2019 Conference – Family & Partner Friendly Activities

With this year’s destination-resort location, you may wish to bring the whole family along for a weekend getaway. Here are a few family-friendly activities taking place in the area at this time of year:

OALA AGM + Conference

Family members are welcome to purchase tickets for attendance at Evening Events. Thursday night welcome reception (1 ticket included with registration) and the Friday night social although, later in the evening on Friday will be a bar-like atmosphere.

Saturday tours are not limited to OALA Members.  If you think your partner or children would enjoy a tour, please feel free to purchase additional tickets!

Child Care Services
(18 Months – 12 Years)

Friday and Saturday Night Babysitter’s Club

Ages: 18 months to 12 years
Price: $55 per child (includes a kid-friendly dinner)
When: Friday and Saturday nights, from 5:30 to 10pm
Where: Kids at Blue, located in the upper level of South Base Lodge

Babysitter Club reservations must be made in advance.  Call 877-445-0231 to book or visit the web link for more information: https://www.bluemountain.ca/mountain/resort-services/childcare

For other days and times and depending on availability, it may be possible to enrol in day care at ‘Kids at Blue’. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 705-445-0231 ext. 60240.

You can also ask your hotel for child care services they may offer.

Plunge! Aquatic Centre
(All Ages)

Sit Back and Relax While Your Kids Make Waves (Day Passes Available)

Relax in the hot tubs or on the dock where you can watch your kids invent whole new water games with help from the rope swings, docks, and water slides. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an indoor water playground make Plunge popular in all seasons with swimmers of all ages. Come for refreshing family fun and leave rested and ready for your next Blue Mountain adventure.

Discount: our group will receive a group discount on all Base Camp tickets. Please go to guest services to purchase discounted tickets.

Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster
(Youth: 12 & under | Adult: Ages 13 & up)

Glide along 1 km of track and tour the terrain — or turn it into a thrill ride at speeds up to 42 KM/H. Ridge Runner is a simple and equipment free favourite among all ages. We’ll keep you on track but as with most things at Blue Mountain you are the driver.

Discount: our group will receive a group discount on all Base Camp tickets. Please go to guest services to purchase discounted tickets.

Scenic Caves + Suspension Bridge
(All Ages)

Scenic Caves offers seasonal activities year-round including caving tours, zip-lines, nature tours, cross country ski and snowshoe tours however, at the end of April activities are weather dependant so be sure to check in closer to the conference date.  The suspension bridge hike is generally open year-round and caving is often available at the end of April.

Harborview Park, Arboretum + Awen’ Indigenous Gathering Circle
(All Ages)

Wander through Harbourview Park designed by Envision-Tatham and view the new Awen’ Indigenous Gathering Circle, designed by Brook Mcilroy’s Indigenous Design Studio, guided by Elder and Advisor Dr. Duke Redbird of the Saugeen First Nation in collaboration with the Town of Collingwood.   Take a short stroll west along the walking trail to the Arboretum and test your early spring woody plant identification skills!

Discover Collingwood has a self-guide walking map including this area, the grain terminals and Millennium Park designed by Richard (Rick) Moore (OALA)(AAPQ).


The Village at Blue Mountain
(All Ages)

Take in the scenery, shopping and great food venues while exploring the Village at Blue Mountain!

The Apple Pie Trail
(Adult or All Ages options)

Take a self guided eating, shopping and sipping tour themed around the apple-growing and processing heritage of the region.  Note that some destinations require pre-booking and a few are closed in April so pre-plan your stops along the Apple Pie Trail!

Self-Guided Heritage Walking Tours
(All Ages)

Collingwood has had a colourful history shaped by the railways, shipbuilding and agriculture.  More than 50 different buildings in and around downtown Collingwood capture many of the historical highlights defined by the many intriguing characters who built and lived in them.

Print copies of the following three self-guided walks can be found at Georgian Triangle Tourist Association at the Collingwood Station/Museum Parks, Recreation & Culture office, located in the Municipal Offices on the third floor of the Collingwood Public Library.

Museums & Galleries
(All Ages)

Explore the creativity of Simcoe Street, where among the cafes you will also find The Collingwood Station Museum & Tourism Office, Blue Mountain Foundation of the Arts, Tremont Artists Studio, a collective of twelve artists’ galleries. https://whatsonsimcoestreet.com/the-tremont/

Buttler Fine Art Gallery represents a number of local artists: http://buttergallery.ca/

Craigleith Heritage Depot – This museum, housed in a former railway station built in the 1870s, traces local history from the very distant to the much more recent past. It is also a branch of the The Blue Mountains Public Library. Along with museum and library services, the Craigleith Heritage Depot offers tourism information as well as a research center.  Combine this stop with a walk along Northwinds Beach.   http://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca/museum.cfm

Spa Day

Pre-book a self-pampering or couple’s massage or pick up a day pass to the hot baths at one of Blue Mountains Spas!

Brewery, Winery + Cidery Tours

The unique climate and waters of Blue Mountain and Collingwood support a thriving community of growers and brewers.  Book a tour at one location or hop on The Beer Bus for a regional sampling!