- 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
The Blue Mountains Public Library
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.
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.
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
Canada Safety Council
The Canada Safety Council is a national, non-government, charitable organization dedicated to safety.
Information on Senior Safety:
Government of Canada Seniors Resources
Resources for seniors
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.
Planning for aging in place
- Thinking about aging in place
- Factsheet: Plan your future today – Live the life you want tomorrow
- Checklist: Thinking about your future? Plan now to Age in Place
- Video: What is planning for Aging in Place?
- Video: My home and neighbourhood
- Video: My social connections
- Video: My supports and services
What every older Canadian should know about:
Labour force participation
Provincial and Territorial resources
Discounts for Seniors
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
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.
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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 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
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
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.
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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
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.
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.
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
Probus Club Directory
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.
|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
|Alzheimer Society Simcoe County
| Georgian Triangle Humane Society
|Beaver Valley Outreach
|Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Georgian Triangle
|Heart and Stroke Foundation
|Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation
|Blue Mountain Foundation of The Arts
|Hospice Georgian Triangle
|Breaking Down Barriers
|Marsh Street Performing Arts
& Community Centre
|Children’s Aid Society of Simcoe County
|My Friend’s House
|Collingwood Agricultural Society
|Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society
|Collingwood Gaslight Community
|Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
|Rotary Club of Collingwood
|Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation
|Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay (The)
|Collingwood Horticultural Society
|Collingwood Optimist Club
|Thornbury Beaver Valley Lions Club
|Community Connection Volunteer Program
|Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club
|Collingwood YFC The Door
|E3 Community Services Inc.
|United Way Simcoe Muskoka
|VON Adult Day Program
|The Environment Network
Retirement Homes & Communities
Retirement Homes and Senior Options in Collingwood & Blue Mountain
Amenities include a Medical/Wellness Centre and an 8000 sq.ft. Recreation Clubhouse including pub, pool and exercise and leisure facilities.
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