Nature Loop! (10 days)

Get up close and personal with nature along the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. Follow this 10 day itinerary around the Bay, stopping at the best natural attractions.

Day 1

Arrive in Parry Sound. After getting settled at your accommodation, venture to the West Parry Sound District Museum to climb the 96 foot tower for an amazing view of Georgian Bay. If you are feeling adventurous, book a flight seeing tour with Georgian Bay Airways. They will fly you to world famous “Henry’s Fish Restaurant” for a meal experience like no other. If flying is not your thing, perhaps you would enjoy a 30,000 Island Boat Cruise aboard the Island Queen or the Chippewa III.

Accommodation Options:

Log Cabin Inn
Oastler Park Dr., RR#2, Parry Sound
Directions: Exit #224 Bowes Street off Highway 400. Turn left at Oastler Park Drive. Turn left Log Cabin.
P. 705-746-7122
http://www.logcabininn.net
40 Bay Street
40 Bay Street, Parry Sound
Directions: Exit #224 Bowes Street off Highway 400. Follow Bowes Street which turns into Seguin. Turn left at James Street.
P. 866-371-2638
http://www.40baystreet.com
Bayside Inn
10 Gibson Street, Parry Sound
Directions: Exit 224 Bowes Street on Highway 400. Follow Bowes Street which changes name to Seguin. Turn left at Gibson Street.
P. 866-833-8864
http://www.psbaysideinn.com

Things to Do:

West Parry Sound District Museum on Tower Hill
17 George Street, Parry Sound
Location: Tower Hill
P. 705-746-5365
http://www.wpsdm.com
 

Suppliers:

Georgian Bay Airways
11A Bay Street, Parry Sound
P. 705-774-9884 / P. 1-800-786-1704
http://www.georgianbayairways.com
M.V. Chippewa III
PO Box 74, RR#2, Parry Sound
Directions: Located at Seguin River Parkette off Bay Street
P. 705-746-6064 / P. 1-888-283-5870
http://www.spiritofthesound.ca
The Island Queen
9 Bay Street, Parry Sound
P. 705-746-2311 / P. 1-800-506-2628
https://islandqueencruise.com/

Day 2

After a leisurely breakfast, travel to the Village of Killarney(Hwy 637 west, north of French River). Be sure to stop along the way at the French River Visitor Centre. Here you will enjoy views of the French River gorge as you wander across the suspension bridge on your way to Recollet Falls. Continue on to Killarney, a quaint village nestled at the base of the La Cloche Mountains. If you didn’t get your fill of Georgian Bay whitefish last night, be sure to check out the amazing fish & chips at Herbert Fisheries Mr. Perch right on the dock!

Distance:

Parry Sound to French River – (120 km (76 m), 1 hr 40 min)
French River to Killarney – (105 km (65 m), 1 hr 30 min)

Accommodation Options:

Killarney Mountain Lodge
Village of Killarney, Killarney
Directions: In the Village of Killarney
P. 1-800-461-1117
http://www.killarney.com
 

Dining Options:

Herbert Fisheries Mister Perch
21 Channel Street, Killarney
P. 705-287-2214
http://herbertfisheries.ca/
Killarney Mountain Lodge
Killarney
P. 1-800-461-1117
http://www.killarney.com

Things to Do:

French River Visitor's Centre
French River
Location: Hwy 69 immediately south of the French River bridge and 1 km north of the Pickerel River
P. 705-857-1630
https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/frenchriver
 

Day 3

Today is the perfect day to check out Killarney Provincial Park, the jewel of the Ontario Parks, made famous by the group of seven artists who captured its beauty. Take a Motor Cruise to Baie Fine Fjord with Killarney Mountain Outfitters (you choose your activity level), or visit George Lake at the Park’s main access point for a paddle or a hike.

Accommodation Options:

Killarney Mountain Lodge
Village of Killarney, Killarney
Directions: In the Village of Killarney
P. 1-800-461-1117
http://www.killarney.com
 

Dining Options:

Herbert Fisheries Mister Perch
21 Channel Street, Killarney
P. 705-287-2214
http://herbertfisheries.ca/
Killarney Mountain Lodge
Killarney
P. 1-800-461-1117
http://www.killarney.com

Things to Do:

Explore Killarney Provincial Park
Killarney
Location: Hwy 637 south of Sudbury
P. 705-287-2900
https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/killarney
 

Suppliers:

Killarney Outfitters
Killarney
P. 705-287-2828 / P. 1-800-461-1117
http://www.killarney.com/outdoor-guided-trips.php
 

Day 4

After an early breakfast, make the trek to Sudbury (Hwy 69 north). While in the city, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Bell Park Boardwalk, before checking into your local accommodations. Once you’re settled, head to Onaping (Hwy 144 North) and the A.Y. Jackson Lookout. The lookout offers a scenic view of High Falls as it plunges 55 metres (150 feet) into the Sudbury basin.

