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Romances The Cottage

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It’s the season we’ve all been waiting for! Summer is here, and it’s time to kiss that rainy bug season goodbye! My summer plans include spending as much time as possible with my wife and our two children. Our two children are busy with school and sports all year and the summer is our time to regroup, have some fun together and reconnect before they grow up on me. It is also an exciting time here at Cayman Marshall! We recently launched our new Toronto magazine! Our loyal readers are always telling me how much they look forward to getting every issue in Muskoka so we are excited to bring the GTA version to most homes in Toronto. Special thanks to Lori Morris for bringing some romance to your cottage coffee table and of course our wonderful magazine team that works so hard every issue to make this happen. Todd Adair* President/Sales Representative

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Muskoka in the summer is magical – there’s no other place I’d rather be. Roy MacGregor sums it up best….”Summer is our secret time, the few precious weeks when we believe we are our truest selves. No matter how it exists in reality, the summer place remains, for so many of us, our sweetest thought, one held in parentheses by the opening up and the closing up of the cottage, quite often the happiest and saddest days of a given year.” Make your summer count and indulge yourself in its magnificent splendour every chance you can. I’d like to take a moment to consider beauty. Carve out some time to enjoy the beauty surrounding you in our summer issue. Lori Morris invites us to bring romance into our cottage spaces in her blissful and enchanting way. There’s beauty when cottage owners share their beloved places to bless cancer survivors through the Cottage Dreams organization. Laura Morrison* Sales Representative/Editor

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And of course, the beauty of the properties we are about to reveal….my hope as always is that you will truly enjoy your experience with us. We are forever grateful and thankful that this magazine continues to be so well received. Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage www.caymanmarshall.com | Sales Representative* Broker & Broker of Record**


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The District of Muskoka has often benefitted from its geographic location, boasting beautiful natural vistas from the coast of Georgian Bay to the western edge of Algonquin Provincial Park, but recently the area has found itself highly sought after because of its placement north of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH)—and outside of a new tax. Thanks to the Ontario government’s new Fair Housing Plan and a foreign buyers tax, Muskoka is quickly becoming the location of choice to invest in Ontario real estate if looking to turn a profit.

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Thanks to the Ontario government’s new Fair Housing Plan and a foreign-buyer’s tax,

MUSKOKA IS QUICKLY BECOMING THE LOCATION OF CHOICE TO INVEST IN. As housing prices continued to climb to staggering heights throughout Southern Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne and the provincial government attempted to curtail the foreign buyers market by putting into effect a non-resident speculation tax (NRST). In other words, any corporations and individuals outside of Canada looking to buy up homes were hit with a hefty 15% tax on all purchases of residential property. The NRST was focused on the GGH area—which includes Brant, Dufferin, Durham, Haldimand, Halton, Hamilton, Kawartha Lakes, Niagara, Northumberland, Peel, Peterborough, Simcoe, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington, and York. Muskoka, sitting safely north of Simcoe, is not part of the NRST tax, making this naturally gorgeous district even more attractive to potential buyers, both domestic and foreign. It was a cool day when the NRST came into effect on April 21, 2017, the weather almost prophetic to the impact the new tax would have on property sales. The hot market the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) had been experiencing for months began to dip and within the first 30 days of the NRST announcement they saw a 26% decline in sales, reported The Globe and Mail on May 25, 2017. But it’s not just the GTA that is hurting. Some communities—like Newmarket, Markham, and Stouffville—saw declines of more than 40%. Richmond Hill experienced the most drastic drop suffering from a 62% decline in property sales. As the full impacts of the tax are still being learned in the south, the story is a lot different for sellers in Central Ontario and the Muskoka district. While homeowners in the GTA dash to their agents to try and cash out, Muskokans are basking in an actual rise as many investors turn their attention—and their chequebooks—to the northern region. “The traditional kickoff to cottage season is just starting,” says Ray Dickson, Broker of Record for Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc. “We are definitely not seeing any slowdown like the areas under the NRST.” Buying and selling in Muskoka is as fervent as ever. Dickson says Muskoka is actually seeing an increase in the number of properties being sold as well as a rise in sold prices between April 20, 2017, and May 25, 2017, compared to last year’s numbers during the same period. “We are seeing an increase of 34% for the number of sold properties.”

