Kolapore Uplands

The holidays are upon us and we are ready to get out and enjoy some of this lovely winter weather! Living in such a beautiful area is a blessing many of us take for granted. There’s so much to do in and around the Georgian Triangle with thousands of trails for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and much more.

The Georgian Triangle has it all! Breathtaking views from places only one could imagine, the Village at Blue, Blue Mountain Resort and ski hill as well as a variety of private ski clubs, upscale shops and caves for the more adventurous; you certainly won’t be short of something exciting to do this holiday season!

There are so many cool places to visit in and around our community; yet, one magical place Century 21 Millennium recommends is to take at trip (whether you’re a local or visitor) to the Kolapore Uplands - about 20 km southwest of Collingwood.

Consisting of 50 km of beautiful trails maintained in the summer and winter months, Kolapore Uplands is worth the trip. The Uplands encompass an astounding 4,684 acres of the Town of Blue Mountains, formerly known as Collingwood Township, Grey County. This is a very diverse, ecologically significant area comprised of wetlands, Kolapore Creek, and many other natural heritage features such as the old growth forests with ancient white cedars clinging to Metcalfe rock, interior and rare species, and a whole collection of endangered, native and edible plant species.

This trail starts at Duncan Crevice Caves, where distinctive fern, moss, liverwort, and lichen vegetation is one of the best developed and preserved on the Niagara escarpment. This trail leads through a 30 metre (98 foot) gorge to the summit of Metcalfe Rock with stunning views and caves along the way.

Directions and Parking - From Collingwood take Highway 26 west through Craigleith, past Georgian Peaks and the Georgian Bay Golf club to Grey Rd 2. Follow Grey Rd 2 through Ravenna (stop at the Ravenna General Store or Little Ed's Ski and Bike Shop to purchase a map - you cannot go into Kolapore Uplands without one) south about 10 km. When the road finally begins to turn (to the left) slow down, the parking is on your left.

Information about the Kolapore Trails is also available on their Facebook Page. Or visit their website - Kolapore Trails.

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