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Christmas & Holiday Events in the Collingwood, Blue Mountains Area

Here’s a handy agenda view of Christmas & Winter Holiday Events in Collingwood, Blue Mountain Village, Thornbury, Meaford & Wasaga Beach.

Collingwood

Collingwood Downtown Christmas Launch & Santa Claus Parade

Downtown Collingwood is once again pleased to present Collingwood’s Annual Santa Claus Parade. The theme for this year’s event is “The Lights of Christmas”. As in previous years, the parade will be held in the early evening to capture all the magic of our downtown holiday lights. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 16, beginning at 5 p.m., and plan to join the fun! This year’s parade will be part of a very special day in Downtown Collingwood as we officially launch the holiday. Enjoy the many merchant Open Houses … visit with Santa’s Reindeer in Training …. enjoy carolers on the street….put on your running shoes for the HOHOHoliday Run…and there is lots more, including the traditional “lighting” of the town Christmas Tree!

Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach 

Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: 22nd St and Mosley St. to RecPlex, 1724 Mosley St.
FunderLand
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2019 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 1724 Mosley Street

​A Christmas celebration for families with kids games, entertainment, activities, crafts, treats and incredible community partners to get you in the holiday spirit! The Lion’s Den Breakfast with Santa from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Donations to our Food Bank appreciated!

 https://www.wasagabeach.com/events

Blue Mountain Village

Blumination Dream Trail

BLUMINATION DREAM TRAIL

November 30, 2019 – March 28, 2020. Dusk to 10pm
Enjoy a dancing light display to music every night at 6, 7, 8, & 9pm

Spectacular lights. Sensational sounds. A one kilometer winter stroll
through the heights of innovation to the edge of your imagination!

Opening Night: Saturday, November 30
6:30-8:30pm

 

  • Dancing light displays to music at 7pm & 8pm in the Events Plaza
  • Fireworks over the Mill Pond at 8:15pm
  • Grab a photo with our mascot, Frost the Fox
  • Take part in Interactive Glow Groove-Dancing
  • Meet Jack Frost and the Snowflake Princess

Thornbury

Thornbury Olde Fashioned Christmas

The Thornbury Olde Fashioned Christmas is a special tradition that’s been apart of this community and area for over 40 years!

December 14, 2019!

From the beautifully decorated shops opening their doors to the activities throughout the day… to the Christmas tree lighting, horse drawn sleigh rides, to reindeer … we even have chestnuts roasting on an open fire, singing, and laughter and we mustn’t forget… Santa and his helpers.   

https://thornbury.ca/

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Remembrance Day Events

Honour our Veterans November 11th

Collingwood

Parade begins at 10:45 AM sharp at the Tremont (Simcoe St.) walking one block to the Cenotaph located at the Collingwood Museum.

Everyone is invited back to the Collingwood Legion afterwards for a free community lunch (490 Ontario Street).

Remember with your local Royal Canadian Legion: https://collingwoodlegion.ca/

Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach Public Library will be holding an informal gathering and social, beginning at 10:30 a.m. For more information contact the library at 705-429-5481.

Stayner

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 457 will be holding Remembrance Day ceremonies at the cenotaph in front of the Clearview Township municipal offices on Gideon Street. Parade form-up is at 10:30 a.m. in the parking area on Huron Street.

Thornbury – Clarksburg

  • 10:30 a.m. Parade (from Clarksburg Legion to Jack Acres Park)
  • 11:00 a.m. Service
  • 229 Bruce Street South, Thornbury

Ravenna

  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Ravenna Community Memorial Park
  • 628299 Grey Road 119, Ravenna

 

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Thanksgiving Weekend Events in Collingwood & Blue Mountain

Apple Harvest Festival

Blue Mountain Village – Live Music, Family activities, sidewalk sale, and fireworks Sat. night at 8pm.
John Deere Kids Zone, campfire sing-a-longs, agriculture exhibits, interactive family groove dancing, and more!
Schedule of Events appleharvestfestival.ca/bluemountain

Thornbury – Buskers, apple tasting, apple pie eating championship
Family fun zone with live music and mobile axe throwing at Town Hall Park.
Sunday Farmers market with live music.
Schedule of Events appleharvestfestival.ca/thornbury

Clarksburg
Art Studio Tour, horse & carriage rides, apple pancake breakfast, apple pie contest. Marsh Street Centre presents The Sadieis live on Saturday!
Schedule of Events appleharvestfestival.ca/clarksburg

Collingwood – Last market of the season – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pine St. &  Second St.

