Blue Mountain Canada – one of the most beloved getaways in Ontario, is located in Grey County, on the northern edge of Southwestern Ontario, Canada where the Beaver River flows into Nottawasaga Bay which forms a part of the Georgian Bay.
The Town of Blue Mountain came into existence on 1st January 2001 after the integration of the Town of Thornbury and the Township of Collingwood. It is no secret that the economy of Blue Mountain Canada revolves greatly around its tourism and the town attracts tourists all year round with its relaxing, scenic views and well-preserved natural beauty.
This four-season vacation town is only around a 2.5-hour ride away from Toronto and hence, a great option for a weekend escape from the city. However, you would probably enjoy visiting here during the weekdays by avoiding too much crowd.
The local communities of Blue Mountain Canada predominantly include Clarksburg, Craigleith, Thornbury, and Ravenna amongst a few others. This stunning place also has a great deal of classic Canadian recreational activities to offer that are children and family-friendly throughout the four seasons.
THE BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT AND BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE
The Blue Mountain Resort
Otherwise also referred to as the Blue Mountain Village is a popular ski resort in Southern Ontario and forms a renowned tourism hub. Originally founded by Jozo Weider, it is located just northwest of Collingwood. In his life, Weider brought in numerous changes to the resort which was primarily only a popular skiing destination.
Being one of the largest alpine-style ski resorts in Ontario, Blue Mountain Canada features multiple cross-country trail operators and hiking trails.
You may also note that there isn’t much difference between the Blue Mountain Village and the Blue Mountain Resort except the former is run by a non-profit organization and the latter by the Alterra Mountain Company. In fact, the two work together to provide a blissful and experience to their visitors.
Blue Mountain Village
Located at an extremely convenient spot, not too far from the Niagara Escarpment, the Blue Mountain Village lies close to most resort lodgings, at the bottom of the Blue Mountain ski hill.
With its turn-of-the-century Victorian Ontario-style architecture formed by a pleasant fusion of cobblestoned, pedestrian-only paths adorned with captivating buildings, the Blue Mountain Village makes up the nucleus of the wonderful experience at the Blue Mountain Resort.
The Mill Pond adds to the beauty of the Blue Mountain Village and allows you to hop on and paddle through its serene waters during summer or do some ice skating during winter. If you’re more interested in water-related activities, have a look at the family-friendly Plunge Aquatic Centre which houses both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and an indoor water playground.
The Village offers a wide variety of lodgings, shops, restaurants, and activities. Some of the most enjoyed wintertime activities at the village include Skiing, Sleigh riding, Ice Skating, Millipond skating, Cross-country Skiing, Snowboarding, and so on.
Apart from that, you can enjoy activities such as mountain golf, rock climbing, ziplining, mountain biking, low and high rope courses amongst many others during summer.
Being a tourist hotspot throughout the four seasons, Blue Mountain Canada has no shortage of accommodation to offer. Although the prices of the accommodations keep fluctuating over time, predictably, most accommodations at the Blue Mountain Resort lean more towards the expensive side.
However, there shouldn’t be too much trouble looking for accommodation that best suits your needs as accommodations at the Blue Mountain Resort are known for being well-kept family-friendly.
Westin Trillium House
If you’re looking to stay at a luxury hotel at the Blue Mountain, the one that’s likely to pop up first, and for good reasons at that, would be the Westin Trillium House. Perched on the farther side of the Millpond this hotel is not far from the Blue Mountain Village and provides a stunning view all year round. Westin Trillium House is pet-friendly and it also provides access to ski-in/out.
Visit here to get more information.
The Grand Georgian
Second, on the list would be the Grand Georgian which is located at the base of the Blue Mountain Ski and Golf Resort. The Grand Georgian is situated at the center of the Blue Mountain Village which implies if you’re lucky enough to get a suite overseeing the central plaza, you get the best view of all the entertainment in the central plaza for free!
The hotel also offers a seasonal inground pool and two hot tubs all year round to relax after doing activities and walking around the whole day.
Visit their website here to get more information.
Mosaic – Boutique Suites
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, try checking out the Mosaic – Boutique Suites. Mosaic offers elegant two-story townhomes (163 suites), a year-round outdoor heated swimming pool, ski pass sales point, and hot tub and sauna, amongst others.
Nevertheless, the most remarkable thing to look forward to at the Mosaic would be the interior access to the award-winning Iwa Spa where you get some best-in-class wellness services to relax in the calm and serene ambiance of the spa.
Click here to learn more about the Iwa Spa.
You can also choose to go camping in the Craigleith Provincial Park that is located on the southern side of the Georgian Bay, at the base of the Blue Mountain. Apart from that, you’ll have easy access to all the campsites through cars at Craigleith and the park has four comfort stations that are pretty close to each other.
The park has 4 parts –
Area A –
Which contains all non-electrical sites,
Area B –
Which contains electrical and non-electrical sites,
Area C and Area D –
Both of which are radio-free and contain both electrical and non-electrical sites.
Located adjacent to Georgian Bay, you can also go for water activities like kayak, paddleboard, windsurfing, fishing, and so on here.
