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A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

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Welcome to summer! It’s always our favourite time of year, but this year we’re particularly excited about all the small businesses that are getting ready to welcome not just seasonal visitors and cottagers, but year-rounders too! Patio dining and shopping will seem particularly sweet in 2021.

Want in on one of our best-kept secrets? It’s Cayman Marshall’s exclusive listings, which are becoming a more and more popular part of our business. Turn to page 110 to find out more about how it works. Then, connect with a CM agent to be sure you’re in the know about these very special listings.

Many Canadians are looking forward to travelling again this summer, once international restrictions are lifted; I know many of you can’t wait to see the world again. At the same time, a warm welcome back to all our international friends. We’ve missed you, and are looking forward to seeing you in Muskoka again this summer!

Once again, thanks to our editorial team for another beautiful issue of Cayman Marshall magazine. Kallan and the team have gathered lots of great reading for you, including advice from Hoos Law Professional Corp. on the best ways to bequeath your cottage to your heirs, and a complete guide to the best boat for every lifestyle, from the experts on the subject: Pride Marine. And as always, our great listings of luxury properties for sale and rental throughout the region.

On the Market Report, we’ve never had a year like this in our history. CM broke through all its records last year, selling $400 million in properties in Muskoka, and we are already on track to sell $1/2 billion in 2021.

This summer is going to be one for the books. Never again will we appreciate the thrill of just being able to walk down the street, or visit loved ones without hesitation or apprehension, with as much fervour as we will in summer 2021. Seeing a smile, hugging loved ones, being able to travel freely again – these things will no longer be a distant memory but a renewed source of pleasure and joy.

Kallan Koch Chief Editor

None of this, of course, would have been achieved without the support and care of our communities and health care workers, who have been working tirelessly for this day to come. To all of you who worked so hard and so courageously over these last long months, we offer our deep admiration and gratitude. I’ve been watching the changes unfold in Muskoka and like you, all of us here are

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See you on a Muskoka patio soon!

so ready to celebrate! Remember, it’s still important, for now, to maintain the safety measures that come with Covid: wear your mask especially indoors, practice social distancing, and understand and follow the provincial guidelines for our area as they are gradually eased. For inspiration, check out "Your Ultimate Guide to Cottage Entertaining in 2021,” for unique ways to host your family and friends at your lake home this summer. And “Savouring the Sights” celebrates Muskoka’s gorgeous scenery – for natives and visitors alike, it’s a treasure that never stops being thrilling. Wherever you are this summer, may you truly savour the joy of opening your doors and arms to your loved ones again. Here’s to a summer we will never forget!

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SUMMER 2021 EDITORS Todd Adair* Kallan Koch Lauren Lowe ART DIRECTOR Kelsey Kennerell PHOTOGRAPHERS Andre Carriere Michael Cooper Kallan Koch Micheal Muraz Robert Nelson Photography Mark Wilson ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Kallan Koch CONTRIBUTORS Todd Adair* Martha Uniacke Breen Brooke Madden Meredith Parsons Sarah Pountney* DC Rutherford Claudia Spahr-Kaye Charlie Vanderpol* Tim Winegard Published in Canada FOR ADVERTISING INQUIRIES PLEASE EMAIL info@caymanmarshall.com caymanmarshallmagazine.ca All square footages are approximate. Some square footages include living space in the lower level. Information is subject to errors and omissions. Not intended to solicit properties currently for sale.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

CIRCLING THE POSSIBILITIES with Pride Marine Group

COVER STORY 46 C I RC L I N G T H E POSSIBILITIES

with Pride Marine Group

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26 6 0 Y E A R S O F S U N , F U N & WA R M MEMORIES

at CNIB Lake Joe

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P ROT ECT I N G YO U R PA RA D I S E

The Legalities of Cottage Ownership

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YO U R U LT I M AT E G U I D E To Cottage Entertaining in 2021

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BUILDING A DREAM

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MCNAIR ELECTRIC TAKES YOUR COTTAGE’S SUNSHADES INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

Sun Set

By DC Rutherford

Our homes are getting smarter. And while that sounds like the start of a dystopic novel, it’s actually part of a meaningful transition that promises to make our homes more efficient and elegant. Being able to adjust the thermostat, turn off the oven, and check security cameras from the convenience of a smart device all facilitate a contemporary lifestyle that allows us to revel in fantasy, while our more mundane needs are taken care of by technology. But what about adapting our second homes to the 21st century? What about our properties that are built for that same revelry and fantasy? Chuck McNair Electric has you covered.

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ven though our cottages may be rooted in nostalgia and rustic reverie, the discerning cottager requires a healthy balance of nature and digital conveyances. As the thin line between home and work fades, second homes require the same attention as their urban counterparts.

in Ontario’s cottage country knows that the climate is as fickle and temperamental as anywhere in the world. Forty-degree days can become near-zero nights with little warning; mosquitos and blackflies can arrive at nearly any hour, unannounced and eager to pester; and the sun’s angles can vary dramatically from the region’s peerless sunrises to sunsets. The solution, gleaned McNair has been outfitting Parry Sound from McNair’s 28 years of experience in THE NEWEST and Muskoka for nearly three decades; energy efficiency and cottage upkeep, ADDITION the company is built on a foundation of is making your space more comfortable TO THEIR family and community. And as the needs and energy efficient with a smart sun, HIGH-TECH of cottagers have evolved, so too have shade, and screen control system. SERVICE IS Chuck and his sons’ (Steve and Mitch) SMART traditional services for a modern world. Muskoka homes and cottages are SHADES AND The newest addition to their high-tech renowned for their beauty in architecture, service – which also includes everything their seamless integration into the SCREEN from A/V to lighting to home automation Ontario landscape, and not least, their CONTROL. to generators and smart power – is magnificent windows. And while those smart shades and screen control. windows provide lake views envied the world over, finding shades that suit a home’s aesthetic Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to luxuriate without disrupting the view can be a challenge.

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cNair prides itself on partnering with only the best manufacturers in outfitting clients’ cottages, and the company’s investment in sun shading is no different. McNair uses Lutron products for providing smart shade technology to cottage country. Lutron has been adapting to new technologies in the lighting and energy space for over a halfcentury, and according to its own estimates, has “reduced electrical use by 9.2 billion kWh, which reduces our customers’ electric bills by $1 billion annually.” For cottagers looking to maximize their lifestyle investments’ functionality while being conscious of their footprint and efficiency, McNair could not have found a more perfect partner. McNair Electric’s low-voltage motorized smart shading and screen solutions offer cottagers and homeowners a wide array of styles to fit a range of decor stylings. The functionality of the technology is matched only by its attention to design and form. Plus, with the addition of motorized retractable insect screens, even the most rustic and rural cottages can be protected from solar glare, heat, and seasonal pests. The result is a smarter, more energy-efficient and more refined homestead. McNair’s services continue to set the pace for cottage country, ensuring that Muskoka’s elegant homes can evolve for present-day needs, while maintaining fealty to the region’s aesthetic and lifestyle.

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WITH TWO SEVENS CAPITAL By DC Rutherford

To say the past year has been strange would be an understatement to end all understatements. Heading into our second summer and fall of the COVID-19 pandemic demands that we reevaluate our collective wants and needs. After a period marred by isolation and separation, lockdowns and letdowns, many of us are coming out the other side with new commitments – to family, to friends, to community, and to the future. Once an inevitability built on hubris and a sense of immortality, now the fragility of our existence has led to an existential reckoning: How do we provide for our futures in a way that embraces both value and values? How do we build wealth in a world that has just threatened unimaginable tragedy? Adam Batstone has a few ideas.

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The founder and CEO of Oakville-based Two Sevens Capital aspires to “transform access to wealth creation,” no small feat even during a normal year, but an enormous undertaking given the unprecedented threat to the global economy brought on by the pandemic. But even a brief conversation with Batstone will have you believe that his – and your – dreams are possible.


