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Collingwood is strategically located on the shores of Georgian Bay a short 75 min. drive from Toronto.
and is a Premier Ranked Tourist Destination by the Ministry of Tourism. Visit the web site.

Collingwood is located on the southern shore of Georgian Bay and at the foot of Ontario’s highest ski hill, Blue Mountain, in the heart of one of Ontario’s most attractive year-round recreation and tourist destinations. Recently, the Town has
focused on establishing itself as a four-season tourist area, as people from all over come to enjoy the natural assets of beautiful Georgian Bay, and ski on some of the best Alpine hills in Ontario. Over the last two decades, the Town has experienced a population explosion almost doubling its size to approximately 21,500 residents. On weekends and throughout the summer and winter months, the Town enjoys a large influx of tourists - especially for its outstanding special events.

 Businesses in Collingwood benefit from the large number of visitors who are sun-seekers, fishermen, cottagers and skiers who come to visit their shops. The small town atmosphere is maintained while residents enjoy many amenities that would not be available in other small towns, such as a large selection of well-known department and grocery stores. Efforts in the private sector to expand the marina potential, to introduce timesharing and to expand the vacation home component within the town, have provided a welcoming environment to the many individuals who enjoy escaping to the Town’s natural setting and relaxed pace. 

Collingwood is a major business and professional centre between Barrie and Owen Sound and is well equipped to look after the needs of residents, tourists and those living in the surrounding communities. Collingwood is a 75-minute drive from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (approx. 104 km). 

The two major highways that run through Collingwood are Highways #124 and #26. Both are connecting links to Highway 400, 401, 427 and 407. In addition, the Collingwood Municipal Airport is equipped with a 5,000 feet, jet capable, paved runway. The Airport also has a port of entry status and the services of Canada Customs. 

One of our most valuable resources is water Collingwood’s Public Utilities provides us with an unlimited supply of ultra pure membrane filtered water. The Raymond A. Barker Ultra-filtration Plant is a State of the Art facility that supplies water to the Town as well as surrounding Municipalities.

The fundamental site location advantages inherent in Collingwood’s proximity to Toronto and Ontario’s major automotive/manufacturing centres combined with lower production costs plus Collingwood’s lifestyle is a definite attribute that distinguishes
this community from other competing locations in Ontario for recruiting and retaining key industries and employees. In fact, Canada leads G7 in cost competitiveness. A study by K.P.M.G., entitled “Competitive Alternatives-Comparing business costs in N.A., Europe & Japan” in 2001 ranks Canada as cheaper to do business in than their U.S. Counterparts by 10 to 20%. See

UNUSUAL WEATHER CONDITIONS Lake Huron and Georgian Bay modify the temperatures in the surrounding shores, dramatically affecting the climate of Collingwood. The “Lake Effect” generally causes cooler temperatures along the shores of the lake during summer and milder temperatures in the winter. The overall moderating effect is that there are more frost-free days than what is found at similar latitudes. Another key aspect of the “Lake Effect” is the amount and type of snowfall experienced in areas to the lee of the lakes during the winter months. Brief, blinding snow squalls are punctuated intermittently by periods of brilliant sunshine. The snowfall extends only 30-40 km inland. Areas close to the lakes, such as Collingwood, may experience heavy snowfalls, but inland areas seem to escape the brunt of these storms.

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PUBLIC Elementary

Admiral Collingwood Public School 55 Hume Street L9Y 1V3 Kindergarten - Grade 8 2000/01 Enrolment: 280 No. Of Teachers: 15 (705) 445-0811 Fax: (705) 445-0248

Cameron Street Public School 575 Cameron Street L9Y 2J4 Kindergarten - Grade 8 2000/01 Enrolment: 500 No. Of Teachers: Staff: 26 (705) 445-2902 Fax: (705) 445-9811

Connaught Public School 300 Peel Street L9Y 3W3 Kindergarten - Grade 8 2000/01 Enrolment: 416 No. Of Teachers: 23 (705) 445-1241 Fax: (705) 445-7937

Mountain View Elementary School 300 Spruce Street L9Y 3H1 Kindergarten - Grade 8 2000/01 Enrolment: 464 No. Of Teachers: 23 (705) 445-1501 Fax: (705) 445-1588

Pretty River Academy 104 Blue Mountain Road L9Y 3Z2 Junior Kindergarten - Grade 9 2000/01 Enrolment: 70 No. Of teachers: 13 (705) 444-5376 www.prettyriveracademy.com/ 


Collingwood Collegiate Institute 6 Cameron Street L9Y 2J2 Grade 9 - OAC 2000/01 Enrolment: 1438 No. Of Teachers: 85 Total Number of Staff: 110 (705) 445-3161 Fax: (705) 445-9270

The National Ski Academy 200 Oak Street L9Y 2Y1 Grade 9 - OAC 99/2000 Enrolment: 28 # of tutors: 10 (705) 444-1617 Fax: (705) 444-2685 http://www.nsa.on.ca/educprog.htm
Email: info@nsa.on.ca

Students are guided through a rigorous ski-training program while completing their academic studies at Collingwood Collegiate Institute. For anyone who would rather not attend high school, the Simcoe County Board of Education offers an alternative where you can study academic subjects. 

Alternative Learning School 400 Maple Street L9Y 2R7 (705) 444-2448 The Simcoe County Board of Education is responsible for Collingwood’s public schools. SEPARATE Elementary: St. Mary’s Separate School 18 Saunders Street, R.R. #1 Collingwood L9Y 3Y9 Kindergarten - Grade 8 2000/01 Enrolment: 475 No. Of teachers: 25 (705) 445-6132

Jean Vanier High School 160 Collins Street Grade 9 - OAC 2000/01 Enrolment: 650 No. Of teachers: 45 (705) 445-2043 The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board operates Collingwood’s Separate Schools.


Georgian College Business and Career Services 45 Huron Street L9Y 1C5 Tel: (705) 445-2961 Fax: (705) 445-1218

Georgian College’s Collingwood Campus offers a selection of courses and part-time studies. A number of post secondary credit courses are offered during the academic year leading to certificate programs and the first year of diploma programs. The main campus is located in Barrie, Ontario. Georgian Triangle Enterprise Centre (GTEC) 460 Hume Street, Unit 2 L9Y 1W6 (705) 445-8410 Toll Free: 1-877-876-7908 Fax: (705) 444-6082

The GTEC provides participants with forty weeks of intensive business operation and life skills training, which are considered necessary for successful self-employment. The Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEA) is designed to allow a recipient of unemployment insurance benefits or social assistance, to receive a grant for fifty-two weeks during their business start-up. Industrial Research & Development Institute Product development, process development, materials analysis or training in metal forming, machining, plastics and composites. IRDI 649 Prospect Blvd., P.O. 518 Midland, ON L4R 4L3 TEL: (705) 526-2163 Fax: (705) 526-2701

York University – 1 ½ hour drive to Metropolitan Toronto, the mission of York University is the pursuit, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. They promise excellence in research and teaching in pure, applied and professional fields. York University 4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 TEL: 1-416-736-2100

University of Western Ontario (UWO) – approximately a 3 hour drive, UWO is dedicated to the advancement of learning through teaching and research and to the discovery and application of knowledge. University of Western Ontario 1151 Richmond Street, Suite 2 London, Ontario N6A 5B8 www.uwo.ca TEL: 1-519-661-2111

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