The activities available at the Craigleith Provincial Park include:
i) Biking –
You can rent a cross-country bike and head onto the 32 km long multi-functional track between Meaford and Collingwood on the panoramic Georgian Trail.
iii) Discovery Program
Find out more about the park rules, facilities, fees, and so on here.
There are numerous accommodations available at Blue Mountain Canada. Feel free to browse through the official website or any other website to choose a lodging that is best suited for your needs.
BLUE MOUNTAIN ACTIVITY CENTRAL
The Blue Mountain Canada Activity Central is located atop the Blue Mountain Village and is the axis of all activities at the Blue Mountain Resort.
Come here to get a skiing pass or lift tickets; or plan what will be the next thing to cross out from your to-do list from the off-resort activities which include thrilling adventures such as caving, canoeing, and some signature Blue Mountains attractions such as the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster!
There are options to choose from when it comes to passes and tickets as well, so make sure you cross-check availability, prices, rules, and regulations. It is highly recommended to prebook your passes or tickets to have assured access. Below listed are some tickets and passes to choose from:
i) Play All Day Pass –
This is the most popular pass and hence sells out soon thanks to limited inventory. This pass provides unlimited access to select Blue Mountain summer activities and attractions.
You can move on from one activity to another the entire day for as long as your body can handle. You should, however, keep in mind that these passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.
ii) Explore All Day Pass –
You can get this pass to have unlimited access to Blue Mountain’s Explore Park which is restricted to the 24 hiking trails, cross-country bike trails, and Open-Air Gondola if the weather conditions permit. These passes are non-transferable and non-refundable as well.
iii) Add-On Adventures –
This is a one-time use, non-refundable, non-transferable pass that has additional height, weight, and age restrictions as well. This pass provides access to Mountaintop Segway Tours, Timber Challenge High Ropes, and Woodlot Low Ropes.
iv) Play As You Go Ticket –
This is a first come first serve basis ticket which excludes the following: Open-Air Gondola, Timber Challenge High Ropes, Woodlot Low Ropes, Mountaintop Segway Tours, or Monterra Golf. The play as you go ticket gives you one-time use access to the above-mentioned activities and is non-refundable and non-transferable as well.
The prices and availability of the aforementioned can be checked here. You can also check out other passes and tickets available, such as the Ikon Pass or the Ikon Base Pass or the tickets for AGORA: Path Of Light at Blue Mountain Ontario on the website page here.
FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
What better way to increase the dose of joy and merry from your stay at Blue Mountain Canada than planning and spending your time relaxing with your kids and family? And What better way for a child to spend their holiday than learning skills and finding a spark of passion in the snow-covered mountains?
At Blue Mountain Ontario, children can enroll themselves in some popular winter programs and make some pleasant memories in the white fields while developing into skilled and athletic individuals.
Some programs offered at Blue Mountain Canada for children include:
Summer Camps –
To help children overcome new challenges and improve their outdoor development, children can enroll in the following:
- Skills Camp – This camp offers two specialty options for kids aging 8 to 12 years; the two specialties being biking and multi-sport training.
- Snow School, Race, and Freestyle Programs – The programs included in the Snow School are:
- Daily Programs: includes daily skiing and snowboarding lessons.
- Ski and Snowboard Freestyle Programs: your child can choose to learn and hone their skills at any of the multi-week, holiday, and weekend programs according to their interest and convenience.
- Ski and Snowboard Race Programs
- Multi-week Programs
All the details related to the mentioned programs can be found here. Be sure to inquire and obtain all the details before enrolling!
Other activities available for kids at Blue Mountain Canada are Fat Biking, Ski Touring, Hike N Tube, Snowshoeing, Woodview Mountain Top Skating, Biking, and many others.
THE SCENIC CAVES
Located at the highest part of the Niagara Escarpment, the Scenic Caves are 400 meters above sea level, west of Collingwood in Blue Mountain Canada. The Scenic Caves are all rocky, slippery terrains and for safety reasons, visitors are not permitted to wear footwear such as flip flops, heels, or sandals; basically, anything that may potentially cause injuries or lead to accidents.
These caves were also a spiritual spot for Petun and Huron people. In case you’re someone with a fear of small spaces or feel like it’s going to be a difficult task to squeeze your body through some small caves, it is suggestible to try other activities such as eco-adventures or zip-lining, cross-country skiing, winter trails, or explore the 420-foot long Suspension Bridge at Scenic Caves.
APPLE PIE TRAIL
The Apple Pie Trail is a self-guided culinary tour activity open all year round, best enjoyed during fall. The trail runs through multiple popular destinations in the Town of Blue Mountain Canada, lined with over 40 restaurants, markets, wineries, bakeries, and what not, for you to choose from and indulge in the hearty local treats.
Some popular stops on the Apple Pie Trail include the Thornbury Bakery, Clearview Township, Beaver Valley, and Collingwood Farmer’s Market, amongst many others. You can get the map of the trail from the website.
With the wide array of activities available to enjoy at Blue Mountain Ontario, Canada, there are inarguably things that couldn’t be squeezed into the article but the best way to relish the experience of traveling is exploring. Perhaps you’ll find some street corner with not so many customers selling some of the best pies you’d have ever tasted!