Winter in South Georgian Bay
It’s winter in South Georgian Bay and there is so much to explore across the region! Follow along with us as we show you some local gems:
Collingwood’s Harbourview Park is located along the waterfront with trails and a boardwalk that takes you through the park’s tranquil wetlands. If you look out, you can see some stunning views of the well-known Collingwood Terminals and the Blue Mountains.
Located in Harbourview Park, The Awen’ Gathering Place is a space of sharing, learning, teaching, ceremony, celebration and contemplation created by the Town of Collingwood to advance recognition of the past and present Indigenous Peoples and their heritage legacy in Collingwood and the surrounding area. The concept for the Awen’ Gathering Place is based on the teachings of the renowned educator, artist and poet Dr Duke Redbird of the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation. To learn more about the Awen’ Gathering Place, please click here.
Metcalfe Rock is a lovely area with stunning views and a unique system of caves and crevices to explore. It is a popular spot for hikers, snowshoeing and winter caving. Kevin, our guide from OSM Adventure Travel, showed us this spot with spectacular views!
You can join OSM Adventure Travel on an Ontario Winter Backcountry Skills Clinic, where you will learn from their experienced, authentic guides on a hike throughout picturesque locations on the Niagara Escarpment. Afterwards you can apply these skills to your own adventures!
After we explored Bruce Street, the main road in Thornbury, we headed over to The Dam Pub for a pint and a bite! We decided on the Charbroiled Beef Burger (burgers and onion rings – delicious) and the Roasted Veggie Sandwich on foccacia.
The Dam Pub is a popular upscale Scottish Whisky Pub that is well-known for its delicious food and large selection of whisky (over 1,000 from around the world!). Have any questions? Join the in-house Certified Single Malt Ambassador, Stephanie Price, for their Monthly Whisky Tasting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Beautiful Joe Park is a peaceful and serene 8.5 acre parcel of Parkland on the banks of the picturesque Big Head River in Meaford. The Park is named after “Beautiful Joe”, the hero in Margaret Marshall Saunders best-selling novel of the same name. He is laid to rest in the Park grounds, which was his backyard. You can see this heritage sign that recognizes the efforts of the woman who made Joe famous at his burial site, and his friends at The Society added a footstone in 2017.
At the entrance to the Park, you will find a bronze sculpture of Beautiful Joe that was created by local Meaford resident, Gunter Neumann. When you visit make sure to pat the statue – it’s good luck!
The Clearview EcoPark is a lovely area where residents and visitors can enjoy the beautiful natural environment. The EcoPark features accessible walking trails, interpretive signs and a bird blind to view some of the over 200 different species of birds that migrate through and live in Clearview Township.
The EcoPark includes the newly constructed EcoBark, the largest off-leash dog park facility in Clearview Township; along with the Community Garden and Memorial Tree Park to help increase diversity and enhance habitat of birds and wildlife.
We ended the day at Highlands Nordic, one of Ontario’s premier cross-country ski resorts. We stopped by to check out their new fat biking trails that run through rolling hills and forests. Located on the Niagara Escarpment, Highlands Nordic has amazing views.
Enjoy 24 km of both Classic and Skate cross country ski trails, 7 km of snowshoe trails, a 3km dog-friendly ski trail, and 8 km of fat bike trails, in addition to an 8000 square foot lodge complete with cafeteria, meeting rooms, pro-shop, rentals and more.
What a day in South Georgian Bay!