By car, southern Georgian Bay can be reached in less than 2 hours from the Greater Toronto Area making it an easy day trip from Toronto. Georgian Bay is a large bay, part of Lake Huron, one of Ontario’s Great Lakes. Located entirely within Ontario. This body of water boasts more than 30,000 islands and over 2,000 kms of magnificent shoreline. Surrounded by Manitoulin Island, Parry Sound, Muskoka as well as the more populous counties of Simcoe, Grey and Bruce, the area is diverse in vacation experiences.
Windswept pines, towering granite cliffs, beaches that seem endless and clear, fresh water set the stage as a unique vacation destination. The area is steeped in marine history and offers opportunities to relax on a beach, participate in a variety of outdoor activities, on and off the water or enjoy some of the most scenic drives in Ontario.
The area is home to the vibrant community of Collingwood, a true four-season playground and Wasaga Beach with it’s nine-mile stretch of beach, billed as the longest freshwater beach in the world. Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula in the west with Fathom Five National Marine Park and it’s 20 historic shipwrecks and the Bruce Trail where there are nature hikes suiting every level of experience. In the north, the area from Parry Sound to Manitoulin Island is home to some of the best boating in the world from the archipelago to the North Channel.
Georgian Bay is a destination where summer and winter activities and inspiring experiences are limited only by your imagination. June through August is the busiest tourist season but don’t miss out on the many opportunity to explore the outdoors during other times of the year. The fall colours are best viewed between late September and early October. The winter season can be breathtaking as you blaze your own trail via snowshoes, skis or snowmobiles.