South Georgian Bay is a 4 season destination, perfect for the next adventure you’re planning. From local shopping to camping and hiking, or wineries and breweries to family-friendly destinations, South Georgian Bay has it all. We made a list of 10 top activities to do across the region. There is sure to be something for everyone!
Meaford Memorial Park
Memorial Park is a beautiful park and beach on the shoreline of Georgian Bay. Open year round, there is truly something for everyone here! Camping is open May to October and trails are open for public access year round. Memorial Park is great for families, friends and even dogs-yep, they’re dog friendly! There is a section of the beach dedicated for dog use. Memorial Park also has a mini-golf course and playground areas. It’s no wonder why they are a top Meaford destination. From the scenic beauty to the activities, this park is a wonderful year-round destination.
Shopping in Meaford
The local businesses of Meaford are one of a kind, so it’s no surprise why shopping in Meaford made the list! With the wide variety of fun shops, there is something for everyone. Check out L’Apothicaire Botanique for custom herbal medicine blends with healing properties, or book one of their many services with a holistic practitioner. Afterwards, head on over to Maggie + Dix for home and garden decor and more. If you don’t find something for yourself (which we know you will) Maggie + Dix is the perfect shop to find gifts for birthdays, holidays, bridal showers and even your pets. Next, satisfy your sweet tooth over at Grandma Lambe’s, home to fresh baked pies and goods. Grandma Lambe’s has been a Meaford staple since the 1940’s that you won’t want to miss!
Biking the Georgian Trail
Biking the Georgian Trail is a must-do activity! This 34km trail runs from Collingwood to Meaford and has more than 30 access points. The trail is rated as easy and will take you through scenic areas, apple orchards, parks and the Georgian Bay waterfront. If you choose to get off trail early, there’s access to many of our beautiful beaches along the trail to enjoy the view or take a dip in the water. Whether you’re a pro cycler or beginner, the Georgian Trail welcomes you.
Theatre Collingwood is a not-for-profit, professional theatre company that has been in Collingwood since 1984. This theatre puts on spectacular live shows in unique places around the community, bringing everyone together. Click here to see the upcoming shows and grab your tickets! Sit back, relax and immerse yourself into the arts, entertainment and culture that Theatre Collingwood has to offer you.
Creemore Springs Brewery
Creemore Springs Brewery is a Creemore staple! The famous beer you know and love started right here in South Georgian Bay back in 1987. If you’re looking for a cold beer during your getaway, Creemore Springs will be sure to satisfy that craving. Tours aren’t back quite yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stop in for a tasting and visit to the shop!
Purple Hill Lavender Farm
Purple Hill Lavender Farm is a family-owned lavender farm set in the beautiful rolling hills of Creemore. This is the perfect location to relax and take in the scents and views of the acres of lavender. Take a walk through the fields or find shade under a tree to enjoy a picnic. Purple Hill Lavender Farm even offers services like private use of the fields for photography and luxury picnics. When you’re done visiting the fields, don’t forget to drop into the shop to check out their collection of body and kitchen products made from dried lavender and essential oils.
The Roost Wine Company
The Roost Wine Company is one of the most beautiful wineries around! They make hand-made, sustainably farmed, oh so delicious wines right on the farm. The Roost overlooks the hills of the Blue Mountains and the Beaver River. Nothing is better than an amazing view and a glass of wine in hand! You can book wine tastings by clicking here.
Calling all nature lovers! Scenic Caves is a natural treasure located right in the town of Blue Mountain. This scenic destination has natural caves that were carved by glacial ice millions of years ago along with 15kms of hiking trails. Scenic Caves also features a suspension bridge, pond, lookouts and activities for kids. Great for families, couples and friends, it’s no secret why people love visiting Scenic Caves!
Quick tip: Wear running or hiking shoes shoes for admission-no flip flops! Arrive early for guaranteed access, or you’ll have to check back again later in the day.
Rounds Ranch is a hidden gem just 10 minutes from Wasaga Beach. This destination has – are you ready for it? Over 25 activities to choose from! There are tractor rides, a petting zoo, corn maze, big slides and more. You can click here to see the full list of activities on their website. Rounds Ranch hosts seasonal activities as well like the Sunflower Experience and Pumpkin Mania-great for kids and adults! Available for weddings, celebrations and birthdays, Rounds Ranch has it all in one place.
Paddling the Nottawasaga River
If you’re all beached out after visiting Wasaga Beach, but still looking to enjoy another activity on the water, paddling the Nottawasaga River may just be the thing for you! If you have your own watercraft you can launch it at Klondike Park Sports Park. Don’t have your own? No problem! Free Spirit Tours rents canoes, kayaks and SUPs. Paddling the Nottawasaga River is a scenic route with the opportunity to see beavers, herons, egrets, muskrats, turtles and 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.