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A highly walkable Ontario town with a convenient location
and an abundance of activities
Nestled right on Nottawasaga Bay, this small Ontario town is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. Known for its rich shipbuilding history dating back to the late 1800s, Collingwood takes you back in time with its charming streets featuring 19th-century buildings.
Collingwood residents breathe fresh air and live in a calming ambiance provided for by the beautiful waters of the bay. The town encourages an active lifestyle with over 60 kilometers of recreational trails for walkers, joggers, cyclists, and skiers. Locals love taking downtown strolls and enjoy the ability to journey easily everywhere, with several cafés, shops, and restaurants close to home.
Collingwood’s captivating downtown area is filled with hip cafes, shops, and restaurants that will make it difficult to choose which to visit. Enjoy patio seating in places such as the elegant Tremont Cafe with gourmet European cuisine or stop by the upbeat Tesoro restaurant for traditional Italian. Other beloved local spots include Al Carbón for vibrant Latin American flavors and Brunello at 27th on Fourth if you’re in the mood for an intimate, classy culinary experience.
Downtown’s historic Hurontario Street features enchanting architecture ranging from Beaux-Arts to Venetian, which you’ll greatly appreciate while on a shopping spree at boutiques such as Metra Fashion House, Hello Pottery, and numerous high-end interior design shops like At Home Interiors.
Collingwood also has a lively art scene with galleries, public artwork all around the area, and an annual art and music tour in the heart of downtown.
Collingwood is a haven for lovers of the outdoors – there’s always something to do. The Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market and multiple parks are only the start.
The winter months are best spent engaging in snow-related activities like skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing in a handful of nearby private ski clubs such as the Toronto Ski Club and the renowned Blue Mountain Resort.
During the summer, the natural beauty of the Scenic Caves will leave you breathless. A variety of trails with different difficulty levels make it a welcoming attraction for everyone, and its bridge, lookouts, and children’s adventure playground also make it family-friendly. Water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, fishing, and boating galore also make for well-spent summers in Collingwood.
There’s also the incomparable Georgian Trail that runs 34 kilometers along the striking southern shore of Georgian Bay between Collingwood and Meaford, ideal for walkers, joggers, cyclists, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers alike.
If you’re looking for a more casual but equally fulfilling activity, take a trip to Collingwood’s past by visiting Collingwood Museum and sightseeing more than 50 historical buildings and monuments in and around downtown.
The Collingwood area is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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