Creator(s): Collingwood Museum
Collingwood, Ontario, was and still is affected by the marine history of the community. Collingwood maintained strong marine roots from the very early years of the 1850s, when the harbour was used primarily for boat building, through its era as a vital east-west link across the continent, to its importance as a shipbuilding town. Many of its major industries over the last century and a half came to Collingwood because of its vital transportation links. Floods of immigrants travelled through Collingwood in search of a future in the western part of the continent. Merchants prospered from the high traffic and built grand homes, many of which still exist today. The community developed a cosmopolitan feel, and attracted notable characters and important attention at the national and international level.