Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain Resort is an alpine ski venue set within the small community of The Blue Mountains northwest of Toronto. Located along the shore of Nottawasaga Bay, the area is known for outdoor recreation, spa culture and quaint townships. Many visitors and regional locals choose Blue Mountain Resort for various relaxation, sports, entertainment, shopping and dining activities.  

Open year-round, there’s always something to do at the resort. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, boating and relaxing at the spa in any season. When winter provides adequate snowfall, take advantage of 42 different trails and 12 lifts in the 150 hectare ski area, plus a variety of other snow sports. Lodging options range from standard hotels to private villas with many bordering ski slopes, golf courses or the resort’s shopping district. 

Located in Grey County and near the Craigleith district of The Blue Mountains community, Blue Mountain Resort is roughly 175 km from Toronto. A 2 hour drive via Highway 400 north and Highway 26 west is the most direct route. 

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Four chairs on dock overlooking Blue Mountain Resort

More about Blue Mountain Resort

Initially established in 1941 by a European ski instructor and mountain guide, Blue Mountain Resort offers the quintessential alpine look and feel. In many of the lodgings provided at the resort, you may feel transported to the Alps! The resort offers standard accommodation, boutique hotels or private homes and apartments. In total, you can choose between nine different lodges and pick your favourite location. Some are next to the ski slopes, while others sit in the shopping district or border the resort’s golf course and lake. 

Many of the accommodations include amenities that enhance that cozy mountain feel. You can request rooms, apartments or homes with private balconies, fireplaces, kitchenettes and spa baths. Some are pet-friendly, and you can combine most with package deals that include dining or skiing and spa activities. 

Blue Mountain Resort operates year-round and appeals to a variety of travellers and trips. Families, couples, friends and solo travellers will all enjoy the various activities at the resort. Kids love the playgrounds and aquatic centre, which feature outdoor pools and slides. There are plenty of activities that attract all age groups, including the high and low ropes courses, paddle boats on the lake, the open-air gondola, sports complexes and the hiking trails. Other popular activities include cycling trails, golf courses, area tours and luxury spas.  

In the winter, Blue Mountain Resort adds an entire list of adventures. Try skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, ice skating, sledding, tubing and more! The resort offers over 120 hectares of skiing terrain with 42 trails, including 30 lit night runs, and various ski lifts. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, you’ll find ski runs suitable for your skill level. 

Visitors often opt for various packages discounting and combining lodging and skiing. But if you don’t plan to stay the night at the resort, you can still get a deal with daily and seasonal passes. And if you’re new to the slopes, you don’t have to worry about equipment or skills. The resort’s professional staff can help you navigate gear rentals or guide you through ski lessons. 

At the end of a long day of activity, Blue Mountain Village within the Resort is an excellent shopping and dining destination. The 20 stores offer homeware, fashion, art, toys, skincare and specialty foods. If you need some outdoor clothing, you’ll find trusted international brands that support active lifestyles. When you feel hungry, over 20 different restaurants, cafes, and bars fit any budget and appetite. You can choose between both international chains and local favourites, with many offering kid-friendly grub. 

Blue Mountain Resort also provides indoor and outdoor event spaces for a variety of occasions. If you need a venue for corporate meetings, conferences, school groups or weddings, you can inquire about different lodging and event packages. Some of these combine event fees with discounts in lodging, dining or activities. 

Once you arrive at Blue Mountain Resort, you’ll quickly understand the area’s appeal. The Blue Mountains is a beautiful, rural community beloved by locals and visitors. If you’re up for a little exploring, The Blue Mountains has a little bit of everything, from outdoor recreation to quaint townships and culinary explorations. 

To start, you’ll find the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures very close to Blue Mountain Resort. This attraction offers additional recreational pursuits, including caving and canyoning trails that reach depths of more than 20 metres. You can also brave the suspension bridge for amazing views of Nottawasaga Bay. Families will love the alpine rollercoaster in the spring and summer months. Other areas that offer hiking and cycling trails include Pretty River Valley Provincial Park, Duncan Escarpment Provincial Nature Reserve and Craigleith Provincial Park

The two main townships of The Blue Mountains are Thornbury and Craigleith. Both offer some cultural activities at the Sheffield Park Black History and Cultural Museum and The Craigleith Heritage Depot. There are a few beaches along the Nottawasaga Bay shore, including Christie Beach, Peasemarsh Beach and Northwinds Beach. 

If you’re interested in trying some local fare, consider a tasting and tour at one of the wineries. You can also follow the self-guided Apple Pie Trail that meanders through several neighbourhoods and stops at favourite bakeries, cideries, farms and cafes. You’ll learn all about the region’s apple industry while filling up on local treats. Yum! 

Last updated: August 18, 2023

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