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The Paradoxes of Canada’s Housing Market | Escape the Winter with Escapology | In Conversation with Dahae Song | Grape Expectations: Prince Edward County Wine Tours Luxury Listings | Industry Experts | Featured Articles


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REAL ESTATE CONFIDENTIAL The Paradoxes of Canada’s Housing Market

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SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY // GREY // BRUCE LIVING P. 56 Portfolio of Exceptional Properties Southern Georgian Bay

Cam’s Kids Foundation: Supporting Young People Struggling with Anxiety

In Conversation with Dahae Song

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P. 57 Bruce’s Caves P.59 Xtreme Adventures This Fall P.62 The Apple of Clarksburg’s Eye:

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T&K Ferri Orchards

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PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY LIVING P. 65 Portfolio of Exceptional Properties P. 70 Grape Expectations: Prince Edward County Wine Tours

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TRAVEL

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FASHION

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MUST HAVES (FOR FALL)

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TORONTO LIVING

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FOOD & DRINK

Iceland in Spring

Tigs Celebrates 33 Years in Thornbury

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PETERBOROUGH // THE KAWARTHAS LIVING

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CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL

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CHRISTIE’S LUXURY DEFINED

Feature Neighbourhood: Leaside

Heretic Spirits Southern Georgian Bay’s First Craft Distillery

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PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTIES

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MUSKOKA LIVING P. 47 Portfolio of Exceptional Properties

Portfolio of Exceptional Properties

Chestnut Park’s Global Partners

Changing Spaces: 3 Architects on How Covid-19 Is Reshaping Their Designs

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A PEEK AT LUXURY LIVING AROUND THE WORLD

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Luxury is Peace of Mind – And Peace of Mind Requires Innovation Tridel Presents Edenbridge on The Kingsway INSIDE THIS ISSUE

The Paradoxes of Canada’s Housing Market | Escape the Winter with Escapology | In Conversation with Dahae Song | Grape Expectations: Prince Edward County Wine Tours Luxury Listings | Industry Experts | Featured Articles

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Escape the Winter with Escapology

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Chris Kapches

Chris Kapches, President & CEO of Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage, is a lawyer with an extensive career working within real estate organizations. Chris has served as Executive VP for the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), as well as roles on numerous TREB committees. Chris has been the Chairman of the Real Estate Council of Ontario’s Discipline and Appeals Committee for more than fifteen years.

Health & Wellness: Cam’s Kids Foundation Supporting Young People Struggling with Anxiety

T&K Ferri Orchards, the Apple of Clarksburg’s Eye

Cover Story: Luxury is Peace of Mind – And Peace of Mind Requires Innovation

Art & Design: In Conversation with Dahae Song

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elcome to our fall 2020 issue of Invest In Style.

Our previous issue was digital-only. It came out during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic that took hold here last spring. The stories, articles and features were all there, online, but they lacked the impact and didn’t bring the joy and excitement that a printed magazine – held, browsed, and savoured – provides. It was missed by many of our readers. We hope this issue of Invest In Style will not only bring you that excitement when you open the magazine and see all the amazing features inside, but will also serve to remind us all of less unsettling times, and help us look forward to the future. A future that could include a spring trip to Iceland, an excursion to the Bruce Caves, or a visit to the tasting room of Heretic Spirits distillery in Southern Georgian Bay. The open road through Muskoka beckons, as do the apple orchards of Clarksburg, wine tasting opportunities in Prince Edward County, and, for the hardy and adventurous, the ultimate challenges of an Xtreme Adventures excursion in Blue Mountain. Our cover story features Tridel’s new Edenbridge development on The Kingsway, and the many innovative, pandemic-inspired technologies that are going to be included in new condo builds. And in the Changing Spaces feature you will read how Covid-19 is reshaping the designs of three outstanding architects. We at Chestnut Park understand and have all, in some fashion, experienced the pain and tragedy that the pandemic has caused

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families and individuals. Our article on the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital speaks to a Muskoka family’s loss due to the pandemic and the caring and tireless work of the front-line workers, the nurses and the physicians, who work at the SMMH. Chestnut Park, Peerage Capital, our agents, and the community are grateful and proud to have helped contribute more than $30,000 to the hospital’s foundation. In this issue we also recognize the incredible efforts of RAMP, the residents against Muskoka poverty. In a magazine full of affluent properties throughout the world, we read that the waiting list for a one-bedroom affordable housing unit in Muskoka is eight years. We hope you enjoy this issue of Invest In Style. It’s coming to your homes and computer screens at a time when governments are once again imposing lockdown measures restricting movement and social interaction. Hopefully, the numerous and varied features in this issue will move you, entertain you and bring you some joy and pleasure while we all recommit to these restrictions. The many individual properties that are featured in these pages, from southern Ontario, to Quebec, Montana, and Costa Rica, are nothing short of breathtaking. We hope you enjoy this issue of Invest In Style as much as we enjoyed researching, writing and preparing it. Please look after yourselves and your families, and stay safe.

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Natalka Falcomer

Natalka Falcomer, Vice President, Corporate Development Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage, Natalka Falcomer is a lawyer who is deeply committed to increasing access to justice and positively changing the way the law is practiced and delivered. She’s volunteered for over four years to arm the public with free legal knowledge as the founder, co-producer and host of a legal call-in show with Rogers TV (Toronto Speaks Legal Advice).

The Paradoxes of

Canada’s Housing Market At a time when employment rates and inflation no longer correlate, when job loss appears to have little bearing on buyer confidence, and economic uncertainty doesn’t correspond with home prices – what can we rely on to predict the Canadian real estate market?

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riting this article has been a painful intellectual exercise – I’ve had to re-examine and, ultimately, reject almost every traditional metric used to predict the future of our economy and real estate market. Employment rates and inflation no longer correlate, neither does job loss and buyer confidence nor economic uncertainty and home prices. In fact, both the US and Canada saw a boom in the sale volume and home prices. How did sales and prices accelerate at the very same time millions lost their jobs and as we slipped into a recession? I think the answer is just as elusive as finding an affordable detached home in Toronto.

are considered “core-aged,” workers between the ages of 24 and 54, were the least affected by the shutdown. Essentially, employment remained strong in some of the highest-paying industries and among the demographic most likely to buy due to life events such as having families, coupling off and, thanks to Covid-19, realizing that 500 square feet isn’t enough to juggle two Zoom call schedules. In essence, the disparity between those who lost their jobs and those who continued to work is part of the reason why we saw unprecedented increases in prices and sales volume not only in core markets, but also in cottage country.

Covid-19 brought with it an array of “firsts,” one of them being an unprecedented rapid drop in employment. While the speed of job losses in 2020 outpaced the last three financial crises, what remained consistent with the previous three recessions is who lost their jobs: young workers, less educated workers, temporary hires and recently hired workers. Essentially renters, not buyers, suffered the most during the past economic declines and this remained true during this crisis. This fact partially explains why, despite apocryphal claims of foreclosures and defaulting mortgages, the real estate market hummed along amidst historic unemployment numbers. At the same time Canadians in the hospitality and retail sector experienced a financial hit, more Canadians actually kept their jobs where they could work from home, jobs like public administration, and professional, scientific and technical services, according to a Statistics Canada report. What is more, those who

If renters were mostly affected by job losses, then why did so many homeowners – in fact, double the number of homeowners in the US - opt to defer mortgage payments? The reason has little to do with the ability to pay or job losses and a lot to do with deferring payments to invest in the booming equities market or to hold onto the cash just in case they lost their jobs. It’s notable that deferral requests have also significantly declined as those deferring are becoming more certain about tomorrow. What is more, both renters and homeowners bolstered their rainy-day funds. The rise in disposable income, combined with a 13.7% drop in household spending, has resulted in a savings rate of 28.2 %. Contrast this savings rate with the typical single digit savings rate we saw over the last decade. Some claim that such savings are dependent on government subsidies and will vanish as soon as the payments stop.

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This is not entirely true as conspicuous consumption in the form of dinners out and vacations has simply decreased and the dollars saved because we must shelter at home are being stashed in our piggy banks. Regardless of the origins of such savings or whether Canadians will remain spendthrifts post pandemic, savings today result in money in the bank for tomorrow. Such savings further create a positive environment for lending, which is what our conservative Canadian banks continue to do and why demand for homes continues relentlessly. A downward trend in home prices will be partly caused if the banks lend to close cousins of the NINJA (home buyers with no income no jobs no assets) behind the 2008 housing crisis. Fortunately, our banks are lending to employed high-income earners – in essence, the exact opposite of a NINJA. For these reasons, a cataclysmic debt deferral cliff and foreclosures, as predicted by CMHC, seems unlikely.

“Core-aged,” workers between the ages of 24 and 54, were the least affected by the shutdown.

This is troubling as the average loan to value ratio is higher than required by traditional lenders, exposing debtors to “upside-down mortgages,” whereby the home is less than the value of the loan. This is especially troubling if private lenders are funding condominium investors in the Toronto core as rent rates have been declining between five and eight per cent. Which brings me to the final conundrum – is the softening of the rental Private lenders are funding condominium investors market the canary in the in the Toronto core as rent rates have been declining between five and eight per cent. coal mine? Paradoxically, while rental rates are falling, multifamily investments – i.e., residential rentals – came out of Covid-19 as one of the best performing real estate assets. In fact, we saw continued investment in the multi-residential market because, as mentioned earlier, most residential renters paid their rent throughout the pandemic because of government subsidies; this stands in stark contrast with what happened in the retail and office sector. Fortunately, the marginal decline of about five to eight per cent in rent rates has yet to obliterate the monthly profits of residential investors. In fact, many investors purchased properties for the price appreciation and not for monthly cashflow purposes. What is more, this decline in rent rates is occurring in what was an impossibly expensive rental market and will only be around for a short period as rents are anticipated to increase by three per cent in the near future. This increase will begin once more people get back to work and almost all of the rent declines will be wiped out once immigration opens up as immigrants tend to rent when they first come to Canada. Add to this the fact that COVID-19, in most markets, also put a halt on new-builds which will eventually cause another supply shortage. A rebounding rental market could be thwarted by a precipitous drop in employment, another shutdown, and fear.

To be sure, we are not skipping into the sunset without a care. The economic outlook is uncertain. Some people will lose their jobs. Mortgages will go bad. And credit will dry up. In fact, credit isn’t as free flowing today as we’d like to believe. Canadian banks are more cautious about their lending practices than in the pre-pandemic era. It’s no longer enough to be employed to get a mortgage – your career choice must be a solid one in an industry that is unaffected by COVID-19. Such caution can be the prelude to the next stage in the credit cycle - credit restriction; a stage we don’t want to enter as it may push debtors to private lenders who may not be able to offer deferral payments. The story that is often overlooked in the saga of our housing market and our economy is private lending. The private lending market has almost doubled since 2016, totalling a whopping estimated $14 to $15 billion.

Rents are anticipated to increase by three per cent in the near future. This increase will begin once more people get back to work.

The new era of economics and daily changes in policies and incentives, along with sensational reporting on the real estate market, confuses consumers and makes predicting the market impossible. Given these complexities and the plethora of economic, social and political anomalies we’ve been experiencing, any short-term predictions are unreliable. But what is reliable is the fact that Canadians are resilient and, in the long run, so too is our real estate market.

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Michele Viner

Michele Viner is a Toronto writer who writes about people’s lives and believes we all have a story to tell. She is also an advocate for mental health and wellness.

Cam’s Kids Foundation

Supporting Young People Struggling with Anxiety “Our frosh week booth was different this year,” says Cam’s Kids co-team lead, Caitlin Morgan, a student at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa. “Normally we set up a place for students to come to learn about how to manage anxiety and meet a friendly face. This year, because of Covid-19, we greeted students online. It worked well, but it certainly lacked the peer-to-peer connection that we would normally have.”

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Cameron Hick, the inspiration for Cam’s Kids Foundation created by Linda and Gord Hicks.

hat peer connection is the reason the Cam’s Kids Foundation came to be. Formed in 2015 by Linda and Gord Hicks of Uxbridge, it was created to help educate people about anxiety, but also to serve as a legacy for their son, Cameron Hicks. Cam was struck and killed by a car in 2014, when he was a 19-year-old first-year student at the University of Ottawa. While his death was not related to anxiety, in the years prior to his death, Cam was living with and learning to cope with the condition. “Cam was a kind, loving young man who was bullied in high school and began experiencing anxiety at the age of 14,” says Gord. “When Cam was killed, Linda and I felt we wanted to do something not only to keep his memory alive but to help others. We had learned a great deal about managing anxiety in the five years prior to Cam’s death and hoped that knowledge could be useful for other young people and their families.” Linda and Gord Hicks knew that simply building a website of resources wouldn’t be enough. Instead, they wanted to develop a cadre of caring individuals who would carry their message into schools. 8

Five years after its formation, Cam’s Kids has 450 ambassadors and 35 co-team leads in 24 colleges and universities across Canada. Vanessa Morgan is the organization’s national co-ordinator. A former ambassador herself, she says that often students will learn about the foundation’s work and want to become an ambassador. The ambassadors are not trained counsellors but they have been trained in the safe TALK program and know how to recognize if someone is in need of professional help. Ambassadors arrange outreach programs within their schools that can be anything from yoga classes to self-care chats. In addition, there are two national campaigns that occur annually at every school and are designed to create opportunities for interaction between Cam’s Kids ambassadors and students during periods of high stress. Through these interactions, students can learn more about Cam’s Kids and the tools and resources on the website that are available to help them manage stress and anxiety during challenging times. One such campaign is the Candy Cane Giveaway that happens during the first two weeks of December, a stressful time for many with exams and the holidays.

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“We give out candy canes with a card that reads Happy Holidays on one side and offers encouraging words on the other, along with our website address and other anxiety resources,” says Vanessa. “I have literally been followed out of the school library or coffee shop by people telling me how much it meant to them.” In honour of Valentine’s Day - and to coincide with mid-term exam time - a collaboration with Mars Canada makes it possible to hand out thousands of chocolate hearts with the same messaging. Outside of schools, Cam’s Kids organizes several fundraising events which build awareness about anxiety and the foundation, events such as an annual golf tournament and dinner, and a pond hockey tournament held each winter in Uxbridge.