Even a brief conversation with Batstone will have you believe that his – and your – dreams are possible. Adam J. Batstone, Founder & CEO

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he Two Sevens Capital core values, as presented on the company’s website twosevenscapital.com, resemble Joseph Campbell’s monomyth – a hero’s journey to financial freedom, conjuring curiosity and expanding boundaries and community: stay curious, execute with urgency and intent, operate with care and diligence, deliver excellence, be client obsessed, expand boundaries, and create and contribute to community. The core values create a sense of personalized and localized ambition, with an almost holistic approach to investment. The comparison isn’t what Batstone intended, but he accepts it as part of Two Sevens’s larger mandate and credo: that one size does not fit all in investing, and Two Sevens will work as hard as anybody to fit you. They don’t want their monomyth to echo those of larger firms, to simply be something “we just kind of put in the office and people walk by […]; they aren’t just nice branding that goes on to a flyer or a website or piece of marketing collateral.” At Two Sevens those words hold gravitas; they have meaning and resonance. “We just had our weekly team meeting,” Batstone says, “and of course, in 2021, that means 90% of that is virtual, or 90% of the attendees are virtual. And a standing part of the weekly meeting is recognizing core values. And what that means for us is, [are we] reflecting our core values in what we’re doing? So we look internally, but we also look externally. We try to make it so that we're recognizing it in each other, and/or recognizing it in other businesses.” Though Two Sevens is the new kid on the block, Batstone has over two decades’ experience in the investment

industry. And in a post-pandemic world, he sees the value in being David to the larger firms’ Goliath. “We lean heavily on our technology and those capabilities. [O]ver the last 14 months, there has been every reason why people don't want to interact with other humans – they keep listing all of the reasons why and how hard it is to do business, especially with larger bureaucratic businesses. And, I believe, regardless of the industry, the business or businesses that find a way to treat humans like humans are the ones that are going to win.” The commitment to the marriage of humanity and wealth is “why we're trying to democratize access to some of this wealth creation that really only existed for larger institutions before.” That battle for democracy is rooted in the absence of choice for investors in Canada, where “we've got like, five banks, and three or four insurance companies, and everybody else [is] plugged into them in some way, shape or form.” Two Sevens combines its core values with a broad investment thesis, featuring a fractional investment process meant to sustain “a more entrepreneurialminded marketplace” that until now hasn’t existed in Canada. “And so there are far more options, which means the sophistication of the product available is that much better. We're trying to create capability and access where the incumbents don't want capability and access to be had for the masses.” And the name, Two Sevens? Among a few other numerological and familial considerations, it’s the sweater number Batstone wore playing hockey. It’s hard not to invest in that kind of uniquely Canadian humanity.


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By Tim Winegard. M.Sc. Muskoka Tree Solutions Founder, Outgoing Executive Director of the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (algonquinwrs.ca), Parttime Faculty of Georgian College’s Department of Engineering and Environmental Science.

Grand trees and forests are a defining part of cottage country, and become a valued part of our family memories when managed and cared for properly. Naturally, trees provide habitat and food for wildlife, while facilitating the cycling of water and nutrients crucial to our lake health. Practically, they can be used for shade, noise dampening and privacy, flood control and mitigation, and aesthetics as well as firewood and timber building supplies. Knowing which species perform best and longest for their desired value is an important part of making management and development decisions over the short and long-term.

TREES FOR SHADE Trees can be used to dramatically impact the heating and cooling costs of cottages in a number of ways. South-facing hardwood trees allow sunlight to reach the cottage during the winter, resulting in passive heating, while also providing passive cooling during the summer by casting shade onto the cottage roof and windows. Sugar and red maples are shadetolerant species and provide the highest level of shade in the summer, while red oak and black cherry can provide a more subdued level of shade, given these species’ canopy structures and leaf shape. Oak and cherry are not as tolerant of shade and require a more open canopy to establish on the forest floor. Conifer trees also differ in their shade tolerance and influence, based on foliage structure and orientation. Eastern hemlock, balsam fir and eastern white cedar, with their horizontally oriented needles, provide some of the highest levels of shade whereas red and white pine produce lower levels of shade, given their more disperse needle orientation and structure. A variety of desired effects can be created around our cottage properties as we learn to utilize these species.

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TREES FOR PRIVACY AND NOISE DAMPENING Trees can provide varying levels of privacy and noise dampening from neighbours, waterfronts and roadways. Which trees to protect, prune or remove around the cottage will depend on the desired effect. Species such as eastern white cedar can be planted and pruned into dense hedgerows that provide the maximum level of privacy and noise dampening from neighbours, but require active maintenance to maintain the full look of the trees. Cedar are also very tolerant of pruning, and are adaptable to a wide range of soil and moisture conditions, which makes them a favourite candidate for this purpose along the lakefront, roadway, or property line.

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Eastern hemlock and white cedar are some of the most common shoreline trees in Muskoka. As a result they tend to be a popular choice to create privacy from the shoreline, while maintaining sightlines to the lake and horizon. Working with arborist services like Muskoka Tree Solutions can ensure that the right trees are promoted and managed to suit your property values. TREES FOR AESTHETICS Trees come in countless shapes and sizes – some with papery, elegant barks, others with gnarled and weather-worn exteriors. Developing a cottage property should include consideration of the overall aesthetics of your tree assemblages, and the desired involvement of property owners in managing these trees.


For example, eastern white birch and yellow birch both exhibit showy papery bark. The white colour of birch is produced by the compound betulin, which helps to protect these pioneer species from sun scald and frost cracking in winter as uninhibited sunlight warms their trunks. As a result, they are a choice tree for open areas of the property such as the lakeside yard, where their white trunks exist in stark contrast to the browns, greens and blues of the waterfront. Trees such as white and red pines have dramatic bark and grow to impressive size in the region. They are truly the iconic species for our area, and provide not only visual aesthetics through their stature and size, but also auditory benefits as a result of the sound wind makes when passing through their canopies. FLOOD CONTROL AND MITIGATION Trees are a critical part of the water cycle, slowing overland flow while encouraging soil uptake of water. Trees absorb available water from the ground and transpire (release) it into the atmosphere. Some large species like sugar maples and red oak may transpire thousands of litres of water on a hot summer’s day. As a result, trees provide a number of practical uses to cottage owners. Along shorelines they can reduce erosion as a result of wave action; along rivers and creeks they can stabilize banks to resist the effects of seasonal flooding. Around the cottage, they can be used to dry up wet areas, direct water away from infrastructure, and ultimately reduce the chances of rain events and spring melts from negatively impacting our properties. Black spruce, eastern white cedar and eastern hemlock are all characteristic of wet low-lying areas in Muskoka. They play an important role in slowing water flow into our lakes and buffer against dramatic water level change. Ultimately, trees and forests are intrinsically valuable for supporting ecosystem functioning in the region. However, they also provide incredible practical value and use to property owners. Working with arborist services like Muskoka Tree Solutions can help to not only identify trees of value and good structural form, but also ensure that your long-term management is focused on utilizing both the natural and practical value inherently found within our forests. If you would like to know more about your property and unlocking its potential, do not hesitate to give us a call to schedule a site assessment. With summer around the corner and a challenging year behind us, let’s make the most of summer and our cherished getaways in the woods and on the water.


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OF SUN, FUN & WARM MEMORIES AT CNIB LAKE JOE! Ever since CNIB Lake Joe first opened its doors in 1961, the dream of having a safe, accessible place where people with sight loss and their families could enjoy the magic of camp has been evolving and expanding. The incredible power of recreation and rehabilitation in a community camp setting has been life-changing for thousands of Canadians impacted by sight loss. The first Ontario summer camp for the blind was held in 1948 under the joint auspices of the Canadian Council of the Blind and CNIB at the Lions Club campsite at Ancaster. It proved so popular that CNIB arranged for two camp sessions the following summer. For the next 12 years, the camp hosted two tenday summer holiday sessions, attracting over 2,000 campers. By 1959, demand exceeded the space available, and organizers looked for an alternate location. Recognizing the life-changing role camp plays in the lives of people with sight loss, in 1960 CNIB, in collaboration with the Lions Family of Ontario and the Canadian Council of the Blind, purchased a small piece of paradise from the MacDonald family on Lake Joseph in Muskoka. The property came with a piece of Muskoka history: it was the site of an old Canadian National Railway/ Steamship departure point. Today, the boat dock is located where historic steamships departed to sail on Lakes Joseph, Rosseau, and Muskoka.


