Read: Adventures in Grey Bruce! By: Norma Grafe...
The Blue Mountains…. doesn’t that sound welcoming, like you would expect to find skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer? Actually that’s the very least you’ll find at the Blue Mountains! Activities abound year-round for singles, couples and families! Let’s start organizing!
Welcome to the Craigleith Heritage Depot at 113 Lakeshore Road East in Blue Mountains! This place is a museum, a branch of the Blue Mountains Public Library, an archive and a tourism information centre: a true community hub!
First, a little history. The name “Craigleith” was given to this area by none other than Sir Sandford Fleming, Canada’s famous railway engineer, in 1854. In Gaelic, the name literally means “rocky harbour”. In 1872, Fleming’s father sold a parcel of the land to Northern Railway, in order to build a railway station. It opened in 1880 and, by the early 1940’s, had become a hub for ski trains coming north from Toronto. These were the humble beginnings of what we now know as Blue Mountain Resort!
There’s so much to do in the summertime! Check out the Fish Ladder, on Highway 26 between Mill Street and Bruce Street in Thornbury. This passive fishway consists of an open channel with a relatively natural appearance that allows for excellent fish viewing opportunities. Rainbow trout and chinook salmon are readily visible as they swim or jump over each of the steps and pass up through the pools of the main portion of the fishway. While allowing better fish passage, the fishway has been designed to exclude lamprey from entering the Beaver River watershed. Fish passage to suitable spawning grounds is critical to the survival of rainbow trout and chinook salmon. The location of physical barriers, such as dams, may prevent the upstream movement of adult fish to spawning areas. The fishway provides migrating salmon and rainbow trout with access to several kilometers of cold water streams in the Beaver River watershed. Upstream, the migrating trout and salmon pass through three other fishways located at the Clendenan and Slabtown Dams. Easier access to the spawning areas results in greater numbers of rainbow trout and chinook salmon in southern Georgian Bay – great for sports fishing and viewing! Check it out in April for rainbow trout, and again in late August to late October for chinook salmon!
Another great summer adventure for the whole family can be had at Scenic Caves Nature Adventure! Found at 260 Scenic Caves Road in Blue Mountains, there are loads of things to do! Enjoy the longest suspension bridge in southern Ontario – 420’ long! Take pictures of spectacular southern Georgian Bay vistas! Explore the caves and crevices here, even one where the ice and snow never melt! Get airborne on the Thunderbird Twin Zip Line! Let the kids have a try at gemstone mining! Let them play in the Adventure Playground!
All ages will enjoy a ride on Rocky the Train, an authentic 19th century replica locomotive, including bells and steam whistle. Rocky departs from the Big Rock Railroad Station near the main grounds admission area. The Scenic Caves mini-express is trackless, and electric so it is environmentally friendly. The train is comprised of a locomotive, coal car, three wagons, and a caboose all of which can seat both young and old alike. The Train Conductor will take you on a 10 minute journey meandering through the park ground. Along the way the Conductor will delight you with tales of the many lifelike wooden carvings that you will see, while going through two railway crossings and a tunnel. Be sure to ask the Conductor to take a photo of your family on the train before departing the station!
In the wintertime, the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Enjoy a guided night snowshoe hike!
While on Jozo Weider Boulevard, you’re also bound to come across a couple of places to stay! The Mosaic Boutique Suites at 190 Jozo Weider Boulevard feature a restaurant and a pool.
Blue Mountain Resort can be found at 108 Jozo Weider Boulevard.
Summertime, wintertime, anytime, there’s something fun to do here! You couldn’t be blamed at all for falling in love with this slice of Ontario! To help you down that path, there’s always a friendly and knowledgeable realtor close by at Century 21 In-Studio Realty Inc. in Owen Sound!