Simcoe County has an amazing number of attractions in this oldest and most historic of Ontario's Bluewater regions. In Midland and Penetanguishene alone, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Martyrs' Shrine, Sainte Marie among the Hurons, Discovery Harbour, Huronia Museum, Midland 30,000 Island Boat Tours and SS Keewatin Steamship Museum dominate the scene with incredible heritage sites, tours and events for visitors. Midland Tours also extends its boat cruises aboard the Serendipity Princess to Port Severn during autumn. Midland is Huronia's "historic mural town" with dozens of poignant art renderings painted on buildings throughout the downtown and harbour. Professional theatre and music shows perform at the King's Wharf Theatre during summer and at the Midland Cultural Centre year round while Theatre Collingwood produces summer entertainment. Cyclists, skiiers and hikers can enjoy extensive tours along Midland and Penetanguishene's Waterfront Trails as well as nearby Tay Shore and Tiny trails. Wasaga Beach is famous as the world's longest fresh-water beach with dunes and waterfront protected by Wasaga Beach Provincial Park that maintains a system of picnic areas, playgrounds, boat launches and historic exhibits all linked by bike or ski trails. The Nottawasaga River makes a scenic, two or three-day canoe trip and is also notable for its trout fishing. The Trent-Severn Waterway ends at Port Severn's lock 45 after an ingenious series of locks, lifts and the one and only Big Chute Marine Railway that transports boats on a gigantic rail carriage.
The Enviropark playground, picnic area and washrooms adjoin Sunset Point Park on the shoreline along St. Lawrence Street. The park has a panoramic view of Collingwood harbour with the escarpment in the background and a massive, limestone inuksuk stands as a sentinel on the point.
Big Chute is located on the Trent-Severn Waterway via White’s Falls Road 34 or Big Chute Road 17 from Coldwater. This idyllic spot beside the Severn River is one of the world's most spectacular routes by water or highway. The waterway enables boaters to navigate the chain of rivers and lakes as a short cut from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay. Most of the 45 locks operate by raising and lowering water levels, but Big Chute Marine Railway employs a carriage that transports boats from one body of water to another. This is the only lift of its kind in North America. Visitors can enjoy historic displays, washrooms, a picnic area and trails beside the cataract. Nearby White’s Falls,
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Alton Lodges provides cute and cozy cottage accommodation exactly where you want to be in Wasaga Beach: close to the World's Longest Fresh-water Beach and the always exciting "Main Drag" with bars, shops and restaurants. As you'll see in our online Photo Gallery, every housekeeping cottage is immaculately clean and maintained, and has its own personality. All cottages are equipped with satellite TV, air conditioning, stove, fridge, microwave, pots and pans, utensils and dishes, three-piece bathroom, propane BBQ, and a picnic table. Guests supply their own beach and bath towels. We supply all bedding (except for After Prom rentals). Alton Lodges is a mix of one and two bedroom cottages with
The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, in downtown Collingwood, is a premier exhibition venue for local artists as well as a centre for art instruction, workshops and creative collaboration. Beautiful art and artisan work are also available for purchase. The gallery hosts several art shows throughout the year and holds a juried art exhibit. The Centre hosts Les Belles Fleurs (March 1 - April 6), a sumptuous showing of floral paintings. See the 37th annual Juried Art Show (April 12 - May 28, 2017) featuring outstanding works including an opening reception and awards presentation on Sunday, April 23 at 1-3 p.m. Fresh & Emerging - The Bay School of Art: Advanced students and
The Nottawasaga River is a scenic canoe route that is navigable from Willow Creek, a 1-hour paddle above Edenvale to Wasaga Beach. The river has phenomenal scenery along serpentine channels that cut through high banks and sand dunes. It also flows through the Minesing Wetland Conservation Area, one of Southern Ontario's largest swamps that is a haven for wildlife viewing. Fishing is best at Jacks Lake or the Oxbow or Montgomery Rapids in spring and fall when trout and salmon swim up the river. Edenvale Park has a picnic area and boat launch located at the bridge on Highway 26. Klondike Sports Park also has a canoe launch further downstream. Local outfitters offer canoe and kayak rentals and
The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre lets visitors discover the secrets of wetlands with the help of staff naturalists. Look for life in the water with guided canoe excursions or the marsh from accessible floating boardwalks and an observation tower. Enjoy the grace of the magnificent Trumpeter Swans, North America’s largest waterfowl. Hike, bike or ski the trail system or visit the exhibit hall to find out more about the ecosystem or browse through the displays of books and gifts. The centre also features environment themed events and workshops for all ages. Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre opens 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., east of Midland off Highway 12.
