Blue Mountain and South Georgian Bay region is a true winter wonderland with many ways to enjoy winter both on and off the slopes. Aside from skiing and snowboarding you can enjoy a huge variety of things to do with your family and friends. When there’s snow on the ground, you can snowshoe almost anywhere where you’d normally hike, or try fat biking, winter caving and a hummer tour.
Here’s some of our most popular activities.
A great activity for groups and families with a sense of adventure awaits. Strap on some snowshoes and head out through the forest to hike through the beautiful snow covered woods and creeks. Make your way to explore some of the Niagara Escarpment’s uniquely formed caves. Once at the caves, crawl and climb and experience a whole different world underground. Don’t worry if you’ve never snowshoed or caved before, your guide from Free Spirit Tours will teach you everything you need to know.
SNOWSHOE AMONGST THE VINEYARDS
Snowshoe amongst the vineyards and cozy up by the fireplace while savouring local wines and artisans cheeses for a quintessential Canadian experience at Georgian Hills Vineyards.
HUMMER & SNOWSHOE TOURS
Shuttle up the mountain “military style” in the H1 Hummer, strap on a pair of snowshoes, and after brief instruction from your guide, enjoy the sights and sounds of the area’s finest trails and gorgeous view of Georgian Bay from the highest elevation along the Niagara Escarpment. Learn the history of the aboriginal peoples that inhabited this land. At the end of your jaunt through the woods, enjoy a hot apple cider back at the Hummer before returning to civilization. Xtremeadventures.ca
SKI OR SNOWSHOE ACROSS A SUSPENSION BRIDGE
Enjoy 27 km of professionally groomed trails, classic and skate skiing high atop the Niagara Escarpment at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre. Snowshoe 10 km of dedicated snowshoe trails, one of which crosses southern Ontario’s longest Suspension Bridge. Reserve a guided night snowshoe hike.
OUTDOOR ICE SKATING
Affordable, easy to learn and so much fun, ice skating guarantees to put some major laughter on your winter break. Collingwood’s outdoor skating rink is open for free skating throughout the winter. Blue Mountain Resort’s old-fashioned Mill Pond, located in the centre of the Village, is also open for skating during the winter season. For all ice skating locations and schedules, Visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca
Experience the thrill of fishing on beautiful southern Georgian Bay. Georgian Bay species include bass, catfish, pike, salmon, trout, walleye, sturgeon and tiger muskie. When the salmon and trout start to stack up or down the river mouth and it’s too windy and wavy to head out on the boat, shore fishing is a great alternative. This winter, bundle up, get outside and try fishing in a whole new way – through the ice.
Get back on the bike this winter and try riding a Fat Bike. Nothing beats the calm serenity of riding through a silent forest and only hearing the sound of the snow crackling beneath your tires. Fat biking is a totally unique riding experience. Ride Guides offers fat bike tours on Collingwood trails, Highlands Nordic trails and a Northwinds Brewhouse ride with a beer and hot pretzels finish.
SCANDINAVE SPA BLUE MOUNTAIN
As well as enjoying the outdoors, make time to relax and rejuvenate when you visit Blue Mountain. Renowned for their energizing and relaxing properties, the Scandinavian Baths cleanse the skin, improve physical conditioning and promote a sense of well-being. The award-winning Scandinave Spa is open daily in any weather – rain, sun or snow! Try the Finnish sauna, eucaplyptus steam bath, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, hot baths and cold plunges.