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Georgian Bay Storylines

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Motorcycle Touring

Cruise Scenic Vistas along the Georgian Bay Coastal Route

The Georgian Bay Coastal Route Motorcycle Tour is designed to take you on the best motorcycle roads around Georgian Bay. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the clear blue water as you cruise choice roads, stopping to discover some of the best scenic vistas and attractions around the Bay. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route – bev@bchughes.ca)


Ride Grey Bruce Motorcycle Touring

One of the hottest trends right now is taking an accredited motorcycle training course, picking up the bike of your dreams and heading out on the open road.  Fortunately, for the new rider the South Western Georgian Bay region (Ride Grey Grey Bruce) has developed exclusive route mapping and trip planning just for Bikers.  Stopping at scenic look-outs along the Niagara Escarpment, waterfalls, lighthouses and some of the coolest places to eat, this region is the perfect BIG outing for the newly licensed rider from Southern Ontario.  If bikers are feeling adventurous, a trip on the ChiCheemaun ferry to Manitoulin Island opens up access to hundreds of kilometres of un-crowded twisty roads. (Bruce County Tourism – lisa@explorethebruce.com)
**Deely Harley Davidson is the distributor for all Harley Davidson Motor products in Canada and as a writer, if you have a motorcycle license, they will provide the latest models for use in a story.


Ride South Georgian Bay

Rumour is that South Georgian Bay has the best rides around.  With an abundance of natural beauty, gentle back roads, and great up and down-hills, it is a rumour hard to resist.  Cruise the temperate blue rhythm of South Georgian Bay and experience Nature at its best any season.  Come explore South Georgian Bay and the amazing Views and Vistas along the way.  Explore our best and Ride our Top Ten Rides, Views and Vistas (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association – micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)


Ride in Style – Motorcycle Rentals at The Shop

Most touring riders are familiar with Ron Kanerva's The Shop, for all things Harley-Davidson, from bikes to gear to hosting a ton of rider events. After 34 years in the business, he's now entering into a much-needed venture in the north - motorcycle rentals.  Starting in 2010 The Shop will have three brand new models for rent; the Street Glide, the Heritage Softail and the Road King.

Sudbury is the perfect starting point for your Northern Ontario tour. Taking Highway 17 west will lead you to the winding paths of the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. From there you can hop on the Chi-Cheemaun ferry and visit Grey Bruce. Or head east out of Sudbury and experience one of the many routes exploring the Near North and Ontario's Wilderness Region, like the Lake Temiskaming Circle Tour or Mattawa-Ottawa River Run. Now that you've got a bike, all you need is a direction!  (Sudbury Tourism – sudburytourism@sudbury.ca)


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Discover Lighthouses & Marine Heritage

Discover our Lighthouses and Marine Heritage

More than 32 lighthouses dot the Georgian Bay Coastal Route’s 2,000 kilometres of shoreline. Many are easily accessible and some are even open to the public for a sneak peek. With histories dating back over 150 years, these guiding lights are set to act as a beacon for marine heritage lovers. Climb the stairs to a viewing platform or pose beside one of these magnificent towers. Feel the power as waves crash along the shore. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route – bev@bchughes.ca)


Bruce Coast Lighthouses an Increasingly Rare Commodity

Winding and twisting over 800km of rocky, hazardous shoreline through Lake Huron, the Bruce Coast has had a love-hate relationship with mariners for centuries.  Signaling danger, the majestic lighthouses along the shore are some of the best-preserved structures in all of Canada and still used by boaters today.  The Imperial Towers (four of them on the Bruce Coast and six on Georgian Bay) were built by John Brown starting in 1859, using 4-foot thick stone walls, and an imported Fresnel Lenses from France.  Open and allowing the public to climb the 112 steps to the top, these magnificent beacons are the rock stars of the Bruce Coast Lighthouse Tour.  Recently the Federal Government declared all Lighthouses in Canada as ‘Surplus’ and if not protected as historic sites, or by community groups, the rich heritage of these important structures may be lost.  (Bruce County Tourism - lisa@explorethebruce.com)


