Your tourism business has the power to influence travel through your newsletters, blogs, social media posts and daily interactions with visitors to Grey County. This summer, help us ask visitors to Rediscover The Blue Mountains. The Staff at The Town of The Blue Mountains are offering these insider tips when you are recommending to visitors Rediscovering The Blue Mountains.
Beyond the Beach Experiences in The Blue Mountains
Adventure Awaits at the Blue Mountain Resort & Village
Did you know The Blue Mountains is home to Ontario’s largest destination resort? Between the foot of the Niagara Escarpment and the rugged shores and crystal-clear waters of Georgian Bay, the picturesque Blue Mountain Village is Southern Ontario’s favourite four-season destination. A cobblestoned pedestrian village framed by turn-of-the-century Ontario architecture, the Village offers a wide variety of family accommodations, activities and attractions including over 50 unique shops and restaurants, an award-winning spa, 30 kms of hiking trails, Open-Air Gondola, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, ski and snowboard trails and much more. The village offers as much – or as little – as you’d like.
Relax at the Scandinave Spa
Seeking complete rest and relaxation? Wind down in the heart of nature at the Scandinave Spa. The spa offers a unique hydrotherapy experience, combining age-old thermal traditions with cutting edge facilities and contemporary designs. Situated on a 25-acre natural forest of birch, maple and pine trees, the spa offers a soothing experience for everyone to enjoy.
Find Your Inner Explorer at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Explore The Blue Mountains’ picturesque natural features and learn about its history at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures. This vast network of trails takes you high among the treetops, along southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge and deep inside caves and crevices of the Niagara Escarpment. With 370 unspoiled acres of natural beauty, your inner explorer will have plenty of opportunity to connect with nature and discover the geological heritage of The Blue Mountains.
Journey Through the Apple Pie Trail
In search of a curated experience? Visiting The Blue Mountains would be incomplete without taking a bite out of the fruit that put the area on the map. With 18 different varieties of apples grown and harvest in this region, the Apple Pie Trail provides a curated self-guided tour with various stops at many of the local shops, restaurants, and orchards throughout South Georgian Bay.
Paddle Along the Beaver River
Connect with our natural beauty and wildlife with a paddle along the Beaver River. Part of the Great Lakes Basin, the river flows from Clearview through the Grey Highlands and over Eugenia Lake before it reaches the mouth of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron via the community of Thornbury. The river serves as a popular route for explorers and is a habitat for a diverse ecosystem of wildlife, including various species of fish, from Rainbow Trout to Chinook Salmon and Brown Trout.
Food-lovers flock to The Blue Mountains for its various culinary experiences, served up by award-winning chefs, and made with locally grown produce. From local artisan shops, bakeries and restaurants to large scale farming, apple orchards, cideries and wineries your inner foodie will always be satisfied with a culinary tour through The Blue Mountains. Begin by exploring the famous Apple Pie Trail, and head into the Blue Mountain Village for a cozy and intimate dining experience. Then make your way into Thornbury and stroll Bruce Street’s many shops, bakeries and restaurants. For a scenic adventure, stop into the many villages and hamlets including Ravenna, Heathcote, and Kimberley, to name a few, who offer markets, outfitters for adventure, restaurants and of course, apple orchards.
Delve into the Vibrant Arts and Culture Scene
Yearning to take a piece of Georgian Bay home with you? Interspersed throughout the communities of The Blue Mountains is an abundance of vibrant, passionate hearts for the arts. With nearly 20 art galleries, the area serves as a cultural hub, offering local artists picturesque landscapes, a rich history and bountiful vistas from which they draw artistic inspiration. Begin with a tour through the cultural epicentre of Clarksburg, or more commonly known by locals as “Artsburg”, home to the Marsh Street Centre, and make your way across the bridge to Thornbury and connect with local art galleries and artists along the way.
Enjoy Wine and Cider Tasting
The Blue Mountains proudly boasts the best apple growing conditions in the province and is affectionately dubbed “apple country.” Between the winds of Georgian Bay and the elevation of the Niagara Escarpment, the microclimate is ideal for the orchards that call The Blue Mountains home. The fabric of this community was built from their tree-lined land almost two centuries ago. The first orchard dates back to the 1830’s and consisted of just two acres, established by the McGuire family. By the 1870’s, apple orchards accounted for more than 400 acres of The Blue Mountains. Today, it has grown to 7,500 acres at more than a dozen orchards and cideries.
