Community ProfileTown of the Blue Mountains
A Snapshot of the Town of the Blue Mountains
The Town of the Blue Mountains is a community of communities encompasing the charming towns of Thornbury, Craigleith, and Clarksburg, as well as many hamlets and villages – such as Ravenna, Kimberly, and Heathcote – interspersed across the top of the Niagara Escarpment. Each town, village, and hamlet has its own unique character, arts and culture scene, and recreational opportunities.
As families, young professionals and retirees continue to call The Blue Mountains home, the community continues to grow, creating a more diversified economy and leading to increased opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors. As of 2021, 9,550 people called the Town of the Blue Mountains home and this number continues to grow.
Hospitals and Health Care
- Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
- Markdale Hospital
- Meaford general Hospital
- Owen Sound Hospital
- The Blue Mountains Community Health Centre
- Clarksburg Medical Group
- Collingwood Health Centre
Schools and Child Care
The Blue Mountains is located within the Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board.
- Beaver Valley Community School (JK – 8) is conveniently located in the heart of Thornbury
- Georgian Bay Community School (JK – 12) is located in Meaford
- French-language Catholic education is offered nearby at Ecole Catholique Saint Dominique-Savio in Owen Sound and Notre Dame-de-la-Huronie in Collingwood.
Child Care Programs are managed by Grey County Children’s Service and licensed by the Ministry of Education to ensure programs continue to meet provincial standards. Grey County Children’s Service offers various programs, subsidies and information for parents and a range of support for agencies and childcare providers.
Community Organizations and Services
- The Beaver Valley Outreach is a community-based charitable organization enhancing the lives of people in The Blue Mountains for over 35 years with programs and services for children, families/individuals, seniors and youth
- The Blue Mountains Public Library is a dynamic centre of community engagement where everyone can connect, explore and create. Comprised of a Gallery, Library, Archives and Museum (GLAM), L.E. Shore Library offers a variety of services and programs for people of all ages and monthly art exhibits in The Gallery.
- Events for Life is a day program located in Thornbury that provides social, recreational and lifelong learning for special needs adults in the Town of The Blue Mountains and surrounding areas. The organization works to support special needs individuals so they can live, learn and work in an integrated, inclusive community.
- The Blue Mountains Seniors Network was formed to advocate for seniors and maximize access to resources and services for seniors in the Town of Blue Mountains by working and planning together to identify needs and coordinate programming.
- The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce enriches the lives of people of all ages and works to build strong and healthy kids, families and communities throughout the Grey and Bruce counties. The organization offers opportunities for personal development in many program areas including: Aquatics, Health, Fitness and Recreation, Child Care, Community and Justice Programs, Housing Support and Employment Services.
- My Friend’s House is a non-profit agency offering support for abused women and children living in the Georgian Triangle of Ontario. Since opening in 1991, My Friend’s House has helped thousands of women get the safety and support they need to rebuild their lives.
- Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary. Chartered in 1938, the Rotary Club of Thornbury-Clarksburg is a well-respected part of the Thornbury/Clarksburg/Beaver Valley community. A vibrant, active service club dedicated to serving the needs of our local community as well as the worldwide community.
- The Grey Bruce Immigration Partnership works at the local level to foster a community that is welcoming and inclusive and to support newcomers in becoming fully engaged in the social, economic, political, and cultural life of Grey and Bruce Counties.
Local Experiences and Attractions
The Blue Mountains is home to many natural wonders, including the Niagara Escarpment, the Beaver River, and Georgian Bay, providing a plethora of recreational opportunities for every season. With over 285 km of public trails that weave their way throughout the community, there’s no shortage of ways, by wheel or foot, to head outdoors and take in the expansive views of Georgian Bay and the countryside.
For a full list of beaches, parks and trails, visit: Beaches, Parks & Trails | Town of The Blue Mountains, ON
The Blue Mountains is also home to a vibrant arts and culture scene. Interspersed throughout the communities of The Blue Mountains is an abundance of vibrant, passionate hearts for the arts. With nearly 20 art galleries, the area serves as a cultural hub, offering local artists picturesque landscapes, a rich history and bountiful vistas from which they draw artistic inspiration.
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