The Blue Mountains is a community in Grey County, Ontario, Canada, near the mouth of the Beaver River, which runs into Nottawasaga Bay. Because it is named after the Blue Mountain, the town’s economy is based on tourism, especially the Blue Mountain ski resort and the private Georgian Peaks, Osler, Craigleith, and Alpine Ski Clubs.
When the Town of Thornbury and the Township of Collingwood merged on January 1, 2001, the town was born. The L.E. Shore Memorial Library, named after the founding partner of the architectural company Shore Tilbe Irwin + Partners and created by the firm, is located in Thornbury.
On August 20, 2009, a tornado struck the Blue Mountains area during the Southern Ontario Tornado Outbreak. Before going out onto Georgian Bay, the tornado swept through Thornbury and impacted Craigleith.
The Blue Mountains offer a variety of leisure opportunities throughout the year. Winter sports like as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are particularly popular. Hiking, downhill/cross-country riding, an expensive mini putt, the Ridge Runner, and events like Met Con Blue are all available during the summer. If outdoor activities aren’t your thing, The Village at Blue Mountain includes a variety of boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and chalets, as well as golf courses, all within walking distance. The Scandinave Spa, which is nestled on 25 acres of natural Ontario birch, and the Scenic Caves are both less than a 5-minute drive away. Craigleith Provincial Park lies on Highway 26 near Blue Mountain Resort.
The Bruce Trail runs through some of the town’s neighbourhoods. Mountain biking and cross-country skiing are available in the Kolapore area, as well as rock climbing at Metcalfe Rock and the Duncan Crevice Caves Nature Reserve.