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Best Beaches

Find the Best Beaches in Ontario

What a great time of year for summer daydreams! Georgian Bay boasts the best beaches in Ontario. The Georgian Bay Coastal Route features both the world’s longest and second longest freshwater beaches in the world, complete with miles and miles (14 kilometres to be exact) of golden sand. Build sand castles or search for sea glass. Relax in a beach chair or splash about like you’re five again. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route – bev@bchughes.ca )


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Scenic Vistas

Scenic Lookouts along the Niagara Escarpment

Take in spectacular panoramic of Georgian Bay atop the Niagara Escarpment or be impressed by vibrant reds & gold’s in the Beaver Valley from the heights of Old Baldy.  Grey County has many amazing scenic lookouts that can be experienced in any season, including Skinners Bluff, Irish Mountain and Blue Mountain, all providing breathtaking views overlooking Georgian Bay. (Grey County Tourism – bryan.plumstead@visitgrey.ca)


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Go RVing

Camp by the Coast of Georgian Bay

Enjoy the incomparable beauty of the clear blue water as you round the next bend on the way to your campsite.  Recline by the campfire to watch the sunset over the water, listen for the call of the loon, or simply revel in the stillness of Ontario’s true wilderness.  (Georgian Bay Coastal Route RV Tour bev@bchughes.ca)


Exploring Killbear’s Georgian Bay Shoreline

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Killbear Provincial Park has been providing high quality outdoor recreational experiences in a natural environment park since 1960.  Killbear's rugged shoreline is a mixture of white sand beaches, wind swept pine and granite formations carved out thousands of years ago by glacial activity.  Located on Georgian Bay just north of Parry Sound, Killbear’s 880 campsites allow close to 360,000 visitors come to Killbear every year to get away from it all and experience breath taking views. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route bev@bchughes.ca)


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Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure Abounds

Georgian Bay is an outdoor adventure mecca, so it’s no wonder we’re the feature destination for this year’s Great Ontario Outdoor Adventure of a Lifetime!
Why not:
Paddle through a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve?
Dive among century old shipwrecks?
Hike the Bruce Trail along the Niagara Escarpment’s dramatic cliffs?
Mountain bike the trails or pump up the adrenaline and go downhill?
Bask in the solitude of backcountry camping along the shore?
(Georgian Bay Coastal Routebev@bchughes.ca )


Extreme Outdoor Adventure as Close as 90 Minutes from the GTA

Live on the edge and experience the Best Outdoor Adventures you can imagine.  Climb Metcalfe Rock, one of Ontario’s oldest climbing areas.  We recommend beginners to call Free Spirit Tours, where a Guide will offer great instruction and ultimate adventure.  If you’re really up for adventure descend into the bowels of the earth in a caving adventure with Free Spirit Tours in both summer and winter!  Other extreme Adventures in South Georgian Bay include PASA Kite Boarding with North Coast Kite boarding and Hummer Adventures with Ride On Limited.  From the Escarpment to Georgian Bay, adventure awaits. (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association – micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com )


Eco-Adventure Tour

This three hour adventure is a fun-filled trip across the top of the Escarpment at Blue Mountain, with many incredible vistas out over Georgian Bay. The dramatic climax is an exhilarating 1000’ zip line ride from the edge of the escarpment down to the base lodge, with a 150’ vertical drop. (Grey County Tourism – bryan.plumstead@visitgrey.ca )


Bear Claw Tours - Georgian Bay's Ultimate Adventure

Georgian Bay's coast lands beckon inland to the Canadian Shield Wilderness.  There's no better way to cover the vast stretches of our granite and lake strewn back country than on an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).  Bear Claw Tours has been delivering the outdoors to thousands of adventurers for nearly 10 years.  Experience pristine forests, quenching lakes and challenging trails – find yourself immersed in this truly unique, spectacular Canadian experience.  Our customers write things “THIS RIDE ROCKS!  GREAT JOB BY ALL THE CREW. WILD TRAILS AND GREAT MACHINES.  CAN'T WAIT TO DO THIS AGAIN!”  See for yourself why Bear Claw Tours is one of the top ten things to see and do in Parry Sound. Do it! (Georgian Bay Coastal Route bev@bchughes.ca)


Discover Adventure in Parry Sound

The sheltered waters of Georgian Bay’s islands are spectacular for kayak explorations. Join the instructors of the White Squall Paddling Centre for an afternoon of adventure and exploration! Wholesome, hearty meals are a highlight after being on the water, and you’ll have lots of time to swim, explore, or simply take in the solitude of the Bay and her islands.