It’s not just the amount of properties being sold, either. While GGH cities are seeing multiple offers on properties dramatically drop-off, with homes being conditionally sold instead of firm offers with no conditions, Muskoka is experiencing an increase in multiple offers and a healthy seller’s market. Properties are being sold with no conditions and spending far fewer days on the market, often being sold within only a few days. Many homes, to the delight of sellers, are actually sold on the first day they are listed. “We’ve had an increase in sold prices of over 14%,” Dickson says, comparing the data from 2016 and 2017. With many foreign buyers looking for new ground to invest in, the data shows that now may be a good time to consider selling if you’ve been thinking about it.

“WE ARE DEFINITELY NOT SEEING ANY SLOWDOWN like the areas under the NRST.”

Though May’s 2017 sold property numbers are 4% lower than last year’s, Dickson isn’t discouraged at all, pointing out the stats were taken 5 days before the end of the month. “We anticipate by month end to see an overall increase compared to last year.” The mood of the property investment market in Ontario is in a moment of flux. Despite huge price increases throughout March, this new tax has soured investors on the GGH. If the trends continue, Muskoka may soon find its sales reaching new highs as foreign investors turn their attention northward to the greener prospects of a thriving cottage country. Summer/Fall 2017

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Romances the Cottage The kitchen features lush, un-kitcheny materials such as velvet and fur, but retains its romantic rusticity with walls of grained walnut.

By Martha Uniacke Breen

Even over the course of a successful career that has earned an international reputation, Toronto interior designer Lori Morris never completely lost sight of her romantic, small-town-girl roots. So her most recent venture, opening the first Lori Morris Design branch office in the Muskoka town of Port Carling, seemed to her like a completely natural next step. “I love cottage country!,” she says enthusiastically. “My whole state of equilibrium comes from being up north. Just being around nature – the smell of it, the sights and sounds – makes me feel at peace. Not that I don’t love the city too, but growing up in Dundas, Ontario, the country has always been in my roots.” Of course, there’s a practical aspect to it as well. “I’ve been designing and building cottages for clients for many years, and I love doing that. So I thought it would be nice to have a showroom where we could present to clients right there, where they are comfortable, and where we could show another dimension to LMD.”

Toronto interior designer Lori Morris never completely lost sight of her romantic, small-town-girl roots. Located on Port Carling’s main shopping street, not far from the famous locks that join Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau with Lake Muskoka, the showroom opens this summer. Divided into rooms something like a cottage, the showroom is geared to offering LMD’s own unique take on sophisticated country-house design. “It’s the same style we’re known for, but in a softer, woods-inspired way,” she explains. “Our favourite colour palettes of soft greens, pinks and blues will be there, but the elements surrounding them are softer, more casual.”

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“I wanted to create many different layers,” says Lori of the living room. “This room is designed to appeal to the senses.” The room is conceived as a personal statement in wood – from the hand-scraped wood walls, natural cork wallpaper and generously proportioned Hudson-inspired wood coffee table to the striking burled-walnut chairs.

