Located west of Barrie and south of Collingwood, much of the township of Clearview is rural and agricultural, with scenic natural beauty and rolling hills dotted with small hamlets, towns and villages. It includes the towns of Creemore and Stayner — which give it two rural downtown areas that offer unique and trendy boutique shops and restaurants — as well as the townships of Nottawasaga and Sunnidale.
Nestled in the valley of the Mad and Noisy Rivers, Creemore has become a draw for tourists and “country home” weekenders and retirees. Harrowsmith magazine named Creemore one of the “10 prettiest towns in Canada”.
Creemore’s quaint downtown offers unique and trendy boutique shops, diverse dining options, arts and crafts from the many area artisans, and a busy farmers’ market. Majestic historical homes can be found throughout the tree lined streets. Nearby recreation includes the Highlands Nordic Centre, area golf courses and Mad River Park which provides lots of green space. The town is also known for the Creemore Springs Brewery, as well as for North America’s smallest historical jailhouse dating back to 1892.
Originally a hub for the Toronto to Collingwood railway and a service area for neighbouring farms, the beautiful and friendly community of Stayner now offers unique shops, restaurants and plenty of recreational opportunities, all located within a mix of historic homes and new home developments. The Clearview Community Theatre and Stayner Station Park host festivals throughout the year.
Additional communities in Clearview include Avening, Batteaux, Brentwood, Cashtown Corners, Dunedin, Duntroon, Glen Huron, Maple Valley, New Lowell, Nottawa, Pretty River Valley, Singhampton, Smithdale, Sunnidale, Sunnidale Corners and Websterville.