A town since 1858 and historically known for its contributions to the Canadian ship building industry, the Town of Collingwood is one stop you do not want to miss on your travels through South Georgian Bay. The downtown core has been designated an official heritage district and will not disappoint! Buildings rich in late 19th century history will have you in awe as you meander through a variety of local shops and restaurants the charming town has to offer. From a loose leaf tea emporium with organic herbals to a Candy Factory where you can watch the chocolatiers at work, Collingwood truly has it all.
If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the area, the Collingwood Station which houses the Collingwood Museum is the place to start. With plenty of information about Collingwood’s shipbuilding history, Petun First Nation’s culture and the area’s transportation heritage, you won’t be disappointed by what you discover.
The charming theatre, Theatre Collingwood company offer a variety of shows throughout the year, everything from comedies to musicals.
The art and music scene is something that truly helps define the Town of Collingwood. With plenty of talented local artists, as well as local live music events, you will never go without entertainment.
When you’re looking for a bite to eat, Collingwood sure delivers on that front. There is a wide variety of restaurants and cafes to match every palette, from award-winning BBQ at TheSmoke, to the best Greek dishes at Fig & Feta. Not to mention, every Saturday morning from May to Thanksgiving the downtown hosts a great outdoor farmer’s market with fresh local products.
Situated between the Niagara Escarpment and beautiful Georgian Bay, Collingwood is fortunate to be surrounded by a locale that is top notch for nature adventures. Whether for a light stroll more challenging hike, the Collingwood trails network as well as the various Bruce Trail loops will have you in pure bliss. If you’re looking to take a splash in the refreshing Georgian Bay, Sunset Point Park is the place to go. The shale beach is surrounded by beautiful landscaping as well as an amazing local chip wagon, the Chipper, that serves your classic food truck favourites. Also make sure to check out the ice cream shop for a delicious treat, and the eco kids’ playground located nearby.
The Collingwood harbour is the Town most prominent landmark of course. The Heritage Trail will take you out to the docks where you can take boat tours of the harbour as well as gain some more knowledge of the and historical stories of the ship building industry as you stand on the same pier that the ships were launched from only decades ago.
The Town of Collingwood is full of family hot spots with everything from bowling and go-karting to Hummer tours of the area. A few stops you won’t want to miss include the famous Scenic Caves Nature Adventures and the Blue Mountain Village. Scenic Caves will have you amazed by the beauty of the Niagara Escarpment as you wander through the caves and pass by many amazing lookout points. What’s more, the zip lining and treetop canopy walking will have you seeing the Town of Collingwood from a completely new perspective.
About a 10 minute drive outside of the Town of Collingwood is the Blue Mountain Village and Resort with its own network of shops, restaurants and adventures to try out. Downhill skiing in winter; high ropes courses, Segway tours, gondola rides and a mountain coaster are just a few of the experiences available at Blue Mountain Resort in the green season.