Head outdoors and explore the natural landscape
Get outside and experience over 285 km of public trails that weave their way throughout The Blue Mountains. Whether you’re looking for a casual stroll by the Thornbury Harbour, an active and challenging hike through the wonderous Niagara Escarpment, or seeking to pedal along the open road by bike, The Blue Mountains offers no shortage of opportunities to head outdoors and take in the expansive views of Georgian Bay and the countryside.
Explore the waters of South Georgian Bay
Connect with our natural beauty and wildlife through the exploration of the waters of South Georgian Bay. The Blue Mountains waters serve as a habitat to a diverse ecosystem of wildlife, including various species of fish, from Rainbow Trout to Chinook Salmon and Brown Trout. Whether you’re seeking to adventure by paddle, or looking to spend some quality time at one of the area’s many public beach areas, The Blue Mountains is home to both family-friendly water activities, or experienced treks for the seasoned explorer. Heading through Thornbury? Make sure to check out the Fishway to hear the roaring sounds of the Beaver River.
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 Registered Massage Services and a unique Scandinavian Baths hydrotherapy experience, combining age-old thermal traditions with cutting-edge facilities and contemporary designs. The Spa also has a Certified Forest Bathing Walking trail located on the property which is complimentary for all guests. Situated on a 25-acre natural forest of birch, maple and pine trees, the spa offers a spacious and soothing experience for everyone to enjoy. Reservations are required for Registered Massage Services and for guaranteed access to the Scandinavian Baths and can be booked online or by phone.
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.
Excite your taste buds with locally grown products
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.
Explore the Potential
The warm months offer no shortage of recreational opportunities in The Blue Mountains, from swimming to hiking and everything in between, head outdoors and explore the beauty and natural wonders the area has to offer.