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 email@example.com.
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.
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!
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.