The Heart of Georgian Bay is known as a place with beautiful landscapes, ample opportunity for outdoor recreation, and charming small towns to explore. But even if the weather isn’t nice enough to be outdoors, there is still lots to do in the area so you can enjoy your Summer Staycation.
Have a game night (or afternoon)
There are several stores in the Heart of Georgian Bay that have everything you need for a cozy game night at home. Minds Alive on King Street in Midland sells a variety of board games and puzzles, as well as Lego kits to build together as a family. North of Exile Games in Penetanguishene has a wide variety of board games, including popular role-playing games Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering. Event Horizon Hobbies just opened in Midland, and has a huge variety of games as well as art supplies if crafting is more your style. All three stores have amazing staff that can help find the perfect game for you.
Bowling is a classic rainy day activity, and Bayshore Lanes in Midland is the perfect place to spend an afternoon having fun indoors. They are open Wednesday to Sunday from 1-10, and do their best to open on rainy Mondays and Tuesdays. Because of the high demand for lanes, be sure to call ahead of time to ensure there will be a lane for you!
Visit the Bayshore Lanes website for more information and to plan your next visit.
Visit a museum
There is so much history to discover in the Heart of Georgian Bay, and museums are a great place to spend the day learning while staying dry. The Penetanguishene Centennial Museum is open from Monday to Saturday, and the Huronia Museum in Midland is open Wednesday to Sunday. Visit the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum’s website or the Huronia Museum’s website for more information on their hours of operation and to plan your visit.
Cook a meal with local ingredients
If you are stuck inside during a rainy day, you might as well have some delicious food to enjoy. Farm2Door is a food delivery service with an online store and brick and mortar location that is dedicated to making local food more accessible. Like a farmers’ market, they offer products from local farmers and makers, and they sell products from almost 100 local producers. On a rainy day, you can stop by their brick and mortar location to pick up some ingredients, or place an online order for the next available delivery day.
Browse the Farm2Door website to see the full range of food they carry.
Rainy days make it challenging to explore the region, so why not explore nearby towns from the comfort of your own home? You can pick up your own copy of Midland-Opoly from the Midland Walmart, and spend the day collecting Midland properties like Grounded Coffee Co, Little Lake Park, and the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre.
You can see Midland-Opoly here – did your favourite Midland landmark make it in?
Written by: Grace Dietrich
Tourism Marketing Assistant, Heart of Georgian Bay