August 2019

Sidelaunch Days are back August 10-11 with new ways to enjoy Collingwood’s Harbour

Sidelaunch Days is a two-day multi-venue, multi-recreational event celebrating the joy of being in, on, and around South Georgian Bay while commemorating the unique shipbuilding heritage of Collingwood. With activities for all ages, Sidelaunch Days is a great family festival with lots of ways for everyone to get involved.

Getting out on the water is a big part of Sidelaunch Days. Visitors can try out canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and stand up paddle-boarding for free! They can also catch the excitement by watching the experts compete, or even trying to compete themselves!

The Ontario SUP Race Series stops in Collingwood featuring demos and races in Collingwood Harbour. From different beginner events to sprints and distance races, there’s something for every paddler.

SUP Competition specifics:

  • Technical Races (for novices to experts) – Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 AM
  • Sprints - Saturday, August 10 at 2:30 PM
  • Long Distance Race - Sunday, August 11 at 10:00 AM
Cable wakeboarding is back as well, with lessons on Thursday and Friday. It’s a great way to try out wakeboarding in the beautiful, safe, and protected Collingwood Harbour. The team at Border Pass even offer a Get Up Guarantee or it’s free! The Battle in the Bay premier cable wakeboarding competition will also run during the weekend. Be thrilled and astounded by the sweet flips and crazy tricks the beginners, intermediates, and pro’s perform. 

Wakeboard Competition specifics:
  • Beginner & Intermediate Categories  – Friday, , August 9 at 2:00 PM – 4:15 PM
  • Team Battle – Saturday, August 10 at 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Cash 4 Tricks – Sunday, August 11 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Finals- Sunday, August 11 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
There’s lots more free fun and activities:
  • Stroll the Market Promenade beside the Sidelaunch Basin: There’s something for everyone along the eats, treats, and art promenade, featuring over 25 vendors
  • Visit the Kids Craft & Activity Centre: Create and take home old fashioned hand held games. Presented by Re/Max Four Season Realty.
  • Come by the new Dockside Bar beside Heritage Drive. Featuring samples from Side Launch Brewing and Georgian Bay Spirit Co, along with a full bar and delicious food from Cabin Bistro, this will be an ideal place to watch the SUP and cable wakeboarding competitions from. The Dockside Bar will also feature Live & Original musicians from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Saturday and 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Sunday afternoon.
  • NEW! Cheer on the Woofjock Dock Diving Dog Show: “Canine All Stars” will astound the audience with their speed, agility and obedience in a fast-paced dog diving one-of-a-kind show! Plus the WoofJocks’ have their special brand of un-fur-gettable comedy the whole family will love. Saturday August 10 at 11;30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM.
  • Watch Kites over Collingwood at Millennium Park: Participants can bring their own kites or decorate a complimentary one on site and enjoy the winds at Millennium. Or just relax and watch the professionals with their colourful array of large scale kites soaring high above Collingwood Harbour on Sunday, August 11 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM!
  • Attend a great evening concert at the Amphitheatre on Sunday night at 7:00 PM featuring Freedom Train: This power-trio performs at over 200 shows annually, including Massey Hall and MGM Grand in Las Vegas, winning audiences with their spin on classic rock, R&B, funk, and reggae. Come celebrate the best timeless classics from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s starting at 7:00 PM!

This full weekend of fun in Collingwood starts on Saturday morning at the famous downtown Collingwood Farmers’ Market.

For details on these activities and other festival events visit

About Collingwood
Collingwood is a bustling town filled with energy, creativity, and the natural beauty of South Georgian Bay.

As one of the top places in Ontario to open and operate a small business, Collingwood boasts a growing population and a thriving business community. Collingwood acts as gateway to the South Georgian Bay region, with stunning landscapes that encourage an active lifestyle, and inspire the local arts & culture community. Collingwood is home to an exceptional primary, secondary, and post-secondary education system, as well as integrated healthcare services, recreational facilities and a wide range of shopping choices.

Only 90 minutes from Toronto, Collingwood holds a unique position as both a business leader and a recreational gem. Experience big city amenities, in a small-town harbourfront community.

Be part of the Collingwood experience at

The Town of Collingwood is proudly presenting the Niibi Gatherings this summer, which is a discussion and ceremony series at the Awen’ Gathering Place. This summer series started on Tuesday, June 18 with an event in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day. This water-themed series is officially titled “Niibi Gatherings - Water is Life, Water is Alive”. Niibi is the Ojibwe word for water.