Make your way to Parry Sound’s famous Waterfront and hop onboard a float plane with Georgian Bay Airways, where their friendly pilots will take you on a scenic and panoramic adventure.  ATV across the Canadian Shield, fish uninhabited lakes, or even get dropped off on an island of your choice for some exploratory hiking.

Just five minutes up Parry Sound’s main road is the beautiful and historical Bayside Inn. This is an excellent place to rest before undertaking another exciting day in Parry Sound. Awake to the calming bustle of a nearby crossing train and make your way downstairs to enjoy a first class breakfast cooked by the Inn’s critically acclaimed chef before heading back down to the waterfront for a quiet excursion.

Don’t forget to visit the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts and the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. View the spectacular festival performance hall and visit their interactive museum with a variety of photos, memorabilia and artifacts about Parry Sound’s own Bobby Orr and other famous athletes with ties to the community such as Don Cherry, Terry Crisp of the Philadelphia Flyers and Floyd Thomson of the St. Louis Blues. At the West Parry Sound District Museum you can take a brisk walk along their gorgeous park on Tower Hill, ending with a climb to the 96-foot observation tower overlooking beautiful Parry Sound, Georgian Bay and the 30,000 Islands. Be sure to tour the museum before moving on, which features a changing calendar of exhibits themed around trapping, First Nations, shipping, logging, agriculture and contagion in three galleries. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route bev@bchughes.ca)


Massasauga Provincial Park

Situated along Georgian Bay's eastern shore, south of Parry Sound, this park is unique as a water-access only park. The park's 135 campsites are accessible only by water and are located either amongst the 30,000 islands of Georgian Bay or on the many inland lakes that are reserved for non-motorized travel. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route bev@bchughes.ca)


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Top Ten Things to See & Do

Waterfalls in Grey County

Feel the Rush as the river flows over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. Visit Grey County’s breathtaking waterfalls and enjoy a short walk or hike, taste local cuisine as you dine beside Walters Falls, extend your tour over a weekend and experience small town hospitality at its best by staying at one of our area B&Bs. (Grey County Tourism – bryan.plumstead@visitgrey.ca)


Sudbury – the start to a great adventure!

Experience fun-filled family attractions. No trip would be complete without visiting Science North and Dynamic Earth, two of Canada’s largest and most innovative science centres.  At Science North you can get up close to a squirrel, tour outer space at the digital Planetarium, and come face-to-face with a collection of animatronic dinosaurs at Dinosaurs Unearthed, a new special exhibition. Dynamic Earth, home of the Big Nickel, explores the fascinating world of mining and geology with a one-of-a-kind underground tour and state-of-the-art exhibit galleries that will captivate people of all ages.   (Sudbury Tourism – shawna.panas@city.greatersudbury.on.ca)


South Georgian Bay Passport Trail – Your Coordinates to Happiness

Come experience the incredible variety of ways to indulge your passions in South Georgian Bay!  Follow our Passport Trail and discover the amazing Attractions we have to offer. Collect 6 stamps and you’re elgible to win one of ten South Georgian Bay getaways!  Explore caves and caverns and Zip down the Escarpment, cruise the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay or feel the adrenaline rush of biking down the trails at Blue.  Whatever your heart’s desire – it’s all right here in South Georgian Bay.  The exceptional holiday experience you’ve been searching for! (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association – micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)


Savour Fall Colours & Local Harvest

The Beaver Valley is at its finest when dressed in autumn’s reds and golds, and if you follow the Apple Pie Trail, from Collingwood to Meaford, you’ll be treated to culinary treats and pick your own apples on your travels. Many fine restaurants along the way serve local specialties, including wine, sparkling cider and beer from nearby craft breweries. (Grey County Tourism – bryan.plumstead@visitgrey.ca )


