Ontario's Hidden Gems Exposed - Living Water Resorts

Ontario's Hidden Gems Exposed - Living Water Resorts

This week we take a journey to an area that is a very popular four season destination in Ontario that attracts people from all over the world due to the popularity of Ontario’s best skiing,  the world’s largest fresh water beach and for the last 25 years has attracted fans near and far the for the illustrious Elvis Festival!  Welcome to the Collingwood and Blue Mountain region! 

Just a short 90 minute trip north of the city, you will be in paradise.  Some have referred to is as a destination vacation that is right here in your own backyard, so close to home.  A visit to Collingwood’s Living Water Resorts is more than a visit to a hotel on the Bay. They are uniquely different. It’s “Your destination vacation within reach”, spanning over 700+ acres of open space for you to create new memories.  They’ll serve your vacation wishes in special ways to create lasting experiences, serve your business meeting to inspire innovation, serve the bride and groom to create their perfect wedding day and serve families and their guests to create inspiring experiences.

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Their focus is constantly on serving inspiring experiences to guests, staff and the local community.

When you stay at Living Water Resorts, you’ll quickly realize the condo suites and hotel rooms offer comfortable and spacious accommodations – an escape with a touch of home.  They offer family suites that provide generous space for you and your family to relax, rejuvenate and connect, year after year, season after season.   

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Living Water Resorts has award-winning onsite dining options for your culinary enjoyment.  Patio, indoor, in-room or take out.  


Located in Living Water Resort & Spa, award-winning Lakeside Seafood & Grill, Collingwood's only waterfront restaurant features stunning, breath taking views of the Collingwood waterfront and a perfect shot of the famous grain elevators.  Open daily for breakfast (Saturday & Sunday only), lunch, and dinner all year long.  Serving Chef Emily Mallen's inspired land to sea menus with only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Come savour a diverse choice of sustainable seafood, mouthwatering steaks and chops, a sophisticated wine list, local craft beers, and unique refreshing cocktails. Celebrate with friends and family in an inviting atmosphere with exquisite service and stunning views of Georgian Bay.  Lakeside Seafood & Grill offers a Culinary Theatre that is available for private events, business dinners, team building gatherings, or cooking classes. Private dining is also available in the elegant George Collins. 

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Play, Eat and Raise a Glass at Station on the Green located at Cranberry Golf Course Collingwood’s largest patio features unparalleled views of Blue Mountain and the first fairway. Featuring quality food, delicious drinks and great entertainment at the no-reservations required pub-style eatery.  Serving lunch and dinner seasonally during the golf season, with indoor and outdoor seating.  Local musicians perform live music every Tuesday!  Whether you’re stopping by after a round of golf, or meeting friends and family or enjoying fantastic weather, Station on the Green is the perfect location to share a casual lunch, dinner or beverage with friends.

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Cranberry Golf Course is a unique match of challenge and relaxation.  It’s picturesque unparalleled views of Blue Mountain and surrounding natural beauty.  It’s a 30-year tradition of inviting and inspiring.  It’s about inspiring experiences and inspiring golf days in a semi-private golf club environment.  The 6,600 yard course offers spectacular natural scenery, expansive fairways and meticulously manicured greens, along with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. Players of all skill levels will find enjoyment and challenge playing on a course that tests even the most seasoned veteran of the sport.  Hotel guests can sign up for a complimentary golf clinic at Cranberry Golf Course. After your lesson, practice with a complimentary bucket of balls.

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When you arrive at Living Water Resorts, you are invited to unplug and share quality time with your loved ones. Embrace the views, the natural setting and indulge in the abundant nearby activities and amenities. Disconnect from everyday devices and share in family time, while connecting with the natural beauty that the playground of Blue Mountain offers.

Meet and beat your fitness goals.  Use the two onsite fitness facilities to expand your endurance limit, find your favourite new past time or challenge yourself at our onsite recreational facility.  Plus enjoy weekly classes, Yoga, Family Aqua Jam, All Ages Aqua Zumba classes and so much more!   With three onsite pools – two indoor pools and one outdoor pool - swimming lasts all year long.  For intimate or relaxing moments or warming up on cold nights, enjoy indoor or outdoor hot tubs.  During the winter months, find adventure on nearby trails or with our snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals.

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Adventure awaits on the waters of the Georgian Bay! Bring the whole family to get out on the water and explore Georgian Bay in a kayak, pedal boat or stand up paddleboard right on site! Hotel guests receive a free 1/2 hour Pedal Boat rental at the Living Water Marina!

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Amenities like this will have the whole family asking, “are we there yet?”.  For a complete list of onsite and offsite experiences visit our Resort Guide: 

Serene Wellness, Holistic Care, Spiritual Rejuvenation is something that should be on everyone’s list when visiting -  relax, refresh, and revive at Living Shore Spa.  Choose from traditional spa treatments such as massages, manicures and pedicures.  Be pampered in one of the six massage rooms or intimate couple’s massage rooms.  Experience Ontario’s only AquapathTM treatment, a refreshing hydro therapy experience transformation journey designed for perfect rejuvenation to exceed your expectations.  

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After an exhilarating day outdoors enjoying a scenic walk, or a challenging round of golf, slip into a soothing oasis of calm.  Indulge in an unforgettable and unique therapeutic journey.

Living Shore Spa is the proud recipient of the Travelers' Choice Award 2020 which recognizes their Spa as one of the top 10% attractions worldwide that deliver great service consistently as reflected in guest reviews.

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Between a grain of sand on Georgian Bay and the apex of Blue Mountain lays every activity you and your family could imagine, 365 days of the year.  This is the spot. Adventure awaits. Get lost in the trails, hiking, biking, nature watching.  Every aspect of Living Water Resorts exists to enrich your visit.  You are invited to indulge equally in pure relaxation and thrilling seasonal activities.  Embrace time spent with yourself and your loved ones.  Living Water Resorts is more than a visit to a hotel on the Bay, they are the destination vacation that you can reach.


Other Hidden Gems Exposed


Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre is situated in one of Canada’s most spectacular natural landscapes, this all-season retreat puts you in a great position to explore everything the Georgian Bay area has to offer—from the scenic sands of Wasaga Beach to skiing and snowboarding. While you’re visiting, enjoy extras such as an on-site restaurant and bar, full-service spa, an 18-hole real grass putting course and more! 


Royal Harbour Resort is located on the shore of Georgian Bay, with views of the crystal clear blue water from every suite, a true waterfront resort in The Blue Mountains.  Relax and have a comfortable stay in either a cozy open concept studio or a spacious 2 bedroom suite overlooking the Marina and Georgian Bay.  Through the perfect combination of on-site services, amenities and a prime waterfront location, they make the process of unwinding a pleasant experience. From the heated indoor salt water pool to the second floor deck overlooking the Bay, the resort facilities are designed to make your experience unforgettable.  Amenities also include and exercise room, sauna, hot tub, lighted tennis court and pickle ball court, a games room with professional pool table, barbecues and bicycles.


Blue Mountain Resort is always in season. Each winter the slopes come alive featuring Ontario’s Best Skiing -  34 trails across 251 acres of ski terrain. Warm weather visitors are welcomed with an incredible list of recreation and relaxation activities including golf, private beach, open-air gondola, hiking, biking, spa and more! The lively pedestrial Village is alive with shopping, dining and events year round and Resort accommodation encompasses over 800 units from cozy hotel rooms to boutique-style Village suites.