Time travel back to the days of the Klondike!
Attention kids! Try your hand at panning for mineral treasures! Purchase a bag of mining rough and enjoy the rush of sluicing for quartz crystal, gold ore, amethyst, and many other beautiful semi-precious gemstones to take home. It's educational and fun. We guarantee a "major strike" hidden in every bag of sand. And it's enjoyable for adults too! Gemstone Mining Gembags: $7.00 each
VISIT CASINO RAMA IN ORILLIA
Located north-east of Collingwood in Orillia, CASINO RAMA is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Over 2,300 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, poker room, 9 restaurants, weekly big-name concerts and a 300 room all-suite luxury hotel & spa.
Hans and I went in to see it and it was absolutely beautiful. Native Indian inspired interior with wood ceiling beams. Hansi did OK on the slot machines, but I decided not to play as you got vouchers for your winnings instead of coins. I like the jingle of the coins. What can I say!!!
VISIT MARTYRS' SHRINE IN MIDLAND
The twin spires of the MARTYRS' SHRINE are clearly visible above the tree line as you approach the lovely town of Midland.
A National Shrine in honour of eight Jesuit Martyrs, you can walk the same ground as these men of courage and faith did more than 350 years ago. They planted the roots of Christianity in the Huronia region of Ontario.
Outdoor Stations of the Cross, statuary and fountains
Religious articles & souvenir shop
Cafeteria and Picnic Areas on spacious grounds
Bus tours and school groups welcome
Open daily from May 14 until October 10, 2005
Located northeast of Collingwood at 16163 Highway 12 in Midland
For more information on the Martyrs' Shrine please see my MIDLAND pages.
"Cheerful Port Town on Nottawasaga Bay"
Yes, let's get this straight. Collingwood is a town of about 17,000 on Nottawasaga Bay, which is a section of Georgian Bay, which is a section (sort of) of Lake Huron. It's about 90 miles NNW of Toronto.
The region south of Collingwood is a productive grain belt. Agricultural prosperity was the foundation of the town's growth, but now it is being supplemented by holiday-makers from the greater Toronto area who are attracted by not only by the open spaces near the waters, but also by the nearby Blue Mountain (ski-ing).
The Blue Mountain is a long ridge whose slopes line Nottawasaga Bay immediately to the west of Collingwood. You get a good view of the from the tip of the peninsula that juts out into the Bay.
The town of Collingwood is generally clean and spiffy, and a good deal of care and effort has gone into restoring and preserving several blocks of interesting architecture.
Nottawa not Ottawa or even Collingwood
"I chose Collingwood because Nottawa is too small"
to be featured on the site. I did visit Collingwood 6 or 7 times during my stay. Plenty of eateries and decent amount of shops. The village that we stayed in was 4 miles about from Collingwood and reasonably handy to see all the beautiful towns nearby.
It's about 2 hours from Toronto and Niagara. The falls - wow!!