Holiday shopping can be overwhelming at times, which is why exploring calm, cozy, and friendly local businesses in South Georgian Bay is a great way to make the whole experience more enjoyable. Below is a list of the various shopping districts in South Georgian Bay and their respective business directories. There are so many great locations scattered throughout the region, with scenic drives in between. To learn more about the area, visit our Four Season Guide. Happy shopping!
At the base of the Blue Mountain ski hills, you will find the most pleasant bundle of stores and shops to explore along the pedestrian-only streets. The shopping experience ranges from a unique mix of local, specialty items to popular brands. Browse the village for fine art and local keepsakes, fashion and sportswear, souvenirs and gifts, and so much more. See their website for a directory of the stores.
The charming village of Creemore is a little town north of Toronto, just shy of Collingwood, nestled amongst the valley of the Mad and Noisy rivers. The name may be familiar because of a certain beer, but there is much more to this town than famous craft beer.
Imagine going to a place where time seems to have stood still, old fashioned shops filled with treasures new and old make up the downtown and stately, historic century homes, are found on almost every beautiful tree-lined street. There are no big box stores, and no fast food franchises in Creemore. There are however exceptional cafes, restaurants and a local pub which always bustle with friends and families who gather for a pint, food and conversation. See their website for a directory of the stores.
Collingwood is filled with fantastic shopping. Discover trendy fashions, unique home décor, beautiful accessories and perfect gifts for your loved ones. Collingwood is also home to many eco-friendly stores, providing ideal choices for the ethical consumer. From one-of-a kind boutiques to major retails chains, Collingwood has the shopping experience for you. See their website for a directory of stores.
Situated on the southern shore of Georgian Bay, the Municipality of Meaford is a fascinating, four-season destination that has it all: great live theatre and concerts, fresh local food, unique shopping, nature at your door step, a beautiful harbour and so much more. See their website for a directory of stores.
Nestled on beautiful Georgian Bay, Thornbury has more to offer than just a comforting small town feel. Thornbury’s slogan is Four Seasons of Charming which is quite the accurate statement. No matter the season or time of day there is always something to do in Thornbury. It’s a town rich with history and community pride.
On Thornbury’s main drag you’ll notice a lack of big box or chain stores. It has managed to maintain its small town reputation and features boutiques and cafes with quaint local charm. There’s also a beautiful parkette complete with garden and waterfall. If you’re looking for a spot to stop and eat you won’t regret trying Thornbury favorite, The Dam Pub. See their website for a directory of stores.
Located in the rolling landscape of the Niagara Escarpment, Stayner is home to several boutique shops and delightful restaurants. The businesses that lie along ON-26 and further have a small town, friendly feeling to them, making Stayner the ideal off-the-beaten-track destination for the shopping explorers. Fernwood Farms and Market, a fruit and vegetable farm with a lovely retail space, makes some of the best pies tasted in SGB. Torn Pages is a cozy, little second-hand book store with friendly and knowledgeable service. These are just a few examples of of some of the welcoming shops that Stayner has to offer. Check out Shop Stayner and Discover Clearview to learn more
Planning to visit South Georgian Bay in the near future? Please contact individual businesses to confirm method and hours of operation and plan ahead by making reservations when possible. Visit our “Know Before You Go” page by clicking here.