Ever wanted to go somewhere that can handle all four seasons? I am like that. In Ontario I find that many of the incredible spots I want to explore are closed in the winter and have such a short season. This makes it so hard to balance time and money as for 6 months of the year your choices are limited. In Ontario we meet this dilemma with so many iconic regions – Niagara Falls, Tobermory, and National Parks whose focus is on camping. There are others where it gets so cold I wouldn’t venture there due to my comfort levels in the freezing cold (sorry James Bay, you will have to wait until next summer!). But not all landmarks and regions of the province fall under this category. Many are fun and enjoyable in all four seasons, bringing lifelong memories and incredible experiences. Blue Mountain Ontario Resort and Village is an example. This fully-functional resort prolific in activities, amenities, and holiday musts, is the ideal destination in Ontario suiting all months of the year.

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Blue Mountain

 

Blue Mountain Village
Blue Mountain Village

A Little Bit about Blue Mountain Ontario

  • Blue Mountain Ontario Resort opened its doors in 1941
  • Blue Mountain celebrated their 75th ski and summer season with auctions, limited edition artwork, and other fun activities
  • Blue Mountain Village is located in Collingwood Ontario in the Blue Mountains. This area is in Southwestern Ontario and in one of the most beautiful scenic areas of the province. Beaver River flows nearby into Nottowasaga Bay providing a beautiful setting for that getaway to unwind.
  • Ski season is the most profitable in the region, however, summers here are also hopping with outdoor hikes, obstacle courses, lakeside activities and patio dining.
  • Blue Mountain Ontario is located within the Apple Pie Trail (coverage coming soon!) with several establishments featuring recipes and drinks to honour the trail spotlighting apples and their gastronomic versatility
  • 5-minute drive away from the village sits the Scandinave Spa (coverage coming soon!) This relaxation haven is located within 25 acres of natural Ontario birch trees – beautiful arbors with the unique white bark.
Blue Mountain Resort
Blue Mountain

 

Blue Mountain Village
Blue Mountain

Things to Do at Blue Mountain Ontario

With offerings available all year round for all seasons, you can only imagine how much there is to do in Blue Mountain. Here are our recommendations to get the most of your time at Blue and how to enjoy it no matter what season you visit.

Summer

So let’s start with one of my favourite seasons – summer.

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Blue Mountain Village

 

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Fun for the whole family, even our furry friends!
Fun for the whole family, even our furry friends!

Enjoy a Paddle Boat Ride on the pond

I just love these things. Hop aboard a fun boat and paddle around the pond just outside the Westin Hotel. Four people can fit into one boat and the excercise will do you a bit of good to get into the beach body you vie for. Grab tickets at the office just at the entrance of Blue at the edge of the pond.

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Paddle Boats

Swoosh down the mountain on the Ridge Runner

Probably not too many of you will remember, but there used to be this nostalgic cement track for luge-style vehicles to head down the mountain at warp speed. You had brakes to control your speed and a view of the village that would take your breath away. Well, after many years of scrapes and collisions, sadly this piece of Blue Mountain history needed to be replaced. They took on the project in a big way and opened up the Ridge Runner, a safer, upscale, revolutionary ride that added stronger seat belts, safer tracks, and brakes that slowed riders down on top of the ones controlled by the driver. When heading back to Blue I wasn’t sure how I felt about the new and improved experience as my heart was left in the 1980’s upon the cement. Well, I must say after riding the new track I loved it! Do make sure you head here first thing on your trip or you will be waiting in hour-long queues! We were there nearly 2 hours!

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The New Ridge Runner

 

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The New Ridge Runner

 

Getting ready for the ride!
Getting ready for the ride!

Play a Round of Miniature Golf

If you want to find something both leisurely and diverting, why not play a round of mini golf with your family? The 18-hole course has mixed level greens with obstacles and different par goals to make it a fun and challenging experience. Purchase a pass at the Activity Central office and get tickets for here, the Ridge Runner and any other fun activity to enjoy during your trip.

Miniature Golf
Miniature Golf

 

Fun for all ages
Fun for all ages

Try the Timber Challenge

Ready for something challenging? Now don’t worry, I don’t mean anything as complicated or gruelling as Tough Mudder. I am talking about a fun rope course that is above ground. The Timber Challenge is a fun physical activity full of obstacles and challenges for all keen participants. You are given up to 3 hours to get through the course and believe me, it can take up to that long! It is very fun though so be sure to grab your passes when you arrive in the village.

The Timber Challenge
The Timber Challenge
Credit: YouTube

Have a Pizza at the Fire Hall

I love a good pizza. When you are outside of Italy finding one that is almost as authentic just seems impossible. Well look no further than the Fire Hall. They have a huge selection with various toppings and a fun family-oriented setting. We enjoyed the BBQ chicken pizza and the Mexican inspired pizza. Both were divine!

Fire Station Pizza
Fire Station Pizza

 

BBQ Chicken Pizza
BBQ Chicken Pizza

 

Mexican Inspired Pizza
Mexican Inspired Pizza

Go Shopping in the Unique Shops

Blue Mountain Village is not only a hub for the sports and recreational type of travellers, but also the leisurely type who enjoy browsing unique boutiques and shops, sampling different cuisines, and enjoying the blissful sound of birds and the breeze through the coniferous branches. Here have a peek in some of the fun stores that have large collections of kitsch, antiques, souvenirs, gags, toys, clothing, and upscale linens. When we were there in August, they even had a great collection of decorative jack o’lanterns! I was a little taken aback by the fall collections already on display as the summer breeze was felt in my bones.

