Regardless of the season, there’s always a reason to visit and experience the unique charm.
At waters’ edge is the largest town in The Blue Mountains, Thornbury. While small in size, it’s big in spirit. This is immediately evident as you stroll from the waterfront along the main street, with a variety of independently owned and operated businesses opening their doors in welcoming fashion. Food-lovers flock to Thornbury for its culinary options, served up by award-winning chefs. Rounding out the main street are boutique shops, galleries, specialty food stores and cafes, where locals and visitors alike frequent.
Thornbury’s waterfront is iconic for its marina and pier that serves as a popular gathering spot in summer months. Plunge into the crisp, clear waters of Georgian Bay or sail the day away.
Another signature feature of Thornbury is the river running through it. Vistas of the Beaver River are best experienced from the historic wooden trestle bridge or the bridge along highway 26 in the centre of town, where the fish way is visible. The river is an active spawning area for native fish species and the fish way helps facilitate their breeding each spring.
In winter months, Olde fashioned Christmas is an annual tradition that has attracted return visitors over the years and showcases the strong community spirit residents of Thornbury embody.
To the east lies Craigleith, another waterside town best known for the provincial park that sits on 51 acres of Georgian Bay shoreline. A favourite among campers from far and wide since 1967, Craigleith’s rich history is deeply rooted in its shale rock, with fossils dating back 455 million years!
Follow the Beaver river south and you’ll land in the village of Clarksburg, affectionately dubbed “Artsburg”. The unofficial cultural epicentre of The Blue Mountains, Clarksburg boasts a vibrant arts scene and is home to many talented makers and creators. Travel down the main street and visit galleries, taste locally harvested honey, or take in a theatrical performance or concert at the Marsh Street Centre. Interactive workshops for all ages and artistic abilities are regularly offered in Clarksburg, fostering its local talent.
Nature enthusiasts delight in the nearby Clendenan Dam and riverside trails of Clarksburg.
Villages and Hamlets
Interspersed along and atop the Niagara Escarpment is a collection of villages and hamlets, each with their own unique character. Heathcote, Ravenna and Kimberley just to name a few, offer markets, outfitters for adventure, restaurants and of course, apple orchards.
Apples and The Apple Pie Trail
A visit to The Blue Mountains would be incomplete without taking a bite out of the fruit that put us on the map. 18 different varieties of apples are grown and harvested in this region, each with their own distinct flavour profiles. The Apple Pie Trail has curated a self-guided tour with stops at many of the shops, restaurants and orchards in our region: tasting mandatory!
Explore and Enjoy
Wintertime in the region offers classic Canadian activities the whole family can enjoy, including downhill skiing and snowboarding at Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest destination resort. The Blue Mountains is also home to cross-country trail operators and plenty of trails waiting to be blazed by snowshoe or ski.
Summertime boasts plenty of watersports in Georgian Bay, as well as golfing at pristine courses, mountain biking on trails varying in difficulty, and country roads ideal for road cycling adventures.
Year-round, the Georgian Trail is a 34km multi-use trail with several access points from communities in The Blue Mountains. It’s bustling with outdoor enthusiasts hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, jogging and more along its packed-gravel surface.
Whatever mode of transportation you choose and whenever you decide to visit, travel along our winding roads, through our valleys, along our trails, and atop the Escarpment for the full Town of Blue Mountains experience.