The Hicks Family (Left to right) - Andrew (Cam’s brother), Gord (Cam’s Dad, Co-Founder of Cam’s Kids), Linda (Cam’s Mom, Co-Founder of Cam’s Kids), and Mitch (Cam’s younger brother.)

Ambassadors at Carleton University set up a Cam’s Kids booth for Bell Let’s Talk Day to support students with their anxiety and mental health.

In 2018, Cam’s Kids Foundation established a strategic partnership with Kids Help Phone. The foundation and its ambassadors promote the Kids Help Phone services amongst their peers. This service includes free professional counselling over the phone and via texting for those in need. Back at Ontario Tech U, Caitlin says,” Students and faculty always want to learn more. I have heard it said that with our presence in schools, the work we do is making a difference, and that we are changing minds.” For more information on Cam’s Kids please visit www.camskids.com

Ambassadors at the University of Guelph with “Let’s End the Stigma” banner that they created during their painting initiative, while raising awareness for Cam’s Kids and anxiety/ mental health.

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// ART & DESIGN // Anna Cipollone is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in magazines like Chatelaine, Canada’s 100 Best, Festival Style, Yoga Journal and FASHION, with topics focused on style, design, yoga, arts and culture. She splits her time between Roncesvalles and the Kawarthas. Anna Cipollone

In Conversation with Dahae Song

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAHAE SONG AND TYLER HAYWARD

South Korean-born and Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist Dahae Song creates art that is both otherworldly and distinctly earthbound. Her perspective is one that’s spiritually informed and deeply in tune with nature–an energy transfer between artist and audience that seeks to cultivate present moment awareness. Embodying universal consciousness and the interconnection of all beings, her portraits of self inquiry serve as a visual cue to be here now. Song’s work conveys energetic balance through black and white brush strokes that relate to one another like yin and yang–whether through painting, installation, digital means or photography.

Describe the philosophy behind your art. There is nothing I desire in life but to align my external world and self with the internal world and self. It’s the documentation of a world unseen; the slow materialization of the immaterial dance of life.

How has your work evolved over the past few years? I think I have been painting the exact same thing in different incarnations. It has grown so organically that I don’t often notice the visual shifts in my work. I believe it’s important to take a natural course in life, within and beyond the canvas, and just simply observe the changes rather than force or dictate.

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“Cultivating Love“ acrylic on linen 14.5“ x 8.5“ 2020

“Take Care of Those You Love as They Take Care of You“ (detail) acrylic on canvas 26“ x 34“ 2019

“Untitled” Photo by Dahae Song

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What subject matter are you currently exploring in your work, and what materials are you gravitating toward? The connection between nature, humans and consciousness. It is a journey of self and world discovery–and a wonderful subject to meander through during intensively long hours of painting. I like to continuously push the boundaries of one material. Discovering and developing new techniques and styles within one medium is like creating new pathways in the brain.

Where do you find inspiration? Nature is the vehicle in which new perspectives arrive. Beyond the visual, it holds universal knowledge–a constant discovery and rediscovery of the beauty of self, others and the connection to all. I had an intimate relationship with nature from a young age. My art is really an attempt at creating and being submerged in the same world and feelings.

How do you cope with creative blocks? I have a constant rotating set of mediums I work in. I escape from painting into installation, to digital, to photography. Developing different layers within your practice and process is very important.

Do you have preferences around how your work is received? The only emotion I desire to evoke through my art is peace. The relationship one forms with my work belongs to the viewer, not myself. I hope that it makes others feel held and connected.

“Untitled” Photo by Dahae Song

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“Untitled” Photo by Dahae Song

Why is art important to you, and what role does it play in your personal life? For me, creating art and being an artist is a method of existence rather than a career choice. I am physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually intertwined with my art. I speak through it and I move through it.

What in life is beautiful to you? I love witnessing and observing evidence of passion, expressions of life in stillness and silence. My favourite moments of being alive are: the philosophical way trees grow, light dancing on the surface of water, sunsets, and the way flowers hold light. All things that embody the beauty of this very moment that is forever fleeting. They move me in their duality, and I am grateful to know where to look when looking for reasons to be alive. Dahae Song. Photo by Tyler Hayward

To see more of Dahae’s art work visit: www.songdahae.com

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Luxury Is Peace of Mind–

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Tridel, Toronto’s trusted condo developer, presents Edenbridge on The Kingsway

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o longer are our homes just places we go to sleep and watch Netflix. As we sheltered in place, our homes transformed into our protectors, our offices, our entertainment systems, our schools, our gyms and our sanctuaries. While there is no clear data demonstrating that we have fundamentally changed where we want to live, there is clear data demonstrating that we have fundamentally changed what we want from our homes. This is especially evident in the luxury market where traditional markers of luxury - marble counters, crown molding and lap pools – have been replaced by what isn’t necessarily visible – technology. Technology’s impact on how we live cannot be understated. It is used to define those who use it – if you believe in sustainability and the entrepreneurial dream, you’re a Tesla driver. Early adopters who could fix the bugs in a Zoom call are likely Google Glass wearers, and if you care about your health and obsess over the steps you take in a day, you’re likely a Fitbit addict. In other words, technology, especially with the changes brought on by sheltering at home, is now the barometer that measures and identifies just about everything around us – including how we define luxury. >

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LUXURY IS NO LONGER A MANSION. LUXURY IS PEACE OF MIND. According to Samson Fung, Vice President Marketing for Tridel, the largest developer of condos in the GTA and Tara Stone, Sales Manager at Del Realty, luxury has shifted away from time and management intensive estate homes and mansions, to large airy condominiums with oversized balconies, that offer hassle-free living. While the restrictive nature of Covid-19 made balconies the obvious “must have” on the punch-list of luxury buyers, high speed connectivity and personalized contactless technology has become equally as important, especially as the internet is critical to getting access to our virtual offices, schools and cinemas. 16

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With licence plate recognition there’s no need to fumble for your fob or reach your hand outside in the rain or cold – your car/licence plate is recognized and granted entry to the building automatically.

See who’s at your door, adjust the temperature in your home, call the front desk, set the alarm, check the weather, and get building updates – all from your in-suite wall pad or smartphone app. It’s that easy.

LUXURY IS HASSLE-FREE, WHICH MEANS HANDS-FREE Hassle-free extends beyond perfectly manicured gardens without the corresponding work. Luxury buyers do not want to fumble for keys and fobs or buzz the concierge and have to wait. Rather, they want the garage to “recognize” them and open the door by reading their license plates. The convenience of online shopping, deliveries of groceries, gifts, fine wines and furniture are now the norm. This change in how we buy overtaxed the concierge desks of many buildings – packages went missing and deliveries spoiled. Luxury buyers want their condominiums to track the arrival of packages and hold these packages in personalized climate-controlled storage spaces that unlock like they do with Tridel’s very own smartphone app. The era of lost packages at the concierge desk is over.

Smart home technology makes everyday living simpler. From convenient peace of mind features to hands-free entry and efficient parcel delivery, we’re bringing it all together with a better living experience. Creating homes built with the innovations of today and prepared for those of tomorrow.

Luxury buyers also want to use in-suite pads or smartphone apps that use voice recognition to call the front desk, check the weather or turn on security, as well as determine the best time to use the elevator. Such connectivity means convenience and helps avoid high traffic time while creating the feeling of having a personal elevator.

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Minutes after your package has been dropped off, you’ll receive a notification that it’s arrived, and the automated parcel delivery system will hold onto your package until it’s convenient for you to pick up.

Stay connected with high-speed internet available in your suite and throughout the building common amenity areas, all conveniently provided as a utility.

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Entering the sumptuous grand lobby of Edenbridge, you’re transported by the breathtaking design. Plushly furnished, dramatically illuminated and lavishly decorated, this space embodies the feeling of exclusivity that Edenbridge imparts. It’s a glamorous place to come home to and a welcoming entry point for your guests.

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Covid-19, I believed, would negatively impact the condominium market as I predicted that buyers would fear sharing communal space with a neighbour. According to several developers, this hasn’t been the case. Rather, people feel more comfortable sharing space, such as a condominium gym or garden, with those they know versus those they don’t. Rather than the abolishment of all things shared, Covid-19 has accelerated the use and need for technology in common areas; high touch areas such as doors and elevator buttons must now be “touchless” and tightly monitored on a rigorous cleaning schedule. With Smartphone apps, elevators are now voice or phone controlled and doors open and close by connecting with your smartphone. Other changes that are here to stay – and a critical feature of luxury condominiums – are: wider hallways to ensure social distancing, an HVAC system that purifies the air, and additional easy access storage for parcel deliveries.

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LUXURY IS GREEN. LUXURY IS FORWARD THINKING.

Outdoor space is an obvious must, but it must be done in a way that improves the surrounding environment. The Edenbridge, Tridel’s latest condo and townhouse development on The Kingsway, has taken particular care to create an abundance of greenspace and rooftop gardens that allow for private use and respite from hours of Zoom calls.

At Edenbridge, consider the outdoor amenity spaces an extension of your home – allowing you the opportunity to relax and recharge, and to entertain outdoors. The large 8th floor amenity space overlooking The Kingsway’s beloved treetops includes private outdoor kitchen areas with dining tables and secluded lounge areas, all decorated and finished with wood, stone, and planting material that reflect the natural amenities of the Humber Valley area.

As the largest developer of green condominiums in Canada, it’s a relief that Tridel is also a true leader in leveraging technology to protect the environment. Unsurprisingly then, the Edenbridge project not only emphasizes lush open greenspace, but is also aiming for LEED Gold Certification. To obtain such certification, Tridel must meet and exceed a rigorous list of environmental prerequisites established by the US Green Building Council under the LEED program. Tridel is the most awarded Green Builder within the GTA, awarded by Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). Such prerequisites include construction activity pollution prevention, water use reduction, water efficient landscaping, innovative wastewater technologies, optimized energy performance, using renewable materials and constructing indoor air quality management plans and control systems. Tridel aims to meet these requirements and more at Edenbridge. Fortunately, while technology has redefined luxury as something as important as insulation and plumbing, Tridel’s focus on technology has not been at the expense of what makes The Kingsway special - its mature trees, sprawling rich parks and teeming wildlife. In other words, Kingsway’s peaceful and natural environment. Every feature of the Edenbridge aims to preserve this uniqueness by building critical infrastructure that uses less electricity, natural gas, potable water and construction waste. With such attention to the changing tastes of today’s luxury buyer and high regard for the environment, Tridel, through the Edenbridge, is building the quintessential Kingsway home.

Discover an area formed by history yet boasting every modern convenience – including the Humbertown Shopping Centre right next door. Set amid stately stone homes, premier shopping and dining, and endless verdant trails to explore.

For more information please visit: www.tridel.com/edenbridge

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While Ring Road is the best way to see most of the country’s spectacular landscape, it’s worth adding a couple of days to your trip to see the exquisitely stunning Westfjords in the north west of the island. 20

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Iceland in Spring

Take a road trip at the edge of the world. You’ll need a Tolkien-inspired ring, and Iceland has just the one.

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iamond-like chunks of iceberg, tumbled smooth by the North Atlantic, sparkle against the volcanic black sand shores of Iceland’s southern coast. Inland, spray from one of the island’s many waterfalls guarantees the biggest rainbow you’ll ever see.

Welcome to the country of green crater lakes, blue lagoons, hot springs, and active geysers, where roaming sheep outnumber residents 2:1 and off-roading is illegal, to protect the elves (really the moss, but it’s home to many of the elves). The land of fire and ice. And screaming? In response to 2020’s life-in-lockdown, when too much – or too little – family, Zoom meetings and cooped-up kids drove us to earlier and earlier happy hours, Iceland’s tourist board invited the world to indulge in virtual scream therapy. At lookslikeyouneediceland.com your pent-up pandemic angst is recorded and, if you believe the site, somewhere in Iceland your scream will later echo across a majestic fjord, waterfall, or empty beach. You can see why the campaign met with some raised eyebrows. And yet, the temptation is real. Iceland’s rugged coastline, plunging cliffs and capricious weather warrant thoughtful research and planning. This makes it the perfect post-pandemic vacation to focus on now. When it’s time for a road trip at the edge of the world, you’ll need a Tolkien-inspired ring, and Iceland has just the one. Studded with all-natural scenic wonders, Iceland – about the size of the island of Newfoundland – is ideal for a road trip, and the country’s two-lane, 1,333 km Ring Road will lead you to many of the must-see sights. Along the way, stay at modern accommodations and enjoy the increasingly sophisticated cuisine of Iceland’s restaurants. Or rent a campervan, overnight in campsites and make your own coffee and toast. If you enjoy a night cap, pick up your preferred bottle at Keflavik Airport’s duty free as your first budget-wise obligation – Iceland is one of the world’s most expensive countries. But don’t let that scare you; the best views are free and Iceland’s beloved (organic, free-range, lamb-based) hotdogs are affordable and everywhere. And for such a small, fishing-based country, the growing number of vegan grocery and restaurant options is impressive. >

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The Snæfellsnes (roughly, “SNIGH-fulls-ness”) Peninsula is a day trip (north west) from Reykjavik, often referred to as Iceland in miniature. At the tip, there’s a national park, complete with its own volcano, and you can experience most everything else the island elsewhere has to offer.

Ring Road, of the mus

Late May into early June is a great time to visit. Daytime temperatures reach 10 degrees Celsius (like a cool spring day in southern Ontario), there’s the least chance of rain, and, everywhere, wild purple lupins bloom. The snow will be gone and it’s officially the off season so you’ll get the country to yourself. With a population density of only three Icelanders for every square kilometre, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to be (the only) one with nature. But bring a friend, because along the way you’ll want to turn to another human, with your mouth hanging open in amazement. Are some sights too good for Instagram? Entire travel guides are dedicated to Iceland’s many waterfalls, and melting glaciers cause new ones to form every year. Some of the waterfalls are single torrents of water over a black lava cliff, while others roar across acres of terraced drops. One of the most popular is Gullfoss, just off Ring Road and not too far from the capital, Reykjavik. Dettifoss, reputedly Europe’s most powerful waterfall, is located in Iceland’s huge national park, the second largest national park in Europe (next to Russia). Beautiful landscape and sunset near Blue Lagoon hot spring spa in southwestern Iceland.

