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Discover Lighthouses & Marine Heritage :: Itineraries :: Southern Georgian Bay Lighthouses & Marine Heritage

Southern Georgian Bay Lighthouses & Marine Heritage (4 Days)

Visit the lighthouses and marine heritage attractions from Collingwood to Wasaga Beach and Midland. This 4 day Georgian Bay Coastal Route lighthouse tour itinerary comes complete with suggestions on where to stay and where to find the best cuisine.


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Day 1

Travel to Collingwood today, where you’ll take in the Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse, one of six Imperial Towers.   The lighthouse can be viewed from a distance, while standing on shore, or travel to the island by private boat or kayak if the weather and wind direction is satisfactory. Once you’re finished make a stop at the Harbourlands Park in Collingwood. This park dons memorial plaques in memory of the shipbuilders who spent most of their lives building the huge grain carrying ships that travel the great lakes.  Next stop – the Collingwood Museum – to learn the story of Collingwood’s shipyard, native and transportation history.

Accommodation Options:

  • The Beild House Country Inn & Spa
    64 Third Street, Collingwood
    P. 705-444-1522
    http://www.beildhouse.com
  • The Joseph Lawrence House Bed & Breakfast
    492 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
    P. 705-445-7132
    http://www.josephlawrencehouse.com
  • Pretty River Valley Country Inn
    529742 30/31 Sideroad, R.R.#1, Nottawa
    P. 705-445-7598
    http://www.prettyriverinn.com/
  • Baccus House
    142 Hume St, Collingwood
    P. 705-446-4700
    http://www.bacchushouse.ca/
  • Thurso House
    167 Pine Street, Collingwood
    P. (705)-445-7117
    http://www.thursohouse.com/
  • Willow Trace
    7833 Poplar Side Road, Collingwood
    P. 705-445-9003
    http://www.collingwoodbedandbreakfast.com/
  • Blue Mountain Village
    108 Jozo Weider Blvd, Town of The Blue Mountains
    P. 1-877-445-0231
    http://www.bluemountain.ca/lodging_quickfacts.htm
  • The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain
    220 Gord Canning Drive, The Blue Mountains
    Directions: In The Blue Mountain Village
    P. 705-443-8080
    http://www.westin.com/bluemountain

Dining Options:

  • Catch 22 Fresh Market Grill
    10138 Hwy 26 East, Collingwood
    P. 705-446-9922
    http://www.catch22grill.com
  • JD's Bar & Grill
    94 Pine Street,, Collingwood
    P. 705-446-0808
    http://www.jdsbarandgrill.ca/
  • First Street Bistro
    188 First Street, Collingwood
    P. 1-866-866-8282
    http://www.firststreetbistro.com
  • Café Chartreuse
    70 Hurontario Street,, Collingwood
    P. 705-444-0099
    http://www.cafechartreuse.com
  • Memories Restaurant at Cranberry Resort
    19 Keith Avenue, Hwy 26 West, Collingwood
    P. 1-800-465-9077
    http://www.thecranberryresort.com
  • Tesoro
    18 Schoolhouse Lane, Collingwood
    P. 705-444-9230
    http://www.tesororestaurant.ca
  • Admiral's Post Pub
    2 Schoolhouse Lane , Collingwood
    Directions: The Admiral's Post located in Schoolhouse Lane in downtown Collingwood is a long-standing favourite spot for locals and visitors. Offering traditional Pub fare as well as some fresh and exciting alternatives all at very reasonable prices.
    P. 705-445-1833
    http://www.facebook.com/admiralspost
  • Bield House Country Inn & Spa
    64 Third Street, Collingwood
    P. 705-444-1522
    http://www.beildhouse.com
  • Largo Restaurant & Bar
    15 Harbour Street,, Thornbury
    P. 519-599-6997
    http://www.largorestaurant.ca
  • Kaytoo Restaurant & Bar
    176 Jozo Weider Blvd., The Blue Mountains
    Directions: In the Blue Mountain Village
    P. 705-445-4100
    http://www.kaytoo.ca
  • Sisi Trattoria
    27 Bruce Street South,, Thornbury
    P. 519-599-7769
    http://www.sisitrattoria.com
  • Thornbury Bakery Café
    12 Bruce Street South,, PO Box 204,, Thornbury
    P. 519-599-3311
    http://thornburybakerycafe.com/

