SOUTH GEORGIAN BAY AREA TRAILS
Your Official Visitor Guide to South Georgian Bay is available for download here. View nearly 100 pages of great information on South Georgian Bay and all that it has to offer, including suggested hikes and walks on local trails.
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South Georgian Bay encompasses a vast system of wilderness trails, footpaths, and "rail to trails" that wind their way through diverse landscapes along the Niagara Escarpment, along Georgian Bay, through historic Collingwood and the beautiful Blue Mountains.
Download The Blue Mountains Trail Map which includes the Bruce Trail, Georgian Trail, Kolapore Trail, Delphi Park trail as well as pedestrian access to various parks and beaches.
Download the Collingwood Trail Map which includes the Georgian Trail and a number of walking, hiking and biking trails along the shores of Georgian Bay.
THE BRUCE TRAIL: CANADA'S OLDEST MARKED FOOTPATH crosses Ontario from Niagara region through to Tobermory. The Blue Mountains Club maintains the Bruce Trail areas from Lavender to Craigleith, which boasts the highest elevation on the Bruce Trail at 540 m at Osler Bluff Lookout. The Beaver Valley Club looks after the trail from Craigleith to Blantyre through Loree Forest and Kolapore. Guide books for sale at our Visitor Centre. The Bruce Trail is marked with white blazes 5cm wide by 15cm high. They are painted on trees and fence posts. A single blaze indicates the route continue forward, a double blaze (one above the other) marks that a turn is imminent. Blazes in blue signify side-trails that may lead to lookouts, campsites or for circle trails. Diamond shaped Bruce Trail symbols and access signs also mark the routes. For more information about the Bruce Trail Clubs in South Georgian Bay go to www.brucetrail.org.
THE GEORGIAN TRAILA 34 km trail following the old Northern Railway route is great for hiking and cycling, stretching from Collingwood’s Harbourview Park to the waterfront in Meaford. The trail has more than 30 access points and cuts through some scenic features, the waterfront, apple orchards and beaches. MAP
Over 50 km of marked trails attract hikers, cross country skiers and birding enthusiasts. Watch for the parking sign on Grey Road 2. Visitors are advised to get a map due to the complexity of this trail system, which are available at the Visitor Centre and the Ravenna Country Market.
The popular Metcalfe Rock is one of Ontario’s oldest climbing areas. Access is easy and a parking lot is just off the road. An extra bonus is the crevices and caves that surround it. We recommend using Free Spirit Tours who offer guided tours for climbing and caving in this area.
LOREE FOREST LOOP
A moderate level 7.1 km hike accessed from Grey Rd 2 to Victoria Corners, head east on 21 Sideroad for 5.2 km (parking here). Follow the blue blazes on the north side of the road for 200 meters until it intersects the main Bruce Trail (white blazes) and turn left. Highlights include dramatic views over Georgian Bay and the Beaver Valley, maple and birch forest and ferns. Maps available online and at our Visitor Centre.
PRETTY RIVER VALLEY PROVINCIAL PARK
From Collingwood, go west on Mountain Road to 10th Line and turn left. Drive to Sideroad 33-34 and turn right. Drive west to Collingwood-Clearview Townline where there is a parking lot 500 meters past the Townline on the left. This hike is detailed in the Bruce Trail guide and is approximately 6 km.
THE BEAVER RIVER TRAILSIGERMAN SIDE TRAIL LOOP
This 10.7 km trail connects the Thornbury Harbour to Clendenan Dam, offers a number of scenic rest areas and vistas with benches, and meanders through Town parks such as Thornbury Riverwalk, Lion’s Park and Fireman’s Park in Clarksburg. Many interpretive signs provide historical and environmental facts along the way.
TROUT HOLLOW TRAIL
This 14 km trail along the Bighead River in Meaford can be accessed on Edwin Street across from Beautiful Joe Park or from the 7th Line. Take Highway 26 west to Grey Road 12 and turn left at 7th Line. Parking is after 13th Sideroad.
The 3.1 km loop trail between Grey Road 13 and 3rd Line near Heathcote can be accessed on Sideroad 22C to the west. Park beside the road. Follow the white blazes of the main Bruce Trail to the west on the old cart track that is the continuation of Sideroad 22C. After about 1 km on your right (north side) you will see a sign for the blue-blazed Siergerman Side Trail. This trail offers great views across the Beaver Valley and a nearby ravine. The intersection of the main Bruce Trail and the Siegerman Side Trail is a perfect spot for a picnic and a splash in the river.
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