Southern Georgian Bay Nature Tour (2 - 3 Days)

Follow the Georgian Bay Coastal Route through southern Georgian Bay stopping at the best nature areas along the way. This 3 day itinerary features suggestions for places to stay and eat along the way.

Day 1

Arrive in Collingwood today and make your way to Blue Mountain. Take the gondola ride to the top of the Niagara Escarpment, and then make your way to Scenic Caves Nature Adventures following the trails at the top. While at Scenic Caves, explore the labyrinth of caves and then spend some time suspended above the world, as you cross Ontario’s longest suspension footbridge suspended 25 metres above the treetops! Be sure to stop and savor the view of Georgian Bay more than 300 metres in elevation below! When you’re finished, travel on to Wasaga Beach, (Hwy 26 east to Mosley Street) the World’s Longest Freshwater Beach. When you’re finished dipping your toes in the Bay, check out the Blueberry Trails at the Wasaga Nordic Centre. Complete with 30 km of trails, this naturalist paradise is home to the largest parabolic sand dunes in Ontario.

Distance:

Collingwood to Wasaga Beach (20 km (13 m), 30 min)

Accommodation Options:

Lakes of Wasaga
91 Theme Park Drive, Wasaga Beach
P. 1-866-378-0833
http://www.lakesofwasaga.com/index.html
Saga Resort
88 Main Street, S., Wasaga Beach
P. 1-800-263-7053
http://www.sagaresort.com

Lunch 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/

Dinner Options:

Goodies
1470 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach
Directions: Mosley at 34th.
P. 705-429-0200
http://www.goodiescafe.ca/
 

Things to Do:

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
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 2

Travel to Midland (Cty Rd 92 East to Elmvale, Left on Cty Rd 27, then Left on Cty Rd 93) today and explore the outdoors at the Wye Marsh. Designated an “Important Bird Area”, the marsh is a great place for a hike or canoe ride (self guided or with an experienced Outdoor Educator). If you’re traveling with your bike, then check out the Tay Shore Trail (paved flat surface trail) or the Tiny Trails(rail trail) for a nice ride. If biking is not your passion, head to Awenda Provincial Park to hike the trails. Here you’ll find the Nipissing Bluff dropping 60 meters into Georgian Bay.

Distance:

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:

Awenda Provincial Park
PO Box 5004, Penetanguishene
Location: From Penetanguishene follow signs to the park
P. 705-549-2231
https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/awenda
Tay Shore Trail
Midland to Waubaushene
Location: Waubaushene to Midland (Sainte-Marie among the Hurons)
P. 705-534-7248
Tiny Trails
Penetanguishene to Elmvale
Location: Parking is available in Wyevale, Perkinsfield (Bernie LeClair Park), Penetang Park, Concession 4 & Cty Rd 6 and Phelpston
P. 1-866-939-8469
http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/tiny-trail
Wye Marsh
16160 Hwy 12 East, Midland
Location: 16160 Hwy 12
P. 705-526-7809
http://www.wyemarsh.com

Day 3

If you have the day to spend today, pack a picnic lunch and take the time to visit Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay Island National Park. This park is a water based park, so leave you car, pack a picnic lunch, and take the Daytripper water taxi from the marina in Honey Harbour (Hwy 12 east of Midland, to Hwy 400 North, to exit 156 and Cty Road 5 to Honey Harbour). Once there, walk the Huron Trail south, before catching the Georgian Trail north to Christian Beach, an excellent spot to enjoy your lunch. Head back along the Christian Trail to Cedar Point, where you will catch the boat back to the mainland.

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