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Fast Facts

  • Collingwood and The Blue Mountains have been labelled a NORC – Naturally occurring retirement community, a term used to describe a community that has a large proportion of residents over 60 but was not specifically planned or designed to meet the needs of seniors living independently in their homes.
  • But that doesn’t mean sitting on the porch on a rocking chair – far from it!  Today’s Boomers living in and moving to the area are more active, engaged and energetic than ever before!
  • Seniors in our community are active in volunteering and are the foundation of many local organizations.
  • Like much of our area’s real estate market, the Collingwood – Blue Mountain market is being driven by retiring or soon to retire Baby Boomers.
  • Collingwood has been ranked 11th in Canada for the Best Places to Retire 2017  and 16th Best Places to Retire 2018 by Moneysense

Collingwood draws people looking for small-town charm along with some of the best recreation opportunities in all of Ontario. The town has almost doubled in size over the last 20 years, to just under 22,000 full time residents. In addition to the active lifestyle residents enjoy there are cultural, shopping and dining experiences in Collingwood, Blue Mountain Village and Thornbury – Clarksburg.

It’s easy to stay active year-round. Warm weather – sailing, fishing, camping, swimming, scuba diving, hiking, biking and eight golf courses. Fall offers a wonderful display of colours along the escarpment along the walking, biking and hiking trails. In winter, Blue Mountain offers numerous slopes for downhill skiers and snowboarders. Plus, there are numerous cross-county ski and snowmobile trails.

Local Services for Adults 55+

Collingwood Public Library

Collingwood Public Library offers a variety of  program for adults such as Technology, Knitters Corner, Yoga in a Chair, Open Chess Club and Writing Workshops.

55 Ste Marie St., Collingwood, L9Y 0W6
705-445-1571
Website | Facebook

The Blue Mountains Public Library

The Blue Mountains Public Library offers a variety of  program for adults such as Let’s Move Seniors Exercise Group, learning computers and more.

173 Bruce St. S., Thornbury
519-599-3681
Website | Facebook

Beaver Valley Outreach

The Beaver Valley Outreach (BVO) is a well-known and respected charitable organization in The Blue Mountains, touching the lives of many people in the community and offering a variety of services for Seniors.
BVO offers Answers4Seniors – a free service for seniors and caregivers. Resource Volunteers provide information about & referral to resources and services for Seniors and Caregivers in our community. Available in person, by phone, or internet to get you answers about everything from transportation to pensions to Independent Living.

54 King St. E. Thornbury
519-599-2577
BVO Website | Answers4Seniors Website

Community Connection 211

Community Connection 211 
Community Connection and eight other information and referral organizations maintain a single database of community and social services, specialized data collections and volunteer opportunities for eleven counties and districts. The database, which is continually updated, contains approximately 14,000 programs and services. The database supports numerous community websites and online directories.

199 Campbell St., Collingwood L9Y 4E8
211 or 1-866-743-7818
Website | Simcoe County Services | Grey County Services

CARP Member Benefits

“CARP is Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians. Formerly the Canadian Association for Retired Persons, today CARP has more than 300,000 members aged 50 plus. As a non-partisan association, CARP is committed to working with all parties in government to advocate for older Canadians. Its mission is to advocate for better healthcare, financial security, and freedom from ageism. CARP members engage in polls and petitions, email their elected representatives, connect with local chapters and share stories and opinions on urgent issues.

CARP membership support creates major changes in government policies and protects the dignity of Canadians as we age. Members are also rewarded with discounts on over 100 everyday products and services they know and love from CARP’s trusted partners.” Source: www.carp.ca

Government of Canada Seniors Resources

Resources for seniors

Benefits Finder

Through a series of questions, the Benefits Finder may suggest federal, provincial or territorial governments benefits for which you may be eligible. The more questions you answer, the more customized your results will be. The Benefits Finder does not collect or track your information.

Caregiving

Planning for aging in place

Age-friendly workplaces:

What every older Canadian should know about:

Labour force participation

Provincial and Territorial resources

Discounts for Seniors

Local Discounts

Dealhack.ca

Download Canadian Senior Discount Guide

Food and Entertainment:

  • Parks Canada Pass: discounted yearly pass to National Parks or historic sites. Ages 65+
  • Cineplex Odeon offers senior discounts.
  • M&M Meats: 5% discount for 60+, 10% off if you spend over $30
  • Bulk Barn: 10% senior’s discount every Wednesday
  • Taco Bell: free drinks for seniors at participating locations
  • Wendy’s: free drink at some locations if your are 55+
  • McDonald’s: discounted senior coffee at participating locations
  • Burger King: seniors discounted coffee
  • KFC: free small drink with any meal for ages 55+
  • Giant Tiger: select senior discounts by location