The Niibi Gatherings are a free, rain or shine event series, with all ages welcome to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and sitting blanket.

The Awen’ Gathering Place is located at the North end of Cedar Street. The Awen’ Gathering Place is a space of sharing, learning, ceremony, and celebration to advance recognition of the past and present Indigenous Peoples and their heritage legacy.

Friday, August 9 - 7:00 PM
The experience of migration, often by water, can be very different from one person to another. Following an introduction and ceremony with Elder and Oshkaabewis-messenger James Carpenter, Toronto artist Akshata Naik leads an interactive art project inviting participants to reflect on our personal history, travel, identity, and where and to whom we feel most connected. Let’s recognize and celebrate our diverse stories and identities. This event is held on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and the eve of Sidelaunch Days, the Town of Collingwood’s Harbour Festival.

More info: or 705-444-2500 ext. 3287

Photo by Dave West Photography

Share a story about your favourite waterfront activity in Collingwood!

With Sidelaunch Days Harbour Festival just around the corner (August 10 & 11), please share a story on Engage Collingwood about your favourite waterfront activity in Collingwood!

Register now to share your story at

At Engage Collingwood, residents can find and share information on key initiatives, provide feedback, participate in discussions and surveys, and much more. This participation will make a valuable impact on Town activities, strategies, and programs, and will help shape the future of the community.

Engage Collingwood is also a safe place, where comments are moderated for bullying, threats, and inappropriate language, and where personal information stays private and secure.

Please take notice that Road Paving will occur on Heritage Drive from Monday, August 12 to Thursday, August 15 (weather permitting).

This paving project will impact Heritage Drive from Waterside Lane to the Marina Parking Lot.

Heritage Drive will remain open, including access to the Boat Launch and Yacht Club, but may be limited to single lane traffic intermittently throughout the construction project. Expect traffic delays on Heritage Drive due to machinery movement.

The Walking/Cycling Trail along Heritage Drive is impacted, and people are asked to avoid this area during the construction project. Safety first!

Signage and Barricades will be in place as needed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Beginning on Wednesday, July 31, the sidewalk in front of Town Hall will be unavailable during the day due to brick restoration, and will be unavailable during various times throughout the summer months. Sidewalk access is being rerouted to the west side of Hurontario Street via the pedestrian walkway to Second Street/Simcoe Street.

Town Hall main entrance can only be accessed from the north by heading south along Hurontario Street from Simcoe Street while the sidewalk in front of Town Hall is closed.

At the end of each work day, the restoration contractors will push the fence back so that the sidewalk can be re-opened.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For questions or concerns, please contact or 705-445-1030.

Street Pianos set to sing again throughout Collingwood’s Historic Downtown - Saturday, August 3 to Monday, August 5

The Keys to Collingwood Festival on Civic Holiday Weekend marks the return of the popular Street Pianos! Beautifully restored pianos will be installed on the streets of Collingwood’s Historic Downtown for all to enjoy. Once again, the pianos will feature iconic images commemorating our community’s history. 

Talented musicians are scheduled to play for more than 50+ hours on the ten street pianos during the launch weekend. Performances are Saturday, August 3 to Monday, August 5 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day, featuring music of all genres, including jazz, blues, rock, classical, and gospel.

Returning again this year is the Monster Ground Foot Piano, located at Sheffer Court - 186 Hurontario Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets. Come on downtown and let your dance moves create some musical tunes!

Remember…the fun continues through the month as the pianos remain on the streets for your pleasure and enjoyment. The unexpected often happens when someone sits down at one of these wonderful musical instruments.

For a complete line-up of performers, bios, and piano locations, please visit

Property Owners
Your 2019 final property tax bill has been mailed out. The total amount is payable in two installments due on August 16, 2019 and October 18, 2019. The interim tax installments, mailed in January, were due on February 15, 2019 and May 17, 2019. Your property tax bill is comprised of taxes levied by the Town of Collingwood, the County of Simcoe, and the Provincial education levies.

Tax Dollar Breakdown
Based on a sample home assessed at $300,000, the total taxes payable will be $3,495.63, broken down as follows:
Education levy: $483.00
County levy: $837.00
Town levy: $2,158.58
Capital levy: $17.05

Tax Reductions
Any pending Tax Reductions as a result of an Assessment Appeal, Request for Reconsideration, Special Amended Notice, or Section 357 Reduction will be processed in due course after the final tax bill.

