Rossana from Life is Full of Adventures:
Located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay and along the Niagara escarpment, Collingwood is more than a town with a ski resort. Although not a resident of the area, we visit frequently throughout the year and always love visiting and exploring the area. The town itself still maintains that small town feel even though it burgeons with tourists during the weekends.
Local History - At one time, it was known as a major shipbuilding area, as well as a major rail area. If you go down to the docks, you can still see the massive grain elevators that stand as a relic of that era when goods were shipped to Chicago and Thunder Bay via rail. That area, a natural harbour ( and the perfect place for the shipyards) has now been transformed into a marina; the surrounding land built up with condos, and shopping areas. You can find out more about its rich history at the Collingwood Museum.
Recreation - Collingwood is an all season destination known for its recreational experiences. In the winter because of the proximity to Blue Mountain, it does become a skiers’ haven, with skiing (both downhill and cross-country) in the day and evening. There is always a hub of activity happening around the resort itself so you will always find something to do!
The area also boasts many activities in the summer including mountain biking, hiking ( the Bruce Trail provides access to the Niagara escarpment), water sports along Georgian Bay, as well some great beaches to just sit and relax.
If you are up for more adventure, you can always head to the Scenic Caves, where you can zipline, explore the history and geology of its caverns and crevasses, go on a tree top adventure, or walk across the 420 ft suspension bridge.
Around Town - In the summer, Collingwood holds many festivals and events, but none is more popular than the Elvis Festival. It is held at the end of July every year and known as the world’s largest Elvis Festival, drawing visitors from afar. Performers, impersonators, and fans come from all over the world for this yearly event.
You can’t leave Collingwood without taking a stroll around the downtown core. Much of downtown area has been designated a Heritage District ( the first municipality in Canada to have the Heritage District designation). The beautiful Century buildings and homes lining the streets are an architectural delight with their gingerbread detailing and wrap around verandahs. The paintings along the sides of some of the buildings are wonderful to see as they usually incorporate some of the local history.
Don’t forget to explore the area shops and amazing restaurants... one of my favourite restaurants is located one street over from Main St. (Azzurra). The creative chef uses mainly local produce; the menu is always incredible and changes frequently.
If you are in town during the winter, the ice sculptures (Frozen in Time Festival) lining the streets and lit up at night are spectacular, and add a magical glow to the night.
No matter what time of the year you visit Collingwood, there is always so much to do in the area!
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