Distance:

Killarney to Sudbury – (110 km (67 m), 1 hr 30 min)
Sudbury to Onaping – (40 km (25 m), 40 min)

Accommodation Options:

Auberge Sur Lac
1672 South Lane Road, Sudbury
P. 705-522-5010
http://www.aubergesurlac.ca
Hampton Inn by Hilton
2280 Regent Street, Sudbury
P. 705-523-5200
http://www.sudburyontario.hamptoninn.com
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
490 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury
P. 705-560-0111
http://www.marriott.com/property/propertypage/YSBFI

Dining Options:

Respect Is Burning
82 Durham Street, Sudbury
P. 705-675-5777
http://www.ribsupperclub.com/
Verdicchio Ristorante
1351 Kelly Lake Road, Sudbury
P. 705-523-2794
http://www.ristoranteverdicchio.com/

Things to Do:

A.Y Jackson Lookout - High Falls
Onaping Falls
Location: 45 km northwest of Sudbury on Hwy 144 - just 3 kms north of Dowling
P. 705-674-4455 ext. 4603
http://www.rainbowroutes.com/index.php/routes/ay-jackson/
Jim Gordon Walkway on Ramsey Lake
Sudbury
Location: Paris Street entrance or access from Science North
P. 705-674-4455 ext. 4603
http://www.rainbowroutes.com/index.php/routes/bell-park-to-science-north/

Day 5

Today you’re heading to the World’s Largest Freshwater Island, Manitoulin Island (Hwy 17 west of Sudbury to Hwy 6 south). Enter the Island at Little Current, by crossing the oldest swing bridge in North America. Built in 1913, it still swings 15 minutes on the hour to allow marine traffic to pass. Once on the Island, head to Kagawong (Hwy 540 West), for a walk and some site-seeing at Bridal Veil Falls. Take a dip, pull up a picnic table, and then follow the trails to the Bay. If you’re traveling with your bike, be sure to take advantage of the limited traffic and magnificent scenic views by cycling Manitoulin’s backroads. Don’t forget to make reservations for the Chi-Cheemaun for tomorrow’s sailing.

Distance:

Sudbury to Kagawong – (165 km (105 m), 2 hr 30 min)
Kagawong to South Baymouth – (80 km (50 m), 45 min

Accommodation Options:

Queen's Inn
19 Water Street, Gore Bay
P. 705-282-0665
http://www.thequeensinn.ca
White's Point B&B
522 Whites Point Road, Little Current
Directions: (Whites point road is 2 kms south of Little Current on Hwy 6)
P. 705-368-2803
http://www.bedbreakfasthome.com/whitespointbb/
Meldrum Bay Inn
25959 Hwy 540, Meldrum Bay
Directions: Corner of Hwy 540 & McDonald Street
P. 877-557-6145
http://www.meldrumbayinn.com

Dining Options:

The School House Restaurant
47 McNevin Street, Providence Bay
P. 705-377-4055
Garden's Gate Restaurant
Hwy 542, Tehkummah
P. 705-859-2088
http://www.manitoulin-island.com/gardensgate/index.html

Things to Do:

Chi-Cheemaun
8 Eliza Street - Tobermory, Tobermory or South Baymouth
P. 1-800-265-3163
http://www.ontarioferries.com
Bridal Veil Falls
Kagawong
Location: Hwy 540 at Kagawong
Cycle Manitoulin Island's Backroads
Manitoulin Island
http://www.manitoulincycling.com/
Swing Bridge
Little Current
Location: Hwy 6 to the information centre for parking.

Day 6

Catch the morning ferry crossing to Tobermory aboard the Chi-Cheemaun. (Be sure to check in one hour before your sailing to guarantee your reservation). Once you dock Tobermory, enjoy some time wandering the streets of this picturesque fishing village while you await your boarding on a Flower Pot Island excursion. Once on the island, wander the trial to the former lightkeeper’s house. Back ashore, check in at your accommodation before heading out to enjoy dinner at one of the local eateries.

