Beating the November blues

Nov 06, 2017
Oh, November—yes, autumn’s awkward cousin is in the house. The dreaded shoulder season has truly arrived. The fall colours have fallen but the snow isn’t falling yet. The Halloween candy fueled us through week one, but now we’re staring down the grey rainy days ahead and wondering how we’ll survive until winter.
Fear not, we’ve got a list of activities in BruceGreySimcoe that will take you from blah to ah in no time. These unexpected adventures will help you find some off-season fun before the snow flies. Read on and get going. November never looked so good.

Hit the spa 


No matter the weather, a day at the spa is sure to banish the November blahs. We’ve got tons of great spa experiences in the region from the Spa Scandinave Blue Mountain to Living Waters Resort’s new Living Shore Spa, the IWA Spa at Blue as well as Casino Rama’s Balance in Life spa. Find a full list of spas here.

Discover local beer, wine, cider


You know where it’s never raining sideways? Inside your local brewpub! Or by the fire at a local winery. Or bellied up to the tasting bar at a cidery. November is the perfect time to tour the region’s many breweries, cideries and wineries. Hop on The Beer Bus, call Ace Transportation or catch up with Free Spirit Tours  or Barrie’s Brew Tours for a guided experience on the Saints and Sinners Trail. Find out more here or read our blog, Why Beer Tastes Better in BruceGreySimcoe.

Experience live music


A night out to watch some live music is sure to take you from blah to ah in no time. BruceGreySimcoe has an amazing live music scene from the Blue Mountain Village to Casino Rama,  Meaford Hall or Owen Sound’s Heartwood Hall. Route 26 offers a great round up of the local music scene too.

Get your culture on


BruceGreySimcoe is also home to some amazing museums and art galleries. November is a great time to explore these indoor cultural centres. From learning more about famed artist Tom Thompson in Owen Sound at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery to exploring the Southampton Arts Centre Gallery to discovering Simcoe County’s history at the Simcoe County Museum or checking out the My Story, My Tattoo exhibit at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre. Find out more here.

Gear up for ski season


November is the time to make sure your equipment is dialled for the upcoming ski season. Check out local ski swaps or head to our outfitters near the ski hills to get your kit sharpened, waxed and prepped. Find a local shop here.

Watch for weather windows


November can have its shining moments too! Keep an eye on the weather app because between the rainy and snowy days there can still be some sunny gems that will let you get outside and tour. When the weather is on point, you can hike The Bruce Trail, visit Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, stroll the Orillia waterfront or visit Grey County’s waterfalls.

Book a winter getaway


November is a time for dreaming too. Use this time to book your upcoming winter getaway in BruceGreySimcoe. We’ve got some great resorts and you can find deals on packages in the region on our website and at Gift of the Getaway.

Festivals and feasting



November also features a pretty impressive lineup of festivals in the region and great food is always on tap, regardless of the weather. Check out Owen Sound’s Festival of Northern Lights and First Light at Saint Marie Among the Hurons. For the feasting portion of this itinerary, try Rosina’s in Port Elgin, the Harbour Street Brasserie in Kincardine, Era 67 in Orillia, Ciboulette et Cie in Midland or the Fallicious Menu at various restaurants in the Blue Mountain Village.

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