Collingwood Neighbourhood Info

July 12, 2012

Collingwood's non-native settlers arrived in the late 19th century, after Canada's first electric streetcar line, connecting Downtown Vancouver and New Westminster, was routed through the area.

In fact, the neighbourhood's name likely originated with some of the tram company's owners, who hailed from Collingwood, Ontario. Back then, as now, Collingwood was often coupled with Renfrew, its neighbour to the north.

By 1913, Collingwood boasted a grocery store, bank, butcher shop, church and doctor. The tramline was extended, and a new bus system lured more businesses to the area. The community completed its transformation to a residential suburb in 1929.

In the mid 1980s, a new SkyTrain rapid-transit route through the area kick-started massive developments in Collingwood. Families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds moved in, helping to shape the family-oriented, multicultural community that has become a source of pride for today's residents of Collingwood.

Collingwood real estate includes a variety of housing options. Many of Collingwood's homes are located within 33-acre Collingwood Village, which includes nearly 2,500 condominiums and rental units, as well as three parks, a daycare facility and the non-profit Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

Prices for Collingwood homes range from $305,000 to $712,000, making it one of the most affordable places to live in the City of Vancouver. View Collingwood MLS® listings and upcoming open houses.

Collingwood Amenities

Collingwood Shopping

A good mix of businesses serve the Collingwood community, including bakeries, banks, beauty salons, fashion retailers, delicatessens, grocery stores and produce markets. The neighbourhood is also home to familiar big store names, including Safeway and London Drugs.

Schools and Education in Collingwood

Primary schools

Secondary schools

Specialty schools

Collingwood Cafés and Restaurants

There are many mom-and-pop and family-style diners and restaurants in the Collingwood area. Due to the number of residents of Asian descent, it is the ideal place to grab some Chinese cuisine, seafood, barbecue or vegetarian fare.

Collingwood Sports and Recreation

Outdoor recreation in Collingwood includes many city parks and green spaces that provide numerous opportunities to play sports and relax. Collingwood Park on McKinnon Street, for example, features a basketball court, soccer field, softball diamond and a children's wading pool.

Indoors, Renfrew Park Community Centre features a plethora of services and amenities. Play ping pong, pool and air hockey in the games room, pump iron in the fitness centre, swim laps in the indoor pool, and partake in the many special events that are hosted year-round, such as the annual Easter egg hunt, children's Halloween and Christmas parties and the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival.

Collingwood Transportation

Two SkyTrain lines Expo and Millennium run north-south through Collingwood, with rapid access to Burnaby and Downtown Vancouver.

Collingwood Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $712,000
Townhouses $472,000
Condos $305,000
Average gross rent $811

*Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, average sale prices in Renfrew, Renfrew Heights, Collingwood for 12 months ended November 3, 2010 **Source: 2006 census for Renfrew-Collingwood

Collingwood Demographics

Population* 48,885 *Source: 2006 census for Renfrew-Collingwood

65+ 13.8%
40 to 64 33.1%
20 to 39 31.2%
19 and under 21.9%

*Source: 2006 census for Renfrew-Collingwood

Fully owned 16,815

*Source: 2006 census for Renfrew-Collingwood

Single-detached house 25.6%
Semi-detached house 0.4%
Detached duplex 37.7%
Row house 1.6%
Apartment, under five stories 20.7%
Apartment, five or more stories 13.5%
Rented dwellings 34.7%

*Source: 2006 census for Renfrew-Collingwood

Suburbs surrounding Collingwood