"A Home Away from Home" Thornbury by windsorgirl

Thornbury Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 114 photos

Grey County

Grey County is located along the southern shores of Georgian Bay between the towns of Wiarton and Collingwood. The Niagara Escarpment zig zags through the county offering great hiking and skiing opportunities in addition to the scenic beauty of the steep limestone cliffs rising from the forests. The Beaver River and Beaver Valley also dissect Grey county. The river is a great place for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

Thornbury is a small "one stoplight" town located at the mouth of the Beaver River at the shores of Georgian Bay. It can be found in the west of Grey County about half way between Meaford and Collingwood. Thornbury will be my base for exploring Grey County in the future.

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay is typically very rocky but the water is crystal clear. In many places the water is quite deep and therefore very cold. However along the shores in Thornbury the water is shallow and the temperature is very pleasant. This little beach is located near our cottage and is a great place for swimming, sunsets and photography.

Wildflowers everywhere

I love flowers, and love seeing fields of them along roadsides, rivers, bike paths and beaches in Grey county. In spring you will see lilac, trillium, columbine and apple blossoms and in the summer there will be wild daisies, sweat pea and so many more that I can't name.

The trillium is Ontario's Provincial Flower. It is named so for it's three petals. There are literally carpets of trillium in bloom in the month of May in Grey County, at the base of tall deciduous forests. Trillium are most often found in white but we also saw pink and burgundy specimens.

  • Last visit to Thornbury: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2006 at 9:05 AM

    Superior writing and fabulous photos. Your pages always make me want to pack my bags and go right now.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2006 at 10:18 AM

    A beautiful area of Ontario you have at your fingertips! Great tips and photos on these many ways to enjoy the Canadian wilderness. Excellent Fall pics - it has been a good one! Amazing how nice Stag-horn Sumacs look year round!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2006 at 4:23 AM

    Wow! Hiking, Biking, Kayaking -- paradise for a nature lover like you. I see why you love it up there. Indian and Hogg's Falls pics are wonderful as are the trillium pics.

  • gosiaPL's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2006 at 3:20 PM

    Fabulous pictures, especially the waterfalls and the flowers. Your tips are excellent, thanks for these great highlights of Thornbury!

  • johanl's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2006 at 4:54 AM

    seems like a great place to settle down and enjoy life to its fullest... How are you doing these days??

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