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march 8, 2018

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Exploring Collingwood area - 4–season fun

Collingwood and the Blue Mountain area used to be a destination only for skiers. Oh, how that has changed! There has been a concerted effort by the region to expand offerings to entice tourism year round and now, the area is actually more popular in warm weather than cold. For more listings in the region, check out: http://www.summerfunguide.ca/southwestern-ontario.html. Don’t forget to look for listings in Meaford, Thornbury, and Stayner too; they’re all nearby.

Places to Stay

article1_mar92018.jpgBecause people often come up every weekend during ski season or during the summer months, there are lots of condos available to rent for extended periods. When you are looking for a shorter term getaway, though, you might want to investigate Cranberry Village which has a golf course, new Aquapath spa, kids’ camps, & more! Or if you want to stay RIGHT in the action, Blue Mountain Resort has it all with on and off-hill activities – Wind Rider Triple Zips, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Cascade Putting Course… and it puts you right in the action for all of the Blue Mountain Village Festivals & Events which take place in Ontario’s largest pedestrian Village at the base of Blue Mountain.

Outdoor Things to Do

article2_mar92018.jpgCollingwood’s location on the Escarpment overlooking Georgian Bay means that the scenery is always gorgeous. From the Bruce Trail, Canada's oldest and longest marked footpath, spanning > 890 km of main Trail, which runs through Collingwood, to Wasaga Beach, the world’s longest freshwater beach, less than 30 mins away, there is a lot to look at and enjoy. There are also outdoor activities such as Scenic Caves Nature Adventures which offers self-guided tours of caves/caverns along the Niagara Escarpment, spectacular views from the Suspension Bridge, treetop canopy walking, x-country skiing/snowshoeing and lots more. Or have some fun at Blue Mountain Go Karts which has regular and junior Karts, Mini Golf, & Batting Cages. Or enjoy scenery AND wine year round at Georgian Hills Vineyards & Winery.

Indoor Things to Do

article3_mar92018.jpgIt isn’t all outdoors in Collingwood. Spend an evening at Theatre Collingwood and enjoy performances year round. Or get your zen on at Scandinave Spa Blue, an award-winning year-round Spa with outdoor Scandinavian Baths, massages, dining and more. Have a few young (or young at heart) ones in your group? Don’t forget about Plunge! Aquatic Centre, a year-round all-ages, four-season water playground at the base of Blue Mountain in the Westin Trillium hotel (you don’t have to stay there to have access to it) with indoor and outdoor pools, rope swings, slides and other fun stuff.

Sightseeing

article4_mar92018.jpgOne of the best ways to see Collingwood with the mountains and the water is from the air. There are a couple of options…plane or helicopter. Genesis Flight Centre - Scenic Flights offers spectacular views of the Escarpment and Georgian Triangle in their standard or custom tours. Or Big Blue Air - Helicopter Tours & Charters offers a variety of trips ranging from Tours of Blue Mountain Village to Fly & Dine Tours and lots of others. Both do custom tours and both are great gifts.

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Featured Events

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

March 10 to April 8, 2018
4 locations; Bruce’s Mill in Stouffville, Kortright  in Woodbridge, Terra Cotta in
Halton Hills, and Island Lake in Orangeville

featured_events1_mar92018.jpgTap into spring! Walk through the woods and see the tap flowing into the buckets. Watch  live maple syrup demonstrations, taste real maple syrup, hop on a wagon ride, join the family-fun activities, indulge in delicious pancakes and learn about a real Canadian tradition! Special activities on weekends & March Break. Check website for locations & hours.

March Break activities at Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain Village
Saturday, March 10 – Sunday March 18

featured_events2_mar92018.jpgBlue Mountain is perfect for March Break family fun! There are activities for every age, live music shows, interactive performances, fireworks and more.

Toronto ComiCon 2018

Metro Convention Centre - GTA
Mar 16 – 18, 2018

featured_events3_mar92018.jpgHere’s something that is sure to be fun for kids AND big kids! Find your favourite comic book (or live action) characters and take a memorable photo with them. Watch talented artists at work – and meet them! Learn the behind-the-scenes special effects secrets. Take part in games, workshops, and seminars. Get an autograph from your favourite super hero or villain! Non-stop entertainment, guests, panel Q&A’s and more.

Featured march break activity: 

featured_mar92018.jpgBata Shoe Museum
Go for Gold! March Break at Bata Shoe Museum is inspired by the exhibition “The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe”.  The museum will be brimming with arts and crafts and other special activities perfect for children ages 3-12. Sponsored by Bruce Etherington and Associates. Check it out Sat. March 10 – Sun. March 18. You and your child can drop in anytime until 4pm. Cost: $8/ child & $8/ accompanying adult.

 

ONLY IN ONTARIO

onlyinont_mar92018.jpgTiny Township & Beach
Did you know that we have an Artesian Well right here in Ontario that produces some of the purest spring water in the world?! Located in the Township of Tiny, in the southern Georgian Bay region, the area also boasts 70km of stunning shoreline & pristine beaches, beautiful hiking trails and large provincial parks. Check it out this summer!

Print Edition 2018

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