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, 1, 333 km, shown here in red, takes drivers around many st-see sights in Iceland.

Enjoying a picture perfect sunset on Diamond Beach.

Water is central to the Icelandic experience. This volcanic island’s geothermal activity forms natural hot springs, many of them tucked into hillsides, in the middle of nowhere. Everywhere you go in Iceland there’s a pool of some kind, nearby. In the main cities and towns, the (always warm) pools are the community centre, at the heart of Icelandic culture. The geothermal landscape also produces geysers, many of which erupt every few minutes, and volcanos, almost 200 of them, only a few of which erupt, every few years. Then there’s the shoreline, providing shelter to seals, ideal locations for orca watching, and home to huge colonies of puffins. Much of Ring Road follows the coast, from shore level to cliff’s edge. Pack good footwear as a number of the most worthwhile sights are a 30-minute walk from the road. You’ll begin and end your road trip in Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world, with a thriving arts and culture scene. Reykjavik’s Art Festival, one of the oldest art festivals in Europe, is open and free to the public. Year round, Reykjavik is known for its vibrant after-midnight night life.

Most Icelanders speak English, as well as their native (and notoriously difficult to learn) Icelandic. The country was ranked 1st on the Global Peace Index in 2019, and is regularly listed as one of the happiest, cleanest, and safest countries in the world. There are good reasons it’s on your bucket list. Pack layers (think cozy) and bring a good eye mask – by the end of May, 20 hours of daylight illuminate this geological wonder. Let the awesome power of Mother Nature recharge your batteries on one of the world’s most spectacular islands. When the time is right, treat yourself to a week in Iceland. While travel restrictions to Iceland have been lifted for Canadians, as of August, 2020, visitors to the island country must either quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, or be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival at the border, and then again 6 days later. One metre social distancing is required in Iceland. And if 2020 has taught us anything, we know that pandemic rules and procedures can change quickly. Please check national and international travel advisories before planning any trips. Wherever it is you dream of visiting will still be there when life-saving restrictions have been lifted.

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Tigs Celebrates

33 Years in Thornbury BY LESLEY KENNY PHOTOGRAPHY BY HARRIS KADWELL

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Elegant casual wear for women of all ages in one of the largest clothing stores north of Toronto. Owner-owned and family operated.

herry Kadwell’s quiet, thoughtful demeanor makes her the last person you’d imagine with a YouTube channel. The petite 61-year-old owner of Tigs is not the stuff of social media’s cheery excesses. But when the pandemic resulted in retail closures this spring, Sherry’s 20-something daughters, Harris and Davis, convinced mom to get in front of the camera. Tigs had added online shopping in 2018, so it seemed a logical step to post online videos when customers could no longer browse inside the large retail space. Since uploading their first “Tigs Tuesday” YouTube video at the beginning of April, where a self-conscious Sherry holds up and describes various pieces from the Bylyse clothing line, the trio have upped their game. Later videos include mini fashion shows set in the store, narrated by a more relaxed Sherry. In a September episode, Sherry is describing pieces from the Gerry Weber line when there’s an obvious edit and she explains to viewers that a customer has just come in and literally bought the scarf from around her neck. With more than three decades in the business, Sherry notes wryly that this is a sure sign the scarf will be a popular item.

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Born and raised in Thornbury, by the end of her twenties Sherry worked as a tax collector. One day in 1987, a friend invited her for lunch and suggested the two of them buy a local clothing store that was up for sale. “I was having a really bad morning in the office,” says Sherry, “and I was just so tired of people yelling at me all day!” She agreed to take the plunge and the two friends started Tigs “on the hill” for the first 13 years. In 2000, Sherry moved the store to its current location on King Street, in a building once used as an apple cold storage facility. With family connections, as it turns out. “My grandfather helped build this building and my father worked here packing apple barrels when he was young,” she explains. “After all, this is apple country.” The family connections continue. As well as working with her daughters, Sherry’s 85-year-old mother, Eileen, works in the store on Sundays, and husband John helps oversee shipping-receiving, and administration. It’s a big store – 4,000 square feet in total, most of which is dedicated to retail floorspace. New clothing shipments arrive every day.

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The collections are mix-and-matchable and perfect for those who want to keep it simple and elegant with a capsule wardrobe, made up of those few but perfect pieces. If you have a practiced eye and a knack for choosing fashionable and flattering clothes, Tigs offers the variety and accessories to put together stylish, casual outfits.

Tigs has made changes to meet all provincial regulations to ensure customer safety when browsing for a new look.

But if you find the whole notion of seasonal fashion and coordinated outfits slightly out of your pandemic pyjama reach, don’t worry – Sherry’s down-to-earth attitude and knowledgeable staff are there to help. “I’ve got the best staff in the world! They’re experts at helping our customers put together a wardrobe,” says Sherry. “At Tigs, we strive for firstclass customer service. We treat everyone as if they are our friends and do our best to create a warm, home-like experience.

Tigs carries a variety of high-end, coordinated casual wear, including the soft and comfy Eileen Fisher line (known in the industry for her environmentally sustainable policies and organic fabrics), and the Normandy-based Saint James with their focus on quality and details like bias trim, petal sleeves, and red buttons on their iconic Breton-striped pieces. The Gerry Weber line this fall includes a gorgeous hazelnut colour in sweaters, jackets and trims. Brax, Michael Kors, Bylyse and Tommy Bahama are among the brand name designer labels at Tigs.

New arrivals from some of the best designer labels are always available, every season.

We always say to everyone ‘make yourselves at home.’ We want customers to feel like they’re shopping with friends.” On the day we talk by phone I confess to Sherry that I’m in the new at-home work attire – a presentable shirt and jeans. She admits she’s also wearing jeans. “And I don’t wear any make up. Ever.” By the end of our chat I tease Sherry that she’s not the most effusive PR person I’ve ever spoken with. She laughs and says it’s true, she doesn’t like to take all the credit. “Living in this area, we are so supported by this community. The people who’ve lived here for years and the people moving here now are so supportive. We’re very lucky. And we all work very hard.” Keep your eye on the Tigs website for 33rd anniversary sales and tune in to Tigs Tuesdays, anytime, on YouTube. See for yourself how those clever daughters get their mom to relax and laugh in front of the camera. With style. Sherry Kadwell, owner of Tigs for 33 years, is getting more comfortable in front of the camera these days.

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Must Haves For Fall

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Short “Teddy” Jacket

If you love the super chic side of fashion, then this cosy, on-trend plush jacket is the one for you. This Gerry Weber “teddy” jacket is short with large buttons. Perfect paired with a wide leg pant and a neckie scarf. $379, Gerry Weber

The Haskell

Designed in patent leather, the Haskell is a sophisticated take on classic combat boot styles. Polished pyramid studs punctuate the lace-up vamp, while a side zip fastening makes it easy to wear. Juxtapose their edgy sensibility by wearing them with the season’s printed midi dresses. $278, Michael Kors

This 100% Wool Dress

Will keep you warm wherever you go. Beautifully knit by Saint James this dress will quickly become your go-to for this fall/ winter season. Dress it up with a pair of tall boots, or dress it down with sneakers and a short jacket. $345, Saint James

Canadian Made Leopard Print Knit Hat. With Fox Fur Pom Pom With little crystal details you will be catching everyone’s eye on the street. Perfect to match all of your colourful winter coats. $75, Mitchies Matchings

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Short Sleeve Knit Sweater

Round-neck sweater with a fancy knit and short sleeves. Layer this sweater overtop a basic collared shirt for a chic and effortless look. Pair with skinny jeans or a skirt and a pair of boots. $295, Saint James

The Classic Fraas

An essential item for every season. The classic Fraas plaid pattern in this soft acrylic ruana shape can coordinate with your entire wardrobe. Wear it at the office, while out walking the dog, or thrown on for dinner on the patio. Have you tried tying it with a belt? This is the perfect gift for any age, any style. $95, Fraas

Faux Leather Wide Leg Pant

Simply WOW! Culottes are a musthave in your trendy wardrobe. This pair boasts soft material and a loose cut. Lots of stretch for maximum comfort. Wear it with a tucked in shirt and short jacket. $229, Gerry Weber

Cozy Boucle Sweater

A softly textured crew neck top that’s light enough to wear now, and warm enough to layer later. In a fluffy organic cotton knit. Designed with an easy, boxy fit and made with a luxurious Italian yarn with plush boucle texture. In soft organic cotton that’s cozy to the touch, light on the body. $378, Eileen Fisher

The Latest and Hottest Fashion Accessory Be safe with these breathable, easy to wear fashion masks. Handmade in Toronto, these patterns will amplify your everyday outfits. Adjustable ear straps allow for maximum comfort when you’re out and about. Protect your friends and family and wear a mask. $30, Handmade

100% Genuine Leather Mitts

These fox, fur-trimmed mitts are the perfect winter accessory. Canadian made, they will keep your fingers nice and toasty when the snow flies. You will definitely be looking posh in these mitts at the apres ski. $110, Mitchie’s Matchings

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Leaside

Neighbourhood BY LESLEY KENNY PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR NULLMEYER

One of Toronto’s most desirable and family-friendly neighbourhoods, Leaside is bounded on the west by one of the city’s most popular shopping districts, along Bayview Avenue, and extends north to the parkland beyond Eglinton Avenue East. Leaside’s eastern border ends just before Leslie Street, along more green space. Close to its southern border, south of Moore Street, a commercial area includes a multi-service recreation centre, bordered by a walkable forest and the Don Parklands. Leaside is only a 10-minute drive to the downtown core, via the Bayview extension.

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easide was the first Ontario town to be planned on paper before any building began, in the early 1900s. Homes here are set on ample lots along winding, tree-lined streets. Most of the shopping in this neighbourhood is located along Bayview Avenue, with its mix of ethnic restaurants,

boutique clothing and home décor, children’s toys and clothes, art galleries, specialty shops and neighbourhood pubs. Many of these businesses are locally owned and family run. A number of fresh food markets dot Bayview and there’s a Whole Foods grocery store at the north west corner of the neighbourhood. The residential centre of the neighbourhood is well-served by parks, recreation centres, schools and public transit. When completed in 2021, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT will serve the area with three stations. While similar to the adjacent neighbourhood to the north west, exclusive Lawrence Park, Leaside has more of a mix of homes. These include two-storey detached, semi-detached, and bungalows, including the hard-to-find craftsman-style bungalow. Most of the homes are Georgian revival and Tudor-style, but a number of the houses on corner lots were built in the Cape Cod style of architecture, with a side entrance, bay window and mix of brick and stone. The neighbourhood also includes exclusive condominiums and townhouses, from the 1990s, as well as new buildings still under construction. Leaside is also home to some of the nicest apartments in the city, some with views of the Don Valley. >

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At the south west corner of Eglinton Avenue East and Brentcliffe Road, a new luxury condo development, the Upper East Village, will cover three blocks, centred around a public park. Proposed amenities include a rooftop dining terrace, indoor pool, and fireplace lounge for the limestone, brick, wood and glass buildings, inspired by the Upper East Side neighbourhood of New York. Leaside is a family-centred neighbourhood with a strong sense of community. Its many parks and green spaces, recreational facilities and good schools serve residents well. In the north east corner of the neighbourhood, Serena Gundy Park offers walking, cycling and crosscountry ski trails. And a waterfall! Down a set of wooden steps, a wooden trestle bridge crosses the Don River and leads to the 147-acre Sunnybrook Park, with its off-leash dog area and horse stables.

Leaside homes include two-storey detached, semi-detached, and bungalows, including the hard-to-find craftsman-style bungalows.

In the centre of the neighbourhood, Trace Manes Park Community Centre offers a variety of programs for families and seniors. The park itself includes a baseball diamond, playground, and tennis courts, run by the Leaside Tennis Club. At the north end of the park you’ll find the local branch of the Toronto Public Library. Howard Talbot Park in the south west of the neighbourhood has two baseball diamonds and an outdoor splash park for the little ones. South east, on Millwood Road, in the commercial area of the neighbourhood, the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens includes ice and curling rinks and an indoor pool. There’s a Home Depot in this area for the DIYers.

Trace Manes Park Community Centre offers a variety of programs for families and seniors. Trace Manes Park Community Centre is located near Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East.

Leaside Tennis Club is a very active community tennis club operating in the popular Leaside area of Toronto. Trace Manes Park, between Rumsey Road and McRae Drive. The six courts are floodlit for evening play and feature “Deco Turf” surface.

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Leaside’s family-centred neighbourhood sense of community.

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On the western border of the neighbourhood, along Bayview, historic Mount Pleasant Cemetery’s expansive green space is home to a botanical garden and is one of the most impressive arboretums in North America. The grounds offer visitors walking and running routes and provide access to Avenue Road on the west side. There are a number of good schools to choose from throughout the neighbourhood, including a Montessori school, art and music schools, and wellranked elementary and high schools such as Northlea Elementary and Middle School, Bessborough Drive Elementary, Leaside High School and St. Anselm Catholic School. CGS (Children’s Garden School) is a co-ed, private elementary school (preschool to grade 3) on Eglinton Avenue, just east of Bayview. There are two hospitals in and near Leaside: Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in the north west corner, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre just north of the neighbourhood boundary. Kidcentred Ontario Science Centre is just a few minutes east of Leaside.

Leaside High School was founded in 1945. Leaside continues to maintain a tradition of academic excellence.

is loved for its tree-lined streets, ample lots and strong

The wide variety of Leaside’s family-friendly amenities, including green spaces, recreational facilities and some of the best shopping opportunities in the city, all adjacent to hundreds of acres of walking and biking trails, make this one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods.

Leaside is home to many local businesses, Bayview Avenue features a wonderful collection of shops, specialty stores, and neighbourhood pubs.

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Bob Mchugh

Bob McHugh is an Automotive Writer and has been writing car reviews and auto-related stories for over 25 years and is a long time member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.

Major or Minor, It’s a Classic Lincoln

Springing to life as you approach, with lighted door handles that unlock as you get closer, and delicate orchestral sounds that welcome you to a luxurious interior with warm ambient lighting. All part of the “sanctuary for the senses” experience that a couple of new look-a-like Lincoln products deliver, on significantly different scales.

