Discover the Best of Southern Georgian Bay This Summer
Welcome to Southern Georgian Bay, a summer paradise that offers an abundance of exciting activities and attractions for visitors. Whether you’re seeking natural beauty, thrilling adventures, local culture, or culinary delights, this region has it all. Join us as we explore the best experiences that await you during your summer getaway.
Immerse Yourself in Nature’s Splendor
Southern Georgian Bay boasts breathtaking natural beauty that will leave you in awe. Begin your adventure by visiting the pristine beaches where you can soak up the sun, play beach volleyball, or enjoy a beachside picnic. Wasaga Beach, Memorial Park, Blue Mountain, and Craigleith Provincial Park are popular destinations that offer stunning landscapes and outdoor recreational opportunities.
For water sports enthusiasts, the region provides ample options. Dive into the sparkling waters for a refreshing swim or try your hand at kayaking, paddleboarding, or sailing. Local rental services are available, ensuring you have everything you need for a fun-filled aquatic adventure. And don’t forget to check out the Farmers Pantry, where you can enjoy their homemade preserves, jams, honey, maple syrup, and more. While you’re there, indulge in their selection of local, in-season produce and pick your own organic apples from their working apple orchard. The farm also offers a range of activities, including mini-golf, mazes, petting zoos, and obstacle courses, making it a perfect destination for the whole family.
Indulge in Culinary Delights
Grey County is a haven for food enthusiasts, with its vibrant culinary scene offering a delightful array of flavours. Immerse yourself in the region’s farm-to-table experiences, where you can savour fresh seafood, Ontario wines, craft beers, and farm-fresh produce. To embark on a culinary adventure, follow the Apple Pie Trail, a treasure trove of cideries, gourmet food, bakeries, markets, and 4-season outdoor activities. Experience the passion and creativity of local farmers, business owners, distillers, and artisans as you explore this apple-inspired trail.
For those seeking a taste of local goodness, don’t miss the Meaford Farmers’ Market, the Thornbury Farmers’ Market, and the Owen Sound Farmers’ Market. These vibrant markets are brimming with local producers and craftspeople, offering freshly baked goods, fresh produce, and unique artisanal products. Whether you’re looking for a picnic treat or a memento to take home, these markets have you covered.
Explore the Local Culture and History
Southern Georgian Bay is steeped in rich culture and history, waiting to be discovered. Venture into charming towns and villages like Collingwood, Owen Sound, and Meaford, where you’ll find quaint streets, unique shops, and mouthwatering local cuisine. Dive into the local cultural scene by attending art exhibitions, music concerts, and food fairs that take place during the summer.
If you’re travelling with children, Meaford Public Library and LE Shore Memorial Library have exciting children’s programming all summer long. They also participate in the TD Summer Reading Club, a free bilingual summer reading program that celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators, and stories. You can register your kids for a summer of reading adventures!
For music enthusiasts, don’t miss Music at the Market, a series featuring some of the best musical talent from Owen Sound, Grey County, and the surrounding area. Held on Thursdays at 5 pm and Fridays at 12 pm, this event reinforces Owen Sound’s place as a major hub for Ontario’s music and arts scene. And if you’re looking for some family-friendly fun, join the Outdoor Movie Nights at the Owen Sound Farmers’ Market. Enjoy movies under the stars with activities for the whole family.
Experience Thrilling Adventures
For adrenaline seekers, this area offers an array of thrilling adventures. Begin your journey at Blue Mountain Resort, where you can embark on a zip-lining tour, challenge yourself on mountain biking trails, or go on an off-road ATV adventure. If you’re up for a unique experience, visit Scenic Caves Eco Adventure, where you can take a guided tour through the treetop canopy walkways, explore the captivating caves and caverns, and soar along a 1000ft zipline from the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment.
Families looking for excitement can head to Blue Mountain Go Karts, a family entertainment centre that features go-karts, batting cages, kiddy rides, mini-golf, an arcade, and a snack bar. It’s the perfect place to create lasting memories and enjoy some friendly competition.
If you’re seeking a more serene adventure, try paddleboarding with Blue Wave SUP Academy. They offer lessons, tours, SUP yoga, social paddles, and rentals. For a unique experience, consider booking their 17′ long, 6-person inflatable board, the Blu Whale 17.0, for a group paddle.
We are so lucky to live in a summer destination that promises unforgettable experiences. With its stunning natural landscapes, delicious culinary offerings, rich cultural heritage, and thrilling adventures, this region caters to all interests and ages. Plan your summer getaway now and immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of Southern Georgian Bay. Don’t miss out on creating memories that will last a lifetime.
We hope this blog post provides you with a comprehensive guide to the fun things to do in in our area over the summer. Enjoy your visit and make the most of this fantastic destination!