Summer Packages – Historic Tours
Collingwood Area Tour
Learn the interesting and unique history of the area while on a 5 hour bus tour. We will pick you up at your hotel with our first stop on 3rd street in Collingwood to view some of the larger older homes in town. Then a visit to the Collingwood museum to discover what an influence ship building and the harbor had on the development of the town. We will tour the spit of land past the shipyards and the elevator that is a dominant fixture of the Collingwood ski line. Then, a short trip to Creemore for a tour of the brewery and a visit to North America’s smallest jail. From there a half hour trip through the purple hills of Creemore and Glen Huron to arrive for lunch at Mylar and Loretta’s, a country inn that was once claimed to be haunted. After lunch we pass through farm land to Eugenia Falls , named after the Empress Eugenie , which is the entrance to the beaver valley. The valley is a 20 mile wedge in the Niagara escarpment carved out by the glacier ice thousands of years ago. Next stop is Thornbury and a view of the fish ladder, then to Ravena and a view from the top of the escarpment that allows you to survey 10.000 square miles. Our last stop is at the Craigleith depot . Here travellers arrived by train and were taken by horse drawn sleighs to ski at Blue Mountain. Your trip ends here where many ski holidays started and we return you to your hotel.
Price $75 per person including lunch
Midland & Penetang Historic Tours
Visit the site of the first religious settlement in Canada at Saint Marie among the Hurons and then travel to Discovery Harbor to tour a navel community depicting life in the early 1800.Several pick up spots in the Collingwood area.
Duration 8 hours
Price $125 per person
Discovery Harbour, on scenic Penetanguishene Bay, will take you back in time to the presence of British naval and military forces in Central Ontario. Come and explore this recreated, 19th century community on the southeast corner of Georgian Bay. An Ontario tourism destination, Discovery Harbour is also home to the replica British sailing ships H.M.S. Tecumseth and H.M.S. Bee. Tour the historic properties, including the restoration project on the Officers’ Quarters, and learn first-hand the challenges of shipwrights, sailors, soldiers and other military and civilian personnel at this isolated outpost built to defend Upper Canada.
Follow in the footsteps of Ontario’s first Europeans at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, near Midland. Explore this recreated, 17th century French Jesuit mission headquarters and experience the interaction of the French and native Wendat Huron nation. This Ontario tourism destination in the Georgian Bay region features a unique time in Canadian history when French missionaries and their workers lived and worked among the Wendat. A rare chance to see the earliest in Canadian pioneer life through guided or self-guided visits, school group tours, “hands-on” education programs, special events and corporate functions. Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will shed light on one of the earliest examples of the introduction of Christianity into Aboriginal culture.
Sainte-Marie today provides a unique historical experience which will delight and intrigue visitors of all ages. Complete your stay with a delicious meal in Restaurant Sainte-Marie and visit the award-winning, indoor museum. Browse the web site and then come and see how life unfolded when two very different peoples came together for the first time.
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons…..An attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation.
Thank-you for the experience of the sunset cruise in Collingwood. It was definitely an experience that we will not forget as a family.
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