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Rainy Day Guide (Posted On: Monday, October 22, 2007)

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If you or your family find yourselves staring despondently out a rain-splattered window silently cursing the weather, do not despair! is here to help. Here a few suggestions to stave off the rainy day blues. There’s something for everyone!

Get Creative

Make your own jewellery…

Q BERRY, The Village at Blue, 705-443-8322

Drop in during opening hours and use the workshop areas and tools at no charge or take one of the workshops.

Opening Hours are 10am to 7pm (open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday)

Workshops are at 10:30am and 2pm every day (call for details)


Start a beading project…

Holy Crow Beads R.R.1, Clarksburg, 519-599-5697

Reserve a class for 4-8 people or take a regularly scheduled class to learn a beading technique (call for details.) Tools are supplied for the classes which are $20 plus materials.

Opening Hours are Wednesday to Friday, 1pm to 5pm and Sat from 10am to 5pm or by appointment.

Classes are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1pm to 3:30pm


Make a stained glass lamp shade…

Suite Fixings, 71 Third Street, Collingwood, 705-444-6770

Terese Connolly teaches introductory classes as well as workshops in mosaics, boxes and lamps on Saturdays for $75. Studio time is on Tuesdays.

Opening Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm

Call for information on classes.


Explore you inner artist…

Northwind Studio, 213 Lakeshore Road East, Collingwood, 705-445–8064

Ona is running two watercolour sessions on Tuesdays at 9am and 12:30 pm and one acrylic session on Wednesday at 9am. Sessions are composed of 4 classes (1 class/week) and cost $90. Please call Ona for more information.


Do a drawing session…

The Fishbowl Artist’s Studio, 87 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, 705-445-5907

Life Drawing Sessions have begun on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 9pm. The cost is $15 per session or $50 for four sessions.

Opening Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.


Learn to paint…

BeMused Fine Art Supplies, 185 Marsh Street, Clarksburg, 519.599.2993

Children’s workshops on Saturdays 10:30am or 2:30pm for ages 9 and up…call ahead to make sure there is space…this is a popular class. Various media. On Tuesdays adults can come for classes in acrylics. Please call in advance. Book starting at 10am until 4pm.

Check website for workshops details.



Get steamy…

Le Scandinave Spa™ Blue Mountain, 152 Grey Rd. 21, Collingwood, 705-443-8484

The spa offers massage, hot pools, saunas and steamrooms. There is no reservation required for the baths and on "Unwind Wednesdays" access to the baths is $34. Yoga sessions are starting on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Opening hours are 10am to 9pm every day.


Get stoned…

The Spa at Cranberry, 19 Keith Avenue, Collingwood, 705-445-6433

The Hot Stone Massage is recommended. The use of hot stones in the massage is said to improve circulation and "make your muscles happy." You do need a reservation for the massage which costs $85-95 for an hour.

Opening hours are 9am to 5pm every day.


Get pampered…

Utopia Spa & Salon, Georgian Manor Resort & Country Club, Collingwood, 705-445-4552

A pedicure is recommended at the spa to make it feel like summer. As owner Itza Logiacco says, "if your feet are happy then you are happy." Pedicures start at $30 for a half hour.

Opening hours are 10am to 5pm on Monday to Saturday and Sundays by appointment.


Get hydrated…

Marion’s Hair Studio, 33 Bruce Street South, Thornbury, 519-599-7072

More than just hair, among other esthetics, you can try their new Hydradermie facial, an exclusive Guinot treatment, which uses a machine to give you the results of four facials.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm, Saturdays, 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm.


Sports & Activities


Take a swing…

Fairways Indoor Golf, 2-20 Balsam Street, Collingwood, 705-444-3696

If you want to play golf but you don’t want to get wet bring your golf clubs (and golf shoes) to a swing booth and choose from 28 courses. The cost is $34 to $40 per hour for a booth and a reservation is recommended. Fairways also has darts and pool for those rainy days.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 5pm to close (winter hours start at 11am)

Take the kids bowling…

Georgian Bowl, Hwy. 124 South, Collingwood, 705-445-3871

Bowl on glow-in-the-dark lanes on a rainy Saturday afternoon or Friday and Saturday night. Prices are $4 per person per game plus shoe rental or try the three-game special for $11.50 per person (shoes included.)

