It's no secret. South Georgian Bay has some fabulous outdoor places to visit.
The blue waters of Georgian Bay, the dozens of rivers and creeks that feed through the region, The vistas from The Blue Mountains and the Niagara Escarpment, the Scenic Caves; the possibilities of enjoying the great outdoors here are endless. And fear not — if you’re new to the region and need help navigating through all that Mother Nature has to offer, we’ve got you covered. Stop by our Tourism Centre for friendly advice and detailed maps.
NOTTAWASAGA CANOE ROUTE
The Nottawasaga has been a vital transportation route for centuries. Launch your canoe or kayak at Edenvale (Off #26 East) and navigate 23.5 km of river through to Wasaga Beach. Highlights include Jack’s Lake and the Wasaga Beach parabolic sand dunes, the largest group of dunes in the province. SummerBound Tours and Free Spirit Tours offer guided tours along the Nottawasaga.
CANOE THE BEAVER RIVER
Carved through a pre-glacial valley, this gently flowing river is perfect for novice paddlers and offers panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment and the surrounding countryside. Kimberley (Beaver River Access Point located off Grey Rd. #13) to Epping is 15 km (2-3 hours). Epping to Heathcote route is 10 km (2 hours). The Heathcote to Slabtown portion is 6 km (1 hour) and you must disembark on the left bank before the Dam. Canoeing or kayaking downstream from Slabtown is not recommended. You can park and launch at designated sections or arrange to have a canoe delivered. Free Spirit Tours offer guided tours. Rentals are available at Gyles Sails and Marine. Check our maps for details.
Walk over the bridge spanning the Beaver River on Highway #26 and have a look at the interesting fish ladder which aids fish to migrate upstream to start a new cycle of regeneration. In the Spring, watch for Rainbow Trout making their way up the Fishway. Adults enter the streams in early spring to spawn in clean, rapid water (April). From late August to late October, adult spawning Chinook Salmon provide exciting viewing as they migrate upstream and make their way up the Fishway to find suitable areas in gravel river beds. Meander along the trail to the beautiful Thornbury Harbour and take a moment to enjoy one of the loveliest harbours on the Bay.
GEORGIAN BAY FISHING
Rivers such as the Bighead, Beaver, Pretty and Nottawasaga attract anglers with the kind of fishing that fishermen dream about. Don’t miss an opportunity to get those fish running deep out on Georgian Bay. U-Catch’em Charters offers fishing and boating.
South Georgian Bay has many beautiful views and vistas. The region is nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay offering spectacular panoramic vistas. MORE