It can be hard to plan the perfect summer getaway that everyone will enjoy. Do you go for fun, excitement and thrills…or calm, relaxing and quiet?
If you’re looking to save some money on flights and avoid a super-long road trip headache (especially if you have kids), then look no further.
I’m doing a series of blogs with summer getaway destinations that are no longer than 3 hours from London! First, I focused on heading East and showcased the best of what Toronto, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake have to offer. Click here to see that blog!
Then headed South-West to show why Windsor Essex Pelee Island is a MUST to visit. Click here to see that blog!
Now we head North (and this is my favourite so far) to see the breathtaking views and experience the perfect mix of adventure and serenity in Collingwood/ Blue Mountain / Wasaga Beach!
There is so much to see and do it’s hard to know where to start, so I’ve decided to break it up into specific categories/activities this area is known for.
Words can’t really describe the things you can see in this area of Ontario, so I’ll let these pictures speak for themselves! Click here for a full list of spectacular lookouts so you can get the best shots on your trip!
A Sunday well spent, brings a week of content 😊 💛🍂 ♡ ♡ ♡ 📷 captured by @jcrock11 #sunset #sundaze #goldenhour #getoutside #rewildyourlife #wearewildness #wildernessculture #modernoutdoors #aov #agameoftones #sgeorgianbay #mycollingwood #brucegreysimcoe #greybruce #DiscoverON #exploreontario #wideangle #nikon
If you’re a little more adventurous and want to interact with these views, then you NEED to check out the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures! For about $22 a person, you can have all-day to walk through the caves and the suspension bridge. It’s actually Southern Ontario’s longest suspension bridge at 420 feet and on a clear day you can see 10,000 square kilometres . It takes about 45 minutes to get there, but it’s totally worth the wait!
For the ultimate rush, you can’t beat the Thunderbird Twin Zipline. For about $44 you can experience Ontario’s longest twin zipline at 2,550 feet. There is a vertical drop of 287 feet and you can reach up to 70km/hour, but don’t worry…you control how fast you want to go! Click here for full pricing information!
You can also see some amazing views around the Nottawasaga Lighthouse which helps guide boats and ships into Collingwood Harbour. Incredible architecture and rich in history, you won’t be disappointed!
You can’t talk about Collingwood and not mention one of the coolest and most unique reasons to visit.. Collingwood Elvis Festival. It’s three days of all things Elvis with tons of music and even an Elvis impersonator competition. Check it out July 28-30!
The other big festival that people wait for every year is Sidelaunch Days August 12-13. There are; races and demos, sailing regatta, boat parade of lights, see hundreds of kites over Collingwood and so much more!
THIS is what we came for! @bluwavesupacademy @bluwavesup providing the boards for Saturday's @ontariosupseries isup whale races!!! So much fun with @arielthesupmermaid and the rest of #teamblu #sup #supracing #teamsport #shirtlessmike #collingwood #sidelaunchdays #georgianbay #bluemountain @ontariotravel #teamltd #LTD #wernerpaddles
Relaxing at Incredible Spas!
If your idea of a getaway doesn’t involve hours of hiking or screaming down a zip line, then you will be amazed at the spas here! There are actually four spas in Collingwood / Blue Mountain that each offer unique and incredible ways to relax and recharge. iwa Spa– features Gan ban Volcanic Rock Therapy and Yoga. You can spend 2.5 hours with the Village Escape Package (massage, facial, manicure) for $250 or the $500 Couples Connect Package to reconnect with your spouse!
First Tracks Yoga begins tomorrow and runs every Wednesday and Friday, departing iwa spa at 8:30am sharp. A guided hike up @bluemtnresort and enjoy a gentle yoga session at the top. Come a few minutes early to sign a waiver. Bring good hiking shoes, a yoga mat and water bottle. This is a complimentary session and pre-registration is NOT required. #bluemountain #liveitoutside #villagevibe #iwaspa #inspiringwellness #yoga #firsttracks #hikeandyoga #getoutside #spa
The Scaninave Spa is a stunning facility that features rejuvenating Scandinavian Baths and massages. You can book a Scandinavian package for $160 that includes a 1 hour massage and access to the baths. *NOTE- the baths are first come, first served…so get there early or you may have to wait!