9 Days Getting To Know a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – Hiking the Bruce Trail From Wiarton to Tobermory

Designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1990, the Niagara Escarpment is an internationally recognized landform that forms a massive ridge through Southern Ontario right up to and across Manitoulin Island.  By far the most dramatic section follows the Georgian Bay shoreline from Wiarton to Tobermory. Luckily, the Bruce Trail follows this spine creating the perfect venue to understand why this massive chunk of rock is so significant.  A 9-12 day backpacking hike along the trail is on the bucket list for a lot of outdoor enthusiasts.  Hikers will be tested by challenging terrain and rewarded with some of the best views in all of Canada.  For those that appreciate the creature comforts, a bed and breakfast network called ‘Home to Home’ offers hikers a daily pick up, warm bed, and drop off the next morning.  Hikers might encounter globally significant wildlife such as the endangered Massasauga Rattle Snake, a vibrant spring and fall bird migration, and the elusive black bear.  (Bruce County Tourism -lisa@explorethebruce.com)


Check out what’s new at Science North & Dynamic Earth!

Dinosaurs Unearthed -  Dinosaurs Unearthed features an amazing collection of animatronic dinosaurs, genuine skeleton fossils and replicas.  With engaging content and interactive activities, this exhibit will highlight the story of the recent discovery of the link between dinosaurs and modern-day birds - a discovery that changed scientific theory.
Cosmos: The Dark Side - Cosmos: the Dark Side is a new object theatre produced by Science North that explores our understanding of the universe.  From Galileo's inspired observations of Jupiter 400 years ago, to today's extraordinary telescopes, observatories, and space probes, every new discovery has shown us the universe is more astonishing than we could imagine.  Strange Matter - Discover the secrets of everyday stuff with the new exhibition Strange Matter!  From metals to crystals to magnets to glass, this hands-on exhibition will allow you to use science to explore the bizarre world of modern materials!  The exhibit captures advanced materials used in high-tech fields such as the space program and cardiac surgery and reveals them in more common places, like the shoes that you wear, the dishes you eat off of to the CD's you listen to and the bike or skateboard you ride.
Digital Dome Planetarium - Science North's digital dome Planetarium is the first planetarium of its kind in Northern Ontario!  Feature films about astronomy and other space topics are projected on an 8.4 metre dome.  Tour outer space like never before and witness beautiful celestial images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope which can only be seen from points far distant in space and time.
(Sudbury Tourism – shawna.panas@city.greatersudbury.on.ca)


Manitoulin Island - Where Spirits Come to Play

Manitoulin Island is the world’s largest freshwater island and home to the Anishnaabe people who have long since believed Manitoulin is “Home of the Great Spirit-Gitchi-Manitou.” Discover a rich aboriginal heritage, unique shops and museums, colourful festivals and friendly island hospitality.

The eight First Nation communities of The Great Spirit Circle Trail offer visitors a wide array of regularly scheduled aboriginal events, tours and excursions ranging from nature-based adventure to educational interpretive. If a little exercise is what you seek, join the spirits and challenge yourself at The Cup and Saucer Hiking Trail. This easily accessible trail has a unique outline against the Manitoulin skyline. Signs mark the trail through the woods up the dramatic edge of the escarpment to a grassy resting-place. Trails from 2 km to 5.4 km in length offer everything from a gentle walk to an adventure trail that will take the avid hiker up and down sturdy ladders, up a natural rock chimney and along narrow ledges on the top of the escarpment for a panoramic view of the North Channel of Lake Huron.

During your visit on the island, enjoy an afternoon picnic at Bridal Veil Falls. View the falls from a picnic area that features huge millstones once used in the Kagawong gristmill or take the steps down to the river below where visitors can walk under the falls, take a cool dip, or follow one of several trails along the winding river to the North Channel.

Are you travelling by car or by boat? Why not both! Known in native Ojibwe as the “Big Canoe” the MS Chi-Cheemaun Ferry majestically carves it’s way through the scenic waters of Georgian Bay connecting Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula with South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island. The ferry can transport 638 passengers and 143 cars and is roughly a 1 hour and 45 minute crossing.

