Where you can Live, Work & Play!
Collingwood is the perfect waterfront destination nestled in the heart of Ontario’s picturesque four-season region. Well known for its heritage and history, this growing town encompasses a plethora of popular restaurants, cozy cafes, water sports, hotels, chalets and condominiums.
Situated on the southern shores of Georgian Bay, Collingwood, Ontario, is the place where you can ‘live, work and play’! This community has it all: active living, beautiful surroundings, endless nature trails, upscale shops, Blue Mountain ski resort, exclusive restaurants and much, much more!
Collingwood offers a very social lifestyle. Theatre Arts are strong within the community with the historical restoration of the Tremont building which now offers space for art studios, an elegant cafe, theatre and quaint markets that offer a selection of organic goodies. Collingwood supports a strong local movement and spirit.
Home to the Shipyards, Collingwood draws in tourists for its history alone. And let’s not forget about the vast array of sightseeing tours, hiking trails and exclusive scenic caves. Just last year, Collingwood launched the “Huronic” operated by Collingwood Charters. Named after the first steel hull launched in Collingwood, hop aboard this 65 foot vessel to enjoy daily from May to October, 9isightseeing tours, private charters, sunset dinner cruises, local wine tastings, and weddings.
The Collingwood region is home to at least 18 quality golf courses all within a short hour drive of Collingwood. You’ll find public championship courses with unique private layouts. There is no shortage of fun and exciting activities within the Georgian Triangle region!
Nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and the sparkling shores of Georgian Bay is home to more than thirty tasty apple varieties including the McIntosh, Ambrosia, Red Prince and Northern Spy – to name a few. The Apple Pie Trail has brought our ‘local gems’ together with over 30 members and quickly growing.
Collingwood is also just a short (how long) drive from the longest fresh water beach in the world, Wasaga Beach. Entertainment in the area is abundant and there’s most certainly a varied selection of things to do in and around the area.
Collingwood: A Rich History
Collingwood was incorporated as a Town in 1858 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.
The land in the area was originally inhabited by the Iroquoian Petrun nation, which built a series of villages in the vicinity of the nearby Niagara Escarpment. European settlers arrived in the area in the 1840’s, bringing with them their religion and culture.
In 1855, the railway came into Collingwood, and the harbour became the shipment point for goods destined for the upper Great Lakes ports. in 1883, the Collingwood Shipyards opened with a special ceremony. On Sept. 12 1901, the Huronic was launched in Collingwood, the first steel-hulled ship launched in Canada. The Shipyards produced Lakers and during World War II contributed to the production of Corvettes for the Royal Canadian Navy.
Despite the success of the Shipyards, industrial growth was slow. However, the creation of government incentive programs and a fully serviced industrial park made it possible for Collingwood to attract eleven new manufacturing firms to town by 1971. Eight additional manufacturing companies had located in town by 1983, making Collingwood the largest industrial employer in the region.
Coming to recent times, Collingwood has now focused on establishing itself as a complete four-season tourist destination. Nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay and located in close proximity to the Blue Mountain Intrawest Resort, the Town has become the major recreation area for the southern part of the province.