Business View Civil and Municipal | March 2021

181 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL MARCH 2021 COLLINGWO C ollingwood, Ontario is known as one of the province’s premiere travel destinations for outdoor recreation, rest, and relaxation. The town has something for everyone, from a plethora of boutique-style shops in its charming heritage preserved downtown, to luxurious spas, to hiking, mountain biking, zip lining, and of course those fabulous beaches. Mayor Brian Saunderson calls the town the GOOD THINGS ON THE HORIZON “Oreo cookie” of Simcoe County because it’s nestled between The Blue Mountains, home to some of Ontario’s most popular ski slopes and resorts, and Wasaga Beach, which has the world’s longest freshwater beach. According to Saunderson, “Collingwood is in a unique position, as we don’t actually have any ski hills in Collingwood proper. We have ski hills to the west and Wasaga... we’re kind of the cream in the middle of the Oreo. So certainly there’s a very big component to our economy that is tourism driven, as well as our restaurants, coffee houses, and retail sector.” The town sits on the harbour of Nottawasaga