The Town of Blue Mountains was officially formed on January 1, 2001, and was the amalgamation of the towns of Thornbury and Collingwood. Blue Mountains is an official "Four Seasons" designated area which allows for people from across Canada to participate in seasonal activities year round. The famous Bruce Trail passes though some sections of the town, and is close to Metcalfe Rock which is one of the most well know rock climbing experiences in Ontario.
The Blue Mountains area is known for year round activities. In winter it is a skiing Mecca, with visitors flocking to the area from all over Ontario. Resorts in the area offer well groomed ski hills and trails for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. For those who love snowmobiling there are hundreds of miles of trails for them to enjoy. Ridge Runner is a popular attraction where kids get to enjoy the first mountain coaster ride in Ontario.
In the summertime the area becomes a tourist destination as city dwellers flock to cottage country, where they can enjoy lazy fishing at Milpond or more exciting adventures with kayaks on the water, swimming and just laying on the beach. Blue Mountains is surrounded by park areas and some of the best walking trails for hikers to explore unique terrain and stunning vistas.
Beach areas are found in numerouse places here and include Little River Beach Park and Northwinds Beach. These two beaches are known as "Blue Flag Beaches", a designation given by Environmental Defense and means you can depend on them meeting the highest standards of water quality.
Condos in the Blue Mountain area are popular with owners and tourists, as they offer a wide variety of activities in this resort community. Some offer skiers the opportunity to ski right up to their front door. As a Four Season Community the Blue Mountain condos are very popular with young growing families.
Blue Mountains has a low crime rate, when compared to other areas, and in part it's due to the local program known as Community Watch. This organization works with the community to develop pro-active ways to stay safe in different communities, and as a way to affect any possible crime in the region.
Census data shows that the town of Blue Mountains has approximately 3,000 seniors living in the area full time and estimates say that another 3,000 call the area home on a part time basis. Seniors are valued in the community as they provide valuable services to many organizations needing volunteers and are active participants in the overall fabric of the community.
The last census for Blue Mountains (2006) showed an 11.6% increase in population compared to the previous period in 2001. It is expected that the results of the next census will show a further increase, due in part to the retirement of baby boomers that are still active and are looking for retirement areas that have a lot to offer them. Families like owning in this area, as the numerous activities provide opportunities for teens and younger children to stay busy, and this plays a large role in keeping crime statistics low.
Overall the population in the area is expected to increase as this Four Season's area becomes more popular and affordable.