The Elegant Gourmet is a Chocolate, Fudge & Coffee/Tea Shop conveniently located on King Street in beautiful downtown Midland. We're in our 20th year in business; come join us for a treat! Gourmet Truffles, Chocolates and Creamy Fudge ALL made on site! Chocolate Covered Butter Tarts! Available in Giant size and Minis. Singles and beautifully wrapped in 6 packs! Premium Ice Cream and freshly made Waffle Cones (some with Belgian Chocolate & sprinkles!) Also featuring Cappuccino, Espresso, Specialty Lattes, Freshly Brewed Fair Trade Organic Coffees & Premium Teas. We have recently started making VEGAN Chocolate Bars with Superfoods and treats
Visitors can explore the world-renowned village of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland, an authentically re-created 17th century fort and site of the early Jesuit missions to the Huron. Costumed interpreters add realistic perspective to the palisade community, while an audio-visual presentation and museum provide historical background. Sainte-Marie is located on Hwy 12 East and opens May to Thanksgiving daily 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sainte-Marie Park, a spacious picnic area beside the Wye River, is located opposite the enclave on Wye Valley Road and links the site with the Tay Waterfront Trail that continues to Waubaushene.
Awenda Provincial Park offers a retreat to wild shorelines, scenic trails, pristine beaches and nature interpretive programs. The shorelines exhibit gigantic boulders with colourful patterns and shapes. Cyclists may also use the Bluff, Beach and Brûlé Trails. The Robitaille Homestead Trail leads to ruins of a pioneer farm and spectacular lookout over Georgian Bay. Kettle’s Lake has a sheltered beach, fishing, barrier free ramp access, viewing platform and canoe rentals. It is one of the few lakes in Ontario that contains Eastern Floater Mussels. The park has campsites and lodge rentals available.
Look no further if you are looking to rent a waterview efficiency condo suite where swimming and beach fun are right at your door step, not to mention the breathtaking water and sunset view from your suite's balcony. This resort is immaculate inside and out, so don't wait. River Run is a 5 bedroom cottage directly on the Nottawasaga River, conveniently located at Wasaga Beach Area 1. Inn On The Beach offers 6 beautiful, waterfront condo suites (Beach Area 3) that are tiled and carpeted and air-conditioned with balconies. Bedrooms have 2 double beds, sleep 4 to 6 people (4 adults max), pillows and comforters provided, sheets and towels (extra charge). Full size
OneLove: Global Local Eco, "Feel good shopping in the Heart of Collingwood!"OneLove: Global Local Eco is an eclectic boutique located in the first block of Collingwood's historic downtown. We specialize in unique clothing, gifts and accessories that are handmade, fair trade, sustainable and ethically sourced. The store also features various lines of locally/Canadian made jewellery and natural body products such as soaps, salves and body butters, as well as soy and beeswax candles and high quality incense. Sourcing ethical and sustainable products is an important part of the OneLove philosophy. Come and browse our selection of eco-fashion made with organic cottons, and bamboo, as well as
Grey Heron Yarn Shop is located in the Arts and Culture heritage district of Downtown Collingwood. We carry a beautiful array of yarns from around the world. We do have feature yarns from Canadian “Indie” dyers as well. We offer monthly skills building classes: Project classes, Private Classes and Group Classes. Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to learning new skills. On Thursday afternoons we host our Drop In Knit Cafe - it's a social time to gather with like-minded individuals "FREE" 1 pm - 4 pm We host a KnitFest Saturday workshop with Kate Atherley and Glenna Harris; both fabulously talented designers who have worked with Vogue, Canadian Living and several knitting
Midland's ONLY Full Service Hotel The BEST WESTERN Highland Inn & Conference Centre offers abundant amenities and convenient access to local attractions & corporate offices. Those on a Midland vacation can enjoy convenient access to Martyrs' Shrine, Elmvale Jungle Zoo, Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Discovery Harbour, SS Keewatin and many more local attractions. Indulge in some retail therapy nearby at the shops in Downtown Midland. Choose from a well-appointed standard room or one of 21 suites at this hotel. Guests can relax after a day of sightseeing in spacious, non-smoking rooms that offer cable television, in-room movies, free high-speed
Nestled within Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene on Georgian Bay, the King's Wharf Theatre is a pleasantly rustic, 385-seat venue that offers all the comforts of a modern facility. Flanked by the historic buildings of a 19th-century British naval and military base, the theatre is located at the end of a beautiful boardwalk that looks onto the home port of replica sailing ships H.M.S. Bee and H.M.S. Tecumseth. The site is a perfect location for picnics as well as stepping back in time to see what a sailor's life was like in the 1800's. A visit to the King's Wharf Theatre takes only 45 minutes from Barrie and Orillia, or just over an hour from Collingwood. While in the area, explore the
Port Severn Park is situated on a scenic peninsula surrounded by the harbour where boaters and pedestrians can enjoy the view and facilities along the waterfront. These include a picnic pavilion, playground, splash pad, snack concession, paved pathways, washrooms and boat dockage. The Muskoka Tourism Information Centre is located across the road from the park with the Bressette Homestead Museum & Lockmaster's House along with other historical artifacts from the village.
