Southern Georgian Bay Lighthouses & Marine Heritage (4 Days)

Visit the lighthouses and marine heritage attractions from Collingwood to Wasaga Beach and Midland. This 4 day Georgian Bay Coastal Route lighthouse tour itinerary comes complete with suggestions on where to stay and where to find the best cuisine.

Day 1

Travel to Collingwood today, where you’ll take in the Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse, one of six Imperial Towers. The lighthouse can be viewed from a distance, while standing on shore, or travel to the island by private boat or kayak if the weather and wind direction is satisfactory. Once you’re finished make a stop at the Harbourlands Park in Collingwood. This park dons memorial plaques in memory of the shipbuilders who spent most of their lives building the huge grain carrying ships that travel the great lakes. Next stop – the Collingwood Museum – to learn the story of Collingwood’s shipyard, native and transportation history.

Distance:

Tobermory to South Baymouth by ferry
South Baymouth to Providence Bay

Accommodation Options:

The Joseph Lawrence House Bed & Breakfast
492 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
P. 705-441-6646
http://www.josephlawrencehouse.com
Pretty River Valley Country Inn
529742 30/31 Sideroad, R.R.#1, Nottawa
P. 705-445-7598
http://www.prettyriverinn.com/
Baccus House
142 Hume St, Collingwood
P. 705-446-4700
http://www.bacchushouse.ca/
Thurso House
167 Pine Street, Collingwood
P. (705)-444-4476
http://www.thursohouse.com/
Willow Trace
7833 Poplar Side Road, Collingwood
P. 705-445-9003
http://www.collingwoodbedandbreakfast.com/
Blue Mountain Village
108 Jozo Weider Blvd, Town of The Blue Mountains
P. 1-877-445-0231
http://www.bluemountain.ca/lodging_quickfacts.htm
The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain
220 Gord Canning Drive, The Blue Mountains
Directions: In The Blue Mountain Village
P. 705-443-8080
http://www.westin.com/bluemountain

Dining Options:

Catch 22 Fresh Market Grill
962 Mosley St, Wasaga Beach
P. 705-422-2281
http://www.catch22grill.com
Memories Restaurant at Cranberry Resort
19 Keith Avenue, Hwy 26 West, Collingwood
P. 1-800-465-9077
http://www.thecranberryresort.com
Tesoro
18 Schoolhouse Lane, Collingwood
P. 705-444-9230
http://www.tesororestaurant.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:

Harbourlands Park
Collingwood
Location: Heritage Drive
P. 705-445-1030
http://www.collingwood.ca/node/473
Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse
Collingwood
Location: South West shore of Nottawasaga Island - 2 1/2 miles off Collingwood's shore
The Collingwood Museum
45 St Paul Street, Collingwood
P. 705-445-4811
http://www.collingwood.ca/museum

Day 2

This morning you’ll travel to Wasaga Beach, home of the world’s longest freshwater beach and the Nancy Island Historic Site. Here you’ll find the original hull of the HMS Nancy, sunk by the British Commander in the Nottawasaga Harbour in 1814. Next you’re traveling to Midland and Penetanguishene were you’ll take a 30,000 Island Cruise aboard one of the local tour boats. After visit the Lighthouse Store to browse the selection of nautical treasures.

Distance:

Collingwood to Wasaga Beach (15 km (9 miles), 15 min)
Wasaga Beach to Midland (40 km (25 miles), 1 hour)

Accommodation Options:

The Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast
670 Hugel Road, Midland
P. 877-450-7660
http://www.victorianinn.on.ca/
Beacon Shore on Georgian Bay B&B
128 Midland Point Road, Midland
P. 705-526-5005
http://www.bbcanada.com/beaconshorebb
Best Western Highland Inn & Conference Centre
924 King Street, PO Box 515, Midland
P. 1-800-461-4265
http://www.bestwesternmidland.com/
1875 A Charter's Inn
290 Second Street, Midland
P. 1-800-724-2979
http://www.chartersinn.com/
Comfort Inn
980 King Street, PO Box 6, Midland
P. 705-526-2090
https://www.choicehotels.com/ontario/midland/comfort-inn-hotels/cn279

Lunch Options:

