Throughout the pandemic, Collingwood’s amazing small business community has found innovative ways to continue providing its wide variety of unique products to customers through online shopping, curb side pick-up, take-out, local delivery, and free shipping. And while it is still time to stay home and limit unnecessary travel, local businesses and tourism operators are currently turning their attention to gearing up for when visitors will be welcomed back to the region. Now in the second stage of the province’s reopening plan, many businesses are offering safe, socially distanced in-store shopping experiences. Restaurant and cafe patios are welcoming patrons with some applying for permission to extend into parking spaces resulting in the Town of Collingwood experimenting with pedestrian-only streets to make room for these expansions. And the Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market which had launched weekly pop-up markets at various venues is opening Saturday, June 27 at its original location at the
The current crisis has given us the opportunity to re-evaluate our choices and priorities on many levels. And in terms of Collingwood’s housing market, local realtors are reporting an increase in interest from people in the GTA rethinking where they want to live. “City dwellers have been forced to consider social distancing as a lifestyle,” says sales representative Jennifer Wootton. “For many, concerns over navigating highly populated centres on a daily basis has accelerated their plans to permanently move out of the city or purchase a second recreational home in a less congested area.” Boasting an abundance of outdoor four-season recreational space and miles of trails, lower living costs, fewer residents and convenient access to street side shopping and grocery stores, Collingwood offers a  lifestyle that is much easier to navigate than dense urban areas. Adding to the appeal is the shift in work culture and the fact that remote
Metroland • February 6, 2020 – Ever thought of buying a weekend place but concerned about the cost or how much you’ll be able to use it? For a fresh, affordable perspective on four-season, year-round resort style living set your sights on The View at Blue Fairway in Collingwood. MacPherson Builders’ latest offering in this established golf course community is the Sapphire, a four-storey building with 36 units whose name is tied to the fact that many of the homes have spectacular views of surrounding nature and green space, making this development a true gem. There are also incredible golf course vistas. All that and yet prices start a remarkably affordable $376,900 – unheard of for cottage country. The View is in the heart of Ontario’s only true four-season playground. Nestled on Cranberry Trail and backing onto the Cranberry Golf Course, the community is less than a 10-minute drive to
We all know that Collingwood is a wonderful place to be from a lifestyle perspective, but what makes it truly special is the people who call it home. And now during this difficult time, the creativity and compassion of our amazing community continues to shine through. From inspirational hand-painted rocks placed along the Collingwood Trail system with messages like “Kind Words Cost Nothing”, “ln This Together” and “Care For Your Community”; to local business VO2 Sports Co. (www.vo2sportsco.com) donating $20 from each of its Collingwood-themed cycling jerseys sold to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital; to a new initiative entitled Local Restaurants Helping You (collingwoodrestaurants@gmail.com). The latter was originally created to put together packages to support nurses and other frontline workers but has now expanded its reach to encourage people to nominate someone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to receive a complimentary care package from a local restaurant. These are
As a resident of Blue Fairway and The View at Blue Fairway one of the most amazing lifestyle amenities you have access to is the natural beauty of an extensive network of trails. And now as more parks and public spaces have closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, being steps away from the Cranberry Trail, the Georgian Trail (www.georgiantrail.ca) and the Collingwood Trails (www.collingwood.ca/culture-recreation-events/trails) is an even greater asset as it offers an easy and convenient way to engage in physical activity while benefitting both your immune system and mental health. With usage on the rise in recent weeks, The Georgian Cycle & Ski Trail Association is encouraging increased etiquette to ensure that the trails remain open. Individuals are asked to stay home if they exhibit any symptoms of illness, maintain a physical distance of at least two metres at all times and warn others as they approach. In addition,
If you are a first-time homeowner, entrepreneur or have a flexible work arrangement and are looking for a better quality of life at an affordable price point, set your sights on The View at Blue Fairway in Collingwood. MacPherson Builders’ latest offering in this established golf course community is the Sapphire, a four-storey building with 36 units whose name is tied to the fact that many of the homes have spectacular views of surrounding nature and green space as well as incredible golf course vistas. “Current Toronto MLS statistics indicate an average house price of $893,729, Collingwood’s average is $588,300, while The View’s prices start in the mid-$300’s,” says sales representative Jennifer Wootton. “So especially for buyers who may have been priced out of the GTA market, this is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a home at an amazing price with the additional benefit of a healthy and active lifestyle
Jane Muller • Oakville Beaver – There are vacation destinations that make us want to move there. For those seriously considering relocation, it is wise to spend time there as a tourist.  A weekend getaway to a small town like Collingwood, Ontario could spark a desire to live in a vibrant community surrounded by natural lands and rich with amenities.  Just a couple of hours from many parts of the GTA, Collingwood could easily be on the list of relocation potentials and worthy of repeat scouting missions.  Whether a visitor or a resident-in-waiting, great dining options are a must and Collingwood’s downtown delivers with options for a quick bite, lunch and fine or casual dining.  Prime Seven Nine capitalizes on the grand architectural features of its location in a historic bank. The towering ceiling allows for the kitchen to be situated in a glass-fronted mezzanine that overlooks the dining and bar
By Tracy Hanes • Special to The Star What started as a move to raise their kids in a small town for James Zaza and his wife has become a family-wide initiative in real estate investment. Zaza, a landscape contractor, wife Linda Truong, and their kids, aged 6 and 4, moved from their home in Richmond Hill 18 months ago and relocated to Collingwood. The family had a weekend/vacation home in the area, where they skied during winters. Eighteen months ago, the Zazas sold their Richmond Hill home and their weekend house, bought a detached home and relocated to Collingwood. As a landlord of rental properties in the GTA, Zaza became interested in the rising home prices in Collingwood. His sister- and brother-in-law also fell in love with the area; so they and the Zazas purchased a total of six new townhouses in MacPherson Builders’ development, Blue Fairway, set along
By Toronto Sun The Sapphire is a four-storey building with 36 units. After first Collingwood Condo almost sells out, MacPherson Builders fast-tracks launch of second building In response to the overwhelming demand for quality-built condominium homes at an affordable price in Collingwood, The Sapphire – the second building in The View at Blue Fairway has been launched. “We sold 31 of 36 homes when we launched the first building in The View in late October,” observes sales representative Jennifer Wootton. “We anticipated fairly strong demand, due to the fact it’s almost unheard of to find a quality-built home in Collingwood starting in the 300’s, but even we were blown away by how quickly the homes were snapped up.” Wootton feels the strong demand can be attributed to a couple of factors. “I think it says a lot about the tremendous value proposition of these homes as well as the reality that
While many activities and events are being postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus, the good news is that we are still able to engage in outdoor activity as long as we practice safe social distancing. And with the official arrival of Spring and the promise of warmer weather, now more than ever Collingwood, the gateway to the South Georgian Bay region is the place to be for outdoor enthusiasts. Collingwood is a historic harbourfront community that was recently ranked by Expedia as one of the top 10 most beautiful destinations in Canada. Exploring is easy for walkers, runners, hikers and cyclists with nearly 70 km of recreational trails that weave through and lead to every point of interest in town. (www.collingwood.ca/culture-recreation-events/trails) Additionally, the Georgian Trail runs 34 km along the magnificent southern shore of Georgian Bay between Collingwood and Meaford and features a hard-packed granular surface, regular distance

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