Supplementary Tax Bills
For properties with new construction or renovations in 2017 and 2018 (not included on the assessment roll for 2019) and properties with new construction or renovation in 2019, taxes will be billed on a Supplementary Tax Notice later this year once assessment details have been received from MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation).

Change of Address or New Owner
The Town will issue tax bills to the mailing address provided by your solicitor, or to the address indicated on the transfer deed. If a mailing address has not been specified, the tax bill will be sent to the property address. If you wish to change your mailing address, you must notify the Tax Department in writing or by e-mail at

Pre-Authorized Payment Plans
For more information on pre-authorized payment plans for municipal property taxes, please contact the Finance Department by e-mail at or 705-445-1030 Ext. 3625.

Your property value assessment and the names and addresses of the persons assessed, identified on your tax bill, are in accordance with the Assessment Roll. This Roll was prepared by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), and is based on a January 1, 2016 valuation date. If you have any questions regarding your Current Value Assessment, please contact MPAC at 1-877-331-7766 or

Penalties and Interest
To avoid penalty and interest charges, the payment must be received by the Tax Department on or before the due date. A penalty charge of 1.25% may be added on the first day of default. Interest will be added at the rate of 1.25% on the first day of each month for as long as the account is outstanding.
Every year, the Town of Collingwood inspects and repairs approximately $50,000 to $60,000 in heaved or damaged sidewalk. These repairs involve removing the severely damaged and heaved sidewalk and replacing them with new sidewalk. In some cases, grinding out a sidewalk hazard is an option. Yearly, the Town makes hundreds of repairs and grinds to our municipal sidewalks.

Inspection of municipal sidewalks is currently underway. During the inspections, paint is applied to the hazardous locations so to provide an additional warning to the walking public. The Town follows this up with the necessary replacement, repair, or grind at a later date.
The Sidewalk Repair Program occurs annually because every year frost, trees, or other elements impact the sidewalks of Collingwood.
The below summary of our Fireworks By-Law is a helpful reminder of when and how fireworks are permitted for use in Collingwood.
  • No person shall set off any fireworks when a fire ban is in effect.
  • No person shall set off consumer fireworks on any day or days during the year except on Victoria Day, Canada Day and New Years Eve and the three (3) days immediately preceding and/or following each of these days.
  • No person under the age of eighteen (18) years of age may discharge, fire, set off, or cause to be set off any consumer fireworks.
  • No person shall set off any consumer fireworks in a manner that might create a danger or nuisance to any person or property.
  • No person shall set off any consumer fireworks except between dusk and 11:00 PM.
  • Please be advised that pursuant to Town of Collingwood By-law No. 2012-064, an offence will carry a maximum fine not exceeding $10,000.00 plus the victim surcharge.
Read the full Fireworks By-Law
Wish-cycling is the practice of tossing questionable items in the recycling bin, hoping they can be recycled.

Have you ever stood in front of your recycling bin with something in your hand, trying to figure out if it should go in? You're not entirely sure whether it can be recycled, but you really hope it can. You would rather err on the side of caution than waste, so you toss the item into the recycling and figure, if that isn't where it goes, the recycling facility can sort it out. This is wish-cycling, and the reality is, it could cause an entire load of good recyclables to become contaminated trash - and no one wishes for that.

Why is Wish-cycling bad?
When things like plastic bags or shredded paper make it to the sorting facility, they can jam up the machinery. These jams can take hours to resolve and even halt the entire process, preventing any other items from being recycled. All that time spent fixing clogged machinery ends up delaying recycling plant operations.

Recycling programs are successful when they can collect, sort, and sell the recycled material. Recycling is done in batches. If a non-recyclable item works its way into a batch, it risks contaminating all the materials which can no longer be sold and could end up becoming garbage.  

What if you don't know?
Try using the waste wizard on the County of Simcoe Website! 

Eliminating Single Use Plastics
The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative has made a plea to urge member municipalities to implement a ban of signal use plastics in an effort to protect our Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway and further local support of this global issue.

At the Monday, July 22, 2019 Council Meeting, Town of Collingwood Council instructed Staff to commence the process of eliminating all single use plastics in municipal facilities and to report back to Council in 6 months to provide an update on the progress.

