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Things to Do on Georgian Bay

Motorcycle Touring

The Georgian Bay Coastal Route Motorcycle Tour is designed to take you on the best motorcycle roads around Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the clear blue water, as you cruise the best roads on your motorcycle vacation. Ride the roads less travelled, stopping to discover some of the best scenic vistas and attractions around the Bay. Relax for the night at any one of the hand-picked motorcycle friendly accommodations. Discuss the day’s ride with fellow riders as you grab a bite before hitting the road, or as you dine at the end of a great day of riding.

Please note - Riders and passengers must wear a helmet while riding in Ontario!

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Discover Lighthouses & Marine Heritage

The Lighthouse & Marine Heritage Tour will have you exploring more than 50 Georgian Bay, Ontario Lighthouses and Marine Heritage attractions!

Visit 32 lighthouses, including 6 limestone towers, built in the 1850’s, known collectively as the Imperial Towers. Board a glass bottom boat to tour the shipwrecks of the Fathom Five National Marine Park, the first of its kind in Canada. Visit the Nancy Island Historic Site to view the hull of the HMS Nancy Schooner and explore the recreation of a 19th century community complete with replica British sailing ships at Discovery Harbour.

At the end of a day exploring the rich marine heritage of Georgian Bay, relax in a quaint B&B, beautifully appointed Inn, or one of the best hotels or motels that the area has to offer. Sample some local cuisine as you discuss the day’s events, and plan for tomorrow’s adventure!

Please note the accessibility of each of the lighthouses on the tour - some are open to the public, others offer viewing only, and some are accessible by tour boat or private boat only.

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Best Beaches

Travel to the Best Beaches on Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada! Spend your family vacation building a castles in the sand, searching for sea-glass along a cobble beach, or just sit ting back, relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Georgian Bay’s clear blue water.

14 kilometres (9 miles) of white sand beach make Wasaga Beach the Longest Freshwater Beach in the world. Frollick on 11 kilometres (7 miles) of pure golden sand at Sauble Beach located on nearby Lake Huron. Camp with a view of the beach at Killbear Provincial Park, or stroll along the boardwalk on Manitoulin Island’s crescent shaped Providence Bay Beach.

When you’re done soaking up the rays and splashing about, relax for the night in one of Georgian Bay’s family friendly accommodations or campgrounds and dine at a restaurant the whole family is sure to enjoy! 

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Scenic Vistas

The Georgian Bay Coastal Route Scenic Vistas are designed to take you to the best scenic lookouts on Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada! Print this list, and use it as a scenic vista tour on its own, or in conjunction with any of the other Georgian Bay Coastal Route tours, and soon you will be enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Georgian Bay’s clear blue water from the best vantage points while you vacation in Ontario!

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Go RVing

The Georgian Bay Coastal Route RV Tour is designed to take you on an unforgettable camping vacation to the best RV Parks around Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the clear blue water as you round the next bend on the way to your campsite.

Whether you’re planning a family vacation, travelling with friends or looking for a getaway for just the two of you, the RV Tour’s list of amenities and recreation facilities is sure to guide you to the perfect spot for your group.

Retire by the campfire to watch the sunset over the water, listen for the call of the loon, or simply revel in the silence of some Ontario’s true wilderness.

Combine your RV Tour with the Scenic Vistas Tour, and the Top Ten Things to See & Do and you will be sure to catch the best of Georgian Bay!

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Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor adventure abounds on Georgian Bay! From hiking to kayaking, sailing, mountain biking and more, Georgian Bay offers some of the best adventure experiences in Ontario, Canada and beyond.

Hike the Bruce Trail. Canada’s oldest and longest footpath takes you through the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and offers spectacular views of Georgian Bay at lookouts along the way.

Walk amongst the trees, 40 feet in the air with Scenic Caves Eco-Adventures or sail the famous North Channel, a world-renown sailing destination. Kayak Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands, or paddle your canoe to one of Killarney Provincial Park’s tranquil backcountry campsites.

Mountain Bike the myriad of trails in Collingwood & Town of the Blue Mountains. Feeling especially adventurous? Why not try the drop-offs, boardwalks and suspension bridges of the Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Adventure Park, or go Downhilling at Blue Mountain?

Whatever your interest, follow the links below for the listing of the best Outdoor Adventures found on Georgian Bay.

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Top Ten Things to See & Do

The best of Georgian Bay!! Discover the Top Ten Things to See & Do in each of the communities located around the Bay!

Cruise on a glass bottom boat tour to Flowerpot Island on the Bruce Peninsula. Take the Waterfall Tour in Owen Sound & Area.

Collingwood & The Blue Mountains will have you exploring a labyrinth of caves before you relax on 14 kilometres of sand in Wasaga Beach.

History comes alive in Midland/Penetanguishene while science takes a hands-on approach in Sudbury!

Cruise or paddle the 30,000 Islands in Parry Sound or hike to a magnificent bluff for a panoramic view of the North Channel, a world renown sailing destination.

Be sure not to miss the Georgian Bay’s best attractions and activities! Follow the links to the communities below to find a listing of the Top Ten Things to See & Do in each location!

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Experience Nature

Get up close and personal with nature on Georgian Bay! These nature experiences can be as active or as relaxed as you like! From walking to hiking, biking and paddling - the experience is up to you.

Bike the Georgian Trail from Meaford to Collingwood, or anywhere in between, then tour the Blueberry Trails at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park for a look at Ontario's largest parabolic sand dunes.

Spend a day exploring at Georgian Bay Islands National Park, or take a daytrip in Killarney Provincial Park to discover the beauty celebrated by the Group of Seven artists.

Visit a significant birding area, or spend the day searching for rare orchids.

Wander a boardwalk, or follow a path to the Bay.

Whatever your interest or ability, follow the links below for the listing of the best Nature Experiences found on Georgian Bay!

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Cruising

Explore the best freshwater cruising grounds in the world in Ontario, Canada. Georgian Bay’s world class waters offer an adventure that is second to none.

Tie up at one of Georgian Bay’s many full service marinas, enjoy the local cuisine and discover the fascinating things to see and do in each port of call. Venture past one of Georgian Bay’s 32 lighthouses. Swim in the clear blue waters and explore the rocky shores.

Cruise the magnificent 30,000 islands in Southern Georgian Bay. With this many islands, you could explore for years, and never anchor in the same inlet or Bay!

Cruise the world class North Channel, with its pristine waters and unforgettable scenery forever remembered in the paintings of the Group of Seven artists. Start in the quaint village of Killarney, cruising by windswept pines and smooth rocky shores on your way to Baie Fine with its quartzite cliff fjord and on to Manitoulin Island, the World’s Largest Freshwater Island.

Cruise the waters of Fathom Five National Marine Park on the Bruce Peninsula for an up-close look at the shipwrecks that lie just below the surface.

On your way to your Northern Ontario cruising access point, why not stop in the City of Sudbury to stock up on provisions and perhaps overnight before hitting the water.

There are several resources available to help plan your Georgian Bay cruising vacation. The Ontario Marine Operators Association offers pertinent information for Georgian Bay marinas. The Ports Cruising Guide - Georgian Bay, The North Channel & Lake Huron is an invaluable resource and can be ordered online or purchased in most Georgian Bay marinas.

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