Seven Must Do Experiences Near Rawley Resort


If you’re looking to enjoy a day out on the water, on the trails, or on the fairway, our region is full of adventure. We have a number of activities to do at the resort, but, if you want to see what our region has to offer, our concierge is always happy to help you with your day-trip itinerary. Here are seven experiences that they recommend, just minutes from our front door.

1. Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Photo By: Parks Canada

Located just 15 kilometres north of Rawley, a day trip to Beausoleil Island, in Georgian Bay Islands National Park, makes a great adventure. Your Canada 150 Discovery Pass gives you free day-use access to the park and you can access the park via their boat shuttle, the DayTripper. It departs three times daily, but can fill up fast. Make sure you reserve a spot for this popular destination.

Popular activities to do on the island including swimming, biking, and hiking. There are beaches for swimming along the eastern shores and in a few sheltered bays in the northern section of the island. Bike Rentals are available at the Cedar Spring Visitor Centre. The Huron, Christian and Georgian trails are all open to cyclists. The Huron and Christian trails offer a very pleasant ride through mature forest, while the Georgian trail is a more difficult challenge with technical, rocky sections. The Park offers many hiking trails ranging from short easy strolls to more demanding hikes. All trails allow visitors to enjoy the scenic beauty of the park and provide opportunities to view park wildlife.

2. Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

See how Ontario’s first European Community lived at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons. Located near Midland, Sainte-Marie was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. It is a nationally significant historic site with twenty-five reconstructed buildings that include barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and Aboriginal shelters that illustrate life in a 17th century community in Upper Canada. Their friendly and knowledgeable costumed guides bring the 17th century story alive. They have special events throughout the year, including their First Light winter celebration, when the entire site is lit by candlelight!

3. Island Queen 30,000 Island Tour

Experience the wild and rugged outer islands on Georgian Bay in the best way possible: on a boat cruise. The Island Queen offers a full boating experience of the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. The 550-passenger Island Queen has two and three hour cruises exploring Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands region. The ship has three decks, comfortable inside and outside seating, large viewing windows, outside observation decks, wheelchair accessible washrooms, and a snack bar. Marvel at both the windswept Georgian Bay island scenery and the skill of the crew in navigating ridiculously narrow passages with such a large vessel. This tour is a perfect for people visiting this part of Ontario for the first time.

4. Golf Bonaire

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Bonaire Golf Course sits in the heart of cottage country and boasts 27 challenging holes of golf, quality greens, and a beautiful landscape. We are partners with Golf Bonaire to offer you a first class Golf Package. Come stay with us on the shores of the historic Trent-Severn Waterway and spend your days on the greens at Golf Bonaire. Golfing at Bonaire feels like playing in a protected park. Their quality greens and interesting layouts create a challenge for all levels of golf.

5. Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre is located on 3,000 acres of wetlands, fen, and forest in Midland. The centre includes an amphibian and reptile display hall, hiking, biking, and skiing trails, canoeing and kayaking routes, an observation tower and boardwalks, birds of prey display, education classroom, event facilities, and gift shop.

The summer offers plenty of hiking and biking opportunities; in the winter you can cross-country ski at the marsh. They offers guided canoe and kayak tours that include all the equipment you need. Paddling allows you to head off the beaten path and see painted turtles, bullfrogs, red winged blackbirds, and river otters up close. While on tour, visitors can expect to learn about the Wye Marsh’s ecological, cultural, and historical significance, while enjoying a relaxing and breathtaking paddle.

6. Six Mile Lake Provincial Park

For a relaxing hike or a paddle, Six Mile Lake Provincial Park makes a perfect day trip from Rawley. Located just minutes from us and conveniently located off the 400 Highway, it offers three sand beaches, three hiking trails, and canoe, kayak, and pedal boat rentals. Whether you prefer to stay in the sheltered waters of the park or spend the day exploring the lake, there is much to see and do. If you want to pack a picnic for your hike, we can make that happen.

7. Midland Cultural Centre

The Midland Cultural Centre (MCC) combines the visual arts, performing arts, community programming, and culinary arts into one, beautiful space. The Rotary Hall Theatre is home to a number of concerts and events throughout the year. If you’d prefer a night of theatre, the Huronia Players Theatre produces three to four stage productions annually. The MCC also provides opportunities for lover’s of the visual arts. Quest Art School + Gallery has two galleries inside the MCC, which hang a variety of curated art shows. The Quest Art gallery shop is filled with unique items designed by local artisans.

There are seven experiences to make your stay with us even better. Our region has four seasons of adventuring waiting for you to experience. Let our concierge help plan your stay and play. For more info email us at info@rawleyresort.com or call us toll-free at 1-800-263-7538.