Town of The Blue Mountains
The Town of Blue Mountains was formed on January 1, 2001, and includes Lora Bay, Thornbury, Clarksburg, Slabtown, Camperdown, Loree, Victoria Corners, Heathcote, Craigleith, Swiss Meadows, Banks, Ravenna, Redwing, Castle Glen, Gibraltor, Kolapore, Duncan, Little Germany, Osler, and Pretty River Valley. The town’s economy is centered on tourism, a large part of which comes from Blue Mountain Resort, Craigleith Ski Club, and Alpine Ski Club. The Town of Blue Mountains also sees a lot of Summer time traffic. The Bruce Trail runs through portions of the town for hikers and there are great mountain biking and rock climbing opportunities, too.
Beaver Valley Community School is the closest elementary school in Thornton, but there are other elementary school choices nearby in Collingwood and Meaford. High school choices for students in The Town of Blue Mountains are also in Collingwood and Meaford. There is a medical center in Thornbury, as well as nearby in Collingwood and Owen Sound, which are also where the closest hospitals are located. There are several churches in Thornbury, such as Grace United Church, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, and more. Not far from Thornby there are also many choices in Collingwood, Meaford, and Owen Sound.
Blue Mountain Resort is one of the largest resorts in Ontario and has seen a lot of growth and development over recent years. Jozo Weider and his family began development of Blue Mountain Resort in 1941. The resort began with one small chalet, a lift that ran on the ground powered by a truck engine, and 3 runs. Blue Mountain Resort has grown exponentially and now includes many more ski runs, lifts, and chalets, night skiing, several Summer time recreation opportunities such as mountain biking, zip lining, and a private beach on Georgian Bay, accommodations and spa, a village full of restaurants, cafes, and retail, an exciting night life, conferences, weddings, concerts, festivals, and the list goes on!
Beyond the resorts, there are lots of outdoor recreational opportunities at the provincial parks, recreation centers, beaches for swimming and wind surfing, biking trails, hiking trails, camping, parks, and more! There are many fantastic restaurant choices in the many smaller communities that make up The Town of Blue Mountains, including those that have dishes or entire menus focusing on local ingredients. There are also apple orchards throughout The Town of Blue Mountains that, along with other local businesses, are a part of the Blue Mountains Apple Pie Trail.
The Blue Mountains Apple Pie Trail offers tours and adventures for everyone, from outdoor activities to cooking classes, everything in between, and combinations of both! There is a lot to see, do, and taste all year round in The Town of Blue Mountains, for both visitors and local residents. It’s The Town of Blue Mountains lifestyle!!