Know Before You Go: South Georgian Bay

As businesses begin to re-open, we have put together a reference guide of things to know before you go:

Reference Guide: Open vs Closed

* For any businesses or activities that are listed below, please read as: some are open. While these businesses and spaces are now legally allowed to be open, not all of them will be. Many businesses are working hard to adopt the proper safety procedures to open safely.

As of September 15th : Open for Business

  • Restaurants + Patios*
  • Tourism Operators*
  • Beaches + Parks*
  • Wasaga Beach + the Public Washrooms There
  • Accommodations*
  • Retail Shops*
  • Hiking Trails*
  • Golf Courses
  • Ontario Parks*
  • Campgrounds*
  • Some Day Camps*
  • Water Recreation Facilities
  • Information Tourism Centre: Georgian Bay Hotel, the Big Red Apple in Meaford, and Nancy Island Historic Site
  • Most Public Washrooms
  • Spas

Experience Base Operators That Are Open

  • Wasaga 500 Go-Karts
  • Free Spirit Tours
  • Big Blue Air
  • Blu Wave SUP
  • Collingwood Adventure Voyages
  • Scenic Caves
  • Xtreme Adventures

Safety Precautions: Know Before You Go

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Before heading out, please confirm with each business:

  • Their current hours of operation
  • Make a reservation
  • Current services and any relevant changes to their services, including specific safety requirements and how to make reservations in advance

Please reference this guide (to the left) and make sure you are following all safety precautions when out in public.

Thank you so much for your patience during this time and helping keep our communities safe by following the health recommendations made by health authorities and the Government of Ontario.

For more information on the specifics of Phase 3, please click here.

FAQ

Is Blue Mountain Resort open?

Blue Mountain Resort & Village are in the process of their phased reopening and are taking the appropriate safety measures to keep staff and visitors safe. Please check out the "More Information" links below to read their official updates.

Are the bathrooms open at Sunset Point?

Yes, the public bathrooms are now open at Sunset Point.

Is Wasaga Beach open?

Beach Areas 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, New Wasaga, and Allenwood are open with washrooms available at these specific locations. There are Beachfront Pods along the sand covered portion of Beach Drive. Please respect all signage and blocked-off areas.

Please note that parking capacity has been reduced. Buy a parking pass for the day (8 am-10 pm) at the beach entrance. Weekday passes are $18 and weekend passes are $21. A seasonal summer pass is $125 and is valid until Thanksgiving. You can buy this pass at the Wasaga Beach Provincial Park main office. Currently, passes cannot be purchased online. When parking at any of the waterfront municipal lots, users must either have a resident parking pass or pay the posted rate. Resident passes are available for purchase at the town hall for $28.25. Please refer to "More Information" for the most up-to-date information from Ontario Parks.

Is camping available?

Ontario Parks + Parks Canada are in the process of their phased re-opening. For specific parks and the most up-to-date information, please visit the "General" links category below.

Are public washrooms open?

A majority of public and municipal bathrooms are currently closed.

Are your Tourism Information Centres open?

Currently Georgian Bay Hotel (10 Vacation Inn Dr, Collingwood, ON L9Y 5G4), the Big Red Apple in Meaford (located beside Meaford Hall), and Nancy Island Historic Site (119 Mosley St, Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2X1) are the only Tourism Information Centres that are operating as an Information Centre during this time. Their staff are happy to answer any of your questions!

You can also contact us at info@southgeorgianbay.ca or 705-445-7722 to speak with one of our team members.

Where can I pick up a copy of the 4 Season Map + Guide?

You can pick up a copy of our 4 Season Map + Guide at the following locations:
- Metro Collingwood
- Thornbury Foodland
- Living Water Resort
- Collingwood Olive Oil (by entrance, not in the shop)

Are barbecues allowed at Sunset Point?

Collingwood council has ordered a ban on all cooking at Sunset Point Park until the end of the summer. The fine, which would fall under the town's public nuisance bylaw would be $150. Most of the public barbecues have been removed, but if there are any left they can't be used because of COVID-19. Town staff will look at removing them or at least covering them up so they cannot be used.

What Beaches are open in the Blue Mountains?

All public beaches in the Town of The Blue Mountains are now open. The parking lots at Northwinds Beach and Peasmarsh Beach have parking limited to 40 vehicles. Starting in August, the Town of the Blue Mountains will begin charging $5 an hour at a maximum of 4 hours for non-residents at Northwinds Beach, Peasemarsh, the Thornbury Harbour, and Lora Bay Park. Town residents, which have been defined as those permitted to vote in the municipal election in the Town of the Blue Mountains, will not be subject to the parking charges. The resident parking passes will be mailed directly as part of a tax bill newsletter update. Passes will also be available for pick up at town hall. A seasonal pass will also be available to residents of neighbouring municipalities, including Clearview, Grey Highlands, Meaford and Collingwood, for $200. Season pass holders will be subject to the four-hour time limit and passes can be acquired by contacting the Town of the Blue Mountains town hall.

Is Scandinave Spa open?