Discover the Rich History of The Blue Mountains
Curious about trains, ships, and fossils? Visit the Craigleith Heritage Depot (inside an old train station from 1880) to learn about fossils, the railway, local Petun Indigenous Villages, and more. Then head over to the Sheffield Park Black History Museum in Clarksburg to learn about the northern terminals of the Underground Railroad system. There’s so much to discover about the rich history of The Blue Mountains.
Stroll by the Thornbury Harbour
Enjoy your morning coffee to go with a stroll by the Thornbury Harbour. Situated in downtown Thornbury, the Harbour features a full-service marina and is the perfect place for families and adventurers alike looking to explore the area’s local waters whether it be through swimming, fishing, or just looking to enjoy the view. So, sit back, relax and unwind along the beautiful shores of South Georgian Bay.
Get Outside and Explore the Potential
Recommending outdoor adventures in The Town of The Blue Mountains is easy, but before they go, be sure to direct customers to Grey County’s Outdoor Activity Map, to check on parking and the most current information on what’s open, busy or closed.
Cycling in The Blue Mountains
Whether you're in pursuit of a challenging uphill climb, prefer an expansive stretch of flat gravel, looking for a technical trail riding, or want to pedal along the open road, The Blue Mountains offers routes for cyclists of all stripes. A recipient of the Silver Designation from Share the Road Cycling Coalition, the Town is committed to being a bicycle-friendly community.
Hiking in The Blue Mountains
Get outside and experience over 285 km of public trails that weave their way throughout The Blue Mountains. Home to a section of The Bruce Trail and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, hiking in The Blue Mountains along the Niagara Escarpment promises expansive views of Georgian Bay and the countryside.
Golfing in The Blue Mountains
The Town-owned and operated Tomahawk Golf Course (par 54), and Monterra Golf at Blue Mountain Resort (par 72), are public course options in The Blue Mountains. Private club options include Georgian Bay Club (par 71), and The Golf Club at Lora Bay (par 72). From the laid-back setting at Tomahawk to the sprawling hills of Monterra, wherever you choose to tee off, your round will be relaxing and fun.
The Thornbury Fishway
Located in the heart of downtown Thornbury, The Fishway is a popular attraction for observing fish swimming up the Beaver River to spawn. Species such as rainbow, or brown trout, and chinook salmon can be observed in the spring and fall, respectively.
Scenic Trail Experiences
A round-up of some incredible hiking trail recommendations from The Staff at The Town of The Blue Mountains that will keep your customers happy while they Rediscover Responsibly!
The Georgian Trail
The Georgian Trail runs 34 km along the southern shore of Georgian Bay from Collingwood to Meaford with several access points located throughout The Blue Mountains. It’s often bustling with outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy activities such as walking, hiking, jogging, cycling and more. This trail is made of crushed limestone and is best suited for recreational cyclists and families.
Pretty River Valley Provincial Park
This park has provincially significant geological features related to glacial and post-glacial processes along one of the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Over 400 species of vascular plants have been identified in the park. Although the park area is without facilities, and camping is not permitted, visitors may enjoy hiking, nature appreciation and fishing on designated OFSC trails. The Bruce Trail passes through the park and Pretty River Valley is part of the Niagara Escarpment Parks system and the Niagara Biosphere Reserve.
- 3 Stage Trail: Not to be confused with hiking trails located at the park, the 3 Stage Trail is a network of mostly advanced single-track mountain biking trails. The trails are accessible from six access points, and the terrain is relatively unmarked, posing a challenge for new riders to the area, and the trail is not recommended for beginners. View the virtual map here.
The Kolapore Wilderness Trails consist of approximately 50 kilometres of marked trails that are managed for biking and hiking in the summer. The trails are located within a rugged, semi-wilderness area along the Niagara Escarpment in The Blue Mountains. The trails are carefully blazed with orange triangle blazes, but be aware that the network is complex and carrying a map is strongly recommended. View the virtual map here.
This trail loop is located south of Thornbury on County Road 2, east of Victoria Corners where parking is available at the top of the hill on Sideroad 21. The proper name of this forest is The Len Gertler Memorial Loree Forest, named after the man who helped develop the Niagara Escarpment Plan. The Main Bruce Trail and Loree Side trail run through this forest and make a 5 km loop, offering scenic views throughout your excursion. View the virtual map here.