South Georgian Bay is home to some of the most wondrous and diverse scenery. We’ve rounded up 7 of the area’s most spectacular panoramic vistas. This is one of the most scenic sections of the Niagara Escarpment. From several vantage points, you can view Georgian Bay, dramatic forests, lowland rivers, apple orchards and farms. Point your camera at these epic landscapes, and you’re practically guaranteed a postcard-worthy result. Share your photos with us on Facebook.
IRISH MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT
Nothing beats the view from atop Irish Mountain. This lookout can be reached by following Highway 26 west past Thornbury, turning right and heading north on County Road 112 west of Meaford.
There is a parking area and picnic pavillion onsite.
Epping Lookout offers a beautiful vista located on the western side of the Beaver Valley. A historial plaque tells the story of American conservationist John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, who lived and worked in Meaford area duing the 1860s. To get to Epping Lookout, go south on County Road 7 from Meaford for 15.2 km.
OLD BALDY LOOKOUT
Get ready for majestic views across the Beaver Valley at Old Baldy. This Niagara Escarpment face is 152 m high. Watch for turkey vultures and buteo hawks. The updraft created by the valley's walls makes this a favourite haunt of these birds. Ancient cedar trees cling to the Escarpment edge. This location can be accessed off Grey County Road 13 just outside Kimberley, east side of the road on Sideroad 7B. From the parking lot there are short and long hikes heading in and out.
BIG HEAD RIVER VALLEY LOOKOUT
This spectcular lookout, just west of Walters Falls on the 2nd Concession, has a view facing north over Georgian Bay and over a valley of farmers fields and rolling hills.
BEAVER VALLEY LOOKOUT
A beautiful area on the south side of the Beaver Valley, this pull-in lookout has seasonal washrooms, picnic tables and a great view of the valley below. It can be accessed off Grey Road 13 on the west side of the road.
BLUE MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT
Situated on the bendy road of Grey Road 119, this lookout gives a bird's eye view of the Blue Mountain Village, the town of Collingwood and Georgian Bay. On a clear day you can see as far as Wasaga Beach and Christian Island to the northeast. This lookout is located at the top of the ski hills. Follow Scenic Caves Road up the Escarpment and turn right at the bend, following Grey Road 119.
SCENIC CAVES LOOKOUT
Located in the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures property (admission required), the lookout at the top of the Niagara Escarpment offers commanding views of Blue Mountain, Collingwood and even Wasaga Beach onwards. A second great view off the suspension bridge also offers an exciting bridge crossing experience.
ZIP AT SCENIC CAVES ECO ADVENTURES
The zip-line is the grande finale to the 3-hour guided Eco-Adventure Tour at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures which includes a canopy walk. The zip-lines are thrill rides for those who dare. The
most challenging aspect is stepping off the Niagara Escarpment into mid-air like a leap of faith. Challenge yourself with zip plunges of increasing speed and spin high above the ground. Experience a half-mile of adrenaline-pumpin excitement on the Thunderbird Twin Zip Line. www.sceniccaves.com
TREKKING THE BRUCE TRAIL
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. brucetrail.org
CAVING AND CLIMBING AT METCALFE ROCK
Get ready for some fun and excitement. Investigate some unique crevices and caves formed along the Escarpment with Free Spirit Tours. Don’t worry, no prior experience is necessary — they’re there to guide you! Join them for the ultimate climbing experience along the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. Professional instruction given in a relaxed and supportive setting — great for all levels! www.freespirit-tours.com