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Georgian Bay Attractions (10 Days)

Round the Bay on this 10 day Georgian Bay Coastal Route tour, visiting all of the best attractions along the way.


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Day 1

Begin your tour in Parry Sound today on or over the water!  Enjoy a 30,000 Island Boat Cruise through this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, or take to the sky for a flightseeing adventure with Georgian Bay Airways.  Float plane flights are available over the 30,000 Islands, or to world famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant (accessible by boat only).  If you're feeling like venturing into the bush to get dirty, book a day ATVing in the Georgian Bay wilderness with Bear Claw Tours.

Accommodation Options:

Remain in Parry Sound tonight.

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Day 2

Travel to Sudbury today, where you’ll spend the afternoon at Dynamic Earth, venturing underground to learn about geology and the mining industry at this hands-on attraction.  For some evening entertainment, the IMAX Theatre is the perfect option.

Distance:
Parry Sound to Sudbury (164 km (100 miles), 2 hours)

Accommodation Options:

Relax in Sudbury for the night.

Things to Do:

Day 3

This morning, you’ll find yourself immersed in learning at Science North.  Internationally renowned for its hands on learning approach and personal touch, the staff (known as the “Bluecoats”) will fill have you experiencing science is a fun and imaginative way.  When you’ve had your fill of science fun, pack up and make your way to Manitoulin Island where you’ll stop for the night along the northern side of the island.

Distance:
Sudbury to Little Current (121 km (75miles), 1 hour 45 mins)

Accommodation Options:

Stay along the northern shore of the Island tonight in Little Current, Gore Bay or Kagawong.

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Day 4

Today you’re sight-seeing on Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island.  If you’re feeling energetic, your first stop is the Cup & Saucer Bluff for a hike to a magnificent lookout over Georgian Bay.  Next you’ll visit Kagawong’s cascading Bridal Veil Falls.  Finally you’re on your way to Providence Bay, for a visit to its crescent shaped sand beach before you stop for the night along the southern shore of the island.  (Be sure to make your reservation for tomorrow’s sailing aboard the Chi-Cheemaun today.)

Distance:
Little Current to Kagawong (45 km (28 miles), 55 mins)
Kagawong to Providence Bay (33 km (20 miles), 50 mins)

Accommodation Options:

Stay along the south shore of the island today, in either Providence Bay or South Baymouth.

Things to Do:

  • Chi-Cheemaun
    8 Eliza Street - Tobermory, Tobermory or South Baymouth
    P. 1-800-265-3163
    http://www.ontarioferries.com
  • Bridal Veil Falls
    Kagawong
    Location: Hwy 540 at Kagawong
  • Cup & Saucer Bluff
    Rockville
    Location: Take hwy 540 to Bidwell Rd.
  • Providence Bay Beach
    Providence Bay
    Location: Providence Bay Beach
    P. 705-377-5726 / P. 705-368-3021

Day 5

Set sail on the Chi-Cheemaun this morning for Tobermory and the beautiful Bruce Peninsula.  Once you arrive, make your way to Little Tub Harbour and reserve your spot on a glass bottom boat ride to Flowerpot Island.  Your cruise will take you exploring the shipwrecks that lie below the surface of Fathom Five National Marine Park, as you make your way to Flowerpot to view the magnificent sea-stacks.  Back ashore, be sure to visit the Parks Canada Visitor Centre and climb the lookout tower for a bird’s eye view over Georgian Bay, before relaxing for the night.

Distance:
South Baymouth to Tobermory via the Chi-Cheemaun ferry (approximately 2 hours sailing time)

Accommodation Options:

Relax in Tobermory for the night.

Things to Do:

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Day 6

Make your way down the peninsula today, before making your way west for a visit to Sauble Beach. Although it sits on nearby Lake Huron, the world’s second longest freshwater beach, previously voted number one beach in Ontario is not to be missed.  Owen Sound, the scenic city, is the perfect place to spend the night tonight.

Distance:
Tobermory to Sauble Beach (90 km (55 miles), 1 hr 33 mins)
Sauble Beach to Owen Sound (30 km (18 miles), 30 mins)

Accommodation Options:

Stay inOwen Sound tonight.

Things to Do:

  • Sauble Beach
    Sauble Beach
    Location: Take Bruce County Rd 8 to the Town of Sauble Beach
    P. 519-422-1262
    http://www.saublebeach.com

Day 7

This morning you find out why Owen Sound is called the “scenic city”.  First stop – Harrison Park – where 100 year old trees and a meandering river invite you to go for a walk, a hike or simply relax and watch the children play.  Next, just up the road, you’ll find Inglis Falls where the Sydenham River cascades over limestone shelves on its way to the Bay.  Enjoy the scenic view over Owen Sound or go for a hike on the network of trails.  Finally, end your day by making your way to Collingwood where you’ll spend the night.

Distance:
Owen Sound to Collingwood (63 km (40 miles), 50 mins)

Accommodation Options:

Retire for the night in Collingwood or Town of the Blue Mountains.

Things to Do:

Day 8

Today, plan to visit Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.   Explore the labyrinth of caves carved out of the Niagara Escarpment.  Venture across Ontario’s longest suspension footbridge for a view 300 feet above Georgian Bay.  Then you’re off to Blue Mountain, an Intrawest resort to enjoy the village shopping or dining.  Travelling with family – spend the afternoon at Plunge! aqua centre.  Just the two of you?  Enjoy the ultimate relaxation at Le Scandinave spa instead.

Distance:
Around town today.

Accommodation Options:

Plan to spend one more night in Collingwood or The Blue Mountains.

Things to Do:

  • Scandinave Spa
    152 Grey Road 21, Town of The Blue Mountains
    P. 705-443-8484 / P. 1-877-988-8484
    http://www.scandinave.com/en/bluemountain/
  • Plunge!
    220 Gord Canning Way, Town of The Blue Mountains
    Location: Located in the Village at Blue Mountain. Attached to The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain.
    P. 705-444-8705 / P. 1-877-445-0231
    http://www.plungebluemountain.ca
  • Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
    260 Scenic Caves Road, The Blue Mountains
    Location: From Collingwood, drive west on First St. to the First St. extension. Continue west on Mountain Rd which becomes Grey Rd 19. Follow the traffic circle onto Scenic Caves Rd. Follow this road to the top of the hill.
    P. 705-446-0256
    http://www.sceniccaves.com
  • Blue Mountain Village
    108 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains
    Location: The Blue Mountain Village is located between Collingwood and Thornbury in the Town of The Blue Mountains
    P. 705-445-0231 / P. 1-877-445-0231
    http://www.bluemountainvillage.ca

Day 9

Wasaga Beach is your destination this morning, with a visit to the world’s longest freshwater beach.  Wasaga boasts 14 km of white sand and clear blue Georgian Bay water for splashing about.   When you’re finished soaking up the rays, travel to Midland/Penetanguishene where you’ll spend the night.   

Distance:
Collingwood to Wasaga (14 km (9 miles), 15 mins)
Wasaga to Midland (45 km (28 miles), 1 hr)

Accommodation Options:

Spend the night in Midland or Penetanguishene.

Things to Do:

Day 10

History lives in Midland, and you’ll learn about it with a visit to Saint-Marie among the Hurons.  Experience the interaction between the first European settlers and the area natives.  Then, journey next door for a visit to Martyrs’ Shrine.  Majestically overlooking the Wye River, the Shrine pays tribute to Jesuit saints who brought Christianity to Canada over 350 years ago.  (Please note, Martyrs’ Shrine is host to pilgrimages most weekends of the summer.  If you prefer a quieter visit, check the website calendar, or plan to attend mid-week.)

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