Virtual Experiences in BruceGreySimcoe

Apr 24, 2020

Updated May 22, 2020



It’s been a long haul for many of us, spending much more time at home and indoors than we are used to. But as Canadians do, we’ve been answering the call of public health officials and doing our part to flatten the curve. During this time, many of our local businesses and attractions have been answering the call too, with creative solutions for things to do and places to ‘virtually’ visit during the lockdown. We put together a list of cool VR solutions across BruceGreySimcoe for you to enjoy from the comfort of your couch.

 

From Home Music Series presented by BruceGreySimcoe and Chris Scerri Presents
 


BruceGreySimcoe is home to some amazing musicians, including Chris Scerri, and while we'd normally be pencilling in concerts on our summer calendar, BruceGreySimcoe and Chris Scerri Presents have combined to deliver the music to you at home. The From Home Music Series brings the artists to you, complete with stories of their local roots, each week.
 

Meaford Hall's Live it Live Music Series

 
 


To help fill the live music void, Meaford Hall has launched a live online music series called Live it Live. Viewers can tune into Meaford Hall's Facebook Live feed every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.


Free Spirit Tours Virtual River Tours

 

If you’ve ever taken a tour with Free Spirit Tours in the past you know how much Jennie and her team love nature. Well they’ve taken to posting virtual glimpses of the river and surrounding areas. Click here to virtually paddle the Nottawasaga River and here for some beautiful morning views of the river.  


Blue Mountain Village is Live and Social with virtual events and entertainment

 


Any visit to Blue Mountain Village is packed with special events, concerts, magic shows and more. While you can’t head to Blue Mountain right now, the Village is bringing their favourites to you live on Instagram and Facebook. To find a complete list of their Live and Social events, click here. You can also find the videos archived on their YouTube channel. You can also download the Blue Mountain Village app to stay up to date on Google Play and the App Store.
 

Take an underwater 360 video tour of the Mary Ward shipwreck

 

 


The folks at the Craigleith Heritage Depot are hosting a wide array of virtual events as well as making their very cool 360 video of the Mary Ward shipwreck available online. Their Museum Monday events feature museum tech Monica virtually exploring the past and other events include Show and Tell Talk and Sketch. Follow their Facebook page to keep up to date.


Cobble Beach chef Tim Johnston brings his cooking skills online


 

Cobble Beach excecutive chef Tim Johnston is taking his cooking skills online to show you how to prepare delicious meals at home. Tune into his YouTube channel right here.
 

Wye Marsh Virtual Tour

 


The Wye Marsh is a magical place any time of year and while you can’t visit right now, the marsh posted a virtual tour of the grounds for Earth Day. Check it out right here.  There's also a list of "At Home Activities/Resources" on their website so families can stay connected to nature.


Crock-a-doodle's Pottery to Go

 

If you're looking for a fun craft experience you can do at home, Crock-a-doodle's to go kits are a great solution. WIth curbside pick up at Blue Mountain Village and free local delivery, the kits include the glazing and kilning afterwards so you end up with a finished piece. Check out their to-go online store right here.


Coco Love Alcorn's Songs of Hope and Healing Online Concert Series

 

Local musician Coco Love Alcorn had to pivot quickly when her Songs of Hope and Healing Concert Series could no longer continue in person. She quickly moved the concert series online. You can purchase tickets to one of her virtual concerts here.


Couchiching Conservancy – Ask a Naturalist video series

 


While you might not be able to fully explore the area at the moment, the Couchiching Conservancy is dishing out a new YouTube series: At Home with the Couchiching Conservancy:Ask a Naturalist to help quench your thirst for outdoor knowledge.


Georgian Bay Symphony's Online Concert

 

Maybe you're craving a trip to the symphony? The Georgian Bay Symphony is bringing the magic to you via their online concerts. Click the video above to watch their May 9th performance and set a reminder on your phone to tune in to their next concert June 14th. Find out more right here.


Cookstown Antique Market live on Facebook

 


The folks at the Cookstown Antique Market know your'e missing going antiquing so they're bringing their market to you via Facebook live. Follow their Facebook page right here to stay in the loop for these entertaining tours. 


Bruce Wine Bar/Crow Bar and Variety Campfire in Quarantine

 

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Epic live music hubs Bruce Wine Bar and Crow Bar and Variety know their regular patrons are missing local music like mad. To help you get beyond missing their weekly open mics and live concerts, they’ve started hosting a weekly Thursday night Campfire in Quarantine on Zoom where participants can play a song or two or just tune in. Follow the event on Facebook.

 

Victoria Yeh's Concert Night In 

 


Perhaps you've heard of Victoria Yeh and her amazing violin skills, perhaps you had planned to attend one of her upcoming concerts in her "Spirit Awakens" spring tour. As you can imagine those in-person concerts aren't happening. Instead Yeh is offering a ticketed online version of the concerts and splitting proceeds with the venues where the shows were originally booked. You can find out more here. 
 

Susan Seitz Studio building Creative Circle online art events

 
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Saugeen Shores artist Susan Seitz is working on a series of online art experiences that she'll be launching soon. If you head to her website you can sign up for her Creative Circle updates to stay in the loop. 


Wasaga Beach Brewing’s virtual beach parties

 

 
Want to sip a cold Beach One Cerveza with a few of your buddies? Why not join one of Wasaga Beach Brewing’s virtual beach parties? Rumour has it their next one is planned for the May long weekend! Follow them on Facebook to stay in the loop.
 

MacLaren Art Centre online workshops
 



Looking for something for your creative teen to do? Check out the MacLaren Art Centre’s W-Edge Online workshops.

 

Meaford Hall virtual tour of the building and theatre

 

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We know you’re missing all the great shows the Meaford Hall has to offer but now you can take a virtual tour of the hall online. Just click here.

 

Explore North Simcoe’s nature from home

 


Take a tour of the great outdoors in North Simcoe with this beautiful “Our Nature is Waiting” video from the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe.


Parks Canada 360 Virtual Tour of Bruce Peninsula National Park

 

While you can't visit The Grotto in person, you can get a very cool view of the Bruce Peninsula National Park thanks to this 360 video from Parks Canada.

 

South Grey Museum’s artifacts at home series

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The South Grey Museum has come up with an entertaining and informative Artifacts at Home series that’s fun to follow along with. Check out their videos on Facebook right here.


More resources for exploring from home

 

Tourism Barrie’s Barrie from Home website

 
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Tourism Barrie has created a dedicated page on their website with resources for those looking to experience the city from home. Check it out here.


Town of Collingwood's RallyPoint website 

 
The Town of Collingwood has put together a website that will gather local resources for virtual experiences. View it here
 

 

Have more great Virtual Reality resources in #brucegreysimcoe? Send them our way at info@brucegreysimcoe.com