Everything You Need To Know Before You Head Out.
Whether you want a relaxing walk with family or an adventurous hike with friends, I've got you covered.
The Georgian Triangle is such an amazing area. I’ve been lucky enough to live here my whole life, and still I feel like there is more to discover about this area. For the outdoor enthusiast, there seems to be an endless amount of things to do during every season. In the summer, you’ll find many people in or on the crystal clear waters of the Georgian Bay, or golfing on one of the area's many acclaimed courses. As the leaves start to turn, you can throw on your favourite sweater and visit the orchards to pick apples or find the perfect pumpkin. When we’re furthest from the sun and the snow starts to fly, the ski slopes open and people trade their paddle boards for snowboards. One thing that you can do at any time of year is explore some of the many trail systems throughout the area. While there are far too many trails to cover in a single post, I've highlighted some of the area’s most notable here:
The Bruce Trail is Canada's longest and oldest marked hiking trail which follows along the amazing Niagara escarpment. The trail stretches over 860 km from Tobermory to Niagara with 400 km of marked side trails. The Georgian Triangle houses the Beaver Valley section which extends from Craigleith to Blantyre Cover. As you walk along this trail, you will find many rivers and streams flow over the escarpment creating magnificent waterfalls. Notable views along this trail include an outstanding view of the Beaver Valley as well as Nottawasaga Bay.
This trail features 50 km of marked trails. It has many scenic marvels, such as a waterfall and a view of a beautiful meadow. In the summer, the forest is lush and green with a canopy of trees to shade you from the sun. When the snow hits the ground make sure to take full advantage of the groomed trails for cross country skiing. This is the perfect trail for an adventurous day out exploring and enjoying nature.
If you’re exploring the trails at Kolapore Forest be sure to visit the adjoining Metcalfe Rock. There are two ways to reach the summit of the rock. You can follow the main trail which leads through beautiful woodland or follow the Blue blazed side trail. For the more adventurous, the blue-blazed trail takes you through a daunting 30m gorge. In either case, once you reach the summit you are rewarded with a magnificent view of the valley.
Inglis falls is just South of Owen Sound. When you arrive there is parking right at the falls. It’s just a short walk and there are many vantage points to take in the incredible falls. This spot makes for the perfect photo op! If you are looking for more adventure you could venture out from there and explore the 7.5 km of marked trails above the waterfall.
Loree Forest Loop
This is personally one of my favourite places to hike. It is 4 km long and is medium difficulty so it’s a great workout. If you are looking for a hike with a view you are in the right place. This hike provides an outstanding view of the bay from the top of the Georgian Peaks ski hills. Don’t worry, you don’t have to climb the face of the mountain as the trail system is accessed off county road 21 south of the peaks. Along the trail, there is a large wooden deck where many people stop, unpack a lunch, and soak in the breathtaking view. So pack a water and a snack and head out to this amazing spot!
The Georgian trail is 30 km long stretching from Meaford to Collingwood. It has a very flat and wide terrain so it’s perfect for walking, snowshoeing, running or cycling. I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a great place to go on family bike rides. This trail is pet-friendly and wheelchair accessible. With plenty of different access points, it is very easy to jump on the trail. There are many scenic stopping points along the way including beaches and apple orchards.
Tom Thomson trail
Tom Thomson trail features 40 km of 3-season trail. The trail is great for cycling, hiking, walking, running and horseback. The trail is named after the famed local artist of the same name. On this trek you will pass by the historic Leith church and cemetery where Tom Thomson is assumed to be buried. The fall is a prime time to enjoy this trail and take in the array of colours as the leaves turn. This trail provides an assortment of different landscapes such as woodland and sprawling farmland and includes an amazing view of the water.
Beaver River trail
The Beaver River trail has approximately 10 km of trails that weave along the river. The trail runs from the Thornbury harbour to the Clendenan Dam in Clarksburg. The trail passes through Fireman’s park which is a favourite spot for fishermen in the fall when the trout are running.
Collingwood Harbour Loop
The Collingwood Harbour Loop features 60km of trails which take you through the beautiful Town of Collingwood. These trails are flat and very easy to access making them perfect for strollers or wheelchairs. There are two bathrooms along the way and lots of stores should you find yourself in need of refreshment. A perfect trail to take if you are wanting to spend a day exploring the Town of Collingwood.
Blueberry Plains Trail
This trail is part of the Blueberry Plain Nature Reserve. The hike is only 4km long and is a relatively easy trail. There are beautiful sand dunes along this hike which can be viewed but not climbed as they are protected and quite delicate. In the winter, these trails transform into a winter wonderland perfect for cross country skiing. Blueberry Plains Nature Reserve features accessible parking, bathrooms and a picnic area.
As you can see, the area has many trails to offer and endless opportunities for adventure! With the bay, the mountains and our beautiful foliage, every trail offers something unique. Whether you’re looking for an incredible view, a workout, a walk with your furry friend or a scenic stroll with your family, there is definitely a trail for you. Of course, you could read about the trails all day long but the best way to learn about and understand the beauty of these trails is to go out and explore them for yourself.