Grey sparkles and shimmers in the winter bordered by the waters of Georgian Bay and is home to seven frosty waterfalls accessible by snowshoe trails. With the four-season Blue Mountain Resort, extensive snowmobile, snowshoe, cross-country ski and hiking trails, it’s a natural outdoor playground. Add restaurants, galleries, theatres and fun attractions and you have a sublime recipe for winter adventure!
Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario’s largest mountain resort, pretty much has something for everyone – great downhill, Blue Mountain Village with shops, restaurants and nightlife plus attractions ranging from the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster to the Plunge! Aquatic Centre. Tube, ice skate on the Mill Pond or snowshoe through the Village and up the mountain. Relax and rejuvenate at the recently opened iwaSpa. A variety of on-site accommodation and getaway packages make this a must-visit destination.
Hike or snowshoe the Bruce Trail as it winds through Grey showcasing some of the best vistas on the iconic trail. There’s no shortage of hiking or snowshoeing locations as the trail network passes through conservation lands, communities and natural forests. Notch up the thrill factor and do some winter caving guided by local outfitters. With more than 2400 kilometres of groomed snowmobile trails in this area of District 9, snowmobilers can plan one to two day or even longer excursions. Snowmobile friendly accommodation and restaurants are dotted along the trails.
Grey’s culinary attractions continue to grow and thrive! Small, unique restaurants can be found throughout the region with Thornbury as a delectable hub with its many restaurants and specialty food shops. Apples are a year round business here! Follow the award-winning Apple Pie Trail to sample apple-themed goodies and dishes. Visit businesses with apple-related wares and try a few apple-related adventures, such as learning to bake the perfect apple pie or snowshoeing followed by wine tasting at a local vineyard. Fresh apples can be found at some area farm stores and farmers’ markets, which are open all year.
The best partner for delicious food is that “just right” beverage. The products of Grey’s two vineyards, three cideries and three breweries appear on the menu of many local eateries with more information available on the Saints & Sinners: Bootlegger Run pocket map. Most are open for tastings and tours (be sure to check tour hours ahead of time). Georgian Hills Vineyards has special Winter Packages and Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery hosts fun and unique events during the winter. Both wineries are open seven days a week. And, if you’re not able to visit in person, online ordering is an option offered by some of these suppliers.
Round out your visit by taking the time to tour the Grey Roots Museum & Archives, visit the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, take in a show at Meaford Hall or the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound. Browse through art galleries and studios featuring works by local artists. Pick up a copy of the Art Map for gallery locations and dates of upcoming shows and exhibits.
Enjoy one, two or more festivals and events, stay awhile, play, shop, dine, relax and breathe at a spa.
Stay and play in Grey this winter…
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