South Georgian Bay has thousands of miles of hiking trails that stretch and wind their way through diverse landscapes along the Niagara Escarpment and adjacent to the shores of Georgian Bay. Soak up the magnificent scenery, topography, wildlife and botany. Be amazed by lookouts, caves, meadows, ancient sand dunes and forests, old mills and incredible flora and fauna. Lace up your boots, throw on a backpack and get ready for some of the best trail experiences in the world, right here in South 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.
COLLINGWOOD, THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, MEAFORD & WASAGA BEACH TRAIL SYSTEM
South Georgian Bay has many kilometres of walking, hiking, cycling and cross-country ski trails on a variety of surfaces. MAPS
THE GEORGIAN TRAIL
A 34 km trail following the old rail route of the original Northern Railway. Great for hiking, cross country skiing and cycling, it stretches from Collingwood’s Harbourview Park to the waterfront in Meaford. The trail cuts through some of the region's best features, the mountain, waterfront, apple orchards and beaches. MAP
Over 50 km of marked trails attract hikers, cross country skiers and birding enthusiasts. Watch for the parking lot sign off Grey Road 2. Visitors are advised that a map is essential due to the
complexity of the trails systems.
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
Leave Collingwood and go west on Mountain Road to 10th line and turn left. Drive to Sideroad 33-34 and turn right. Drive west to Collingwood-ClearviewTownline. There is a parking lot 500 meters past the Townline on your left. This hike is detailed in the Bruce Trail guide and is approximately 6 km.
THE BEAVER RIVER TRAILSIGERMAN SIDE TRAIL LOOP
10.7 km, connecting the Thornbury Harbour to Clendenan Dam. The Beaver River Trail has a number of scenic rest areas and vistas with benches. As well, the Trail meanders through Town parks such as Thornbury Riverwalk next to the Blue Mountains Municipal Office, Lion’s Park and Fireman’s Park both in Clarksburg. Many interpretive signs provide historical and environmental education opportunities along the way making this trail both enjoyable and educational!
TROUT HOLLOW TRAIL
A 14 km trail along the Bighead River. Access from Edwin St. (across from Beautiful Joe Park) or from the 7th Line (take Hwy 26 west to Grey Rd 12, turn left at 7th Line, parking is after 13 S/R).
A 3.1 km trail accessed from Grey Road 13 (the Beaver Valley Road) between Kimberley and Heathcote, take Sideroad 22C to the west. The loop trail begins at the corner with the 3rd Line. 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 affords 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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