Blue Mountain is Ontario’s largest mountain village resort. While it’s debatable whether it’s actually a “mountain”, there is no doubt that it’s a fun place to visit! Situated about 90 minutes NW of Toronto, the beautiful location is tucked away on the shores of Southern Georgian Bay and offers great activities all year round.
In the summer, you can enjoy over forty trails in the area (thirty of which are lit for nighttime hikes). In the winter, you can enjoy over 360 acres of ski area on mountain.
Regardless of what season you show up, you can enjoy all of the amenities that Blue Mountain Village and Resort has to offer. This includes world class food, breweries, and spectacular nightlife.
Things to do in Blue Mountain
We’ve traveled to Blue Mountain a lot, and have tried all there is to offer. Here are the three activities that should be at the top of your list if you’re visiting.
Ziplining in Blue Mountain [Summer Activity]
The Wind Rider Triple Zips at Blue Mountain allows you to soar from platform to platform at over fifty feet in the air. You will get a great view of the area, and no reservations are required. This zipline is right in the Blue Mountain village area so you can easily walk there from your hotel.
If you have a car or are up for shuttle ride, then we would suggest checking out the Thunderbird Twins Zipline that’s a six minute drive away. This zipline is much more intense than the Wind Rider, and offers a 2,550 ft line that has a 287 ft vertical drop. We hope you like heights!
Mountain Biking in Blue Mountain [Summer Activity]
Blue has some of the best mountain biking available in Ontario. The rides can range from flowing singletracks, all the way up to the technical downhill descents. Once you’re at the bottom of the trail, just hop on the lift to get back up the mountain.
Skiing and Snowboarding in Blue Mountain [Winter Activity]
If you’re used to skiing/boarding in places like BC or Colorado then the runs at Blue Mountain will disappoint you. However, this is a great mountain to learn on if you’re just starting out, or if you’re looking for a low pressure environment to ride with your friends.
There are over forty runs and eleven lifts at Blue Mountain. The range of difficulty goes from green all the way up to double black diamond. Keep in mind though that these “double black diamond” runs are on a mountain that’s less than 1,000 ft tall. For those who have been to ski resorts such as Whistler, the double black diamond runs at Blue Mountain equate to an easy “Blue” run at Whistler.
Blue Mountain also has the typical ski village design that has a variety of restaurants, bars, and clubs you can hit up. These can be enjoyed year round!
Where to eat in Blue Mountain
There are tons of amazing restaurants in Blue Mountain. Instead of recommending the top fine dining restaurants, we want to share three of the all-time fan favorites!
This place is absolutely fantastic. On top of having amazing pizzas, Firehall has a wide selection of pastas, tortillas, wings, and appies. If you visit this place, then you have to try the Calamari, the “May the Schwartz be with you” pizza, and the Cucumber Fizz cocktail!
For those who haven’t been lucky enough to visit one, BeaverTails is a chain of pastry stores that started back in the 1970’s. All of their food essentially consists toppings on top of a deep-friend pastry in the shape of a beaver tail.
Now when it comes to the toppings, we’re talking about things such as maple butter, cinnamon sugar, nutella, oreos, reese’s pieces, and many more! Yum.
Mile High Poutine
Fries, cheese curds, gravy, and a bunch of mouthwatering toppings. Welcome to Mile High Poutine!
For those who haven’t been to Canada much, poutine was invented in the Canadian province of Quebec. It is identified by a bed of fries topped with cheese curds and gravy (at a minimum) along with an obscene amount of calories.
Mile High Poutine continues this ancient tradition, and offers a plethora of poutine flavors including BBQ chicken, double smoked bacon, and Montreal smoked meat. This place is also open late so that you can heal your stomach after a long night at the bars.
Blue Mountain Accommodations
Prepare to empty your wallet.
Accommodations at Blue Mountain are super expensive as the resort basically owns all of the lodging options in town. You can try to look for some options on AirBnB, but we didn’t find the prices to be much cheaper than the hotels.
We paid over $250/night to stay in a room where the bed was on a rolling metal frame. Yikes!
If you have a car, then it might be worth it to stay in Collingwood – which is only a 10 minute drive from Blue Mountain.