Collingwood was incorporated as a town in 1858, nine years before Confederation and was named after Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood. The land was originally inhabited by the Iroquoian Petun nation, which built a string of villages in the vicinity of the nearby Niagara Escarpment. They were driven from the region by the Iroquois in 1650. European settlers and freed Black slaves arrived in the area in the 1840s, bringing with them their religion and culture. The area originally had several other names associated with it, including Hurontario, Nottawa, and by some locals The Hen-and-Chicks Harbour, as there can be found out in the bay that Collingwood lies on one large and four small islands.
In 1855, The Northern railway came into Collingwood, and the harbour became the shipment point for goods destined for the upper Great Lakes ports of Chicago and Port Arthur-Ft. William (a.k.a. Thunder Bay). Shipping produced a need for ship repairs, so it was not long before an organized ship building business was created. On May 24, 1883, the Collingwood Shipyards, formerly known as Collingwood Dry Dock Shipbuilding and Foundry Company Limited, opened with a special ceremony. On September 12, 1901, the ship named, "The Huronic" was launched in Collingwood, the first steel-hulled ship launched in Canada. The shipyards produced Lakers and during World War II contributed to the production of Corvettes (fast run about boats that accented the Royal Canadian Navy. Shipbuilding was one of the principal industries in the town, employing as much as 10% of the total labour force. Overseas competition and overcapacity in shipbuilding in Canada led to the demise of shipbuilding in Collingwood in September 1986.
The creation of government incentive programs and a fully serviced industrial park made it possible for Collingwood to attract eleven new manufacturing firms to the town by 1971. Eight additional manufacturing companies had located in the town by 1983, making Collingwood the largest industrial employer in the region.
Located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay and located in proximity to Blue Mountain, a promontory of the Niagara Escarpment, the town is a major recreation area for the southern part of the province. Blue Mountain itself is noted for skiing, and also for its Scenic Caves. The town is also a short distance from Wasaga Beach, the longest fresh water beach in the world. Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain village resort is nestled on the shores of Southern Georgian Bay and spans across the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. Blue Mountain has evolved into a true four-season destination, and continually ranks among the top family-friendly resorts in Canada. Founded by Mr. Jozo Weider, he began to develop plans for the mountain as early as 1941. The first lodge was built back in 1941. Shortly after 2000 the mountain rapidly expanded, with several new lifts being constructed, and lots of new terrain. All day and into night, skiers and riders can enjoy Blue Mountain's 42 trails across 364 acres of skiable terrain. Those of us who love winters know the best way to conquer the season is to get out and enjoy it. Whether you're a Winter Warrior or more of a Summer Warrior, Blue Mountain is ready to help you discover all that each of the seasons has to offer. Whether it’s a golf getaway, mountain biking experience, a spa retreat, culinary indulgence or a vacation packed with Blue Mountain has it offered. From casual and fashion apparel to sports equipment, furniture and toys, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in The Village Shops. An inclusive course designed for golfers to exceed their own expectations from tee-off forward. Monterra Golf features rolling bent grass fairways, 86 bunkers, ravines, creeks, lakes, and elevated tee shots in an inspiring mountain setting with details like GPS tracking on all carts. Whether it's your first time venturing into the forest on two wheels, or you're a seasoned trail-riding veteran, you'll find something @BlueMountain that will put a smile on your face. From flowing singletrack, to technical downhill descents, the Blue Mountain Bike Park has it all.
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