by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)
The Town of Collingwood is “perfectly” located!
It’s located just a few hours north of Canada’s largest city, Toronto!
It’s also located on the shores of Georgian Bay, on of Ontario’s great “playgrounds“!
To the northeast, there’s Wasaga Beach.
To the west, the Blues Mountains raise above the town, and draw millions of visitors to the ski slopes!
With all of this, Collingwood maintains its own identity and culture.
In the summer you can walk the Downtown streets and play one of the many “Play Me Street” pianos!
Or you could enjoy discovering one of the numerous “wall murals“. ”
Art plays an important part of Collingwood’s culture.
“Art” can be enjoyed everywhere… on the “walls” and event on the “chairs“!
Walking along the downtown street visitors enjoy exploring its many unique shops and restaurants.
To the east of Collingwood’s main street is the Collingwood Museum.
The Museum focuses on Collingwood’s ship building past.
With many “heritage” displays.
To the west of the town’s main street, the Collingwood Farmers’ Market sets up every Saturday (from mid May to October’s Thanksgiving Weekend)
Judi and I love visiting this fun Farmers’ Market. It has great vendors who offer a wide variety of inviting products.
Collingwood holds a number of amazing festivals and events throughout the year.
The best known event is the Collingwood Elvis Festival.
Visitors to the Elvis Festival start arriving early Friday morning fro the “free“stage event. They get there early with their lawn chairs so that they can set up as close to the stage as possible!
The “Elvis” participants line up to take their turn on stage. As time goes by, the performances get better!
Another great annual event is the Collingwood Arts and Music Festival.
The art show attracts many of the areas finest artists. Great music bring “dimension” to the whole event!
One of the newer annual Collingwood events is Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival. This is a terrific event held at Collingwood’s harbourfront.
Sidelaunch Days includes FREE Canoe, Kayaking & Sailing, Harbour Boat Tours, Wakeboarding Competitions, Amphitheatre Concerts and more.
Collingwood has a number of other annual events.
Each spring the Collingwood Library hosts the “Magic of Children’s Art Show“.
Hundreds of school children create “master pieces“, which are then submitted to the show organizers. Each painting is viewed by show volunteers and than hung in the Library. The show has grown so much that other buildings are also used to display the “Magic of Children’s Art“!
Another fun annual event is the Collingwood Santa Claus Parade. The parade is held on an evening in November. Once the parade is over, there is the “traditional” lighting of the town’s Christmas Tree.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, Collingwood is “perfectly” located, especially when the “sun sinks” into Georgian Bay!