civilization – a journey that can easily last a lifetime.

 

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The Apple Pie Trail – Ontario Tourism Culinary Award Winner (2011)

Welcome to apple country and Ontario’s award winning Apple Pie Trail. With breathtaking scenery and thrilling adventure attractions such as snowshoeing, winter caving, cycling and paddling excursions, cooking classes and wine tastings, the Apple Pie Trail offers a unique opportunity for outdoor recreation and culinary tourism.

Nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and the sparkling shores of Georgian Bay, is home to more than thirty delicious apple varieties including McIntosh, Northern Spy, Ambrosia and recently, the Red Prince – to name a few. For well over 150 years, apple orchards have flourished in the heavy clay and rich loam of the area, stretching from Collingwood to Owen Sound.

The Apple Pie Trail consists of 33 trail businesses providing authentic local apple products and experiences all year long.  Visit The Apple Pie Trail.

 

Scandinave Spa – “Top 50 Spa” by Spas of America (2009/2010/2011)

Spa Finders Readers Choice “Best in Affordability” (2011)

Situated in a natural forest, minutes from downtown Collingwood & Blue Mountain Resort, open all year from 10am-9pm, enjoy the serenity of the environment at Scandinave Spa.  The Baths include 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.

The Lilly Pad Spa has designed a tranquil space for your comfort and well-being. Soothing music, skilled therapists and delicious scents transport you to a world of peace and serenity. Exceptional products from all over the world offer everything from organic body treatments and facials to wellness therapies and essential esthetic services.

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures – Canadian Tourism Signature Experience Collection

Bring the family and try one of the many activities this summer, including suspension bridge, zip lines, mini golf, adventure playground, trout pond and exploring the caves.  Visit Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.

Beaches

Wasaga Beach  The World’s longest fresh water beach.  30 minutes east of Blue Mountain you’ll discover 14km of wide sand, perfect at any time of the year for exploring and a safe gradual shoreline for family swimming.  With Provincial Parks alongside the beach, be sure to pack your picnic basket. No lifeguards.

Collingwood Sunset Point Beach  You will find a large, unique playground, ample picnic and shaded areas, large walking and bike trail and snack bar.  Rocky shoreline with several flat shale areas safe for young children. No lifeguards.

Blue Mountain Private Beach  Lodging guests/owners only.  A 10-minute drive from the resort, it’s the perfect retreat for all overnight guests. Spend the morning paddling the serene shoreline, grab lunch fresh off the grill and then take the afternoon to relax in the sand or get your heart pumping with a game of beach volleyball.

Craigleith Northwinds Public Beach  Close to Craigleith Provincial Park, and across the road from the historic Craigleith Depot, Northwinds beach is the home of board sailing. No lifeguards.

Thornbury Beach & Pier.  Situated next to Thornbury Harbour, Little River Beach Park is a pebbled beach with public washrooms, a playground and parking. A fully equipped lifesaving station is also on-site. The beach also has trees to provide natural shade.  No lifeguards.

Christie Beach  Located at the end of Christie Beach Road, off Highway 26 west of The Town of The Blue Mountains. Change rooms, washrooms, playground equipment and picnic shelter.  No lifeguards.

Water Sports

While being surrounded by the prestine waters of Georgian Bay, enthusiasts can get out on it in several ways.

Try kayaking or canoeing down the Beaver River or Nottawasaga River with Free Spirit Tours, Summerbound Tours or Eagle Adventures, a safe, fun and adventurous journey.

Try a fishing charter with Summerbound Tours or an affordable and serene getaway on a yacht with C & C Yacht Charters.   Experience the shipwreck of Mary Ward with Collingwood Adventure Voyages or take up windsurfing or stand up paddle boarding with the Craigleith Sailing Centre.

Visit RideOn Rentals in Wasaga Beach for a rip on a jetski, a fun day with a water trampoline or golf off the party barge!  Or try new this summer Kowabunga Paddle – stand up paddle boards or kayaking.

 

Outdoor Family Fun

Discover lots of other great family outdoor activities in and around the Georgian Triangle area.

Blue Mountain Go CartsWasaga 500 Go Carts,(both facilities offer mini golf, batting cages, snack bar)  Skull Island Mini Golf, Horseback Riding at ComeBack Ranch, Outdoor Corn Maze Adventures at Rounds Ranch, or zoo animals at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo

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Neighbouring Towns

Minutes from Blue Mountain Village you can explore Collingwood, the region’s cultural hub.  Take a stroll along Hurontario Street and discover its beautiful Victorian buildings, charming shops, cafes, antique stores, galleries and more.  Be sure to save some time for the quaint and scenic towns of Thornbury and Meaford and also Creemore, an authentic rural main street experience.

Guided Tours available with Summerbound Tours.

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Hikes and Trails

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.  Visit website for interactive trail maps.

The Georgian Trail runs from Collingwood to Meaford, near Hwy. 26 West with numerous access points along the way including: Northwinds Beach, Craigleith Provincial Park (Day-pass required), and 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 found at Tourism offices in Collingwood and the Visitor Information Centre in the Village.

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Wine Tasting

Georgian Hills Vineyards 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 offers an ultra modern facility with the most amazing views out toward Owen Sound.  Come in for a wine tasting, purchase or new Vintner’s plate featuring local artisanal breads and cheeses. (519) 371-9565

The Cheese Gallery  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 who work in all media.  Savour the tastes, feel the energy, experience the art. (519) 599-6699

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Heritage & History

The region is unmatched in the variety of cultural experiences on offer.  Spend a day or more learning about the area’s history and heritage.  Grey Roots Museum & Archieves Billy Bishop Home & Museum, Meaford Museum, Craigleith Heritage Depot, Collingwood Museum, Bygone Days Heritage Village, Nancy Island Historic Site

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons 

Visitors to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons can marvel at a world that existed over 370 years ago. Throughout the summer, active demonstrations by historically-costumed staff provide insight into 17th century European and Native culture, lifestyle, and technology. Fun and informative demonstrations and “hands-on” activities share aspects of life in the 17th century. Located in Midland, approximately 45 minutes  from Blue Mountain Village.

Discovery Harbour

Discovery Harbour traces its roots back to the original British naval and military base in Penetanguishene, built to safeguard access to Upper Canada after the War of 1812, offering special summer activities and demonstrations throughout July and August. Explore above and below deck on the full-scale replica ships H.M.S. Bee and H.M.S. Tecumseth, and try your hand at swabbing the deck or holding the helm. Located in Penetanguishene, approximately 45 minutes from the Blue Mountain Village.

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Rainy Day Family Fun

The fun doesn’t have to stop when the weather is not ideal.
Crock a Doodle in the village

Georgian BowlArt SparkElephant ThoughtsGalaxy Movie TheatreCollingwood TrampolineCollingwood YMCAEddie Bush Memorial Arena, in Collingwood

Wasaga Beach RecPlexWasaga Stars Arena in Wasaga Beach

Thornbury Arena in Thornbury

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