Great Beginnings Four young campers enjoying time on water

The Lake Joseph Building Planning Committee

Guests enjoying the waterfront at CNIB Lake Joe

CNIB Lake Joe, originally known as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind Lake Joseph Adjustment Training and Holiday Centre, hosted its official opening celebration July 21, 1961, and formally opened its doors to campers on August 17, 1961. The camp continued to grow and flourish, making memories and in more than a few cases, changing the

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lives of thousands of campers living with sight loss.

cottagers to get to know their neighbours while developing sailing skills.

The Great One, Wayne Gretzky and his father Walter Gretzky, were the philanthropic catalysts for the founding of the SCORE program (Summer Computer Opportunities in Recreation and Education) in 1985, to improve access to technology for teens who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind. Over the years, SCORE has evolved into the Skills, Confidence, & Opportunities through Recreation and Education program, and in 2000, included CNIB Lake Joe as part of the curriculum. The program is now part of CNIB Learning Academy, a transformational program designed to prepare youth

Since 1991, CNIB Lake Joe has also been the home of the Lake Joe Yacht Club (LJYC), a community based, volunteer-run, non-profit sailing club, founded in 1967. With over 100 family memberships, the LJYC provides a great opportunity for local

THE SPIRIT RESTORED By 2002, CNIB Lake Joe facilities were in desperate need of repair and closed for one season for massive renovations. The Lake Joseph community at large rallied together to help fundraise and rebuild the facility. The “Restoring the Spirit Campaign” raised nearly $8 million to transform CNIB Lake Joe into a new, fully accessible and safe facility where people with sight loss can participate in fun camp activities, and access life-changing experiences.

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Walter Gretzky playing piano and singing with youth campers

Joe Finley, a Toronto resident and Lake Joseph cottager, was a strong supporter of CNIB Lake Joseph Centre and a member of the Restoring the Spirit Campaign Cabinet. In 2009, Joe created the Blind Guys Tri Team, engaging blind and visually impaired athletes in sporting events across Ontario, including an annual triathlon at the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre. Joe passed away in 2010. In 2013, the road at the entrance to CNIB Lake Joe was renamed Joe Finley Way in recognition of Joe's commitment to live life to the fullest and give back one hundredfold – an inspiration to all to pursue life the “Joe Finley Way!” AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE CROSSED It seemed by 2011, the camp had come full circle, when special guest Walter Gretzky helped CNIB Lake Joe celebrate its 50th Anniversary and officially unveil the camp’s brand-new facilities. CNIB unveiled the "Walkway to Independence" and surprised some Lions with a special "Salt of the Earth" brick, honouring Lions who have made significant and meaningful contributions with their time and efforts to CNIB Lake Joe over many years. First introduced at CNIB Lake Joe in 2012, Camp Abilities is a goal-based athletic program modelled on the Camp Abilities program founded in New York, and now offered worldwide. The program focuses on athletic development, with participants receiving one-on-one coaching from instructors who help guide athletes to achieve their performance goals through specialized sports programs, like sailing or triathlon (swim, bike, run). CNIB celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, and CNIB Lake Joe, of course, was in on the celebration. One of that summer’s highlights was the CNIB Muskoka Clam Bake, featuring live entertainment from Canadian recording artists Miss Emily, Shawn Brady, and the Northern Sons. The CNIB Lake Joe Vision Team launched the Second Century Capital Campaign, to raise $3.2M to support the camp's capacity to serve people with sight loss for years to come. That same year, a donated boathouse was floated over from Lake Rosseau and installed at CNIB Lake Joe to increase opportunities for participants to get active through waterfront sports and activities.

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CNIB LAKE JOE GOES TO THE DOGS! Ambassador Dog Willow joined the CNIB Lake Joe team in 2018. As a puppy, Willow travelled from Australia to be placed with a puppy raiser in the CNIB Guide Dog program. As Willow was not comfortable travelling, she had a career change to become an ambassador dog, partnered with a CNIB Lake Joe staff member to promote CNIB Guide Dogs. Willow's role is to raise awareness about guide dogs, introduce people to the benefits of guide dogs, recruit volunteer puppy raisers for puppies-in-training and connect with individuals who may be interested in sponsoring the program. In the summer of 2019, CNIB Lake Joe welcomed 30 handlers and their guide dogs – a record number of guide dog teams onsite at one time – from across the country for the Guide Dog AdvoCamp. Generously sponsored by Royal Canin, the event brought guide dog handlers together to network with their peers and strengthen selfadvocacy skills. In August, the camp also hosted “CNIB Muskoka: Taste of Country,” with host Joan Kelley Walker, live country music by Beverley Mahood and friends, a mechanical bull, spectacular fireworks – and much more. It was truly the event of the summer. Even though the camp, like everything else in the country, was shut down for the pandemic, 2020 marked the year that the Dining Hall and Lounge – the camp’s social gathering hotspot – got a facelift with an acoustic retrofit and brand-new ceilings to reduce noise and make conversations clearer. This was made possible from a generous donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and CNIB Lake Joe supporters.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNIB Lake Joe reimagined its programming, launching virtual programs under the banner CNIBLakeJoe@Home, featuring everything from coffee chats to arts and crafts, trivia sessions and campfire singalongs. In addition, Camp-in-a-Box was created for kids to enjoy at home. PARTYING WITH A PURPOSE The pandemic showed how friends of the camp were ready to step up for a great cause. “CNIB Muskoka: Dock-to-Dock: Party with a Purpose” made history as Canada’s first and largest socially distanced, synchronized dock-to-dock party. The celebration welcomed more than 350 “Dock Hosts,” donors, sponsors, and volunteers. Joan Kelley Walker, Rod Black, and a fantastic lineup of musicians featuring Beverley Mahood added star quality! This event was organized by the 2020 CNIB Lake Joe Fundraising Committee: Nancy Simonot (Chair), Tracey Burton, Tom Cross, Marie Hewitt, Helen Hunt, and Michaela Hutchison.

The event allowed CNIB Lake Joe to purchase new camp “Wish List” items and increase camp bursaries for next season. Along with additional funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the event funded a new accessible climbing tower, which stands 32’ high with a 12’ wide climbing surface and leadingedge safety equipment. Installed by Challenges Unlimited, this tower will be a star attraction in CNIB Lake Joe’s new Adventure Zone. The year 2021 marks 60 years of fun, sun and friendships at the camp, with special celebrations planned throughout the summer. And while the pandemic is still keeping some plans on hold, one thing is clear: “Warm Memories and Bright Futures” is the theme for many years of fun at CNIB Lake Joe – past, present and future. Support CNIB Lake Joe’s Capital Redevelopment Campaign in honour of the 60th Anniversary and bring the magic of camp to people with sight loss for generations to come. Visit cnib.ca/docktodock or email Tara.Oliphant@cnib.ca.

Warm Memories, Bright Futures Willow, CNIB Ambassador Dog

A mom and daughter enjoying fun in the sun on the shores of CNIB Lake Joe

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Boathouses, sleeping cabins, rights-of-way for access, easements for hydro, original shore road allowances, and a host of other issues that are unique to cottage country make practicing law in Muskoka diverse and exciting. As legal professionals who specialize in Muskoka, Hoos Law Professional Corporation is here to help you with the unique legal issues that cottage owners deal with. We can help both cottage owners who already own their “piece of paradise,” as well as “about-to-be” cottage owners with their purchase of a new cottage property.

it is often undesirable if you own the property with another family member (e.g., a sibling or parent) or a business partner. Personal ownership also raises the issue of “creditorproofing.” Owners of valuable cottage real estate should consider whether the property can be protected from possible creditors, if they are engaged in a trade or profession that carries a risk of personal liability.

WHAT LEGAL AND TAX ISSUES SHOULD I CONSIDER?

You can also consider whether to hold title through a corporation or family trust. These options have the potential to create certain tax advantages and disadvantages, based on your own particular circumstances.