Opening Hours

Monday 4pm to 6pm and 10pm to closeTuesday 10am to 11pm

Wednesday 10am to 6pm and 9pm to 10pm

Thursday 10am to 6pm and 9:30pm to close

Friday 10am to midnight

Saturday 11:30am to 12:30am

Sunday 10am to 6pm

Take a dive…

Collingwood YMCA, 200 Hume Street, (705) 445-5705

The YMCA offers a variety of drop-in activities for which you do not need a membership. Mondays between 10:30am and 11:50am is the family gym and swim. The price ranges from $4 for a 0-12-year-old to $12 for a family. There are also drop-in activities during the week including basketball, lane swims and open swims.

Opening Hours are Monday to Friday 5:30am to 10pm, Saturday 7am to 7pm and Sunday 7am to 5pm. 

Take a kickboxing lesson…

Barton’s Martial Arts, 20 Balsam Street, Collingwood, 705-446-3222

Non-members are welcome to try the kickboxing classes for only $5 per class.

Kickboxing classes are

Monday 6:30am - 7:15am and 7pm-7:45pm

Tuesday 7pm to 7:45pm

Wednesday 6:30 to 7:15am and 7:05pm to 7:50pm

Thursday 7pm to 7:45pm

Friday 6:30am to 7:15am


Take a shot at the 8-ball….

Mogul's Billiards Bar and Grill, 32 Simcoe St, Collingwood, (705) 445-9913

Mondays and Tuesdays you can play pool for free, otherwise the cost is $10 per hour. Wednesdays are wing nights and karaoke is on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Opening hours are 11:30am to 3am every day.


Take a serve…

Monterra Tennis, Village Base @ Blue Mountain, 705-445-0231

The Monterra Tennis dome features 5 omni courts available for play all year round.

Court fees for non-members $44



Meaford Museum, 111 Bayfield St., Meaford, 519-538-5974

The newest exhibiton the history of the Scarecrow Invasion is on until November 10th.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students (children under 5 free)

Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm


The Collingwood Museum, 45 St. Paul Street, Collingwood, 705-445-4811

For a donation you can take a self-guided tour of the museum,

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.


The Sheffield Park Black Cultural Museum,  Collingwood, 705-445-0201

Admission rates are $3 for adults, $2.50 for students and $2 for children

Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm (October)


Visit an Art Gallery

Loft Gallery, 183 Marsh Street, Clarksburg, 519-599-5912

Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm


Mad & Noisy Gallery, 154 Mill Street, Creemore, 705-466-5555

The gallery offers a number of workshops including a Watercolour Workshop on October 20th and 21st and a Lino Block Christmas Card workshop on November 21st. You can check the website for details.

Level Gallery

23 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, 705.444.0047


For a list of other galleries in our area click on this link:


Movies and other Fun Stuff

Galaxy Collingwood, 6 Mountain Road, Collingwood, 705-443-8478

Come out for a movie on Tuesday for $4.20.

Rates are $9.25 for general admission, $7 for children aged 2 to 13 and $7 for senior aged 65 and up.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 6pm to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:30pm to 10pm.


Treat yourself…

The Candy Factory, 645 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, 705-445-2400

You can watch candy being made from a viewing area. Call in advance to see if candy is being made when you want to visit.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm


Take the plunge…

Nestled between the shores of Georgian Bay and the heights of the Niagara Escarpment is Plunge! Aquatic Centre, the perfect place for kids activities. See website for rates and hours of operation.


Go for a Wii…

Fairways Indoor Golf, 2-20 Balsam Street, Collingwood, 705-444-3696

Play Nintendo Wii on one of two big screens. Play the Wii for free while you wait for a table. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 5pm to close (winter hours start at 11am)




Get Phat…

Collingwood Public Library, 100 Second Street, Collingwood, 705-445-1571

Phat Tuesdays are on every Tuesday until November 27th for kids aged 6 to 13 years old. Kids can check out the library and make a craft in this free program. Registration is required. Opening Hours are 10am to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday.


Make your move…

L.E. Shore Memorial Library, 183 Bruce Street, Thornbury, 519-599-3681

Join the chess or knitting club for some after-school fun (ages 8 and up.)

Opening Hours are

Tuesday 11am to 8pm

Wednesday 10am to 5pm

Thursday 11am to 8pm

Friday 10am to 5pm

Saturday 10am to 5pm

Sunday 1pm to 4pm


Don’t forget to check out our Events and Activities calendars to find out what is going on today!

Enjoy your Rainy Day!

Christa Galloway



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