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Overview of Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

Collingwood has focused on establishing itself as a four-season tourist area. Located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay, within an area which offers numerous outdoor pursuits, it has become the major recreation area for the southern part of the province. A fifteen minute drive will take you from Collingwood to the Blue Mountains on the Niagara Escarpment, and Wasaga Beach, home of the longest fresh water beach.

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  • Population: 21,500
  • Population Density: 479 km2
  • Area: 33.46 km2
  • Latitude: 44°50` N
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 180 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Collingwood, Ontario

Collingwood became a town in 1858, named after Admiral Collingwood, Lord Nelson's second-in-command at the Battle of Trafalgar. During the 1800's, Collingwood was the railhead of Ontario and the shipping point for Western Canada. This produced a need for ship repairs, and on May 24, 1883, the Collingwood Shipyards opened with a special ceremony. Collingwood became the largest industrial employer in the region by 1983 with the arrival of eight additional manufacturing companies.

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Collingwood's Demographics

Predominantly white, English speaking residents inhabit the town on a permanent basis, with barely two per cent of the population represented as a visible minority of any nationality.

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Collingwood's Climate

The climate of Collingwood is significantly affected by Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, which modify the temperatures of the surrounding shores. The result is generally cooler temperatures during summer and milder temperatures in the winter. This also means that there are more frost-free days than what is found at similar latitudes without large bodies of water. The average number of days between the last frost and first frost of the year is based on the 1951-1999 period, which is 149 days.

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Education in Collingwood, Ontario

There are five elementary public schools in Collingwood and one separate schools. At the secondary level, there is one of each. In addition, the privately run, National ski academy offers intensive ski instruction with students completing their academic studies at the public high school. The Alternative Learning School, offers programs for students who don't wish to attend high school. Georgian College has a campus in Collingwood, with a focus on Business and Career Services.

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Transportation around Collingwood, Ontario

Penetang-Midland Coach Lines Ltd. has a depot in downtown Collingwood and offers daily trips to Pearson International Airport and Metropolitan Toronto, as well as Barrie and Owen Sound. A Municipal Airport serves Collingwood, which is open 365 days a year. It is equipped with a 5,000 foot jet capable, paved runway. The airport is used for corporate and executive flights, itinerant traffic, coastguard and medical services.

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Tourism and Attractions of Collingwood

Collingwood is located at the base of Ontario's highest ski hill, Blue Mountain. The area itself is one of Ontario's most attractive year-round recreation and tourist destinations. Some of the more well known special events and festivals include The Collingwood Elvis Festival, Dragon-boat Festival and The Triathlon. Collingwood's Scenic Caves and Caverns at the top of the Niagara Escarpment is a popular attraction to visit, with picnic areas at the location.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Collingwood
  • Craigleith
  • Camperdown
  • Creemore
  • Mair Mills
  • McMurchy Settlement
  • Castle Glen Estates
  • Banks
  • Loree
  • Gibraltar
  • Duntroon
  • Nottawa
  • Pretty River Valley
  • Clarksburg
  • Thornbury
  • Batteaux
  • Smithdale
  • Flesherton
  • Meaford
  • Goring
  • Markdale
  • Grey Highlands
  • Blue Mountains
  • Eugenia

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Geography of Collingwood, Ontario

The Town of Collingwood's soil is composed of clay loam, exhibiting imperfect drainage characteristics and smooth to gentle sloping topography. There are some areas of gravel and sandy loam and they exhibit good drainage characteristics. The Canada Land Inventory for Agriculture rates the lands in Collingwood as mostly Class two and three with primary restrictions of low natural fertility.

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Collingwood's Government

Collingwood lies in the center of a larger economic region known as the Georgian Triangle, which stretches along the southern shore of Georgian Bay. The economies of all of the communities in the region are closely intertwined, with manufacturing as the region's largest employer group. This sector accounts for more than fifteen per cent of the area's workforce. Retail is the next largest, with over 3,500 workers, slightly higher than the provincial average.

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Collingwood's Economy and Industry

The Collingwood Museum houses a collection of Petun Indian artefacts and ship building memorabilia, and offers various exhibits reflecting the history of the town. The Canada Day festival encourages everyone to celebrate being a Canadian. These celebrations include live entertainment, citizenship courts, and the Power of the Past Steam show. Theatre Collingwood offers a variety of performances throughout the year. The Scottish Festival takes place in July, followed by Collingwood Celtic.

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Collingwood's Culture and Significant Events

Collingwood offers many recreational activities and facilities for residents and tourists to the community. There are 12 parks located in Collingwood, offering a total of eight baseball diamonds, five soccer pitches, eight tennis courts, 3 beaches and one ice rink.

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Sports in Collingwood, Ontario

There are two local newspapers in Collingwood, The Enterprise, and the Collingwood Connection, as well as access to a number of regional and national newspapers, such as The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun, The National Post, Owen Sound Times, Barrie Examiner, and Huronia. The radio station, The Peak FM broadcasts from Collingwood and there is a local Rogers cable channel.

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Media of Collingwood

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