Family Friendly Things to do in Blue Mountain
It’s hard to feel blue when in The Town of the Blue Mountains! This series of small villages is versatile, beautiful and friendly. From the busy and popular Blue Mountain Village to the small community of Clarksburg, the Town of The Blue Mountains has no shortage of places to visit and activities to enjoy with your family this season. Grey County is now in the Green – Prevent Level of the Provincial Framework. Ontarians are strongly urged to continue staying at home and limit trips outside their household and between other regions for essential reasons only. Some businesses may still be closed or offering reduced services. Please call ahead.
If given the choice between looking at fish in a tank and watching fish in the wild, we don’t know about you, but we would choose the ladder! The Thornbury Fish Ladder and Dam is a fabulous way to watch fish heading upriver to spawn in the Spring. The fish ladder was built to provide migrating fish with a pathway around the dam, allowing them to continue upstream to complete their life cycle. The Thornbury Fish Ladder is a great activity for the whole family, as it is a rive(r)ting experience!
The Blue Mountains has no shortage of gorgeous hiking spots, and Loree Forest is one of our favourites! The main Bruce Trail and Loree Side Trail make a 5km loop through a healthy forest. Relatively flat and sheltered from the elements by a canopy of trees, this trail is stunningly beautiful.
Although it’s not currently warm enough to go for a dip in Georgian Bay (unless you are a family of polar bears?), we love a good pebble skipping contest or nature adventure by the water. The Town of Blue Mountain has several waterfront access points including Thornbury’s Little River Beach Park. A combination of soft sand and pebbles, as well as some trees for those wishing to take to the shade, Little River Beach Park is a hidden gem. Additionally, Northwinds Beach is a lovely sandy spot to dip your toes into the Bay, equipped with washrooms and a playground on site. Remember to only park in designated spots and to be cautious of traffic along Highway 26. Both of these locations make excellent places to spend an afternoon outdoors with your family!
Take a stroll around the blue Mountain Village and check out all of the restaurants, shops, and activities that this fun destination has to offer. A very family-friendly destination, you can paint your own pottery at Crock a Doodle or go for a walk along the neighbouring Georgian Trail where some really cool plants and animals can be found. Remember that masks are required on all Blue Mountain Property (the image below was taken prior to Covid-19).
Clarksburg is filled with unique shops that each put a spin on traditional goods and services. Affectionately known as Artsburg, this village is a fantastic destination for the creative soul! Checkout the website for Imagination Studio to book a family workshop, or stop by Beaver Valley Gold Honey for a look into how honey is made.
Sweet Treats (Thornbury)
Who doesn’t crave something delicious at the end of a long walk in the fresh air? If your family includes anyone with a sweet tooth, you should be checking out the delicious local treats that Thornbury has to offer. Checkout Thornbury Bakery for delicious baked goods, Goldsmiths Orchard Market for the most incredible pies, and Pom Pom Treat Hut for some big scoops of ice cream. If some of your family members are looking for a more bitter alternative, checkout Bread and Butter Cafe, and Good Grief Coffee for a the hot coffee or beverage.
Curious about trains, ships, and fossils? Visit the Craigleath Heritage Depot (inside an old train station from 1880) to learn about fossils, the railway, local Petun Indigenous Villages, and more. Then check out the Sheffield Park Black History Museum in Thornbury to learn about the northern terminals of the Underground Railroad system. There’s so much to discover about the exciting history of the Blue Mountains!