The Tiny Trail follows an abandoned rail line along County Road 6 from Elmvale through Wyevale, Perkinsfield to Penetanguishene for 22.5 km. Access points are at eight intersecting sideroads and at both ends. The trail encounters parks at Wyevale and Perkinsfield, and numerous river crossings that make up its 16 bridges. The trail also ends close to the Tiny Marsh Wildlife Area at its southern terminus, where more trails are located along the dikes surrounding the wetland. Trail uses include hiking, cycling, horseback riding and skiing.
Champlain-Wendat Rotary Park marks the 1615 meeting at Penetanguishene between Samuel de Champlain and the Wendat First Nation in historic Huronia. Bronze sculptures of "Champlain's Rendezvous" as well as Governor Simcoe and a giant effigy of Champlain's famous astrolab, grace the park. The waterfront trail connects the park with lovely flower gardens, a beach, skatepark and Penetanguishene harbour.
Downtown Midland has an immaculately landscaped waterfront with harbour services, entertainment, picnic areas, paved bike trails and specialty shops to interest visitors, with free 3-hour parking at community lots. During summer, the harbour hosts fun activities for visitors at its Waterside Wednesdays. Tay Waterfront Trail extends through Midland from Penetanguishene to Waubaushene. It is paved past the Wye River and has a packed surface eastward. Midland Tours 30,000 Island Boat Cruises operates the 300-passenger Miss Midland that departs from the town dock daily. Take a 2 1/2-hour morning or afternoon cruise to experience the sparkling water, windswept pines and rocky grandeur of
Penetanguishene’s harbour, beach, playground and skate-park adjoin the Waterfront Trail that leads to Midland from Champlain Road. The town combines a colourful blend of French-Anglo culture with a full range of attractions and amenities for visitors. The Serendipity Princess paddlewheeler boat departs the Penetanguishene town dock daily for cruises May to September then offers fall colour tours on the Trent-Severn Waterway departing from Port Severn from September to mid-October.
The naval base at Discovery Harbour brings to life the era when the British navy ruled the waves. Visitors may stroll waterside boardwalks and chat with costumed officers and crew aboard a replica schooner and explore the military barracks to see what a sailor’s life was like on the frontier. Ship sawyers, carpenters and blacksmiths reenact the tradesmen who kept the fleet afloat. The historic site also contains the King's Wharf Theatre, which is operated by Drayton Entertainment Company that brings professional theatre shows to the location during summer.
The Miss Midland & the Serendipity Princess - Georgian Bay/Muskoka Take a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise and experience the sparkling water, windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka/Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands – the finest cruising area in the northern hemisphere. You may wish to enjoy a lovely cruise before dinner, or for the perfect ending to a carefree summer day, we offer memorable Sunset Cruises among the beautiful islands of Muskoka/Georgian Bay where you can dance or sing along with the evening’s entertainment or simply relax and enjoy our onboard music. Take a morning, afternoon, mid-afternoon and evening sunset dinner cruises at
Little Lake Park in Midland, has a picnic area under huge oak trees, with tennis, volleyball and shuffleboard courts, mini golf, a recreation trail, skate park and playground.
