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These stories about the people and places that make us proud to call our community home are made possible through the continued support of the Faris Team as part of our Community Leaders Program.


From the second floor of a tavern to stone and stained glass, All Saints' Church is rich in history

From the second floor of a tavern to stone and stained glass, All Saints' Church is rich in history

Inside the heritage structure (when they're allowed back in) is a congregation with their own, equally rich history
Collingwood's Saint Nicholson has 25 years of Santa stories under his belt

Collingwood's Saint Nicholson has 25 years of Santa stories under his belt

'You look into some of these little eyes and they believe you’re the one, and it just melts your heart,' said Collingwood's Santa Claus, Bill Nicholson
Beyond the bulb: Collingwood's Griswolds shine bright over the holidays

Beyond the bulb: Collingwood's Griswolds shine bright over the holidays

Music synchronization programming, custom-built infrastructure all part of the magic for these all-out for Christmas light and decoration displays
Minnesota Street is memory lane for the kids who grew up in the neighbourhood

Minnesota Street is memory lane for the kids who grew up in the neighbourhood

'We used to play road hockey and the only time you had to move for traffic was at the beginning or end of the day because the parking lot for the Shipyards was at the end of the road,' recalls Paul Hurst, a Minnesota Street resident since 1946
Hobby group keeps social knitters spinning good yarns

Hobby group keeps social knitters spinning good yarns

Though the members of Knitters Corner cast on to their Zoom chat to talk purls and cables, they inevitably end up pulling at other conversational threads too
Mini houses, big collections: Collingwood's Villagers dedicated to dioramas

Mini houses, big collections: Collingwood's Villagers dedicated to dioramas

From Halloweentown to Christmas Village –  the creative juices are always flowing for the creative collectors of the Georgian Bay Villagers Club, part of US-Canada network of miniature village makers
Entrepreneurs find common ground in co-working community

Entrepreneurs find common ground in co-working community

'When you are working for yourself, and you are surrounded by other people doing the cool work that they are doing, it creates this really cool energy,' said Brandon Houston, CEO and founder of one of Collingwood's co-working communities
The neighbourhood that prayed together stayed together

The neighbourhood that prayed together stayed together

Heritage Community Church has a history of community dating back to 1870, when neighbours raised $15 to buy the Seventh Street property
From watering hole to artist's water cooler – Simcoe Street lives again

From watering hole to artist's water cooler – Simcoe Street lives again

In its early days, the street was a famous watering hole for shipbuilders, then it fell into disrepair before it was adopted and revitalized by area artists