Collingwood is located in the heart of Ontario’s ski destination area. On the shores of Georgian Bay and the foot of Blue Mountain Collingwood is the highest section of the Niagara Escarpment. Part of Collingwood appeal is its abundance of historical homes along its tree lined streets. Many are small cottage type dwellings, some are large, but all are fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. The imposing Collingwood Federal Building was built in 1914 of marble in the Beaux-Arts style with massive Corinthian columns. Inspired by a building in Havanna Cuba it boasts a large rotunda with a spectacular stained glass dome. A fine example of Gothic Revival architecture is the Thurso built in 1902 of pink stone by Collingwood architect Philip Palin.
Collingwood’s harbour and waterfront attracts hikers, joggers, bikers and sightseers to the clear blue waters of Georgian Bay. A destination worth seeing are the Scenic Caves. Carved by millions of years of glacial ice, the Scenic Caves Nature Preserve is a wonder of nature that attracts and fascinates visitors of all ages from around the world. Here wonderful views of the town of Collingwood and Nottawasaga Bay as well as panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment can be seen. This is a historic site where once stood the Indian Village of Ekarenniondi, home of the Hurons. Throughout the Caves, rare and exotic plants, including the Maidenhead Fern, grow and flourish. Every new corner promises a unique surprise.
Harbourlands Park was created in 2000 and is one of the most beautiful areas in the community. The area was once an active shipping port and visitors should not miss visiting Lighthouse Island where the Nottawasaga Lighthouse was built in 1855. Located on Nottawasaga Island or Clark’s Island it is one of Collingwoods’ most enduring landmarks. The lighthouse is a limestone structure 68 feet high and once guided mariners around the treacherous shoals off Collingwood Harbour and through dangerous Georgian Bay gales.