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Destination Ontario: Collingwood

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Destination Ontario: Collingwood

By Cece Scott www.cecescott.com

A whole lot of shakin’ going on

Collingwood, named one of the 35 most beautiful destinations in Canada (Expedia.ca 2016), is known for its bon vivant spirit, spectacular scenery, fine dining, great shopping and hospitality, in addition to a wide range of naturecentric, four seasons’ activities.

Mill pond dock in summer at Blue Mountain Village

Things to see and do

Collingwood is part of the South Georgian Bay Triangle, and is situated on Nottawasaga Bay – within the shores of Georgian Bay. The area encompasses some touristy hotspots, including Blue Mountain Village and Wasaga Beach – the longest freshwater beach in the world. With sweeping views of the Niagara Escarpment, the Wasaga area is known for great hiking, cycling, swimming and SUP (stand-up paddle boarding). Golf enthusiasts tee off at well-known courses, including Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club, Atoka at Cranberry, and OsterBrook Golf & Country Club.

Elvis Festival – Photo By : Isis Photography

One of the most popular events, is The Collingwood Elvis Festival (the largest Elvis celebration in the world). Now in its 23rd year, the festival (endorsed by both Priscilla Presley and Graceland) draws upwards of 30,000 attendees who sing and groove with more than 100 Elvis impersonators. This year, the festival runs from Friday, July 28th to Sunday, July 30th. The weekend has become such a favourite with Torontonians that they can now hitch a ride to the festival on the Rock & Roll Express from six different Toronto locations.

Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain village resort, was envisioned as a skiing paradise by Jozo Weider in 1941. Today, skiers can access 42 trails over 364 skiable acres. In the summer, the mountain becomes a bike park with a flowing singletrack and technical downhill descents.

The Scenic Caves, originally home to the Deer Tribe of the Petun First Nations people, are a staple of the Triangle. The caves, some 70 feet deep, were at one time a spiritual Native oasis. Ekarenniondi is a sacred rock at the caves, and was believed to have marked the pathway to the Village of the Souls. Located in one of Canada’s sixteen designated UNESCO biospheres, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures offers a host of other eco adventures, including tree-top canopy walks, 1,000-foot escarpment zip lining, a 420-foot suspension bridge, and 10,000-square-kilometre panoramic views.

Scandinave Spa offers a variety of relaxing treatments. Photo By JoAnn McHardy

Feed your soul

The Triangle offers up some excellent fine dining, both in, and out of, town. Wasaga’s Catch 22 features fresh fish caught in the nearby Georgian Bay waters. The renowned Oliver & Bonancini Cafe Grill, with fire-side tables for cozy après ski and pondside terrace seating for après golf, is located at Blue Mountain Village. Magnone’s Italian Kitchen captures the heart and soul of Italy, and the trendy Copper Blues Bar & Grill has has a more relaxed menu. Fallicious is a great time to visit the village, when many retailers and restaurants offer incentive shopping and dining specials.

Copper Blues Bar & Grill

The Scandinave Spa at Blue is nestled on 25 acres amongst birch, maple and pine trees. Soak in the therapeutic baths and saunas, and enjoy outdoor fires, hammocks and relaxing areas to wile away the day, while taking in the panoramic views of the escarpment.

Walk it off

The Georgian Trail, with magnificent views of the bay and Blue Mountain, runs along the shores of Georgian Bay, through Collingwood, Thornbury and Meaford. With 35 kilometres of trails, its the perfect destination for cross-country skiers, hikers, bikers and walking enthusiasts.

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures – Photo By Image Ontario

Highlights of the four distinctive heritage walking tours revolve around the architectural stylings mastered by local Collingwood architects. The Collingwood Museum features 150 years of marine heritage. A vibrant downtown core serves up unique shops, boutiques and fine dining establishments – all within walking distance in the town of Collingwood.


