Often overlooked in favor of Blue Mountain, Collingwood, Ontario, is a town that has plenty of fun things to do in its own right. Nestled between Georgian Bay and the UNESCO biosphere reserve, the Niagara Escarpment, Collingwood makes for the perfect weekend getaway in Ontario. We have spent a lot of time in Collingwood in all seasons and have explored every inch of the surrounding area. It used to be our snowboarding haunt in the winter and cycling location in the summer. If you want to visit the nearby towns on Georgian Bay or simply want to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of Blue Mountain, read on to see all the top Collingwood attractions to add to your list.
Best Things to Do in Collingwood Ontario
Collingwood, Ontario, is located just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Toronto on the southern shores of Georgian Bay. It is part of Simcoe County and is situated northwest of Toronto, providing a scenic backdrop with the Blue Mountains to the north and vast expanses of natural beauty surrounding it. The town is known for its proximity to recreational activities, both on the bay and in the surrounding highlands, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and water sports. Collingwood serves as a gateway to the Blue Mountain Resort and is part of the Georgian Triangle area, making it a popular destination for tourists year-round.
When in Collingwood, visit the South Georgian Bay Visitor’s Centre and Collingwood Museum to find out what’s going on in the area. Located in an 1873 train station, the two share a building, so you can explore the history and ship-building culture of Collingwood while finding out what events are happening in Collingwood today.
1. Collingwood Harbour
Collingwood Harbour serves as a hub of aquatic activity and is a significant part of the town’s nautical heritage. It’s a place where boaters and sailors congregate, with its marinas and docks providing the perfect launching point for a day on the water.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of water-based activities such as kayaking, and paddle boarding. The harbor also features trails and parks along its perimeter, which allow for picturesque walks with views of the bustling waterfront activity, historic shipyards, and the serene waters of Georgian Bay. There are kayak and SUP rentals at Southwinds Marine and Little Eds Ski and Bike Shop.
2. Enjoy the Waterfront Trail
The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail passes through Collingwood and it is an…