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The Ultimate Weekend Getaway Guide to Collingwood and the Blue Mountains

Updated: Feb 7

The Collingwood area has so much to offer - from lush green trails in the summer, fresh powder in the winter for ski enthusiasts, and world-class spas and just about everything in between.



What to Do in the Winter


Collingwood boasts many different ski terrains for the novice to expert skier. With many private clubs, and the popular all-access Blue Mountain Ski Resort and Village.

After hitting the slopes warm up with a drink at Rusty’s, a popular outdoor apres spot at the base of the mountain.


If you aren’t the winter sports type, or just want to relax, head to the Scandinavian Spa to enjoy their thermal baths and specialty massages. Tip: Book your massage in months in advance for guaranteed access to the thermal baths. Or, if you are only looking for bath access, go 30 mins to an hour before opening as space is limited.





What to Do in the Summer


Sometimes you just need a weekend away from the city. Collingwood offers many of Ontario’s finest hiking trails and paths, many along the scenic Georgian Bay.

If you are craving adventure, the Blue Mountain resort offers high and low tops courses with zip lines through the trees. Ever watch MTV’s The Challenge our Fear Factor? The high ropes course offers that kind of adrenaline rush!


If you are looking for some fun in the sun, Wasaga Beach is also a short drive away and offers endless shallow sands and freshwater to splash in. Don’t forget to bring a floatie and your cooler!




Accommodations


The Weston Hotel gets my top pick for accommodations. It is truly ski-in/ski out and offers ski lockers with rooms. They also have an outdoor pool and hot tub, which are perfect after a long day on the slopes.

Mosaic gets my second pick. They have great townhouse type accommodation if you are traveling with larger groups and they also are ski-in/out. Mosaic also has a pool and hot tub. My only gripe is that check-in is at 4 pm, which is a bit late.

The Grand Georgian is also an excellent choice. Good selection of basic rooms at an unbeatable location. They also have an outdoor pool and hot tubs.

Overall, I strongly suggest staying in the village. The taxis in the area are scarce at peak times and there nothing like being able to walk in and out of the all of the action.

If you are open to driving, some beautiful accommodations can be had on Airbnb. For those times when staying in the village is either sold out or too pricey during peak weeks.


Nightlife


Rusty’s is the largest attraction when it is after 10 pm. Expect long lineups if you arrive late. Table service is recommended for larger groups. The crowd is 19+, but probably not 30+. Dress casual and expect to get rowdy.

The Irish pub is the go-to pub in the area. The crowd is casual and more towards 25+. There are often live bands playing your favorite throwback cover songs.

Smash is a nightclub located under the steakhouse. The crowd gets going at 11pm, and is similar to Rusty’s.

Kaytoo is your choice is you are looking for a dance floor but also keeping some personal space to chat with your friends. The crowd is 19+ and includes people of all ages.

Dining

There is no shortage of dining options in Collingwood and the Blue Mountains.

In the Village

My top choice would have to be Tholos. Traditional Greek dishes are served alongside live entertainment and belly dancers. Tip: Order the saganaki for a fiery spectacle!

The firehouse is another great option for casual dining, with favorites such as the pulled pork or classic American cheeseburger.

For breakfast head to Royal Majesty Espresso Bar Bakery. They have excellent pastries and smoothies.

If you are feeling extra hungry, head to the pottery for a delicious all you can eat option.

Collingwood

Azzurra Trattoria offers quality Italian dining in a rustic, charming setting in downtown Collingwood. Choose from delicious pasta and pizza to decadent desserts. This is a surefire place to impress your date.

If you are in Collingwood, Mountain Shores Pizza offers your perfect slice to takeout. I often drive out of my way for this super cheesy pizza!



Have fun at Blue Mountain!