A Winter Adventure in South Georgian Bay!

Winter has arrived and so has our winter experience blog!

After the first few weeks of incredible snow that we had, we were left longing for more when the warmer temperatures and rain storms wiped out our early ski season hopes.

In true new year fashion, the new decade has brought us winter in all of its glory and we are loving it! As we should, since we live in Ontario’s four season destination for all things active and adventure. From skiing to enjoying the newest breweries and bakeries, winter has no blues here in South Georgian Bay. So with my friends in tow, we hit the slopes for the true winter experience with a slight twist, we headed out of the Mountains and to Thornbury after a day on the slopes.

We began our morning with the sun at the top of Blue Mountain where the snow covered the hills perfectly for our runs down. Bonnie and Rick are both active in the community and in their fitness and love getting out to Blue Mountain for some winter adventures together. From skiing to skating and snow shoeing, we chose to ski for this adventure. After heading up and down the winding runs, we met back up at the top of Blue Mountain where we parked to ensure we could find an easy exit to head to our next stop on the adventure, Thornbury.

As we cruised across the top of the mountain we couldn’t help but stop to take in the views of the mountain and the sunny slopes below. It truly is the most stunning backdrop in South Georgian Bay.

As we pulled into Thornbury, we had the difficult decision to choose between cider and lattes for our first stop in town. Bonnie wanted to try out the outdoor igloos at Thornbury Village Cider & Brew House first before she peeled off her layers of warm clothing, so the Cidery it was!

We arrived just as they opened for the day so we were the first guests for the day, an experience neither Bonnie nor Rick have had before. This meant they had the full attention of the staff, were able to take advantage of the photo booth and then have first dibs on an igloo for themselves.

It was the perfect afternoon thirst quencher as they tried the Spiced Apple Cider and Ladder Run Amber Lager for the first time. That’s right, their first time trying some of the local Cider House’s best sellers and they loved them!

After they enjoyed some alone time in the igloo and deciding their backyard would be the perfect landscape for their own igloo, they returned their glasses inside and we headed for some warmer treats.

When you’re in Thornbury, you have to stop by one of the local cafés! There are several along Bruce Street, including Ashanti Café, Bread & Butter, Good Grief Coffee Roasters, Rocky Shores Health & Wellness, and Thornbury Bakery Café.

We drove just around the corner to the newest location in Thornbury called Bread and Butter Cafe where we met owner and barista, Riley. With her sweet demeanor and even sweeter tarts, we enjoyed a chai lavender latte and hot chocolate at the newest cafe in Thornbury.

As Bonnie and Rick finished up their treats and drinks, they decided their adventure for today would be over since they were so exhausted from the ski hill. A few runs on fresh snow can really take a lot out of you and there is only so much cider and latte’s can replenish!

For now, that is it for our winter adventures, but we may have a part two with all of this fresh snow and bright blue skies. The snowshoe trails may be calling our names.


Blog & Photography By : Kirsten Schollig from Captured By Kirsten

Kirsten is a Collingwood-based Wedding Photographer who takes the stress out of your big day, guiding you through every moment & capturing it along the way. 


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