There are few places on this planet where your home can face a stunning mountain and back onto an enormous fresh water bay. Southern Gerogian Bay is not only extraordinary for its location at the foot of Ontario’s favourite four-season playground of Blue Mountain but for its place in the landscape near Georgian Bay, with its endless views and summer fun. Beaches to enjoy at Northwinds Beach, Christie Beach, Council Beach, Delphi Point, Little River Beach and Peasmarch Beach and, of course, the world’s longest freshwater beach at nearby Wasaga.
The fishing is great at Collingwood’s Harbourlands, and Harbourview Park offers a Boardwalk Trail. You can swim, camp and enjoy family picnics at Craigleith Provincial Park. For amazing water views along the shore, just strap on the hiking boots and head out on 50km of trails in Collingwood that also lead all the way to the tip of the Bruce Pensinsula. Ontario’s four-season playground makes for one fun neighbourhood and infinite ways to enjoy life here; boating, sailing, fishing, paddling, swimming, basking and relaxing by the Bay. Come on in.... the water’s amazing
Located on 65 acres with a beautiful views, the Blue Mountains Pets Hotel is centrally located between Barrie and Collingwood along Highway #26 E. Services include dog boarding, cat boarding and sPaw dog grooming. The facility is a climate-controlled atmosphere, designed to make sure pets are comfortable, safe, and stress free. All canine and feline guests are treated to spacious accommodations, comforting sounds of music, and for canine guests, you can book a "sPaw Day" prior to pickup. We offer a state of the art facility with a clean, secure and relaxed environment to entrust your pet while away on vacation or work.
5617 Hwy #26, Rr#2, Stayner, ON
Hundreds of craftspeople producing whimsical, useful and beautiful things of all kinds make their homes in Grey County. Many open their home studios to visitors for special events and most sell year-round at local shops and galleries. Don't miss fall studio tours which take place at the height of fall colours.
Exhibiting original paintings, contemporary, landscape, abstract, still life and nudes.
Open: Monday-Saturday 10:30am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm.
Address: 78 Hurontario Street , Collingwood, ON L9Y 2L8
Artwork for your home, chalet and/or cottage by approximately 45 local artists.
Offerings: Acrylics, clay or ceramics, jewellery, oil
Number of artists work available: approximately 45
Open: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm.
Address: 185 Marsh Street Clarksburg, ON, N0H 1J0
Beautiful contemporary collection of sterling silver, semi-precious stone and swarovski crystal jewellery. Contemporary abstract paintings inspired by the colourful spirit of nature.
Address: 48 Pine Street Collingwood, ON L9Y 4B2
Phone: 705-441-4109 or 705-441-4109
Original paintings - Ontario landscapes, focusing on Southern Georgian Bay. Some abstract art. One dozen artists with an ever changing display. Resident artist is Debra Lynn Carroll.
Offerings: Acrylics, oils, glass, wax
Number of artists work available: 12 other artists' work available.
Open: Call for hours. Open for studio tours.
Address: 183 Marsh Street Clarksburg, ON N0H 1J0
The story of Blue Mountain is about the vision of several early pioneers, who were drawn to the escarpment to carve out a ski area for family and friends, starting in the 1930's. Ross Larway, who has a ski run named after him now, was a member of Toronto Ski Club. In the early days, Toronto Ski Club operated ski tows at Summit in Toronto. They expanded to the escarpment, built a clubhouse and added rope tows. In 1939, Jozo and Helen Weider immigrated here from Czechoslovakia , and through a partnership with Senator Peter Campbell, Blue Mountain Winter Park was underway. Early rope tows were powered with automobile engines, and used pulleys made of vehicle wheels. These rope tows were really something. Most folks would hold the rope at waist height, but I was so little that I rode it like a close line, wrenched left or right as the skiers ahead and behind chose a different line. In the spring when the ropes got wet, they needed a strong grip in spite of the melt water running into the mitts and down the elbows.
Jozo battled the elements, the challenge of running equipment, and the need for funds, and progress was steady. Blue Mountain Pottery was started to help fund the ski business. Families like ours were hooked, and bought early memberships at Jozo's request so he could raise money for the next seasons, working hard himself but also helped by multiple generations from the local community. Improvements continued. The north end got a Poma lift, sometimes called a platter pull, which was a fast detachable lift, and foretold the innovation of the high speed technology that we see today. In 1960, Jozo opened the first chairlift in Canada, at is what is now the south end. The vision was expanded to include summer amenities, like the Blue Mountain Inn, Water Slide, and the Great Slide Ride. In spite of the death of Jozo in 1971, the Weider extended family continued to forge progress. George Weider had a hands on role, and has worked to preserve the story at the Museum. Gord Canning, and wife Kathy Wieder Canning, were a driving force for decades. Gord now has both a ski run and a road name after him. With the arrival of Intrawest, the now Blue Mountain Resorts Limited had the money to be what we see today: the Village at Blue, Monterra Golf Course, Conference Centre, Tennis bubble, the high speed, detachable 6 passenger chairlifts, and the state of the art snowmaking system and snow groomers.