Things to Do:

  • Harbourlands Park
    Collingwood
    Location: Heritage Drive
    P. 705-445-7722 / P. 1-888-227-8667
    http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca
  • Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse
    Collingwood
    Location: South West shore of Nottawasaga Island - 2 1/2 miles off Collingwood's shore
    P. 705-445-7722 / P. 1-888-227-8667
    http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca
  • The Collingwood Museum
    45 St Paul Street, Collingwood
    P. 705-445-4811
    http://www.collingwood.ca/museum

Day 2

This morning you’ll travel to Wasaga Beach, home of the world’s longest freshwater beach and the Nancy Island Historic Site.  Here you’ll find the original hull of the HMS Nancy, sunk by the British Commander in the Nottawasaga Harbour in 1814.  Next you’re traveling to Midland and Penetanguishene were you’ll take a 30,000 Island Cruise aboard one of the local tour boats.  After visit the Lighthouse Store to browse the selection of nautical treasures.

Distance:
Collingwood to Wasaga Beach (15 km (9 miles), 15 min)
Wasaga Beach to Midland (40 km (25 miles), 1 hour)

Accommodation Options:

  • Little Lake Inn B&B
    669 Yonge Street, Midland
    P. 1-888-297-6130
    http://www.littlelakeinn.com/index.cfm
  • The Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast
    670 Hugel Road, Midland
    P. 877-450-7660
    http://www.victorianinn.on.ca/
  • Beacon Shore on Georgian Bay B&B
    128 MIdland Point Road, Midland
    P. 705-526-5005
    http://www.bbcanada.com/beaconshorebb
  • Best Western Highland Inn & Conference Centre
    924 King Street, PO Box 515, Midland
    P. 1-800-461-4265
    http://www.bestwesternmidland.com/
  • 1875 A Charter's Inn
    290 Second Street, Midland
    P. 1-800-724-2979
    http://www.chartersinn.com/
  • Comfort Inn
    980 King Street, PO Box 6, Midland
    P. 1-888-274-3020
    http://www.comfortinnmidland.com

Lunch Options:

  • Mr. Sizzles
    627 River Rd West,, Wasaga Beach
    P. 705-429-8193
  • Goodies
    1470 Mosley Street,, Wasaga Beach
    Directions: Mosley at 34th.
    P. 705-429-0200
    http://www.goodiescafe.ca/
  • Beech's at the Bay
    140 Main Street,, Wasaga Beach
    P. 705-429-0179

Dinner Options:

  • The Riv Bistro
    249 King Street,, Midland
    P. 705-526-9432
    http://www.rivbistro.huronia.com/
  • Henry's
    3282 Ogdens Beach Rd,, Midland
    P. 705-528-1919
  • Mad Michael's Restaurant & Bakery
    8215 Highway 93,, Wyebridge
    P. 705-527-1666
    http://www.madmichaels.com/
  • The Library Restaurant
    526 Hugel Street, Midland
    P. 705-528-0100
    http://www.thelibraryrestaurant.ca
  • Grounded Coffee Co.
    292 King Street, Midland
    P. 705-527-5997
  • The Explorer's Cafe
    347 King Street,, Midland
    P. 705-527-9199
  • The Olympia
    924 King Street, Midland
    P. 705-526-9307
    http://www.olympiagardens.com/

Things to Do:

  • Nancy Island Historic Site
    Town of Wasaga Beach
    Location: Mosley Street across from 3rd Street
    P. 705-429-2728
    http://www.wasagabeachpark.com/index.php?action=display&cat=7
  • Wasaga Beach
    Town of Wasaga Beach
    P. 705-429-2247 / P. 1-800-292-7242
    http://www.wasagabeach.com
  • 30,000 Island Boat Cruise
    Midland & Penetanguishene
  • The Lighthouse Store
    266 King Street, Midland
    P. 705-527-4642
    http://www.thelighthousestore.ca

Suppliers:

  • M.V. Chippewa III
    PO Box 74, RR#2, Parry Sound
    Directions: Located at Seguin River Parkette off Bay Street
    P. 705-746-6064 / P. 1-888-283-5870
    http://www.spiritofthesound.ca
  • The Island Queen
    9 Bay Street, Parry Sound
    P. 705-746-2311 / P. 1-800-506-2628
    http://www.island-queen.com

Day 3

This morning you’re off to view the Christian Island Lighthouse.  Take the ferry from the Cedar Point to the island, where you’ll find this Imperial Tower, first lit in 1859. While the lighthouse itself is not accessible, you can view it from the outside.  Back on shore, you’ll travel to Discovery Harbour to view the replica 19th century community and British ships located on scenic Penetanguishene Bay.  At the end of the day, spend one more night in Midland or Penetanguishene, or travel to Port Severn to be closer to tomorrow’s activities.

