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    Take the last train to Clarksburg

    by windsorgirl Written Oct 25, 2006

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    I like to ride my bike to Clarksburg. It is only 15-20 minutes up the main street of Thornbury (Bruce St) before you cross the Beaver River and reach the quaint shops of "downtown" Clarksburg. Here, you will find the Honey Hut with it's distinctive blue and yellow paint. They sell fresh organic honey and beeswax candles among other things.

    If you continue past the shops, you will see a chip wagon on your right at Clark Street. Follow this over the 1850's stone bridge and you will come to a small riverside park on your right. There is a small waterfall here, and in the fall you may spot some spawning salmon as I did.

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    Visit Blue Mountain

    by windsorgirl Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Just a 10 minute drive from Thornbury brings you to the new Intrawest Blue Mountain village at the base of the Blue Mountain ski hills. Obviously, in the winter, this is a very popular spot for anyone interested in downhill skiing or in the apres ski scene. However, it is also a great place to visit in the off season if you are looking for a fabulous dinner or lunch spot.

    The village is centered on a large pedestrian mall surrounded by hotels, condominiums, restaurants and shops all designed with the flavour of an old european town at the base of the ski hills. There is also a large man made pond with dockside seating for dining or drinks in the warm season and ice skating in the winter. There are many summertime activities to entice you to visit Blue Mountain in the off season such as the hugely popular Elvis festival each July and the film festival in October.

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    Watch the Salmon Run

    by windsorgirl Written Oct 23, 2006

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    In the spring and fall you will see crowds of people on the Thornbury bridge over the Beaver River. They will all be looking over the side and you may wonder, like I did the first time, what was going on. These people are watching the salmon as they make their way first downstream in the spring to Georgian Bay where they stay for 3 or 4 years. After that, the salmon will return to their birthplace in order to spawn. Once they fulfil their life's destiny, then they die.

    The return trip to their spawning ground is all upstream and since Thornbury has a dam, which is impassable even for the most energetic salmon, the city has built a salmon ladder, which is like a long winding uphill stream with many levels that the salmon can jump up one at a time to get to the Beaver River. (photo 4 will explain it better than I can!). Anyway, it is quite a spectacle to watch the salmon on their mission and you will often hear cheers from the onlookers as one salmon makes it up another level.

    You will also be able to watch the many fisherman that are lining the banks of the river trying to catch one of these salmon or one of the trout that also heads upstream this time of year to feed on the salmon roe.

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    Visit Hoggs Falls

    by windsorgirl Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    Hoggs Falls is a hidden gem, definitely off the beaten track. It is part of the Grey County Tourism's Scenic Drive "Waterfall Tour". This was my favorite waterfall on the tour. It is named after William Hogg who once operated a mill near the waterfall, the forest has now completely taken over any remnants of the old mill.

    Hoggs Falls is created as water from the Boyne River falls 7m in a beautiful cascade surrounded by dense forest. There are also some hiking trails leading from the falls. One will take you all the way to Eugenia Falls, the other is a long loop back to Hoggs Falls, and I did the short loop. That hike only took about 30 minutes I will include photos from this short hike. It is a great way to stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air after viewing the falls.

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    Cycle on the Georgian Trail

    by windsorgirl Updated Sep 12, 2006

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    There is an abandoned railway line stretching for 32kms between Meaford and Collingwood. Thornbury, my base, is located in the middle. This railway line has been converted into a beautiful trail suitable for bicycles, pedestrians, and in the winter, cross country skiiers. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.

    I have rode the stretch from Thornbury to Meaford and back, about 14 kms each way and I passed apple orchards, a golf course, and glimpses of the Niagara Escarpment . In autumn, you may find some wild apple trees along the path offering a free snack, just check for worms first!

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    Take a Scenic Drive

    by windsorgirl Written Jun 21, 2006

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    The country side in Grey county is a beautiful landscape of rolling farm lands and stunning views of the Niagara Escarpment, and the blue waters of Georgian Bay. Get a copy of the Georgian Triangle See and Do Guide by emailing them at the website below for a list of suggested scenic drives.

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    Check out the Fall Colours

    by windsorgirl Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Grey County is a great place to view some of Ontario's most spectacular fall colours. Plan your visit for the month of October for the best display. A suggested driving tour starts from Thornbury and then travels west to Meaford on hwy 26, then south to Kimberley on County Rd 7. From here you can continue south to Flesherton or head north to Thornbury along County Rd 13.

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    Apple Picking in October

    by windsorgirl Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Grey County has over 2500 acres of apple orchards. It is the northern most apple producing spot in Ontario. Apples have been grown here since 1846. In the spring, the orchards are breathtaking in full bloom, but if you'd like to pick your own, you'll have to wait until late September or early October.

    Meaford celebrates the Apple Harvest with a craft show in early October and Thornbury celebrates Applefest on Thanksgiving Day weekend. (Canadian Thanksgiving that is!)

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    Take a Hike

    by windsorgirl Written Mar 14, 2006

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    There are many hiking opportunities in and around Thornbury. The aforementioned Georgian Trail is suitable for long hikes as is the Bruce Trail which follows the Niagara Escarpment from Queenstown in the south to Tobermory in the north. The Bruce Trail is 850 kms in all, but there are many access points that allow you to hike a small portion at a time.

    Hiking in the month of May will reward you with many views of Ontario's Provincial Flower, the trillium in bloom, as well as apples trees in full flower. In autumn, the colours are amazing.

    I will detail specific hikes that I have done in the area under Sports Tips.

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    Eugenia Falls

    by windsorgirl Written Mar 12, 2006

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    These falls are one of the highest in Ontario, dropping 30 m over the Niagara Escarpment. They are located in the village of Eugenia at the Eugenia Falls Conservation Area. There are short hikes here along the canyon offering several glimpses of the falls. Unfortunately you can't get very close to this waterfall.

    In the 1850's these falls became the site of gold fever when a farmer spotted some glittering rock in the canyon. Over 200 golddiggers descended on the site but instead of gold, it turned out to be iron pyrite, fool's gold. In 1914, Eugenia Falls became the site of Ontario's second hydro electric generating plant.

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