Exit the vagaries of snowfalls, the challenge of primitive equipment and chewed up icy hills, and the lack of comforts. Now we have 5 six passenger high speed chairlifts, including the new Orchard section, plus magic carpets and other lifts, an astonishing ability to create snow, talented groomers who work magic every night, an exciting Alpine style village with shops, trendy restaurants, a steady flow of delightful activities, night life and and entertainment year round, and, of course, a huge variety of real estate to suit just about anyone.
An interesting feature of property near Blue Mountain is that it has the potential of income. Some properties can be rented out entirely or between owner's uses to defray some of the ownerships costs. Most properties can be rented out by the month or season. Be sure to ask for up to date rental information when you talk to Coral.
The story just keeps getting better. The vision is waiting just for you. For information, call 705 446 4748 and talk to Coral, home at Blue Mountain since 1964.
Many exciting and beautiful golf courses surround our communities. Here are a few links that you can check into:
For fabulous paddling, fishing, camping, you can check out this wonderful website www.visitgrey.ca. Search Paddling, then click on #2 Paddling. Grab your copy or download "Paddling Grey Bruce" for a knock your socks off brochure for Saugeen and Beaver River routes, Lake Eugenia, Huron and other lakes. Find launch points, distances, duration and features, and get out there!
Advance reservations required. Must be 19 years of age or older. Tours include guide and transportation.Tour Collingwood’s 3 new micro breweries. First stop is Side Launch where we learn what goes into making a great beer. Next is The Collingwood Brewery where we learn more beer-making processes and tricks. Our final stop is Northwinds Brewhouse & Eatery where we’ll try a “flight” (4 different beers) and home made pretzels smothered in butter.
Fridays & Saturdays Time: 1:30 – 4:30
Welcome to Ontario's Apple Country - a special place where the moderating effects of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment create perfect conditions for growing amazing apples - and baking perfect apple pies!
Travelling the quiet country roads of the Blue Mountains, enjoy the sweet aroma of blossoms in the spring; ripening fruit in the summer; brilliant colours in the fall and crisp sheets of white in the winter. No matter what time you visit, the Apple Pie Trail is always delicious.
A glorious bike ride along the Georgian Trail led my friends and I to the Craigleith Heritage Depot, an old train station which now operates as a museum. The Museum is beautifully restored and especially lovely in the spring when surrounded by three different varieties of lilacs.
Once inside …surprise…it’s the most amazing little museum depicting the history of the area including the Petun Indians, the apple industry, the ski train and the ski industry including Blue Mountain Resorts and the Weider family, and some really interesting exhibits like lace up ski boots, which I thought was really cool until it dawned on me that I started skiing with lace up ski boots..ha! My non-skiing friends found it fascinating …that anyone could actually ski on the old wooden ‘sticks’ tacked up on the wall. The fossils at the museum are still present today at the beach across the street.
The historic apple industry displays show family orchard brands that are still working orchards in the region today. You can find apples from these orchards at the local farmers’ markets and baked to perfection at the many bakeries along the Apple Pie Trail.
COLLINGWOOD DOWNTOWN FARMERS' MARKET
Every Saturday morning from the May long weekend to Thanksgiving you are welcome to come downtown to the Collingwood Farmers’ Market where you will find fresh foods and unique items for sale. Continuing this year is the program of VQA wine sales at the local market. Returning vendors, Georgian Hills Vineyards and Coffin Ridge Winery will again have their products for sale … including allowing you to sample the offerings before you buy.
Come out and support your local farmers and businesses.
Barrie Advance - Katherine Elphick
During the farming season, you don’t have to drive far before coming across a Hewitt’s Sweet Corn produce and baking stand.
“Along with our main farm market and scratch bakery, we have over 13 retail stand locations,” says Trevor Hewitt, whose family has operated Hewitt’s Farm in Coldwater for nearly 40 years.
“It started with one stand, and just kind of grew from there.”
Along with garden fresh Ontario produce, freshly baked pies, cookies, breads, local honey, maple syrup, homemade jams and preserves, Hewitt’s Farm Market and stands offer up the farm’s famous sweet corn and signature butter tarts.
“Our goal is to provide convenient access to farm fresh produce and baking,” Hewitt explains.
Located right at the farm, the main market and on-site scratch bakery (open most of the year) offers an expanded selection of locally sourced grocery, produce, meat, bakery and dairy items. The seasonal stands are as far south as Barrie, as far north as Bracebridge, west to Midland and east to Orillia.
According to Hewitt, the first farm stand started with his dad’s sweet corn and his mother’s butter tarts.
“It’s my grandmother’s butter tart recipe,” he said. “My mother tweaked it a bit and we have run with it ever since.”
Hewitt’s Farm Market and Bakery is at 3331 Townline Rd., Coldwater (farm market and bakery open mid-January to Dec. 24. Produce and corn stands open July to Labour Day).
This is the 6th year for the market and our location is at 158 Clark Street, Clarksburg, (corner of Grey Rd 13 and Clark Street) featuring fresh in season vegetables, local baking, a variety of delicious meats and cheeses, honey, maple syrup, sparkling apple cider and more.
Wednesdays 3 to 6 pm, June 2 to August 26
158 Clark Street, Clarksburg