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Summer in Southern Georgian Bay Bucket List

Posted by merlot on July 28, 2021

Summer in Southern Georgian Bay Bucket List

Summer 2023 is in full swing, and that means summer will be over before we know it, the time is now to take advantage of all the fun summer activities with a Summer in Southern Georgian Bay Bucket List! With the reopening of Southern Georgian Bay, I have compiled a list of some of the fun must do refreshing local summer activities to take advantage of in The Blue Mountains of Southern Georgian Bay area.

Water Activities:

Much like real estate market in 2021 in the Blue Mountains, it sure is a HOT summer. There is nothing more refreshing than the crisp waters of Georgian Bay. Some fun water activities to add to the entire families bucket list:

InnerYogies for SUP (Stand Up Paddle boarding)

Rent kayaks from Surf and Turf along Highway 26

Kayak/Canoe/SUP down the Beaver River with Free Spirit Tours they also have some other awesome adventures so be sure to check out their website!

Or Take yourself on a self guided Beaver River Tubing Adventure which takes approx 2 hours. It’s best to have 2 cars so you can park 1 car in Slabtown, and 1 car at Beaver River access point #3, where you will begin, then end in Slabtown. You will need your own tube/floatie, and a dry sac with: sunscreen, car keys, safety kit, water, etc. (Check out our Youtube video where we show you exactly where to go Beaver River Tubing)

Take a dip at Bayview park in the refreshing clear Georgian Bay waters. – The Town of The Blue Mountains even added a new truckload of sand to the Bayview Park Beach area (We noticed on our Mother’s Day walk May 14, 2023).

Bayview park views of the escarpment, Bayview park in The Blue Mountains, Bayview park in ThornburyFishing:

Grab a rod and head to beautiful Joe Park in Meaford for Bass!

Top fishing spots in Meaford: Grab a rod and head to beautiful Joe Park in Meaford for Bass! Bighead River at Legion Park or the Trout Hollow Trail or Meaford Harbour for fishing on the Georgian Bay.

Top fishing spots in Thornbury: Fishing along the Beaver River or by the Thornbury Harbour (Depending on the season you can catch Rainbow Trout and Salmon!)

Fishing in Beaver River Near Thornbury HarbourBook a Fishing Charter through Reel ‘em in

Clendenan Dam for fishing and hiking

Collingwood Harbour fishing in the Georgian Bay is another great spot.

Thornbury Local Adventures:

The Fishway to check out the fish ladder & fishing (see above for great local fishing spots)

Fish Ladder in ThornburyVisit the Thornbury Pier

BONUS TASK: Pier Jumping! Brrrr

Pier Yoga with Mantra Yoga

Explore the four Thornbury Local Parks

Book a Round of Golf at Tomahawk $20 for 18 holes  (updated for 2023 season)Tomahawk Golf Course in The Blue Mountains

Sunday Farmers Market on from 10am – 2pm May 21 until Thanksgiving weekend 2023

Thornbury Farmers Market, open sundays 10am to 2pm, May until Thanksgiving across from town hall in the Blue Mountains

Another activity on Sundays Starting July 9 to August 20 2023 from 6-8pm is Music in Bayview Park featuring free concerts all summer long. Bring a picnic blanket or your camping chairs and enjoy! 

Bayview park in The Blue Mountains, Bayview Park in ThornburyGo berry picking starting July 2023 at Blue Mountain Berry Co. Pick your own ($6) or purchase “we pick” ($7.50) raspberries open daily 8am-1pm & by appointment in the evenings call: 519-377-0551 or email: 

Food & Drinks must-dos in Thornbury:

Good Grief Coffee

Bread and Butter for unique hot beverages and their cute market

Thornbury Bakery to get from-scratch baked goods

Pom Pom’s for their ice cream, vegan options are available as well!

Sterlings at the Thornbury Harbour for the views & tapas

The Corner for their Live Music or Tuesday Trivia Night (tons of local events happening here!)

The Mill for the awesome views of the Thornbury Dam

Bruce Wine Bar Bodega fabulous takeaway pizza’s and daily sandwiches

Winifreds English Pub for their Patio vibes

Thornbury Village Cider for a sampler flight + Market Series & live music

Spy Cidery and Distillery 

The Roost Winery 

Cheese Gallery can make up a fabulous appetizer platter to take on your own DIY picnic by the bay

Love Bird Snack Club


The Blue Mountains:

Loree Forest for a hike and some yoga on the viewing platform

Peasemarsh Beach

Imagination Studios for an artsy workshop

CraigLeith Provincial Park for some car camping, fishing, a day trip dip in the lake, or suntan on the beach

Scenic Cave Nature Adventures

Metcalfe Rock

Caving or Rock Climbing with Eagle Adventure Tours

Crock A Doodle for some Pottery Painting

Blue Mountain Goat Yoga 

Kimber Valley Farms for a Farm tour



See some of the best spots in Meaford by taking a self guided Big Red Chair Tour. There are 10 Big Red Chairs in 10 wonderful locations!

Pom Pom‘s ice cream now has a NEW location in Meaford

Cannot forget about the Meaford Farmers Market on Fridays from 3-7pm in the Meaford Harbour Pavilion from June until Thanksgiving, October 6th 2023.


Wasaga Beach:

I don’t think a summer in Southern Georgian Bay blog post could be complete without a Wasaga beach visit. So here are some activities in Wasaga to check off your summer bucket list:

Visit Wasaga beach  (If you are looking for other beaches for families besides Wasaga beach check out our blog!)

Tiki Tour Bar Boat

Wasaga Beach Farmers Market on Tuesdays from 3pm-7pm

Free Spirit Tours also operates out of Wasaga Beach so be sure to check out some of their fabulous tours.

Wasaga 500 Go Karts for Go-karting, mini-golf and their batting cages


If you are not a local and looking for accommodation in the area check out these spectacular spots and get started on some of these fun summer activities:

Pennys Motel 

Royal Harbour Resort

Rocklyn Inn Bed & Breakfast + visit their ice cream shop



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If you have loved exploring the Blue Mountains and are considering purchasing a home in the area, be sure to contact me today. Let’s get you into a dream home that matches your new adventurer lifestyle! Check out our blogs to discover what area is right for you: Clarksburg, Thornbury Popular Neighbourhoods.

Missing your favourite summer bucket list item? Comment with your local suggestions and we will be sure to add them!

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