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A healthy retirement lifestyle like no other

You’ve made lots of choices in your lifetime, but now that the time has come to make a choice as it relates to where you might want to live during your golden years, the available options may seem daunting. As part of a growing demographic, you’re very particular as to what you want, and that where you choose to settle accommodates your changing needs, as well as offering you an extensive network of support, amenities and activities. The good news is that the developer of Balmoral Village has created a community that covers all the bases, while adding many perks that are sure to delight.

This all-encompassing community offers a village-type atmosphere that includes different styles, and types, of housing options to suit lifestyle demands, as well as financial budgets. Upon completion, Balmoral Village will include 96 bungalows and townhomes, in addition to 49 rental apartments, 129 condos, and a retirement residence with more than 100 independent suites, as well as 20+ assisted living suites.

*Artist's concept correct at press time.
*Artist’s concept correct at press time.

Within the village will be an 8,000-square-foot recreation/community centre, including state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a swimming pool, a demo kitchen and a variety of other amenities. Also offered at the club house will be diversified programs, workshops and educational courses focusing on varied interests.

A 30,000-square-foot medical/wellness centre is planned for the community. Here, residents will have full access to a medical concierge, physicians, physiotherapy, nutritionists, massage and occupational therapy, in addition to other personal care and home support services.

Balmoral Village is located in an enviable area of Collingwood – offering an expansive selection of city amenities, dining options, entertainment and four-season outdoor recreational opportunities. This area was specifically chosen, because Collingwood is an accessible community that leverages on its core strengths, like a vibrant downtown, as well as access to miles of hiking trails, Georgian Bay, golf courses, skiing and a plethora of other seasonal activities.

More than 70 per cent of the bungalow and townhome residences are now sold, with first occupancies expected this summer. Worry-free, one- and two-bedroom condominiums in a five-storey, mid-rise building, which includes underground parking and storage, can be reserved now. Condo prices start from $300,000 for floorplans that range from 700 to 1,300 square feet, with larger penthouse layouts available. Comparable condo suites in Toronto would be listed for twice as much. The Recreation Club and independent apartment rentals, in addition to suites in the retirement residence, which will include a meal plan, will be ready for occupancy this coming fall.

“I would not build something if I wouldn’t live there myself,” says Thomas Vincent, master developer. “You can’t replicate this opportunity anywhere else in Ontario. At Balmoral Village we have created an urban village, a private enclave – a community of care.”


Book an appointment with a Balmoral Village specialist, and register online for construction updates.

(705) 446-1119


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Indigo Estates Collingwood fits your lifestyle

Eden Oak’s exclusive new community Indigo Estates Collingwood just hosted its Grand Opening with resounding success!

Located at the intersection of Poplar Side Road and Hurontario Street, Indigo Estates is only five minutes from downtown Collingwood, 30 minutes northwest of Barrie and 90 minutes north of Toronto. The homes at Indigo Estates Collingwood are designed to be an extension of your lifestyle — a place to gather with your friends and family, to relax and indulge in the finer things in life.

Choose your home from the stunning array of singles on 36-, 46- and 56-foot lots with sizes ranging up to over 3,000 square feet. The designs have three- and four-bedroom homes that are perfect for your life — whether you are starting out, or starting a new chapter. Features such as nine-foot-high ceilings, beautiful master ensuites and his-and-her walkins make Indigo Estates Collingwood a place you can truly call home.

For over 30 years Eden Oak’s mantra has been: Build it strong. Build it right.

That has allowed Eden Oak to create over 5,000 new homes across Ontario, in places like Collingwood, Port Severn, Brampton, Vaughan, Oakville, Georgetown, Markham, Etobicoke, Port Credit, Newmarket and Unionville.

With prices starting just from the low $400,000s, this is an unbeatable offer for those who want to indulge in fourseason living. It’s time to go for it!

Indigo Estates Collingwood

Located at 833 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, the Sales Centre is open:
Monday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 7 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.;
closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

(705) 443-8574


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Sherwood Homes releases final phase

The all-encompassing community of Silver Glen Preserve in Collingwood has proven to be exactly what people are looking for. The last, and final, phase was recently released, and new home purchasers are ecstatic about the maintenance-free bungalows and two-storey designs.

