Blue Mountain (Ontario)

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Winter activities at Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain is a visually prominent section of the Niagara Escarpment located in Grey County in Southern Ontario, Canada, rising to heights of over 300 metres (1000’) above the land and Georgian Bay. Many activities and natural beauty abound in the area such as biking, skiing, snowboarding and hiking. Wedged between the mountain and the bay communities include Clarksburg, Craigleith, Thornbury now amalgamated as Town of the Blue Mountains. Blue Mountain village offers a variety of accommodations, restaurants, and activities.[1] Intrawest Resorts owns and operates the Village.[2]


Blue Mountain Ski Resort was founded by a man named Jozo Weider, who began to develop plans for the mountain as early as 1941.[3] Then, skiing was mainly on the north side of the hill, known as "Kandahar." The lodge was built in 1941. It is also important to note the presence of The Toronto Ski Club, and in 1948 a deal was struck to share the mountain. After the 1950s the mountain rapidly expanded, with several new lifts being constructed, and lots of new terrain. Currently the hill has 5 detachable chairlifts and 7 beginner lifts.[4] It is home to a village[5] and 3 lodges. It is currently the largest ski resort in Ontario.


View from the top of Blue Mountain

High-end homes are built on the mountain as well. On a clear day, one can view the entire bowl shape of the southern end of Georgian Bay, to the east Wasaga Beach, the town of Collingwood and to the north the distant shorelines of the bay. Blue Mountain's name comes from the unusually blue clay that can be found around the mountain.

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  1. ^ Inc., Blue Mountain Resorts,. "Blue Mountain Resort, Official Site : Ontario's Only 4 Season Mountain and Village Resort, Canada". Blue Mountain Resorts. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  2. ^ Inc., Blue Mountain Resorts,. "Intrawest Resorts". Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  3. ^ "The History of Blue". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Ontario's only 4 Season Pedestrian Village Official Site". Retrieved 2017-01-27.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ "Ontario's only 4 Season Pedestrian Village Official Site". Retrieved 2015-12-17. 

Coordinates: 44°28′58″N 80°19′59″W / 44.48278°N 80.33306°W / 44.48278; -80.33306