The showroom is geared to offering LMD’s own unique take on sophisticated country-house design. The smooth wood surfaces contrast with the rich textures of green velvet, linen and sisal, armloads of pillows, and a cluster of wicker pendant lights overhead. Draped over the arm of the sofa is an LMD exclusive: her signature “saddlebag,” designed to hold TV remotes, iPad or magazines, and available in a wealth of colours and finishes. “One of our signature designs is the built-in bench/vignette on either side

of the fireplace,” she says of the den. “It’s really dead space; nobody sits there, because it’s too far away from the main seating, and bookshelves and displays have to be perfect or they look terrible. So this way, they become a little vignette or a place to read a book or curl up. You can apply the idea in so many ways – with mirrors, millwork, what have you.” Here, stunning oval panels from Orro Mosaics (who can recreate any design or image you want) provide the backdrop for a deep colour palette of woods-inspired greens and browns, soft velvet and fur pillows and an elegant marble-and-lacquer finished fireplace. “This kitchen could be done in a range of colour palettes,” Lori explains. The La Canache stove and custom LMD range hood are available in a multitude of colours, such as the soft sky blue shown here. The oval-shaped island makes a comfortable place for friends to gather, with its incredibly comfortable swivel stools upholstered in faux fur and suede. The painting is by renowned Canadian abstract artist William Perehudoff. The front room is a mix of soft and hard, of high design and natural finishes. Stained wood plank walls meet powder blue velvet

Custom panels by Orro Mosaics flank the fireplace in the den, over twin upholstered seating perches, great for chatting or curling up with a book.

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A painting by Canadian abstract artist William Perehudoff in a watery wash of blues and greens sets the tone in the front room, with its mix of soft and hard-edged materials.

panels and upholstery, an antique chest of white oak, and a live-edge coffee table. “This is a texture party!” she says. “It’s a perfect sitting area to have cocktails, to read or simply disappear.” The watery-feeling painting is also by Perehudoff.

“It’s the same style we’re known for, but in a softer, woods-inspired way.” Lori calls the bedroom a “pink paradise – every big girl’s dream,” while allowing that perhaps it isn’t for the faint of heart. Indulgent Bella Note linens dress a bed that’s awash in pillows of satin, faux fur, velvet and other luxe fabrics, set against pink velvet-panelled walls. Overhead, a huge French “feather ball” lighting fixture crowns the whole room. The upper lounge has a quiet, subtly masculine feeling, with a tan-stained sisal rug that perfectly complements the deep-brown wood plank walls. “You could add more browns for a soothing, monochromatic look, but I chose to add in some colour, to bring it up a level,” Lori explains. A lighting fixture of textured glass panels casts interesting patterns about the room. It can be done in any palette, she says, but here, flashes of green, ochre and brown echo the colours of nature outside the windows. Summer/Fall 2017

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or Canadians, the cottage is the backdrop for summer living, and the boathouse is the centre of most activity. It’s here lake neighbours and friends drop by and where everyone acknowledges the blast from the passing Segwun. A sunny cottage afternoon is not complete without a leisurely boat cruise around the neighbourhood. In Muskoka, your neighbourhood may include, Millionaire’s Row near Beaumaris, and not to be outdone, Billionaire’s Row near the north end of Lake Jo. Boathouses in these parts can reach a million dollars and include a helipad or an elevator to and from the cottage. Water tours are a cottage activity staple, because of the unique character of Muskoka boathouses. Often, the cottages are hidden behind a curtain of natural pines and native foliage, so it is the boathouses that become the tour highlight, as no two are the same. Some evoke images of a proud history,

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Today’s boathouses evolved like most modern conveniences, out of need.

others give off a glitzy Malibu vibe; but each one blends style and function together: quintessentially Muskoka. Judy Ross is an expert on Muskoka boathouses and the author of two books chronicling their history, At the Water’s Edge and Shelter at the Shore. Along with breathtaking photos by John de Visser, she writes, “My summer day begins when the sun rises over Crown Island on Lake Muskoka. Shafts of sunlight ripple across the lake and bounce off the water into my boathouse bedroom. Without moving

from my bed, I can see this miracle of day breaking. I get up and put the coffee on. As the boathouse fills with gauzy light, I pad about in bare feet and enjoy the quiet while others continue to sleep.” You can almost feel the gentle lapping of the water below as an early morning mist dissipates. Today’s boathouses evolved like most modern conveniences, out of need. Ross’ books tell the story of the Muskoka Lakes Navigation and Hotel Company. In the early

