FALL GETAWAYS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
South Georgian Bay and the Blue Mountain area in the fall is magnificently beautiful with its rolling hills of rich autumn colours, offset by the turquoise and blue waters of Georgian Bay. The pace is slightly more laid-back and peaceful than the bustle of summer, making it an ideal setting for a tranquil fall getaway. Here are a few ways to experience the season to its fullest.
Blue Mountain Fall Colour Driving Tours
Blue Mountain and South Georgian Bay is home to some of Central Ontario’s most diverse landscapes. This is one of the most scenic sections of the Niagara Escarpment. From several points along a scenic drive, you can view Georgian Bay, colourful foliage along the Escarpment forests, lowland rivers, apple orchards, vineyards and lovely country homesteads. Point your camera at these splendid landscapes and you’re practically guaranteed an instagram-worthy result. Visit Southgeorgianbay.ca/lookouts for a list of top views.
Biking in Blue Mountain in the Fall
Fall is prime time for cycling around South Georgian Bay and The Blue Mountains trails. The roads are quieter, the temperatures cooler and a trails are well-kept. The Georgian Trail is just steps away from your suite at Royal Harbour Resort, where you can cycle easily to Meaford and back, along the shores of Georgian Bay. Stop by one of the many cafes and restaurants in Meaford or Thornbury. Blue Mountain Village is also within cycling distance of Royal Harbour Resort.
Blue Mountain Apple Harvest Festival and Apple Harvest Craft Show, Meaford
All the events happening throughout the fall celebrate the best of the season. On the first weekend in October, the Apple Harvest Craft Show is on, attracting close to 200 artisans and crafters. On Thanksgiving weekend, celebrate the harvest in Ontario’s largest apple growing regions at The Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival. Plus there are more farmers markets’, concerts, exhibitions, and smaller events than you can shake an autumn leaf at.
Immerse Yourself in the Arts
With the awe-inspiring scenery and unique culture in the towns of Collingwood, Clarksburg (“Artsburg”) and Meaford, it’s no wonder the arts abound. Autumn is a great time to visit local artists by exploring galleries and studios. The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts is the place to go for a showcase of creative works and exhibits. On Thanksgiving weekend, explore open studios in the beautiful Town of the Blue Mountains during Tour of the Arts. Art studios are within a 20-minute drive of each other and many are within walking distance of Royal Harbour Resort.
Fall Adventures in Blue Mountain
Want a full spectrum view of the fall foliage from deep in the forest, by tree-top walk, by zipline, or by Hummer? Other activities including canoeing, kayaking, and fishing on Georgian Bay continue all season and really come into their own. Check with our front-desk staff for a list of all the attractions and tour providers in the area.