Favorite thing: The town is a short distance from the popular Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, an attractive destination that received the title of Biosphere Reserve in 2004, and is the world's largest freshwater beach.
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. They were driven from the region by the Iroquois in 1650. European settlers, including freed Black slaves, arrived in the area in the 1840s.
Fondest memory: The Petun or Tionontati, meaning "Tobacco People", were an Iroquoian-speaking people closely related to the Huron. They were, with the Huron, dispersed by the Iroquois in the late 17th century. The remmants joined with some refugee Hurons to become the Huron-Petuns, later known as the Wyandot.
Favorite thing: The civic center is a real masterpiece of late Victorian architecture. It's in the style widely known as "Richardsonian Romanesque," characterized by those large rounded arches on the ground level. Also, the tower is meant to remind the passer-by of similar towers on palazzi from Renaissance Italy.
Take a stroll around picturesque trout pond and manicured gardens and share a family picnic. Bring a camera and capture the special family moments on film. Our resident wild ducks, geese and swans will often pose for a shot or two. Feed the fish in the pond and see, up close, their glistening rainbow scales shimmering in the sunlight.
Fondest memory: no fishing is permitted
Time travel back to the days of the Klondike!
Attention kids! Try your hand at panning for mineral treasures! Purchase a bag of mining rough and enjoy the rush of sluicing for quartz crystal, gold ore, amethyst, and many other beautiful semi-precious gemstones to take home. It's educational and fun. We guarantee a "major strike" hidden in every bag of sand. And it's enjoyable for adults too!
Fondest memory: Gemstone Mining Gembags: $7.00 each
Favorite thing: The Town of Collingwood is proud of rich, architectural heritage that dates back to the late 19th century. In order to preserve, restore an compliment our many wonderful and historically significant buildings the downtown core has been designated an official Heritage District.
Favorite thing: The old Market Building was once the city hall of Collinghood. (It dates from 1889.) It has recently been carefully restored, and now is home to an museum of the the town and its region.
Favorite thing: The main street lined with shops and offices in central Collingwood is called Hurontario Ave. This is one of many impressive buildings that you'll find there.
Favorite thing: As the marker says, "Honoring the past and celebrating the future." Nice to see a Great Lakes community appreciating the importance of its waterfront.
Favorite thing: Squeeze through or go over the top. The narrowest spot is 36 centimetres. Don’t miss the Indian writings on the right wall in the cave before you climb to exit.