As we enter into January, and the prime of the winter season, in many ways Collingwood is just starting to come alive. The days may be short, and the darkness comes early, but there are lots of fun and exciting events to get you through the winter and into spring. Not to mention, a great line-up of exciting things to come in the latter half of the year, and plenty of events to look forward to for kids and adults alike as we embrace a new year with new possibilities as a community. Get out your calendar to mark down some dates and get ready to join in on the fun!
As a town located at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, and spending much of the time in winter mode, there are still several months of snow and snow activities to look forward to as we kick off 2018. The Skate Trail through Discovery Harbour will open on the weekends until (hopefully!) mid March, and this year, in addition to skating, will be offering a snowshoe trail and a snow tubing hill. As has become an annual event, Locations North will host their annual Winter Blast fundraiser as a ski and snowshoe day in February. Book your tickets now to enjoy a day of outdoor winter fun and support a good cause at the same time. And finally, for all the pie lovers and food connoisseurs in town, don’t miss out on the Apple Pie Trail Feest! For an evening combining snowshoeing, wine, and pie, strap on your snowshoes and trek across moon-lit trails and stop at fire-lit cabins where you get to enjoy food and drink featuring local chefs and local products. Definitely an evening not to pass up!
Take in the Arts
We have mentioned before about the amazing arts scene available in Collingwood, and this year will be no different. With an exceptional line up of plays and on-stage performances happening at Theatre Collingwood, and Meaford Hall, and the Elvis Festival taking over the scene in July, if your heart lights up when you see shows on stage, you’re in for a delight in the year ahead. The call for artists has gone out for the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts annual Juried Art Show, and awards will be presented on April 22. Put your talent to the test and submit your artwork for the whole community to enjoy.
Let’s Do Summer
While there may be lots to love about Collingwood in the winter, things come alive in the summer too! The prime location on the Georgian Bay means there are endless options for beach days, spending time with the kids building sand castles and swimming. And don’t think that the mountains are only best when they are covered in snow. In fact, the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster is a summer-only activity in the Blue Mountains and is a must-do in the warmer months – if you dare! While you’re there, go on a hike or enjoy a gondola ride, and then enjoy a beer at one of the many local breweries once you reach the bottom. Summer has lots to offer and spending it out in the community in the sunshine is the best way to take it all in.
With 2018 just around the corner, start now to plan your year, book your vacation and secure your theater tickets. Collingwood is sure to live up to your desires for a year of fun.