A Weekend in Thornbury

For so long now, it’s been advised to stay home and “plan now for your adventure later” while looking at images of picturesque sunsets over Georgian Bay and the Blue Mountains. Well now it’s “later” and we’re here to help you plan your weekend getaway to Thornbury in the Town of the Blue Mountains. While many are familiar with Blue Mountain Resort, the Town of the Blue Mountains expands past the village and into the charming towns of Thornbury, Clarksburg, and more! You haven’t really seen the Blue Mountains without exploring these hidden gems.


Friday Evening

Arrive at Penny’s Motel and check in to your boutique and luxurious room. Play a round of bocce ball before taking the short walk to downtown Thornbury for dinner.

For this evening, dinner will be at The Dam Pub, a popular family run, upscale Scottish Whisky Pub and restaurant. After dinner, take a stroll down to the waterfront to see how dusk transforms Georgian Bay. If you’re lucky, you may catch some great stargazing being far from the light pollution of other larger towns.


Head to downtown Thornbury for a coffee tour of five cafes in less than two blocks! You have your choice of coffee and a breakfast treat from Good Grief, Thornbury Bakery and Café, The Cheese Gallery, Ashanti, and Bread and Butter. Take a stroll through the small downtown to explore the Thornbury Fish Ladder, Marina, and Local Shops. End the downtown tour by grabbing lunch at Sterlings restaurant and sit on their beautiful patio overlooking the harbour.

Next, this itinerary will take you a short drive away from the water to the small town of Clarksburg (also referred to as Artsburg). There are a collection of art galleries here and an artisanal honey shop!

Spy Cider House and Distillery in the Blue Mountains, Ontario

Continuing on this road brings us to the many apple fields that make this area the Apple Capital of Ontario. Embark on a cider tour for the afternoon. Grab a flight at Spy Cider and Distillery, followed by a tasting at Ardiel Cider House and Grey and Gold cidery. Finish this cidery tour back at Thornbury Craft Cider and Brew House. All of the cideries have stunning patios and a great selection of ciders and snacks.

After a day of exploring, you may need a quick dip in the Bay at the beach before freshening up for dinner at the Penny Motel Restaurant!


Head to The Orchid Restaurant, one of the most popular breakfast spots in town, for a delicious start to your day! Thornbury Farmers' Market

A short walk from The Orchid, you will find the Thornbury Farmers’ Market on Sunday mornings from 11 until 2. Take some time to browse through the vendors and see what local produce and artisanal goods are available.

Grab lunch from the Mill Cafe before heading out on your Free Spirit Tours adventure. Free Spirit Tours offers a variety of activities ranging from guided paddling tours to wild edible foraging.

This jam-packed day leaves for just enough time to grab a celebratory ice cream from Pom Pom Treat Hut before heading home and starting to plan your next weekend away to South Georgian Bay!


We hope you have a fun and safe time exploring Collingwood with this itinerary! Share your memories with us by tagging @SGeorgianBay on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter!


Planning to visit South Georgian Bay in the near future? As Ontario slowly re-opens, so do our local businesses; however, many tourism-related operators, shops and restaurants are operating differently than normal, by reservation, or are still preparing to open. Please contact individual businesses to confirm method and hours of operation. Visit our “Know Before You Go” page by clicking here.

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