It's no secret. South Georgian Bay hs some of the greatest outdoor places in the world!
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 magestic Scenic Caves, and even some amazing human-made outdoor spectacles like Scandinave Spa; 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, Free Spirit Tours and Eagle Adventures 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 and Eagle Adventures both 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 and SummerBound offer fishing tours.
South Georgian Bay has many beautiful views and vistas. The region is nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay offering spectacular panoramic vistas.
IRISH MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT
Nothing beats the view from atop Irish Mountain. This lookout can be reached by following #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.
A beautiful vista of the Beaver Valley which is best viewed in the fall with the brilliant colours. Accessed via Grey County Road 7, just north of Kimberley.
OLD BALDY LOOKOUT
A real majestic piece of Niagara Escarpment real estate. Access via Grey County Road 13 just outside Kimberley, east side of the road on Sideroad 7B.
BEAVER VALLEY LOOKOUT
A beautiful view on the south side of the Beaver Valley. Great picnicking here with seasonal washrooms and picnic tables. Access via Grey Road 13.
BLUE MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT
Follow Scenic Caves Road up the Escarpment and turn right at the bend, following Grey Road 119. Great views to Blue Mountain Village, Georgian Bay, Christian Island and Nottawasaga
SCENIC CAVES LOOKOUT
Two great views offered within the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures property (admission required). The lookout at the top of the Niagara Escarpment offers commanding views of
Blue Mountain and the new ThunderBird Twin Zip. A second great view off the suspension bridge also offers an exciting bridge crossing experience.
More Adventures & Relaxing Escapades
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 new Thunderbird Twin Zip Line. www.sceniccaves.com
COLLINGWOOD ADVENTURE VOYAGES
Join our newest Tour Operator — Collingwood Adventure Voyages on a boating adventure. This tour explores our rich maritime history starting at the Collingwood harbour, and on to Nottawasaga Island to view the Lighthouse, one of six Imperial Towers on the Great Lakes. The tour itinerary also includes a visit to the Mary Ward shoals, the Mary Ward shipwreck and Thornbury. On the way back to Collingwood, you will pass by the Craigleith Oil shoals for one final look at the shore before making a high speed Georgian Bay run back towards Collingwood Harbour in open water. www.collingwoodadventurevoyages.com
RIDGE RUNNER MOUNTAIN COASTER
It’s here! Thrill seekers rejoice! Ontario’s first mountain coaster offers an exciting new downhill adventure at Blue Mountain. The coaster takes riders on an exhilarating trip through the escarpment’s varied terrain and thrilling glades for over a kilometre downhill. The driver takes control of their own speed travelling down the track with access to a manual brake, providing speeds of up to 42 km/h. Take a scenic ride down the mountain to enjoy views of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment. Your trip will be one to remember! www.bluemountain.ca
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
RELAX & REJUVENATE AT SCANDINAVE SPA
Named a “Top 50 Spa” by SpasofAmerica.com in 2010 & 2009 as well as winning the “Best for Affordability in 2011” award from SpaFinder, Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain offers the renowned Scandinavian Baths experience. Situated in a natural forest, minutes from downtown Collingwood & Blue Mountain Resort, open all year from 10am–9pm, enjoy the serenity of the
environment. The Baths include a Finnish Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Thermal & Nordic Waterfalls, Hot Baths, Cold Plunges & relaxation areas. Also available are Registered Massage treatments, relaxing getaway packages & an on-site bistro serving healthy local fare. www.scandinaveBlue.com