The Town of Midland has a population of over 16,000 is at the gateway to 30,000 Islands in Georgian Bay. Midland derived its name from being approximately half way between Victoria Harbour and Penetanguishene.The area around Midland has a population of approximately 43,000, but in summer months, the area population grows to over 100,000 with over 8,000 cottages, resort hotels, provincial and national parks in the area.
The town's workforce of 7,000 is employed by manufacturing, health care, and retail. The town is close to 130 bed Penetanguishene General Hospital, and has 31 doctors and 14 dentists.
Midland has 14 English elementary and 3 secondary schools and 3 French elementary and 1 secondary schools. There are a number of post-secondary options nearby in Barrie and in Orillia.
Midland has a small downtown shopping area, and 2 shopping malls.
Midland 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, and several attractions including the Martyrs' Shrine, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Sainte Marie Among The Hurons, Huronia Museum and Huron Indian Village. The Georgian Bay Islands National Park, and its popular Beausoleil Island, is just 8 km from Midland by water.
Most of the homes have been built in the last 30 years, and the city has more than doubled in size since 1982. You can find older homes in the central areas, even some heritage quality homes. The average prices (2006) for single family detached homes(not on water)is $165,000, and semi-detached homes running $107,000, with townhouses running about $155,000 and condos around $140,000.