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valon and Corsair are new generation Lincoln utility vehicles designed to create a pleasurable driving experience that calms, pampers and delights its owner. A highlight (for me) of the ultra-modern yet elegant cabin interiors were the unique notification chimes (oddly enough), as they were crafted by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra using a blend of percussion, violin and viola instruments.

Lincoln Aviator

Launched prior to Corsair, the Lincoln Aviator is longer, taller, has three rows of seating and offers an even plushier drive experience. There’s more take-off power, Aviator has a softer more compliant suspension and you can silently glide down a highway in a near-autonomous mode, appropriately called Co-Pilot 360 Plus, which includes a new lane centering technology. Aviator fits into Lincoln’s utility vehicle lineup above Nautilus and just below Navigator, the king-sized Lincoln. The standard engine is a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 that can deliver 400 horsepower and 415 ft-lb of torque. It’s mated to a new tenspeed automatic transmission with a paddle shift feature, plus all-wheel-drive and five selectable driving modes. An after-dark drive on a country road heightened my appreciation of the Aviator’s adaptive LED headlights. In addition to auto-dimming (to oncoming vehicles), the headlight beam pattern cleverly adjusts to the vehicle’s speed and rotates to bends in the road ahead. >

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The Ebony Roast with aluminum interior. The Aviator draws from classic themes of aviation.

On a rain soaked afternoon, while backing out of a shopping mall parking stall, I was introduced to another intelligent Aviator technology, called Reverse Brake Assist. “Did we just hit something?” asked my wife when we came to an abrupt stop. “Don’t see anything - I’ll jump out and take a look. Oh, hang on - a woman just walked by the back of the car! I believe we’ve just experienced Aviator’s auto braking feature.” Canadian owners of Aviator will also appreciate a new quick windshield de-ice feature. The washer fluid is dispensed through integrated nozzles in heated wiper blades. According to Lincoln this system uses 50% less washer fluid and in sub-zero temperatures it can clear an ice covered windshield significantly faster than a traditional defroster.

The Lincoln Corsair, inspired by human magnificence and development, S-curves are actualized into each part of the body to establish a stunning form.

Lincoln Corsair The newest addition to the Lincoln line, Corsair is a compact all-wheel-drive utility vehicle that offers two row seating, a more nimble (easy to park) driving experience and good fuel economy. Yet, it still offers the quiet and comfortable ride qualities expected of a Lincoln. There’s an extra sound-dampening wall between the passenger cabin and the engine compartment plus an Active Noise Control system that cancels unwanted sounds by producing opposing sound waves through the audio system speakers.

The signature grille adds clean graceful lines and an attractive accent on the Lincoln Aviator.

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Its base 2.0-litre turbocharged engine can produce 250 horsepower and the up level editions come with a 2.3-litre turbo that can deliver 295 horsepower. Both engines are mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheeldrive system and five selectable drive modes.

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Using Waze is easier since the much-loved, navigation and traffic app is now compatible with SYNC ® 3 AppLink™.172 By accessing Waze through SYNC 3 AppLink, you can team up with different clients, outsmart traffic by sharing data to get the best routes, and get continuous alerts about mishaps, road dangers and gridlocks.

Corsair provides a better handling drive experience than its big brother Aviator and I was pleasantly surprised by its nimble yet sure-footed performance on twisty sections of road. It also makes the most of the interior space provided with sliding second-row seats that fold completely flat. The versatile, and more than adequate, cargo area can swallow up to four sets of golf clubs. Corsair also offers technologies that allow you to customize your driving experience, such as “Phone As A Key.” This is a particularly handy feature if you share Corsair with other drivers. It can remotely recall your specific settings for the driver’s seat, exterior mirrors and steering column etc. Even your preferred comfort and entertainment settings can all be remotely activated, via your phone.

LINCOLN CORSAIR

The Corsair comes with premium leather-trimmed seats reinforcing the passenger’s posture. Also available with Perfect Position front seats with 24-way adjustability.

Plugged-in: Plug-in hybrid editions, called “Grand Touring,” of both Aviator and Corsair are on the way. Combined output from Aviator Grand Touring’s electric/ gas powertrain is an expected 494 horsepower and a whopping 630 ft-lb of torque. Corsair Grand Touring will feature Lincoln’s first electric all-wheeldrive system and will have a 40 km all-electric driving range.

Un-plugged:

All-new Corsair Grand Touring pairs advanced hybrid technology with Lincoln-first electric all-wheel drive.

LINCOLN CORSAIR

The traditional gas engine is a reliable and sweet sounding power option that’s still favoured by the majority of consumers.

LINCOLN AVIATOR

BASE PRICE RANGE: $38,300 FUEL ECONOMY CITY/HIGHWAY: 11.1/8.1 LINCOLN CORSAIR GR AND TOURING: $58,500 FUEL ECONOMY CIT Y/HIGHWAY/LE/100KM: N/A

LINCOLN AVIATOR

BASE PRICE RANGE: $69,500 FUEL ECONOMY CITY/HIGHWAY: 13.5/9.7 LINCOLN AVIATOR GR AND TOURING: $81,500 FUEL ECONOMY CITY/HIGHWAY/LE/100KM: 10.9/9.6/4.2

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Escape the Winter with Escapology

Leaf the pages of Escapology, the exciting new book by designers Colin and Justin, and discover a collection of stunning Canadian cottages and cabins, and an inventory of inspiring escapes spread across the world. From Scotland to South Africa, and from Mexico to Norway, the eclectic mix of abodes is at once breathtaking and inspirational. Here, the TV hosts reveal how to create your own winter oasis…

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Cornered While filming our TV show ‘Great Canadian Escapes’ (Cottage Life), we visited the Georgian Bay escape of Toronto-based architect Charles Gane, and observed how a series of ‘nooks’ and small, personal ‘dens’ allow guests to indulge in reading, meditating or napping, as required. Be inspired, and create inviting corners that command attention and draw in guests.

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Relaxation rooms The layout and relationship between rooms is crucial in the cozy Canadian home. Congregation is your buzzword (especially as the world ‘resets’) so, in that regard, dining rooms should have long, rustic tables (the more the merrier, safely ‘bubbled’, of course), while sofas should be casual, well dressed and friendly and bedecked with luxuriant textiles, yielding cushions and warm, cossetting throws.

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Flames of love Our relationship with fire dates back to the dawn of time and, to this day, there’s no better way to create comfort and protection than with roaring flames. The fireplace is the focal point of any self respecting winter room, a gathering place to sip whisky and share stories while blasting the cold out of your bones until your cheeks turn rosy red. If you don’t have a real fire, then fake it till you make it: in our 39th floor Toronto condo, we make do with the 21st Century equivalent – a flickering hearth beamed directly through our wall mounted flat screen TV courtesy of our cable provider. Neat, huh?

Materials Creating a woodsy heaven should be your holy grail. Lavish your abode with a forest of timber finishes to add warmth and calm, but avoid uniformity and the ‘matchy matchy’ approach of old where your oak floor had to match your oak doors. Enjoy a sense of freedom and be inspired by the greatest designer of all – Mother Nature – who mixes many trees in each of her forests.

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Thrifty Style Get lush for less by shopping from thrift stores and online sites to create your winter warmer. You’ll find that shabby chic items such as antique paintings, battered dressers and painted benches are great starting points for a cozy look, so let your imagination soar! As canny Scots, we truly believe that second hand isn’t second best, so get out there and create your vibe without breaking the bank.

Olfactory Escapes Candles provide gentle flickering light that feels romantic, escapist and cozy. Better than Botox, everyone looks their best as the waxy glow flickers. What’s more, scented candles are our best friends, and a luxury to which we treat ourselves every day. The scent of every candle tells a story, and with lots of great Canadian ‘waxologists’ out there - Vancouver Candle Company and Whitewater are great starting points there’s no end to the olfactory adventure. Escapology is available now via Amazon and from bookstores such as Chapters Indigo, nationwide.

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Heretic Spirits

Southern Georgian Bay’s First Craft Distillery BY LESLEY KENNY

This year, Heretic Spirits took home the gold for their flagship product, the appropriately named Gin #1.

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Heretic Spirits’ Gin #1 is recognized internationally with one gold and three silver awards. Heretic Spirits’ Vodka #2 has been awarded two silvers and one bronze medal from amongst thousands of competing products.

his year, Heretic Spirits took home the gold for their flagship product, the appropriately named Gin #1.

In 2020, the largest ever San Francisco World Spirits Competition awarded the craft distillery the honour from among more than 3,000 entries worldwide. Heretic Spirits’ small batch, triple-distilled and ultrafine filtered Vodka #1 earned them a silver. Impressive for the three-year-old distillery, the first craft spirit distiller in Southern Georgian Bay. Collingwood-based Heretic Spirits produces gin and vodka, with rum and whisky in the plans, all distilled in-house. The young company joins a small but growing number of Canadian craft distillers, including almost 30 in Ontario. “We have a very specific blending technique,” says CEO Scott Morrison. “It’s a top-secret process and it makes all the difference.” While gin and vodka are both grain-based alcohols (though new Canadian regulations allow the use of other agricultural products now, not just grain), gin’s defining feature is the required addition of the piney-tasting juniper berry. Technically, the juniper berry is

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actually a coniferous cone, but it looks like a berry. The amount of juniper added to gin is part of what defines the taste of each brand. The addition of botanicals – a combination of herbs, spices, flowers and citrus peel – gives each gin its particular appeal. For their Gin #1, Heretic Spirits uses a blend of 14 botanicals (a secret recipe, of course), sourced from around the world. Combined with their small-batch distilling process, they describe their Gin #1 as complex, with a citrus lead and aromatic core that gives way to a spicy, prolonged finish. The craft distiller’s gin and vodka are smooth enough to drink alone, but check out their website for cocktail recipes. And remember, you don’t have to store the good stuff in the freezer. Room temperature or slightly chilled will bring out the spirit’s unique flavours. Heretic Spirits’ retail store and tasting room are temporarily closed due to Covid-19 protocols, but keep an eye on their website for posted changes. Heretic Spirits’ award-winning gin and vodka are available in select LCBO stores and online at lcbo.com

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Toronto is Canada’s largest and most diverse city. More than half

Toronto’s many galleries and museums, especially

of the residents who call Toronto home have roots in another

The AGO and The ROM, are renowned for their stunning

country, and almost 200 different languages are spoken here.

architectural presence – and for how long guests want to

The result is a vibrant and dynamic culture in business, arts,

spend inside. Residents and visitors enjoy world-class theatre

sports and education. The city’s skyline is famous for the CN

and concerts, and crowds fill the Scotiabank Arena, Rogers

Tower, now the world’s third tallest tower and the highest

Centre and BMO Field to cheer on their favourite local and

outdoor walk on a building. The glass-floor observation deck

international teams. The city’s downtown core boasts everything

offers visitors stunning 360-degree views of the city, Lake Ontario

from distinctive boutique experiences to trendy fashions, and

and the Toronto Islands. But back on the ground Toronto is

a dazzling assortment of traditional and innovative restaurants.

known as the city of neighbourhoods, like lakefront Beaches,

Throughout the urban centre, tree-lined streets, expansive parks

historic Chinatown and Little Italy. Year-round festivals celebrate

and green ravines are enjoyed year-round for morning runs,

the city’s diversity and hospitality.

leisurely strolls and family outings.

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NEVERENDING VILLAGE VISTAS WHETHER RETURNING OR INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE! Toronto, Ontario

Carefree And Sky High Extraordinary Yorkville Condo Penthouse Allure In Ultra Modern Sensation With 102 Linear Feet Of Windows On 2700 Sf Private Terrace. Celebrating And Paying Homage To A Seasoned Design Team, This Edgy J. Brennan Plan Is Exceptionally Well Proportioned. One-Of-A-Kind, You Will Feel Secure In This Impeccable Address And Fabulous Boutique Building Of Just 16 Airy Estates. This Will Captivate The Most Discerning Buyer. A Wealth Of Natural Light In Every Room Provides An Enviable Greeting As You Enter This Gracious Suite. The Dramatic Vestibule Opens To An Elegant Gallery Circling The Grand Entertaining Space With Its Focal Point Fireplace And Showstopping Views. A Perfectly Proportioned Dining Room Seats Four Tables Of 10 In Comfort While The Chef’s Kitchen With Deluxe Appliances And Open Family Room Also Lead To The Glorious Terrace As Does The Corner Primary Suite With Its Park And Open Skyline Views And Its Sumptuously Fitted Master Dressing Room And Magnificent Onyx Finished Ensuite With Soaking Tub. The Separate Bedroom Wing Holds A Gorgeous Second Bedroom, Second Full Bath, Ample Closets, Third Bedroom Or Den And Your Own Personal Gym. Magnificent In Every Respect, Owners Will Thrill To The Hotel-Like Concierge Service As Well.

Janet Lindsay*

Direct: 416 925 9191 success@janetlindsay.com

$6,195,000

SPECTACULAR LIVE WORK OPPORTUNITY RENOVATED BY TOP CANADIAN DESIGNER Toronto, Ontario

This is your chance to own one of the coolest Live/ Work buildings in the city. Over 6800 sq. ft. of finished space over 3 levels. The stunning main floor office is home to Sarah Richardson Design. Soaring 12 foot ceilings with thoughtfully designed separate work areas. Loft like 2nd floor would make an incredible residence with exposed brick walls, ductwork and tons of natural light. Escape to private rooftop terrace with skyline view of the city. Lower level open concept workspace with polished concrete floors, tons of natural light and 2 private offices. All 3 levels have separate entrances, kitchens, bathrooms, hvac and separately metered utilities. Located in downtown Toronto steps to vibrant Queen Street and St. Lawrence Market.

Kara Reed*

Direct: 416 618 4629 homes@karareed.ca

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // TORONTO // AN ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST TREASURE IN ROSEDALE!

