Travel Guide: Collingwood, ON
For those of you who are new to the blog, I am a huge advocate for mental health and self-love. One way I like to practice self-love is by giving myself some much needed break time throughout my busy and hectic life. Breaks can manifest themselves in a number of different ways, and one of the best ways to take a break is by removing yourself from the chaos, and heading to a place of peace and quiet. That is what I think of when I think of Collingwood.
I grew up in a family cottage just off the Georgian Bay. We went up there often: for holidays, for summer and winter break, and whenever we felt we needed to get away for a while. I’ve got very fond memories of skiing, swimming, star gazing, and so much more in Collingwood, so I thought it would be fitting to share with you some of the places I love to visit whenever I’m there.
WHERE TO STAY
One of the great things about Canadian cottage country is that so many people share their cottages on AirBnB. When work picks up throughout the year, and people are frequenting their summer homes less often, it is so easy to find a space to stay that accommodates your needs. Ranging from $50-$100+, and anything from a basement apartment to an entire cottage, Collingwood AirBnB’s are diverse enough to fit any taste or budget.
If hotels are more your speed, there are a number of them throughout town at a variety of different price points. Live in the lap of luxury at The Westin Trillium House at Blue Mountain, or save some money for activities by staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites. When traveling with bigger families or groups, you can also opt to stay in one of the many lodges/chalets in the area such as the Cranberry Golf Resort or the Chalets at Blue Mountain.
THINGS TO DO
Being out of the city has its perks, and Collingwood is an awesome place to rest and recharge. Check out the numerous day spas in the area like Scandinave Spa or Iwa Spa for a chance to slow down a little. For a bit more excitement and fun, plan your itinerary around the many activities available in and around Blue Mountain. Year-round kids programming, golf, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, and snow-shoeing are among the various options to choose from when visiting this Nottawasaga town.
If you intend to frequent Collingwood throughout the year, obtaining a membership to one of its many ski resorts is definitely worth the money. Craigleith, Alpine, and Blue Mountain are just a few of the ski resorts in the area. There are plenty of opportunities to socialize with fellow members, learn or try something new (like snowboarding which I am not good at), and take advantage of the facilities and services offered on-site.
WHAT TO EAT
Some of my favourite Collingwood restaurants are nestled in Ontario’s only four-season mountain pedestrian village: Blue Mountain. Firehall Pizza, Copper Blues, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, just to name a few. But if you’re looking for somewhere outside the village, there are options for any and every palate all across town.
For sushi served in a family-owned, cozy and relaxing renovated house, head over to The Hungry Sumo. We’ve been eating there for as long as I can remember liking sushi (which is quite a while I must say). If you prefer more of a Collingwood staple, serving up classic comfort food that was featured on You Gotta Eat Here, be sure to dine at The Iron Skillet. And for my favourite Thai fusion in town, check out Green Mango Tree, just off of Highway 26. They’re menu is inspired by the cuisines of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam, and is undeniably delicious!
If you’re looking to visit Scandinave Spa, be sure to book at least 4 months in advance. Their services fill up very quickly, so it’s best to plan ahead. With each service, you get access to their water therapy, a major draw for visitors from across the country. If you’re looking to visit exclusively for the pools, you may be put on a wait-list.
Driving into Blue Mountain village for the day may be a better option for those looking to save money. Staying on-site can get pricey, so if you don’t mind a 10-20 minute drive, I recommend finding accommodations a bit further away. Your wallet will thank you!
Collingwood is the perfect place to bring your furry friends, and most places welcome your four-legged family members. Make it a trip that the entire family will remember by bringing along your doggos.
There are so many seasonal activities in Collingwood depending on what time of year you visit. Think swimming in Georgian Bay in the summer, apple picking in the fall, skiing and snow-shoeing in the winter, and tons of hiking in the spring. Be sure to check out the weather before heading out, so you know what to expect for any outdoor affairs.
What do you love about Collingwood? And where should I write about in my next travel guide? Let me know of any places you’d love to know more about, and whether or not you like these types of posts in the comments.