Accommodation Options:

Blue Bay Motel
32 Bay Street South, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2392
http://www.bluebay-motel.com
Innisfree B&B
46 Bay Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-8190
http://www.tobermoryaccommodations.com
Grandview Motel
8 Earl Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2220
http://www.grandview-tobermory.com
Adventure Inn the Bruce
#7362 Hwy 6, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2273
http://www.adventurethebruceinn.com
Bruce Anchor Motel & Cottages
7468 Hwy 6, 19 Front Street, Tobermory
P. 1-800-591-4254
http://www.bruceanchor.com

Dining Options:

Craigie's Harbourview Restaurant
Bay Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2867
Sunset Dinner Cruise
At the Ferry Terminal, Tobermory
P. 800-265-3163
http://www.chicheemaun.com
The Grandview
8 Earl Street, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2220
http://www.grandview-tobermory.com/dining.htm

Things to Do:

Chi-Cheemaun
8 Eliza Street - Tobermory or South Baymouth
P. 1-800-265-3163
http://www.ontarioferries.com
Flower Pot Island Excursion
Tobermory
P. 519-534-5344
http://www.explorethebruce.com
Little Tub Harbour
Downtown Tobermory, Tobermory
Location: Downtown Tobermory
P. 519-596-2452
http://www.tobermory.org

Day 7

This morning, go exploring in Bruce Peninsula National Park (Hwy 6 south of Tobermory). Park at the head of trails, and hike the main trail to the Grotto, a natural sea cave formed by years of Georgian Bay wave action. When finished exploring, carry on down the Bruce Peninsula (Hwy 6 south), into Owen Sound, stopping at Inglis Falls for a breathtaking view as the Sydenham River cascades over the limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment. If you’re up for a walk, take the Pines Loop through the forest. If it’s a more energetic hike you’re looking for, take the trail to Harrison Park.

Distance:

Tobermory to Owen Sound (105 km (65 m), 1 hr 40 min)

Accommodation Options:

Highland Manor B & B
867 4th Avenue 'A' West, Owen Sound
P. 519-372-2699
http://www.highlandmanor.ca
Best Western Inn on the Bay
1800 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound
P. 1-800-780-7234
http://www.bestwestern.com/ca/innonthebay
The Falls Inn
113 Robert Street, Walters Falls
P. 519-794-4388
http://www.thefallsinn.com

Dining Options:

Nathaniel's
215 8th Street East, Owen Sound
P. 519-371-3440
Rocky Raccoon Café
941 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound
P. 519-374-0500
http://www.rockyraccooncafe.com/
Harrison Park Inn
137 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound
P. 519-376-5151
http://www.harrisonparkinn.com

Things to Do:

Bruce Peninsula National Park
PO Box 189, Tobermory
Location: 8 km south of Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233 / P. 1-877-737-3783
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/bruce/index_e.asp
Hike to the Grotto - Bruce Peninsula National Park
469 Cyprus Lake Road, Tobermory
P. 519-596-2233 / P. 519-596-2263
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/bruce/ne/grotto.aspx
Hiking in Harrison Park
75 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound
P. 1-888-675-5555
http://www.owensound.ca/recreation/harrisonpark.php
Inglis Falls
Owen Sound
Location: From Rockford - take Grey Road 18 West to Inglis Falls Road. From downtown Owen Sound - south on 2nd Ave E to 2nd Ave SE, take Inglis Falls Road.
http://ontarioconservationareas.ca/component/mtree/conservation-authorities-of-ontario/grey-sauble/inglis-falls-conservation-area

Day 8

Travel to the Town of The Blue Mountains (Hwy 26 East) today, for some caving and a gondola ride to the top of Blue Mountain. Once at the top, enjoy a picnic, or walk the trail to Scenic Caves Adventures. Whatever way you get there (by car or by foot), be sure not to miss this opportunity to explore the labyrinth of caves and crevices. Before leaving the Caves, venture cross Ontario’s Longest Suspension Footbridge, for a view while suspended above the world! If you’re travelling with bikes, cycle the Georgian Trail, a rail trail running between Meaford and Collingwood.