Distance:
Local travel around the area today only, or Midland to Port Severn (26 km (16 miles), 30 mins)

Accommodation Options:

  • Little Lake Inn B&B
    669 Yonge Street, Midland
    P. 1-888-297-6130
    http://www.littlelakeinn.com/index.cfm
  • The Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast
    670 Hugel Road, Midland
    P. 877-450-7660
    http://www.victorianinn.on.ca/
  • Beacon Shore on Georgian Bay B&B
    128 MIdland Point Road, Midland
    P. 705-526-5005
    http://www.bbcanada.com/beaconshorebb
  • Best Western Highland Inn & Conference Centre
    924 King Street, PO Box 515, Midland
    P. 1-800-461-4265
    http://www.bestwesternmidland.com/
  • 1875 A Charter's Inn
    290 Second Street, Midland
    P. 1-800-724-2979
    http://www.chartersinn.com/
  • Comfort Inn
    980 King Street, PO Box 6, Midland
    P. 1-888-274-3020
    http://www.comfortinnmidland.com
  • The Inn at Christie's Mill
    263 Port Severn Rd N, PO Box 125,, Port Severn
    P. 1-800-465-9966
    http://www.christiesmill.com

Dining Options:

  • The Riv Bistro
    249 King Street,, Midland
    P. 705-526-9432
    http://www.rivbistro.huronia.com/
  • Henry's
    3282 Ogdens Beach Rd,, Midland
    P. 705-528-1919
  • Mad Michael's Restaurant & Bakery
    8215 Highway 93,, Wyebridge
    P. 705-527-1666
    http://www.madmichaels.com/
  • The Library Restaurant
    526 Hugel Street, Midland
    P. 705-528-0100
    http://www.thelibraryrestaurant.ca
  • Grounded Coffee Co.
    292 King Street, Midland
    P. 705-527-5997
  • The Explorer's Cafe
    347 King Street,, Midland
    P. 705-527-9199
  • The Olympia
    924 King Street, Midland
    P. 705-526-9307
    http://www.olympiagardens.com/
  • Inn at Christie's Mill
    263 Port Severn Road North,, PO Box 125,, Port Severn
    P. 1-800-465-9966
    http://www.christiesmill.com/Twigs/index.html

Things to Do:

  • Christian Island Lighthouse
    Christian Island/Beausoliel First Nations
    Location: Southern most point of Christian Island - take the ferry to Christian Island from Cedar Point and head left.
    P. 705-247-2051
  • Discovery Harbour
    93 Jury Drive, Penetanguishene
    P. 705-549-8064
    http://www.discoveryharbour.on.ca

Day 4

Today you’re traveling to Georgian Bay Islands National Park for some hiking and the chance to view two more Georgian Bay lighthouses.  Pack a picnic lunch and head for Honey Harbour where you’ll take the Daytripper water taxi to Beausoleil Island.  To view the front range, Brebeuf Island Light from afar, hike the Huron Trail from the water taxi access across the island to pick up the northern segment of the Georgian Trail on Beausoleil Island.  You’ll find the rear range Beausoleil Island Light Range located ¼ mile east of Brebeuf Island, on the west shore of Beausoleil Island.

Distance:
Depending where you stayed last night:
Midland to Honey Harbour (40 km (26 miles), 45 mins), or
Port Severn to Honey Harbour (13 km (8 miles), 20 mins)

Things to Do:

  • Beausoleil Island Light Range
    Honey Harbour/Beausoleil Island
    Location: 1/4 mile east on the west shore of the Island
    P. 705-526-9804
  • Brebeuf Island Light
    Honey Harbour
    Location: Brebeuf Island - 7 miles north of Midland or view from Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay Islands National Park
  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park
    Honey Harbour/Beausoleil Island
    Location: By boat only - Beausoleil Island
    P. 705-527-7200
    http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/on/georg/index_E.asp

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