Art on the Street – Chair Auction -10 – 1 p.m. at the Collingwood Farmers Market.
This is your chance to take home one of the 45 art chairs that have been hand-painted by local artists celebrating the diversity and talent of our creative community.
View the chair and artist profiles and come out Saturday to claim yours!
artonthestreet.ca

 

 

Scenic Caves – Take an autumn colour tour through the treetops! Save 20% off any guided Eco Adventure Tour until October 31/19. View a dazzling display of vibrant fall colours as you walk the treetop canopy and glide down a forest zipline and escarpment ridgetop zipline. Enjoy panoramic views of south Georgian Bay from the iconic 420 ft. suspension footbridge.
Website  | Facebook

 

 

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Fall Colour Tour Through Southern Georgian Bay

Fall Colours at Ontario Parks

The Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report shows you when colours are at their peak in provincial parks across Ontario. Different parks experience the changing colours at different times, so be sure to check the report before heading out.

As of October 1st

Craigleith – Report Date : October 1, 2018
Dominant Colour : Yellow
Colour Change : 30 – Leaf Fall : 10
Best viewing : View the Niagara Escarpment from the park or a short drive to the Len Gertler/Loree Forest.

Wasaga Beach – Report Date : October 2, 2018
Dominant Colour : Green
Colour Change : 40 – Leaf Fall : 10
Best viewing : As of October 2nd we are beginning to see some color changes within Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. The best areas for viewing are on the beach where you can take in a panoramic view of the colours around the bay and in the back dunes area.

As of October 2nd our Escarpment Parks; Pretty River Valley, Noisy River, Devils Glen, Nottawasaga Lookout, and Duncan Escarpment, are at about 70% colour change with peak viewing likely to take place this weekend.

Blue Mountain Fall Drive Route

 

ROUTE 1 (1.5 hours) Thornbury to Blue Mountain Village

ROUTE 1 (1.5 hours) Thornbury to Blue Mountain Village

  • Start in Thornbury on the main street where Hwy26 meets Bruce St. (Grey Rd.13)
  • Turn left and head south to Clarksburg (now Marsh St.– also Grey Rd.13) (2km)
  • Continue along Grey Rd.13 past Heathcote towards Kimberley (16.8 km)
  • Look for sign for Beaver Valley Cidery on your left.
  • Retrace back along Grey Rd. 13 (heading north 3.1km)
  • Turn right on Grey Rd. 119 and head east to Ravenna (10.4km)
  • Enjoy great views of the Beaver Valley, Georgian Bay and on to Banks (5.5km)
  • Continue East past Scenic Caves down the Escarpment to the roundabout (7.6km)
  • Stay right in the roundabout to catch Grey Rd. 19 into Collingwood (6.2km) or
  • Stay left in the roundabout to take Grey Rd.19 into Blue Mountain Village (1.6km)

ROUTE 2 (1 hour) Collingwood – Blue Mountain Village

ROUTE 2 (1 hour) Collingwood – Blue Mountain Village

  • Start in Collingwood on First Street (Hwy 26). Travel west along Hwy26.
  • Turn left at the Craigleith Heritage Depot (Grey Rd. 19) (9.7km)
  • Drive along the base of the ski hills and Blue Mountain Village until you arrive at the Roundabout (3.3km)
  • Follow signage to head uphill toward Scenic Caves (Grey Rd.119) (3.4km)
  • Continue straight on to Banks (4.5km)
  • Turn right at Banks (4th Line/Sideroad 21) and follow along past Loree Forest (Bruce Trail access point) to Victoria Corners (Grey Rd 2) (8.7km)
  • Watch for the vineyards! (Georgian Hills Vineyard)
  • Turn right, head down the hill to Clark St.–just before Hwy 26 (8.8km)
  • Turn left to go into Clarksburg and and on to Thornbury (2.0km) or
  • Continue straight to Hwy 26, turning right, then right again at the Craigleith Heritage Depot, to return to Blue Mountain Village (16.7km)
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Beaches of Ontario’s Four Season Playground – South Georgian Bay

Beyond the ski hills of South Georgian Bay are some of Ontario’s most pristine freshwater beaches. Stretching from Meaford to Wasaga Beach are numerous beaches where you can canoe, kayak, swim, stroll the shores of Georgian Bay or simply enjoy the sunshine.