1900’s, steamers ferried cottagers and resort guests from one end of the lakes to the other along with all their accompanying trunks, packing crates and the all important women’s hat boxes. It was not uncommon for guests and families to stay for months at a time, requiring, of course, household staff as well. Ross explains, “They (boathouses) used to be more utilitarian. People would bring up as many as 20 servants during the summer, and the upper half of the boathouse would serve as staff quarters.” For some of the FOOFS (Fine Old Ontario Families), like the Eatons, the irregular schedule of the lake public transit would not do. Timothy Eaton made no secret of his need for speed. So, in 1905 he commissioned a steamer for his personal use, which at the time was the fastest vessel on the lakes. The majestic Wanda II carried guests in her mahogany and brass salons and all their luggage. It wasn’t long before others followed

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needed: all meant to protect the precious and eroding shoreline. Today’s boathouses are fully equipped with a kitchen, bedroom(s), bathroom(s), sound systems; it’s no wonder they are the heartbeat of cottage life. Upper decks provide space for parties and cocktails or a quiet morning coffee. Sometimes a steep and treacherous rock face may separate the shoreline from the main cottage, so the boathouse is headquarters for the day. Fitbit aside, trudging up and down steps becomes less inviting when every convenience is at hand in the boathouse. As one, third generation Muskoka cottager put it, “The boathouse is where I feel closest to the lake. Just walking down from the cottage triggers every relaxation response in my body.” Whether the boathouse is home to priceless vintage wooden classics or a simple aluminum runabout, the Muskoka boathouse is a piece of vibrant Canadian tradition. It sits like an exquisitely designed piece of furniture between the trees and shoreline. Families gather to watch shooting stars skid around like marbles in a pinball machine. Quietly curled up on a soft window seat, gently swaying with the ebb and flow of a passing wake, you are sitting on top of the water. Stress from the work week feels like that annoying neighbour who has finally moved away. Be sure to wave when the Segwun chugs past. suit and soon dozens of private steamers chugged along the lakes of Muskoka, each needing a shelter. Many of the cottages of the day, had simple shoreline buildings to house pre-steamboat era canoes and rowboats. These evolved into dry-slip shelters with ramps sloping into the water to facilitate launching and winter storage. Early boathouse designs were modest. They needed long slips and high roofs. Tin covered the ceilings, and smokestacks vented the stoking of the wood-fired engines, usually while berthed. Many of these early boathouses succumbed to this fire hazard including the Wanda II, in 1914. The even grander Wanda III launched in 1915. Ross goes on to chronicle that as gas power took over from steam, large waterfront buildings were of less need. Those that hadn’t burned or fallen were renovated to accommodate additional living, storage,

and guest space. In time, as serving staff became less common the second stories turned into children’s sleeping quarters. The Muskoka boathouse was born. It was both a eulogy for a romantic past era and a baptism of an art form - boathouse building. Before 1965 boathouses could be built without size restrictions and some were up to 3,000 square feet with nine or more boat slips and still bear witness today to the every changing shoreline. Ross notes in her books that it wasn’t until the early 1980’s that a renewed nostalgia for “Old Muskoka” cottages and boathouses became the fashion. Cottagers started to restore and build boathouses in the grand old Muskoka tradition. Soon after, around 1989 serious regulation around boathouse construction came into being. Today it seems that newer and stricter regulations appear annually. Permits from several levels of government along with neighbours’ permissions are

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Audrey Van Petegem and Scott Harkness. Their enthusiasm is infectious. On a monsoon-rainy day in early May, Bracebridge entrepreneurs Audrey Van Petegem and her husband, Scott Harkness, show how the renovation of Muskoka Foundry, said to be the area’s first non-traditional event space, is progressing. Inside the vast hulking 31,000-square-foot industrial building, piles of foot-thick concrete slabs excavated from the floor line a long trench that will accommodate plumbing lines for the kitchens and bathrooms. The slabs will be recycled to make a patio on the west side of the building. “It will be a pretty cool setting,” Scott says,” and surreal, too, because the track is at about a six-foot elevation. You will see this massive locomotive and cars creeping on past.” Scott chanced upon the space at 101 Entrance Drive, half a kilometer from the downtown, when he was scouting locations to start a new business. “We were just blown away by this incredible unique space. I liked its potential. Our focus will be food, beverage, entertainment and special events. There’s nothing like this in Muskoka all under one roof.”

