The Blue Mountains, Ontario
|The Blue Mountains|
|— Town —|
|Formed||January 1, 2001|
|• Mayor||Ellen Anderson|
|• Federal riding||Simcoe—Grey|
|• Prov. riding||Simcoe—Grey|
|• Land||287.23 km2 (110.90 sq mi)|
|• Density||22.5/km2 (58/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Postal Code||N0H 2P0|
|Area code(s)||519 and 226|
The Blue Mountains is a town in Grey County, southwestern Ontario, Canada, located where the Beaver River flows into Nottawasaga Bay. It is named for the Blue Mountain, and hence the economy of the town is centered around tourism, particularly on the Blue Mountain ski resort and the private Craigleith and Alpine Ski Clubs.
The town was formed on January 1, 2001, when the Town of Thornbury and the remaining settlements in the Township of Collingwood were amalgamated. Thornbury is home to the architecturally unique L.E. Shore Memorial Library, named after the founding partner of the architectural practice of Shore Tilbe Irwin + Partners, and designed by the firm.
The Bruce Trail passes through sections of the town. The Kolapore area for mountain biking and cross-country skiing, Metcalfe Rock which is popular with rock climbers as well as the Duncan Crevice Caves Nature Reserve are in the area as well.
During the Southern Ontario Tornado Outbreak of 2009, a tornado passed through the Blue Mountains area on August 20. The F2 tornado passed by Thornbury and hit Craigleith before moving out onto Georgian Bay.
The primary population centre is Thornbury. Additionally the town's territory also includes the communities of Banks, Camperdown, Castle Glen Estates, Christie Beach, Clarksburg, Craigleith, Duncan, Gibraltar, Heathcote, Kolapore, Little Germany, Lora Bay, Loree, Ravenna, Red Wing, Slabtown, and Victoria Corners.
- Population total in 1996: 5667
- Collingwood (township): 3904
- Thornbury (town): 1763
- Population in 1991:
- Collingwood (township): 3390
- Thornbury (town): 1646
|Canada 2006 Census||Population||% of Total Population|
|Visible minority group
|Other visible minority||20||0.3|
|Total visible minority population||55||0.8|
|Total Aboriginal population||20||0.3|
- Cecil Dillon- NHL hockey player of the 1930s
- Edward Arthur Cummings- noted doctor of medicine
- Captain Charles Stuart- Anglo-American abolitionist who helped freed slaves make their way to Ontario via the Underground Railroad
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