Listed below are the beaches and amenities at each area to make planning your day at a South Georgian Bay beach easier.

Wasaga Beach

With over 14kms of white sand beach, Wasaga Beach has long been hailed one of Ontario’s premier tourist destinations. Here you can swim in shallow, warm, clean waters and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains across the bay. Wasaga Beaches # 1, 2 & 5 are the first provincial park beaches in Canada to be awarded the “Blue Flag” designation for its clean, accessible beaches. For more information on this high safety standards eco-certification please visit Blue Flag. Because of its size, Wasaga Beach has been divided into six smaller beaches, as well as New Wasaga Beach, that has been divided off by beaches 1-6 by the Nottawasaga River. Further north is Allenwood Beach.

  • Beach Area 1 is the 1 busiest section with boat launch, swimming, bike paths, events, boardwalk, fishing platforms, shops, restaurants and bars overlooking Georgian Bay.
  • BeachArea2–swimming, boardwalk, picnic areas, bike paths, playground, parking. Nancy Island Historic Museum is on Mosley Street and 3rd Street N at Beach Area 2.
  • BeachArea3–swimming, picnic areas, bike paths, parking, temporary dog friendly beach area and office for Wasaga Beach Provincial Park.
  • BeachArea4–swimming, picnic areas, playground, bikepaths, parking. This is a quieter area.
  • BeachArea5–swimming, picnic areas, bike paths, parking, playground, washrooms.
  • BeachArea6–swimming, picnic areas, parking, washrooms.
  • New Wasaga Beach–swimming, parking washrooms.
  • Allenwood Beach–swimming, parking washrooms.

Collingwood

Sunset Point Beach – Collingwood

Boasting the best fries in town, Sunset Point Beach is in Collingwood’s east end just off Pretty River Parkway. It features a rock beach and large green space for biking or walking, Adjacent is Enviro-Park – an eco-themed playground enjoyed by young families.

  • Amenities include: Pavilion, green space, trails, Enviro-Park, snack bar, picnic area, washrooms, free parking,
  • Address: 79 St Lawrence St, Collingwood

Harbourlands & Millenium Park, Collingwood

This pristine park has no beach offering but is a popular place to jump off the pier into Georgian Bay. It is part of a vast waterfront area that include the Collingwood terminals. It offers both paved and natural trails for biking and walking.

  • Amenities include: public boat launch, pet friendly, trails, picnic area, washrooms
  • Address: 2 Water St. Collingwood

Craigleith

Northwinds Beach – The Blue Mountains

Located across from the Heritage Depot in Craigleith on Highway 26, Northwinds Beach is a beautiful sandy beach. Located onsite is a non-motorized watercraft rental kiosk making this area a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding. Paddle board excursions to Mary Ward Shipwrecks are offered by Eagle Adventures and Free Spirit Tours and Blue Surf offers paddle lessons.

  • Amenities include: Sandy beach, green space, playground, boat launch, parking, snack bar, pet friendly, picnic area, non-motorized boat rentals, swimming, shade and walking distance to stores and coffee shop
  • Address: 209425-209601 Highway 26, The Blue Mountains

Council Beach – The Blue Mountains ( Camperdown)

With views of the ski hills and Georgian Bay, this sandy pebble beach also offers swing sets, picnic tables and a portable toilet.

  • Amenities include: Waterfront, picnic tables, swing set, pet friendly, parking and washroom
  • Address: 105 Lakewood Dr, The Blue Mountains

Thornbury

Little River Beach Park – Thornbury

This pebble beach waterfront park is extremely popular with beach goers. It features a playground and a pier that is a great place to jump off into Georgian Bay. It is located within walking distance of the downtown Thornbury shopping area.

  • Amenities include: Pebble waterfront, playground, picnic tables, pier access, greenspace and washrooms
  • Address: 4 Harbour St, Thornbury

Bayview Park – Thornbury

This family & pet friendly park features a pebble beach & playground. It is one of Thornbury’s favourite picnic areas because of its large covered pavilion and beautiful greenspaces. It is ideal for large family reunions, weddings and social gatherings.