$3,300,000

SOLD

Toronto, Ontario

Located on the south side of Roxborough Drive in the heart of Rosedale, this traditional gem opens to terraces and decks overlooking the lush ravine and cityscape views. A short stroll to the shops of Summerhill. A perfect pied-a-terre for a small family or a couple, not yet ready for condo living. Elegant principle rooms flood each side of a large welcoming hallway. The traditional dining room opens to a Juliette balcony and features a remote controlled screen for “mosquito free” dining. The second floor master bedroom provides the ultimate in peaceful, relaxing living. Enjoy a book in front of the log burning fireplace and retreat to a comfortable double bathroom. A handsome library and a second guest bedroom completes this area, with stunning vistas of the verdant ravine from both bedrooms. The lower level boasts a great room with a fireplace and walk out to a covered terrace and garden. A superb bedroom and bathroom make this the perfect space for adult children, guests or a nanny. Welcome and enjoy this most special residence.

THE RENNIE TEAM Katie Rennie*, Julie Rennie*, Janice Rennie* Office: 416 925 9191 info@rennieteam.com www.rennieteam.com

$10,500,000

$6,800,000

MAJESTIC ROSEDALE - ALL DONE

GRAND JEWEL OF LAWRENCE PARK WITH SPECTACULAR EXTRAS!

A remarkable masterpiece of the finest quality and style. With almost 9000 sq. ft. of living space plus a coach house, this is the family home that one dreams of. The main floor offers a magical environment for gracious entertaining and family fun. The chef’s kitchen will be the centre of life. The connection to the garden and pool is perfection. The tailored architecture and quality is a bench mark in Rosedale. Sitting on almost a 1/4 acre of land, this home commands attention.

Stunning Designer 5 Bdrm Poised Majestically On A Picturesque And Tranquil Lot It Is The Epitome Of Class, Elegance And Sophistication And The Garden Is A Paradise Of Privacy. Exuding Refined Craftmanship, Solidity, And Permanence, The Inspiring Design Embraces Fine Details And Timeless Luxury. A Clean And Light Esthetic In 6,814 Sq Ft Of Seamless Connectivity Means Sophisticates And Families Live In Artful Harmony Here.

Toronto, Ontario

Jimmy Molloy*

Toronto, Ontario

Office: 416 925 9191 jimmymolloy@rogers.com jimmymolloy.com

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$5,999,900

SOLD

EXCEPTIONAL ROSEDALE HOME

THE RENAISSANCE PLAZA

Exquisite ‘Architectural Digest’ worthy 3 storey family home with a contemporary feel in the best neighbourhood Toronto has to offer. This home has been meticulously designed and decorated with beautiful finishes. 4 bedrooms 5 bathrooms, open concept family room and kitchen. A formal dining room and living room flow from the elegant front foyer. Fully finished lower level with theatre, wine cellar and wet bar.

Located In The Heart Of Yorkville, This Uniquely Redesigned Masterpiece Offers 3020 Sq. Ft. Of Unrivalled Luxury Complimented By Spectacular South Skyline Views. Meticulously Renovated To Combine Two Suites And Create A Gracious, Well-Proportioned Living Experience. This Stately Residence Features Artisanal Italian Craftsmanship, Remarkable Lighting System, Integrated Modern Technology, And Superior Quality Finishes That Befit The Contemporary Lifestyle.

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

Debbie Penzo* Direct: 416 520 1828 debbiepenzo@chestnutpark.com Natasha Penzo* Direct: 416 417 4009 natashapenzo@chestnutpark.com Graeme McIntosh* Office: 416 993 5080 graememcintosh@chestnutpark.com

Magdaleno Mo* Direct: 416 526 8732 magda@chestnutpark.com Kerrie McNair* Direct: 647 669 8685 kerrie@chestnutpark.com

$5,999,000

$1,800,000

LUXURY ESTATE IN KILBRIDE

CANADIANA COUNTRY ELEGANCE

This Private Luxury Estate is located in the heart of Kilbride and is forty-five minutes west of Toronto on the Escarpment. This beautiful home offers over six acres, tennis courts, an indoor saltwater pool, and a carriage house. Completely private from the road, you are tucked away in your own enclave via a winding, gated driveway. This home is truly the crown jewel of Kilbride, surrounded by luxury homes.

3.5 Acre of BLISS! A Century Victorian Gingerbread Style Home + Original Log Cabin Guest House + 2 Stall Barn/Potting Shed. Exceptional TURN-KEY Opportunity! Renovated~Restored~Decorated Property of Professional Designers & Architect Family. 3 + 2 Bedrooms. 2 Baths . Kitchen (seats 12). Large Round Table Dining Room.TV/Entertainment (off Kitchen). Muskoka Room views Pool. Guest Cabin: a Country Museum Experience. ! Excellent Internet Service !

Kilbride (Burlington), Ontario

Eileen Laswell**

Mono, Ontario

Direct: 416 875 8338 eileenlasswell@chestnutpark.com

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MARY ANNE RUNNALLS*

Office: 416 935 9191 Direct: 416 543 8501 marunnalls@chestnutpark.com

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // MUSKOKA //

Muskoka, synonymous with cottage country, is a household name

maintaining everyone’s privacy and sense of open space.

in North America. Situated around three large lakes (Muskoka,

The Muskoka region is known for its exceptional dining,

Joseph, and Rosseau), the Muskoka region was once dubbed the

trendy shops, craft beer scene, and contemporary art

‘Malibu of the North’ by The New Yorker, because of the number

galleries and museums. Kids can choose from a variety of

of celebrity estates in the area. Beautiful homes and seasonal

exciting summer camp programs and families can join in the

cottages offer breathtaking views of the lakes and constellation

year-round cultural festivals.

of private islands. From the haunting call of the loon to the variety of trees and The number of local residents more than doubles in the

vegetation local to the region, Muskoka is a nature lover’s

summer when 100,000 seasonal residents join the 60,000 lucky

paradise. Whether you’re a serious kayaker or it’s your first time

permanent residents of the Muskoka region. But sprawling

trying to figure out how to sit in a canoe, you can revel in hours

tree-covered properties and the vastness of the granite-carved

of scenic adventure. From hiking to boat cruises, there are many

area means that Muskoka can easily accommodate visitors while

ways to appreciate the grandeur of Muskoka.

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$6,695,000

SOLD

LAKE JOSEPH ICONIC POINT KNOWN AS ‘WINSOME’

LAKE MUSKOKA SUNSET POINT

Breathtaking sunset views over looking south Lake Joseph, situated on a 477’ private point. Originally plotted on one of the best sites, at the end of a quiet year round lane way, designed with architectural elegance, flowing verandas, curved halls, bedroom balconies & finished in updated Muskoka chic taste & style. A very rare opportunity to own such a prized address minutes from Port Sandfield and the clubs. 2 classic boathouses, 1 w/ accommodations, the other for a collector launch.

This very private point of land offers 650 feet of shoreline with the all the best exposures. All day sunshine and captivating sunsets make for a distinctive and unique piece of property. Enter the grand entrance of the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired estate is breathtaking, with wooden characteristics, a soaring stone fireplace and cathedral ceilings. There are 7 total bedrooms in total.

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka, Ontario

Dan Imrie* Direct: 705 644 2475 dan@imuskoka.com Ben Imrie* Direct: 705 706 2099 ben@imuskoka.com $6,195,000

Dan Imrie* Direct: 705 644 2475 dan@imuskoka.com Ben Imrie* Direct: 705 706 2099 ben@imuskoka.com $4,295,000

SOLD

FIRST TIME OFFERED!

CLASSIC MUSKOKA ON LAKE MUSKOKA

Spacious and gracious define this custom Lake Rosseau home. Central locale with south west exposure. Beautiful 2 storey 2 slip boathouse. Five bedroom home with 3 fireplaces, two Muskoka Rooms, beautifully landscaped and meticulously maintained. Rippled sand and deep water. Your wish list is complete and ready for immediate enjoyment.

Sophisticated Muskoka elegance best describes this custom built cottage masterpiece, nestled into nature that is exceptional landscaped and treed, offering unparalleled privacy. Large decks over look the west facing sun filled shore, well designed with Main floor living, custom kitchen and baths, and a convenient 2 car garage to protect you and your vehicles from the elements. Walkout has additional guest rooms, a games/pool wet bar, and theatre area. 2 storey boathouse

Muskoka, Ontario

Marilyn Mannion*

Muskoka, Ontario

Office: 705 801 5538 mannions@muskoka.com

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Dan Imrie* Direct: 705 644 2475 dan@imuskoka.com Ben Imrie* Direct: 705 706 2099 ben@imuskoka.com

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // MUSKOK A //

$2,495,000

$1,450,000

LAKE ROSSEAU

LAKE JOSEPH CLUB VILLA

Beautiful designer updated, is this minimalistic, monochromatic cottage with 3 bedrooms, 3 bath including a sleeping bunkie, boathouse and sports court with outdoor gym. Property is level with easy year round access. Gourmet kitchen with open concept to dining and living area, surrounded by lots of social outdoor deck space to soak up the sun and sunsets. All bathrooms are custom tiled, with glass showers and radiant. Single slip boathouse at sand shore with stone patios

Prime corner unit with sunset vistas. Spacious three bedroom with 3 1/2 baths. Main floor master with fireplace. Two storey Great Room with timber detailing and stone fireplace. Expansive three seasons Muskoka room. Turnkey and ready for immediate enjoyment.

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka, Ontario

Dan Imrie* Direct: 705 644 2475 dan@imuskoka.com Ben Imrie* Direct: 705 706 2099 ben@imuskoka.com

STUNNING SUNSETS SOUTH LAKE JOSEPH!

$4,890,000

Marilyn Mannion*

Office: 705 801 5538 mannions@muskoka.com

$3,995,000

Muskoka, Ontario

Spectacular South Lake Joe property full of potential! Grandfathered setback at water’s edge with 2 boathouses! 1 w/2 bdrm, bath, living/kitchen above. 260’ prime waterfront, 2.5 acres. Total of 6 bed, 4.5 bath. Centrally located. Ideal reno/ redevelop. A RARE GEM!

Jen Purkis* Direct: 705 706 7705

LAKE MUSKOKA REDEVELOPMENT PROPERTY Muskoka, Ontario

Great opportunity to own a property on Lake Muskoka only minutes to Bracebridge. This wonderful property is very level and is a very easy lot to build on. The 215’ gives you good privacy and lots of opportunities to develop the shoreline. Come check out the many options this property offer

Dan Imrie* Direct: 705 644 2475 dan@imuskoka.com Ben Imrie* Direct: 705 706 2099 ben@imuskoka.com

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LAKE JOSEPH

Muskoka, Ontario

This property is only 90 minutes from the GTA and features a renovated cottage with 5 bedrooms and then a 2 storey boathouse with 2 more bedrooms. Fabulous views and the west exposure makes this a must see.

Dan Imrie* Direct: 705 644 2475 dan@imuskoka.com Ben Imrie* Direct: 705 706 2099 ben@imuskoka.com

jen@luxurylistingsmuskoka.com

$1,350,000

SOLD

$1,100,000

BRUCE LAKE

Muskoka, Ontario

This amazing 4 bedroom cottage is minutes away from Lake Rosseau, the JW Marriott and world class golf courses. The level lot has makes it easy for all ages to enjoy.

Dan Imrie* Direct: 705 644 2475 dan@imuskoka.com Ben Imrie* Direct: 705 706 2099 ben@imuskoka.com

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WELCOME TO “THE ECHOES” RETREAT

$2,695,000

Huntsville, Ontario

This magnificent 3 bed 4 bath, 4100 sq. ft white pine home sits on 100 acres of natural Northern Ontario forest, abutting 200 acres of crown land. With serene views of the valley and pond below, this log home bursts with true Canadian pride. Locally designed, sourced, and built, the modern interior finishes were intended to contrast with the massive timber structure itself. The chef inspired kitchen includes a Sub-Zero fridge, Wolf double oven, Wolf range and Miele dishwasher. Home fully wired with CAT6 completely automated. Bedrooms each boast an ensuite and w/o to their own Muskoka rooms. A brilliant combination of rustic luxury, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s abiding credo, this structure blends into the surrounding forest, never competing with its natural surroundings. Situated in Powassan, ON, 25 minutes south of North Bay including the waterfront, shops, fine restaurants, and the airport just 20 mins away. Visit www.theechoes.ca for more on the story behind “The Echoes”.

Kim O’Grady**

Direct: 705 788 4894 kim@kim-ogrady.com www.kim-ogrady.com

Photo by: Taylor Nullmeyer

Our Mission Statement: To build awareness and encourage support of initiatives that build self-sufficiency in the Muskoka Community.

AWARENESS. IMPACT. SUPPORT.

Our Vision Statement: To create a community committed to a resilient and strong Muskoka with a focus on lifting people out of poverty. When you support local businesses and merchants, donate to the food bank, take steps to reduce your environmental footprint, protect our lakes, rivers, ponds, wetlands and wildlife, vote in local elections and extend your philanthropy to local causes you care about, you are helping Muskoka on the path to sustainability and prosperity. Every action you take to make our community stronger and better matters. We hope you will use RAMP as a source to help you to learn more about the Muskoka community. We welcome your participation in helping us to achieve our vision of a sustainable and prosperous Muskoka for all. Check out our website at www.rampupmuskoka.ca

RAMP UP Muskoka, Ontario Phone: 416 605 3207 | Email: info@rampupmuskoka.ca *SALES REPRESENTATIVE **BROKER

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Matt Driscoll

Matt Driscoll is a freelance writer and editor based out of Bracebridge, Ontario. He was a former editor with Muskoka Magazine and former photojournalist with the Bracebridge Examiner and Sioux Lookout Bulletin. Matt worked for several years in the museums field, both in Canada and internationally, before moving into full-time journalism more than a decade ago.

Lakeside Views from the Open Road

Where the Canadian Shield dips into the crisp, clear northern water, picturesque country roads offer unparalleled lakeside views.

The famous Hwy 118 rock cut and stop at Huckleberry Rock in Milford Bay, Ontario. Photo by Taylor Nullmeyer

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ithin the District of Muskoka there are many different driving tours, from a cruise of Georgian Bay coastline in the west to the large loop around Lake of Bays in the east. But the most popular route is around one or all of “the big three” lakes, as they’re known locally. Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph are home to some of the most exclusive properties in the entire province and a road trip around the lakes offers a sense of what makes them so sought after.

