We are so lucky that Southern Georgian Bay has a large, beautiful trail system. Our trail system includes a wide variety of wilderness trails, footpaths, and railway trails that wind through the landscapes along Georgian Bay, the Niagara Escarpment, and through Collingwood and The Blue Mountains. Time to get walking!
Georgian Trail – Collingwood to Meaford
From Collingwood to Meaford, the trail runs near Hwy. 26 West with numerous access points along the way. If you are looking for the most scenic waterfront trail in the area, the Georgian Trail has it. Running along the south shore of beautiful Georgian Bay, the Georgian Trail has ample opportunity to stop, rest and swim during the summer months. The Georgian Trail is a fantastic way to commute around South Georgian Bay and is safe, accessible and fun for the whole family.
Blue Mountain Trails
The Blue Mountains offers a variety of trails from the Blue Mountain Resort area with stunning views of Georgian Bay. Pretty River Provincial Park, Osler Bluffs, Scenic Caves, Nippissing Ridge and The Beaver Valley all offer trails with beautiful views of the area. Please note as of 2021 you must have a paid pass to use the Blue Mountain resort trails.
Collingwood – Clearview Trail
Spanning from Collingwood to Stayner, the Clearview Train Trail is a crushed gravel, linear trail connecting to the Collingwood Train Trail. It follows an abandoned rail line which used to be part of the Ontario Simcoe and Huron Railway system connecting Collingwood to Toronto and was built between 1851 and 1855. Prior to its abandonment in 1960, passengers enjoyed views of the tranquil landscape along the way. Now used as a multi-use trail, hikers and bikers can enjoy this flat railbed, stopping in either Stayner or Collingwood for lunch or a break.
Length: 14 km (each way)
Start: Station Museum, Collingwood
Collingwood Trails Network
The Collingwood Trails encompasses over 60 kilometres of recreational trails for cyclists, walkers, joggers, skiers, and snowshoers as well as adults and kids commuting to work or school. There’s a Trail leading to every major point of interest in the Town including the beaches of Sunset Point, the scenic lookout at Millennium Park, the tranquil gardens of the Arboretum, the new Labyrinth, the historic Station Museum, our Collingwood Downtown and Nature Trails off the Eleventh Line. If you are looking to travel further afield, you have direct access to the Georgian Trail to Thornbury and Meaford or the Train Trail to Stayner. Most surfaced trails are flat terrain and generally accessible.
Beaver River Trail
The Beaver River Trail is a scenic 10.7 km trail stretching from Thornbury Harbour to the Clendenan Dam. With nice looped trails as well as a completely different feel to each segment, this trail provides scenic rest areas and picturesque views. The Beaver River Trail is more of a walk than a strenuous hike, and there are lots of path guides you through local parks such as Thornbury Riverwalk, Lion’s Park and Fireman’s Park in Clarksburg.
The Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail runs from the Niagara region to Tobermory. You can view the highest elevation on the Bruce Trail at Osler Bluff Lookout. Hikers who are unfamiliar with the area are encouraged to have a trail map on hand. 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, while blue blazes indicate side-trails.
Wasaga Beach Trails
Wasaga Beach has over 100 km’s of both on and off-road trails. These are managed by both the municipality and Ontario Parks. Wasaga Beach offers some of the most exciting terrain in Central Ontario with 30 kilometres of trails.
The Blueberry Plains Trail is part of the Blueberry Plains Nature Reserve. It traverses rare pine savannah and sand dunes and is home to a wide variety of wildlife and many rare species of wildflowers. The Wasaga section of The Ganaraska Hiking Trail begins just south of Archer Road on River Road East. The trail winds through the sand hills of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park to Wasaga Beach, providing great views of the Nottawasaga River.