Overlooking the beautiful Georgian Bay MILLENIUM OVERLOOK PARK is a must see. You can go for a nice walk and there are also some benches where you can just sit and relax and enjoy the view of the sailboats filling their sails as they make their way out of the historic Collingwood Harbour.
Well known, that the Hurons told of a sacred place some eight leagues distant. There, stood a rock called Ekarenniondi, marking the path to the Village of the Souls.
Nearby could be found the cabin of Oscotarach, who gazed Eastward toward the approaching souls, and who drew away their memories so they could cross to the afterlife unencumbered.
Since Jean de Brébeuf recorded these tales in 1636, adventurers, archaeologists and historians have sought the legendary crossing place. They finally found it here, high atop Blue Mountain .
Now you can explore it for yourself, and step through the very portal of the underworld.
RUNING SHOES ARE RECUIRED (u can buy some in souvenir shop right here)
Tip 2 of 3 : Here is a bird’s eye view of Ontario’s Longest Suspension Bridge from this bridge you can see Georgian Bay Sparkling in the sunlight and before you is a 10,000-square kms view. Photo 2 is my son Marco on the tractor that takes us to the bridge, Photo 3 is the towers that support the bridge, Photo 4 the view from the bridge that by the way is 300 meters above the bay and last picture is all of us waiting for are ride back.
Next tip the caves
Tip 1 of 3 : This is the scenic caves entrance sign and this is where we star are adventure. You drive in (parking is free) and you buy your tickets, as soon as you walk in there is a big open area with a big pond on your right side where you can buy some food to feed the huge carps or just lay down on the many available lawn chairs around the pond and watch the ducks or swans. And while you relax (if you have kids) there is a huge playground for the kids to play and run around all at eyes view. And if you feel hungry or thirsty you can get some food or drinks nearby.
On my next tip we go see to the longest suspension bridge in Ontario.
Blue mountain ski resort this is a nice place to spend a weekend you can rent a cottage there for like 300 $ and have access to the ski left hot tub and pool my friends Jorge and Paul come here every year so they invited me to come this year but I could not go because I had family from Portugal visiting and they weren’t interested in any of the below activates so I just went down 1 day to visit and see what I was missing.
Photo 2: is the cottage you can rent they come fully furnished with even a microwave and dishwasher you can get one with 1,2 or 3 rooms with a sofa bed in the living room for an extra bed. 300 will get you the 2 bedrooms and sofa bed in living room
Photo 3: This Is the swimming pool where we toke a nice late night swim this is late Jan very cold my hair was frozen, but the water was at 22 really nice it was hard getting out of the pool since it was like 25 below if not more.
Photo 4: The hot tub now here I could stay all night long it was so hot, me and my friend where having a great time from here you can see Blue Mountain and people skiing down the hill has the snow was falling it was funny because when we got out are towels where frozen solid lol. T
his is a nice place to go in winter .
This is the 3 and last tip on the scenic caves has you approach the caves there are many sign explaining many things about the caves and surrounding landscape like this one about the History of the caves.
Photo 2: my wife and and son Ricardo squeezing bye the rocks.
Photo 3: The entrance to fat mans misery (what does this mean) well it means if your to chubby like me you cant go through the cave like all the thin people but have to go the longer way over it lol still I tried but had to come out again lol.
Photo 4 shows the stairs you take to go over the cave (the walk of shame lol).
Photo 5 gives you an idea of how beautiful everything is around here the walk from the main area to the caves and back is really nice there are many small bridges and steps going up and down with some incredible view like this one my aunt Maria is taking in.
Overall this is a nice place to spend a day you get to see the Longest bridge in Ontario some caves and can relax by the pond while the kids play in the huge playground.
It was a lovely sunny warm spring day, and I had an Aussie friend visiting. There is a Collingwood not too far from him in Australia, and of course the Blue Mountains, so I had to take him to the Ontario one.
I saw that there was a drive out onto a spit of land beyond the last remaining Grain Elevator, and that looked like a great place to get a view around.
What I wanted and did, was to show off the closed for the season ski runs, plus some of Georgian Bay, looking eastward towards Wasaga Beach. .
The Farmers Market has returned to downtown and is open every Saturday morning from the May holiday weeke nd to Thanksgiving. The Farmers Market has a long history in teh downtown, as ouitlined in this "snapshot of history" from the Collingwood Museum
The old Town Hall in the 1890's was also known as the "Market Building" because it housed the Farmers Market, among other things. A "Market Committee" oversaw the market aspect of the building. In the summer of 1904, the committee moved to place a brick walk on the south side of the building to the verandah, to cement the walks under the verandahs and lay a cmnet floor in the rear shop leased by Messrs. Ironside & Fisher. Butchers, Bakers, feed and wood sellers were among the businesses to have booths in the market square.
The Downtown Collingwood Business Improvement Area is an organization of more than 300 business and property owners who assist in the beautification, maintenance, promotion and economic development of Collingwoods downtown area.
Offering more than 255 shops and services, Downtown is the "heart" of Collingwood and the central meeting place of the Georgian Triangle area. A unique mix of retail, dining and personal shops compliment our profesional, financial and medical services.
Parking is ample and accessible along many of our downtown streets or in one of our conveniently located parking areas.
Here, Jacob, Nathalie and Hans are standing in front of this BEATIFUL VICTORIAN BUILDING in Collingwood. The Collingwood Federal Building, built of marble, was inspired by the State Finance building in Havana, Cuba and boasts a rotunda with a large stained glass dome bearing the coats of arms of the four levels of government, including the town of Collingwood.
Collingwood architecture features numerous examples of Victorian, Georgian, Greek Revival and Gothic styles in brick, stone and wood. There are so many beautiful buildings to view but the COLLINGWOOD FEDERAL BUILDING ( 1914 ), the former Collingwood Post Office on Hurontario Street is a "must see".
The scenic caves are definately worth the drive up the winding hills of Collingwood, Ontario to the majestic Blue Mountains.
Have fun exploring the paths, caves, and crevices that are found at Scenic Caves. Easy to make a full day out of it, but two to three hours will give you a good understanding and appreciation for the area.
Recently added is the Suspension Bridge, Ontarios longest at 126 meters long. It is 25 meters above the valley and streams and 300 meters above the Georgian Bay. The cost was over $1 million to make and is not for the weak-hearted as it will sway depending on winds and people on the bridge! You try not to think that a mere 8 centimeters of timber is all there is between you and the ground.
Newly added is Treetop Walking, for $95 per adult this two hour tour walking along suspension cables/bridges between treetops is definately for the brave.
Green season (spring, summer, fall) activities include caves tour, nature trails, suspension bridge, gemstone mining, mini golf, trout pond and picnic areas, and are open from early May to mid October (weather permitting).
Seasonal: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. During the months of July and August, hours our extended from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm . The last admission pass is sold two hours prior to close.
Treetop Walking is open year-round. However, reservations are required.
Adult Cave and Bridge Pass $17.00
Extensive information on their website. There is simply too much to see there, I don't have enough space! So go already!
Hiking shoes/boots a MUST!
This colourful mural depicts the flurry of activity that one would hav experienced on the main street of Collingwood around the turn of the century, when it was thought of as the Chicago of the north. John Hood has captured this vibrant time with a brilliant colour scheme, and an impressionistic style.
This lovely picture is of two very special people--Nathalie(Nathalie31) and Jacob(Lalkens). Aren't they so cute together!