There are two things we really miss about Vancouver: the mountains and the ocean. Unfortunately, we can't pick up and leave for beautiful British Columbia every weekend, so we needed to find a substitute landscape in Ontario.
We had heard great things about the Blue Mountains and the Georgian Bay area, so we decided to give it a try over the May long weekend- and it did not disappoint.
The Ontario mountains don't dominate the landscape the way BC mountains do, and we had to settle for a lake breeze as opposed to a sea breeze, but it didn't matter. The weather could not have been any nicer, and despite being a long weekend, it wasn't as busy as we thought it would be.
During our stay, we took full advantage of what the Mountain and Village have to offer. Here are our top Blue Mountain picks for spring:
§ Going up the Mountain
Going up the mountain on a clear day is a definite must. We decided to hike up and believe me, it's steeper than it looks. We were rewarded for our efforts at the top with a spectacular view of the village, the surrounding landscape, and the lake.
§ Going down the Mountain
There are a few options when it comes to going down the mountain: You can take the open-air gondola (which is free if you hike up!), ride the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, or bike down. We tried the first two methods and thoroughly enjoyed both for very different reasons. Maybe next time we'll try the bike trail.
§ Wandering the Village
The village is filled with shops and restaurants. We easily spent the afternoon window shopping, people watching, and sitting on patios.