Explore Osler

As a private club located near the shores of Georgian Bay, Osler provides our members with access to some of Ontario’s most beautiful scenery.

Endless green tree tops, beautiful autumn leaves, sparkling blue waters and the mountains of the Niagara Escarpment ... you have Mother Nature’s most perfect picture. The Osler Bluff Ski Club immerses our members in nature’s canvas offering winter and summer activities for all ages.


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Activities

  • extensive Snow School and Racing programs for all ages
  • Chirstmas and March Break Snow School and Racing Camps ‚Äč
  • private and group skiing/snowboarding lessons with world class instructors
  • over 27km in cross-country and snowshoe trails
  • outdoor skating rink
  • brimming social calendar with events for all ages

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Facilities

  • Clubhouse (expansion and renovation planned completion December 2018)
  • Upper Chalet (top of the main chair on the edge of the Niagra Escarpment)
  • Ski Storage Building
  • Orchard Lodge
  • Playroom
  • on-site Squire John's pro shop
  • five lifts (including two high-speed detachable quad chairs)
  • Summer Club

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Features

  • best variety of skiable terrain
  • base elevation 200ft higher than Blue Mountain
  • verticle drop of 745ft - one of the greatest in Ontario
  • snowmaking servicing over 80% of terrain
  • 6.5 acre terrain park with competition size half-pipe

Trail Map
Osler Trail Map

Snowshoe Trail MapUpper Showshoe Trail Map


Osler History

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Above (L to R): Bill Kingsmill, Katie Robertson-Ronson and Struan Robertson celebrating Osler's 25th anniversary

"Our natural terrain provides some of the longest, most scenic trails from beginner to expert."

In 1948, two friends on a ski vacation to Quebec became frustrated with standing in long lift lines. For Struan Robertson and Bill Kingsmill the solution was simple - create their own ski area, a private club.

By the spring of 1949 they felt they had the interest of enough keen skiers to source a suitable location. The summer was spent exploring and hiking the Niagara escarpment in the Collingwood area, resulting in signed agreements to purchase 50 acres with options on an additional 200 acres. The first General Meeting of The Osler Bluff Ski Club was held on September 27, 1949. The membership goal of 300 was attained by 1954 plus a waiting list which, within two years, rapidly grew to more than 130 names. Thus, the vision of these two men became a reality.

Location is Key

As the old saying goes, the three most important factors for success are location, location and location. The same can be said for skiing. While our two founders were hiking and flying over the escarpment near Collingwood in the summer of 1949, they were also consulting with local farmers, who advised that the snow conditions on the slopes above the Poplar Sideroad were the best along the escarpment.

A base elevation 200 feet higher than Blue Mountain and being situated 10 km from the Georgian Bay shoreline creates more natural snow as the prevailing winds push up over the escarpment and move inland. Osler Bluff’s northeast exposure also provides better protection against snow erosion from wind and direct sun.

Little did these Osler pioneers realize that the distance from Georgian Bay would reduce its moderating effect on the temperature to allow for more optimum artificial snowmaking at the beginning of the season, and much cozier skiing conditions later in the season when the Bay ices over.

Our vertical drop of 745 feet is among the greatest in Ontario, and our natural terrain provides some of the longest, most scenic trails from beginner to expert. For those who wish a change of pace, over 27 km of marked cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails wind through the club property.