Though best known for its close proximity to the Blue Mountains ski region, the town of Collingwood offers much more than winter sports. The well-preserved downtown core, recognized in Canada’s Register of Historic Places, is full of heritage buildings, shopping opportunities, restaurants, art galleries, and events at all times of year. Collingwood hosts many open-air concerts and festivals including the world-famous Elvis Festival, as well as a wide variety of music, theatre and other events geared towards the whole family.

Collingwood’s trail system is the most extensive and thoughtfully planned network you’ll find in any downtown area, with over 60 kilometres of multi-use trails stretching from the waterfront to the outskirts of town and beyond – some of which are even wheelchair-accessible. The downtown is a welcoming place, with spacious gathering spaces like the sprawling waterfront park that includes an arboretum; a restored train station now serving as a museum and community hub; the new, much-enlarged Collingwood Public Library; and the outdoor Farmers Market. Collingwood also boasts its own transit system, with buses running every day except statutory holidays. Collingwood contains four elementary schools, one high school, two Catholic schools, a private school, the National Ski Academy, and a Georgian College campus.