Saturday, August 15, 2015

Going Up To Blue Mountain

On Vacations

Ascending: This is a view of the Blue Mountain Village looking down from our gondola ride up the mountain, which rises to a height of more than 300 metres (or 1,000 feet); Georgian Bay is the body of water visible in the background. Blue Mountain gets its name from the blue clay surrounding the mountain. “The name Blue Mountains was first used by Charles Rankin when he started surveying the land on the south shore or Nottawasaga Bay in 1833. Today, Blue Mountains is the name given to the section of the Niagara Escarpment running from Osler Bluff which overlooks the Pretty Valley, to Georgian Peaks where the Escarpment is interrupted by the rolling orchard lands of the broad Beaver Valley.” Ralph Krueger writes.

Our family went on a two-day vacation to Blue Mountain Village, which is less than a two-hour drive north of Toronto, a trip of 170 kilometres (or 105 miles). This was our first vacation together as a family, and it was wonderful to get away from the city and discover a new area that we have never been to before.

The history of Blue Mountain as a popular tourist destination—primarily as ski resort—dates to 1941 and to the dreams and imagination of Jozo Weider, who was born in Czechoslovakia in Zhilina, which is now part of Slovakia. The story is fascinating, as all such stories usually are, bringing together the elements of determination, personality and financing. As well, there is belief in “a dream.” Or at least one that will make everyone, including financial investors, happy. We have all benefited from such dreamers and their ideas.

Here is another story, a more personal and smaller one, told in pictures; paddle-boats, brothers looking down the mountain, at a small beach on Georgian Bay, at an arboretum in nearby Collingwood and an amusing Minions memory at the Village. I am a bit surprised how much you can do in such a short period of time. It was a wonderful trip, and I have many more photos, which I can always look at to evoke a memory.

All Photos: ©Perry J. Greenbaum, 2015