Whether you’re a brand-new owner or have enjoyed your cottage for generations, it’s important to ensure that (a), you are holding title in a way that is most advantageous vis-a-vis future events like death, estate administration, or resale; (b), how you can ensure the property will remain in the family; or (c), how to minimize your exposure to taxes if the property is sold, or if you die while you own it.

In some cases, a corporation can be used to hold legal and/or beneficial ownership; the shares of the corporation can be sold or passed down to children or other beneficiaries, often without the need to pay provincial Land Transfer Tax. With proper estate planning techniques, the shares can sometimes be passed down to beneficiaries without the requirement to pay estate administration tax.

One thing is clear: legal and tax planning for your getaway property is becoming more and more important, particularly as the value of waterfront properties in cottage country continues to climb. It is imperative for you to discuss your current and future goals with a professional legal advisor like Hoos Law, to ensure you have a plan in place.

WHAT ABOUT TAXES AND LIFE INSURANCE?

ARE THERE DIFFERENT KINDS OF OWNERSHIP? There are actually many different ways to own your property, each with its own advantages. The property can be held in the name of the owner or owners personally; or it can be held in some other manner, such as through a corporation, or a family trust. In the case of personal ownership, if there is more than one owner, the property can be held as joint tenants or as tenants in common. The primary difference between the two is how the property transfers by right of survivorship on the death of the other joint tenant(s). While a right of survivorship is often desirable when holding title with a spouse,

Estate administration tax amounts to approximately $15,000 on every $1,000,000 worth of property value, so it’s very worthwhile to ensure a proper succession plan is in place. Other things to consider include whether life insurance products may be available to help your estate, beneficiaries and future generations pay for capital gains tax that may be incurred upon your death. Also, you can actually prepay your Land Transfer Tax to the Ontario government when you buy a property, so that the amount you paid is not available to the public on the Land Registry Office records. We know that the main reasons most cottagers come to spend time in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of cottage country is being able to escape from the cares and worries of everyday life. With a complete plan in place that ensures your goals are likely to be met in the most legally effective and tax-efficient manner, you can truly relax and enjoy your cottage time, knowing you’ve made a sensible plan both for today, and down the road.


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WITH THYME VINAIGRETTE

METHOD: 1) Put the ribs bone side up and separate the tips from the rest with a boning knife. Remove excess fat and turn to the meat side. Cut between the membrane and the bone and grab a piece of the membrane. Slowly pull it away from the ribs. 2) Mix salt, pepper, garlic and two teaspoons of thyme to obtain a homogeneous compound. 3) Mix the mustard, apple vinegar, lemon juice and the remaining two teaspoons of thyme in a small bowl then whisk it to make a vinaigrette. Season to taste and pour in a squeeze bottle. 4) Pour the vinaigrette all over the ribs. 5) Place the ribs vertically in a rib rack and into a roasting pan and bake at 170°C (340°F) near the fire.

SERVES 6 INGREDIENTS:

• 2+2 tsps. thyme

• 2 whole racks of pork ribs

• 4 tbsps. mustard

• 1 tbsp. salt

• 4 tbsps. apple vinegar

• 1 tbsp. black pepper

• ½ lemon

• 1 tbsp. garlic powder

• ½ glass of lemon juice

6) When the ribs are golden, rotate the pan for even cooking. When they are golden all over, take the pan out of the oven. 7) When the meat is tender enough to almost fall off the bones, now it’s time for lunch! 8) Cut into 3-4 rib portions, dress with vinaigrette and garnish with chopped parsley.



If you’ve been looking for a patio umbrella that will stand up to strong offshore breezes, and beautify your deck or patio for years with a minimum of maintenance, you may be interested to discover Tuuci. “The Tuuci umbrella is second to none,” says Carol Edick of Southern Living Design, which carries the brand. “There are so many features that set it apart — from the double-stitched canvas and reinforced pockets of the top, to the high-gauge aluminum frame. Purchasing a Tuuci is an investment, since they last a lifetime. Actually longer, since all the components are replaceable if they wear out.” Manufactured in Miami, Florida, the Tuuci’s design was inspired by sailboats, and is engineered to withstand the open oceanside, making it more than a match for even the stiffest Muskoka breeze. They’re available in a wide range of sizes and profiles that include not just the familiar octagons and squares, but go far beyond –– with, in some cases, highly artistic takes on the concept of shading your outdoor space. These include a unique cantilevered style, and the breathtaking “Stingray,” inspired by marine stingrays

and adjustable at a touch to shade you as the sun travels across the sky. Or check out the “Zero Horizon” model, which when fully opened creates a linear profile so thin it literally disappears – maintaining an unobstructed view. The Tuuci’s canvas top can be customized exactly as you like, with 30 available colours, optional contrast piping, and a choice of frame in sleek polished aluminum or powder-coated aluminum in woodgrain, grey, or black. Baseplates include an elegant superthin version, extra-heavy for breezy sites, or a version that can be mounted permanently in a concrete or stone deck. Southern Living Design offers service that’s a cut above, too, with safe personalized showings by appointment in their Mississauga showroom, and delivery and set-up anywhere in Muskoka and surrounding area. “They put a lot of thought into the design of these products,” Carol says. “Tuucis really are incredibly beautiful. They aren’t just umbrellas; they’re works of art.”

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Sights Here in Muskoka, enjoying local cuisine, creative cocktails, and unmatched scenery are summer staples. Whether you’re seeking historic charm, lakeside lounging, or elegant dining, Muskoka offers experiences for every type of foodie. We’ve compiled a selection of unique, local, must-try destinations. With unparalleled views and diverse cuisine, this summer you truly can savour the sights of Muskoka!

Photo: Tall Trees Restaurant

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TALL TREES RESTAURANT Located in the heart of Huntsville, Ontario, sits Tall Trees Restaurant. This genteel establishment was founded over 30 years ago, in a charming, historic former mayoral home. Built in the 1890s, the home served multiple functions, and its history is evident throughout the vast 4 acre property. Enjoy elevated-casual cuisine, little twists on simple yet delicious ingredients, paired with decadent wines and cocktails. Overlook the Bay in the restaurant’s unique, fully screened and heated outdoor gazebos. A private space for you and your family and friends, whether you choose to dine bugfree in the summer, or toasty in the winter, Tall Trees offers guests a dining experience you won’t forget.

It’s time to savour the sights Muskoka has to offer!


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JACK & STELLA Vibrant with historic charm, Bala, Ontario, delights every traveller. Where one can imagine steamboats once docked and sailors once roamed, sits the old general store building - or as it’s known now, Jack & Stella. Come for the smoothies and decadent sandwiches, and stay for the atmosphere and experience. In the evenings, enjoy a glass of wine by the lake in Stella’s Lounge, or up in the second floor lookout. Jack & Stella is also excited to be launching Georgie’s L’il doughnuts, ice cream and sundaes. Jack & Stella fuse together furniture, decor, grocery, and other general-store style items, truly restoring this historic space for the modern guest. Be sure to pop by their bottle shop featuring Cavinona wines, Terroni’s exclusive wine agency. A great assortment of Terroni’s products will also be available for purchase. Jack & Stella is online, and available for pre-orders at jackandstella.com.

Port Carling, Ontario is a well known destination among frequent cottagers. Surrounded by stunning scenery and charming shops, Beveragino has been a welcome new addition to the community. Beveragino proudly offers a unique, sitdown restaurant experience to their guests. Open at 6am each morning, Beveragino prepares specialty coffees and fresh-baked goods. Guests can indulge in a variety of housemade dishes and cocktails on Beveragino’s patios. Enjoying a day on the water? Come by boat! Try their smoked brisket, fresh smoothies, or even a poke bowl! Visitors can take in the sights of nature, or unique, acclaimed artwork for sale. And, if you’re looking to surprise your partner with a “flowers for no reason” gesture, Beveragino has you covered with fresh bouquets available for purchase. Whether you’re looking for a date night out, or a catered night in, Beveragino is happy to help, 7 days a week.

