Georgian Bay & Blue Mountain

Often referred to as the sixth Great Lake, Georgian Bay features more than 30,000 islands and 2,000 kilometres of shoreline. Georgian Bay’s beauty is serene. Windswept pines, majestic towering cliffs, endless beaches and clear blue water all create a one of a kind destination.

Discover the rich marine heritage and lighthouses that dot the coastline, relax on a beach, explore the great outdoors or cruise the scenic roads. The Georgian Bay Coastal Route presents the best that Georgian Bay has to offer.

Home to Blue Mountain Resort, Blue Mountain Village, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach, the world’s longest fresh water beach – this is truly a four-season playground! During the warm weather months you can enjoy beaches, boating, watersports, hiking, cycling, caving, festivals and many events. Downhill skiing and snowmobiling are the king of winter and you will find plenty of opportunities here as well as beautiful trails throughout Southern Georgian Bay that are excellent for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fat biking. Plan on exploring the Apple Pie Trail and doing a bit of shopping too – the area has lots of fun and eclectic shops, cafes and restaurants that feature local fare and products that will keep you coming back for more.

Collingwood architecture features numerous examples of Victorian, Georgian, Greek Revival and Gothic styles in brick, stone and wood. There are so many beautiful buildings to view but the Federal Building is a “must see”. From the Millenium Overlook Park you get a bird’s eye view of the sail boats heading out of the historic Collingwood Harbour. The waterfront provides endless opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing, scuba diving and snorkelling. The trail system boasts over 60 kilometres of trails spread out throughout Collingwood. Visit Harbourlands Park, Harbourview Park, Sunset Point Park, along the Pretty River dyke, and throughout other scenic parts of Collingwood.

Blue Mountain is widely renowned as an incredible ski area, but those same bountiful slopes and wide open spaces make it an absolute pleasure to visit in the warmer months too. A self contained resort, reminiscent of a small village, expect a plethora of restaurants and small bars, retail outlets selling gifts and clothing and lots of snack shacks selling everything from Poutine (chips, curds and gravy) to Beaver Tails (large flat doughnuts smothered in sweet toppings). In addition to the mountain activities, there is a miniature golf course, large central lake where paddle boats can be rented, Segway adventures, a mini- roller coaster experience and much more. Two or three nights at Blue Mountain allows you to experience its great recreational activities and the Westin, being the only hotel located at the mountain, makes the perfect choice.

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