With the clear waters of Georgian Bay, the heights of the Niagara Escarpment, and plenty of stunning valleys, Georgian Bay is the perfect place to take a scenic drive. Get your ultimate road trip playlist ready and select one of these routes below to start planning your adventure to South Georgian Bay!
Scenic Drive #1: Thornbury to Meaford
Start your morning off by exploring the charming town of Thornbury. Walk up and down Bruce St and explore the local shops and cafes – there is so much to discover on the main street!
Next stop is Grandma Lambe’s – a local favourite! It’s a family-run market with fresh baked goods and local produce and products. When you get there, head to the back of the store to check out their baked goods. We’d recommend giving one of their famous pies a try, but you can’t go wrong – they have scones, cookies, tarts and more!
When you continue your drive to downtown Meaford, you can’t miss the stunning Meaford Hall. It is a beautifully restored century old landmark that has become South Georgian Bay’s premier arts & cultural centre. Check online ahead of time to see if you can catch a show or concert. Either way, we would recommend making a stop at their gallery on the upper level of the Hall. It is free and open Monday to Friday, and they constantly have new artwork and exhibits open to the public.
Make sure to bring your camera for this one! At the Irish Mountain Lookout, there is an incredible panoramic view of Georgian Bay. It is accessible year-round and has a picnic pavilion so that you enjoy a picnic with your friends and family. Take a seat and snap a picture in the Big Red Chair while you’re there!
Scenic Drive #2: Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township to Collingwood
Let’s go to the beach! Although Wasaga Beach is known for being the longest freshwater beach in the world, there is so much more to explore. Wasaga Beach Provincial Park has 50 km of trails to hike and explore in the summer, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails in the winter.
You may have had the beer from Creemore Springs, but you will get to learn so much by stopping in the brewery. You’ll hear the history of the brewery and even get free samples – you heard us right, free. Make sure to explore the town of Creemore while you’re there. It is a community of talented artists and small town charm.
Enjoy the views from Creemore to Collingwood as you make your way into town. End your drive at Millennium Park, home of the Collingwood Terminals. While you can’t go inside, you can see the landmark up close and take in the views from the park. You’ll be able to see the Collingwood Harbour and the Blue Mountains.
Scenic Drive #3: Clearview Township
Start your journey in Pretty River Provincial Park and explore the winding trails. This park is along one of the highest points of the Niagara Escarpment! The trails are best used between April and October, but makes for a beautiful drive year round.
Next stop is Eugenia Falls, a hidden gem in South Georgian Bay. The falls are a minute or two from the parking lot if you would just like to take in the beauty. If you’re looking to explore, there are trails between Eugenia Falls and Hoggs Falls that make for a challenging, yet rewarding hike. Please note it is a paid parking lot that can be paid ahead of time on the app at MacKay Pay.
Continue your drive to The Rusty Star, a stunning store full of unique solid wood furniture, home decor, fashion accessories, and more! There is so much to explore at The Rusty Star. If you’re visiting friends or family, this is a great stop for a hostess gift.
Stop by Duntroon Cyder House and try their sulfite free, gluten-free and nut-free cyders. They are made only using delicious Duntroon Parish and Ontario heritage hand-picked apples. Duntroon Cyder is a true taste of South Georgian Bay!
Scenic Drive #4: Collingwood to the Blue Mountains
Start your adventures off right with a cup of coffee and snacks from the Wild Stand General Store. They have an assortment of vegan and gluten-free options, delicious meals, and fresh baked goods. Think of it as the freshness of a country general store meets the convenience of a city convenience store, with a healthy, modern twist.
Head to Scenic Caves Nature Adventures for outdoor adventures year-round, as well as some amazing views! In the warmer weather, you can explore the hiking trails, and caves and taverns. In the winter, enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. A must-see if you are visiting South Georgian Bay? The Suspension Bridge provides panoramic views of Georgian Bay and is open year round!
After all of your adventures at Scenic Caves, you’re probably going to want a bite to eat. Continue up Scenic Caves Road/119 until you get to the Ravenna Country Market. They have an incredible selection of baked goods, entrees, and even cater! They are known for their butter tarts and pies, we recommend giving them a try!
Next stop is Georgian Hills Vineyard! Stop for a wine tasting and learn about the wine making process. Their staff will answer any questions you have and introduce you to their fantastic wine. Looking for a wonderful view on the way back to Collingwood? When you leave Georgian Hills, make a left onto Grey County Road 2. You’ll find stunning views as you drive past apple orchards, hills and a great view of the Bay. Once you reach Highway 26, make a right and follow the road. It’ll bring you right back into town!
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.