Collingwood vacation rentals are a great way to stay at this picturesque Canadian town. It has a number of great natural attractions that invite visitors all year long. Recreational activities of all kinds abound here. A nicely-designed network of trails allows visitors to enjoy walks, and there are several great parks to enjoy. The people of Collingwood take great pride in their town.
1. Lighthouse Island
This island, properly named Nottawasaga Island, is also known as Lighthouse or Clark's Island. Its location made it an ideal place to construct a lighthouse in the mid 1800's. It can easily be seen from Collingwood's shore. The lighthouse, made of limestone, still stands on the island. The island today is best known as a habitat for migratory birds. If you're a birding enthusiast, this is a good way to observe the birds with minimal distractions.
2. Craigleith Provincial Park
If geological history is of particular interest, consider visiting this park. The park is located on the shores of Georgian Bay, with fossils dating back 455 million years. You'll also get to see Blue Mountain shale, also hundreds of millions of years old. Most of the fossils are of trilobites, which are extinct marine animals. Fishing is a popular activity here as is sailboarding. You can easily hike the Bruce Trail or pay a visit to Wasaga Beach. In addition to hiking trails, day-use activities also include picnicking.
3. Scenic Caves
Collingwood has an impressive number of caves and caverns open to exploration. These caves had special spiritual significance for the Huron people. In Huron mythology, the caves are thought to be entrances to the "Village of Souls." The various caves and caverns offer different experiences and must be seen to be truly appreciated. Fern Cavern features several formations covered in greenery. The Ice Cavern has a coating of snow and ice all year due to its temperature, and the adjacent "Natural Refrigerator" never goes above 4 degrees Celsius. Several interesting rock formations are found here, too. These include the Balancing Rock and Lone Rock; Fat Man's Misery, which is a narrow passage; Preacher's Pulpit, formed from iron ore; and the Hanging Rock.
4. Wasaga Beach
This beach is unique because it attracts both summer and winter visitors, although for different reasons. The beach itself spans 14 kilometers along Georgian Bay. It's an ideal place to spend long summer days. If you like to fish or engage in water sports, the beach and bay are suited to these purposes. There are trails that pass through the sand dunes and nearby forests. In the winter, these trails are used for cross-country skiing. Few beaches have their own cross-country ski trails, which makes Wasaga stand out.
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