  • Amenities include: Green space, trails, pavilion, picnic tables, playground, shuffleboard court, tennis courts, volleyball courts, washrooms & parking
  • Address: 106 Bay St E, Thornbury

Lora Bay Beach – Thornbury

This sandy beach is located within a cove for protected swimming, kayaking and paddling, It is a small quiet beach just past the Lora Bay Golf Club

  • Amenities include: Pet friendly, sandy beach, picnic area, parking and washrooms
  • Address: 373 Sunset Blvd, Thornbury

Christie Beach – Meaford to Thornbury off Highway 26

Boasting an incredible view of Georgian Bay’s natural landscape is this quiet, sandy beach. It features shallow water that is perfect for families and young children. The beach stretches from Meaford to Thornbury at the end of Christie Beach Rd

  • Amenities include: change rooms, washrooms, a playground with picnic area, parking and is pet friendly
  • Address: 101 Sunset Blvd, Thornbury

Meaford

Memorial Park – Meaford

A picturesque park & campground, Memorial Park, features 468 metres of beach with a ton of amenities. It features ample free parking, a pet friendly environment with a portion of the beach dedicated to dogs, picnic areas with a snack bar and 135 fully serviced campsites.

  • Further amenities include: Mini golf course, playground area, two pavilion shelters, woodland walking trails & sand beach
  • Address: 179 Grant Ave, Meaford

Fred Raper Park – Meaford

Minutes from Meaford’s downtown district is this smooth pebble beach. It is the hub of waterfront activities and features a wooden ship play structure with swings on one of the two public beach areas.

  • Amenities include: Playground, gazebo, picnic tables, free parking and washrooms
  • Address: 207 Bayfield St, Meaford

David Johnson Park – Meaford

Adjacent to the Marina in Meaford, is David Johnson Park. This quiet beach features a mobi- matt allowing those with mobility challenges to access this waterfront location.

  • Address: 125 Fuller St, Meaford

McCarroll Park and Beach – Meaford

Located next to the Meaford Museum, McCarroll Park features a splash pad, picnic area, washrooms, a beautiful green space and parking

  • Address: 210 Parker St E, Meaford
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Happy Mother’s Day! Weekend Events in Collingwood & Blue Mountain

Mom’s will enjoy these fun events taking place in Collingwood & Blue Mountain!

GTHS Mother’s Day Kitten Shower!
The Georgian Triangle Humane Society is having a Kitten Shower, Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 12th Noon to 4pm.
The GTHS is expecting over 500 homeless kittens and nursing mother cats to enter their Animal Center this kitten season.
Please visit HERE to get more information about how you can help including a link to an Amazon Registry.
Consider a donation in your Mom’s name!!
Facebook Event Page
GTHS Amazon Gift Registry (Needs list!)

Peaces Mother’s Day Market
Sunday, May 12th from 12 to 5 p.m. Side Launch Brewing Company
• Over 30 local artisans ranging from organic goodness to handmade decor and everything in between!
• Live music | Makeovers | Kombucha workshop | By-Donation yoga classes | Free outdoor workout experience | Henna artist, tarot card readings and lots of crystals 🔮 | Outdoor clothing trucks | G I V E A W A Y S
Side Launch Brewing Company | 200 Mountain Road, Unit 1, Collingwood | Tel. 705-293-5511 | website
Facebook event page

Collingwood Spring Market Place
Saturday May 11th 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Eddie Bush Memorial Arena
Over 100 vendors will have their products for sale in the indoor Spring Market held in the Eddie Bush Arena.
Facebook event page

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Easter Weekend Family Events

Collingwood & Nottawa

Downtown Collingwood Easter Egg Hunt!
Sat. Apr. 20th 10am-3pm
Hunt for Eggs at The Station – 10 to 11 a.m.
Pick up your Easter Egg Hunt form from the Town Hall Activity Centre and count the eggs hidden in the store windows throughout downtown. There will be prizes awarded for boys and girls in all four categories. Children can also make a craft to take home and the Easter Bunny will have treats for kids of all ages.  CollingwoodDowntown.com

Cranberry Golf Resort Easter Brunch Buffet
Memories Restaurant Sun. April 21st -11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For reservations call 705-445-6600 ext. 565  More Information >

Meraki Spring Artisan Show
Saturday April 20th
Nottawa Community Hall, 4129 County Rd. 124
Celebrate Spring with a curated collection of incredibly talented local Artisans, Makers & Creators.  Spring Treat Bags for our first 100 visitors. Our guest GTHS will be on hand with information about the worthy cause and excepting your thoughtful donations.  List of Featured Artisans >


Blue Mountain Village

Blue Mountain Village Easter activities all weekend! From Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22 families can join a Scavenger Hunt, Magic Show, take a horse and buggy ride, Interactive Drumming and Family Grove Dancing, Giant Games and Easter Egg Dive at the Plunge!
Schedule of Events.

