A learning vacation is an opportunity to have a new experience and learn a thing or two, all while having fun. Here we share some of our favourite local sources of unique learning experiences in South Georgian Bay, from candle making at Serendipity Candle Factory to whisky tasting with a Certified Single Malt Ambassador.
Visit the Collingwood Olive Oil Company , located in the heart of Downtown Collingwood, and learn all about their extra virgin olive oils and balsamic. Learn about the chemical measurements of olive oil testing, how balsamic is made, benefits of olive oil, suggested pairings, and how to tell what is a quality olive oil (the answer will surprise you!). With over 60 flavour varieties and hundreds of pairing possibilities, the choices are endless. Sample the different flavours – from raspberry balsamic to butter olive oil. Leave with a new bottle (or two) of olive oil or balsamic and some new knowledge as well!
The hidden gem of Collingwood! Not only is this store filled with all candy and chocolate you could image (truffles, fudge, lollipops, gift ideas, etc.). Over the years, the Candy Factory’s product line has been expanded to include favorites of all kinds; however, their chocolates are the most desired treats. The viewing room provides a one-of-a-kind experience. Visitors are able to get a glimpse of the chocolatiers and candy connoisseurs create sweet treats with old fashioned techniques. You can also check out the Candy Equipment Museum on display from the viewing area. Learn about candy and chocolate while being surrounded by it. Sounds good to us!
At Sanctuari, Collingwood’s First Transformative Arts Centre, the focus is about connecting with the self, the force that drives us through the world while exploring how it physically manifests in our bodies. Santuari offer a wide selection of class experiences including Pilates, Barre, Nia, Meditation, Drum Circles, and more. Sanctuari stands apart from the traditional yoga and fitness studios. Private classes are available in Somatic Awareness, Pilates Exploration, Generational Healing™, Soul Speak Sessions™ and Expressive Arts/Play Therapy, as well as special offering, children’s programs and teacher training.
Located in Downtown Thornbury, The Dam Pub is a warm and cozy upscale Scottish Whisky Pub in the heart of South Georgian Bay. You and your friends can enjoy a grouping of fine single malts, food pairings, share notes and palate experiences. Learn about specific distilleries, the history of whisky and the nature and nuances of “the water of life”. There are over 920 Whiskies to choose from! Let Stephanie and Executive Chef, Rob Lussier provide you with an exceptional tasting experience, combining great whisky with great food. Whisky tasting’s take place on the third Tuesday of every month at 8pm.
At Serendipity, they are dedicated to reaching the masses. That means offering an affordably priced product for more than just a lucky few to enjoy. Serendipity’s candles are all natural, made of pure soy wax, biodegradable, meet FDA standards, kosher certified, not tested on animals, contains no animal product & more. Take part in a candle making workshop, which take place every Wednesday at 3:00 pm. They will show you all about the candle making process while you enjoy selecting your scents, jars, preparing your candle jars for pouring and complete the process by creating your own candle!