Earlier, while living in southern California, they were fans of the Lab Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa, which bills itself as “a homey, indoor-outdoor hang out with shops and restaurants geared for the young at heart, and not offered in every mall on every corner.” The venue will open in stages. Foundry Hall, the main event space, will launch first, with a party highlighting local entertainers, food and drink. Tickets will commemorate the year the structure was built by selling for $19.04. Next to open will be the coffee roastery, which will operate year-round.

MUSKOKA’S FIRST NON-TRADITIONAL EVENT SPACE

The couple was inspired by popular shopping venues that occupy recycled vintage buildings. “We love the Distillery area, we go to St. Lawrence Market every chance we get,” Audrey says, referring to east-end Toronto’s Gooderham and Worts Distillery, a complex of 47 19th-century brick, stone and timber structures; and the public market, built in 1845, that served as city hall.

These will be followed by the chippery, offering fresh-made potato chips, and the craft open-market marché-style restaurant, where meals using fresh local ingredients will be cooked at stations in front of waiting diners. Both will be seasonal, May-to-October operations.

They also admire “that whole vibe,” she says, of Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, the thriving market and green-related business centre in the repurposed Don Valley Brick Works, a former quarry and industrial site located in the Don River valley.

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The Muskoka Foundry (formerly Dominion Linen Mills) before.

“WE WERE JUST BLOWN AWAY BY THIS INCREDIBLE UNIQUE SPACE. I LIKED ITS POTENTIAL.” And, slated for the mezzanine level, a satellite studio for Hunter’s Bay Radio (88.7 FM), Muskoka’s only community-based, non-profit radio station. “It will promote local musicians in a very significant way,” Scott says. Visitors will enjoy seeing them crooning and strumming through the studio’s big plate-glass windows facing Foundry Hall. Audrey adds, “We’re thinking of hosting various entertainment events.” Scott chimes in with his own blue-sky notion: “We’re looking at historic car auctions.” A history buff who enjoys industrial and architectural archaeology, Scott pulls out a hand-tinted postcard from a sheaf of old photos and documents. It depicts the building in its original incarnation as Dominion Linen Mills, at the time the only linen manufacturer in Canada. The factory had single-storey red-brick walls rising from a stone-block base, topped by a flat roof with saw-tooth ridges whose windows brought indirect daylight into the factory floor. Later, the brick walls were extended with a corrugated-steel superstructure rising as high as 54 feet.

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The linen mill operated until 1912. Then the space sat vacant until 1917, when local businessman Mungo Park McKay (1870-1937) relocated his Muskoka Foundry there from Bracebridge Bay. (He subsequently donated his bayside property to the city. It lives on as Kelvin Grove Park, where the Rotary Club presents the annual Canada Day fireworks.) The file folder includes a 1923 invoice from Muskoka Foundry Limited, Engineers, Machinists, Iron and Brass Founders. The contact-information header on the left proclaims “Phone 29,” which poignantly demonstrates how quickly the near past morphs into the remote and unfamiliar. The foundry created cast-iron and brass parts primarily for the forestry industry, which was a leading economic driver in Muskoka in the early 20th century. In a process known as sand casting, the metal would