Wasaga Beach Area 6 has an information centre, band gazebo, soccer pitch and tennis courts at the Oakview Woods recreation complex on Mosley Street at 42nd Street. Skateboard and bike parks with ramps, rails and dirt jumps, and a “Bark Park” for exercising dogs, are located beside the information centre. All beach areas have washrooms, picnic areas and bike paths.
Your best value at the beach for well maintained, clean, deluxe, comfortable accommodations located on the shores of the scenic Nottawasaga River only steps from the longest fresh-water beach in the world. (ACROSS THE ROAD) Luau Resort is only a 25-minute drive to Ontario's finest downhill skiing and a few minutes away from excellent cross country skiing and several challenging golf courses. SUITES: Deluxe 1 and 2-bedroom suites are equipped with Air Conditioning, Gas Fireplace (not operational in the summer time), Kitchenette (no oven), Jacuzzi Tub or regular Bath. They all have Hair Dryers. Kitchenettes have Microwave, Coffeemaker, Toaster, and are equipped with the basics of a
Collingwood was once one of the busiest shipyards and industrial ports on the Great Lakes. Today the harbour supports some fishing tugs, recreational docks, boat cruises, boat rentals, a sailing school and a dragon boat-canoe club. The Harbourlands feature a marine walkway with embedded plaques that describe every ship that was launched from the Collingwood shipyards. Other nautical artifacts are displayed throughout the scenic path up to the end of the breakwall where Millenium Park exhibits a colourful display of historical monuments that tell the story of this dynamic harbour.
Martyrs' Shrine is a testimonial to North America's first canonized saints. The church is truly inspiring with its beautiful, Gothic-revival architecture and gardens. The site commands a panoramic view of Midland Bay from its picnic area. A museum contains sacred artifacts and the shrine welcomes ethnic pilgrimages each year. An education and conference centre can accommodate group retreats. Located on Hwy 12 East, the site opens daily, early May to late October.
Huronia Museum invites visitors to explore its fascinating exhibits that portray the art, culture and history of the Huronia-Southeastern Georgian Bay region. The gallery displays photographs and paintings from the archives plus seasonal exhibitions and a film series. A tour of the Huron-Ouendat Village takes visitors into the palisade entrance and interior of the dwelling. Step into the past as you experience the culture of the Huron First Nation through games, drumming, chants, wood smoke, food preparation and longhouses lined with animal skins.
HENRY'S SOUTH FISH RESTAURANT AT WYE HERITAGE MARINA The second location at the marina on Ogden’s Beach Road, brings the same Great Lakes cottage appeal to the mainland. Enhanced by the traditional cottage flair of the original, the interior of Henry’s South boasts a post-and-beam structure, with lanterns strung up by thick rope, as well as fishing nets and big catches stuffed and mounted on the walls. A large outdoor patio overlooks the water and doubles the seating to almost 200 during summer months. Follow us on Facebook
The Town of Midland is situated at the gateway to Georgian Bay's picturesque 30,000 Islands. Our culturally rich town has become the economic hub of North Simcoe for economic prosperity, envious lifestyle in idyllic surroundings and an abundance of recreational pursuits. Midland flourishes with: • A vibrant and bustling downtown core consisting of unique stores and professional business offices promoted by a Business Improvement Area. • Recent commercial growth includes Wal-Mart, Real Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rona, Boston Pizza, A&W, Giant Tiger, Home Depot, Staples,
The S.S. Keewatin Steamship Museum, docked at 311 Talbot St. in Port McNicoll, was the last passenger steamer to ply the Great Lakes. The ship's elegant Edwardian decor includes mahogany paneling, polished brass, silver dinnerware and Italian hand-etched skylights.Its decks, cabins, lounges and dining room are furnished with accoutrements and costumes in various styles of the historical periods it spanned. Knowledgeable guides relate background stories to visitors about a bygone era of travel that was luxurious even by today's standards.
