The 8,200 resident Town of Penetanguishene ("Pen -e-tang-WISH-ene") is a picturesque community located on the southerly tip of beautiful Georgian Bay. Penetanguishene derived its name from the "White Rolling Sand" that blankets the many beaches in the area. Penetanguishene was established as a community.
The town's workforce is employed by manufacturing, health care, retail, construction, transportation and financial services. The town is home to 130 bed Penetanguishene General Hospital, and has 31 doctors and 14 dentists.
Penetanguishene has 14 English elementary and 3 secondary schools and 3 French elementary and 1 secondary. There are a number of post-secondary options nearby in Barrie and in Orillia.
Penetanguishene has a small downtown shopping area, and 2 shopping malls.
Penetanguishene is the gateway to Georgian Bay's 30,000 Islands national park cottage country. The town has a number of beaches and marinas in the community and close by, as well as 2 indoor swimming pools. There are a number of downhill ski areas and 4 golf courses very close by. The town has a movie theatre in nearby Midland, one live performance venue, and several museums, historical sites and provincial parks.
The town is a mix of older (pre-1970) houses, recently built homes, and cottages along the waterfront. The average prices (2006) for single family detached homes(not on water)is $175,000, and semi-detached homes running $110,000, and condos around $190,000.