Learn more about the Town of Collingwood's Greener Collingwood corporate initiatives at 
Save The Date! Join in on the Family Engagement Session about the new Sunset Point Park Playground design project on Wednesday, August 14 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Sunset Point Pavilion.

This is a great opportunity to share your ideas, discover information about the design project, and help support the healthy development of children across the community.
Local kids share ideas and have their voice heard

The Town of Collingwood’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department recently visited local schools to engage with youth on the design of a new playground facility at Sunset Point Park.

In an effort to give voice to kids and prioritize their opinions on this playground project, Town Staff met with over 200 Grade 1 to Grade 7 students at the Collingwood Elementary Schools. These 6 to 13 year olds shared the forms of play that were most important to them out of 7 key categories (active, artistic, creative, sensory, games, social, and reflective), and designated the play opportunities they would like to see in each of those categories. The kids also shared their ideas and designs on how they perceive the play space at the Sunset Point Park.

This feedback, along with feedback from our March 2019 survey, will help guide the process into the next stages of public engagement and design, which will include family engagement opportunities.

The playground re-design will serve to revitalize the park environment, creating a safe, inclusive, and accessible area for active play, supporting healthy development for children across the community.

The current 2.33 hectare playground at Sunset Point Park, known as EnviroPark, was constructed in 1993. The playground was originally built out of wood and concrete, and designed around the theme of water protection and the environment. Park features, including the sand surfacing, do not meet current accessibility standards. After 26 years of community use, this playground now requires replacement.

Visit to stay informed about the Sunset Point Park Playground project.

Collingwood Elvis Festival was filled with thrilling events and Elvis Tribute Artists from around the globe.

Sylvain Leduc, from Valleyfield, QC, was named the 2019 Collingwood Elvis Festival Champion at the Grand Finals Competition on Sunday, July 28.

Interestingly, Champion Sylvain Leduc has already pre-qualified in Niagara for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest (to be held in Memphis during Elvis Week, August 9-17, 2019), and Runner-up, Bruno Nesci, has also pre-qualified in Penticton. Our 3rd Place Elvis Tribute Artist, Michael Cullipher, will be the 2019 Collingwood representative in Memphis. Michael Cullipher hails from Sallisaw, OK.

Preliminary rounds took place throughout the weekend, and with more than 60 tribute artists, the competition was tough. This year’s 25th anniversary celebrations attracted 16 returning champions, more than 25 professionals, and four youth competitors, as well as international Ultimate Champions Dean Z, Shawn Klush, Gordon Hendricks, and Jay Dupuis. 

Congratulations to Sylvain Leduc and all of our winners.

Winners – Professional
1. Sylvain Leduc
2. Bruno Nesci
3. Michael Cullipher
4. Matt King
5. Oliver Steinhoff

Winners - Non-professional
1. John Cigan
2. Gavan Rousseau
3. Jeff Marsh

Winners – Youth
1. Benjamin Dalske
2. Agostino Trombello
3. Spencer Young

Thank you to the main sponsors of the 2019 Collingwood Elvis Festival: OLG, Living Water Resort & Spa, Blue Mountain Resort, The Westin Trillium House, Enbridge, and the Province of Ontario.

About the Collingwood Elvis Festival
Over its 25-year history, the Collingwood Elvis Festival has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world. The festival is a celebration of the life and times of Elvis Presley and his influence on various musical genres, the popular culture of his time, and an entire era of fans and artists who have carried lasting memories of his impact on the world. It has been recognized as the world’s largest annual gathering of Elvis Tribute Artists and a Top 100 festival by Festivals & Events Ontario.

Collingwood Elvis Festival Returning in 2020!
The 2020 Collingwood Elvis Festival will be organized and managed by a private events host through the municipal special event permitting process. The Town of Collingwood looks forward to providing advice and corporate knowledge on past programming and operational best practices to the management successor of the Collingwood Elvis Festival in an effort to maintain the Festival’s quality standards and brand reputation. Stay tuned for more information, and see you in 2020!

Left to Right: Michael Cullipher (3rd Place), Roy Leblanc (emcee), Sylvain Leduc (Champion), Mayor Brian Saunderson, Bruno Nesci (2nd Place)

Please take notice that construction will begin this summer on the installation of a pedestrian crossover on Hurontario Street at the Hamilton Drain Trail Crossing. Construction will take approximately 5 weeks. Please obey signage during construction. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Crossovers are a way for pedestrians to easily and safely cross the road. By law, drivers and cyclists must stop and yield to pedestrians intending to cross the road, and wait for them to completely reach the other side before driving. This new crossover will have a button pedestrians can push to activate flashing lights.

