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    Family Day Weekend Getaway Ideas

  • Family Day Weekend
    February 16 - 19, 2018

    Bring your family to South Georgian Bay's winter wonderland for Family Day weekend. Explore our recommended kids activities, sample weekend itinerary and family-friendly resources to start planning your weekend. 

    23 Activities For Families

    1. Watch and learn how the chocolate and candy gets made at The Candy Factory.
    2. Paint pottery pieces at Crock a Doodle located in the Blue Mountain Village.
    3. Book a lane at the Georgian Bowl followed by snacks, drinks and a game of pool.
    4. Visit the Blue Mountain Village, devour a beaver tail, ride the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster or visit the village shops
    5. Learn about Collingwood’s heritage and history at the Collingwood Museum, open daily from 9-5pm.
    6. Visit the Craigleith Heritage Depot, Meaford Museum & Grey Roots Museum and learn about the history of the South Georgian Bay region.
    7. Brave the cold and visit Wasaga Beach, the world’s longest freshwater beach and check out the Snowman Mania festival happening all weekend long.
    8. Snowshoe or cross-country ski at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre, Highlands Nordic or Wasaga Nordic. Daily snow conditions report available here.
    9. Snowshoe along the Blue Mountain lookout and take in the sights of Georgian Bay high atop the Niagara Escarpment.
    10. Hit the slopes at Blue Mountain Resort, or try out the new skating loop.
    11. Dine in a family restaurant or stop in at a cafe for hot chocolate in the quaint towns of Collingwood, Thornbury, Meaford or Clearview Township.
    12. Go toboganning in Wasaga Beach at the William Arnill Park.
    13. Register for night cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre, a unique experience.
    14. Relax and unwind at one of our local spa's 
    15. Go ice skate at one of the local arenas or outdoor rink in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach or Clearview Township
    16. Book a fun outdoor wilderness excursion with Free Spirit Tours or Eagle Adventures
    17. Go on a Xtreme Hummer and snowshoe tour.
    18. Go fat biking. Ride Guides offers tours in Collingwood.
    19. Skate the ice trail at Discovery Harbour
    20. Check out some local live music
    21. Book a snowshoe & waterfall tour with SummerBound
    22. Window shop downtown Collingwood, Thornbury/Clarksburg, Creemore &/ or Meaford
    23. Shop the boutique, participate in a workshop or grab an organic coffee at The Barn Co-op in Meaford 

    Sample Itinerary One

    Begin your day at the Collingwood Museum, grab a map of the region and say hello to one of our tourism counsellors. Get some ideas on what’s going on in the area over the weekend.

    Take a walk to Collingwood’s main street, Hurontario Street and browse the local shops. Spring will be here soon so check out some new spring footwear at Becker Shoes, or see the latest toys and gadgets at Minds Alive. Grab lunch at 98 Super Panda, the best chinese food in town!

    After lunch, head west on First Street towards the ski hills and Blue Mountain Village. Join the Village Scavenger Hunt, scream down the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster or browse the shops such as Georgian Christmas, where it's Christmas all the time!

    Continue west on Grey Road 19 and stop in at the Craigleith Heritage Depot, now a museum and library. Head west on Highway 26 to Thornbury and go skating at the Beaver Valley Community Centre (Click here for the public skating schedule.)

    If there’s still time, head west to the quaint harbour town of Meaford. Along the way is Grandma Lambe’s where you will find fresh baked goodies to devour after a day of family fun. Once in the town of Meaford, visit the Meaford Museum which is located on the beautiful harbourfront, a picture perfect location for some great shots to share on social media. You could also contact Ride on Bikes and rent a pair of snowshoes and go out on the Georgian Trail.

    Sample Itinerary Two

    Start off your day with premium coffee and made in-house pastries at Shale Rock Coffee House located in Craigleith, right across from Georgian Bay. Turn right on Grey Road 19 (at the Craigleith Depot) and head to Scenic Caves Road. Bundle up for a morning of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at the Scenic Caves Nordic Adventures. Take in the beautiful views from the 420 foot suspension bridge.

    Before heading to Collingwood, turn left from the Scenic Caves parking lot to experience another fantastic lookout point over Blue Mountain Resort. Watch the skiers and snowboarders go full tilt down the hills.

    Head back down Scenic Caves Road and travel to Collingwood. Stop in at TheSmoke for lunch, you won’t be disappointed! Your next destination is Wasaga Beach and the Snowman Mania festival taking places at the RecPlex. Take part in some of the events and activities: Snowshoeing, skating, snow mazes, kids rides, tobogganing, horse drawn wagon rides, ball hockey, polar bear plunge, ice sculptures, lumberjack shows and more. Get a full schedule of Snowman Mania activities at snowmanmania.com.

    When ready to call it a day, head back to Collingwood for a hearty dinner at The Iron Skillet.

    Sample Itinerary Three

    Begin the day in Clearview. Take a stroll down the main street through Stayner’s historic commercial district where you can enjoy a hot coffee, a fresh cinnamon bun, and the friendly atmosphere. Stayner is known for its many parks and waterways, and its well-preserved Edwardian architecture.

    Your next stop is the Clearview EcoPark, a recreational space where you can learn about the rich biodiversity of the area through interpretive signs, accessible trails and a bird blind. Be sure to wear winter boots and bundled up.

    Continue on Highway 26 east and turn right at Sunnidale Corners/County Road 10. A stop at the Leishman Pottery on your left is a must and a great opportunity to purchase some locally made products.

    Head south on County Road 10 for a visit to the village of Creemore. Take some selfies in front of North America’s Smallest Jail. (Make sure to post your photos and use the hashtag #SGeorgianBay). Afterwards, take a walk around the quaint village of Creemore and browse the local shops, including Clearview Tea Co.

    Head west on County Road 9 and make your way to Highlands Nordic for an afternoon of cross country skiing or tobagganing.

    If you feel the urge to continue on, head west to Kimberley, and stop at Justin's Oven for dinner.The menu is all about local and organic whenever possible and everything on the menu is made in-house by Justin himself. 

    Sample Itinerary Four

    Start off having brunch at The Dam Pub (brunch available on weekends only).

    Afterwards, head east on Highway 26 and drive into Collingwood. Visit Serendipity Candle Factory and browse the collection of soy candles & other local giftwares. Inquire about a candle making workshop, a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with your friends!

    Find your way to the Cranberry Rec Centre (just down the road from the Candle Factory) and rent a pair of snowshoes or cross country ski's. Snowshoe or ski around the resort. Rentals available for guests as well as the public.

    Feel hungry after your time outdoors? Continue east and get back on Highway 26 and head east into Stayner. Stop in for lunch at Friends Pub & Grill, located in the heart of downtown Stayner. 

    Still up for some adventure? Head back into Collingwood and continue to head west to The Blue Mountains. Take Mountain Road and turn right at Grey Road 19. Stop in at The Scandinave Spa to relax and unwind for a few hours (make sure to call ahead to find out if there is a waiting list).

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