Walking and Hiking Guide In Southern Georgian Bay
We are so lucky to have a very large trail system to explore for every season. Enjoy beautiful views while hiking along the Niagara Escarpment, Georgian Bay, and through the towns of Southern Georgian Bay.
Collingwood has a network of over 60km of trails. The majority of trails are suitable for all seasons and can accommodate walkers, runners, cyclists, and snowshoers.
Collingwood’s most popular route is the 3.8km Harbour Loop starting at the Shipyards with lakefront views. Stroll through the Arboretum and the Collingwood Labyrinth, then make your way down the Boardwalk Trail and return via the Harbourview Trail.
The Georgian Trail
The Georgian Trail spans 34 km between Harbourview Park in Collingwood to the Meaford waterfront. This trail is perfect for hiking and cycling as it has more than 30 access points, wide pathways and features amazing views of Georgian Bay.
Blue Mountain has a variety of beautiful trails that can be accessed from the village, the top of the mountain or surrounding areas. The Blue Mountain trails are great if you want stunning views of Georgian Bay.
Beaver River Trail
The Beaver River trail is a scenic 10.7 km trail from the Thornbury Harbour to the Clendenan Dam. This trail has no rough terrain making it an easy walk.
The Bruce Trail
The longest trail on this list, The Bruce Trail, runs from the Niagara region to Tobermory.
The Osler Bluff Lookout features the highest elevation on The Bruce Trail. The Trail is marked with a series of blazes painted on trees and fence posts. A single white blaze signifies the route continues forward, double white blazes show you are approaching a turn. Blue blazes indicate side-trails.
One of the area’s more unique hiking opportunities, Metcalfe Rock allows you to hike through caves and crevices that surround the climbing area. Access is easy and a parking lot is just off the road on 10th line and sideroad 6. Free Spirit Tours offers guided tours for climbing and caving in this area.