South Georgian Bay Region
The South Georgian Bay area is located approximately midway between the Cities of Barrie and Owen Sound on Provincial Highway 26, which provides access to Grey and Bruce Counties in the west and to Toronto via Highway 400 in the southeast. County Road 124 originates in Collingwood and provides access to the Golden Triangle Area to the south.
Clearview Township is a rural community with small-town charm located just 40 minutes west of Barrie, Its towns and villages offer world-class dining and shopping, and its small-town hospitality will make you feel at home, the rolling landscape is a four-season
paradise for hikers, cyclists, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Clearview Township’s population stood at 13,734 in 2011 covering a total Land Area of 557.44 (sq./ km). Clearview Township is a largely rural region with 2 population centres, the town of Stayner and village of Creemore.
Take a stroll down the main street, through Stayner’s historic commercial district, where you can enjoy a hot coffee, a fresh cinnamon bun, and the friendly atmosphere. Stayner is known for its many parks and waterways, and its well-preserved Edwardian architecture.
A charming “off the beaten path” experience, Creemore offers early Ontario charm, a shopping district full of unique treasures and is home to the well known brewery Creemore Springs and has become an attractive high-end community with picturesque homes and boutiques. Visit our Saturday morning farmers’ market or stop for a bite at one of the restaurants and cafés along Mill Street, and don’t miss the many festivals and events that mark Creemore’s calendar.
The town of Collingwood, as it stands today, is a testament to its heritage and small-town charm. The downtown core has many beautiful heritage brick buildings that line its streets with such grace and grandeur. Today, the town is a bustling tourism community with many seasonal residences and with it’s proximity to ski hills makes it ‘The’ place to be and has experienced steady population growth in the past decade.
It has the largest population of any municipality in the area and functions as the major commercial centre for northwest Simcoe County and northeast Grey County, servicing an overall trade area of approximately 75,000 people. In 2011, Collingwood’s permanent population was approximately 19,241 including recreational population it is 24,600.
The Town of Collingwood accounts for approximately half of all business activity including retail sales in the region and has a substantial health, manufacturing, financial and knowledge-based employment foundation. Collingwood benefits from the surrounding visitor attractions and has a strong base of accommodation and food businesses.
Collingwood is the location of the Regional Hospital and a wide range of other personal and business services. The region is seen as an economic corridor, with strong labour mobility within a 20 minute commute.
Collingwood has seen a significant shift towards the tourist-related service industries in the past 30 years, and has built up a reputation of being a great home base for visiting both the winter ski resorts to the west and the summer beach attractions to the east. Despite this move to a more service-focused economy, Collingwood’s manufacturing base remains relatively healthy, and a source of a significant number of regional jobs.
Collingwood is a welcoming community with impressive residential growth and quality of life. The community maintains a small town feel while offering big city amenities and providing unparalleled recreational opportunities year-round and is home to a labour force 10,627 persons strong and Collingwood’s labour participation rate and employment rate are lower than Ontario. The unemployment rate is also slightly lower than that of the province.
The Town of Wasaga Beach is the location of the “longest freshwater beach in the world” and is the fastest growing community in the region. Since its incorporation in 1974, the Town of Wasaga Beach has grown from seasonal, cottage community with approximately 4,000 residents to a thriving, year-round community with upwards of 17,000 residents. It has the distinction of being one of the fastest growing communities in Canada while, at the same time, being home to over 16,000 seasonal residents and a host to over 2,000,000 visitors in the summer months.
The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains is actually part of Grey County (the other three communities are in Simcoe County). The community has two urban areas, Clarksburg and Thornbury and a population of 6,825, the estimated total full-time and part-time population is thought to be 13,833 the estimated day population (including visitors) is thought to be 28,833.
The nearby Blue Mountain Resort, just 10km outside of Thornbury, was developed as a mixed (resort/retail/residential) development and is Ontario’s only four season mountain resort offering over 1,000 accommodation units and providing a variety of amenities and recreational services.