Fright this Way – Black Harvest Returns!

 

The tradition of Halloween and the Black Harvest Festival continues in historically Chilling Downtown Collingwood this October, with Witches (and Warlocks) of the ‘Wood taking over the town. Mark Saturday October 27th on your calendar and prepare to come downtown to see what is brewing.

As the toe of newt and the eye of frog are added to the cauldron of Halloween festivities, the downtown streets will be decked out in all things frightening…. from Pumpkins and creatures of the night, to the feature attraction, Witches and Warlocks. The spirit of the season has also taken over many of the businesses; check out all the windows to see who has been put under the spell of the spirits.

Starting at 11 a.m. activities will begin along Hurontario Street to put even the most skeptic of creature into the haunted mood; awaiting is a cauldron of activities. You can also create your own spine- chilling Halloween craft to take home or watch as balloons are twisted into ghosts.  As the town hall clock strikes 1 pm all good little Witches and Warlocks and their friends will gather at the town hall for a costume contest for various age categories…. Judged by the Head Witch and Warlock!

Of course, our downtown merchants invite all the costumed good little girls and boys children to come for some early trick or treating….. just look for the Orange ‘Witch’ signs on the door or window to find out who has treats inside!

This family orientated Halloween day is a Collingwood tradition, join us, or else….

The Theme of the 2018 Collingwood Downtown Santa Claus Parade has been chosen!

 

Santa would like to thank everyone who submitted an idea for the theme for this year’s Santa Claus Parade in Downtown Collingwood. A total of 25 entries were received and it was a difficult choice to select just one.

The winning theme is ‘What Christmas Means to Me’, submitted by Miranda Mueller who has won a Gift Basket valued at more than $250. Thanks to all the Downtown Collingwood businesses who helped fill the basket – Ed Christie’s, Haven, Bent Taco, Cabin Bistro, Homme Femme, U Pick Parties, 1858 Caesar Bar, Tesoro Mercato, Creemore Coffee Studio and Collingwood Olive Oil.

Downtown Collingwood is once again pleased to present Collingwood’s Annual Santa Claus Parade. As in previous years, the parade will be held in the early evening to capture all the magic of our downtown holiday lights.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 17, beginning at 5 p.m., and plan to join the fun!   This year’s parade will be part of a very special day in Downtown Collingwood as we officially launch the holiday. Enjoy the many merchant Open Houses … visit with Santa’s Reindeer in Training …. enjoy carolers on the street….put on your running shoes for the HOHOHoliday Run…and there is lots more, including the traditional “lighting” of the town Christmas Tree, followed by a dazzling display of fireworks!

Now is the time to register your float with the committee. There is no entry fee for community groups and non-profit organizations.  The commercial entry fee is just $50.00.

Another great way to get involved in the parade is through your financial support. We want to make this year’s edition of the Santa Claus Parade bigger and better than ever.  We encourage every business to consider becoming involved… it’s a great way to promote your business as you assist in staging this important community tradition.

Complete details about the Santa Claus Parade are now available on the Collingwood Downtown website, at www.collingwooddowntown.com, or you may call 445 5595 for further information.

Santa Claus Parade Entry Information Package

Santa Claus Parade Partnership Package

Rogers Hometown Hockey comes to Downtown Collingwood!

 

Canada’s ultimate touring hockey festival is back and ready to roll!

The national spotlight will shine on Collingwood December 29th and 30th as Rogers™ Hometown Hockey™ makes a stop in our historic downtown district during the Frozen in Time Festival.

This October, Rogers™ Hometown Hockey™ Tour presented by Scotiabank returns to the open road to visit 25 communities throughout the 2018-19 season, commemorating special milestones and celebrating Canada’s deep hockey roots.

Returning for a fifth cross-country adventure, the free family-friendly hockey celebration features two days of live entertainment, NHL alumni, local celebrities and hockey-themed activities for all ages.

Running from Saturday through to Sunday evening, the festival culminates with an outdoor viewing party of a national NHL game broadcast hosted live by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone on Sportsnet, Canada’s Home of Hockey.

The fifth season of Rogers Hometown Hockey premieres in Kitchener, ON, on October 5-7, featuring a festive celebration of the 50th anniversary of Oktoberfest and an Original Six showdown between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks.

Later that month, Canada’s ultimate hockey festival marks it 100th episode milestone in London, ON – the stop that started it all five seasons ago. The tour also hits the hometown of Bobby Orr, Parry Sound, ON, climbs the mountains of Whistler, BC, makes a return to Newfoundland and Labrador for a visit to Mount Pearl, and hits downtown Collingwood during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday season.

“With our 100th episode on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the incredible moments we’ve shared together on the Rogers Hometown Hockey journey,” said MacLean. “From St. John’s to Victoria to Whitehorse, Tara and I have had the privilege of honouring the tradition of hockey in Canada for the past four seasons – and we can’t wait to unearth all the surprises that this season will have in store.”

“In a hockey culture as rich as Canada, we still have so many stories to share this season,” said Slone. “As we hit the road for a season complete with special milestones and visits to new communities like CFB Esquimalt and Enoch Cree Nation, we look forward to uniting all Canadian communities through the sport they love – hockey.”

