Dining in Southern Georgian Bay
Travellers with adventurous taste buds need not fear dull dining experiences as they will not only discover plenty of exotic and international flavours, but also many unique, dining establishments. And visitors interested in the region's nightlife will find a mix of mellow pubs, chic lounges and rhythmic nightclubs in the areas of Lake Simcoe, Collingwood and Blue Mountain, as well as Midland and Wasaga Beach.
LAKE SIMCOE & AREA
Flavours both familiar and exotic can be experienced in Barrie, which is located just over an hour north of Toronto. A hub for area cottagers and tourists with its abundant activities, sights and culture, Barrie will not disappoint with it selection of available dining choices. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of eateries including family options, steak and seafood restaurants, bistros, fast food establishments, big name chains, pizzerias and ethnic restaurants.
This assortment of restaurants is perhaps most visible in downtown Barrie. Once the beginning of the Nine Mile Portage, people have been gathering in the area for some 200 years to refresh themselves. Today's travellers can journey down Dunlop Street to witness a blend of old and new as they enjoy the refreshments and dining experience found in the area's restaurants. Eateries range from family favourites to trendy cafes and exceptional ethnic restaurants such as Indian, Thai and Hungarian. Specializing in Indian Nepalese cuisine, Spice offers a variety of traditional dishes that range from mild to hot.
Evenings need not be dull in Barrie as visitors can visit one of the local pubs, lounges and nightclubs. Home to numerous pubs and sports bars, holidaymakers looking to unwind after a busy day will find plenty of venues offering comfortable seating, large screens, traditional pub fare and beverage favourites. Visitors can also chill in the more chic setting of a lounge. For a higher octane experience, travellers can dance the night away in one of the area's nightclubs. Featuring numerous events and live music from popular bands, the Roxx Nightclub is located on Dunlop Street West.
Orillia & Lake Simcoe
A favourite with families and retirees alike, the popular city of the Orillia exudes a friendly small community feeling yet offers all the amenities of a larger centre. Travellers will find plenty of dining options available to them ranging from ethnic foods such as French, Canadian and Swiss to plenty of family restaurants, diners and popular chain eateries. Among the Italian options, Cosmo's Ristorante offers a true /tuscan experience with dishes strongly influenced by Southern Italy such as vitello di mare, pollo al cosmo and bistecca di mare. Travellers can watch the latest sports or play a game of billiards as well as enjoy casual pub fare in local pubs and sports bars. Visitors will also find a number of eateries such as burger joints, pizzerias and Chinese restaurants in communities such as Innisfil, Jackson's Point, Keswick and Sutton.
Orangeville & Area
Situated near major rivers such as Nottawasaga, Credit, Humber and Grand Rivers, the Orangeville area is a haven for water-based activities and adventures. After a day of excitement, hungry holidaymakers can satisfy their hunger in one of Orangeville's bistros or opt for choices such as sushi, Thai, and fish and chips. Many of the city's dining establishments are found on Broadway (a main thoroughfare), including One99 Restaurant, which combines fresh, seasonal ingredients to make dishes with a sophisticated taste. Surrounding communities such as Bradford, Alliston and Beeton feature dining choices such as steak and seafood establishments, burger eateries and Italian restaurants.
COLLINGWOOD & BLUE MOUNTAIN
Many of Collingwood's restaurants can be found downtown and along First Street. These eateries include cafes, steak houses, pizzerias and family restaurants as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants with global flavours such as Thai, Indian and Swiss. Hungry diners can order takeout or enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at the Hungry Sumo, a Japanese and sushi restaurant, situated on 1st Street. Collingwood's pubs and sports bars offer travellers fun and friendly atmospheres for dining or relaxing with live music, sports viewing, indoor golf, pool tables, darts and other games.
A popular, year-round holiday destination, the Blue Mountain Resort and Village features a number of dining options to both day and overnight visitors. Plenty of variety is offered by the restaurants that range from up-scale to casual and the resort also sports a happening nightlife. Travellers can unwind in a martini lounge or dance the night away in a nightclub that features DJ-hosted dance parties and themed events. Visitors can experience a taste of Ireland in the pub, Windy O'Neils Irish Pub, which serves a variety of pub fare and Irish dishes and features regular live music.
Visitors will find additional dining experiences in surrounding towns such as Thornbury, Singhampton, Stayner, Creemore and Craigleith. Thornbury is situated right on Georgian Bay and is home to two Scottish pubs as well as a bakery, all-day breakfast cafe, Chinese and steak and seafood restaurants. Other area restaurants include delights like the Haisai Restaurant and Bakery, which uses organic produce from local farmers and gardeners to serve seasonal dishes and fresh made baked goods.
MIDLAND & WASAGA BEACH
Situated on Georgian Bay and with a wealth of history, Midland has plenty to offer visitors including variety in their choice of dining experiences. The waterfront town provides a mixture that varies from light fare to traditional fulfilling meals, and visitors can enjoy gourmet coffee and teas, delicatessen-style establishments. The area is also home to a selection of ethnic eateries with flavours from the likes of Louisiana and the Mediterranean, such as the Riv Bistro, which features a selection of Mediterranean-style foods, all prepared with the freshest of ingredients.
Home to 14 km (8.7 miles) of white sandy beach, Wasaga Beach is a popular summer destination, with plenty of dining and nightlife options available to the beach crowd. Families and beach-goers can grab a bite at eateries including pizza, Greek, Chinese and family restaurants. Ice cream and dessert shops are the perfect stop on hot days and provide a cool treat. The fun continues, even when the sunlight doesn't, at local pubs, nightclubs and live music clubs. Commonly referred to as the Dard, the Dardanella Beach Bar is a beachside patio and lounge with a diverse menu and wine list.