Destination guide

Have some lakeside fun near Collingwood vacation rentals

A laid-back town with a bayside setting just north of Toronto, Collingwood may not loom large on most travellers' radar, but it has a couple of major pluses: the mountains and the lake. Squeezed neatly in between South Georgian Bay and the soaring Blue Mountains, which are a hiking and skiing hotspot, Collingwood vacation homes offer a whole heap of outdoor fun for active couples, families, and solo travellers, and there's also a charming heritage downtown area dating back to the 19th century, if you're looking for a history fix.


Collingwood has a storied past dating from 1858, and the town made its mark as one of the centres of Canada's ship-building industry. You might want to explore the lovely town centre, which has a healthy offering of 19th-century buildings occupied by plenty of quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants. If you're keen to dig further into the town's past, the Collingwood Museum is the place to start. It has a whole host of information about the town's maritime heritage, as well as the history and culture of its First Nations people.


Activities and attractions in Collingwood

Are you searching for top things to see and do while you're in the area? You'll be sure to enjoy Collingwood for its skiing and hiking. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Collingwood has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Collingwood Golf Course (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Blue Mountain Ski Resort (5.2 mi / 8.3 km)
  • Plunge Aquatic Center (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Blue Mountain Go-Karts (5.7 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Bruce Trail Lookout (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Collingwood

Collingwood is well known for its skiing. To make the most of the cold weather activities, you might consider visiting in March, August, September or April, when snowfall averages 0 inches and temperatures average 11°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Collingwood

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Collingwood is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Sunset Point Park (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Collingwood Scenic Caves (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Craigleith Provincial Park (6.5 mi / 10.4 km)
  • Pretty River Valley Provincial Park (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Tower Island (9.7 mi / 15.6 km)
  • Wasaga Beach Nordic Centre (10 mi / 16 km)
How to get around

Getting around town from Collingwood vacation rentals

Collingwood has a walkable downtown core, with many attractions grouped together, and you'll most certainly be able to stroll from your vacation rental to the town's heritage trails, shops, restaurants, and local waterfront and swimming spots. However, if you want to go further afield, which you almost certainly will, then a car is a must-have. By getting behind the wheel, you'll be able to zip around the lakeshore or make your way up to the mountains for summertime hiking and biking – or in the winter, skiing and snowboarding – at Blue Mountains resort.

Food & drink 

Food and drinks to sink your teeth into in Collingwood

There are plentiful restaurants, bars, and cafes in Collingwood to keep your taste buds busy. You'll find everything from refined European classics to Asian street food and simple cafes, plus, the summer months see a weekly farmers' market serving fresh meat, fruit, veggies, and baked goods from around Ontario. Even at the local beach you can't escape foodie haunts – a well-loved ice cream shop is the perfect pitstop on a summer day, while a chip wagon dishes out savoury snacks. For sugar addicts, the local candy factory lets you watch the chocolatiers at work, as well as sample their sweet treats.

Essential info

Essential information for your Collingwood vacation rental

Collingwood is a town of 21,000 people strung out along the shore of Lake Huron, and it's crammed full of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Collingwood Harbour, the town's most prominent feature, is in Nottawasaga Bay, the southern half of expansive Georgian Bay, and local heritage trails take you around the docks and along the pier. Around 10 minutes' drive outside of town is the Blue Mountain Village, a popular ski resort at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment. Collingwood is a safe community with a relatively low crime rate and excellent healthcare facilities.

Where to stay near Collingwood?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 548 house rentals near Collingwood. From 113 Chalets to 90 Cottages, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Collingwood for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Collingwood?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Collingwood. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cranberry Resort Golf Course: 780 home rentals
  • Collingwood Harbour: 781 home rentals
  • Sunset Point Park: 755 home rentals
  • Collingwood Golf Course: 640 home rentals
  • Collingwood Museum: 768 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Collingwood listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Chalets in Collingwood?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 113 Chalets in Collingwood. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Collingwood include:

  • Cottages: 90 lodging choices
  • Houses: 117 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 90 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Collingwood?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 228 vacation homes with pool available in Collingwood.