Why you'd want to live in Wasaga Beach
Collingwood and Wasaga are thriving communities approximately 90 minutes Northwest of Toronto. Collingwood's harbor is in Nottawasaga Bay, which is the Southern part of the vast body of water known as Georgian Bay. The city is a gateway to the famous Blue Mountain Resort, popular for downhill skiing, horseback riding, cross-country trails and spas. The city center is marked with a blend of old vintage buildings and modern architecture with a skyline mixed with retail, sub-division homes, condominiums and resorts. Fifteen minutes south is the community of Wasaga Beach, also referred to as "The Beaches". This seasonally quiet community is at the Southern end of Georgian Bay and boasts million dollar sunsets and views of the rugged Niagara Escarpment. Wasaga Beach and the surrounding area was inhabited by the Huron (Wyandot) people for centuries before they were dispersed in 1650 by the French-allied Algonquin people. The word Nottawasaga is of Algonquin origin. Nottawa means "Iroquois" and saga means "mouth of the river"; the word "Nottawasaga" was used by Algonquin scouts as a warning if they saw Iroquois raiding parties approaching their villages. Many historic landmarks remain today including the Footpaths and cycle trails. Locals and tourists visit Wasaga Beach by the thousands each year to sink their toes into the soft white sands of the longest freshwater beach in the world. The 14 km (8.6 mile) Wasaga Beach is part of a Provincial Park, with the beach divided into eight areas, each with change facilities, washrooms, picnic tables, dining and shopping.