McKay’s descendants ran the operation until 1950. Then the factory sat empty until 1961, when the Wilson family purchased the building and moved their steel fabrication business in. This layer of archaeological strata is indicated by the yellow steel trusses, made on site, framing the tall, nave-like inner space that support the three heavy cranes. A treasure trove of original moulds, whose sculptural quality evokes bas-reliefs, decorate the premises. Similarly lending vintage atmosphere is the road sign on loan from a Bracebridge museum, the only one of three made here in 1925 that survives, inscribed with “Happy to Meet,” “Sorry to Part,” and “Happy to Meet Again” on one side and “Bracebridge, Hub of the North” on the other. There are a pair of charmingly folk-art painted fanning mills, circa-1890: turning the crank would remove weed seeds from coarse grains like wheat, oats and barley. Leaning against one wall is the gold-finished, steel-framed sounding board from a baby grand made by Toronto’s long-lamented Newcombe Piano Company.

The Muskoka Foundry (formerly Dominion Linen Mills) after. be heated in the big, coal-fired furnace, then poured into a box filled with sand and clay that had been compacted around a mould. When the molten metal in the mould cavity cooled, the sand and clay would be removed, et voilà, there was your saw blade or other new part.

The coolest artifact, however, has got to be the lengthwise slice of a 1962 DeSoto Adventurer sedan, with tail fins tall enough to grace a space ship. (The other half of the car hangs on the outside of the building.) Chrysler could accessorize the land cruiser with their Highway Hi-Fi, a 16.66 RPM-r.p.m. vinyl record player that was the world’s first in-car music system. Talk about obsolete audio formats!

“WE’RE PRESERVING THE ESSENCE OF THIS BUILDING.” Audrey takes pains to stress that “We’re preserving the essence of this building.” Scott says, “Any of the older things in here, like these electric panels dating back to whenever electricity came in here, will stay.” Surfaces will be pressure-washed, but not repainted; stains—or patina, depending on your viewpoint—will not be removed. “If these walls could talk. We don’t want to insult them by painting over,” Audrey says. A garland of leaves left over from a wedding-fashion photo shoot adorns the north end of the building. Wouldn’t the place make a fabulous party setting? The couple tested the venue with a concert that drew nearly 350 people. “We had a community gathering,” Audrey recalls, “whereby we could showcase the building in its current form [before the renovations] and provide people with live music provided by three local bands, experience incredible food from the chefs that are going to be part of the restaurant and take in the ambiance of this wonderful building.” Summer/Fall 2017

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COTTAGE DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE Non-Prof it Ra l l i e s Cott a ge O w n e rs To Help Ca ncer Su r v i vo rs Recu p erate By Eric Reynolds

As Andrea lay on the operating table awaiting breast reconstructive surgery, her nurse looked down and said to her: “Picture yourself somewhere relaxing.” The year was 2016 and Andrea – a mother of two little girls – had just survived breast cancer, though many obstacles still lay in her path to recovery. Undoubtedly the nurse’s request could have surfaced memories of the pain and intense stress of battling cancer, where relaxation feels like a lost dream.

But instead, more pleasant memories came to mind. “I thought back to drinking tea with my husband on the dock overlooking the water,” Andrea later told us, “and snorkelling with my daughter.” Those memories were created earlier that year during a week in cottage country near Parry Sound, Ontario– all thanks to an organization called “Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative”.

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its inception. From the lips of thousands of people has come a sigh of relief as they soak up the beauty of cottage country and put weeks, if not years, of hospitals and sick beds behind them. Often, it was in those very hospitals and care facilities that survivors learned about Cottage Dreams and how they could apply to have their vacation wish come true. But it’s the cottage owners who make dreams reality. “This program wouldn’t work without our generous cottage owners,” said Debbie Farrell, who has been the Program Manager at Cottage Dreams for 9 years. “They believe in our charity.” So does Cayman Marshall. “Our love for Muskoka and giving back to the community is so wonderfully demonstrated by the love and care of people like Debbie”, said Laura Morrison. “It’s why we’ve chosen to feature Cottage Dreams.” In an interview with Cayman Marshall, Debbie went on to share about the hundreds of people who donate their properties from one to 12 weeks each summer across Ontario and Quebec to help provide cancer survivors with a safe place to recuperate. With over 800 cottages in their database, Cottage Dreams has been able to place 150 families in week-long cottage vacations this year alone. The non-profit, founded in 2003, exists for people like Andrea: those who have fought cancer, survived, and simply need a safe, affordable getaway to reflect and celebrate recovery. “Our four- and six-year-old daughters spent the week swimming, fishing, building in the sand, chasing wildlife, and having family time around the campfire,” Andrea said. In the meantime, she and her husband Dave were able to put their feet up and relax.

