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Roadtrip Through the Heart of GBay - Part 1

Posted by Heart of Georgian Bay | May 28, 2018 | Awenda, Georgian Bay, Heart of Georgian Bay, Penetanguishene, Simcoe County, Tiny, tour

Some of you may not realize that North Simcoe is a pretty big area and there are tons of places to check out! Since my co-worker Julia has just recently moved to the region we thought it would be a good time to give her a tour so that she could get a taste of all there is to see and do. ROAD TRIP!!

Since our office is in Penetanguishene, we thought we would start there. We headed to Discovery Harbour, but unfortunately it was too early in the season for a tour, so our boss Brianne (who worked there back in the day) thought it would be cool to show us some creepy stuff nearby.

There are a couple of abandoned houses that look like they could be straight from a horror film, and the Asylum Point Cemetary! Let's just say I was glad to get out of there and happy I can visit the actual historic site another time without having to drive down that backroad again!

Parc Rotary Champlain Wendat Park. This park, just like its name, is packed with amazing things! There is something fun for the entire family to do!
Want a history lesson? There are multiple statues along the Legacy Walkway, commemorating people who have made a difference in local history; Lieutenant John Graves Simcoe, Father Jean de Brebeuf and Chief Aenons of the Huron Bear Tribe among others.

Feel like working out? There is outdoor workout equipment that can be used at any time!

Bringing your family and the dog? This park has you covered with a giant playground, dog park and
a wicked splash pad. The whole family, including the furry members, are able to enjoy themselves here!

Oh man, I almost forgot about the ampitheatre too! This cool, outdoor stage has live music every Friday evening, beginning June 1st. Definitely a cool place to hangout this summer! Parc Rotary Champlain Wendat Park has so much to offer, I can't wait to visit again (when it's not raining). On to our next destination!
Our next stop, or "drive through" I should say, was Awenda Provincial Park! This is an awesome place if you’re looking to do some camping, hiking, cycling, or to just go for a scenic drive on a sunny day! When we were driving down the winding road, the Trilliums were just beginning to bloom. Such a pretty flower, it's too bad you are not allowed to pick them!

With 31kms of trails, I know I would definitely get lost, but I can understand and appreciate why so many people like to go hiking in there!
As we left Awenda we traveled through Lafontaine, home of the Festival du Loup, then along Tiny Beaches Road to Balm Beach. But again, we were a little too early in the season, so no swimming. We'll have to go back on a sunny, summery day, for a burger and ice cream from the Georgian Grill, rent a stand-up paddle board from the Balm Beach Store, and maybe have a refreshing beverage at the Tavern.

This was it for our Penetanguishene and Tiny portions of the roadtrip.

Tune in to our next post to hear about the Midland and Tay stops!

Written by Katie Lalonde, Student Communications Coordinator for Heart of Georgian Bay

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