Top 25 Places to Visit in

Collingwood | ontario


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Sunset Point Park

Recommended by JORDYN MAGERMAN

Sunset Point Park & Beach is an iconic Collingwood waterfront place. Perfect to view the beauty of the sunset. Good for walking around and take a deep breath of Nottawasaga Bay breezes. Great place to look out at the beautiful Georgian Bay!

St Lawrence St, Collingwood, ON

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Collingwood Iconic Grain Terminals

Recommended by ALLAN THURMAN

The Collingwood Grain Terminals is an iconic landmark in the community. It can be seen for miles around Collingwood and symbolizes the twin engines of commerce in the early 1900s, agriculture and shipping.

It was constructed in 1929 by Collingwood Terminals Limited and features 52-grain silos. The two million bushel grain elevator has bins 100 feet high and 22 feet in diameter. The steamer MUNISING arrived in September 1929 with 228,000 bushels of American grain.

Grain service stopped in 1993. The building was declared surplus and there was a proposal by two local businessmen to grow mushrooms in the facility.

45 Heritage Dr, Collingwood, ON L9Y 0E8

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Heritage Collingwood

The Town of Collingwood was the first municipality in Canada to have a Heritage Conservation District included on the prestigious list of Canada’s Historic Places.

The town of Collingwood has valuable information relating to Heritage in Collingwood.

Experience the Downtown Heritage Walk tour.
Choose from seven self-guided discovery walksrich with stories, sights and special places.

Experience Collingwood’s defining artistic, historical, architectural, culinary and natural features.

Hurontario Street, Collingwood

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Hen & Chickens Boardwalk

Recommended by MARTIN RYDLO

Enjoy breathtaking views from the Hen & Chickens Boardwalk. The boardwalk was built with community labour, this enables people to walk across the large boulders at the harbour entrance.

2 Balsam St, Collingwood, ON L9Y 5C4

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Arboretum

Recommended by MARTIN RYDLO

Unwind at the peaceful Arboretum. The Collingwood Arboretum is a beautiful park with both paved and natural trails for hiking and biking. It is a vital Botanical Park complete with historical records (genealogy, habitat, common & Botanical names) of coniferous and deciduous trees, shrubs and plants.

The entrances are located off First Street on Hickory Street or Cedar Street at Harbourview Park.

Hickory St off First St, Collingwood ON

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Nottawasaga Lighthouse

Recommended by NOTTAWASAGA LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION SOCIETY

One of six “Imperial Towers” built on the Great Lakes, the Nottawasaga Lighthouse has been an iconic local landmark for over 150 years. With its impressive masonry construction and intricate finishing details of European origin, the Nottawasaga Lighthouse has provided safe passage for both commercial ships and recreational boaters around the treacherous shoals and shallow waters that guard the entrance to Collingwood’s harbour.

You can see the Nottawasaga Lighthouse from the shore or boat.

Having saved countless lives, the life of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse is now endangered itself and needs saving.

4-115 First St #553, Collingwood, ON L9Y 4W3

1-855-445-NLPS (6577)

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Public Art Murals

Heading Dockside | By Beverley Smith, 2000 | Huron Street and Ste Marie Street

A painting honouring the shipbuilding industry which was the lifeline of Collingwood for 100 years. The workers, many of whom spent their lifetime at the shipyard, are depicted heading to work.

Five heritage murals were commissioned between 1999 and 2001 featuring culture, people and events from Collingwood community’s past. In 2016, three new murals were mounted at Walk the 400 Gallery, a temporary art installation at the waterfront promenade.

The murals are maintained by the Town’s Public Art Program.

Check the Art on the Street tour.

Huron Street and Ste Marie Street, Collingwood ON

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Home Town of Blue Mountain Pottery

Blue Mountain Pottery was one of Canada’s best known ceramic producers. The studio was started by Jozo Weider, an immigrant from what was once Czechoslovakia, and is named after its location, at the foot of the Blue Mountains in Collingwood in the early 1950s. It was in operation until 2004.

Blue Mountain Pottery produced various types of pottery, from animal figurines to jugs, pots and vases. The pottery was well-loved throughout Canada, and exported to the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, among other international markets.

The company’s products have a large fan base and are collected worldwide.

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Collingwood Station

If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the area, the Collingwood Station which houses the Collingwood Museum is the place to start. With plenty of information about Collingwood’s shipbuilding history, Petun First Nation’s culture and the area’s transportation heritage, you won’t be disappointed by what you discover.

45 St. Paul Street, Collingwood Ontario L9Y 4B2

(705) 445-4811

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Collingwood Art Crawl

The Collingwood Art Crawl is a free, self-guided art walk, featuring over 40 artists and 40 musicians at more than 40 venues, with live music and incredible art. The event takes place in downtown Collingwood in September.

Downtown, Collingwood ON

https://www.collingwoodartcrawl.com/

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Collingwood Legion’s Museum

Recommended by DONALD WILCOX

This is a Military Museum located within Branch 63 of the Royal Canadian Legion. The museum houses a collection of artifacts from the World Wars, Canadian military missions, and the Collingwood Shipyards.

Its walls are lined with glass cases organized by a theme, there’s one dedicated to the Italian Campaign (the display is driven by educational posters made by students at Mountain View Elementary School), there’s another that displays uniforms of Canadian soldiers from past to present, another holds artifacts from the First World War.

