THE STORY OF LORA BAY
Bay is a gorgeous strip of land located between the Georgian Bay coastline and
Highway 26, just west of Thornbury, in the area of The Town of The Blue
Mountains. For many years it was not a well-known community, even many of the
area population did not know it existed or that it had a name.
To many motorists passing by, it looked like a strip of sparingly
developed forested land. It was set
up to be privately owned, therefore, the water was never used as a public beach.
most significant early resident was Charles Stuart, who was a soldier,
magistrate and pamphleteer. He was
extremely religious and interested in humanitarian causes, particularly
anti-slavery. In 1850, he assisted in forming the Anti-Slavery Society of
Canada in Toronto and served as its first corresponding secretary for a year,
after which he moved to Lora Bay with is new wife.
In Lora Bay he continued to attend some abolitionist conventions and
wrote some pamphlets on anti slavery, but spent more of his time with the
temperance cause in his own community and trying to persuade more people to
settle there. He died in 1865 and was buried at Lora Bay, but was later moved to
wasn’t until 2003 that Lora Bay started to acquire some awareness, especially
with those interested in golf. This
was the year that Intrawest publicized that they were bringing its Raven Golf
brand to Canada for the first time, and the site for their golf club would be
Lora Bay near Collingwood, Ontario. PGA
Tour veteran, Tom Lehman, and Toronto based golf course architect, Tom McBroom,
were asked to design the course. Soon
plans for a 7,200 yard championship course was laid out along the shoreline of
Georgian Bay through wildlife preserves, pastures, forests, orchards and rock
outcroppings. As they worked, every
attempt was made to protect the rural setting by not removing articles such as a
barn and a century old stone fence. There are some breathtaking views to take in
as you golf.
news of the planned course spread, the land surrounding the course became more
costly. Soon after, a housing development was in progress and Lora Bay community
became known as a four season recreational bliss in the heart of the Blue
Mountains, where there was already a wide variety of activities and attractions
Today the community is a 735-hectare property with an eighteen hole
championship golf course and over 1,000 detached and attached homes and
condo-style golf villas, tree lined streets, stone gates and rail fencing.