Now & Then Hidden Gem: Blue Mountain, Ontario

While the ski chalets look a bit different, some things haven’t changed in Collingwood: The slopes on the Niagara Escarpment remain one of Ontario’s favourite places to ski! Now in its 71st season, Blue Mountain is one of busiest ski resorts in Canada, boasting 700, 000 visits a year (Toronto Star).

Blue Mountain’s transformation into a ski resort began in 1941 when Jozo Weider bought a farm at the foot of Blue Mountain. Originally from Czechoslovakia, Weider saw great potential in the land on the south shore of Georgian Bay. He cleared wide and safe trails, built a lodge at the bottom of the hill.and to encourage the skiers stay in the area after they hit the slopes.

If you haven’t visited the Blue Mountain Village, you’re in for a treat! The Village offers a vibrant social and cultural scene combining unique attractions, dining and shopping experiences. There is lots to keep you busy here, including five hotels, 38 retailers, 20 cafes & restaurants and year round award-winning Festivals and Events!
Looking for a place to stay at Blue? Blue Mountain Lodges are a cozy place to warm up after a busy day skiing. And if you are looking to treat yourself, check out Chalet 6857. It features your very own full size indoor heated pool! If you want to warm up, Tyrolean Village Resort’s Swiss chalets feature saunas.

For more about the history of Blue Mountain check out the Toronto Star’s 2006 article at thestar.com.

Do you have a special memory of Blue Mountian past or present? We want to hear it!

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