490 Ontario Street, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 3Z5

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12

Millennium Park

Recommended by GEORGE CZERNY-HOLOWNIA

If you like to walk, be sure to visit Millennium Park at the north end of Heritage Drive. You can walk that peninsula which leads to the Collingwood Terminals.

Millennium Park provides breathtaking views of Nottawasaga Bay, including magnificent views of Collingwood Harbour, with the ski hill of Blue Mountain in the background.

1 Heritage Dr, Collingwood, ON L9Y 0E8

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Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Situated within one of Canada’s eighteen UNESCO biosphere reserves and dating back 450 million years, Scenic Caves is steeped rich in history and heritage.

Explore new heights from the longest Suspension Bridge in Southern Ontario, or take in our Hiking Trail Centre offering 15 kilometres of trails meandering through 370 unspoiled acres of natural beauty. Experience the unique views of the 200-year-old forest, with well-marked trails offering gentle rolling slopes to steep climbs, and expansive, world-class views.

Zip lining and treetop canopy walking will have you seeing the Town of Collingwood from a completely new perspective.

260 Scenic Caves Rd, Blue Mountains, ON, Canada, L9Y 0P2

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Collingwood Adventure Voyages

Collingwood Adventure Voyages offers truly unique cruises and boat tours throughout Georgian Bay departing from the Collingwood Harbour, daily. They pride themselves in providing a personable experience with small groups so you and your family get the most value possible. Lighthouse & Collingwood Heritage Tour, Sunset Cruises, Guided Fishing Adventures, Shipwreck Exploring/Snorkeling.

45 Heritage Drive, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 0E8

(705) 444-9451

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The Apple Pie Trail

The Apple Pie Trail is in the heart of Ontario’s Apple Country – a special place where the moderating effects of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment create perfect conditions for growing amazing apples – and baking perfect apple pies!

Travelling the quiet country roads of the Blue Mountains, enjoy 28 unique stops in the Blue Mountain Village, Thornbury, Beaver Valley, Meaford, and everywhere in between.

Inspired by South Georgian Bay’s apple-growing history, we bring together culinary, shopping, adventure, farms and other local experiences that celebrate our history and reinterpret the mighty apple for the 21st century.

796455 Grey Road 19, Unit 2, Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0N8

(705) 444-7398

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The Curly Willow Eatery

Recommended by LINDA CHIKI SLOAT

Enjoy a fabulous lunch or dinner prepared with fresh local ingredients in a quaint and relaxing atmosphere.

We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That’s why we source our fresh ingredients from local suppliers and use top quality meats, fish and poultry. Growing our own vegetables and herbs ensures fresh ingredients all season long.

141 Pine St, Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 4H5, Canada

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17

Sidelaunch Days

Sidelaunch Days is Collingwood’s annual harbour festival. The August event is a two-day multi-venue, a multi-recreational, non-ticketed, family event celebrating the joy of being in, on, and around the water while commemorating the unique shipbuilding heritage of Collingwood.

Activities span the arts, culture, sport, and recreation and include live music, local culinary fare, water sport demonstrations and free trials, a children’s activity zone, and historic walking tours.

Downtown, Collingwood ON 

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Mountain Subs

Recommended by JORDYN MAGERMAN

Make sure you visit Mountain Subs for only the best Sub in Collingwood.

20 Balsam St, Collingwood, Ontario

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Canadian Mist Whisky

In 1968, Canadian Mist was born on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario, home to some of the freshest water in North America. Using top-quality grain, mellowed white oak barrels, and that pristine water, we created an easygoing classic—not “craft whisky,” but whisky made well to be enjoyed by all.

Canadian Mist is among the 10 Highest Rated Canadian Whiskies in the marketplace.

202 MacDonald Rd, Collingwood, ON L9Y 4J2

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Home Town of Todd Brooker, Ski Racer

Todd Brooker is an alpine ski racer and a ski TV commentator. He was a member of the National Alpine ski team for 10-years from 1977 to 1987. In 1982-83 he won 2 World Cup events.

Brooker was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.

Since moving to Collingwood with his family in 1987, he has been an active spokesperson for this area and everything it has to offer.

Read and watch more about Collingwood

Downtown Collingwood, ON L9Y 3L6

https://1000towns.ca/todd-brooker-ski-racer/

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Theatre Collingwood

The charming theatre, Theatre Collingwood company offers a variety of shows throughout the year, everything from comedies to musicals.

Theatre Collingwood was officially incorporated in 1984. The company became renowned for producing large scale musicals during the boom period of the 1980s, but was drawn down by the recessionary pressures of the times and suspended production for a period of time. Now the theatre presents some of Canada’s most talented performers.

115 Hurontario Street, Suite 104, Collingwood, L9Y 2L9

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Free Spirit Tours on Beaver River

Recommended by JEFFREY WHITE

Free Spirit Tours has been operating since 1998. We are proud to provide a true outdoor experience in one of Ontario’s most beautiful areas, Southern Georgian Bay.

All our programs take place in the picturesque Georgian Bay area surrounding Collingwood.

236720 Grey Rd 13 Heathcote ON

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Top 25 Places to Visit in Collingwood ON