Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Collingwood & Blue Mountain Makes News in the U.S.

  Those of us fortunate enough to live full-time in the Collingwood and Blue Mountain area appreciate how lucky we are.  Owning a vacation property here is one thing but residing here is another matter altogether.  Seeing the exodus of cars on a Sunday afternoon or evening as everyone heads back for another work week in the Greater Toronto Area or elsewhere further reinforces this fact.
  Not only are our fellow Ontarians appreciative of the opportunity they have to own property here and to come up on weekends or for a few days vacation but those further afield are as well.  A recent online article at North was very complimentary of the Collingwood and Blue Mountain area.  This article summarized one U.S. citizens experience of buying and owning some area real estate.  The article was very complimentary of the area in general but as with any success there comes a price and rising real estate prices were sited as one of the "drawbacks" stemming for all the interest the area receives.
  Having first moved here in 1985 I have witnessed the many changes that have taken place in the area.  At that time, there was not a single condominium at Blue Mountain now there are hundreds just in the Village alone.  Intrawest's influence on the area has transformed what was once predominently a ski resort into a year round tourist destination drawing more visitors in the summer than at any other time of year.     
  Let's hope all the success does not completely spoil what we have.  Resorts areas such as this need to maintain a focus on what draws people here to start with.  Loosing those attributes could have a disasterous affect long-term on an economy that increasingly has become dependent on the tourist trade and on the small town atmosphere that has more and more people choosing to retire here.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.