Thornbury Ontario is one of those places that we
always seem to take a road trip to from our cottage in Southampton on a
rainy or what we call a non-beach day.
The draw for us is the downtown strip with an excellent bakery and lots
of posh shops.
Thornbury is so much more than just a rainy day drive stop however as
it doubles as a cottage and ski destination for many of those looking
to escape the city.
Thornbury is part of the town of the Blue Mountains and is found where
the Beaver River empties into Notawasaga Bay, part of Georgian Bay.
Because of its proximity to Collingwood and the ski resorts in the area
like Blue Mountain, Osler and Beaver Valley, Thornbury is home to a
number of ski chalets. It is one of those towns that doesn't close up
shop for the winter after Thanksgiving!
We have actually never visited in the winter though. It is the summer
that draws us here.
Thornbury has its own yacht club that caters to both sail and power
There are two Blue Flag beaches in Thornbury and Craigleith, the Little
River Beach and the Northwinds Beach respectively.
Of the three Tomahawk is a pitch and putt course, while Raven Golf is
semi-private and the Georgian Bay Club is a private golf course.
Thornbury has a downtown that any shopoholic would be thrilled to shop
in. The stores are mindful that their clientel is looking for
something different and are largely coming from big cities like
In fact there are over 64 shops and restaurants to choose from one of our favourites
being the womens clothier Furbelows.
Restaurants are also of high quality in Thornbury. The local bakery is
always hopping and has fabulous breads. We have also eaten at Sisi on
Main and can give it two thumbs up.
Whether you are visiting a cottage in the summer months or slushing
though the downtown in the snow, Thornbury is a year round cottage and
ski community that brings the best parts of the city to rural life.