Pharmacies and Drug Stores:

  • Shoppers Drug Mart: last Thursday of every month, Optimum card holders get 20 per cent off for customers 65 and older (some locations age 55)
  • Rexall PharmaPlus: 20% off on senior’s day
  • Pharmasave: offers a 10% off offer for one day

Hotels and Banks:

  • Scotiabank: offers seniors a free basic account and other discounts.
  • TD: offers a rebate of up to 25% on monthly chequing fees for people 60+
  • National Bank: offers a $3.95 account for people 60+
  • RBC: offers rebates to people 65+
  • CIBC: has a 60 Plus Advantage program
  • BMO: offers discounts to people 60+
  • Holiday Inn Express: discounts available at participating locations for ages 62+
  • Days Inn: 60+ enjoy special savings off our Best Available Rate when they stay at participating Days Inn hotels

Shopping and retail discounts:

  • Salvation Army Thrift Stores: 10% savings every day to everyone 60+
  • Canadian Tire: 10% off first Wednesday on regular priced items

Collingwood & The Blue Mountains Area
Clubs & Activities

Event Listings & Places to Visit

Event Listings & Places to Visit

MyCollingwood.ca Celebrates life in and around Collingwood and choices for dining, shopping, things to do and more.
Website | Facebook

Theatre Collingwood Theatre Collingwood is a not-for-profit professional theatre company with charitable status, dedicated to showcasing the finest talent in quality theatre productions.
Website | Facebook

What’s On Simcoe Street – This downtown Collingwood neighbourhood features 3 restored buildings, including the former Tremont Hotel and the old newspaper building. The creative community hosts over 25 independent and artistic businesses- including 14 artist studios, a black box theatre, dance and music school, two galleries and several culinary spots.
Simcoe Street Theatre Events

Collingwood Town Website – Information for living/visiting, events, news
Website | Recreation |Calendar of Events | Collingwood Downtown Events

Town of The Blue Mountains Website – Information for living/visiting, events, news
Community News | Community Events Calendar

Bruce Grey Simcoe Tourism Website with events and places to visit
Website | Facebook

Visit South Georgian Bay Tourism Website with events and places to visit in Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, Meaford, Wasaga Beach, Clearview and surrounding area.
Website | Facebook

Collingwood Leisure Time Club

Collingwood Leisure Time Club 

Collingwood Leisure Time Club offers friendship and a variety of activities for ages 50+. Activities include Tai Chi, Exercise, Shuffleboard, Crafts, Quilters, Billiards, Duplicate Bridge, Bridge For Fun, Progressive Euchre, Bid Euchre, Line Dancing, Carpet Bowling and more. There are also several social groups meeting weekly. Membership is only $25.00 per year plus an activity fee of $2.00 participation fee per activity.  Function rooms available for meetings, wedding receptions, etc.

100 Minnesota St., Collingwood, L9Y 4R5
705-445-9685

Website | Facebook

Collingwood YMCA

Collingwood YMCA

Adult Programs include Yoga, Pilates, Stretch, Pickleball, Aquafit, Aqua Gentlefit, Masters Swimming, On the Chair Fitness, On the Move, Seated Mediatation. Personal Training and Conditioning Room.

200 Hume St., Collingwood, L9Y 4E8
705-445-5705
Website | Facebook

Collingwood Curling Club

Collingwood Curling Club

The Curling Club of Collingwood provides a wide range of programs for all ages and levels of curlers. The following is a summary of the programs provided.

  • Mixed Jitney Curling
  • League Curling
  • Team Curling
  • Elementary School Program
  • High School Program
  • Junior Curling
  • Special Olympians
  • Wheel Chair Curling
  • Breaking Down Barriers Fundraising Bonspiel
  • Corporate Curling League

250 Hume St. Collingwood
705-445-2581
Website | Facebook

Collingwood Cinema Club

Collingwood Cinema Club 

The Collingwood Cinema Club is a non-profit, cultural organization which donates funds each year to Hospice Georgian Triangle. Subscribe to a series of film screenings and Spring and Fall Film Festivals at Galaxy Theatre. Subscribers can choose different packages for the number of films and selected times.
Website | Facebook

The Nature League Collingwood

The Nature League, Collingwood

The Nature League a group of approximately 125 individuals, extends a warm welcome to anyone interested in our objectives. We seek ways to conserve and protect the environment and to promote partnership. As a member, you receive our newsletter, published three times a year, informing you of environmental concerns as well as forthcoming club activities and events such as:

  • Group events
  • Organized weekly educational nature walks in spring and fall through the Georgian Triangle’s varied flora and fauna.
  • Snowshoeing in winter, followed by “soup’s on”‚ at the leader’s home.
  • Social events such as pot luck suppers, BBQs.
  • Educational meetings with interesting speakers.
  • Fundraisers “For The Environment”

P.O. Box 572
Collingwood, ON L9Y 4E8
Website

Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts

Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts

The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit arts organization run by artists and volunteers. Their mandate is to promote excellence in the arts in the Southern Georgian Bay community by developing and presenting creative and innovative programming, outreach activities and educational opportunities for all. BMFA operates two galleries with rotating exhibits and a gift shop representing up to 30 local artists.

