Set on the Niagara Escarpment overlooking the verdant Beaver Valley, Grey Highlands is home to Canada’s oldest and longest hiking trail. With endless forests and vast wilderness, a trip to Grey Highlands is a whirlwind of epic outdoor adventure.
Things to do in The Blue Mountains
For beautiful vistas across the Niagara Escarpment, follow the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath which extends more than 890 kilometers from the Niagara River to the tip of Tobermory in Ontario. Hike through the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and take a side trail to see the magnificent Eugenia Falls, Hogg’s Falls or the Duncan Crevice Caves.
Hit the slopes at Beaver Valley Ski Club, a winter wonderland hidden on the eastern edge of the Niagara Escarpment. With 20 runs and six chairlifts, skiers and snowboarders will be spoilt for choice, while snowshoers and bobsleigh riders have over 12 kilometers of wooded trails to explore.
Want to be wined and dined? Visit Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery and start your day with a guided wine tasting before retreating to the deck for local artisan bread, charcuterie and cheese. The vineyard overlooks the Georgian Bay in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment and holds regular live music nights.
Swim and sunbathe at Sauble Beach, which has 11 kilometers of sandy shoreline along the crystal-clear Lake Huron. The calm waters are ideal for swimming, water-skiing and windsurfing, while the boulevard is a constant buzz of activity with sandcastle contests, movie nights, volleyball championships and beach guitar festivals.
Getting around The Blue Mountains
Grey Highlands is a two-hour drive from Toronto Pearson International Airport and is accessible by Route 10. The town can be explored on foot or by bicycle, although a rental car is needed to venture further afield.