WINDERMERE HOUSE Affectionately referred to as “The Lady of the Lake,” Windermere House has stood over Lake Rosseau since 1870. This historic Victorian landmark concludes our list with its decadent dining experiences: The Rosseau Grill, Veranda, and the Windermere Pub & Patio. Chef Kee returns this year to lead the remarkable in-house sushi program, available in the Grill, Veranda and for takeout. Newly appointed Executive Chef Christopher Duernholz also arrives this year. With experience working in Toronto’s top restaurants, Chef Duernholz offers a new twist on Muskoka classics supplemented by an exciting array of farm-to-table creativity. For guests seeking a beverage or two (or three, why not?), Windermere Pub and Patio is excited to re-open this summer. With a focus on fresh pub fare and Muskoka craft beers, this pub is sure to elevate your Muskoka experience.


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“SO, WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF YOUR SUMMER?” A traditional first-day-of-school ice breaker. Usually, the question is enthusiastically met with an activity, something like soccer games, camp, or going to the cottage. Of course, these summer staples are objectively entertaining activities. But I think why kids give these answers isn’t because of the activities themselves, but because the children are reminiscing about their experiences. It’s not about kicking the ball, it’s about cheering after winning your first game. It’s not about camp itself, it’s venturing out on your own for the first time. It’s not physically being at the cottage, it’s jumping into the cool lake on a hot day with your siblings. We start our lives off appreciating experiences. But for many of us, somewhere along the

way, we lose the spark of joy that comes along with them. At Pride Marine Group, the gift of experiences has been rediscovered. The best part of their summer? Spent on the water, surrounded by loved ones, creating experiences in a place they call their own. Whether you’re new to the boating world, or a seasoned captain looking to expand your collection, Pride Marine Group is dedicated to making you and your family’s summer experience the best one yet. The company offers the most competitive and exclusive selection of premium boat brands in all of Ontario. They even have re-destination stations located throughout the province. Their unparalleled customer service team will cater to your every need to ensure you’re walking (or rather, floating) away with your dream purchase.

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If your ideal day on the water involves wakeboarding, the Nautique Wake Boat is probably the best for you. Whether you're flaunting your own skills, or laughing while your friends fall over in attempts to flaunt theirs, Nautique Wake and Surf Boats deliver a monster wake. Not only is the wake large, the boat is uniquely designed to craft a wake similar to a surf wake, making Nautique Wake Boats the best in their class. In addition to Nautique’s remarkable wake functionality, the boats truly are a work of art. They are stunningly designed, visually and technically: visually, from the geometric patterns in the hull design, to the gorgeous interior and exterior finishes; technically, from their easy-to-control steering, to giant speakers and plenty of space. This boat will have your friends and family in awe, as you treat them to an experience that is full of wakeboarding excitement, while being luxuriously elegant at the same time. Let’s be honest; sometimes, it just feels cool to go fast. Pretending you’re in an action movie race or dramatically putting on your sunglasses while cruising to The Who can be a pure serotonin rush. If you

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like watersports, waterskiing, tubing, or just speed in general, the Bowrider and Sport Boats will exceed your expectations. Pride Marine Group’s selection of Sea Ray and Chaparral boats are multi-functional, and feature the latest in technological design. They can include a BBQ, sleeping quarters, on-board bathroom, swim platforms, a luxury comfortable interior, huge inboard engines, and an extra sporty aesthetic. Not only will you feel like a movie star, you’ll look like one too. Boaters with families will appreciate the spaciousness and functionality of our Avalon Pontoon Boats. These boats are stylish, sporty, and perfect to bring your family and friends on for activities like sightseeing tours. The boats are strong enough to pull a tube, so children (or children at heart) can enjoy bouncing around on the tube, while you give a tour of your neighbourhood. Avalon Pontoon boats also make for great swim platforms if you’d like to anchor in your favourite spot and enjoy the sun. With everything you need to enjoy a day out on the lake, as well as long-lasting, quality design, Avalon Pontoon Boats are full of opportunities to create lifelong memories with your loved ones.


IF YOUR IDEAL DAY ON THE WATER INVOLVES WAKEBOARDING, THE NAUTIQUE WAKE BOAT IS PROBABLY THE BEST FOR YOU.


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A Day Boat or Centre Console is the right choice for boaters who aren’t afraid of rough conditions or hard work. Robalo boats thrive as movers. If you’re looking for a boat for hauling gear from the dock to the cottage or for doing a supply run, this is the boat for you. These boats are also ideal boats for fishing, or skipping across the lake to grab dinner with friends. These boats are easily handled and provide boaters with tremendous performance matched by a rugged hull design. Robalo boats are high-quality, functional, and reliable. Finally, we arrive at bespoke boats. Pride Marine Group is proud to offer these masterfully crafted pieces of technology. Whether you’re choosing Chris Craft or Frauscher, you’re making an extravagant, lavish purchase you’ll be able to experience for a lifetime. These boats include exquisite interior finishes - often offering stainless steel and teak. If you’re someone who enjoys luxury, these boats are the way to go. These head-turning boats beautifully fuse a classic aesthetic with a modern

twist, and state-of-the-art technology. As you can see, Pride Marine Group carries a boat (or two, or three, for that matter) for any boater. Right now, you can customize the boat of your dreams, with a guaranteed delivery of spring 2022. They work throughout all of Ontario, offering a variety of services for each part of the province. So, what will the best part of your summer be? When your little girl catches her first fish? When your wife winks at you from behind the grill? When your best friend takes a hilarious fall off the wakeboard? When your son finally nails that “cool flip” off the side of the boat? When you’re watching the sunset in the middle of the lake? When you take a hilarious fall off the wakeboard and hear your kids' laughter? It’s up to you. Whatever moment it may be, I hope it’s spent on the water, surrounded by loved ones, creating experiences in a place you call your own.

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appliances, high-end furnishings and mattresses for your ultimate comfort. Pull open the 10' high sliders to take in the tranquil sound and scenery of the ocean or to enjoy a refreshing dip in the private pool. The home's 14' ceilings and thoughtfullydesigned open concept offer an airy, spacious feel to accommodate up to 16 guests. A fully-outfitted chef's kitchen caters to your epicurean desires, or you can treat yourself to an evening of in-home private

catering (extra charge). Enjoy the outdoors any time of day with the fully enclosed porch area complete with power screens for ease of use and a stunning, shell stone travertine patio. Take in numerous, nearby attractions, dining, or boat tours to satisfy your adventurous spirit. Your vacation experience comes complete with an in-person greeting at the airport, a property tour, and a 24-hour concierge. Seaclusion is pure luxury in paradise.

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Building a Dream, Part 4

Your Oasis, By Martha Uniacke Breen Ever wondered exactly what’s involved with designing a brand-new cottage from scratch? Our ongoing series, Building A Dream, follows along as a family undergoes the complicated, sometimes frustrating, but ultimately rewarding process of designing and building their dream Muskoka cottage, and what we can learn from their experience.

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In this instalment, we begin the process of deciding just what the dream cottage will be like, and all the many, many details that go into making it unique to your needs – which is one of the most rewarding parts of building any custom home, whether it’s a multi-room mansion, a modest bungalow, or anything in between. Having at least a rough sense of what you want your new cottage to include starts very early on in the process of design and construction – ideally, even before you buy the property.


One of the most logical – not to mention fun! – places to begin is by compiling a portfolio of images, whether magazine clippings in a file folder or an online Pinterest or Instagram account. Gathering a thick sheaf of images you like not only helps communicate your tastes and ideas to your design team, but it helps you yourself develop a focused eye for what you like and don’t like. Don’t worry if only one or two elements in a given image appeal to you, or even if there are things that you hate. (Actually, that can be just as instructive.) You may find that as you go along, your tastes evolve; that’s quite normal too. But the more pictures you have, the easier it will be to visualize your cottage and help the team bring your dream to life.