Summer days are for #relaxing. Relaxation in the heart of nature. #ScandinaveBlue #shhhrelax #spa #outdoorspa #baths #steam #coldbaths #pictureperfect #peaceful #tranquil #quiet #calm #nature #forest #woods #freshair #breathe #relaxation #greycounty #brucegreysimcoe #collingwood #bluemountains #discoverontario #ontariotravel #visitgrey #georgianbay #summer #summerdays #spaday
Living Shore Spa has a wide range of amazing features on their menu from; exfoliation wraps, facials, massage packages ranging from $75-$225. A unique feature they have is the Aquapath hydrotherapy treatment that includes the river walk!
I can't wait to tell you all about my experience at the Living Shore Spa. It was amazing - I have not experienced anything like it. . This is the RIVER WALK that has 2 separate trenches (1 warm on the left and 1 cool on the right) that have pebbles on the bottom for the feet as you walk down the trench. This was one of the stations. Stay tuned for a blog post. I think we need a girls spa weekend here - who's in? #livingwaterresort #collingwood #cranberryvillage #livingshorespa #aquapath #spa . . . . . . . . #adventure #relaxing #travelgram #travels#vacation #thatsdarling #darlingmovement #travelblogger #wanderlust #lifestyle#lifestyleblogger #torontoblogger #canadianblogger #thehappynow#liveauthentic #potd #travelphotography #weekends #weekendgetaway
The Ultimate Beach Day!
When you think of this area, you likely think of Wasaga Beach. No surprise as it’s AMAZING and is actually the longest freshwater beach in the WORLD with 14km of white sand and surf to play in! There are actually 14 beaches that stretch from Wasaga Beach- Collingwood-Blue Mountain- Thornbury- Meaford!
Food & Shopping!
Whether you’re relaxing, running around the beach or working up a sweat in the caves…you need to eat! Honestly, you could do NOTHING else but eat as these incredible restaurants and it would be a rewarding vacation. They have everything from fast food to the fancy places where you should dress up! To pick the places you want to try…click here!
This is how you Springlicious at Copper Blues in the Blue Mountain Village $25 Steak and Seafood entrees #springlicious #bluemountainvillage #bluemountain #bluemountainresort #explorecollingwood #explorecanada #exploregeorgianbay #mycollingwood #nomnomnom #steak #seafood #kingcrab #crab #crablegs @bluemountainvillage @cindy_roussell @copperblues_mtn @sgeorgianbay @brucegreysimcoe @visitgrey
How can you visit a new city and not SHOP! There are tons of unique, local shops where you can find amazing hidden gems that nobody else will own! Click here to see all the local shops.
@Regrann from @mycollingwood - Gorgeous historic downtown Collingwood is a fabulous place to find unique shops, amazing restaurants and great customer service #collingwood #amazingrestaurants #mycollingwood #experiencecollingwood #shopping #historic #customerservice @collingwooddowntown #Regrann #tourismsimcoecounty @sgeorgianbay
Getting Around by Land or Sea!
The easiest, cheapest and healthiest way to see this stunning area is the many hiking trails. Click here for the full list and maps!
If you want to get around a little quicker, but still enjoy the peaceful scenery and get great exercise…you can enjoy one of the many bike trails! Click here to find the trail that works best for you!
It’s safe to say that some of the best views you’ll get is from the water, which is why you should check out the exciting boat cruises. There are many cruise options: Dinner Cruise is about 2.5 hours and is $80 per person, Sightseeing Tour is 1.5 hours and is about $30 per person, Sunset Cruises around $35 a person and even Fishing Charters where you fish for “the big one” starting at $250! Click here to find the cruise that you want!
Stay tuned for more summer getaways close to home…as we look West!