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Fall Colour Tour In Southern Georgian Bay

Posted by kelly-r on October 1, 2020
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Getaways for fall colours in Ontario are spread all across the province. It’s hard to beat Southern Georgian Bay when it comes to the area’s exquisite views and beautiful fall colours. From the suspension bridge at Scenic Caves, to the Blue Mountain lookout, and driving the back roads, there are many scenic areas to take in the view.

Ontario Parks Fall Colours Monitor

The Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report allows you to discover when colours are at their peak in provincial parks across Ontario. Different parks across Ontario experiences their colour changes at different times. Use this report as a guide to see when you should plan your trip!

As of September 29th, 2020

Craigleith – Report Date : September 29, 2020
Dominant Colour : Orange
Colour Change : 60 – Leaf Fall : 20
Best viewing : We are starting to see pops of colour appearing here and there, mostly reds and oranges!

 

Wasaga Beach – Report Date : September 29, 2020
Dominant Colour : Green
Colour Change : 50 – Leaf Fall : 10
Best viewing : We are starting to see pops of colour appearing here and there, mostly reds and oranges!

 

Routes & Local Views

Blue Mountain Fall Drive

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)

Beaver Valley Fall Drive

Scenic Lookouts

Blue Mountain Lookout

This lookout gives a birds eye view of the Blue Mountain Village, Collingwood, Georgian Bay  and even Wasaga Beach & Midland on a clear day. Follow Scenic Caves Road and veer right at the bend, following Grey Road 119. There is parking on the right hand side as well as across the road on your left.

Scenic Caves

Wind your way up Scenic Caves Road, appropriately named for its beautiful scenery, surrounded by trees and catching some glimpses of Georgian Bay from an elevated position. Once you reach the high point of the road, you will be rewarded with an astonishing view of the town of the Blue Mountains, Collingwood and Georgian Bay. Make sure to walk over the suspension bridge or ride on the zipline for more beautiful views!

Visit Scenic Caves Website

Irish Mountain Lookout

Across the Bighead River Valley from Scotch Mountain, Irish Mountain Lookout offers one of the best views of the area. Look over Nottawasaga Bay with the Niagara Escarpment rising behind. Parking, picnic tables, and public bathrooms are available.

Grey Road 13/Beaver Valley Lookout

Look out over a hill of striking fall colours as you drive through the Beaver Valley. As you pull up to the Beaver Valley lookout, you will be amazed by the exquisite view of the valley. Drive through the quaint village of Thornbury and make your way through the many charming communities throughout Beaver Valley, enjoying the display of fall colours.

Grey Road 40

This rolling country road surrounded by trees and fields emulates the pleasant atmosphere of fall. The trees are various shades of joyful fall colours and leaves coat the ground and the views of Georgian Bay and Niagara Escarpment is a sight not to be missed. Roll down your windows as you make your way east down this road, getting a whiff of the crisp, fresh, autumn air.

Fall Colours at Blue Mountain Village

Summitview Pavillion 

 

What’s better than a stunning Georgian Bay View? One that includes a fantastic menu and seating for you and your nearest and dearest to enjoy an appetizer, lunch, dinner or charcuterie and drinks – all while you take in the panoramic scenery.

Summitview is located at the top of Blue Mountain. Parking is available at the top of the open-air gondola, or you can use your Blue Mountain explore pass, or your play-all-day wristband to access the hiking trail or gondola up to the restaurant.

Play-All-Day Pass

Blue Mountain’s Play-All-Day pass includes access to all of their attractions including the Ridge Runner (perfect for viewing fall colours through the mountain), high ropes, low ropes, bike rentals, Plunge!, and more. This is the perfect family fun day!

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