Live on location in each community, MacLean and Slone will host a pre-game, intermission and post-game show from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio, shining the spotlight on local culture, hockey history and unique stories of each hometown.

A History of Arts and Culture in Collingwood

 

For more than three years, Collingwood resident Hella Sandberg has been gathering clippings, programs, newsletters – just about anything she can find on the history of the arts and culture community in Collingwood.  The result is three large binders of information about some of the people and organizations that have helped shape Collingwood’s thriving arts and culture scene.

During her hundreds of hours spent compiling and organizing information, Hella spoke about the project to as many people as possible, at every opportunity, in order to garner a broad perspective of information, some of which dates back to the mid 1800’s.

Some examples of notable pieces included are:

  • Poetical Directory of Collingwood (1875)
  • The First Collingwood Writers’ Club (1950)
  • Georgian China Limited (1940)
  • artists Ernie Taylor (1922-1999) and Manfred Neumann (1934-1993)

The binders will be housed in the local history section of the Collingwood Public Library and the Town’s website will also feature information so that as many people as possible may benefit from this valuable resource

“Having been very involved in promoting and supporting the arts and culture scene in Collingwood since 1976, both professionally and as a volunteer, I have always been aware of its strong and important presence in the community since then,” said Hella. “To my surprise and delight, I discovered through my research, that Collingwood has always, since its beginning, had a vibrant arts and culture community.”

While Hella is delighted to see the binder on the library shelves, she is planning to add information from time to time and keep the history growing…  If you have any materials you believe could be helpful for the History of Arts and Culture in Collingwood collection, please contact Carole Stuart, the Collingwood Public Library Coordinator of Local History and Genealogy at 705-445-1571 Ext. 6228 or cstuart@collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca.

It Is Only A Short Walk Or Ride

 

 

A new Wayfinding Campaign Walk Your City highlights distances in minutes to walk or bike to popular Collingwood destinations. As part of the campaign, Colourful directional signs have been placed across the Town of Collingwood encouraging kids and adults to walk or cycle.

The signs highlight schools, parks, community landmarks, recreational facilities and points of interest, displaying distances in minutes. Each sign has a QR code which provides directions to destinations connecting pedestrians and cyclists to nearby trails.

The Walk Your City signs are part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the goal of which is supporting the well-being of children by creating communities where it is easier for children to lead healthier lives.

“We are very excited to launch the Walk Your City campaign as part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge” said Jennifer Parker, Local Project Manager, “We hope it will encourage kids and parents alike to walk or bike rather than drive to destinations around town.”

A set of signs for each local elementary school lets students and parents know just how long it takes to walk or cycle to school. Walking or riding to or from school has multiple benefits including reducing traffic congestion around schools, reducing the environmental impact of vehicles, promoting physical health and wellbeing and increasing student concentration and performance when they arrive at school. 

“Promoting active transportation across Collingwood supports everyone, encouraging an active and healthy community” said Mayor Cooper, Collingwood Healthy Kids Community Challenge Ambassador.

 A total of 88 temporary signs will be installed, ranging in colour based on the end destination. Most of the routes identified are between 5 and 15 minutes either by walking or cycling. As well as helping direct people around Collingwood the signs help raise awareness, promoting walking and cycling as a healthy choice.

 

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Collingwood Named one of the Most Beautiful Destinations in Canada

 

We are pleased to announce that Collingwood has been named by Expedia.ca as one of the “35 Most Beautiful Destinations in Canada”!

Collingwood has been chosen not only because of our hospitality but also for our beautiful views of Georgian Bay, our historic clock tower, and our lush tree lined streets (perfect for a leisurely stroll). Check out the article below!

www.travelblog.expedia.ca/35-beautiful-destinations-canada/

 

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Downtown Collingwood Murals present a snapshot of our past

Located throughout our downtown core are several murals, created by renowned artists to present a snapshot of our past.

Our Community; This mural representing the past, present and the future of the area is located on the south wall of the Eddie Bush Arena.  It begins with an early scene by Bill Hartman showing Petun Indians looking over what would become Collingwood.  The next image is by Janie Cooper Wilson, showing the difficult task of clearing the land. During the early 1800’s many fugitive slaves settled here and these families become an integral part of the community. Wilhelmina Wildman’s panel illustrates the early days of the commercial fishing industry. Gordon Kemp’s mural is of the architecturally unique grain depot, built in 1929 as a link from the country to the community. The mural by Shirley Farmer shows the recreational use of the area.

Busy Wagons; Located on the northwest corner of Hurontario and Second streets, this John Hood mural presents the colour and activity of the early 1900’s.

Ski Train; Located on the north wall of the CIBC, this mural was created by ceramic artist, Richard Gill. This unique three-dimensional artwork illustrates the early days of the ski and tourist industry. The mural shows the Craigleith Station as skiers arrive by train and are taken to the ski hills by horse drawn sleighs.

The Shipbuilding Industry was the lifeline of Collingwood for almost one hundred years. Beverly Smith’s Heading Dockside is located on the east wall of 28 Huron Street. This mural gives a whimsical look at the men and women heading to work at the shipyard.  Located on the side of  the former Mountain View Hotel, Side Launch captured the unique style of a side launch and is the work of John Hood and Alexandra Hood.  It is currently in storage and will be relocated at a future date.