Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Climbing Blue Mountain

The Blue Mountains look down on Collingwood and Georgian Bay and the skiers and visitors look up to the vast summits, surely some of the highest in the world, and can't wait to see the view from the top. Blue Mountain resort has worked hard to become a year round tourist destination and the village at the bottom of the hill has lots to keep you busy as you watch skiers, mountain bikers or people ascending or descending the slopes.
Gondola or the 'Straight Up Hiking Trail'
Once upon a time you could park at the top of the hills and make the journey down on a gondola - only paying for the trip up. Starting in June of 2017 the trip up and down requires some dineros with a cost of $8 per head, either way. So that means that it was the perfect time to try something we always wanted to do, climb that mountain. Going down was definitely easier than climbing back up, but it still was tough on the thighs. Upwards required plenty of rest stops but it was worth it to make the round trip.
The only gentle part of the slope

A comforting sign half way down

We visited the area to kayak on Georgian Bay, experience the fall colours, see the caves of Collingwood and enjoy Blue Mountain. The colours are slow to come this year and much of the leave colours are in a shade of crunchy brown. Peak colours, if they come at all, will happen in a week or two (say the week of the 21st of October). The caves of Collingwood were pretty much closed down due to a rock fall. The kayaking was excellent though and the resort is always a pleasure to visit.

A cute puppy in the village

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