Your Way. Aesthetics, of course, are only one dimension of the hundreds – even thousands – of decisions that will go into creating your dream cottage. Right at the start, of course, you need to know how many bedrooms you’ll want; whether you prefer one or two storeys; basement or lower level with a walkout; and other basics like that. But that’s just the bare bones. There are other decisions, even at this early stage, that are just as fundamental. What kind of cottager are you? Do you see the cottage as your retreat from the world, to enjoy quiet time with family

and occasional guests, where you can relax, sit on the dock in the sunshine, read or snooze in a hammock? Or do you see it as a place to entertain friends every weekend, throw swim or boating parties by day and barbecues and firepit gatherings at night? Are you going to use the cottage all year round, or just in the summer and occasionally in spring and fall? Or do you see your country house as your retirement or principal residence, and plan to trade your city house for a small condo or apartment to use as a pied-àterre only when necessary?

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Are you and your family very active and want lots of recreational spaces, like a tennis or basketball court, a dock with a diving tower, boathouse for a motorboat, Jet Skis and wakeboard, and a place for the kids to play? Are you a morning person who enjoys sunrises, or a night owl who prefers afternoon sunshine and great sunsets? From there, think about how you foresee spending your time in the cottage. That can help you visualize what kinds of spaces it should contain. Are you (or another family member) a passionate cook? Will multiple cooks share the kitchen to put together great meals, treating it as a form of entertainment in itself? Do you want a butler’s pantry

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for extra food storage? Or do you prefer simple meals or takeout? Will you be spending most of the day outside, or like to stay inside as well, in a home office, TV/audio/home theatre space, or stretched out on the couch reading or napping? Do you like the idea of an open-plan, where everyone gets to spend time together, or more defined rooms so that family members can be alone when they want to? Are there small children in the family? (Grandparents may like the idea of a private wing, where they can tactfully enjoy some peace and quiet when the grandkids are visiting.) Another major decision you need to

make right at (or close to) the beginning is budget. Schedule a meeting with your financial professional for advice; consider being pre-approved for a mortgage or building loan, to find out how much you can afford. Be sure to plan for unforeseen expenses, which almost always happen in any construction project; set aside at least 10%, and more if you can manage. Once you’ve made these early decisions, start thinking about what the cottage will look like and how it is oriented on your property. Both your architect and designer can be helpful in advising you, but there may be certain views or features that you really loved when you first bought the property, or a certain design or architectural style that


appeals to you. But equally important considerations might include where you want to place rooms in relation to the sun or the view – for example, a great room that frames a perfect sunset over the water, or a principal bedroom with a beautiful view of woods or the sunrise. Now that you’ve thought about all these questions and built up a portfolio of images of how it will look, you and your design team are ready to begin creating a plan. You’ll formulate an idea of where rooms should go, how they relate to each other and to the outdoors, and what day-to-day life will be like there. Once you see a plan down on paper, even if it’s just a rough sketch (or what’s called a “bubble plan,” with circles representing rooms, their relative sizes and relationship with each other), you’ll begin to get a sense of what your new home will feel like. It’s surprising what even these preliminary sketches can reveal: the best placement of closets or bathrooms, and even such seemingly small details as where you should put electric outlets or ceiling fixtures. Slowly but surely, your dream is starting to take shape. In our next instalment we’ll begin deciding on the many details and specifics that will make it perfect for your family. We’ll also check in with our homeowner and his family, who have been going through this process themselves, and get a glimpse into how their dream cottage is starting to come together.

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Celebrate the possibilities of Summer! The sky’s the limit with Toja Grid. Whether looking to create a shaded area, a peaked roof structure, or DIY furniture, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at home or cottage this summer. Visit us today at tojagrid.ca.


GRID 30 Pergola Kits The newest addition to Toja Grid allows you to build a peaked or angled roof, adding to the endless possibilities of Toja Grid.

Modern Muskoka DIY Furniture Toja Grid has created the ultimate DIY furniture solution with the same simple approach as the pergola kits. Just add lumber. Enjoy the Adirondack-inspired seating style while relaxing dockside. Kits include Chair/Loveseat, Sofa, Dining Table, Bench and Coffe table for you to create.

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Sparkling Pink Grapefruit

"Sparkling Pink Grapefruit was the most successful launch in the history of Fever-Tree in the U.S., and with the massive popularity of tequila and paloma cocktails creeping north of the border, there is no doubt that Canadians will love it just as much," says Alexis Green, Marketing Manager, Fever-Tree Canada. "It perfectly complements spirits and captures the essence of easyto-make mixed drinks with our 1+1+1 formula - premium spirit, premium mixer, and an elevated garnish. "The way things have shifted this year with the pandemic, we see an immense desire to craft sophisticated cocktails at home. Our customers understand that if 3⁄4 of their drink is the mixer, they want to mix with the very best.

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And the very best it is. At Fever-Tree, we have a deep passion for the land and go to the ends of the earth, quite literally, for the best ingredients," says Charles Gibb, CEO, Fever-Tree North America. "The discerning drinkers, they know that life is too short to compromise on taste." On the nose, Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit has an impressive upfront burst of fresh grapefruit, carefully balanced with soft floral aromatic notes. The exquisitely balanced bitter-yet-sweet flavour with fresh and floral notes showcases the very best that the pink grapefruit has to offer. Its perfect level of carbonation and incomparable base complement the best premium vodkas, tequilas, gins, and more.


Paloma INGREDIENTS: > ¾ Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit > ¼ Tequila > Optional: Salt Rim

METHOD: Add tequila to a highball glass with plenty of ice and top with Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit. Gently stir and garnish with a juicy pink grapefruit wedge.

30 calories, 7g of sugar per serving, No artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners

Debuting at fine retailers and grocers across Canada, Fever-Tree is distributed nationally from coast to coast. Sparkling Pink Grapefruit can also be ordered for delivery from retailers and e-retailer partners. It will also be available at the country's top restaurants, bars and hotels this summer.


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HUNTSVILLE TRIPLEX, 3 UNITS, 1,200 SQ.FT., 25 FT. WATERFRONT ACCESS MINUTES AWAY – TOWN OF HUNTSVILLE

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PERFECT LOCATION WITH 175 FT., 2,200 SQ.FT., 5 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS – LAKE MUSKOKA

$1,995,000

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214 FT., 1.15 ACRES, 1,202 SQ.FT., 3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS – PORTAGE LAKE

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SOLD: PARRY SOUND

SOLD: UTTERSON UTTERSON

$699,900

PARRY SOUND

$949,000

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$959,000

SOLD: BRANDY LAKE BRANDY LAKE

SOLD: HUNTSVILLE HUNTSVILLE

$1,195,000

$1,195,000

SOLD: MORRISON LAKE MORRISON LAKE

$1,249,000

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t was not that long ago that our evenings were spent fighting traffic home on the Gardiner, the Don Valley, the 400, or jostling for space on the TTC. But the pandemic has changed how—and where—we work. Tonight, wouldn’t you rather avoid the commuter’s nightmare, and complete your workday from the quiet comfort of Ontario’s peerless cottage country? The individual cottages located on Georgian Bay are unique opportunities to exploit the new normal. Many of us ventured out to or rented second homes during the pandemic, and have now realized that they can be for more than simply May long weekends and luxurious locales for Labour Day fêtes. All we need to engage with the world is WiFi and the will to put the city in our rearview mirrors. But just because we’ve left the metropolis, doesn’t mean we need to leave their cosmopolitan amenities. Add in the pandemic-fueled red-hot housing and cottage market, and it has never been more apparent how important second homes are to quality of life and lifestyle. Finally, a cottage community built for luxury with on-site concierge, no maintenance, room service, and dream-

like views of Georgian Bay the most ambitious of postcards could imagine. Glenn Burney Lodge is a community of turnkey cottages, 12 two-storey waterfront residences, and a restaurant/ bar boasting southwestern views of some of the world’s greatest sunsets over Georgian Bay. The cottages feature individualized floor plans, chef-inspired kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary accessibility with optional lifts, and designer/owner collaborations on finishing touches. Nestled into the wonder of 100-yearold pines, the development immerses itself in a peerless natural setting with reclaimed hemlock flooring, charred cedar siding, and green roofs. “I didn't know what a cottage was,” says project architect Brian Brisbin. “We ended up buying near Parry Sound [...] and it just slowly grew into a family compound with our kids—they each have their own area, room, or guest cabin over the boathouse. Everybody can be there together without being on top of each other. It’s fantastic.” Brisbin saw an opportunity to share his community with others, and in a way that complemented the pristine nature

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and luxury of cottage country. With his partners at BBB Architects—an internationally renowned firm notable in the GTA for innumerable projects, including the innovative “vertical forest” of the soon-to-be Designer’s Walk condos—Brisbin designed the Woodland Cottages at Glenn Burney Lodge. The development sets a new standard for cottage country, and a new way for Torontonians to escape the city without leaving the luxury amenities that define it. “This project came about just because of three or four like-minded friends saying, look, this is how I would like to be able to live. It’s a bit eccentric, it’s not normal rural, and it has a kind of vibe and social scene with the waterfront bar and restaurant. People from the city [are] used to living at a certain level. It's also for people who want to go back and forth. It’s 15 minutes off the 400, [just] two hours to Toronto. [There’s a] completely different relationship between you and your surroundings there—it feeds back and it's terrific.” Just imagine: Only two hours away. You could live and work in that Georgian Bay postcard.