Muskoka Wharf, which features restaurants, niche

The obvious starting point for a driving tour around the big three lakes is at the Gateway to Muskoka, in Gravenhurst. Situated on the most southerly portion of Lake Muskoka, Gravenhurst is home to the

Continue north on Highway 169 as it winds along

boutiques and the oldest steam-powered vessel in North America, the RMS Seguin. From there head north along Highway 169 towards Bala, perhaps stopping for a hike at the Hardy Lake Trails or Torrance Barrens hiking trails. The small town of Bala boasts the Kee to Bala – a traditional concert venue which has hosted such musical acts as Louis Armstrong, Rush, and Drake over the course of its long and illustrious history. the western shore of Lake Muskoka and then merges onto Lake Joseph Road past the quaint communities of Glen Orchard and Foot’s Bay.

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Beautiful Muskoka Wharf in the town of Gravenhurst.

Turn right onto Highway 141 and follow it east along rocky shorelines, past opulent cottages and boathouses into the crossroads town of Rosseau. The Rosseau Farmers Market is one of the biggest and best in Muskoka, running until the end of September, and the waterfront park is breathtaking when the fall foliage bursts into colour. Muskoka Road 632 (Peninsula Road) runs south with Lake Joseph to the west and Lake Rosseau to the east. There are countless stops along the winding roadway but a side trip to Minett is well worth your time. This charming village is home to Muskoka landmarks like historic Clevelands House Resort, the luxurious JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa Muskoka Lakes, and St. John the Baptist Church, which sits perched on a rocky outcrop above Lake Rosseau, welcoming its congregation by boat and automobile. Across the canal and over the province’s oldest swing bridge in Port Sandfield, the road ends at Highway 118 in Port Carling. A stop at the massive 45-foot-high mural wall in Port Carling is a must. The wall is comprised of some 9,028 pictures that together create the image of the RMS Sagamo passing through the Port Carling locks circa 1922. Along Highway 118 east along the northern edge of Lake Muskoka, visitors can pass through the famous 118 rock cut and stop at Huckleberry Rock in Milford Bay for one of the most picturesque lookouts in the region. Take a right onto Golden Beach as it skirts along the edge of the Muskoka River and past Patterson Kaye Resort and Muskoka’s very own amusement park - Santa’s Village.

St. John the Baptist Church in the town of Minett. Photo by Taylor Nullmeyer

The final leg of the tour is a true highlight, as Muskoka Beach Road connects the towns of Bracebridge and Gravenhurst via a small winding road slicing through the heart of a dense deciduous forest. The road winds past farms and Taboo Muskoka Resort and golf course before emerging once again on the southern shores of Lake Muskoka in Gravenhurst. The tour can be done in a full day, but it’s recommended to break it down into a trip of each one of the lakes on its own. That way you can take some time to get out of the car, stretch your legs and truly appreciate all the sights and sounds offered by Muskoka’s shorelines.

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South Muskoka Memorial Hospital A Family’s Gratitude BY LESLEY KENNY

In January, 2020, Dallas Grogan warned his three daughters about the dangers of the new virus. “Girls, I worked through SARS and this is going to be much worse,” he told them. The 86-year-old retired doctor knew what he was talking about. He’d lost two colleagues during the SARS epidemic. But three months after he advised his children, Dr. Grogan was on a ventilator, the first Covid-19 patient in South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.

It is a common misconception that all hospital needs are covered by tax dollars. SMMH relies on donations to fund equipment, health care education and important renovations This year, the foundation will provide over $1.5 M in donations as well as an additional $200,000 for pandemic-related changes and renovations to promote physical distancing in their patient rooms and waiting areas.

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outh Muskoka Memorial Hospital (SMMH) is part of Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC), which provides emergency and in-patient care at two hospitals, one in Huntsville, one in Bracebridge. On April 2nd, Dr. Grogan was admitted to the 59-bed Bracebridge facility. The Grogan family, residents of Muskoka since the 1970s, are familiar with this hospital. “We’ve all been in and out of the South Muskoka hospital for years. Our kids show up there with water-borne illnesses or the occasional fracture,” says daughter Pam Taylor. The hospital’s 24/7 emergency department sees almost 22,000 patients every year – on average, 60 per day. About six out of 10 patients seen in the ED need some form of additional follow-up, such as lab work or diagnostic imaging. SMMH has X-ray, CT,

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ultrasound and mammography as well as a laboratory. While their fracture clinic gets a bit busier in the summer, the hospital provides year-round support for residents and visitors of all ages, including a seniors’ assessment and support outreach team. Surgeons perform more than 4,700 procedures here every year. When Dallas Grogan was admitted to SMMH he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Despite his age, his wife Jane and their three daughters were shocked he’d become so ill. He was a man who embraced life, an avid painter, gardener and golfer; a man who enjoyed travelling with Jane and keeping up with the lives of his grandchildren. But the day after his admission to SMMH, news came that his condition had worsened overnight and he needed to be put on a ventilator.

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ventilator. Wearing full personal protective equipment, she was taken into his room. Daughter Lisa wrote a goodbye love letter to her father and read it to him from her Toronto home, via Zoom link. Daughters Cheri and Pam were in the parking lot, in their own cars. The family was still in quarantine, keeping their physical distance from each other. When Jane was escorted back to the parking lot, the nurse said she would return and deliver the news in person, which she did, 25 minutes later. Dallas Grogan was the first Covid-19 patient to die in South Muskoka Memorial Hospital. “For my dad to die in Muskoka was fitting. He was head of emerg in Scarborough for a couple of years and most of his career was spent working in a community hospital,” says Lisa. “He loved Muskoka.” From left to right are Lisa Grogan-Green, Dallas Grogan, Jane Grogan, Pam Taylor & Cheri Grogan. Photo by Harry Taylor.

Colin Miller, Executive Director of South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, says the hospital had prepared for patients with Covid-19. A pandemic surge plan was in place should additional capacity be required. When Dallas Grogan was admitted, every necessary protocol and procedure was already in place.

Four months after their loss, Jane and daughters Pam and Lisa talk to me by phone, recounting together the details of Dr. Grogan’s life and last days. They remember the name of every nurse and physician they talked to at SMMH. They tell me that last year four ICU beds with the capacity to be manipulated remotely were donated to the hospital. Dallas Grogan benefitted from one of these beds that allow nurses to help prevent bedsores while decreasing their own risk of exposure. According to Dr. Grogan’s daughter Pam, “If he hadn’t been on one of those amazing beds, it would have been much worse.”

New hospital protocols and visiting restrictions meant that neither Jane nor any other family member could enter the building. While media reports of families standing outside hospital and care facility windows later flooded our newsfeeds, in the first week of April, 2020, the Grogan family was among the first in Canada to experience the heartbreak of being unable to visit and hold the hand of their loved one. “We’re the type of family who would have been there all day if we could have been,” says Pam. But SMMH did their best to keep the family apprised of Dallas Grogan’s condition. One afternoon the family suggested a Zoom meeting with Dallas’ care team and by the next morning the hospital had set it up. “The communication with the hospital was very good. One of us would call the hospital then patch in the other family members,” explains Pam. Twice a day, nurses held a phone to Dallas’ ear so he could hear his family encourage him. One nurse in particular got personal details from the family and recorded them on a white board so all the staff could talk to him about his life and family during their shifts. Doctors and nurses kept in regular phone contact with Jane.

SMMH would like to offer a special thank you to the many cottagers and seasonal residents whose generous contributions reflect the special place that Muskoka holds in their hearts as their home away from home. Photo Courtesy of SMMH

Then came another kind of call. On the morning of April 9th, an extremely cold and windy day in Muskoka, four cars sat parked outside South Muskoka Memorial Hospital. The hospital had agreed to let Jane in to say goodbye to her husband of more than 60 years before he was taken off the

During our call, Jane and her daughters listen carefully to each other, adding a date or a detail, sometimes gently offering a correction. They want to get this right. Their loss is great, but so is their gratitude for the state-of-the-art medical and extraordinarily compassionate support extended to Dallas Grogan and his entire family by the staff of South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.

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Residents Against Muskoka Poverty

The Campaign to RAMP UP Awareness BY LESLEY KENNY

In a region where the word “cottage” implies a second home, the waiting list for a one-bedroom affordable housing unit in Muskoka is… eight years.

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nown for its beautiful waterfront homes and lakeside docks, Muskoka is cottage country. Residents and visitors enjoy water sports in summer, cozy fireside dinners in winter, and art galleries, boutique shops and fine dining year-round.

Muskoka also records some of the highest levels of poverty in the province.

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According to Muskoka Community Foundation’s Vital Signs 2018

or to get a better job. And since Covid-19, many have lost their

report, 13% of Muskoka residents live in poverty and many of

jobs, including professionals and business owners. The West

those people live significantly below the poverty line (defined as

Muskoka Food Bank now provides for a wide variety of residents.

living below $25,000/year for one person). Many also work fulltime. The median income in this region is 21% lower than in the

Those living in poverty say the biggest barrier that looms every

rest of Ontario. And almost half of all women over 65 who live

day is affordable housing. The waiting list for a one-bedroom

alone in Muskoka, live in poverty.

affordable housing unit in Muskoka is eight years.

In 2019, a small group of Muskoka citizens, including permanent

Another issue affecting access to work and education, and one

and seasonal residents, started RAMP, Residents Against Muskoka

that most people in large urban centres take for granted, is the

Poverty. Their mission is to raise awareness of the existence and

lack of adequate access to broadband internet in the region.

extent of poverty in Muskoka and to support local initiatives that

RAMP understands how this impedes the search for jobs and

build self-sufficiency. The RAMP website acts as an information

access to information in general and contends that broadband

hub and RAMP members (some of whom have experienced living

needs to be deemed an essential service. This is crucial now that

in poverty themselves) act as facilitators of information, taking

Covid-related restrictions mean that many learning opportunities

advantage of opportunities where they can to help shine a light on

and job requirements, such as certifications and registrations, are

the issue of poverty in Muskoka.

only accessible online.

Many of those living in poverty in the region rely on seasonal

For more information on local organizations that support residents

employment. A huge barrier to employment is the fact that many

in financial need, or to see where you might lend a hand, visit the

cannot afford the car (and insurance) necessary to get to a job,

RAMP website: www.rampupmuskoka.ca

YWCA Muskoka facilitators deliver Bridges out of Poverty training to community members at West Muskoka Food Bank - July 2019.

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Blue Mountain Village, The Blue Mountains, Ontario

Collingwood’s beautiful scenery includes pastoral farmlands that roll off into the distance. Located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay, its waterfront provides endless opportunities.

The Blue Mountains scenic area offers an abundance of recreational activities for all four seasons, most notably winter. The Village at Blue Mountain has an array of boutiques and stores all within walking distance of the largest ski resort in Ontario. $1,999,800

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Ideal for the active family who enjoy skiing, biking, hiking & boating close by. Bright open concept 5 Bdrm, 4 Bath home with 3,828 sq. ft. incl. a finished basement. Located in nature with escarpment views & close proximity to the Georgian Peaks Ski Club & Georgian Bay Club. MLS®237900

The property you’ve been waiting for! Renovated luxury home with high end finishes complete with 30’ x 80’ Barn used for entertaining and storage (back 1/2). In ground pool, manicured grounds, geothermal heating, 3 Bdrms & 2.5 Baths. Private with extensive outdoor decking. MLS®40031911

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The Blue Mountains, Ontario

The Four Season Lifestyle you’ve been waiting for!! Renovated, charming chalet for swimming, paddle boarding & kayaking the clear waters of Georgian Bay. 2,230 sq.ft. with 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths & finished basement.The perfect ski chalet in a highly soughtafter area. MLS®40023207

Swim, kayak, seadoo, boat & waterski from your Private Waterfront on the Nottawasaga River. Expansive Multi-Level Waterside Decks with a Panoramic View. 4,700 sq. ft. of finished living space w/5 Bdrms. Semi-circular driveway with plenty of parking & det. 2 car garage. MLS®259764

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Bruce’s Caves

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GREY SAUBLE CONSERVATION AUTHORITY

With their gaping mouths that lead into shadowy recesses, Bruce’s Caves are dramatic on a visceral level. This collection of caverns and hollows in the Niagara Escarpment cliffs, near Wiarton, serves as dramatic illustration of ancient lake levels and how they shaped the modern landscape.

Bruce’s Caves were named after a remittance man by the name of Robert Bruce who emigrated from Orkney Islands, Scotland, during the outbreak of the Crimean War.

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rehistoric Lake Algonquin covered most of the area encompassed by today’s Upper Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, and Huron. Filled with meltwater from the receding glaciers, it was much deeper than the modern lakes (the waterline was about halfway up the Escarpment’s cliffs). Bruce’s Caves were formed between 12,000 and 8,000 years ago when the waves of ancient Lake Algonquin repeatedly crashed against the shoreline, scouring and eroding the rock.

Robert Bruce, after whom the caves are named, was born on the Orkney Islands, Scotland, around 1820. A soldier in the Scots Guards, he deserted at the outbreak of the Crimean War in 1854 and sought refuge in Canada where he settled on a wooded, 300-acre lot in Wiarton. Bruce was a recluse who lived the life of a hermit. For a few years, he worked in railway construction gangs, building during the summer, then paying to lodge in the local jail over the winter. But for most of his remaining years, Bruce lived in a modest cabin at the entrance to the caves and supported himself by charging admission to curious visitors. >

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Bruce’s Caves Conservation Area derives its greatest significance from the unique cave formations found along the escarpment face.

Business must have been good because when Bruce died January 24, 1908, he was found to have several thousand dollars in the bank. Bruce’s property is now protected by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority. The main attraction is an enormous cave with a distinctive double arch at its entrance. Against the back wall of this cave, a crack in the rocks offers a peek into an inaccessible second cave. Many other caves – some large enough to walk through, others mere crevices in the rock – can be found along the escarpment face on both sides of the main cave, enough to keep you exploring for several hours. All you need is a flashlight, a good pair of hiking shoes, and above all, a sense of adventure. The caves were formed by the wave action of post-glacial Lake Algonquin, 7,000 to 8,000 years ago.