This new crossover will also tie the trail system together on the Hamilton Drain Trail.

Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should pay extra attention while getting familiar with this new crossover.


  • Make sure drivers or cyclists have enough time to stop before you begin to cross.
  • Make it clear that you want to cross.
  • Press the push button to activate the flashing lights.
  • Make sure the driver or cyclist sees you before you begin to cross.
  • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop and you feel it is safe.
Drivers and Cyclists
  • Watch for pedestrians who would like to cross the road.
  • Stop for pedestrians at the marked yield bar.
  • Allow the pedestrian to cross the entire width of the road before driving.
  • Do not pass any other vehicle within 30 metres before a pedestrian crossover.
Stay tuned to, as well as Town of Collingwood social media channels, for construction updates and safety reminders about this new pedestrian crossover.


Mayor Brian Saunderson and Brandon Amyot (President of Fierte Simcoe Pride) raise the Pride Flag at the Collingwood Public Library on Wednesday, July 31.

Learn more about inclusivity, diversity, & County-wide Pride Festivities taking place from July 29 to August 11 at 


Discover Collingwood’s ‘world – class’ retail, dining, and arts scene as many of our downtown businesses and restaurants invite you to an evening of shopping, dining, and entertainment every Thursday and Friday evenings during the summer months of July and August.

Shop, Sip, and Dine as Collingwood’s downtown comes alive from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

You will find welcoming patios, sidewalk sales, and street entertainers throughout the downtown.

Visit for full details, the list of participating businesses, and your chance to win great prizes!

The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at

Public Meeting:
  • The public had an opportunity to review and provide comments on the 2019 Development Charges Background Study, related Staff Reports, and the proposed Development Charges By-Law. Development Charges are levied against new development, and are a primary resource of funding for growth-related capital expenditures. The 2019 Development Charges Background Study relates to the provision of eligible DC Services (ie. Library, Fire Protection, Police, Parking and By-law, Outdoor Recreation, Indoor Recreation, Administration, Transit Services, Roads and Related, Water and Wastewater Services).
  • Representatives from Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority presented on recent changes to core mandate for conservation authorities.
  • Representatives from Sunset Point Residents Association (SPRAC) presented on various matters at Sunset Point. 
Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee:
  • Council approved the Auditor's Report of 2018 Financial Statements.
  • Council authorized a budget increase of $650,000 for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Diesel Generator Replacement Project.
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee:
  • Council authorized the discharge of a Site Plan Control Agreement from the remnant lands of the Wyldewood Cove project located at 11616 Highway 26.
  • Regarding the Monaco Development at 263 Hurontario Street & 1 Hume Street, Council enacted and passed Authorization By-laws to execute a Site Plan Control Agreement, Encroachment Agreement, and Hoarding Agreement, with conditions. Council also approved discharging the Site Remediation Agreement from the title of the lands to be developed, with a Site Remediation Agreement remaining on all other lands listed in the Site Remediation Agreement, with securities being retained until works set out in the Agreement are complete. 
Staff Report:
  • Council received an update on the Fisher Fieldhouse Project. A public meeting will be held at a future date.
  • Council instructs staff to commence the process of eliminating all single use plastics in municipal facilities and report back to Council in 6 months to provide an update on the progress.
  • Council requests a staff report to provide options regarding the future of the Collingwood Grain Terminals further to the 2018 engineering report, and that the report include but not be limited to consideration of public private partnerships, full divestiture, Waterfront Master Plan integration, public consultation, and potential third party expertise to facilitate and guide the process.  
  • Council approved support in the amount of $75,000 in 2019/20, to be used at the discretion of the CAO for assisting the ‘Out of the Cold Program’ with expenses to be drawn upon primarily for staffing once the program coordinator and overnight staff are in place, and that additional annual funding be considered during the budget deliberations following receipt of an annual program review to be provided to Council. 
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
  • Monday, August 12 - Development & Operations Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, August 26 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
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The Town of Collingwood has recently installed a new high-definition webcam at Town Hall that showcases beautiful Downtown Collingwood.

The Downtown Webcam page on the Town of Collingwood municipal website is extremely popular, with Residents and Visitors checking in to see what is happening Downtown.

Check it out for yourself at

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