About Us :: A Sustainable Community
A Sustainable Community
The Blue Mountains is an incorporated municipality with a fulltime population of about 7,000. On weekends and during the summer and winter seasons, part-time and seasonal residents swell the population to more than 18,000. The population is growing rapidly as more and more part-time and seasonal residents retire and take up full-time residence here.
The town had its beginnings as a farming, milling and lumber community in the mid-1800s. While agriculture is still prominent in the southern villages and countryside, tourism and recreation have driven growth along the Georgian Bay shoreline. The Blue Mountains is home to some of Ontario’s best outdoor recreation amenities for skiing, golf, boating, fishing, cycling, hiking and more.
The communities range from small hamlets to the larger centres of Craigleith, Thornbury and Clarksburg, to growing ‘new’ communities at Lora Bay and Camperdown. Surrounding these is the rural countryside, forests and protected natural areas including provincial preserves and conservation lands.
One of the key thrusts for the Town today is the creation of an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. More than 100 community groups – churches, ratepayers associations, charities and service groups, businesses, and agricultural representatives – have been at work on creating this long-term plan. One of the key elements is a healthy, prosperous and safe community, and the Community Watch programs are an essential part of that initiative.
Each area has its own unique challenges when it comes to the need for crime prevention.
Healthy communities are those where people feel safe, and where neighbours build relationships with neighbours and with the community.
Through its various programs, Community Watch can bring together citizens and the police in a partnership that has a proven ability to deter crimes of opportunity such as vandalism, rowdyism, fraud and break-ins.
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