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For more information go to www.greysauble.on.ca/portfolio/bruces-caves-conservation-area

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Xtreme Adventures This Fall BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF XTREME ADVENTURES

While Blue Mountain is best-known for skiing, you don’t have to hit the slopes to unleash your inner daredevil. Nor do you need to await the arrival of snow. Xtreme Adventures (xtremeadventures.ca) offers autumn excursions that blend excitement with scenic beauty. Their customized H1 Hummers (think rugged military jeep, not discontinued city SUV) is the tour vehicle of choice.

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Hummer Adventures are operated out of Blue Mountain; pick up is at the main village entrance. Your ultimate, unforgettable adventure awaits you!

he man behind Xtreme Adventures is no stranger to thrills and adrenaline. If it’s a pulse-pounding sport, Mark Bourbonnais has likely tried and mastered it. He has decades of off-road driving experience. He is a certified kite boarding instructor and he’s a two-time Canadian National hang-gliding champion, the first man to fly a hang glider from atop the CN Tower, the world’s third tallest freestanding structure. If adventure had a name, it would be Mark Bourbonnais. > WWW.CHESTNUTPARK.COM // CH E S T N U T PA R K R E A L E S TAT E L I M I T ED, BR O K ER AGE // WWW.INVESTINSTYLE.CA

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Offering both scenic and extreme adrenaline packed excitement. Come be chauffeured, off road style, through all the extremes of what an original Hummer can do.

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When winter drapes the Niagara Escarpment white, Xtreme Adventures transitions to guided snowshoe hikes, with participants being taken to the trail aboard a Hummer.

Bourbonnais founded Xtreme Adventures 16 years ago with the aim of offering the public a mild dose of adrenaline. In summer, water sports and guided boat and jet ski tours keep Bourbonnais busy. As temperatures cool and the leaves begin to change, his focus shifts to Hummer tours. Let’s set the scene: you sit in a Hummer, ascending the Escarpment along a rutted, one-time settler trail, over rocks and through ponds. Nature’s paintbrush has dappled the surrounding trees and plants with harvest hues. A gold and auburn blanket of leaves covers the ground. When the vehicle emerges from the woods, the azure waters of Georgian Bay stretch out to the horizon. “Fall is the most popular season for our Hummer tours. The colours are truly gorgeous,” explains Bourbonnais. “Our tour is an exhilarating experience. The route is very rugged, and more extreme than most of our competitors’, passing through flooded areas, forests, and an old beaver pond.” The route’s extreme nature was the origin of the company’s name. “People leave the tour saying, ‘I can’t believe what a Hummer can do’,” says Bourbonnais. “It’s really one of the most capable off-roading vehicles ever made.” Tours run until the end of November, when Xtreme Adventures transitions to snowshoe excursions. Sit back, hold on, and revel in an afternoon of scenic adventure. For more information please visit: xtremeadventures.ca

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The Apple of Clarksburg’s Eye: T&K Ferri Orchards BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF T&K FERRI ORCHARDS

As summer turns to autumn, Tom and Karen Ferri’s thoughts turn to harvesting nature’s bounty, while reflecting on their hard work throughout the year. As the temperature drops and daylight hours shorten, the apple trees laden with vibrantly coloured fruit mean that T&K Ferri Orchards is a hive of activity.

A variety of hand-picked apples are available, in season, including Honey Crisp, Mac, Mutsu, Ambrosia, Gala, Cortland, Golden Delicious and a T&K Ferri exclusive, Bay Beauty.

Apples signal the changing of the season,” says Karen. “You can get them all year long, of course, but there’s something special about harvest season and particularly about the apples we produce.” The Ferri family can trace their agricultural roots back more than a century to their native Italy. In 1933, immigrants Nazarino and Clelia Ferri purchased 10 acres of orchard in the hamlet of Huttonville, just north of Brampton, and began the family’s legacy of apple growing in Canada. Over the next seven decades, the 62

farm eventually grew to 400 acres under the stewardship of their grandson, Tom, and his wife and partner, Karen. The farm prospered, but in 2011 Tom and Karen decided to relocate to Clarksburg in the Blue Mountains, a region with a rich apple-growing heritage. “The apple industry began in the area in the 1840s and today we are Ontario’s largest apple growing region, producing 25% of the province’s apples,” Karen explains.

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“The Blue Mountains represent ideal growing conditions for apples. Closeness to Georgian Bay and its warm lake air moderates the temperature, creating bountiful micro-climates.” Despite the Ferri family’s proud heritage of apple cultivation, T&K Ferri Orchards is a progressive operation using state-of-the-art practices. The farm Tom and Karen purchased in 2001 was oldfashioned and outdated, with about 40 trees per acre. The couple began re-planting the orchard, an acre at a time, with the superspindle method. A trellising system, super-spindle trees are trained along wires in a single plane. Used widely in Europe, especially Italy, where land is at a premium, super-spindle provides an orchard with greater density and yields than more conventional methods. “We have 2500 trees per acre, where the Ontario average is about 1000,” Karen says. T&K Ferri Orchards covers more than 22 acres with a total of 60,000 trees.

T&K Ferri’s onsite market is open from September through to the end of October.

Challenges aren’t limited to those presented by nature. Adequate labour can be difficult to source as orchards depend largely on migrant workers. This has been a particular problem this year, with borders closed and international travel restricted due to Covid-19. While T&K Ferri Orchards doesn’t offer pick-your-own, interest groups can book mid-week tours of the operation to see first-hand the innovative methods behind the orchard’s success. T&K Ferri Orchards sells most of its produce to the food terminal in Toronto, but apples are also sold at the onsite farm market, open to the public from September through the end of October. Apples are pre-packaged in pecks (10lbs) or half-pecks (5lbs). The market also sells Grandad Jack’s award-winning apple cider, pressed on-site, and all-natural, unpasteurized honey that’s taken from hives dotting the orchards (the bees also assist in pollinating the trees). “We have people coming from far away just for our farm-fresh apples,” Karen says. And who can blame them? In a region famous for its apples, T&K Ferri Orchards is among its biggest stars. McIntosh, Canada’s original apple, was discovered by chance in the 1800s by John McIntosh of Dundela, Ontario.

For more information visit: www.tkferriorchards.com

It isn’t just the unique method of cultivation that makes T&K Ferri Orchards stand-out (“we grow apples, not trees,” Karen points out). The apples, all of them hand-picked, are award-winning in their size and flavour. Varieties cultivated include Honey Crisp, Mac, Mutsu, Ambrosia, Gala, Cortland, Golden Delicious and a T&K Ferri Orchards exclusive, Bay Beauty. But there were setbacks and heartbreak along the way to success. A 2009 tornado made a direct hit on the farm and destroyed 85% of the producing trees. The next year, rodent damage killed over 1000 trees. “Mother Nature is our business partner,” stresses Karen. “So much of our success depends on her cooperation. If the blooms freeze in spring, for example, the entire crop can be lost for the year. There’s no coming back from that. Severe cold in the winter will kill the trees themselves. We have to be concerned about disease and pests. And high winds will bang the apples and bruise them.”

T&K Ferri Orchards boasts nearly 60,000 trees on their 22 acres.

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Lake On The Mountain, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Prince Edward County, an island on the north shore of Lake

Ontario, is only two hours east of Toronto. Serious foodies and casual weekenders alike gravitate here, to Ontario’s fastest growing wine region. With more than 35 wineries, many with full-service gourmet restaurants, Prince Edward County has become a rural hot spot. As well as trendy shopping, museums, and a busy live-music scene, Prince Edward County offers hiking and cycling trails, kayaking opportunities, and the white sandy beaches of Sandbanks Provincial Park. 64

The homes in The County vary from beautiful century and Victorian homes to small cottages, and farmhouses. Many of the homes are being renovated and redesigned to complement the evolution of The County and the tastes of newcomers, both weekenders and full-time residents. Prince Edward County boasts an increasing number of upscale restaurants, a booming craft beer scene, a farmer’s market, charming bed-and-breakfasts and, everywhere, a spirit of friendliness. IIS

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WELCOME TO CRESSYVIEW - A SIGNIFICANT ESTATE ON THE SHORE OF LAKE ONTARIO IN THE COUNTY

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK... ONE OF THE COUNTY’S OLDEST AND MOST SIGNIFICANT PROPERTIES!

This property comprises 9.3 acres with 1450 feet of waterfront, beautiful ponds, landscaping and extensive trails. The 3800 square foot post and beam residence is meticulously sited to take advantage of the views and boasts vaulted ceilings, three levels of living space, natural light, stone fireplaces and extensive decks. The generous main floor master suite is complemented by two additional bedrooms upstairs and a third in the lower level. Carriage house. Outstanding! lauriegruerhomes.com

Constructed in 1817, the current owners have upgraded and restored this classic early Ontario house with love and care. The five bedroom house has been decorated in a style authentic to its provenance. Charming spaces, cozy slip rooms, the original cooking fireplace, wide plank floors and the drugget carpet all give a sense of history. There’s an 1841 barn, 1791 settler’s log cabin plus a workshop and wood barn on 118 acres of untouched land. An extraordinary property. lauriegruerhomes.com

Prince Edward County, Ontario

Prince Edward County, Ontario

Monica Klingenberg* mklingenberg@chestnutpark.com Direct:1 877 471 1708 Laurie Gruer* lgruer@chestnutpark.com Direct:1 877 471 1708 $1,450,000

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WATERFRONT HOME RIGHT IN THE HEART OF PICTON! Prince Edward County, Ontario

This 3/4 bedroom was sited to capture the south-facing light and magnificent views of Picton Harbour. 2 master suites, gas fireplaces, walk-outs to decks/ gardens/patios, vaulted ceilings, lower level with walk-out, dock, boat launch, & more! Walk to everything Picton has to offer!

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THE BIGG/STRONG HOUSE C1900 – WHERE MODERN MEETS HERITAGE! Located just 2 blocks from Main Street, this Picton classic has undergone an executive interior renovation featuring modern design and complementing high-end finishes while maintaining the charm and features of the original Queen Anne style. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2-car garage, private yard, plus a separate 3rd level studio apt. This turn-key home is ideal for the discerning buyer. Your chance to own a piece of the County!

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This 3-bed 2-bath sits on a gorgeous private and idyllic lot bordering on to Bull’s Creek. Pine floors, high ceilings, French doors, 2 gas fireplaces, separate studio building w/gas fireplace. Private gardens, patios/porches & storage sheds. One block away from conveniences of Main Street!

Prince Edward County, Ontario

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RED BRICK VICTORIAN CLASSIC IN BLOOMFIELD!

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“Late Light Toronto Alley” 24”x36” oil on canvas

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Art Scene

with Stewart Jones BY ANDREW HIND

Prince Edward County is home to one of the most vibrant arts communities in Canada. The number of artists, in every conceivable medium, has grown exponentially in recent years, so much so that the Prince Edward County Arts Trail (www.artstrail.ca) was established to guide visitors to the galleries and studios of painters, sculptors, glassworkers, photographers, and ceramic artists.

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he County’s natural beauty inspires creativity. Just ask Stewart Jones (www.stewartjones.ca), a Wellington-based visual artist and founding member of the Canadian Art Collective and City Field North Shore painting collective. “There’s

something about the region, its communities, and its people that fuels me and makes me want to dig deeper with my work,” he explains. The 48-year-old artist is perhaps best known for his atmospheric, emotional paintings. But painting wasn’t his first love, and he admits it didn’t come easily or naturally. “I went to Ontario College of Art [now OCAD University], doing four years of drawing, then went to Sheridan College for classical animation in filmmaking,” Jones explains. “Painting was not even on my radar at the time. I was terrified of painting; the act of mixing colours and composing with colours was intimidating.” In fact, he may never have fallen into painting but for the fact that animation was evolving from traditional, cell-animation to computer animation at the very time Jones was contemplating his artistic future. “I didn’t want to learn new software, so I decided against making animation my full-time vocation,” he explains. Jones, then living in Toronto, began working at Molson Breweries full time while dabbling in background paintings and stop-motion animation for commercials on the side. Slowly, almost imperceivably at first, Jones, as he puts it, “began to figure out painting.” WWW.CHESTNUTPARK.COM // CH E S T N U T PA R K R E A L E S TAT E L I M I T ED, BR O K ER AGE // WWW.INVESTINSTYLE.CA

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“Dijon #9” 48”x60” oil on canvas.

“Film is a big part of storytelling. Every frame is a painting,” he says reflectively. “Looking at production art behind film started to make me more comfortable with painting, and I found myself really inspired by the city around me – the interplay of light and shadow, the texture of an urban landscape, the lines and shapes. Painting started to call out to me.” Nevertheless, Jones still tiptoed into the media, starting with charcoal drawings in paint before advancing to brushes. His preferred medium was, and remains, oil on canvas. Jones feels that oil paints have an organic life to them, a vibrancy lacking in acrylic. “I was doing a lot of cityscapes at the time. I found inspiration in alleyways, skylines, and streetcar tracks,” he explains. “I married my wife, Rebecca, in 2005, and we travelled a lot, so in addition to my Toronto-inspired paintings I was able to do a series of cityscape paintings in Cuba and New York City. It was a pretty inspiring time in my artistic life.” In 2012, Jones and his wife moved to Wellington County. They wanted a fresh start somewhere closer to their families in Kingston. Despite moving from Canada’s biggest city to a placid, rural setting of rolling farmland and verdant forests, Jones didn’t think his artistic expression would change. He certainly couldn’t conceive of himself ever finding revelation in nature. “Sky Blue Sky” 36”x48” oil on canvas.

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“I couldn’t fathom being a landscape painter. I grew up in Kingston, and never had a cottage or camped, so I didn’t have any exposure to or connection to nature,” he explains. “Then I remember, after a snowfall, cutting the road for the first time in my jeep, and suddenly seeing composition in the tracks my tires made in the snow. These became the streetcar lines that I knew so well from my time painting cityscapes and I realized I was capable of making the transition to landscape. Before you knew it, I was painting these big country skies.” Jones laughs when he thinks back on it now. “I guess I should have known I would eventually fall in love with landscape art. Tom Thomson was my first love in high school, even though I was far removed from the north.” “Winter Hwy33” 24”x24” oil on canvas.

That’s the power of Prince Edward County: it inspires, informs and influences artists. IIS For more information on the Prince Edward County arts scene, turn to the Prince Edward County Arts Council (www. countyarts.ca)

“Hase Road North” 35”x44” oil on canvas.

