Collingwood: Hub of Southern Georgian Bay
Collingwood is Ontario’s premier four-season playground and a small town with big city chops. From a business community with serious acumen to arts and culture, this economic hub of Southern Georgian Bay has seen its popularity as a vacation destination, as well as a home for families and businesses, accelerate in the past five years—with no signs of slowing down.
A town in constant evolution
Originally a sleepy farming community and home to the Petun and Wendat First Nations, Collingwood leapt into prominence in 1855 when the new railroad cemented its worth as a shipping and shipbuilding destination. Freight and passenger traffic was so heavy at one point that the town boasted a U.S. consulate!
Over the last 40 years, Collingwood evolved from shipbuilding and manufacturing to tourism. More recently, it has added a range of sophisticated businesses, from hi tech to advanced manufacturing, arts-related enterprises and finance.
Firing on all 4 seasons
Collingwood is less than a two-hour drive from downtown Toronto. And because it’s sandwiched between the Georgian Bay shoreline and the Niagara Escarpment, it’s hands-down Ontario’s premier four-season playground. Downhill and cross-country ski resorts do double duty as cycling meccas outside of ski season, and Georgian Bay offers everything from excellent swimming and fishing to paddle boarding, surfing, sailing and powerboating.
The family choice
At just over 20,000 people, Collingwood is a burgeoning destination for well-heeled retirees and weekenders. But young families are increasingly choosing Collingwood and surrounding communities. The air is pure, schools are good, outdoor pastimes abound and its proximity to the Golden Horseshoe makes it accessible to occasional commuters. Families are making strategic decisions based on the lifestyle they want and the kind of future they envision for their children.
Huge variety in real estate
Builders have taken note of the family trend—many newer developments are clearly focused on family. But there’s so much variety. The ‘tree streets’ (Pine, Maple, Birch, Oak…) that border Collingwood’s historic downtown are a pleasing mix of Victorian homes and smart new builds. Waterfront condo developments offer high end accommodation with stellar Georgian Bay vistas, and estates on the fringes of town provide acres of seclusion a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Collingwood. If you’re looking to move to the heart of Southern Georgian Bay, Collingwood is the place.
Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
Royal LePage Trinity Realty, Brokerage (Collingwood)
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