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Downtown is Amazing (Posted On: Tuesday, May 25, 2010)

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It’s a great time to be living in Collingwood, or visiting here for the weekend or a vacation.  The next couple of months are going to be very exciting in Downtown Collingwood.  I think you'll find that very quickly over the next few weeks that you will be seeing more and more of the finished product come into view from so many of the construction projects that have been underway for what seems like forever.

Projects that have taken years to plan and execute are all coming to a head just before Canada Day (if everything stays on track). 

First plus, the new library is open for business and the building is simply gorgeous both inside and out.  Second plus, the next phase of the Downtown revitalization plan is nearing completion. Third plus, construction on First Street has already shown so many signs of improvement; from the lighting to the new turning lane....we're almost there.  Fourth plus, the Tremont is being re-born, resurrected and restored with plans to open later in the summer.  Here's the biggie...the Fifth plus, the Shipyards waterfront promenade will be open for Canada Day.  These are a lot of plusses and I feel lucky to be living here while all of this exciting stuff is going on.

There are some really exciting events lined up for the summer, some of the old favourites of course like Canada Day Celebrations and the Collingwood Elvis Festival and some new ones like the Great Northern Medieval Fayre.  Make sure you take a look at our Events Calendar while you’re planning your summer.

If you’re into hiking, you have to try the Cascade Trail at Blue Mountain.  The trail is nestled in the trees and follows a waterfall all the way to the top of Blue Mountain.  You can find the trail at the South Base Lodge.  If you walk straight up the hill, starting on the right hand side of the lodge, you will find the entrance to the trail about 100 paces up the hill…listen for the sound of the water.  The folks at Blue Mountain have done a tremendous job fixing the trail up and adding some new steps so it is much easier to navigate than before.  Go at your own pace and wear proper hiking or running shoes.  There are lots of lovely spots to pause and catch your breath!

On to more serious things, a friend of mine gave me a great HST guide and if you’re as confused about the whole thing as I was, you might find this a helpful thing to print and refer to while you’re getting used to the new tax. welcomes our new clients:

The Collingwood Museum

Come visit the Collingwood Museum and explore the history of Collingwood. Set sail with 150 years of marine heritage! There is a "Ship Sidelaunch" every 15 minutes. The Museum offers exhibits, special events, education programmes, archives and research facilities and a store. Changing exhibits throughout the year make the Museum a prime learning opportunity for anyone wishing to learn in depth about the heritage of Collingwood. Become a member today for as little as $15.75 per year!

45 St. Paul Street, Collingwood ON L9Y 1P3
T: 705.445.4811

Suite Fixings Stained Glass Studio

Welcome to Suite Fixings Stained Glass Studio in Collingwood. We are a full service retail store filled with custom stained glass and offering classes and workshops, as well as the design and creation of custom stained glass windows, doors, sidelights and transoms. Stained glass classes and workshops are offered throughout the year. Supplies and equipment along with studio time available.

38 Beech St., Collingwood ON L9Y 2S9
T: 705.444.9836

Pink Rooster Gifts

A quaint little gift shop located in the Heart of Meaford is a must visit. With a constantly changing inventory each visit is like a surprise and delight for the eyes. Step inside the Pink Rooster and you will find fabulous umbrellas, handmade jewellery, garden ornaments, home décor items, stained glass, picture frames, tin collectables, baby gifts and children’s toys, hilarious birthday cards, rain boots and lunch bags for tots, candy, candles and fun and funky gifts. Definitely something for everyone who likes to have fun.

80 Sykes St., Meaford ON
T: 519.538.5627

Wilmer Trout Pond

Ontario Fishing & Trout Ponds is located 1 KM. north of the town of Durham, on the west side of the road. Fire# sign 313706. Look for the PUBLIC FISHING SIGN. Ponds stocked with naturally fed brook, brown and rainbow trout, as well as a separate pond for large-mouth bass. Rainbow trout stocked regularly, brook and brown when available. This is a family facility aimed at providing a fun filled fishing day for everyone. Open April through October to the public for trout pond fishing. NO FISHING LICENCE REQUIRED / NO LIMIT / NO SEASON Bring your own fishing equipment Open 7 days a week, 8 am to SUNSET

313706 Highway 6, Durham ON N0G 1R0
T: 519.369.5717

The Dog Poo People

The Dog Poo People are based in Collingwood, Ontario. We believe there is a growing need in the local area for dog poop removal. We come to your home to clean your yard of dog poop and remove it from the premises. We provide dog owners with a convenient, affordable, and time saving service so that they can enjoy their time with their dog and not worry about the messes. We know you have a busy schedule so you need not be home when we come to clean your yard. We are insured and very careful to lock all gates when we are done. If you are coming up to a chalet or cottage and don’t have time to fuss with dog waste, leave it for us and we’ll clean your yard after you have left. We service Collingwood and the surrounding communities (Wasaga Beach, Stayner, The Blue Mountains, Nottawa, Duntroon). We can be hired for a one time service, or on a regular basis, with no contract to sign.

15 McKean Crescent, Collingwood ON L9Y 0C1
T: 705.293.0708

Regency Heights Homes

The Heights of Collingwood is a unique enclave of 3 or 4 bedroom Townhome Condos, ranging in size from 1,266 – 1,806 square feet. The Heights will feature traditional proven designs and layouts with unique exterior features to compliment the charm of Collingwood’s surroundings. Situated just minutes from the downtown core and all the amenities that Collingwood has to offer, The Heights will prove to be the place that you will soon call “Home”. Prices starting at $219K.

121 High Street, Collingwood ON L9Y
T: 1.877.249.3555

This is going to be a great summer!



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