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Discover the Natural Adventure Gem, Georgian Bay
Made famous in the landscape paintings by Canada’s Group of Seven artists Georgian Bay is stunning in rugged beauty with towering cliffs, granite rock formations and windswept white pines. Often referred to as the sixth Great Lake, it is actually a large bay of Lake Huron in Ontario. The bay which is part of the southern edge of the Canadian shield is a natural gem and offers a vast, serene background to your outdoor adventure by boot, bike or kayak. It contains 2,000 kilometers of shoreline with endless beaches and toe dip worthy crystal clear, blue water.
Zipline, Walk Amoung the Tree Tops, Hike, Explore Caves or Kick-Back in Collingwood
Hike across Ontario’s largest 420 foot suspension footbridge while enjoying an awe-inspiring 10,000 square km panoramic view of Southern Georgian Bay at ature Scenic Caves Nature Adventures. The centre offers a Guided Eco Adventure Tour which includes a professionally guided treetop walk and zip cable gliding at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Set in one of Canada’s sixteen UNESCO biosphere reserves the centre also offers a self-guided walking trail through caves and caverns carved millions of years ago by glacial ice.
After a day of adventure kick back with a visit to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountains. The Scandinavian baths are renowned for their ability to cleanse the skin and provide a sense of well-being. Relax in the Finnish sauna, Norwegian steam bath, thermal & Nordic waterfall as well as hot baths & cold plunges. The spa offers getaway packages with local bed and breakfasts like Pretty River Country Inn. The inn is a rustic, upscale agro-tourism destination offering Icelandic horse trekking and hiking trails on property. Perched on 125 acres of the Niagara Escarpment it overlooks the Pretty River Provincial Park and is minutes away from the Bruce Trail, Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Scandinave Spa Blue Mountains and Wasaga beach.
Hiking and Biking Adventures
Download the Blue Mountains trail map (which includes the Bruce Trail, Georgian Trail, Kolapore Trail, Delphi Park trail as well as pedestrian access to various parks and beaches) and the Collingwood trail map at www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca. The maps offer a wide variety of hiking and biking trail destinations which tour the shores of Georgian Bay, wind their way through diverse landscapes along the Niagara Escarpment or make their way through Collingwood and Blue Mountains. Consider the three hour hike to reach the highest point on the Bruce Trail, the beautiful Osler Bluff Lookout in Pretty River Valley Provincial Park. Download Bruce Trail maps at brucetrail.org.
Choose your cycling speed in South Gerogian Bay. Enjoy peaceful shoreline journeys, downhill biking at Blue Mountain or try the new family friendly loops and feats at Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Adventure Park (20km of both double and single track trails). Mountain bike over 20 unique trails in Collingwood and the town of Blue Mountains or take on parts of the Bruce Trail.
Charleen Wyman is an avid outdoor enthusiast and publisher of Healthy Directions magazine.