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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!
South Georgian Bay has many kilometres of walking, hiking, cycling and cross-country ski trails on a variety of surfaces.
A 34 km trail following the old rail route of the original Northern Railway. Great for hiking, cross-country skiing and cycling, stretching 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.
The Blue Mountains
Over 50 km of marked trails attract hikers, cross country skiers and birding enthusiasts. Visitors are advised that a map is essential due to the complexity of the trails system. For cycling, the Kolapore Forest trail is known for its great hills and some technical rocky terrain that make this area a wicked place to ride. After parking at the Grey Rd 2 access point, bike left and cross the road and then turn right into the forest to the start of the Trail. There are several trails that run through sensitive wetland areas which are not suitable for any summer use. If you are not familiar with the area you are best to stop at our Visitor Centre to buy a map which shows environmentally sensitive areas where riding is prohibited. Your loop can range from 1.5 – 4 hours. For more information check out www.kolaporeuplands.org.
The Blue Mountains
A moderate level 7.1 km hike accessed from Grey Rd 2 to Victoria Corners, head East on 21-22 side road 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.
The popular Metcalfe Rock is one of Ontario’s oldest climbing areas. Great top roping, traditional and sport climbing here. Access is easy and a parking lot is just off the road. Pinnacle Rock is directly across from Metcalfe Rock and receives the morning sun. 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.
Starting at the Collingwood Visitor Centre, travel west on Mountain Road. Turn left onto Grey Rd. 19 to drive up the mountain. At 4th line turn left and turn left again at the 6th sideroad at Gilbraltar (from this point a dirt road). During the winter, snowplowing is stopped at the 4km mark and you must park on the road side and walk/snowshoe until you see a Bruce Trail sign on the right side. There is a makeshift parking area on the right side of the road. Follow the blue blazed Russ McConnell Side Trail for approximately 1km to the Main Trail. Turn left on to the white blazed trail, which climbs onto a ridge. Follow the trail along the Escarpment edge with look-outs over the South Georgian Bay region until you meet back up with the 6th sideroad. Turn left, following the white blazes back to the parking lot.
Leave Collingwood and go west on Mountain Road to 10th line and turn left. Drive to 33-34 side road and turn right. Drive west to Collingwood Nottawasaga Townline. 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 Blue Mountains
Adventures for the whole family. Self-guided tours of caves & caverns at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Ontario's Longest Suspension Footbridge with the most spectacular views of Georgian Bay. Gemstone Mining, mini-golf, snack bar and gift shop or hitch a ride on Rocky the Train. New! Adrenaline-pumping, half-mile Thunderbird Twin Zip.
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.
Leaving Collingwood travel south on Hurontario Street/County Road 124. At Duntroon turn right on to County Road 91 and travel west to the end. Turn right (north) at the Osprey–Clearview Townline. 1 km past the “No Exit” sign is a parking lot at the north end of the road. Turn right on to the white blazed trail following the trail 1.5 km before you notice the blue blazed sign for the 200 ft long Singhampton Side Trail on the left. Follow the side trail until you come to the main trail. You have two options from here. 1) You can either turn left on to the white blazed trail which follows the top of the Escarpment and view the large crevices of the Standing Rock Caves from above and follow the trail back to the parking lot. 2) You turn right on the white blazed trail and descend through a cut in the cliff and drop steeply to a stream at the base of the Escarpment. There you will see a blue blazed side trail for the 700 m long Standing Rock and Caves Side Trail. Follow the trail through the rock crevices and climb large boulders up the Escarpment where you re-join the Main Trail. Keep to the right and return to the parking lot.
The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest marked footpath and 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 5 cm wide by 15 cm high. They are painted on trees and fences 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.
Meaford — 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). 15 SCeniC CaVeS naTure adVenTureS Scenic Caves has many kilometres of trails high atop Blue Mountain with panoramic views of Georgian Bay. The self-guided walking trails through the caves, caverns and to the suspension bridge takes approx. 2 hours to complete. Please allow extra time for additional activities. 16 SieGerMan Side Trail loop 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.