Located in the heart of Georgian Bay and the Beaver River, Thornbury is a true four-season destination acclaimed for its mountains and great beaches. This family and tourist town is known for boutique shopping and dining, and has an excellent selection of restaurants, patios and galleries. Nearby the town of Clarksburg, described as the artistic town is well known for the collection of art galleries and amazing artists. Together, Thornbury and Clarksburg are a well rounded, tourist area for great food, art, and adventure.

As a true four-season destination, Blue Mountain Resort and private ski clubs are a short drive away. The area is also well equipped with exquisite golf clubs such as Lora Bay and the Georgian Bay Club. For those who love to hike and be outdoors, The Georgian Trail and Beaver River Trail offer hiking, cycling and snowshoeing. Residents and visitors also enjoy the waterfront parks, tennis courts, beaches and swimming at the pier. Thornbury Harbour is home to Thornbury Yacht Club and municipal Marina, and the area’s highly acclaimed schools and recreational facilities include the Beaver Valley Community Centre and Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg, perfect for families and children.

Thornbury Attractions

Cedar Grove Labyrinth

The Cedar Grove Labyrinth promotes reflection and relaxation for its community members and visitors. The site offers a pause in the work day, as well as simply a time to find peace and relaxation. The Cedar Grove Labyrinth provides an opportunity for all members of the community, including families with children, persons living with a disability, and tourists to enjoy a wonderful and special place in the heart of Thornbury. This Labyrinth is located in an area known as the ‘Old Bayview Campground” near Bayview Park.

 

Thornbury Fishway

Witness the amazing sight of fish swimming and leaping against the current as they head up river to spawn (rainbow trout in the spring, salmon in the fall). The fishway runs under the bridge that spans the Beaver River. Park your vehicle in the lot next to the Town Hall and make your way to the viewing platforms. Storyboards along the way explain this annual phenomenon of nature.

The Fishway is active with fish migration in the Spring and the Fall.

In the Spring watch for Rainbow Trout making their way up the Fishway. Adults enter the streams in early spring to spawn in clean, rapid water. The exact time varies but it is usually during April the fish are moving upstream.

 

Thornbury Beaches

Feel like going for a dip or playing in the sand? Why not make a splash at two of the newest beaches in the area to be awarded Blue Flag status. Located close to town, the Little River Beach Park is situated next to the Thornbury Harbour at the tip of Georgian Bay. Features a pebbled beach, trees for shade, public washroom, a playground for children and parking.

 

Clarksburg

Clarksburg is a quaint village  located just south of Thornbury on Grey Rd 13. The Beaver River runs through a series of picturesque rapids from Clendenan Dam through the village. 

Clarksburg or “Artsburg” as many call it, has now become the art centre of the region with the opening of art galleries and studios. The Marsh Street Centre is a cultural hotspot in The Blue Mountains, hosting a blend of theatre, music and art shows . 

 

The Bruce Trail

Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath providing public access to the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve

Our Area of the Bruce Trail runs from Lavender to Craigleith. The terrain changes abruptly as the Bruce Trail enters the area known as the Blue Mountains. From the trail, there are excellent views of the rolling countryside and Nottawasaga Bay.

Bruce Trail

Georgian Trail

There are approximately 285 km of trails throughout the municipality which are open to the public. An easy trail that’s a wonderful way to see the south shore of beautiful Georgian Bay with lots of spots to stop, rest and swim during the summer months. Passes through a variety of wilderness, rural and urban settings, with over 30 access points. Features a hard-packed, granular surface, ideal for walkers, joggers, cyclists, cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Connects Collingwood, Thornbury and Meaford.

For more information, please review the Town’s Trail Map.

Community Resources

Thornbury is home to great community resources, acclaimed schools, and community centres. The town of Thornbury is full of opportunities to live an active, healthy and well-rounded lifestyle. Being right beside the mountains and the water allow for fun and adventure Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Thornbury is an amazing place to raise a family, or visit for a vacation. Beaver Valley Community Centre Website Blue Mountain Public Library Website Beaver Valley Community School Website

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