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

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
Grounded Coffee Co.
292 King Street, Midland
P. 705-527-5997
http://groundedcoffee.ca/
The Explorer's Cafe
347 King Street, Midland
P. 705-527-9199
http://www.theexplorerscafe.com/index.php
The Olympia
924 King Street, Midland
P. 705-529-3873
http://www.olympiagardens.com/

Things to Do:

Nancy Island Historic Site
Town of Wasaga Beach
Location: Mosley Street across from 3rd Street
P. 705-429-2516
http://www.wasagabeachpark.com/index.php?action=display&cat=7
Wasaga Beach
Town of Wasaga Beach
P. 705-429-3844
http://www.wasagabeachtourism.com
30,000 Island Boat Cruise
Midland & Penetanguishene
P. 705-549-3388
http://www.midlandtours.com/boat-cruise-tours/miss-midland/

Suppliers:

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
https://islandqueencruise.com/

Day 3

This morning you’re off to view the Christian Island Lighthouse. Take the ferry from the Cedar Point to the island, where you’ll find this Imperial Tower, first lit in 1859. While the lighthouse itself is not accessible, you can view it from the outside. Back on shore, you’ll travel to Discovery Harbour to view the replica 19th century community and British ships located on scenic Penetanguishene Bay. At the end of the day, spend one more night in Midland or Penetanguishene, or travel to Port Severn to be closer to tomorrow’s activities.

Distance:

Local travel around the area today only, or Midland to Port Severn (26 km (16 miles), 30 mins)

Accommodation Options:

The Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast
670 Hugel Road, Midland
P. 877-450-7660
http://www.victorianinn.ca/
Beacon Shore on Georgian Bay B&B
128 MIdland Point Road, Midland
P. 705-526-5005
http://www.bbcanada.com/beaconshorebb
Best Western Highland Inn & Conference Centre
924 King Street, PO Box 515, Midland
P. 1-800-461-4265
http://www.bestwesternmidland.com/
1875 A Charter's Inn
290 Second Street, Midland
P. 1-800-724-2979
http://www.chartersinn.com/
Comfort Inn
980 King Street, PO Box 6, Midland
P. 705-526-2090
http://www.comfortinnmidland.com
The Inn at Christie's Mill
263 Port Severn Rd N, PO Box 125, Port Severn
P. 1-800-465-9966
http://www.christiesmill.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
Grounded Coffee Co.
292 King Street, Midland
P. 705-527-5997
http://groundedcoffee.ca/
The Explorer's Cafe
347 King Street, Midland
P. 705-527-9199
http://www.theexplorerscafe.com/index.php
The Olympia
924 King Street, Midland
P. 705-529-3873
http://www.olympiagardens.com/
Inn at Christie's Mill
263 Port Severn Road North, PO Box 125, Port Severn
P. 1-800-465-9966
http://www.christiesmill.com/Twigs/index.htm

Things to Do:

Christian Island Lighthouse
Christian Island/Beausoliel First Nations
Location: Southern most point of Christian Island - take the ferry to Christian Island from Cedar Point and head left.
P. 705-247-2051
Discovery Harbour
93 Jury Drive, Penetanguishene
P. 705-549-8064
http://www.discoveryharbour.on.ca

Day 4

Today you’re traveling to Georgian Bay Islands National Park for some hiking and the chance to view two more Georgian Bay lighthouses. Pack a picnic lunch and head for Honey Harbour where you’ll take the Daytripper water taxi to Beausoleil Island. To view the front range, Brebeuf Island Light from afar, hike the Huron Trail from the water taxi access across the island to pick up the northern segment of the Georgian Trail on Beausoleil Island. You’ll find the rear range Beausoleil Island Light Range located ¼ mile east of Brebeuf Island, on the west shore of Beausoleil Island.

Distance:

Depending where you stayed last night:
Midland to Honey Harbour (40 km (26 miles), 45 mins), or
Port Severn to Honey Harbour (13 km (8 miles), 20 mins)

Things to Do:

Beausoleil Island Light Range
Honey Harbour/Beausoleil Island
Location: 1/4 mile east on the west shore of the Island
Brebeuf Island Light
Honey Harbour
Location: Brebeuf Island - 7 miles north of Midland or view from Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Honey Harbour/Beausoleil Island
Location: By boat only - Beausoleil Island
P. 705-527-7200
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/georg/index_E.asp