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Town of Blue Mountains

Overhead view of Thornbury, Ontario 

Photo credit: The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce


In 2001, the Town of Thornbury was amalgamated with the Township of Collingwood (not to be confused with the ‘Town’ of Collingwood), forming the municipality of the Town of Blue Mountains. The municipal territory also includes the communities of Banks, Camperdown, Castle Glen Estates, Christie Beach, Clarksburg, Craigleith, Duncan, Gibraltar, Swiss Meadows, Heathcote, Kolapore, Little Germany, Lora Bay, Loree, Ravenna, Red Wing, Slabtown, and Victoria Corners. It has a population of approximately 7,000 residents.

Cycling in Thornbury, Ontario 

Cycling on the trestle bridge in Thornbury. Photo credit: Jody Wilson


Situated where the Beaver River flows into Nottawasaga Bay and the Niagara Escarpment meets the upper Great Lakes, the area boasts some of the prettiest waterfront and natural landscape in all of Ontario. It is a recreational wonderland for skiers, snowboarders, hikers, bicyclists, golfers, boaters, fishers, rock climbers and nature enthusiasts.

Visitors will find a mix of contemporary shops, historical sites, artistic and cultural amenities but the area is also known for its many parks and trails. The famous Blue Mountain Resort is the jewel in the crown of this tourism area. A four-season destination, it continually ranks among the top family-friendly resorts in Canada.

With a variety of Community Centres and Halls, beautiful Library and Museum, The Town of Blue Mountains has no shortage of facilities either, and hosts many renowned events and festivals throughout the year.

Thornbury Farmers' Market 

Nathaniel Porter-Gowan performs at the Thornbury Farmers' Market.


The Apple Harvest Festival and Apple Pie Trail, held every Thanksgiving weekend, brings the best of the season to bare, with gorgeous fall colours, free family activities, live music, hiking, biking and of course, apples and apple products galore!

It all amounts to one of the best places to live, work and play in Ontario, providing a wonderful balance of fun with a healthy dose of prosperity.

Apple Harvest Festival 

Apple Harvest Festival at Blue Mountain Resort. Photo: Blue Mountain Resort


As the leading business organization in the Town of Blue Mountains, the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce (BMCC) works on behalf of its members to advance their interests with the goal of creating a thriving business community. Many advocacy efforts and business support activities are conducted by the BMCC, provided through programs, events and various communication streams.

Valuable discounts on payroll services, workplace technologies, shipping, payment processing, insurance, business assistance, e-learning, gas and telephone expenses are available to all BMCC members.

Blue Mountain Resort 

Photo credit: Blue Mountain Resort


BMCC is also an immense help for businesses wanting to navigate through the vast sea of government programs, services and regulations. The Business Resource Guide provides a list of resources with links to help you search out municipal, provincial, and federal government options.

With over 200 members, the BMCC business directory is a place to find everything you need locally and a welcoming community of owners and operators dedicated to the advancement of business in the region.

Kaitland Murray will represent the BMCC in this year's Grey County Reads competition. She is Administrator for the Chamber and will advocate for The Overstory by Richard Powers.

To learn more about the community or BMCC, check out their website, call 519-599-1200 or email

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Grey County Reads is supported through advertising by these local businesses and organizations:

Amanda Bible - Rock Capital Investments Inc., The Mortgage Centre
Bayview Escarpment Fine Furniture and Cabinetry
The Bicycle Café

The Bookstore

Chapman's Ice Cream
The Colour Jar
ColourPix Graphic Design Services
Graciela Robertson, Grey County Real Estate Inc. Brokerage
Grey County Apparel/Hello Country Magazine
Grey County Public Libraries
Grey Roots Museum and Archives
John Tamming Law
Alex Ruff, MP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Lyn Grant Financial Services Inc.
Mullin Bookkeeping
Nature's Path Osteopathy and Alternative Healing
The Restaurant - Leela's Villa Inn
Speaking Volumes Books and Audio
Bill Walker, MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound


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