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No Snow? No Problem…lots of things to see & do! (Posted On: Saturday, January 06, 2007)

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Are you finding yourself at a bit of a loss these days because your regular winter routine has been interrupted by Mother Nature? Funny isn’t it how your home or chalet suddenly feels a lot smaller when no one is out skiing or boarding? Click here to view Blue Mountain web cam.

While you’re planning your daily activities, don’t forget to keep checking Blue Mountain’s website www.bluemountain.ca to stay up to the minute on their conditions. They have a great feature, you can request a daily ski report by e-mail.

Now get out and get busy…

Take a Plunge!
Nestled between the shores of Georgian Bay and the heights of the Niagara Escarpment is Plunge! Aquatic Centre. Plunge! is the ultimate, all ages, four season water adventure at the base of Blue Mountain. Inspired from the tradition of cottage-style boathouses, Plunge! is an authentic and magical expression of a place and its people. Indoor-outdoor pools, indoor water playground, hot tubs, rope swings, docks and slides are sure to provide year-round fun. Or, if you prefer, simply watch all the action from the comfort of your dock chair. Plunge! has something for everyone infant to senior. For more information visit www.plungebluemountain.ca

Relax at Le Scandinave
This is a unique experience combining nature, relaxation & wellness just minutes from Blue Mountain Resort. The Spa offers two distinct activities – scheduled massages and/or access to the Scandinavian Baths™. The Massage Pavilion hosts 12 massage rooms (4 rooms can accommodate double massages). Le Scandinave Spa™ offers 60 or 90 minute Swedish Massages, 90 minute Hot Stone Therapy & 90 minute Thai-yoga massage. The Baths include a Finnish Sauna, a Norwegian Steam Room, a Nordic Waterfall, Hot Baths, Cold Plunge Baths and areas for indoor & outdoor relaxation.

A visit to Le Scandinave Spa™ Blue Mountain is a relaxing & affordable year-round experience – rain, sun or snow! For more information visit www.scandinaveblue.com

Visit Art Galleries and Art Studios
The Georgian Triangle is absolutely art enriched. One of our favourite galleries to visit is The Loft Gallery in Clarksburg. Debra Lynn Carroll and Phil McCormack have recently opened the Loft Gallery in the Town of the Blue Mountains. Adjacent to the gallery is Debra’s studio where she paints large-scale textured landscape oil paintings of images from the area. Loft Gallery exhibits original art by local and Ontario artists. Come and see some of Debra and Phil’s favourite artists. Visit www.loftgallery.ca.

Fairways Indoor Golf. This indoor golf centre features 3 state of the art simulators where players can play one of 20 famous courses as well as other activities such as pool, darts or Texas Hold’em Poker. In addition, they have a restaurant and pub and a private boardroom for holding meetings. Call 705-444-3696 (across from New Canadian Tire).

Bowling

Take the family for an afternoon of fun at the Georgian Bowl. Located on Hwy. 124 South, Collingwood, ON Phone: 705.445.3871.

Visit a Museum
For a list of local museums click the link below. You may want to call in advance to find out if the museum is holding any special events for children. http://www.mycollingwood.ca/museums.asp

Visit the Library
The libraries in the Georgian Triangle have great programs for kids. Give the one in your area a call and find out what they have lined up.
Collingwood Public Library, 100 Second Street in Collingwood, 705.445.1571
L.E. Shore Memorial Library, 183 Bruce Street, Thornbury, 519-599-3681
Wasaga Beach Public Library, 120 Glenwood Drive, Wasaga Beach. 705.429.5481

Get a Makeover!
Code Red Salon is a modern four chair salon, providing contemporary and traditional styling services for women and men. We do creative cutting, rich and subtle highlights and corrective colour...They also offer esthetics and the best coffee in Clarksburg. Code Red has a distinctive vivacious quality: the mood is relaxing and reminiscent of a New York salon, the music eclectic. The owner, Lisa enjoys sharing the Salon with local artisans who display art on the walls and stunning one of a kind jewellery in the show cases. You feel welcomed in our environment - the staff is friendly and attentive. Visit www.coderedsalon.com. For a list of area salons and estheticians click here.

Bird Watching.
Robert MacMaster from MacMaster’s Crossing our local birding outfitter has supplied us with a chart of birds that you will likely see in our area including:

1. White-breasted Nuthatch
4. Northern Cardinal
5. Red-breasted Nuthatch
6. Pine Grosbeak
7. Common Redpoll
8. Bohemian Waxwing
10. Black-capped Chickadee
12. Pleated Woodpecker
15. Hairy Woodpecker
16. House Finch
17. Purple Finch
18. American Goldfinch
20. Blue Jay
22. Boreal Chickadee
25. House Sparrow
26. Dark-eyed Junco

For all of your birding needs you can visit MacMaster's Crossing at 21 Hurontario Street, Collingwood or call them at 705.444.7890 with any questions you may have. All of the birds listed about are feeder birds…so it can just be fun to put up a bird feeder…put out some seed and you won’t have to wait long before there is activity in your backyard.

Hummer Tours
Take a Hummer Tour. It is absolutely exhilarating! For more information and pricing you can call Blue Mountain Activity Central to make a booking at 705.443.5522 or visit the Activity Central website www.blueactivities.com

Beading at Q-Berry in The Village at Blue
Experience Q BERRY Beading at the Blue and discover a whole new world of color, imagination and creativity! Selecting from thousands of dazzling beads from around the globe, join one of the beading classes offered for beaders of all skills and levels. With the help of friendly and creative staff, enjoy creating your original piece at our in-store workshop space. You can contact them at 705-443-8322 or check out their list of classes.

Running or Jogging
If you’re missing the outdoors, it’s a great time to take up jogging or running. The Collingwood Running Company has lots of group activities geared to any level. They are located at 1 First St, Collingwood Phone: 705.444.0072.

See a Movie
Here is a link to movies and show times at the Collingwood Cinema 4. Night at the Museum is highly recommended for the whole family http://www.stinsontheatres.ca/StinsonTheatres_Theatre_CollingwoodCinemaFour.htm

Hockey Games and Public Skating
We recommend you call in advance to find out the schedules:

Oakview Woods Outdoor Complex
Wasaga Beach
Phone: 705.429.2414

Creemore & District Arena
218 Collingwood Street, Creemore, ON
Phone: 705.466.3000

Eddie Bush Memorial Arena
Collingwood, ON
Phone: 705.445.4521

Beaver Valley Community Centre
Thornbury, ON
Phone: 519.599.7421

Fishing
Get the rod and reel out of the garage and head for the water! Call Rick’s Happy Hooka Custom Tackle at 705.444.1373 for all the information you can ever want about fishing in the area.

Walking or Hiking
We have many trails right at your toes. Check out these links for trail maps. http://www.trailsofgeorgianbay.com/collingwood-trails.html
http://www.beavervalleybrucetrail.com

Read a Book
Crow's Nest Books & Gifts
239 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, ON
Phone: 705.445.1900

Jessica's Book Nook
21 Bruce Street, Thornbury, ON
Phone: 519.599.7361

Page & Turners
12 Schoolhouse Lane, Collingwood, ON
Phone: 705.444.6200

Go shopping and keep it local

There are many great stores to satisfy all of your shopping needs.

For a listing of Ladies Fashions click this link http://www.mycollingwood.ca/retail/fashion.asp

Have fun 

Julie Card
Partner www.mycollingwood.ca

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