Much like Andrea and Dave’s getaway, Cottage Dreams helps create space for entire families to recuperate. From little ones to elderly survivors, the non-profit has served over 10,000 people— along with their families and friends—since

Alongside the generosity of property owners, Cottage Dreams has also seen success because of their efforts to make the process as simple for owners as possible. The non-profit takes advantage of the fact that many cottages lay empty during the week. By booking families to stay from Sunday afternoon through Friday, cottage owners are still able to rent their properties out to vacationers on weekends during the busy summer season.With Debbie as liaison, the process is simple and straightforward for both survivors and owners—not to mention the donation is tax refundable; there is no cost to the family that is placed in a cottage, and a tax receipt for the cost of a full week rental is issued to participating property owners. “I can’t imagine how our program would work without them,” Debbie said.

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“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” – Rudyard Kipling As owner and president of Cayman Marshall International Realty, allow me to share a bit about where we’ve come from, where we are today and where we’re headed. Five years ago, myself and three eager and energetic colleagues, opened the doors of Cayman Marshall for the very first time. Some of you may remember that 2012 was a turbulent time in the market and it seemed like every time something went wrong in the world, our buyers would freeze! Many predicted Cayman Marshall wouldn’t last a year, especially in such a competitive market. Our skeptics said we couldn’t start our own brokerage based on a “team model” and many said we certainly couldn’t start our own brand, create our own magazine or succeed in the Port Carling market. Fortunately these people were wrong. Myself and every single person on the team proved them wrong. Together, we have solidified our brand in two magnificent locations as we enter our fourth year with what is now one of Muskoka’s most successful magazines. It feels as though it’s been both a long time and a short time, our achievements are modest and our company is still adolescent in the grand scheme of things but…. On the other hand, 5 years in a business that is rapidly changing and evolving is an achievement that we can be immensely proud of! It means that we have established ourselves… in fact, what we have done is build one of the largest Independent Brokerages in Ontario and certainly one of the fastest growing. From our humble beginnings in 2012, we now trade in excess of $200 Million per annum with our new goal to hit the $300 Million mark for 2017. We are also proud to work with over 400 international partners that help give us the horsepower it takes to dominate with foreign buyers. It is also no small feat and of great credit to the team we have assembled, that every single year we have almost doubled our sales.

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Last year while considering this editorial I was watching a children’s movie called “The Jungle Book” and I was inspired by this quote: “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” This seemed to say what I was feeling perfectly. I could have never accomplished all of this on my own and this business is truly fun and rewarding when you surround yourself with people that have your back and share your victories. Strength really IS in the pack! Looking ahead, my conviction and resolve is – to continue to NOT make business decisions based on tradition but rather innovation and creative thinking, to empower my team to do amazing things and to continue being the most successful “Wolf Pack” in Muskoka. – Todd Adair

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MIKE ARNOLD*

DAVE BEMMANN**

Sales Representative

Broker

With 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing, joining the Cayman Marshall team was a great fit for Michael. His “customer first”dedication to his clients has always resulted in successful long term relationships. With a passion for boating and water sports, Michael looks forward to enjoying all that the Muskoka Lakes has to offer.