Distance:

Owen Sound to Town of The Blue Mountains (60 km (40 m), 1 hr)

Accommodation Options:

The Joseph Lawrence House Bed & Breakfast
492 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
P. 705-445-7132
http://www.josephlawrencehouse.com
Baccus House
142 Hume St, Collingwood
P. 705-446-4700
http://www.bacchushouse.ca/
Thurso House
167 Pine Street, Collingwood
P. (705)-445-7117
http://www.thursohouse.com/
Willow Trace
7833 Poplar Side Road, Collingwood
P. 705-445-9003
http://www.collingwoodbedandbreakfast.com/
Glennkaren By the Bay
285 Sunset Blvd., Thornbury
P. 519-599-2186
http://www.greybruceyourway.com/glennkaren-bb-bay
Blue Mountain Village
108 Jozo Weider Blvd, Town of The Blue Mountains
P. 1-877-445-0231
http://www.bluemountain.ca/lodging_quickfacts.htm

Dining Options:

Catch 22 Fresh Market Grill
962 Mosley St, Wasaga Beach
P. 705-422-2281
http://www.catch22grill.com
SanDiego Restaurant
72 First Street, Collingwood
P. 705-445-9876
http://www.sandiegorestaurant.ca
Kaytoo Restaurant & Bar
176 Jozo Weider Blvd., The Blue Mountains
Directions: In the Blue Mountain Village
P. 705-445-4100
http://www.kaytoo.ca
Sisi Trattoria
27 Bruce Street South, Thornbury
P. 519-599-7769
http://www.sisitrattoria.com
Thornbury Bakery Café
12 Bruce Street South, PO Box 204, Thornbury
P. 519-599-3311
http://thornburybakerycafe.com/

Things to Do:

Hike or Bike the Georgian Trail
Collingwood to Meaford
Location: Various access points between Collingwood & Meaford
http://www.georgiantrail.ca/
Open Air Gondola
108 Jozo Weider Blvd, Town of The Blue Mountains
Location: The Blue Mountain Village Base Area
P. 705-445-0231 / P. 1-877-445-0231
http://www.bluemountain.ca/green_gondola.htm
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
260 Scenic Caves Road, The Blue Mountains
Location: From Collingwood, drive west on First St. to the First St. extension. Continue west on Mountain Rd which becomes Grey Rd 19. Follow the traffic circle onto Scenic Caves Rd. Follow this road to the top of the hill.
P. 705-446-0256
http://www.sceniccaves.com

Day 9

On to Wasaga Beach today (Hwy 26 to Mosley St.), the World’s Longest Freshwater Beach. A trip along the Blueberry Trail will take you to Ontario’s largest parabolic sand dunes for bird watching opportunities. Next find your way to Midland (Cty Rd 92 East to Elmvale, Left on Cty Rd 27, then Left on Cty Rd 93), and the Wye Marsh, a designated “Important Bird Area”.

Distance:

Collingwood to Wasaga Beach (20 km (13 m), 30 min)
Wasaga Beach to Midland (37 km (24 m), 40 min)

Accommodation Options:

Best Western Highland Inn & Conference Centre
924 King Street, PO Box 515, Midland
P. 1-800-461-4265
http://www.bestwesternmidland.com/
 

Dining Options:

Henry's
3282 Ogdens Beach Rd,, Midland
P. 705-528-1919
http://www.henrysfishrestaurant.com/
Mad Michael's Restaurant & Bakery
8215 Highway 93, Wyebridge
P. 705-527-1666
http://www.madmichaels.com/
The Library Restaurant
526 Hugel Street, Midland
P. 705-528-0100
http://www.thelibraryrestaurant.ca

Things to Do:

Blueberry Trails at the Wasaga Nordic Centre
Wasaga Beach
Location: Follow River Rd W to Blueberry Trail South, then follow the signs to the parking lot.
P. 705-429-0943
Wasaga Beach
Town of Wasaga Beach
P. 705-429-3844
http://www.wasagabeachtourism.com

Day 10

Today is your last day on the Georgian Bay Coastal Route! Travel to Honey Harbour (Hwy 12 East, to Hwy 400 North, then take Honey Harbour Road) this morning, where you will catch the Daytripper for a boat ride to Georgian Bay Islands National Park for a day of exploring Beausoleil Island. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch. Walk the Huron Trail south, before catching the Georgian Trail north to Christian Beach, an excellent spot for a picnic. Head back along the Christian Trail to Cedar Point, where you will catch the boat back to the mainland, and your Georgian Bay Coastal Route adventure will come to an end until next time.

Distance:

Midland to Honey Harbour (37 km (24 m), 40 min)

Things to Do:

Spend a day at Georgian Bay Islands National Park: Beausoleil Island
Honey Harbour
Location: Beausoleil Island
P. 705-527-7200
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/georg/index_e.asp