Creemore

What you need to know to move there:

Creemore is a small community within Clearview township located roughly 40 minutes from the city of Barrie and 130 km from Toronto. The settlement began in 1842 following trades to the native tribes that primarily inhabited the land.

By the end of the century it became a thriving community with impressive population of 800. Formerly a village, the population now 1170 as per the 2016 Census (Statistics Canada). Creemore remains impressively quaint and filled with history.

The current average house price as per MLS stats (May 2019) for Creemore is $1,125,000. No surprise that the population has remained low, but seemingly a prestigious area to live.

Elementary schools include Nottawasaga & Creemore public school, St. Noel Chabanel Catholic School(Wasaga), and Elementary School Catholic Notre-Dame-De-La-Huronie (Collingwood). High schools include Nottawasaga Pines Secondary, Stayner Collegiate Institute, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary and Jean Vanier Catholic High School.

The closest hospital is Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. It is approximately 23 minutes driving North of the Creemore Community.

The people:

Creemore has strong Irish roots…originally named Croi Mór , Irish for ‘Big Heart’. Originally inhabited by Petun, Wyandot, Iroquois and Algonquin people it was Samuel de Champlain who first visited the area in 1616…not Irish at all but French.

As per the most recent statistics from Census Canada the average age of the people residing there is almost 46 years old. 58% are people between the ages of 16-64 and 25% belonging to 65+. I think it is safe to say that it is a family friendly place to live whether you are planning to start one or retire and become full-time grandparents.

The people are what have made Creemore an interesting place. The charm attracts people to visit and take in the character that is rich in history.

Where to go:

Creemore is noted as a fun getaway all year round. It is approximately ½ and hour from Wasaga Beach and Collingwood’s Blue Mountain Ski Resort. A local pub is at its height of popularity with motorcyclists in the summer and snowmobilers in the winter.

There are a lot of Historical signs to pay attention to if you are interested to explore. Creemore Springs Brewery quite possibly has put the village on the map. Molson bought the micro-brewery in 2005 but it has still maintained its reputation as a local brew.

Creemore has the smallest jail in North America (not in use), four old churches and an old school house which has only been out of operation since 2013. An art gallery which is worth a visit, a condiment shop that is notably the best around and some of the trendiest boutiques imaginable.

For people that enjoy the outdoors Creemore is close to a provincial park and protected wetlands.

All in all it sounds like a lovely place to live for someone wanting a more rural but vibrant setting!