Destination guide

Peak experiences near Blue Mountains vacation rentals

If enjoying the great outdoors is your idea of a fantastic vacation, The Blue Mountains is just the ticket. On the southern shore of Lake Huron's Georgian Bay, The Blue Mountains is a laid-back town in southwestern Ontario, about 2.5 hours' drive from Toronto. The town's Blue Mountain Ski Resort – a major winter sports complex with 42 runs for skiers of all skill levels – draws thousands of visitors annually. The year-round destination offers plenty of warm-weather activities, too, including mountain biking, archery, and a ropes course. Meanwhile, the area's numerous parks and beaches are the perfect spot for picnics, hikes, kayaking, and more.

History

History buffs can take a deep dive into the area's past at one of the many museums and cultural centres near The Blue Mountains. At the Sheffield Park Black History & Cultural Museum, you'll find exhibits on the black pioneers and settlers who first explored the region. A short drive east of town, the Collingwood Museum will give you a closer look at the maritime heritage of the Lake Huron area. You can also peruse the natural history exhibits and works by local artists, all housed in a former train station dating from 1873.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Blue Mountains

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Blue Mountains a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Georgian Hills Vineyards (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Bruce Trail Lookout (4 mi / 6.4 km)
  • Scenic Caves Nature Adventures (4 mi / 6.5 km)
  • Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster (4.3 mi / 7 km)
  • Plunge Aquatic Center (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Blue Mountain Ski Resort (4.6 mi / 7.3 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather in Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains is well known for its skiing. If you've planned your trip around snowy activities, consider visiting in January, June, December or May, when snowfall averages 0 inches and temperatures average 7°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Blue Mountains

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Blue Mountains is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Collingwood Scenic Caves (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Craigleith Provincial Park (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Metcalfe Rock (5 mi / 8 km)
  • Cedar Run Horse Park (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Pretty River Valley Provincial Park (6.6 mi / 10.6 km)
  • Old Baldy Conservation Area (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
How to get around

Take the scenic route from Blue Mountains vacation rentals

Thanks to its small size and relatively remote location, you'll find that driving's the easiest way to get around The Blue Mountains, so you may want to dust off that driver's license and plan to book a rental car now. The town lies along Highway 26, which connects you to the restaurants, bars, and museums in Barrie in just over an hour. A strech of the Trans-Canada Highway lies about 90 km east of The Blue Mountains, and you can get to Ottawa in about 6 hours. Detroit, in the USA, is about 4.5 hours away.

Food & drink 

Get a taste of The Blue Mountains' dining scene

When you've had your fill of skiing, snowboarding, swimming, or kayaking, you'll probably want to sink your teeth into something more substantial. The Blue Mountains has plenty of dining options, and you'll find everything from casual cafes to Thai restaurants and steakhouses throughout the area. A number of down-to-earth eateries offer local fare and classic comfort food with views of Lake Huron and the nearby Blue Mountain. And since no ski trip is complete with an apres-ski cocktail, you can wind down with a hot toddy or a spiked hot chocolate at one of the area's cozy watering holes.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Blue Mountains vacation rental stay

Located along a bay of Lake Huron, The Blue Mountains is a small town with a population of just over 7,000 people. It lies along Highway 26 in southwestern Ontario, about 160 km northwest of Toronto. The closest city is Barrie, where you'll find more ski resorts and beaches along Lake Simcoe, as well as museums and historic buildings. Canada's official languages are English and French, and the official currency is the Canadian dollar. The closest general hospital is in Meaford, about 20 minutes' drive away; the number for emergencies is 911.

How many vacation rentals are available around The Blue Mountains?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 485 house rentals around The Blue Mountains. From 93 Chalets to 61 Cottages, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around The Blue Mountains is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to The Blue Mountains?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in The Blue Mountains. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Blue Mountain Ski Resort: 586 home rentals
  • Lora Bay Golf Club: 478 home rentals
  • Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster: 588 home rentals
  • Craigleith Provincial Park: 587 home rentals
  • Collingwood Scenic Caves: 582 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around The Blue Mountains listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Chalets in The Blue Mountains?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 93 Chalets in The Blue Mountains. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in The Blue Mountains include:

  • Cottages: 61 lodging choices
  • Houses: 93 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 164 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in The Blue Mountains?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 204 vacation homes with pool available in The Blue Mountains.