They are open as of Wednesday, July 22 at 9am. Their Saunas and Steam Room are not permitted to open until further notice. Scandinavian Baths guests will save $10 for access. Registered Massage rates can not be reduced in accordance to the College of Massage Therapy of Ontario guidelines. Due to reduced capacity, visits are limited to a maximum of 2 people per group. No exceptions can be made to this policy at this time. Guests are discouraged to arrive on-site without a reservation or a text notification from their wait list app. From now on, they require full payment at the time of booking for all reservations in an effort to reduce transactions at check-in. Grey Bruce Public Health has made masks or face coverings mandatory in enclosed public places. Massage guests are required to bring their own mask to wear during their treatment. Mask or face coverings are not required for access to the outdoor Baths activity. Scandinave Spa has enhanced sanitation measures and implemented a new health assessment upon arrival for all guests, employees and massage therapists. Guests will be responsible to follow new spa etiquette guidelines during their visit.

What are the Beachfront Pods at Wasaga Beach?

Recently the Town of Wasaga Beach opened its pods on the sand covered portion of Beach Drive. Each pod has a controlled entrance and exit which helps regulate the number of individuals within each pod to ensure physical distancing. While at the beach, physical distancing should be maintained in the water and on the shore. The capacity of each pod has been calculated to ensure that each person has a minimum of 100 square feet (10-by-10). Pod 1 capacity = 254 people, Pod 2 capacity = 226 people, Pod 3 capacity = 113 people, Pod 4 capacity = 145 people. Their ambassadors count visitors to ensure the number of users does not exceed the occupancy limit of the pod. There is no fee, but they do use wristbands to identify pod users for ease of entrance. For the resident pod you must be a resident of Wasaga Beach. In other words, you must own property in town and reside here for at least part of the year. To access the pod you must show proof of address. For example, a driver’s licence, tax bill, or something else with your address on it. Residents may bring one guest (out of town visitor) into the pod. Children under 16 years old attending with a resident will not have a maximum number. (i.e. two resident grandparents may enter with three grandchildren). Individuals using a pod will not be permitted to participate in organized activities such as volleyball, Frisbee, soccer, etc. In addition, they do not permit pets (unless a service animal) nor do they allow barbecues or hibachis. Beyond the pods, the beachfront is part of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. This includes Beach Areas 1-6, plus New Wasaga Beach Area and Allenwood Beach Area. You are welcome to use any of these spots, subject to provincial park rules and regulations.

What is operating at Scenic Caves?

Activities operating include: Hiking Trail Centre, Suspension Bridge, Caves/Crevasse Trail network, Trout Pond & Picnic Areas. Available at additional charge Gemstone Mining Adventure, Mini-Golf, Children's Adventure Playground and Trail's End Grill.

Activities not operating due to COVID-19 include: ThunderBird Twin Zip Line, Rocky the Train, Tractor Wagon Ride and Eco Adventure Tours. Please note that Fat Man's Misery Cave, one of the features on the Caves/Crevasse Tour is not available.

Is Nancy Island Historic Site open?

The museum will not be operating this summer, but the welcome centre is open to provide tourism information. The hours are 10 am-5 pm Thursday to Monday and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

What is the Play-All-Day Pass at Blue Mountain Village?

Make sure to purchase your Play-All-Day Pass pass when you book your accommodation! It includes access to all Blue Mountain Attractions, with the exception of Monterra Golf. Blue Mountain Beach access is exclusive to Blue Mountain lodging guests with a Play-All-Day Pass. Timber Challenge, Woodlot Low Ropes, and Mountaintop Segway Tours must be booked day-of and are on a first come, first serve basis.

Is the Historic Gayety Theatre operating?

Due to Covid-19, The Historic Gayety Theatre has postponed the rest of the 2020 season out of an abundance of caution for its patrons, performers, and staff. Currently, all tickets will be honored at the later date. New event dates will be announced as soon as it is possible.

Is the Wasaga Beach Farmers' Market open?

The Wasaga Beach Farmers' Market opened for 10 weeks as of Aug 11th. They operate Tuesdays from 4pm to dusk in the YMCA/Recplex parking lot.

Will apple picking be available in September?

There will be no apple picking offered at TK Ferri Orchards. But, their Apple Market opens Sept 12 with a hand-picked selection of apples & Grandad Jack's Apple Cider pressed with their own honey crisp apples from Thurs-Sun 10-5. McEachran and Sons Orchards will start offering apple picking the first week of September. Farmer's Pantry will not be open this fall.

More Information:

Please note that the links below are to that attraction’s latest updates page for Covid-19. Many of these businesses are still preparing to re-open. Please check with individual businesses – know before you go if they are currently open.

The Blue Mountains

Blue Mountain Village

Clearview Township

Collingwood

Meaford

Wasaga Beach

South Georgian Bay – General

 

Planning a future trip to South Georgian Bay? E-mail us at info@southgeorgianbay.ca with your mailing address to receive a free copy of our Four Season Guide & Map directly to your home.

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