Population:22000 (approx.) but growing quickly Hidden Treasures:The Georgian Trail is a 34 km former railway route that stretches from Collingwood to Meaford. Within Collingwood itself, there is a network of trails that encompass over 60 kms. All of the trails lead to a point of interest in Collingwood such as Sunset Park, Station Museum, Labyrinth, downtown, to name a few. Side Launch Brewing Company Inc. A craft brewery celebrating the deep-rooted history of the shipyards in Collingwood. Must Do:Visit the historic downtown area, and Farmer’s Market. Have a swim in the Bay at the iconic Collingwood terminal buildings. Size of area:33.46 km² Famous for:Collingwood is known for its four-season activities and the Blue Mountain ski resort.
Collingwood was incorporated as a town in 1858, nine years before Confederation and was named after Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood, Lord Nelson’s second in command at the Battle of Trafalgar, who assumed command of the British fleet after Nelson’s death. Collingwood once had a thriving shipbuilding industry. Due to the geographical constraints of the bay, the Lake Freighters were unable to launch into the water the conventional way: bow or stern first. Instead, they were launched sideways or “side launched”.
The Town of Collingwood
Collingwood is one of Canada’s 25 best places to live, ranking at 22 of 415 communities surveyed, according to Macleans magazine’s survey taken in August 2019. Macleans gathered data on wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities, and culture. Collingwood scored highest in the demographics, culture and community, and commute categories. It is unique in that it is both a recreational centre and business hub, and only 90 minutes from Toronto. Collingwood has outstanding primary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as a solid healthcare service. In addition to the fantastic social atmosphere, the town of Collingwood offers a variety of housing options, including condominiums, charming Victorian homes, and custom-builds in estate subdivisions.
Situated at the base of Southern Georgian Bay, Collingwood is a thriving community offering something for people of all ages. Outdoor pursuits, beautiful golf courses, skiing, arts and culture, a wide range of shopping, and an incredible array of restaurants and theatre choices are just some of the many pastimes that can be enjoyed. You cannot make a wrong choice in discovering Collingwood as a place to call home.