With over 13 years of experience, Dave has become a top selling agent of luxury waterfront property in Muskoka. Dave lives on Lake Rosseau and spends much of his time on the water. His commitment to customer service, professionalism and honesty, provides his clients with an enjoyable and successful real estate experience.

JESS KAYE*

JEFF LIDDLE*

Sales Representative

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Jess prides herself on being born and raised in Muskoka, spending summers on the lakes and winters on the snowmobile trails. Jess’ understanding for Muskoka is what helps her succeed in making the real estate transaction successful and enjoyable for all her clients.

Jeff entered into real estate in 2008 facing a down market and a recession in the echoes. Overcoming the odds, Jeff has now become a “top producer” in his industry. Raising his 2 boys alongside his wife and getting the occasional golf game in is what Jeff enjoys most when he’s not out selling.

TODD ADAIR* President/Sales Representative Todd made a name for himself in real estate back in 2011 when in Todd’s first year of selling, he earned the spot as the #1 Remax agent in Muskoka. That motivated him to continue on and become President of Cayman Marshall International Realty in 2012. In 2013, he became the majority shareholder and recently decided to purchase the entire company and dedicate 100% of his efforts into taking Cayman Marshall to the next level. Todd has created, built and sold various IT companies. Throughout his career, he has been known for breaking the mold and always moving against the grain – never satisfied with the ordinary but striving for excellence. Todd firmly believes that real estate isn’t about excelling at sales, but rather about being great at solving problems and caring for clients through exceptional service. In Todd’s down time you will find him buying, building or renovating his own real estate projects, on the water wakeboarding and kite surfing, or hacking up the fairways of a local golf course. Todd’s most important job is being a husband and father to his family of four.

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CAT BROWN*

RAY DICKSON**

MELISSA DUBE

STEVE HADDOCK*

Sales Representative

Broker of Record

Office Administration

Sales Representative

Growing up in Waterloo, Cat was fortunate enough to spend all of her summers at her family cottage on Lake of Bays. Cayman Marshall sought after Cat for her enthusiastic, positive attitude and Cat is now thrilled to be building a career in Sales with the Cayman Marshall Team.

Ray has been loving Muskoka for the past 40 years and is happy to call it home with his wife Johanna and their two boys. His passion for Muskoka is equally shared with real estate since first licensed in 2007.

Melissa recently moved back to Muskoka after living 10 years in Quebec. With over 10 years of administration and customer relations background, she is now the newest member of our team as an office administrator. Melissa is devoted to our customers and team members, which makes her a great asset to us!

Steve achieved sales of over $20M in 2016. He is a strong relationship builder, honest and dedicated. He maintains residences in Toronto and Muskoka and ties to both communities. His mantra and favourite quote is to “get up, dress up, show up and never give up”.

KRISTIN McCREA

LAURA MORRISON*

AMANDA SHERIF

Office Manager/Personal Assistant to Todd Adair

Sales Representative/Editor

Office Administration

Laura is originally from Oakville but moved to Muskoka to become a Realtor. Laura currently ranks as one of the top-producing agents in Muskoka with $50 Million in sales in 2016 specializing in luxury waterfront. Laura continually puts her client’s needs before her own and values trust and integrity as her cornerstone.

Growing up in Toronto, Amanda spent summers going to camp in Muskoka and always enjoyed the atmosphere and beauty the area had to offer. With over six years of experience in customer relations, Amanda is an ideal fit for the Cayman Marshall team.

As Todd’s personal assistant, Kristin oversees a variety of real estate contracting and building projects, office management including accounts receivable and payable and media relations for real estate TV shows. Her experience in operations and retail management has proven essential for the daily needs of both the Huntsville and Port Carling offices.

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HEAD OFFICE: 1-97 Joseph Street Port Carling, Ontario P0B 1J0 705-765-5759 BRANCH OFFICE: 133 Highway 60, Suite 8 Huntsville, Ontario P1H 1C2 705-765-5759 CaymanMarshall.com

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