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GEORGIAN BAY COASTAL ROUTE

DISCOVER NATURAL BEAUTY AND HERITAGE GEMS

DAYS: 8

OUR HOME AND NATIVE LAND
Head north from Toronto to start your Georgian Bay tour near Midland at Sainte- Marie among the Hurons, Ontario’s first European settlement. It’s like spending a few hours visiting the early 1600s.  Hear native storytelling in a longhouse, learn about Huron medicine and watch  a blacksmith perform his craft using the heat from a wood-burning fire.  Ready to get outside? Situated on the Niagara Escarpment and overlooking Georgian Bay, Blue Mountain Resort is  a four-season recreation destination. Go hiking, cycling, caving, golfing or skiing.  Take a Segway tour or ride a gondola to get panoramic views. At Scenic Caves Nature Adventures discover ancient rock formations and sweeping views;  for a real rush, try the tree top walk and zipline eco adventure tour. Rejuvenate at Scandinave Spa’s tranquil forest setting. Blue Mountain’s lively pedestrian village features accommodation, shopping, dining and entertainment, plus festivals & events all year-round.

UP THE BRUCE AND BEYOND
Head north to the ruggedly beautiful Bruce Peninsula National Park, part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and formed by ancient glaciers. Explore the cliffs and caves on the famous Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest footpath. Board a glass- bottom boat to get a first-hand look at century-old shipwrecks and the dramatic Flowerpot Island, all part of Fathom Five National Marine Park. Or get even closer if you’re into scuba diving! From Tobermory, at the tip of “The Bruce”, board the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry to Manitoulin Island. Follow the Great Spirit Circle Trail, browse Indigenous galleries, sample authentic cuisine and try your hand at traditional spirit rock painting. Outdoor adventures abound here too. And for something completely different, experience an Indigenous Pow Wow!

THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN
Exit by the north end of Manitoulin and head to Killarney – crown  jewel among Ontario’s provincial parks. From afar you’ll see its white quartzite mountains, rising above clear blue waters and surrounded by windswept pines. Up close you’ll understand why  this region inspired the famous Canadian Group of Seven artists to paint iconic Ontario landscapes.   Camp and hike around the park, or explore it by canoe. But nature lovers don’t have to rough it – book a few nights at Killarney Mountain Lodge and enjoy home-cooked meals. Hike up the La Cloche Mountains for a panoramic view.  Then cap off the day with a sunset sailboat cruise – simply breathtaking. You’re bound to see some of the local inhabitants, including moose and beaver. The anglers among you might be lured by the brook trout and lake trout fishing – some of  the best on the planet. Listen for the call of the loon as you recharge at a local lodge or lakeside cottage from Voyageur Quest. Explore the park on a canoe trip or just relax at a yoga retreat from Northern Edge Algonquin.

MAGICAL MUSKOKA
Discover this picturesque area renowned for its deep-blue  lakes, rugged granite landscapes and boreal forests. Cruise past luxurious cottages on the historic RMS Segwun in Gravenhurst. Explore charming towns like Bala and Port Carling. Wander through artists’ studios and galleries. Take the Bog to Bottle Discovery Tour at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh.  Nearby, get up close to an energized wolf pack or take a Walk in the Clouds on a canopy tour at the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve – don’t worry, you’ll be safe! Throughout the region, marvel at forests of stunning reds, oranges and yellows each fall. In the winter, experience the magic of dogsledding through a silent forest with Winterdance. Choose accommodation that suits you; from cosy self-catering cottages to stately lakeside lodges to sophisticated resorts, such as the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka and Deerhurst Resort (host of the 2010 G8 Summit).

BEYOND THE CALL OF BEAUTY
For unspoiled beauty on a large scale, make your way to the world- famous Algonquin Provincial Park, with more than 2,400 lakes!  Swim and paddle in crystal-clear waters. Ride a bike along an abandoned railway line or hike interpretive  trails.

Must Sees

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Sainte Marie among the Hurons

A 17th century French Jesuit Mission to the local Aborginal peoples.

Blue Mountain Resort

Ropes courses, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Wind Rider Triple Zips, golf, mountain biking, hiking, segway and more.

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Tree trekking and ziplining through the forest.

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

Rejuvenate in a tranquil forest setting; hot and cold plunge pools

The Bruce Trail

Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, stretches from Naigara Falls to Bruce County.

Fathom Five National Marine Park boat tours

Cruises from Tobermory feature highlights of Fathom Five National Marine Park.

Johnson's Cranberry Marsh

Taste food & wine with a cranberry twist! The daily Bog to Bottle Discovery at 1 pm is a Canadian Signature Experience. A boutique wine store, wine & cheese patio, wine tasting, nature trails, seasonal experiences and kids' activities.

Winterdance Dogsled Tours

A winter adventure and a Canadian Tourism Signature Experience

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