The great outdoor experiences, aboriginal culture, breathtaking scenery and more are all great reasons to make Manitoulin your next vacation destination! (Georgian Bay Coastal Route - bev@bchughes.ca)


Indulge & Relax at le Scandinave Spa

We invite you to try the Finnish Sauna, Norwegian Steam Bath, Thermal & Nordic Waterfalls, as well as Hot Baths and Cold Plunges. Enjoy the serenity of the Solariums, Relaxation Areas and Outdoor Fireplace. (Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain - mylisa@scandinaveblue.com)


A Day at Plunge! Aquatic Centre

An indoor outdoor water adventure with sensational views of the ski hills. (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association - micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)


White Squall

White Squall - the Sea Kayak Centre of Georgian Bay for 25 years. Explore islands of windswept pines and glacier smooth granite, nestled in the sparkling blue waters of northeastern Georgian Bay. Join us for an island daytrip – or take in one of our many multiday adventures in some of the finest sea kayak country in the world. If sleeping in a tent is not quite your cup of tea – we have cabin-based excursions at Diamond Key Lodge, an immaculate and old fashioned Bay fishing camp. We offer fully guided trips,instruction on our quiet lake, canoe and kayak rentals and shuttles. Take a summer day for an experience of a lifetime – the Bay really is that magical. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route - bev@bchughes.ca)


Georgian Bay Airways

COME SOAR WITH US OVER THE SPECTACULAR 30,000 ISLANDS! Let us make your vacation a memorable experience. We are a sightseeing and charter operation located in Parry Sound, Ontario, the Heart of the 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay. Using the Found Bush Hawk and Cessna floatplanes we will take you on a flight to remember!

We offer daily local Flightseeing Tours over the 30,000 Islands, "Fly & Dine" to World Famous "Henry's Fish Restaurant" as well as several others, Day Fly-In Fishing trips, Flying Adventures on ATV's or remote Island Hiking and Overnight Resort Getaways. We also offer a full charter service to any suitable water location. Check out our web-site for special packages and more details. Come visit our on-site gift shop featuring local artisans, aviator gifts and cottage accessories. Stop in for an ice cream cone, cold drink or specialty coffee while you stroll along the Parry Sound waterfront. Come see us today! Open from: May to October. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route - bev@bchughes.ca)


Stay and Play in Greater Sudbury

Greater Sudbury is Northern Ontario’s largest city . As the “Hub” of the north, Greater Sudbury offers a wide variety of accomodations, restaurants, and attractions that will suit most needs and budgets and with over 330 lakes within the city limits, you can combine the ultimate urban experience with a relaxing outdoor adventure With a rich mix of cultures including Francaphone, Aboriginal, Italian, Finnish and Greek, celebrations and festivals taking place year-round, weekends and summer calendars are filled with events and activities fit for the whole family!

Greater Sudbury is also home to Science North - Northern Ontario’s interactive science centreoffering world-class programming and events. Discover the newly built, state-of-the art digital Planetarium to view outer space like never before! Don’t forget to take in one of the many IMAX films playing on the newly rennovated 3-D IMAX screen.

Take time to visit Dynamic Earth and explore Greater Sudbury’s rich mining industry. Put on a hard hat and journey underground to experience mining from its ealiest days of hard rock mining to the dramatic mining innovations of the 21st century.

If you’re feeling lucky, join the fun and excitement at the OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs and enjoy hundreds of slot machines, harness racing, restaurants and lincensed lounges onsite.

