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Why Live in Stayner?

Small Community Nestled in the Midst of Georgian Bay Attractions

View just outside of town.

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Why Live in Stayner?

If you’ve been skiing at Blue Mountain or Cottaging at Wasaga for years, you might remember Stayner as the last Tim Hortons before the beach, on your drive.  Tims franchises are much more common now, but Stayner still has that comfortable ‘almost at the cottage’ feel.

A small town of only 3500, Stayner Ontario is a great place to live!  Located in the heart of the Georgian Triangle, this close-knit community has retained the unique main street style of rural Ontario.  Downtown Stayner offers staples, such as Stedman’s, Home Hardware, Foodland and the Clearview Public Library, while providing unique and interesting shopping experiences for locals and tourists alike.  You’ll find clothing, travel services, specialty gift items, restaurants, coffee bars, pets & pet supplies and more. 

Stayner is minutes from several central Ontario attractions, such as the Bruce Trail, Blue Mountain and Wasaga Beach, yet shoppers can be to large GTA malls in under an hour and the city of Barrie is only 30 minutes away.  Collingwood too, has great shopping, from local artisans to boxed stores and everything in between.

Stayner public school students attend Clearview Meadows Elementary School, Byng Public School and Stayner Collegiate Institute, while Catholic students are only a short bus ride away, in Wasaga Beach or Collingwood.  Local churches offer a variety of service types and worship styles to meet your family’s needs.  Stayner is a great place to live and raise a family.

Real Estate, in Stayner, ranges from typical subdivision homes to estate homes on larger lots to unique commercial property.  If you are ready to buy a home or start a business in this classic small town, contact Joseph Talbot, Broker, at Peak Lifestyle Ltd., Brokerage*, today.


*Independently Owned & Operated

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Stayner's History

Stayner was born with the opening of the railway in 1854. The first settler in Stayner was Andrew Coleman, who built the first hotel, which is now the TD Bank. Another one of the first settlers was Gideon Phillips, who was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1857 and also built a sawmill in Stayner. At this time in 1857, the village was called Dingwall, after a local lumberman. It was later named Stayner in 1864 in honour of a Deputy Postmaster General, Thomas Stayner.


The first school was built around 1860 and held students for all grades. In 1861 Stayner Collegiate Institute was built on an old farm for the older high school students. When the school opened, the barn was still standing, which was used by students who decided to skip class as a hide out, until it was removed that Spring.


Stayner grew and became a more attractive place to settle. Five churches were built in the village as it became more popular: Centennial United Church, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, First Baptist Church, Good Shepherd Anglican Church, and Jubilee Presbyterian Church. Stayner also attracted Reinhart Vinegars, which moved from Nottawa in 1910 to its current location in the town.


Take a look here at this video of Stayner’s early days.

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Clearview Township

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Beautiful Clearview Township includes the towns and villages of Stayner, Creemore, Nottawa, New Lowell, Duntroon, Sunnidale Corners, Singhampton, Glen Huron, Dunedin, Avening and Brentwood.

An hour north of Toronto and the Pearson International Airport, Clearview boasts spectacular views, the well-known Bruce Trail, vast expanses of farmland, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling at its best.

Amazing year-round recreation! Only minutes from Ontario's best downhill skiing at Blue Mountain in Collingwood or the swimming at the World's Longest Freshwater beach, Wasaga Beach.

You can find everything your family needs here. Live full-time, part-time or retire here, in our beautiful, safe communities.

Current Events

The Door Youth Centre

The Door is a youth drop-in centre

The Door is a youth drop-in centre in Clearview Township, an area which is seeing rapid development and anticipated future population growth. These changes are intensifying the situation for current teens at risk. As the community grows their stable situation begins to shift. The local high school, central to the lives of these teens, is being negotiated and could be closed by next year. Parents are commuting longer distances and working longer hours during this economic recession and at the same time our once rural community will see the population of teens and pre-teens rise to over 2,000.

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