Accommodation in South Georgian Bay
Lake Simcoe & Area
Lake Simcoe's warm waters and sandy beaches are a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Travellers can spend their time on the water paddling, fishing and windsurfing. During winter, the lake continues to offer plenty of fun, including skating and ice fishing. Holidaymakers are not restricted to water activities, however, as the area provides a variety of activities such as golfing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding and snowmobiling. Visitors looking for a more cultural experience can take in live theatre, enjoy shopping at local boutiques, attend a festival or pause for a moment to enjoy the diverse dining available. At the end of the day, weary travellers will find a number of excellent accommodation options available, including full-service hotels, intimate bed and breakfasts, well-appointed resorts and fun campgrounds.
A suitable accommodation choice for singles, couples and families is one of the area’s hotels and motels. These vary in cost depending on location and the amenities offered such as complimentary breakfasts, free Internet, swimming pools, hot tubs, exercise facilities and on-site restaurants. Most of the hotels in the region can be found in the larger centres as well as several smaller communities such as Jackson's Point, Angus and Cookstown. Situated on Lake Simcoe's Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie features popular chain hotels as well as independent motels. A boutique heritage hotel, Harbour View Inn, features eight contemporary executive business suites. A number of the area’s hotels offer package deals for those travellers looking to make their holiday dollars go further and include family, romance, shopping, dining, spa and gaming packages.
Travellers looking for luxury will certainly find it at one of the resorts in communities such as Shanty Bay, Alliston or Orillia. These resorts offer exciting activities like golf, downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, climbing, horseback riding, hiking, biking and boating. Accommodations vary from simple yet elegant rooms to opulent bi-level suites with fireplaces, balconies and Jacuzzi tubs. Amenities found at the resorts can include spas, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, fitness rooms, various equipment rentals, guided activities, games rooms, tennis courts, squash courts and restaurants. Located just outside of Orangeville, the Hockley Valley Resort features a ski hill with 15 runs, an 18-hole golf course designed by Thomas McBroom and an 743 sq m (8,000 sq ft) European-inspired spa, as well as three restaurants.
For an intimate and relaxing stay, visitors to the Lake Simcoe region can choose from a wide variety of bed and breakfasts in towns such as Thornton, Loretto, Hawkestone and Innisfil. Accommodations range from simple budget friendly rooms with shared baths to large, elegant suites with ensuite Jacuzzis and fireplaces. Many hosts offer a full hot breakfast and some cater to special dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other food allergies. Run by an internationally renowned chef and innkeeper, Flavours Country Inn Bed and Breakfast offers exceptional service and gourmet breakfast each morning.
Whether camping in a tent, motorhome or RV, the regions many private and provincial campgrounds offer perfect accommodations for those vacationers wishing to be closer to nature. Situated in or near urban centres such as Barrie, Orillia, Sutton and Jackson’s Point, these campgrounds provide many amenities that can include water and electrical hook-ups, shower facilities, laundry, heated pools, playgrounds, mini-golf, on-site eateries, ice cream parlours, general stores, rentals, beaches and boat launches. Boasting 187 campsites suitable for any size of RV, Splash Canyon Water Park and Resort features a waterpark with a tidal pool, children's water playground, waterslides, flumes and tube rides.
Collingwood & the Blue Mountains
A popular destination both in summer and winter, the Collingwood and Blue Mountain areas provide plenty of excitement and stimulation. A must visit whether for a day trip or for an entire vacation, the Blue Mountain Resort offers plenty of activities and adventures as well as culture and comfort year round. In winter, visitors can ski down one of the thirty-four trails and come summer travellers can hike and bike the trails or play a round of golf. Plenty of excellent water activities and swimming can be found in and around Collingwood. Holidaymakers in need of a little retail therapy can visit local farmers markets or stop in one-of-a-kind shops. For a night of rest and relaxation after a busy day, travellers can seek solace in accommodations such as hotels and motels, resorts,bed and breakfasts, inns, vacation rentals and cottages.
Travellers staying in the Blue Mountain Village will find several high-end hotels and resorts, as well as a number of vacation rentals and cottages. These accommodations feature luxury amenities such as multi-room suites with kitchen and dining spaces, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, hot tubs, indoor and outdoor pools, games rooms, fitness rooms and saunas. A number of mid-range hotels can be found on the west side of Collingwood, such as the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, which includes amenities like free Internet, complimentary breakfast, pool, fitness centre and rooms with microwaves and refrigerators. Travellers looking for economical accommodations options can choose from several affordable motels located in Collingwood and Thornbury.
Not only can guests find the friendly and intimate service that inns and bed and breakfasts are known for, but a few in the area have gone a step farther and offer gourmet dining, spa services, workshops and special packages. Amenities frequently offered include rooms with ensuite baths, wireless Internet, fireplaces or Jacuzzi tubs. Avalon Clearview Studio Bed and Breakfast features a number of courses, workshops and packages, which range from stain glass courses or girl weekends to bed and breakfast workshops.
Southern Georgian Bay & Wasaga Beach
Home to one of the longest freshwater beaches in the world, Wasaga Beach has 14 km (8.7 miles) of white sandy beach in the Nottawasaga Bay. Extremely popular year round, visitors enjoy the area's warm waters during summer and snowmobiling and Nordic skiing during winter. Another popular stop in the Southern Georgian Bay is the Awenda Provincial Park, just north of Penetanguishene. The park provides visitors with plenty of exciting opportunities to explore different ecosystems as well as enjoy views of wildlife and the dramatic Nipissing Bluffs, which drop 60 m (197 ft) into the Georgian Bay. Awenda Provincial Park is also one of the most popular camping spots in the area with over 300 sites contained in the nine campgrounds, three of which are for groups. Other accommodations such as bed and breakfasts, cottages, hotels and motels are available in centres such as Coldwater, Lafontaine and Elmvale.
Visitors, regardless of their preferences and budget are sure to find a bed and breakfasts to suit their needs in the communities of Southern Georgian Bay such as Wyebridge, Penetanguishene and Perkinsfield. Built in 1875 and situated near downtown Midland, the Charters Inn features three large luxury guest rooms and gourmet breakfasts each morning. Guests looking to stay near Wasaga Beach will find numerous cottages and vacation rentals. Generally offered as one to four bedroom units, these cottages are sometimes part of a resort, motel complex or single units owned by individuals. Most rentals are fully equipped and visitors need only bring linens. Travelers looking for the comfort and familiarity of their favourite chain hotels will find several located in Midland.