Top Seven Free Things to Do in the Heart of Georgian Bay

Everyone loves to save a couple dollars while on vacation, with travelling costs and all that goes along with it, finding some cost saving activities is always a bonus. We have compiled this list of places and activities that you can take part in on a budget! Here in the Heart of Georgian Bay, there are a few things you can do to save a buck or two and still enjoy this beautiful place.

Disc Golfing in Little Lake Park

Little Lake Park has so much to offer and you could easily spend a beautiful summer day here. One amazing amenity this park has is an 18-hole disc golf course. The holes differ, with a range of difficulty and distance and are perfect for someone who is looking for an afternoon of disc golf. If you’re in the mood for something else to do, this park also has two different playgrounds for kids, a beach, a basketball net and a skateboard park. There is a ton to do in this park for the whole family and is definitely a great place to spend the day without breaking the bank.

Splash Pad in Rotary Champlain Wendat Park — Penetanguishene

When you’re looking to cool off on a hot summer day, this park should be one of your first stops. Equipped with a fantastic splash pad, volleyball courts, beach and playground, there are many options for you to cool down! Walk through the path system to find historic statues and stories too. This place is perfect for kids of all ages, so don’t let those young ones stop you from having some summer fun as well!

Beach Day at Balm Beach

Balm Beach is a part of the longest freshwater beach that connects all the way to Wasaga Beach! These crystal clear waters paired with white sandy beaches make for a gorgeous and great place to spend the day! Pack a lunch, enjoy a picnic and save some money here at the beach, or take advantage of the businesses along the waterfront to rent a paddle board, enjoy some ice cream or a cold one. Your only definite cost is parking, so this can be one of the best cost efficient days of fun in the sun!

Midland Mural Tour

Town of Midland
Downtown Midland is covered in beautiful murals that truly catch the eye. The Town of Midland created a map and tour of these murals so that you can find them all and learn about their stories! While doing this tour, I will give you one piece of advice, DO NOT miss the largest outdoor historical mural in North America which is in Midland Harbour. Standing at 250 feet wide and 80 feet high this work of art is a masterpiece. For a virtual tour of the Midland Murals click here!

Quest Art School and Gallery

An option for the art lovers trying to be financially smart is the Quest Art Gallery. This gallery has three state of the art gallery spaces, which feature continuously changing art exhibits. Speaking from experience, I have been to these galleries multiple times and I have never been disappointed. The bright and open galleries create a warm space for you to enjoy some breathtaking art. On your way out, pop in to the Quest shop to purchase handmade goods by local artists and artisans, for a souvenir of your time in the Heart of Georgian Bay.

Music in the Park

Penetanguishene Ampitheatre

Looking for a way to enjoy an evening outdoors? Thursday through Sunday in the summer months, you can enjoy free live music in public outdoor spaces. Starting with Balm Beach’s Busk till’ Dusk on Thursday evenings where musicians perform right on the beach! Next up is the Township of Tay’s Music in the Park on Fridays and Sundays. Finally, but certainly not least is the Bayside Summer Soiree that is put on in Penetanguishene’s Rotary Champlain Wendat Park on Friday evenings.

Farmers Markets


Free to attend and open to all, the Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Market is a great way to spend an bit of time checking out the farm-to-table goods produced in the region. Markets are held in two great locations, onein Victoria Harbour on Veterans Lane on Fridays from 3:30pm – 7:00pm. The second location being 526 Bay Street, in Midland, on Sunday mornings from 9:00am – 1:00pm. But the markets don’t stop when the snow falls! It just moves indoors, to the Huronia Museum! These great markets usually have a busker for some live music while you check out what our local farmers and shops have to offer!

We know traveling can come with many costs attached so we wanted to make this list to show you all the many things to do around the Heart of Georgian Bay at little to no cost! We hope this list helps when planning your cost saving vacation.

Written by Katie Lalonde, Tourism Marketing Assistant

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