Collingwood Summer Musts
Summer time and the living is easy! There is so much to do in what feels like the shortest 8 weeks of the year. What is on your summer bucket list?
Life is better in flip flops!
Is it really summer without visits to a sunny beach? Luckily, there are many amazing beaches in this area, including the largest fresh water beach in Ontario – Wasaga Beach – to smaller hidden gems like Northwinds Beach and Sunset Point. If you are looking for a private beach – Blue Mountain Resort has their own, which is exclusive to their overnight guests. Turn your beach day into a 2-day getaway.
Explore from Above
Calling all explorers and adventurers! There is no better way than to take in the sights and challenge yourself by taking to the trees. Climbing trees is a right of passage as a child, so consider this the “grown up” version of that. You can explore two separate ropes courses, the Timber Challenge High Ropes and the Woodlot Low Ropes courses at Blue Mountain. Just across the road, you can enjoy Treetop Trekking at Scenic Caves.
Power to the Pedal
What do ‘ET’, ‘Now and Then’ and ‘Stranger Things’ have in common? Bicycles contribute to some of their key scenes. That’s why we recommend you get yourself on a bike at least once this summer. Whether you try adrenaline packed downhill mountain biking, explore the forests of Pretty River Park on a Cross Country Trail, or take an E-Bike across the entire Georgian Trail – we are confident you will not regret it. If you don’t have a bike – Blue Mountain has a rental fleet from downhill to E-Bikes – adults to kids
You can’t download a live musical experience.
There is nothing more enjoyable that sitting on a patio with good friends, good food while listening to GREAT music. The Blue Mountain Village has live music every day of the summer! Not to mention the Peak to Shore music festival from July 17th to 21st, which spreads throughout Blue Mountain and Collingwood. Grab a bike and pedal from performance to performance. The Guitar Trail in September is another great event that encourages you to get outside, hike the mountain and listen to local artists along the way. The grand finale is a live FREE performance by the Sheepdogs in the Village!
Grapes, Apples and Hops! Oh my!
Watch out Niagara – Apple country is giving you a serious run for your money. With dozens of cideries, breweries and wineries in the area – it’s a no brainer to spend a weekend sipping your way across the Escarpment. Northwinds Brewpub, Collingwood Brewery, Thornbury Village and Sidelaunch Brewery are the big four names in pouring pints– but tucked away through out the escarpment you can sip, sample and enjoy some of the best charcuterie at The Roost, Georgian Hills, Coffin Ridge and Beaver Valley Cidery.
In the words of Tom Haverford – TREAT YOURSELF! Grab your girlfriends and relax in the outdoor pools of Le Scandinave Spa, find your centre with some Ganban yoga at iWA spa or get pampered with a body wrap at Kalola. Whichever you choose – you won’t be disappointed.
Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster
Without a doubt – this is a four-season MUST. The Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster at Blue Mountain is the ultimate in fun! Each season brings new scenic surroundings to enjoy. And we don’t care what you say – you will NEVER get bored of a lap on the Ridge Runner.
Wander where the WIFI is weak!
It is a time-honoured tradition to lace up your sneaks and go for a stroll in the sunshine – it’s called hiking. We are very fortunate to have some of the most picturesque landscape to enjoy on a hike. We have our own hiking trails, Cascade, The Grind and Village Way – but there are also a ton of great trails surrounding the area like Pretty River Provincial Park, Kolapore Uplands, Loree Forest and the Duncan Caves, to name just a few.
I like big boats and I cannot lie
Does anyone else remember spending your summer paddling around in a giant swan at Ontario place? Well, since those are no longer available – the next best thing is to enjoy paddle boats, kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards. Essentially, any way that you can get out on the water is great. You can rent paddle boats at the Millpond, kayaks and SUP boards at the Blue Mountain beach or visit our friends at Free Spirit Tours. They offer SUP, canoe and kayak tours!
Be outdoorsy – as in sitting outdoors on a patio
The final and easiest summer bucket list item is – to sit on a patio and indulge! Patio season is short but MUST be celebrated. Sit back, relax and catch up with some friends or family. Hands down the best patio in Collingwood is Bent Taco. It’s hidden away under a lovely canopy of trees. If you’re looking for a more scenic option – Kaytoo, Wild Wing, Northwinds and Firehall Pizza all over look Blue Mountain’s Mill Pond. Rusty’s, Copper Blues and MJ Byrnes face into the Village square where you can take in some of the #VillageVibe Action.