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CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE GLENN BURNEY LODGE DEVELOPMENT, 12 UNITS – GEORGIAN BAY

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CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE GLENN BURNEY LODGE DEVELOPMENT, 12 UNITS – GEORGIAN BAY

STARTING AT $1,695,000

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2,400 FT., 40.25 ACRES, SOUTH EXPOSURE, 3,870 SQ.FT. MAIN LODGE WITH 9 OTHER CABINS ALONG WITH YOUR OWN PRIVATE GOLF COURSE – WAHWASHKESH LAKE

$2,990,000

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GLORIOUS ON GLENMOUNT, 210. FT., 2,800 SQ.FT., 3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS – LAKE OF BAYS

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SOLD: LAKE ROSSEAU

SOLD: LAKE JOSEPH LAKE JOSEPH

$2,495,000

LAKE ROSSEAU

$2,495,000

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SOLD: LAKE OF BAYS LAKE OF BAYS

$2,499,000

SOLD: LAKE OF BAYS LAKE OF BAYS

SOLD: MUSKOKA LAKES MUSKOKA LAKES

$2,790,000

$2,595,000

SOLD: LAKE MUSKOKA LAKE MUSKOKA

$2,895,000

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$2,995,000

SOLD: LAKE MUSKOKA LAKE MUSKOKA

$3,100,000

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SOLD: LAKE ROSSEAU

SOLD: LAKE OF BAYS

SOLD: FAIRY LAKE FAIRY LAKE

$3,100,000

LAKE OF BAYS

SOLD: LAKE JOSEPH LAKE JOSEPH

$3,495,000

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$3,195,000

SOLD: LAKE JOSEPH LAKE JOSEPH

$3,495,000


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HIDDEN GEM WITH 145 FT., 3,468 SQ.FT., 4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS – LAKE PUSLINCH

$3,995,000

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1,069 FT., 7.13 ACRES, 10,185 SQ.FT., 5 BEDROOMS, 7 BATHS – LAKE MANITOUWABING

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$5,995,000


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214 FT., 3,900 SQ.FT., 2.06 ACRES, 4 BEDROOMS, 3+2 BATHS – LAKE MUSKOKA

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$6,995,000


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ONE OF A KIND, 1.141 FT., 17.8 ACRES, 4 BEDROOMS, 3.5 BATHS – LAKE OF BAYS

$6,995,000

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EXCLUSIVE 480 FT., 6,522 SQ.FT., 8 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATHS – LAKE MUSKOKA

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$8,995,000


SOLD: LAKE JOSEPH

SOLD: LAKE MUSKOKA LAKE MUSKOKA

$4,740,000

LAKE JOSEPH

$5,750,000

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SOLD: LAKE MUSKOKA LAKE MUSKOKA

$6,995,000

SOLD: LAKE MUSKOKA LAKE MUSKOKA

SOLD: LAKE JOSEPH LAKE JOSEPH

$6,995,000

$6,995,000

SOLD: LAKE ROSSEAU LAKE ROSSEAU

$7,395,000

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$7,495,000

LAKE OF BAYS

$7,995,000

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SOLD: LAKE OF BAYS

SOLD: LAKE MUSKOKA

SOLD: LAKE ROSSEAU LAKE ROSSEAU

$8,295,000

SOLD: LAKE JOSEPH LAKE JOSEPH

SOLD: LAKE ROSSEAU

SOLD: LAKE JOSEPH LAKE JOSEPH

$15,995,000

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$13,995,000

LAKE ROSSEAU

$16,995,000


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300 FT., 2.27 ACRES, 5,958 SQ.FT., 6 BEDROOMS, 5 BATHS – LAKE JOSEPH

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$9,995,000


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EXCLUSIVE 497 FT., 6.5 ACRES, WEST EXPOSURE, 6,000 SQ.FT., 5 BEDROOMS, 6 BATHS – LAKE ROSSEAU RENDERED PHOTOS

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$10,995,000


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EXCLUSIVE STUNNING 470 FT., 9,000 SQ.FT., 6.22 ACRES, 5 BEDROOMS, 8 BATHS – LAKE JOSEPH

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$23,795,000


Get in the

KNOW!

THE BENEFITS OF LISTING EXCLUSIVELY WITH CAYMAN MARSHALL

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ost brokerages advise you to put your property into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system, in order to get it in front of the greatest number of prospective buyers possible. But when it comes to Muskoka property – especially in the current market – that may not be the best, or even most desirable, route for you. Cayman Marshall has a better way to market your property, which not only ensures that only serious, wellqualified buyers view your property, but allows you to maintain your privacy and avoid the stress and hustle of listing with MLS. With a Cayman Marshall exclusive listing, your property will only be visible to members of our proprietary database. Personal viewing appointments are only scheduled after our agents have taken prospective buyers through a careful pre-screening process.

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Your Ultimate Guide

To Cottage Entertaining in 2021 By Brooke Madden and Hosting Expert & Luxury Rental Coordinator for Cayman Marshall, Claudia Spahr-Kaye

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fter a year indoors, it’s no surprise that Canadians are beyond ready to get outside. Whether you’re a Bear Grylls-esque hiker, or glass of wine on the patio in your yoga pants kind of outdoorsy, all of us are craving some of that, sweet, fresh summer air. Naturally, we flock to cottage country. Regularly, summer nights up north are spent with friends - dinner parties, camp fires, boating. Hosting at the cottage is

truly an art to be mastered. But in a world of restrictions, lockdowns, and ever-changing rules, how do we do so safely? Well, we get creative! This year, entertaining is going to require a little more preparation than usual. But, you’re already a stellar host, and with our help, you’ll truly become the hostess with the mostest. Welcome to our guide to entertaining safely this summer.


Keeping It Clean The first thing to keep in mind when planning a small gathering is cleanliness. No, I don’t mean precise vacuum lines satisfyingly engrained in the carpets, sparkling kitchen countertops, or meticulously karate-chopped throw pillows. Those are all bonus points, but your guests can’t appreciate them from the outdoors. This summer, cleanliness is all about hand washing. Setting up a hand washing station outdoors is imperative for safe entertaining. An area reserved for hand sanitizer, paper towels, soap, and a garden hose is really all you need to cover your bases. When your guests feel clean and germ-free, you’ll all be able to relax and safely enjoy each other’s company.

Hosting at the cottage is truly an art to be mastered.

Drinks & Apps With everyone clean and healthy, drinks and apps on the dock are a favourable way to start your afternoon. It’s one of those summer essentials that are still doable this year, so long as we do the proper prep. Your guests will be blown away by the thoughtfulness and creativity you’ve (figuratively and literally) brought to the table. The secret to keeping this gathering safe? Individuality! Everyone gets their own servings, and they’re all served contactless. The night before your guests arrive, ensure you’re stocked up on skewers,

glassware, and plates. Appetizers like individual shrimp cocktails in a jar, skewers of veggies, and little baggies of popcorn are all options of snacks to serve your guests, that prevent sharing and cross-contamination. If you have little ones around, you can include them in the fun by investing in disposable cups and markers. Kids can write individual names or fun designs distinguishing each cup for the guests. Even sans kiddos, decorating and labelling plates and cups is a fun way to satisfy your inner child.