In winter have a look at the large collection of ski gear available in the Blue Mountain village. Don’t fret if you misplace your toque, your goggles, or even your ski jacket. With Columbia, and many other specialized ski shops on hand, you can get all rugged up for any -0 temps!

Old Station Store
Old Station Store

 

Fall Decorations already!
Fall Decorations already!

 

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Blue Mountain shop

 

Skier
Skier

Enjoy a Chocolate treat at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Okay chocoholics this one is for you. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory offers deliciously decadent chocolate truffles, bark, and epic covered apples. Enjoy a Granny Smith apple dipped in chocolate and then covered in a variety of toppings. Hubby went for the coconut covered apple over the apple pie, Reese’s Pieces, and other incredible flavours. Which one would you choose for your holiday indulgence?

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

 

Chocolate Covered Apples
Chocolate Covered Apples

 

Chocolate Covered Apples
Chocolate Covered Apples

 

Truffles
Truffles

 

The Coconut and Chocolate covered apple
The Coconut and Chocolate covered apple

Unwind at IWA Spa

While here, slow it down with a wonderful revolutionary yoga practice at the amazing IWA Spa! They are one of the only yoga studios in the entire world to offer yin, restorative and other classes upon ancient volcanic rock infused with infrared heat. It truly is incredible. Not in the mood for yoga? IWA also offers top-notch manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages.

IWA Spa Revolutionary Volcanic Rock Studio
IWA Spa Revolutionary Volcanic Rock Studio
Credit: IWA Spa

Head to Activity Central for the Scoop on Happenings and Day Trips

Activity central is the first stop after checking into your resort. Head here before the lines get insane to inquire on events, activities and even day trips outside of Blue. Grab Timber Challenge, activity passes for the Ridge Runner, miniature golf, ziplining, bag drops, and outside the village trips for wine tours, helicopter flights, and more.

Activity Central
Activity Central

 

Ziplining fun!
Ziplining fun!
Bag Drop
Bag Drop

Test your Stamina at Straight Up

All those hikers out there will love Straight up. It is literally a very steep ascent up the mountain by foot. Enjoy panoramic views of the village once you arrive at the top. Do not attempt this hike if you are not physically able as it really is a steep one! An alternative is to mountain bike! Take advantage of the bike lift and head up to cycle through the various trails.

Straight UP
Straight UP

 

Bicycle lift
Bicycle lift

Take the Scenic Gondola

A nice leisurely ride up to the top enjoy wonderful views of the village and take some awesome photos of the hikers below doing it the hard way haha!

Scenic Gondola
Scenic Gondola

Enjoy a Maple Bacon Caesar at Kaytoo Restaurant and Bar

If you want a Canadiana comfort fix, look no further than Kaytoo. Enjoy an array of burgers, appetizers, fish, sandwiches, and more. Want a drink recommendation? Try the Maple Bacon Caesar – a drink of Motts Clamato, maple vodka, and rimmed with maple syrup and bacon bits. The kicker? A strip of bacon instead of a celery stalk for garnish! Save room for dessert? Don’t look any further than S’mores in a jar for that campfire aroma mixed with the sweetness of marshmallow and chocolate. Divine!

S'mores in a Jar
S’mores in a Jar

 

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A Great Way to Unwind at Blue Mountain

 

Maple Bacon Caesar and Summer lemonade
Maple Bacon Caesar and Summer lemonade

Unwind at Scandinave Spa

Open all year round, this haven of tranquility and stress relief is the perfect spot to rest after a long day of sightseeing, skiing, hiking, biking etc. The most popular season to visit Blue Mountain Ontario is in fact winter, however, the spa does bring such a soothing atmosphere no matter when you visit. Enjoy multiple pools of different temperatures, Finnish and Infrared saunas, hammocks, loungers, campfire smells, and the peace of being screen-free. Coverage coming soon! Stay tuned….

Scandinave
Scandinave

 

The Atmosphere of Scandinave
The Atmosphere of Scandinave

 

Winter

Blue Mountain Ontario is known for its incredible facilities for winter sports and recreation. Here are some of the best reasons to vacation here in those colder months that don’t always give you as many options.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Blue Mountain Ontario has some incredible slopes for the skier and snowboarder in your group! Book a chalet-style resort accommodation, bring your goggles and gear and head up for some snowy fun.

Skiing
Skiing

 

snowboarding
snowboarding

Ice Skating

Grab your skates and go for a spin on Mill Pond!

Located beside the wonderful Kaytoo Restaurant, enjoy a leisurely skate across the much loved pond used in the summer by paddle boats. Don’t have skates? No problem! 2-hour rentals for both adults and kids are available for a small fee.

skating!
skating!

Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

Not a fan of downhill skiing? Why not do some horizontal exercise and exploring with snowshoes or cross country skis? follow one of the many trails for some exercise and beautiful natural views.

snowshoes
snowshoes

 

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cross country skiing

This is just a sample of all the things you can do at Blue Mountain Ontario. I mean, it is the complete holiday package with top-notch accommodations for all budgets, restaurants, and activities for all four seasons. Book your trip now and enjoy your vacation. We loved it in the summer and cannot wait to go back another time of year!

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We were a guest of Blue Mountain Village with complimentary activity passes, IWA Spa, and Kaytoo Restaurant and Bar mentioned in this article. All opinions are our own and were not influenced in any way.

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