65 Simcoe St. Collingwood L9Y 1H7
705-445-3430
Website | Facebook

Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club

Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club

Bowlers of all levels of play are invited. The Collingwood LBC is one of five regional clubs that form District 13 of the Ontario Lawn Bowls Association.

  • New bowlers are always welcome, and encouraged. 

  • Instruction and coaching provided.

  • Club tournaments, District tournaments, Jitneys and more. 

Website

Royal Canadian Legion Collingwood Branch 63

Royal Canadian Legion Collingwood Branch 63

Provide support and social gatherings to veterans and their families, and to the community. Activities include: tag days, Remembrance Day parade followed by a service at the cenotaph and comradeship at the Legion. Proceeds from the Poppy campaign are used to assist veterans and their families, bursaries for education, literacy and poster contest prizes, donations to community organizations.

490 Ontario St., Collingwood, L9Y 3Z5
705-445-3780
Website

Probus Club Directory

Probus Clubs

Professional and business men’s and/or women’s club for retirees and semi-retirees, who enjoy friendship, speakers, visiting places of interest, as well as sharing social outings.

A basic purpose of a PROBUS club is to provide regular gatherings for semi-retired and retired people in local communities that appreciate and value opportunities to meet with others with similar interests. Meeting new people, making new friends, discovering new interests are just some of the advantages of being a PROBUS member.

Visit Probus Club Website for a complete profile of each club including meeting place, time and contact information.

Name Meeting Location Membership
The Probus Club of Collingwood The Bear Estate, Collingwood Men
The Probus Clubs of Harbourlands Leisure Time Club, Collingwood Women
The Probus Club of Mountain View Georgian Bay Hotel, Collingwood Men & Women
The Probus Club of Collingwood Gateway Collingwood Legion Br. #63 Men & Women
The Probus Club of Hume St. Chartwell Residence, Collingwood Men & Women
The Lighthouse Probus Club  Cranberry Resort, Collingwood Men & Women
The Probus Club of Blue Mountain Georgian Bay Hotel, Collingwood Men
The Probus Club of Collingwood “By the Bay” Leisure Time Club, Collingwood Women
The Women’s Probus Club of Pretty River Leisure Time Club, Collingwood Women
The 4 Seasons Probus Club Royal Cdn. Legion, Collingwood Men & Women

Collingwood & The Blue Mountains Area Volunteer Opportunities

The benefits of volunteering are enormous to you and our community. This area benefits from active seniors looking for volunteer opportunities for a variety of reasons including meeting new friends and learning new skills. Many local organizations rely heavily on volunteers.The best source for volunteer opportunities is Volunteer Connection a program thatCommunity Connection runs to promote and support volunteerism in an effort to connect all people to meaningful volunteer opportunities.  Services include a referral and matching service for volunteer placement within the community. You can make a volunteer profile on the website and get matched with a position that matches your skills and interests. 
Volunteer Directory
Alzheimer Society Simcoe County
705-722-1066
www.alzheimer.ca/simcoecounty
 Georgian Triangle Humane Society
705-445-5204
www.gths.ca
Beaver Valley Outreach
519-599-2577
www.bvo.ca
Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay
705-446-9542
www.habitatgeorgianbay.ca
Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Georgian Triangle
705-445-2330
georgiantriangle.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
Heart and Stroke Foundation
705-737-1020 (Simcoe)
www.heartandstroke.ca
Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation
705-445-0357
www.watershedtrust.ca
Home Horizon
705-445-5478
www.homehorizon.ca
Blue Mountain Foundation of The Arts
705-445-3430
www.bmfa.on.ca
Hospice Georgian Triangle
705-444-2555
www.hospicegeorgiantriangle.com
Breaking Down Barriers
705-445-1543
www.breakingdownbarriers.ca
Marsh Street Performing Arts
& Community Centre
519-599-7837
www.marshstreetcentre.com
Children’s Aid Society of Simcoe County
705-444-9160