Visit the Blue Mountain Village website for more adventures.

Enjoy an Easter Brunch at Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill (call for reservations 705-444-8680). View Menu


Thornbury

BVO Easter Eggstravaganza
Beaver Valley Community Centre
58 Alfred St. W. Thornbury
Saturday April 20th 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

It’s time again for BVO’s annual super-fun Easter celebration! BVAS Pancake Breakfast 8-10 am. Crafts, organic face painting, games, Magic Egg Hunt, Beaver Valley Kinettes BBQ and more! Donations for Admission Welcome! WIN an Egg-Citing Easter Basket! FILL The Landscape Trailer for BVO Preschool with Gift Cards and New Outside Toys! More Information >

Easter Artisan Market
Thornbury Village Craft Cider & Beer
Sunday, April 21st 11 – 4 p.m.

Join Thornbury Village Craft Cider & Beer to celebrate Spring at their Easter Artisan Market! 🌷 Enjoy a craft cider or beer while you check out a showcase of local artisans.


Wasaga Beach

Easter Eggstravaganza
Wasaga Beach RecPlex 1724 Mosley St.
SaturdayApril 20th 10-3p.m.

Easter Eggstravaganza cracks opens in Wasaga on Saturday April 20th! The Easter Bunny joins the GIANT egg hunt at 10:30 am behind the RecPlex, with eggstrodinary prizes kids can win if they find some very special eggs! Enjoy incredible kids’ activities, rock wall, petting zoo, wagon rides, inflatables, crafts and games for loads of family fun! Colouring contests and surprice BIG feature everyone is invited to help create! Some small fees apply. Cash only. https://www.wasagabeach.com/events

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Magic of Children in the Arts

 

We are proud to be a  sponsor of The Magic of Children in the Arts taking place in Collingwood from April 1 – April 27, 2019

Magic of Children in the Arts showcases artwork created by more than 1,200 children from Collingwood and Clearview each year. Children are encouraged to create, exhibit and celebrate art. The result is a spectacular display of over 1,200 artworks created by children from our community.

The artwork is reviewed by professional artists and EACH child receives a positive comment and a prize of art materials. The celebration culminates with an awards presentation. A strong partnership exists between the organization and the arts community, schools, the Collingwood Public Library, local businesses, community groups, parents and volunteers. Magic of Children is a registered charitable organization. All funds raised contribute to this great show including the prizes and free art workshops. Please consider making a donation! The Magic of Children in the Arts was founded in 1994 by local artist Lory MacDonald. With the help of parents and volunteers, it evolved into an annual event at the Collingwood Public Library.

The grade 7 and 8 art exhibition is at the BMFA Art Centre, 65 Simcoe St Studio 4. This is an opportunity for this age group to experience presenting their work in a professional gallery setting. We encourage all grade 7 and 8 students to submit artwork so that they can take part in this opportunity.

There are also free art workshops held at the Collingwood Public Library throughout January & February. Young artists who live in Collingwood or Clearview Township can enter the show on their own or through school. Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 8 students, home-schooled children and members of any clubs are also eligible.

The Magic of Children in the Arts mission is to inspire and encourage children to create and celebrate art, not just by entering works in the exhibition, but also through online art activities on our website: magicofchildren.ca

The online Fun Activities section of the website includes a computerized sketch pad, an app to create amazing sandscapes and a site that lets you use your webcam to paint with your whole body. There are also many other art activities, art lessons and games; and a popular classroom project idea centre for teachers.

The 25th anniversary celebrations will start with an opening reception and awards, at the Collingwood Library April 6, 2019 1-3pm.
For the 25th Anniversary an Art Walk throughout the downtown core has been added. Sponsors will display art from the past 25 years!  Art will be on display at both Blue Mountain Foundations for the Arts and the Library as well.