Southern Georgian Bay refers to several communities that are situated along the Georgian Bay that are culturally active and community oriented. This sector of Ontario is known for quiet and beautiful living spaces, along with a strong tourist industry. It is popular with residents and visitors as a destination for outdoor recreations, water activities and is also considered for local events and as an entertainment hub.
Within Southern Georgian Bay are the communities of Collingwood, the Blue Mountains, Thornbury, Meaford and Wasaga Beach — the communities and real estate that Christine Smith specializes in. Each of these towns preserves a small town environment that is also self-sufficient with a number of shops, dining establishments and sightseeing opportunities. Events and activities are also held throughout the year for each community or all together as one.
Much of the focus on all these neighbourhoods is the beauty in being able to enjoy the natural surroundings. Hiking trails in Collingwood, the Blue Mountains and Wasaga Beach are easy to access and give residents a taste of the wilderness that is still close to home. Other area attractions include the Meaford Museum, the Lora Bay Golf Club near Thornbury and the Craigleith Ski Club in the Blue Mountains.
Along with outdoor recreations, these communities within the Southern Georgian Bay area also give residents a neighbourhood atmosphere that is safe for families and has well-appointed homes in low density suburbs. Each of these neighbourhoods features highly active community leagues that involve residents in municipal and extra-curricular events, and the local public schools have a high rating for teachers and learning facilities, along with a focus on bi-lingual classes.
All of the communities feature well defined downtown areas for shopping and dining. This is especially prevalent in the town of Collingwood. Along with shops and boutiques, this town also features many guided tours of historical buildings and locations. As a lake-shore community, Meaford is close to the boardwalk and beach amenities for the summer season, and harvest festivals throughout the fall. The Blue Mountains holds a strong appeal for cultural experiences, with art galleries and showings throughout the year.
As an overall Southern Georgian Bay gives residents a choice of idyllic communities that will cater to any lifestyle. The towns, villages and hamlets are a vibrant suburb that is located within an hour of Toronto and allows residents to live in a rural bliss with easy access to the urban hub.