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Unique Things to do in Collingwood this Winter

What to do in Collingwood ON

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More than just a place to ski, there are so many things to do in Collingwood in the winter! There are so many unique activities, places to stay, and restaurants in the Collingwood ON area! We’ve visited twice now to explore all of the things to do in Collingwood ON in winter, and put all of our favourite spots in this guide. So, without further adieu, here’s our comprehensive, unique winter guide to Collingwood ON for the 2022-2023 season.

Things to do in Collingwood ON

a woman stands in a pool at the skandinave spa
Scandinave Spa

Scandinave Spa: This spa is a staple in the Collingwood ON community. The spa features the traditional circuit where you start with a hot sauna, hot pools, and/or the eucalyptus steam room. Then you work your way to a cold plunge, and finish off at one of the relaxation stations scattered throughout the spa.

The summer will have lots of hammocks and outdoor seating in the gardens. In the winter you can relax indoors or beside a cozy fire pit. TIP: It’s quite popular so book a weekend visit well in advance. Can’t get a massage booking on a weekend? Call the morning of to see if there is a cancelation.

Infrared “Halo” Sauna at Vortex Wellness Studio has high concentrations of salt in the air, which can be great for skin and the respiratory system

Vortex Wellness Studio: One of Ontario’s most unique wellness experiences. They make self care easy, fast and fun! They offer sessions that can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an 1 hour. It’s like getting the benefits of the spa without the day-long time commitment! They have 8 wellness sessions to choose from depending on your health needs, including popular staples like an Infrared Sauna and Red Light Therapy, to more unique options like their Somadome Technology enabled meditation Pod ( there’s only a few in all of Canada!).

Our personal favourite was the Halo session, an Infrared sauna that has high concentrations of salt in the air (so good for skin, lungs, and stress!). Whether you’re a Collingwood local, visiting for the weekend, or simply into the latest biohacking technologies, you need to check our Vortex Wellness Studio for an experience like no other. If you don’t believe us, check out their 5 star reviews on Google!

Miracle Cocktail Bar (open until New Years): We put this under “what to do” section because it is a whole experience. This Christmas themed bar will have you getting into the holiday spirit. There are themed nights, such as karaoke night.

What to do in Collingwood ON - Thornbury Cider dome dining
Thornbury Cider

Dome Dining at Thornbury Craft: Enjoy a flight of ciders, a cheese board, and some delicious salty pretzels inside a clear dome. And yes, don’t worry, it’s heated in the winter.

Skating on top of Blue Mountain: There is something nostalgic about skating – and Blue Mountain has made this activity extra charming with beautiful lights and scenery. Opens around the end of December until spring melt.

Free Spirit Tours

Snowshoe with Free Spirit Tours: Book a snowshoe tour for a day of fresh air, exercise and nature.

Scenic Caves Suspension Bridge

Cross country ski, snowshoe, or winter hike at Scenic Cave Adventures: And don’t forget to take a photo on the famous suspension bridge.

Go snow tubing: Snow tube down the hills at Hike N’ Tube Snow Tubing Park at Blue Mountain. This is a fantastic activity for anyone not into skiing or snowboarding. Also so much fun for kids!

Pretty River Valley Provincial Park: Located just south of Collingwood ON, this beautiful provincial park is home to some of the most amazing hiking trails. Note: Hunting is permitted in the park during hunting season, please keep this in mind, stay cautious and wear bright coloured clothing. 

Loree Forest: The Lorree Forest loop trail is an easy hiking trail suitable for all levels with absolutely breathtaking views.

Duncan Caves: The Duncan Caves hiking trail is a long and fairly difficult hiking trail to complete. It takes just over 4 hours, but has gorgeous views overlooking the escarpment. Rock climbers and boulder lovers will definitely love this hike as the many rock faces formed by varying weather have created challenging crevices for hikers!

Where to stay in Collingwood ON

Dorchester Hotel

DORCHESTER HOTEL

Best for being centrally located in Collingwood with lots of modern room amenities. This BRAND NEW hotel in Collingwood is in the perfect location for those planning to explore the Collingwood area as a whole.

