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Welcome to Collingwood

Welcome to Collingwood, a town with a fascinating history and great entertainment. If you’re from southern Ontario, chances are you’ve most likely heard “I’m going skiing in Collingwood” and for many decades Collingwood has boasted the best skiing in the province. However, since the introduction of Intrawest into Blue Mountain in 1999, the Collingwood area has become so much more than skiing and is now considered Ontario’s “Best Four Season Playground”. With the Blue Mountain Resort located close by, Collingwood is one of our most urban areas mixing amenities, shopping and recreation.

Collingwood is also known for having an amazing music scene; with the Collingwood Elvis Festival taking place every July and many artists performing in local restaurants every night of the week.

This is the best place to find local information about the history of the Town of Collingwood, points of interest and landmarks, activities & things to do in the Collingwood area including outdoor recreation and winter activities, Collingwood area businesses & local services, upcoming events in Collingwood, Collingwood Real Estate and Properties For Sale, and so much more!

Collingwood Community Profile

Collingwood Amenities

Local Schools

Collingwood Collegiate Institute – Collingwood
Connaught Public School – Collingwood
Admiral Collingwood Elementary School – Collingwood
Cameron Street Public School – Collingwood
Mountain View Elementary School – Collingwood
Pretty River Academy – Collingwood
St. Mary’s Catholic School – Collingwood
Jean Vanier Catholic High School – Collingwood
Collingwood Learning Centre – Collingwood

Local Library

Collingwood Public Library – Collingwood
Collingwood Museum – Collingwood

Nearest Hospital

General & Marine Hospital – Collingwood
Collingwood After Hours Medical Clinic – Collingwood

History of Collingwood

The town of Collingwood, as it stands today, is a testament to its heritage and small-town charm. The downtown core has many beautiful heritage brick buildings that line its streets with such grace and grandeur.

The town was settled approximately around 1840, and the Town Proper was first settled in 1854. Collingwood was the first township of Grey County laid out by a surveyor. The town was named in honour of Lord Collingwood who distinguished himself during the 1800s in battle.

As a port, Collingwood was an instant success. Shippers provided passage of goods and passengers to Owen Sound, Milwaukee, Sault Ste. Marie, and Lake Superior. In 1853, the Simcoe & Lake Huron Railway chose Collingwood to be their Georgian Bay port and the first train to arrive in Collingwood was on New Year’s Day in 1855…