www.simcoecas.com
My Friend’s House
705-444-2586
www.myfriendshouse.ca
Collingwood Agricultural Society
705-444-0308
www.greatnorthernex.com
Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society
705-444-6658
www.nlps.info
Collingwood Gaslight Community
Theatre Productions

www.gaslighttheatreproductions.com
Red Cross
705-721-3313
www.redcross.ca
Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
705 444-8615
www.cgmh.on.ca
Rotary Club of Collingwood
705-444-7660
www.collingwoodrotary.com
Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation
705-444-8645
www.cgmhf.com
Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay (The)
rotarysgb.org
Collingwood Horticultural Society
705-607-0645
www.gardenontario.org/site.php/collingwood
Salvation Army
705 445-9222
salvationarmycollingwood.ca
Collingwood Optimist Club
705-443-7011
collingwoodoptimistclub.com
Theatre Collingwood
705-445-2200
www.theatrecollingwood.ca
Collingwood YMCA
705-445-5705

www.ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca
Thornbury Beaver Valley Lions Club
www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/tbv/
Community Connection Volunteer Program
405-444-0040

www.volunteerconnection.ca
Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club
www.tcrotary.ca 
Collingwood YFC The Door
705-445-5445

collingwoodyfc.org
Treasure Tails
705-293-3233
www.gths.ca/treasure-tails-store
E3 Community Services Inc.
705-445-6351
e3.ca
United Way Simcoe Muskoka
705-726-2301 x2021
uwsimcoemuskoka.ca
Elephant Thoughts
705-444-2012
www.elephantthoughts.com
VON Adult Day Program
405-444-2457
www.von.ca
The Environment Network
705-446-0551
www.environmentnetwork.org

Retirement Homes & Communities

Retirement Homes and Senior Options in Collingwood & Blue Mountain

Balmoral Village

14 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Website | Facebook

Balmoral Village

Balmoral Village’s concept is holistic, balanced living for forward thinking people in their maturing years. The only community of its kind that accommodates every stage of life for those who are 55 and older.
Balmoral’s graduated level of housing options is a unique concept. You can move into the Village at age 55 – possibly into a semi-detached bungalow or townhome. When the need arises, residents can move into another level of housing, such as a condominium, rental apartment or the retirement residence, without leaving the community.
There are five choices of housing, from bungalows, towns, condos, rental apartments and Retirement Residence.
Amenities include a Medical/Wellness Centre and an 8000 sq.ft. Recreation Clubhouse including pub, pool and exercise and leisure facilities.

Balmoral Place

8 Harbour Street West, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 5B4
Website | Facebook
Balmoral Place Retirement Community is situated within Balmoral Village. The Team at Balmoral Place Retirement Community has many years of collective experience in retirement community living. Their vision is to offer an outstanding selection of amenities and services at an affordable price.  Choose between Retirement Suites or Lifestyle Apartments and Independent or Assisted Living.
At Balmoral Place, you can be as active as you want to be. A professional Lifestyle and Programs Manager will design exciting activities according to your interests. Residents can participate in outings, cards & board games, library, spiritual services, exercise classes, heated therapeutic pool, crafts & cooking and special events. Three meals daily are served in the dining room.

Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence

57 Trott Blvd., Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 0A3
Website | Facebook

Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence

Chartwell Georgian Traditions Retirement Residence features an independent supportive living environment and a dedicated memory care floor, with 24-hour support. Residents can select from a variety of suite types, including studio, one bedroom, one bedroom plus den and two bedroom suites, and engage in an activity program that is tailored to their individual tastes and interests. Our modern and inviting décor includes a stunning stone fireplace, elegant dining room and streetscape-inspired lower level, paired with convenient amenities such as a theatre, hair salon and large activity room. We also offer Short Term Stays for those convalescing from a hospital stay or as a trial period.
CHIP Reverse Mortgage

Seniors living in Collingwood or Blue Mountain may benefit from the CHIP program. CHIP is a reverse mortgage, a loan secured against the value of your home. It lets you unlock the value in your home without having to sell or move away. The money you receive is tax-free and yours to use as you wish.

Benefits of CHIP

  • Keep your home. Stay in your home and community. Maintain complete ownership and control of your home for as long as you choose to stay.
  • No payments. With CHIP you never make a payment until you decide to move or sell.
  • Relieve financial stress. Use up to 55% of the equity in your home to pay off debts or handle unforeseen expenses.
  • Enjoy retirement. The money you access through CHIP is tax-free.
  • Take control. Get your finances under control and gain the freedom to set your own plans and priorities.

How CHIP works

Who can qualify?

  • Canadian homeowner
  • Over age 55
  • Own your home
  • It’s your primary residence

Visit CHIP Website

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