Grey is not just another pretty face! Bordered by the icy beauty of Georgian Bay and home to the ski hills of Blue Mountain Resort, Grey is one of the best places to play in winter. With its spectacular outdoor setting and indoor attractions, it makes a wonderful winter escape.
Winding through Grey, the Bruce Trail showcases some of the best vistas on the trail at various points along the escarpment. Grey’s trail network passes through a winter wonderland of conservation lands, communities and natural forests. And, the icy jewel of the trails is the Waterfall Tour, with seven waterfalls accessible by snowshoe or hiking.
Feeling adventurous? Try a guided winter caving snowshoe trek through the woods. Or visit Scenic Caves near Collingwood to snowshoe out onto their 420’ suspension bridge and its panoramic view.
Hibernation is NOT an option for the winter warriors of Blue Mountain. Easily accessible from southern Ontario’s major urban centres, this four-season resort has over 40 trails, ranging from beginner to double black diamond, two terrain parks, one super pipes and 14 lifts. Dining, accommodation and activities for all ages are located onsite at Blue Mountain Village. Kids will love the Plunge! Aquatic Centre and the exhilarating Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster. Lace up your skates (rentals available) and enjoy a frosty glide on Blue’s frozen Mill Pond in the centre of the Village. Mark your calendar now for March Break – the Village has a full slate of family-oriented activities
Grey’s scenic back roads make great winter touring. An extensive snowmobile route runs past apple orchards, rolling fields, along the escarpment and through wooded lands. District 9, which encompasses both Grey and Bruce, has 3600 km of groomed trails, close to accommodation, fuel and great restaurants.
Ice fishing is fine here, with frozen inland lakes and Georgian Bay has some frozen sections, too. Ice fishing packages are available at some local accommodators, including the Cedars of Lake Eugenia, located at the entrance of the scenic Beaver Valley. Before heading out, be sure to check ice and weather conditions.
One of Grey’s most delicious secrets is the abundance of culinary experiences. Snowshoe, cross-country ski or drive the award-winning Apple Pie Trail and try one of the trail’s Winter Adventures. Travel the Horse and Buggy Trail for maple syrup, meats, poultry and more. Horse and buggy tours along the trail are available and must be booked in advance – be sure to bundle up warm! This is apple country and apples are still available during the winter months – pick up a bushel or basket or fresh-baked pie, jam or apple treat at farm stores, bakeries and specialty shops.
Good food tastes best with good wine. Home to two vineyards, two cideries and three breweries, most are open for tastings and tours (be sure to check winter hours ahead of time). Snowshoe through the grapevines, then warm up with a glass of wine and cheese platter in front of the fire. Many local restaurants include local wine, cider and beer on their menus so be sure to sample our local nectar.
Tour the Grey Roots Museum & Archives, visit the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, take in a show at Meaford Hall and browse through art galleries and studios. Enjoy winter festivals and events, including Owen Sound’s Festival of Northern Lights. Stay awhile, play, shop, dine and relax at a spa.
Get away and come play in Grey this winter …
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