For an unparalleled outdoor experience, visit one of Greater Sudbury’s many lodges and resorts, offering year-round accomodations. Whether you are looking for a relaxing fishing, swimming, and kayaking experience or a snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or ice fishing adventure, Greater Sudbury is a great place to plan your next vacation. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route - bev@bchughes.ca)


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Experience Nature

Share our taste for the outdoors

With 330 lakes and dozens of accessible nature experiences within the city, naturally you’ll be attracted to the outdoors. Take an early morning stroll along the walkway in Bell Park, hike rocky trails that reward with magnificent vistas at Blueberry Hill and Onaping Falls. Get wet with a refreshing dip at a supervised beach. Tee up a golf experience at one of 14 public courses. Let the sun set on your outdoor adventure … on horseback. Enjoy your own intimate star gazing party. (Sudbury Tourism – shawna.panas@city.greatersudbury.on.ca)


E’Terra Luxury Estate

Relaxing, rejuvenating, and photographically stunning – E’Terra’s exquisite setting in Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, at the tip of Bruce Peninsula, is a dream destination.  This luxurious, award-winning, eco-estate has captured a relaxing, holistic internal atmosphere and integrated it with nature’s stunning outdoor playground where you can hike, scuba dive, kayak, ice fish, do a winter photography workshop, or simply relax. (Bruce County Tourism – lisa@explorethebruce.com)


Rare Orchids and Ancient Cedars

The Bruce Peninsula is home to over 40 species of orchids.  Some are globally rare and extremely significant.  Little treasures such as the Calypso Orchid, about the size of a dime draw botanists from all over the world to photograph and record its sighting.  The conditions are surprisingly harsh on the Peninsula for these delicate plants consisting of a very shallow soil on top of the dolostone of the Niagara Escarpment.  This same topography is home to the ancient white cedars, the oldest trees in Eastern North America reaching over 1000 years old.  Gnarled and sheltered from the fires that have swept over the Bruce Peninsula, these trees cling to the cliff face, defying gravity and all botanical logic.  Each spring Bruce Peninsula National Park hosts the Orchid Festival designed to celebrate and educate wildflower enthusiasts from all over the world.  (Bruce County Tourism – lisa@explorethebruce.com)


Enjoy Killarney’s Small Town Charm

The village of Killarney, the North Shore’s oldest community, is located at the entrance to the North Channel surrounded by sparkling white quartzite peaks and pink granite rock. Offering spectacular views that have inspired Canada’s renowned Group of Seven painters, Killarney is the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend getaway!

If you are in search of a comfortable camping experience that can be enjoyed year-round, head to Killarney Provincial Park for an unforgettable stay in a yurt! A Yurt is a Mongolian style semi-permanent tent traditionally used in Central Asia by Nomads. A Killarney Yurt is a modern aluminum-framed, eight-sided, insulated tent 16 feet in diameter and constructed on a large wooden deck. Each Yurt is remotely located at the end of a trail off of the main interior parking lot, is furnished with a dining table, six chairs and two futon bunk beds. Yurts are equipped with lights, electric heat, two GFIC outlets, and four windows for your comfort. Outside on your private deck, you’ll find a BBQ with a shelter, a picnic table, a second picnic table, a fire ring, and a metal bear-proof food box with a cooking surface.

Enjoy a hiking adventure or a leisurely stroll down one of Killarney Provincial Park’s many trails - take in the spectacular scenery of the LaCloche Mountains and marvel at the unique rock formations and wind-swept pines lining the sparkling waters of Georgian Bay. Join the hustle and bustle of Killarney’s waterfront. Peruse the treasures found in the village’s gift shops, cool down with a sweet ice cream treat, or indulge with Killarney’s famous fish and chips - caught fresh and served bayside. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route - bev@bchughes.ca)


Follow the Route of the Voyageurs in French River

The French River is an ancient river system surrounded by dramatic landscape sculpted by ice age glaciers. These glaciers left behind cliffs, ridges, shoals and thousands of islands, which gives the vast water system its unique topography.

Join raconteur Rene Lahaie aboard his pontoon boat for a historic tour of this ancient river system as you follow the route of the “original visitors” - the Route of the Voyageurs! Rene, former mayor of French River, has brought the history of the French River to life by retracing parts of the river’s historic fur trading route and sharing stories of the river’s past. Once the cruise has reached the main channel, it is like taking a step back in time! This section of the French River has remained virtually unchanged as it is surrounded by Crown and Native land. Rene’s Cruises runs 2 to 5-hour cruises from May until mid-October and will accommodate requests to stop for relaxation, swimming, photography, picnicking or painting.