Conveniently located near the post office with ample parking at the door, we look forward to welcome you to our ladie's clothing store! You will find brand names including Bianca, Peter Nygard, Tanjay, Alia, Red Coral, Carol Reed, and much more... Fresh youth, full figure fashions as well as the more mature look is what Wasaga Casual Wear and Boutique is all about. With the pleasant ladies assisting you, you will find all the help you need without the pressure. We offer 2,600 square feet of everyday wear, evening, sportswear, outfits suitable for the office, as well as purses, fashion accessories, swimwear and get-away clothes available year round. Check out our new lines of shoes and
The Mariner Motor Hotel provides Collingwood visitors with quality accommodations and friendly service at affordable rates. It is conveniently located beside the Collingwood Hospital and community cycling trails, just three blocks from the downtown shopping and hospitality core. Along with comfortable rooms, guests may enjoy these extra amenities at no additional charge: Continental Breakfast Coffee, Tea & Hot Chocolate available 24 hours High Speed Wireless Internet Private Picnic Area in the courtyard Winter Car Plug-ins Seniors' & Corporate Discounts Check our room availability online at: www.marinermotorhotel.ca
A Unique Vacation Experience in the Heart of Wasaga Beach. Oasis by the Bay Vacation Resort is a quiet, family friendly resort located in Wasaga Beach. The Resort is nestled in between the Nottawasaga River and Beach 3 and is close to area attractions, Collingwood and the Town of The Blue Mountains. Oasis by the Bay has a convenient set-up that offers one and two-bedroom apartment style units. This provides more privacy and space to enjoy your holiday. Five of the newly renovated units have one bedroom with two single beds and are accessible for those that may require it (with a lift system and large accessible washroom). These units can accommodate 1-4 people depending on
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is unique since it is located within the boundaries of the town as a day-use park. Its parabolic dune system is the largest in Ontario. Rare plants and animals such as the Piping Plover and Eastern Hognose Snake find refuge in the park. The beach areas are numbered starting at the east end by the river mouth. Area 1 includes boat launching, fishing platforms, special events court and beach boardwalk. New Wasaga Beach and Allenwood Beach, on River Road East, are favourite spots for windsurfing and kite boarding. Area 6 has an information centre, band gazebo, soccer pitch and tennis courts at the Oakview Woods recreation complex at 42nd Street. Skateboard and bike
Exciting exhibits and art shows can be discovered at Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives, located at 13 Burke Street. Explore the incredible collection of artifacts and rare historical photographs. The museum boasts a replica Fire Hall, 1875 general store, 1903 Oldsmobile, and an 1879 Baldwin Steam Engine – one of the oldest in North America. Popular events include Kids’ Day Camps and Scavenger Hunts in summer.
Shamrock Motel is situated near picturesque Little Lake in Midland. The motel is located just minutes from tourist attractions such as Discovery Harbour, Little Lake Park, Sainte Marie among the Hurons, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre and the Martyr's Shrine. Shamrock Motel's central location makes it extremely easy to go shopping in scenic downtown Midland, visit the world famous beaches on Nottawasaga Bay, go golfing at any number of our fine golf courses, or take a 30,000 Islands boat cruise on the Miss Midland. Upon arrival, you will notice our well-maintained accommodations, friendly management and reasonable rates. Our picnic area and playground is the perfect spot for families to relax
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park's Blueberry Plains Trails offer scenic hiking through high, forested dunes with scenic lookouts and ample opportunities to see wildlife. In winter, the Wasaga Nordic Ski Centre maintains 30 km. of groomed cross-country ski trails and snowshoeing areas including warm-up shelters with fires and a chalet with rentals and refreshments.
Midland is Ontario’s premier mural community! The downtown and waterfront display over 40 historical murals, including North America’s largest outdoor mural. The murals can be toured to discover iconic aspects of the town’s heritage. Downtown Midland has an immaculately landscaped waterfront with harbour services, picnic areas, paved bike trails and specialty shops to interest visitors, with free 3-hour parking at community lots.
The Collingwood Museum and tourist information are housed in the Station Welcome Centre at St. Paul & Huron Streets. The building is an impressive reincarnation of the original 1873 railway terminal. The museum displays genuine aboriginal artifacts and exhibits of Collingwood's shipbuilding days, including a video of the port's last side launch.