Spend more time with your company outside with a full outdoor kitchen from Muskoka BBQ and Outdoor Kitchen Centre. Alfa Ovens make a great addition to your outdoor kitchen area and create conversation in preparing dishes, including individual pizzas


Dinner Is (Safely) Served Of course, the peak of cottage entertaining is enjoyed in the form of a sit-down dinner. Enjoying a dinner with friends safely is less complicated than you might anticipate, so long as it’s hosted outdoors. The important thing to keep in mind is ensuring your guests all live in the same household. You don’t want to be gathering multiple households quite yet - hopefully by next summer! Having one other household in your bubble can be safe, so long as social distancing is maintained. When your guest list is sorted, simply set up two tables. If available, place a smaller table between the two to allow for more space. Then, get creative in the kitchen! If wanting to serve dishes on a platter, make one per household. Desserts can be served in fun individual portions - cupcakes, fruit skewers, or even a mini chocolate mousse will safely satisfy your tastebuds.

Begging For S’more No cottage trip is complete without a campfire. Ditch the big communal bag of marshmallows for smaller, individually portioned s’mores kits! S’mores kits can be crafted affordably, and are seriously adorable treats for you, your family, and your guests. Include chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. Label or decorate the box for each guest, and tie to a roasting stick. You can make similar boxes filled with other goodies like popcorn, veggies, and chips, so your guests have a variety of options to choose from. Your guests will be begging for s’more!

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Desserts can be served in fun individual portions - cupcakes, fruit skewers, or even a mini chocolate mousse will safely satisfy your tastebuds.

See You Soon! Like everything lately, hosting at the cottage is going to feel a little bit different this year. But if you embrace your adaptable and creative side, this summer can still be one for the books! Stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands, and we’ll all be partying together at the cottage in no time.


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CAYMAN MARSHALL ADVANTAGE “Become so skilled, so vigilant, so flat-out fantastic at what you do that your talent cannot be dismissed.” – Oprah Winfrey When we opened the doors of Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc. as a small boutique brokerage firm to serve the Muskoka real estate market in 2012, we did so with the intention of redefining the level of service that clients could expect from our real estate professionals. Since then, we have grown into an impressive team of top-producing realtors and brokers, committed to ensuring our clients receive the highest level of service when buying or selling property in one of Canada’s most sought-after luxury destinations. We at Cayman Marshall have been entrusted with the most prestigious waterfront properties in Muskoka. As leaders in luxury and waterfront real estate, we have had record sales on many of Muskoka’s finest lakes. With sales now surpassing the billion-dollar mark, we’ve secured our position as a leader in luxury real estate. We also offer a complete selection of luxury cottage rental properties. We have offices in Port Carling, Toronto, and our all-new location in Huntsville, which also serves the Lake of Bays area. Our in-house IT professionals have developed proprietary online tools and software, interactive and intuitive websites, lifestyle tours, stunning photography and an astonishing network of over 400 local and international referral partners, to ensure our clients’ listings get the exposure they need to attract the most discerning local and international buyers.

The Cayman Marshall team celebrating 2018 sales in Montego Bay Jamaica.

Cayman Marshall was also named one of “Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies” by Maclean’s magazine two years in a row (2018 & 2019). We have also been named one of Canada’s fastest growing companies by the Globe and Mail. We expect to keep our title as the disrupter in luxury real estate. Founded on the principles of teamwork, service and value, Cayman Marshall is the best advantage for buyers and sellers alike in Ontario. If you’re looking for a real estate solution that’s undeniably different, please reach out to myself or one of my teammates and start experiencing the advantage!

We currently print four issues of our Cayman Marshall magazine per year, with an annual distribution of 200,000. Each magazine is delivered to the front door of homes and cottages of high-net-worth clientele throughout Ontario. We are proud to mention that the Cayman Marshall Port Carling brokerage was voted by a panel of international judges to be the “Best Real Estate Agency in Canada, ” two years in a row – a title that we cherish!

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RAY DICKSON**

TODD ADAIR*

President/Sales Representative Todd became the President of Cayman Marshall International Realty in 2012. He then became the majority shareholder and recently purchased the entire company. In Todd’s downtime, 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. However, Todd’s most important job is being a husband and father to his family of four.

JEFF LIDDLE*

Sales Representative Jeff entered into real estate in 2008 facing a down market and a recession. Overcoming the odds, Jeff has now become a “top producer” in his industry. Working and living in Muskoka comes with a deep appreciation; it is this appreciation that Jeff portrays to his clients every day.

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KRISTIN McCREA

Office Manager/Personal Assistant to Todd Adair

Kristin and her family enjoy calling Muskoka home. In 2015 Kristin began her career with Cayman Marshall and has been lucky to work alongside some of the most talented agents in the business. During her spare time you can find Kristin and her family experiencing all the outdoor activities that Muskoka has to offer.

JOEL ADAIR*

MIKE ARNOLD*

Broker of Record

Sales Representative

Sales Representative

Ray has been enjoying 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 everything real estate and his “this is what I do because I love it” approach.

Growing up on the lakes gave Joel a passion for water sports and the outdoors. Toronto has been home for the past ten years, but Joel will always feel at home on the Big 3. Whether trading residential or commercial real estate, Joel’s nearly 15 years in the business gives his clients a wealth of knowledge they can depend on. He is best known for helping clients build strong real estate portfolios and finding exceptional spaces to call home.

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.

MEREDITH PARSONS

SARAH POUNTNEY*

CLAUDIA SPAHR-KAYE

Designer/Stylist

Sales Representative

Rental Manager

Meredith was born and raised in Mississauga and spent her summers as a child exploring Muskoka. Meredith developed a love for architecture and design at a young age and was able to turn her passion into a career after completing her education in Interior Design at Ryerson University. With over 5 years of experience in the design industry, Meredith is developing her craft while creating beautiful and timeless interiors.

Sarah was born and raised just North of Muskoka. She enjoys the outdoors on the lakes of Muskoka, and islands of Georgian Bay. Sarah is passionate about travel. She has just returned home from Turks and Caicos Islands where she worked in Private International Banking. With over thirteen years of experience in customer relationship building, she is an excellent addition to the Cayman Marshall Team.

Claudia was born in Toronto and grew up in the Durham area. She relocated to Huntsville with her family 6 years ago. She has travelled around the world during her 20 year career in aviation. Working as a corporate flight attendant for ONEX, she perfected her customer service and culinary skills while working for some of the world’s most influential people.

Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage caymanmarshall.com ■ Sales Representative* Broker & Broker of Record**


DAVID BEMMANN**

Broker

With over 16 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.

MICHELLE STILLAR*

CAT BROWN*

STEVE HADDOCK* JESSICA KAYE*

KALLAN KOCH

Sales Representative

Sales Representative

Sales Representative

Chief Editor

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.

Steve is a strong relationship builder, honest and dedicated to Customer Service. This combined with his intimate knowledge of Muskoka lakes and area has made him a consistent top producer. Steve is an avid cyclist and golfer and 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”.

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.

Kallan is originally from Ottawa but has called Muskoka her home for the past three years. Kallan is an outdoors enthusiast and enjoys all that Muskoka has to offer. With many years of experience in customer service, we are delighted to have her on our Cayman Marshall team!

CHARLIE VANDERPOL*

Sales Representative

Licensed Assistant

Michelle being born and raised on the northern shores of Georgian Bay loves being on the water and being involved in the real estate market. Her love for renos gives her an inside scoop in the world of home and cottage ownership and being the newest member, looks forward to being a valuable asset to the team!

Charlie made the move over 6 years ago to beautiful Muskoka where she spent time growing up on the lake and always wanting to make Muskoka part of her roots and pursue her career. With many years of experience in customer service and relations, Charlie is determined and focused on customers and the team members of Cayman Marshall, making her a great addition and asset to our team.

Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage caymanmarshall.com ■ Sales Representative* Broker & Broker of Record**

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