If you are interested in a relaxing weekend of fishing, the French River offers a quality fishing experience! Ontario’s most sought after game fish can be found in these waters. Whether you prefer to fish alone, with friends, with family or with a guide, the French River contains a species for every taste and skill level. If camping and hiking is what you seek, explore Grundy Provincial Park’s great beaches, challenging hiking trails and camping. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route - bev@bchughes.ca)


Park to Park

Come and experience the splendor of the North,from Parry Sound and Muskoka across to beautiful Haliburton County. Whether you like to hike, jog, dogsled, horseback ride, cross country ski, ATV or snowmobile, you need to come and visit this special multi-use trail. For close to 230 kilometers, this easily accessible trail winds through a region rich in natural and cultural heritage. Discover the visible evidence of the logging and  railway history along with the remains of early settlements and colonization roads. There are even a couple of deserted ghost towns rich with history and tall tales. Combine all of this with the array of wildlife and birds that inhabit the trail and you will not want to forget your camera. With many communities along the trail that offer full services and that host special events at different times of the year, you don't want to miss out! Many bed & breakfast opportunities are close at hand along with more contemporary lodging opportunities. Take a journey along the Park-to-Park Trail and experience what only nature and time have worked with. Plan your next adventure along the Park-to-Park Trail and not only will it be fun, but it will be an experience that will make everyone smile when the topic comes up in the future. Take a hike and stroll through a canopy of green. Breathe in the fresh air. Bring along your children and families and see what a day spent outside can do for you and your health! (Georgian Bay Coastal Route - bev@bchughes.ca)


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Cruising

Sail World Class Waters

Travel half way around the world to find the world’s best sailing? Not a chance. A Georgian Bay sailor recently told stories of a sailing trip on the Mediterranean. The locals told him the best sailing in the world could be found on the North Channel in Ontario, Canada – from whence he originated. He had to agree. The North Channel, with its pristine waters, quartzite cliffs, windswept pines and smooth rocky shores, boasts the best freshwater sailing in the world.
(Georgian Bay Coastal Route – bev@bchughes.ca )


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Skiing & Snowboarding

Ski Blue Mountain Resort

The definitive winter escape! Take part in one of Canada’s largest annual ski and snowboard festivals! TELUS Triple Challenge hosts skiers, snowboarders and enthusiasts from across Canada for an action-packed weekend of extreme competitions,concerts and parties. (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association - micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)
 


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Snowmobiling

Parry Sound Snowmobile District

PSSD/OFSC District 10 is located in the district of Parry Sound/Muskoka. The heart of Georgian Bay Country, our trails can be accessed within a short drive from the GTA. Member clubs operate a trail network of over1,100 kilometers containing both a mix of looping or family trails along with several Trans Ontario Provincial (TOP) Trails. Trails in the Parry Sound Snowmobile District span from the Moon River in the South to the Key River in the North and from Georgian Bay in the East to Hwy 11 in the West. The pride and heartbeat of our volunteers which is evident in the trails, combined with the awesome scenery, and the numerous resorts, restaurants and service facilities located directly on the trails come together to ensure a great snowmobile experience. From the novice to the seasoned rider you are assured that your snowmobiling needs will be satisfied! (Georgian Bay Coastal Route - bev@bchughes.ca)


Ride on Limited

Try something adventurous. Take a Hummer shuttle to the snowmobile trails and try a 1-3 hour ski-doo journey through the Pretty River Valley, Provincial Parks or O.F.S.C trails. (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association - micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)


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Cross Country Skiing

Explore Scenic Caves Nordic Adventures

Enjoy 22 km of professionally groomed trails, classic and skate skiing, high atop Blue Mountain with panoramic views of Georgian Bay. Once you're finished skiing, you can snowshoe across Ontario’s Longest Suspension Bridge or try out 7 km of snowshoe trails. (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association - micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)


Go Toboganning or Skiing at Highlands Nordic Centre

A complete nordic ski facility with commanding views of the region. Come experience Niagara Escarpment nature at its best! (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association - micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)


