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Collingwood Living Is The Life For Me… and You?

Posted by Sherry Rioux on April 22, 2013

Welcome to Collingwood signSomeone once said to me that everything she knew about the South Georgian Bay area, she knew from my blog.  Actually, I’ve had a number of people say that which gives me a little Dopamine thrill every time.  People also say that they seek to validate their idea of moving to the area through what they read online.  So, I thought it might be interesting to take a stab at describing what life is like when you live here like I do.

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is to listen.  If the birds are having frenzied breakfast chatter at the feeder, I know it’s a nice day outside.  Morning coffee might come from locally roasted beans which I enjoy while I do a quick check of my email and Facebook.  I know my online friends will let me know if there is anything really important about the day ahead such as a storm, a closure or the news that it is in fact Sunday and I didn’t need to get up so early.  Breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day.  (The other two are lunch and dinner.) It’s usually some organic veggies I’ve picked up locally at the Co-op, the Farmers market or local grocer plus a couple of free-range, brown eggs John picked up at the butcher shop.

On a good day, I might work-out with the world’s best personal trainer or, I’ll grab a second cup of coffee, decaf this time, and head into my home office to start the work day.  Or I look out the window at the mountain. Every day is different and may involve showing homes, booking appointments, listing properties, marketing them, attending meetings, jawing with other locals about Town politics and news, talking to lenders, lawyers, builders, planners or any number of different things including an attempt every day to tame the email and social media tigers.  What is different is that Chris and I know the people we talk to. We see them downtown or in the grocery store.  Some are neighbours.  We’re on a first name basis and often end a call with a lunch date booked.  Another difference is that nothing is too far.  I can drive to Meaford in about 35 minutes which is the farthest I may have to go in a day.  I can run out to pick something up anywhere in town and be back in 10 or 15 minutes.Walkway

Some days, I have appointments such as meeting with my Business Exchange Group that has members such as Julie of mycollingwood,  Len from Secure Insurance, Karen from Centum Mortgages,   Barb from the Oxford Learning Centre and many others who have all become fast friends.  I may have an appointment with my Naturopath, Shelby, my Chiropractor, Jen Fawcett   or a day with my STAR group of top REALTORS® from around the province.

In the evenings, I may have a girl’s night out, attend a council meeting, a yoga class, a meeting of the condo board I sit on, visit friends,  attend a local performance or any number of other things that make up life as we know it.  Everything is nearby, there is rarely a wait in line for anything, people are friendly and helpful and in general, the pace is slower.  My husband, who does the grocery shopping AND cooking (yes, he is a keeper and no, he doesn’t have a brother) knows the deli, meat and produce people by name.  Our pharmacist is Mark, we know all the folks at our bank by name, I know the names of my hairdressers kids, I can call up any member of council at home (they may not take my call though) and I know the location of every stop sign in town.

I cannot imagine, for even a single moment, trading our lives for one that might involve subways, traffic jams, security bars and dumpster odours.  No offense to those who love big city life but it’s not the life for me.  This is.  Right here in Collingwood.

0 thoughts on “Collingwood Living Is The Life For Me… and You?

  • on April 22, 2013

    Well said! I followed your blog for two years before we moved here. You have made all the difference in the world when we made the move. Thanks Marg.

  • Susan
    on April 22, 2013

    Excellent article, Marg. You’ve described the wonderful community I called home, before a new job had me relocate to Toronto. I miss Collingwood, and there is no other town like it. Your newsletters nudge me to call it home once again. Maybe … some day.

  • Marg
    on April 22, 2013

    That is so nice to hear Heather and it has been a joy to become friends with you!

  • Marg
    on April 22, 2013

    We’d love to see you back here Susan! xo

  • on April 22, 2013

    You missed out your trans-Atlantic friends who also call Collingwood home!!! We might not live here 24/7 but when we’re here, it’s home and we too chat to people in the street, the grocery store and the LCBO – probably more here than ‘back home’. Collingwood is a wonderful place to be.

  • Marg
    on April 23, 2013

    You are almost a local Pennie. At least we think of you that way already.

  • Kathryn K.
    on July 28, 2016

    Hello, the picture of the walkway with the lights here on your bog, whereabouts is that located?

  • Marg
    on July 29, 2016

    It’s along the waterfront in the Shipyards development in Collingwood. It’s so pretty along there!

  • Kathryn K.
    on July 30, 2016

    Okay, thank you. I don’t presently live in Collingwood so could you please tell me what street I would take to get to the Shipyards development. Is that walkway just for the residents of that development?

  • Marg
    on August 3, 2016

    It’s at the tip of the main street behind the LCBO and Rexall. There is a lovely trail you can walk which will wrap itself around to Maple Street. Enjoy!

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