Experience exciting concerts, shows and events at the Midland Cultural Centre all year long! Looking for live entertainment options without the crowds in an intimate venue with a state-of-the-art sound system that musicians rave about? Midland Cultural Centre has something that appeals to every taste. Upcoming Events at the MCC in Midland, Ontario: Nov 11 Tribute to Artie Shaw and his Gramercy - 7pmNov 18 & 19 Downtown Midland BIA Girls Holiday EventNov
The Miss Midland & the Serendipity Princess Boat Cruises - Georgian Bay/Muskoka Take a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise and experience the sparkling water, windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka/Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands – the finest cruising area in the northern hemisphere. You may wish to enjoy a lovely cruise before dinner, or for the perfect ending to a carefree summer day, we offer memorable Sunset Cruises among the beautiful islands of Muskoka/Georgian Bay where you can dance or sing along with the evening’s entertainment or simply relax and enjoy our onboard music. Take a morning, afternoon, mid-afternoon and evening sunset dinner cruises at
Collingwood has many attractions, from alpine ski slopes in winter to beautiful scenery and clear blue waters of Georgian Bay in summer. The Niagara Escarpment casts a silhouette in the west that can appear hazy blue, thereby earning its name - Blue Mountain. Collingwood has an extensive recreational trail system that intersects the Georgian Trail to Meaford. The Enviropark playground, picnic area and washrooms adjoin Sunset Point Park on the shoreline at the end of Huron St. The harbour supports boat cruises, rentals, a sailing school and a dragon boat-canoe club. Collingwood’s downtown is a designated heritage district that can easily spoil cosmopolitans with its elegant
Midland is Ontario’s premier mural community! The downtown and waterfront display over 40 historical murals, including North America’s largest outdoor mural. The murals can be toured to discover iconic aspects of the town’s heritage. Downtown Midland has an immaculately landscaped waterfront with harbour services, picnic areas, paved bike trails and specialty shops to interest visitors, with free 3-hour parking at community lots. Little Lake Park has a picnic area under huge oak trees, with tennis, volleyball and shuffleboard courts, mini golf, a recreation trail, skate park and playground. Huronia Museum invites visitors to explore its fascinating exhibits that portray
Penetanguishene’s harbour, beach, playground and skate-park adjoin the Waterfront Trail that leads to Midland from Champlain Rd. The Tiny Trail parallels County Rd 6 as a scenic bike path. The town combines a colourful blend of French-Anglo culture with a full range of attractions and amenities for visitors. Take a morning or afternoon sightseeing cruise and experience the sparkling water, windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka/Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands. The Serendipity Princess departs the Historic Port of Penetanguishene (town dock) daily May to September. Visitors can also enjoy dinner cruises or sunset cruises where they can dance or sing along with the
Port Severn has accommodations and marine services situated along the scenic Trent-Severn Waterway, which connects Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario. This area is most diverse since it is the transition zone between the St. Lawrence Lowlands and the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. Off road trails provide invigorating walking, cycling or skiing through naturalized corridors free of traffic, such as the Rotary Waterfront Trail and the Tay Shore Trail between Midland and Waubaushene. Port Severn Park has a picnic gazebo and playground located on Minten’s Lane. The School House Trail begins off Honey Harbour Road just west of Highway 400 exit on Violet Drive. This packed surface trail
Balm Beach, west of Midland, is an oasis made for recreation. A break-wall of colourful boulders and shade trees shelters a crescent of soft sand where watercraft, sailboard and kayak rentals offer cool fun. Restaurants and cottage resorts provide water-front escapes to leisurely enjoyment. Off road trails provide invigorating walking, cycling or skiing through naturalized corridors free of traffic, such as the Tiny Trail that parallels County Rd 6 from Penetanguishene to Elmvale. The trail follows a former railway over scenic trestles and through forested landscape. Local farm market stands display plenty of fresh produce in season.
Elmvale makes a convenient stop over for visitors on the route between Georgian Bay’s beaches. The village has numerous shops, markets and restaurants to serve travelers. Elmvale Heritage Park has a picnic shelter located on Road 92 just west of the downtown core. Orr Lake Park, situated east of Elmvale on County Road 19, has a nice beach on the inland lake. Elmvale Jungle Zoo, located on Hwy 27, provides an exciting outing among exotic animals in a shady park setting that encompasses 25 acres of natural landscape. Giraffes, big cats, monkeys, colourful birds and giant reptiles can be seen with educational, interactive demonstrations for visitors. The zoo opens daily from Victoria
Wasaga Beach is a favourite resort town that boasts the world’s longest fresh-water beach as well as numerous visitor services. Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is unique since it is located within the boundaries of the town as a day-use park. Its parabolic dune system is the largest in Ontario. Rare plants and animals such as the Piping Plover and Eastern Hognose Snake find refuge in the park. The Wasaga Nordic Trails offers scenic hiking through the dunes, and in winter, 30 km. of groomed cross-country ski trails including a chalet with rentals and refreshments. The beach areas are numbered starting at the east end by the river mouth. Area 1 includes boat launching, fishing platforms,