This article was originally published in the 2020 Spring issue of Invest In Style Magazine.
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Collingwood residents have a secret that’s slowly getting out: this town of 22,000 is one of the most appealing communities in Ontario within which to live and do business. Much more than just a seasonal destination, a place for skiing powdery slopes in the winter and boating and swimming in the summer, families are moving to Collingwood for year-round advantages.
Collingwood By Numbers
- A growing community of 22,000 people
- Median household income of $64,369 (as of 2016)
- Population density of only 645.1/km2 (compared to Toronto’s 4,150/km2)
- 5 major trails
- 7 private and public golf courses with options for all skill levels
- Less than 10 minutes to the ski slopes of Blue Mountain
- 4 full-service marinas
Collingwood overlooks the expansive blue waters of Nottawasaga Bay with the picturesque Blue Mountains of the Niagara escarpment (a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve) as a backdrop. Walkable forests, sparkling rivers, golden beaches and rolling hills—these varied landscapes are just minutes from downtown Collingwood.
Lower Housing Prices and Property Taxes
Collingwood offers welcome relief for those who aren’t willing to pay big-city prices. Reasonably priced homes serve to attract an increasing number of new residents to the area. As well as more affordable housing, lower property taxes make Collingwood appealing especially to young families and retirees.
Small Town Charm, Big City Amenities
The town’s strong historical past is characterized by numerous heritage buildings in the downtown core and along the waterfront. The seemingly endless recreational activities that have long appealed to tourists are here to be enjoyed by residents as well. Collingwood is a four-season mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. For those who like to hit the links there are seven public and private golf courses. And who doesn’t enjoy an afternoon at a spa?
Arts & Culture
Collingwood has several art galleries and museums, art programmes for kids, and live theatre and music throughout the year. Trendy culinary experiences, craft breweries, chic boutiques and seasonal festivals are all here in Collingwood. In the summer, bring your sweetheart and a blanket to sit under the stars at the Shipyards Amphitheatre for their free outdoor classic movie series.
A beautiful, natural setting, and affordable housing in a charming town with all the perks of a big city combine to offer the residents of Collingwood an extraordinary work/life balance opportunity. The thriving economy and job market here attract a mix of professionals, young families, and retirees. In the summer, residents and visitors flock to the azure waters of Georgian Bay for swimming and boating while the forested hills are a favourite with hikers, cyclists and campers. When the snow falls, bundle up and enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing, or head to nearby Blue Mountain for the finest downhill skiing in Ontario.
If you are considering a move to Collingwood, visit our Community page for more information and to view our available listings!