Ski 3 Pass

Enjoy the region’s best Cross Country Skiing with the pass for Scenic Caves Nordic Centre, Highlands Nordic and Wasaga Nordic. 3 days of fun at 3 Nordic locations.  (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association - micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)


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Experience Winter

Experience Winter on Georgian Bay

Grab your snowshoes, your skis or board and gas up your sled. Some of the best winter activities take place on Georgian Bay! Book your accommodation at a world class four season resort, or a unique and cozy inn. Follow our ready-made winter itineraries -- or make tracks of your own -- for memories you won’t forget. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route – bev@bchughes.ca)


Make Grey County YOUR Winter Playground

Grey County is one of the most exciting regions to enjoy the winter season as we receive large blankets of snow and are located on the Niagara Escarpment which features rugged and distinctive terrains. If you enjoy the winter season as much as we do and like a great challenge, Grey County is the thrill you've been waiting for; whether its downhill skiing or snowboarding, cross country skiing or snowshoeing, dog sledding or snowmobiling, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed! (Grey County Tourism – bryan.plumstead@visitgrey.ca)


South Georgian Bay –The Best Outdoor Winter Playground

SOUTH Georgian Bay provides the Best Outdoor Winter Playground for your pleasure.  Our experiences are as diverse as our region, and offer something for every winter activity imaginable.  Take the reins of a Dog Sled Team at Rob Roy, Go Snow Caving with Free Spirit Tours at Metcalfe Rock.  Try something adventurous and ride endless OFSC snowmobile trails.  For a truly unforgettable Canadian experience, enjoy a moonlight sleigh ride to the back bush, where shelter and a roaring fire await courtesy of Whinny Acres.  South Georgian Bay is the definitive winter escape with Ontario’s largest Ski Resort, Blue Mountain.  If Cross Country skiing or snow-shoeing are more your thing, Scenic Caves Nordic, Duntroon Highlands Nordic and Wasaga Nordic all offer groomer trails along the Escarpment and amongst ancient parabolic dunes in Wasaga Beach.  At the end of your day, indulge and relax at Scandinave Spa in the Finnish Sauna, Norwegian Steam Bath, Thermal and Nordic Waterfalls as well as hot and cold baths. (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association – micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com )


1,200 Kilometres of Trails in Sudbury

When the lakes turn icy blue and the white stuff piles up, it’s time to lace up for an open air skate, snap on the skis for cross-country and downhill thrills and rev the engines for back country adventures on 1,200 kms of trails. Sudbury is also a great start to the 4-day “Northern Do the Loop” tour that encompasses Sudbury, North Bay and Parry Sound.  (Sudbury Tourism – shawna.panas@city.greatersudbury.on.ca)


Go Snow Caving with Free Spirit Tours

Hike through the woods to explore some of the Niagara Escarpment’suniquely formed caves. It’s a whole different world underground so come and discover it with us! Moonlight snowshoe tours also available. (Georgian Triangle Tourism Association - micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)


Enjoy a Moonlight Sleigh Ride at Whinny Acres

For a truly unforgettable Canadian experience—a sleigh ride to the back bush, where a shelter and roaring fire awaits you. (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association - micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)


Explore Rob Roy Farm

Live the adventure! Take the reins of a dog sled team and visit a real igloo. An experience for all ages! (Georgian Triangle Tourist Association - micheledegraaf@georgiantriangle.com)


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Golf Tour

Signature Courses along the Bay

Georgian Bay is a golf lover’s dream. If you’re looking for the ultimate golf experience, play a round at one of our signature courses or follow the McBroom trail around the coast, visiting the courses designed by this award winning architect. With challenging courses dotting the shoreline around the coast, you’ll be teeing off with the clear blue water of Georgian Bay as your backdrop. (Georgian Bay Coastal Route – bev@bchughes.ca )


14 Places to Tee Off – All in One City

Greater Sudbury is home to 14 courses, including Northern Ontario’s most celebrated golf course, Timberwolf. Choose a course that suits your playing style or play them all.  You can always expect to enjoy a fantastic golf experience. (Sudbury Tourism – shawna.panas@city.greatersudbury.on.ca)


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