BACK FORTY GLAMPING

Best for being in the wilderness in a unique accommodation. If you want to get outside and into the woods, Back Forty glamping is a great option. The unique domes will make for a fun experience away from the crowds.

THE GRAND GEORGIAN

Best for being right in Blue Mountain by the slopes, and having a kitchenette. These condo style rooms are steps to the ski kill. Plus, you’ll be able to walk to all the amazing shops and restaurants in the Blue Mountain Village.

11 ROOMS

The boutique hotel has – you guessed it – 11 rooms, and each one is uniquely designed. It’s also unique in that it can be fully rented out for retreats, reunions, or business functions.

Penny’s Motel

PENNY’S MOTEL

One of the many renovated motels in Ontario. This one is located 20 minutes from Collingwood for those who want to explore outside of the Collingwood core. Plus there is an onsite Oyster Bar! Some of the best oysters we’ve ever had.

Where to eat & drink in Collingwood ON

PRESS MARKET: Great option for those who want a healthy breakfast or lunch.

Bent Taco: The name says it all – taco joint. The food and service is top notch.

Low Down: This cute little cocktail bar is a great spot for a date. Fancy drinks and sweet snacks, it’s a great place to hang out and chat!

Tesoro: A delicious Italian restaurant with seasonal fare. Their risotto is so delicious! They also have a fantastic takeout menut!

The Tremont Café: Known for it’s fine dining experience this is definitely the place to go if you’re celebrating something special like a birthday, anniversary or more!

The Huron Club: An upscale pub in downtown Collingwood ON, grab local beer or wine and some delicious pub food. It’s a great place to hang out with friends or loved ones after exploring the town all day!

Fig & Feta: The best Greek cuisine in town. They also offer catering if you’re hosting an event in Collingwood ON.

Espresso Post: A great little coffee shop in town with the yummiest baked goods. You must check it out!

Gibson & Co.: Coffee bar by day, whiskey and wine spot by night (& day – let’s be honest!). Grab amazing drinks and small snacks and Gibson’s.

Dags & Willow: Grab lunch to go from this sweet little cafe. They have everything you need for an amazing charcuterie board!

Bruce Wine Bar

Bruce Wine Bar: This cozy restaurant has a robust, modern menu, but don’t miss out of their classic woodfired oven pizza. Located about 20 minutes from Collingwood ON.

Penny’s Motel

Penny’s Motel: Oyster lovers, this is your spot. We tried the Barstools and Shiny Stars from PEI and they were fantastic. Located in Thornbury, about 20 minutes from Collingwood ON.

Where to shop in Collingwood ON

Bread and Butter Café: Shop at a café? Yup. At Bread and Butter you can grab an espresso, fresh baked bread, and shop for unique clothing and accessories! Located in Thornbury, about 20 minutes from Collingwood ON.

At Home Interiors: Your one stop shop for beautiful home decor.

VO2 Sports Co: A boutique sport shop for hiking, running and winter gear.

Pine + Eco Refillery Boutique: Take care of your body, home, and the planet at this low-waste living boutique.

As you can see, Collingwood ON has so much to see, do and eat! If you haven’t been there yet (or you haven’t visited in a while) we highly recommend booking a trip there this winter. Ski and be seen at all the hottest spots in Collingwood ON. Collingwood is part of the South Georgian Bay area, so don’t forget to also explore outside of the town as there is so much to do in the area.

Getting around Collingwood ON

The Blue Mountain village and downtown Collingwood are very walkable, but you’ll need a car to get from one to the other. The village is a 15 minute drive from downtown Collingwood. Even though we have our own cars, we prefer to book a ride with Turo when we’re heading up to Collingwood because with Turo we’re able to book a vehicle that has more space for our winter gear. We also love that when booking Turo has accessory options to ensure the vehicle has a roof rack accessory for our skis and snowboards. When we’re heading up to Collingwood, we always select an SUV with all-wheel drive because winter driving can be unpredictable in Ontario. All of these options make it easy to choose Turo whenever we need to book a ride!

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