Blue Mountain, Ontario
There are few places in Ontario where the Niagara Escarpment meets the water so dramatically. And nowhere is the vantage point better than at the top of Blue Mountain, looking down on the magnificent Great Lakes.
Just two hours north of Toronto, Blue Mountain has more than 250 acres of skiable terrain, 100% snowmaking coverage, night skiing, and the longest vertical in the province. Skiing and snowboarding, though, is just the beginning of winter's choices. Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing through the serene forests of nearby Duntroon Highlands promise breathtaking views of Georgian Bay. Dogsled rides and laughing as you ride at Tube Town are also great family activities.
In summer, set sail on Georgian Bay, experience alpine waterslides, explore hiking and biking trails, play the nationally-ranked Monterra Golf links-style course, or enjoy indoor and outdoor tennis. All of this is waiting at Ontario's largest mountain resort.
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While in Blue Mountain
Georgia Bay National Park comprises 40 islands open to exploration for the power boat enthusiast, kayaker, windsurfer and canoeist. Set sail or water-ski from any number of launching points along Georgian's sandy shores.
Geologically, there's no place on earth like the Niagara Escarpment. Designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the best way to explore this unique region is along the Bruce Trail.
The spectacular 450 mile/725 km hiking trail follows the length of the Niagara Escarpment, winding its way along the backbone of Ontario.
Closer to your stay at Blue Mountain is the Georgian Trail, a
biking and cross country trail that winds along the picturesque
shoreline of the bay, connecting you to the resort towns of Meaford,
Thornbury and Collingwood.
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The Many Shades of Blue
It's a beautiful and diverse world, and UNESCO has sought to preserve the best and most diverse areas of the planet through its World Biosphere Reserves. In 1990 the Niagara Escarpment joined the Florida Everglades, the African Serengeti and the Galapagos Islands as one such reserve - and Blue Mountain is located right in the middle of it. The distinction is deserved.
At any time of year Blue is a vibrant, patchwork quilt with pieces drawn from 15- years of history, woven together with authentic and pastoral stories. In the winter, Blue Mountain is Ontario's most exciting winter sports destination. When the skis, boards, sleds and skates are put away, a whole new experience comes to life.
A place of Festivals and DiscoveryThe Spring Apple Blossom Festival signals the coming of warmer pastimes in a region gathered together by quaint historical towns such as Thornbury, Kimberley, Ravenna, Clarksburg, Gibraltar, Banks and others. Towns that take their names from early settlers who were shipbuilders, apple growers, shopkeepers and farmers. Towns that today provide countless antique shops, farmers markets, a calendar of four-season festivals and events, and a bridge from a pastoral past to an inspired future.
The Astonishing Blue of Georgian Bay
The timeless blue of the Niagara Escarpment meets the astonishing blue of the Georgian Bay, with Blue Mountain bordering its shores. Deep, open, rich in sailing traditions and water sport legends, Georgian Bay has been a favorite summer vacation destination for years - just two hours north of Toronto. Set sail on Georgian Bay or enjoy the expansive sandy beaches - they go for miles. Georgian Bay itself is 120 miles/190 KM long and 50 miles/80 km wide, with an average depth of 200 feet/70 m.
Georgian Bay National Park, established in 1929, comprise some 40 islands. Power boat enthusiasts can navigate in and around these islands, enjoying the expansive and peaceful view that come with being on the water. More actively minded nautical types can set sail, windsurf, water-ski, kayak, canoe, go tubing or wake-boarding from any number of launching points along the Georgian Bay's sandy shores. Nowhere will you find a greater vantage point to look down on the Great Lakes that atop Blue Mountain. And nowhere else does the Niagara Escarpment meet the waters of Georgian Bay so dramatically, forming the northeast arm of Lake Huron. A summer vacation to this region would be incomplete without time spent on Georgian Bay.