Located in the heart of Collingwood, a true community spirit has been created to reflect the wants and needs of a new class of homebuyers. Residents of Silver Glen benefit from an in-town setting with all the shopping, entertainment and dining destinations that Collingwood has to offer. Sherwood Homes has designed a community that promotes an easy-going lifestyle, in a location like no other.

Silver Glen is positioned to take advantage of a wide range of sporting and leisure activities that are available in the immediate area. Blue Mountain offers some of the best conditions for downhill skiing in Ontario, as well as spectacular trails and Canada’s oldest, and longest, footpath. The Bruce Trail is open all year long and is perfect for hiking, biking and skiing. Soak up some relaxation at an outdoor spa, play a round of golf at any number of courses in the area, or bask on the shores of Georgian Bay.

Spacious bungalow and two-storey floorplans range in size from 1,632 to 1,715 square feet, with prices starting from the $420,000s. Interiors have been expertly designed and include two or three bedroom layouts with two-and-a-half bathrooms.

Standard features include granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, a rustic stone mantel that augments the natural gas fireplace, and a five-piece kitchen/ laundry appliance package. And like all homes built by Sherwood Homes, the homes at Silver Glen are built to ENERGY STAR standards to help save you money on utility bills and to reduce energy consumption.

Silver Glen is appealing to homeowners at various stages of life. Freedom-seeking retirees love the idea of living in a central location, but with ease of access to outdoor activities. Since there’s no need to worry about cutting the grass or shoveling the snow, Silver Glen is also perfect for growing families, and for those who are looking for a weekend or seasonal retreat.

At Silver Glen you can be as busy as you want to be, or do nothing at all – it’s all up to you.


Silver Glen Preserve is located at 86 Conservation Way (Silver Glen Boulevard), off of Highway 26 in Collingwood.

The Sales Centre and Model Home are open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday (closed Wednesday).

(705) 446-2685


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Final phase released at Silver Glen Preserve in the heart of Ontario’s four-season playground

Located in the heart of Collingwood, on the doorstep of Blue Mountain and Georgian Bay and just a quick drive to Toronto, Silver Glen Preserve is at the heart of Ontario’s four-season recreational hub.

In close proximity to nature, this exceptional community by Sherwood Homes offers a prime in-town location and is close to all amenities, including shops, cafés, restaurants, schools and health care facilities.

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby Blue Mountains, featuring spectacular trails — including Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, the Bruce Trail — perfect for skiing, hiking and biking. A remarkable number of golf courses also grace the region including the Blue Mountain Golf Club, which is only minutes away.

All of the homes at Silver Glen Preserve are built to Energy Star standards, which means your new home will be healthy and green and will reduce energy consumption while saving you money on utility bills.

With contemporary finishes and precision planning, the homes at Silver Glen Preserve are designed with an eye for style that truly allows you to make the home your own. This stunning, master-planned community offers residents maintenance-free living in an area renowned for its abundance of all-season in-town and outdoor active lifestyle opportunities.

Just released is the final phase of bungalows and two-storey townhomes, ranging in size from 1,632 to 1,715 square feet, with two or three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Prices start in the low $400,000s.

Standard features include granite countertops in kitchens and bathrooms, a natural gas fireplace with rustic stone mantel, nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, a five-piece kitchen/laundry appliance package, hardwood flooring in the great room and/or dining room and ceramic tile flooring in bathrooms, mudrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens and foyers.

The new Recreation Centre inside the Silver Glen Preserve community offers an array of activities and features a fitness room, change rooms with showers and saunas, a large dining hall with full kitchen and an outdoor pool.

Silver Glen Preserve

Located at 86 Conservation Way (Silver Glen Boulevard, off Highway 26), Collingwood, the Sales Centre and Model Home are open from noon to 5 p.m.; closed Wednesday and holidays. Go online to register to receive more information about the final phase.



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