Collingwood is a town in Simcoe County, situated on the Nottawasaga Bay at the southern point of Georgian Bay (coordinates: 44.5000° N, 80.2167° W). The area is located about two hours away from Toronto.
The land in the area was originally inhabited by the Iroquoian Petun nation, which built a string of villages in the vicinity of the nearby Niagara Escarpment. European settlers and freed Black slaves arrived in the area in the 1840s, bringing with them their religion and culture.
Collingwood was incorporated as a town in 1858. It is named after Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood, Lord Nelson’s second in command at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Collingwood has seen a considerable amount of building development activity in recent history, as has neighbouring Wasaga Beach. Homes and cottages are typically considered to be priced at a premium.
More affordable non-waterfront properties begin around $250K, while similar waterfront cottages usually start out at the $300K mark. A price range of $325-350K should be considered for larger cottages (2-3 bedrooms) which increases to the $400-$500K range when such a cottage is located by the water. The minimum asking price for a larger cottage (3+ bedrooms) usually falls in the $500K+ price range.
The town is a major recreation area for the southern part of Ontario. Collingwood is located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay and is located in proximity to Blue Mountain, which is a promontory of the Niagara Escarpment rising to heights of over 300 metres. The surrounding region offers many activities such as biking, hiking, scenic caves, as well as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing in the winter.
Top rated local attractions include the Collingwood Theatre, the Collingwood Museum, the Georgian Trail, 4WD and ATV offroad tours, many specialty and gift shops, and golf courses. Collingwood is also known for its annual Elvis Presley festival, which attracts Elvis impersonators from around the world.
Did you know?
Blue Mountain’s name comes from the distinctive blue clay that can be found around the mountain.
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