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Do You Own an Historically Significant or Older Home in Collingwood?

Feb 25, 2018
Are you one of the folks who’ve purchased a charming older home in Collingwood this year or do you hope to in the future? If so, you may not be aware of some of the programs and benefits available to you. It’s Heritage Week in Ontario.  It’s a time t ...
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Coming Soon: Downtown Collingwood Boutique Hotel – The VanderMarck

Jan 30, 2018
I’ve really been struggling to write this blog post for you.  On one hand, it’s important to share  what’s happening around Collingwood but on the other, I am not always 100% excited about everything new.  First a disclosure:  I’m a heritage enthusia ...
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An Unforgettable Video of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse

May 17, 2017
The Nottawasaga Lighthouse is one of those iconic symbols of the Collingwood and Blue Mountain areas.  A local condo development, Lighthouse Point, gives not to it’s status.  Built in 1858, this lighthouse is one of the few original such structures r ...
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Look Up Collingwood!

Aug 11, 2016
A community really comes to life through it’s history and architecture is an important part of this. As you walk around Collingwood, you see such interesting heritage buildings and homes with unique architectural styles from the Gothic Revival style ...
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A Touch Of Cuban Architecture on Collingwood’s Main Street

Jul 29, 2016
When you drive down Collingwood’s main street, it’s impossible to miss the unusual building on the west side near Loblaw. People often ask about it so here’s the scoop. The address is 44 Hurontario Street and locally, people just call it the federal ...
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The Real Estate Value of Heritage Homes

Nov 26, 2015
It’s hard to argue that a home built around the turn of the century is charming. Tall windows, high ceilings, 10 or 15’ baseboards, worn wooden floors and ornate banisters all conjure up something that is more warm and inviting for most people than h ...
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Anex Collingwood – A Potential New Development

Sep 02, 2015
If you’ve driven up Sixth Street lately in Collingwood, you can’t help but have noticed new signage wrapping the former Victoria School property at the corner of Maple and Sixth. It’s advertising a new development of 18 freehold townhomes and semi’s ...
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The Nottawasaga Lighthouse

Jul 29, 2015
If you’ve spent any time in the Collingwood – Blue Mountain area, you’ve most certainly seen and heard about the Nottawasaga Lighthouse. This piece of our heritage is located on a small island that is now a bird sanctuary to thousands of seagulls. A ...
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The Two Solitudes of Collingwood

Jul 31, 2014
This post, more than any other, is about living in Collingwood. It’s about the politics and the great divide that is only spoken of in hushed whispers or with eyes rolling toward the heavens. When you Google the term “ Collingwood Shipyards”, chances ...
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The Two Solitudes of Collingwood

Jul 31, 2014
This post, more than any other, is about living in Collingwood. It’s about the politics and the great divide that is only spoken of in hushed whispers or with eyes rolling toward the heavens. When you Google the term “ Collingwood Shipyards”, chances ...
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The Collingwood Federal Building

May 10, 2012
This remarkable marble building in downtown Collingwood was built between 1913 and 1915 at a cost of $140,000.  The architect was Philip C. Palin and it was reportedly modeled after the Government House in Havana, Cuba paying tribute to the Greek Tem ...
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Will Admiral Collingwood Place Be An Icon or A Monster?

Nov 27, 2011
Emotions are running high in Collingwood, AGAIN, in regard to the Admiral Collingwood Place development slated for the corner of Hurontario and St. Marie Streets in the downtown core.  The site is located at the southern gateway into the Heritage Con ...
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