A worth-it spot for some scenic waterfront running is Collingwood. Located 50 km northwest of Barrie, Collingwood is on Nottawasaga Bay, the southern part of vast Georgian Bay. In winter, it’s a gateway to the Blue Mountain ski resort, and nordic trails. There are several km of scenic waterfront paths in Collingwood, but not 100% seamless along the water. We’ve mapped two separate sections, which can be combined for 14 km!
East Section: Starting near downtown near First St. & Hurontario St., head south for 2.5 km to Sunset Point Beach & Turtle Rock. The first 1 km is along First St. — not that scenic. The nicest section is the 1.5 km in the Sunset Point area. A scenic add-on option is to take the path alongside Heritage Drive out to the point at Millennium Overlook Park. This adds 2.4 km out and back, and there are great water views.
WestSection: A scenic path that goes for 3.5 km to White’s Bay Park. Starting as the Georgian Trail off First St., this includes a lovely 1 km through the Collingwood Arboretum, where there some additional trails. Just past the Arboretum off Rt. 26/Balsam St. the waterfront trail along Balsam St. is called Boardwalk Ave. Good water views much of the way!
Add-Ons: there are additional trails inland off Balsam St. You can follow the Georgian Trail inland or the Georgian Meadows Trail toward Black Ash Park.
- Up to 12 km (7.5 miles), combining the east and west sections
- Fairly Flat
- Near downtown near First St. & Hurontario St.
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