Book a tour of Stewart’s studio by appointment only please. Email: studio@stewartjones.ca www.Stewartjones.ca

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Prince Edward County Wine Tours BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY BY LOUIS THOMAS

Fat grapes cling to vines changing colour with the change of season. Autumn is harvest time at Ontario’s vineyards, making it the ideal time to visit a winery or three. And where better to turn than the province’s newest wine region, Prince Edward County?

Most wineries in PEC have outdoor tasting areas. Indeed, many of the wines are not sold in the LCBO, so if you want to sample them you need to visit the wineries themselves.

We’re kind of the new kid on the block as a wine region, much younger than Niagara and the Lake Erie north shore,” explains Duarte Da Silva, executive director of Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association, noting that there are over 40 wineries and cideries in Prince Edward County. “We’re only responsible for about one percent of Ontario’s wine production, but our wines are unique,” says Da Silva. The soil

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here is mineral-rich from the limestone rock beneath the soil, so wines are full of flavour and elegant, but low in acidity.” “Wineries in The County also have a different vibe than those found elsewhere in Ontario,” continues Da Silva. “They are small, between 5-25 acres, which is tiny compared to those in Niagara, and are also owner-operated. More often than not, the person serving you a glass in the tasting room is also the owner.”

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Because the wineries are so small, most of the wines produced in The County are not available in the LCBO. To taste what a Prince Edward County winery has to offer, one must visit it. That’s part of the appeal – savouring a wine few have enjoyed, visiting the vineyards where the grapes are grown (and picked by hand, unlike in Niagara or British Columbia, where machine picking is the rule), and meeting the owner whose vision and hard work the wine represents. The best way to sample some of the diverse flavours of County wine is with a tour, for obvious reasons. “Our wine tour companies are up and running safely, spacing out times to allow vehicles to be cleaned between groups, limiting group sizes, and making masks mandatory,” explains Da Silva, noting that you have a choice of 5-star limos, vans, or coaches designed for groups as small as 20 and as large as 56.

Prince Edward County boasts an intoxicating blend of stunning natural scenery and wineries producing uniquetasting wines.

Most wineries have covered, outdoor tasting venues, so no need to worry about cramming cheek-to-jowl into an indoor space. After visiting a number of wineries in succession, you’ll begin to appreciate how every vintner is carving out their own unique niche. “One of the unique appeals of wine touring in Prince Edward County is the diversity of offerings we can boast of here,” says Da Silva. “Where else can you go to the beach in the morning, visit a winery or three in the afternoon, enjoy stunning natural beauty along the way, and retire to fine accommodations at night? We have it all.”IIS

Autumn is grape harvesting season. Unlike most vineyards in Canada, those in Prince Edward County are picked by hand.

For more information, go to www.princeedwardcountywine.ca

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heart of the Kawartha Lakes region’s “cottage country,” less than 2 hours northeast of Toronto. Bordered by the rolling hills of the countryside and the Otonabee River, Peterborough is a thriving hub of service industries and one of the few cities in Canada to offer free downtown Wi-Fi.

As well as a booming downtown, Peterborough boasts three golf courses and a number of remarkable parks. Spend the day in Jackson Park where you can hike or cycle the trails, kayak, or enjoy a leisurely picnic by the creek. Explore more than 1,000 indigenous rock carvings at Petroglyphs Provincial Park and marvel at the phenomenon of McGinnis Lake, where blue/green layers of water don’t intermix. Many of Peterborough’s events are hosted in Millennium Park, right on the water. Peterborough is also home to The Canadian Canoe Museum where multi-media exhibits are family-friendly and interactive. Experience Peterborough from the water, in a 90-minute guided tour with the museum’s voyageur canoe programme. First time paddlers welcome. Located on the Trent Canal, in Peterborough, the historic Peterborough Lock Lift 21 is an internationally renowned feat of engineering. The magnificent concrete and hydraulic lift structure, completed in 1904, raises boats almost 20 metres (65 feet), relying solely on gravity and counterbalance. In winter, the canal beneath the lock becomes a scenic skating rink. The surrounding Kawartha Lakes region offers year-round shopping, fine dining and cultural events, and spectacular views for hikers, skiers and boaters. IIS

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3 Architects on how Covid-19 is reshaping their designs The current health crisis has had an impact on every part of our lives, including how we use our homes—we asked three well-known architects to share how they’d adapt their spaces to suit a post-pandemic world CONTENT PROVIDED BY CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE

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With thoughtful design, your home can evolve to meet your changing needs throughout your life —Jim Olson

Jim Olson is the founding principal of Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects, whose work was recently celebrated in Jim Olson: Building, Nature, Art (Thames & Hudson, 2018). He built Longbranch Cabin (pictured in the banner image above), in Washington state, when he was 18 and has been working on it ever since.

Did the pandemic affect your relationship with your home? Yes, being here all day, every day has allowed me to form a more intimate relationship with our property. Our house is about looking out, and lockdown gave us the chance to do that quite intensely. We were able to watch spring unfold minute by minute for the first time. The time was a gift, a silver lining to the tragic pandemic.

Has the health crisis made you rethink your home design? Mostly, I’d approach it in the same way, but I do wish I had made my home even more sturdy and sustainable. A house is an extension of your body. In today’s world it also needs to be armor—safe and secure. Experiencing windstorms, forest fires, torrential rain caused by global warming, and now a pandemic, makes us more aware of the protective role our homes play. >

“I’ve spent my life trying to create a meaningful sense of home and architecture that is in harmony with nature,” Olson says—a feat this lookout point at Longbranch certainly achieves. Image: Aaron Straight

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In a home “made for looking out,” each room—including the home office installed in Longbranch’s most recent addition—has uninterrupted views of the surrounding forest and wildlife. Image: Kevin Scott.

How did your home hold up as a multiuse space during the pandemic? I love Longbranch and have always spent a lot of time in it. So, when designing its fifth, most recent addition—before the pandemic—I started to think about working from home more. I created a separate space from the rest of the house that could be used flexibly: as a self-contained guest house, a caregiver’s apartment, which would ensure we could age here, and a home office. I love my work and my creative life remains active, so I incorporated a desk that looks like a dining table, installed telephones that are part of Olson Kundig’s office system, and got set up for online meetings. I’ve used the office every day since lockdown—all while gazing out at trees and water, deer, squirrels, and rabbits.

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Creating a Dedicated Office Space

Paul White is a founding director of Buckley Gray Yeoman, an award-winning practice that is currently working on Cromwell Place, a new global arts space due to open in South Kensington, London, later this year. He lives in West London, in a house he’s been restoring since 2012.

Your home is still a work in progress. Has the pandemic given you cause to rethink your plans? Yes! We’re in the final phase of the restoration and, until Covid-19, had never really considered having a space that we would fully dedicate to work. Before this, our house was home, and the office was work; obviously there were days when the two would overlap, but they weren’t the norm. That situation has changed: everyone who’s had to work from home during lockdown will have had little choice but to blur the two. The pandemic made me realize I need a designated workspace that can function as extension of the office, and also as a studio cum gallery.

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Design needs to be multiuse but not confused, each space has to be focused and clear in its purpose —Paul White

Before the pandemic, White acknowledges that makeshift workspaces were often his norm, with this kitchen table in his newly renovated home acting as a stand-in office. Now, he believes each room needs a clear purpose.

Did lockdown affect your relationship with your home? It’s made me appreciate how much harder our homes need to work. Of course, they are still a refuge, a place of privacy and intimacy, but now they have to be able to perform other functions, too. I’ve had to pitch and present to clients from my home, so in those instances, I’ve had to view it as something that is able to represent my firm’s brand, rather than my own personal tastes.

Do you think your future designs will adapt to create spaces where we can work and play, and that take us from the cradle to the grave? I think it’s cemented the way we work at Buckley Gray Yeoman. Our ethos has always been about refining, redefining, enhancing, and adapting, and the pandemic has demonstrated so clearly the importance of those principles, not only in architecture but in all aspects of life. We now have to think and behave differently, and so do the spaces we occupy, be they for work or relaxation. Design needs to be robust. It has to be multiuse but not confused—each space has to be focused and clear in its purpose. >

White has adapted this sitting room by creating a stylish space that’s comfortable, while also fit for purpose professionally and able to represent his firm.

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“It’s the modern way to be always connected and always in touch with the office,” say Ng, “but we had designed this building as a home first and foremost, and didn’t anticipate needing a dedicated space to liaise with clients.”

How has Covid-19 affected your relationship with your home? We’ve realized a home now needs to meet all our needs, so we’ve adapted our original plans to include a yoga studio, a space curated for video conferencing, and we will invest in “task” furniture for work.

How do you think your future designs will adapt to a post-pandemic world? Flexibility has been one of the defining phrases of the millennium, and this has touched every aspect of life, including how we work and live. The homes we design in future will need to be flexible to accommodate these changes. IIS

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786 Limestone Bozeman, Montana

Beds: 4 // Baths: 4 full | 2 partial // Sq. Ft: 10,297 // Type: Single Family Located only 10 minutes from the vibrant downtown of Bozeman and set upon 40 acres at the end of a private road, this spectacular 10,000 square foot home combines timeless elegance with a western flair. An impressive great room offers a place to relax and entertain after a day outdoors. Rooms are spacious yet warm and the gourmet kitchen will be a pleasure to cook in. The home is ideally situated to enjoy solitude or to entertain family and friends who will appreciate the 4 luxurious bedroom suites and 6 bathrooms. There are multiple decks to enjoy the views and an outdoor heated patio of 9,000± square feet with an oversized step-down hot tub. Additional amenities include a wine cellar, game room, sporting room, and a gym. This is a remarkable offering in one of Bozeman’s most coveted locations.

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The Former Estate of Senator Leo Kolber, Quebec, Canada

Beds: 5 // Baths: 5 full | 6 partial // Type: Single Family Home

Perched atop Westmount, Montreal’s most affluent suburb, this iconic home extends across a 35,000-square-foot lot facing Summit Woods, a bird and wildlife sanctuary. The former estate of esteemed Canadian Senator Leo Kolber, the property offers 11,489 square feet of entertainment spaces and private living quarters. Its highlights include a spacious rotunda filled with natural light; formal living and dining rooms, with high ceilings and intricate architectural details, overlooking landscaped gardens and the pool terrace; and a beautifully renovated kitchen with high-end appliances and a casual dining area. At the opposite end of the residence is a sumptuous, private master suite with his-and-her en suite bathrooms and dressing rooms. French doors open to the rear gardens, and an adjacent den with fireplace and bay window provides a perfect retreat. The lower level features an exercise room, theater, two bedrooms, a den, full bathroom, and a secondary staircase to the main level. Leo Kolber, who died in January 2016, was a pillar of Canadian business, politics, and philanthropy for more than 50 years. Appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1983, he chaired the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce during his 20-year tenure. Profusion Immobilier 326 Victoria Avenue Westmount, Quebec, H3Z 2M8 Canada Christina Miller 514 934 2480

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Casa Columbo, Snowmass Village, Costa Rica Beds: 11 // Baths: 14 full | 4 partial // Sq. Ft: 9,000 // Type: Estate

This exclusive estate offers a lush retreat from city life, in a most peaceful and tranquil tropical setting. This 27,000 square foot, 11 bedrooms, 14 full bathrooms, and 4 half bathrooms mansion is perched upon the very top of the highest hill in the most exclusive and luxuriant beachfront resort in Costa Rica and is the outer limit of living in luxury. This palatial home offers spectacular ocean views of three bays (the community is aptly called View of Three Bays, or Vista Tres BahĂ­as in Spanish), the golf course, Herradura island, and the resort. Nestled in the upper rainforest, it even has your own private registered heliport above the six-car garage. A Schindler elevator is included for convenience to each floor from basement to heliport. Exquisite decor, artwork, furniture, and appliances come with the residence. Masterfully crafted Honduran Mahogany is used throughout. Stunning front doors lead to a 2-story grand foyer w/ domed ceiling framed in layered detail beyond compare. Features include dramatic public spaces, floor-to-ceiling custom doors, and windows, high coffered ceilings, & custom cabinetry throughout. Too much fine detail to include here.

Costa Rica Resort and Estate Properties | Christie’s International Real Estate Playa Flamingo 1st Floor Hotel Mariner Inn, Next to Flamingo Marina Roundabout Robert F. Davey 1 877 661 2060 82

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Magnificent Lyford Cay Beachfront Estate, Bahamas Beds: 14 // Baths: 15 full | 5 partial // Sq. Ft: 15,000 // Type: Single Family Home

About Lyford Cay, Lyford Cay Serendip Cove is a magical home tucked into the corner of Clifton Bay, Lyford Cay with 361 feet of private beachfront; this estate encompasses over 3.4 acres and is filled with character and charm. Purchased in the early 1970s by the legendary Henryk de Kwiatkowski, Serendip Cove was considered the jewel of the self-made millionaire sportsmans real estate holdings. A polo-playing society figure and owner of the prestigious horse-breeding estate Calumet Farms in Kentucky. Henryk enjoyed entertaining, notable guests at Serendip Cove have included Prince Philip, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Margaret Thatcher, Mick Jagger, the Millers and the von Furstenbergs.

HG Christie PO Box N 8164 Old Nassau, Bahamas Philip Hillier +1 242 322 1041

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There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to real estate... Whether you are buying or selling a home, the personalized service that Helen and Michelle provide is what sets them apart. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, they actively listen to their clients’ needs to ensure a seamless experience and successful results. Helen’s expertise in the luxury market and Michelle’s experience in condo development make them the perfect team to help you attain your real estate goals.

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Bringing the most desired homes to Toronto's most discerning buyers. Tailored high-quality service is what I delivered to my clients as an award winning personal shopper at Holt Renfrew. This type of service is now woven into the fabric of how I help you buy and sell real estate. With my fingers on the pulse of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, you’ll be the first to know about market shifts and where to buy. As a seller, your property will rise above the competition with my innovative marketing techniques that expose your property to local, national and international markets. The combination of my bespoke service, global reach and innovative use of technology is the reason why I sold $75 million in real Estate in the last two years and a Chairman’s award winner.

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Providing Concierge Level Service. Supporting you every step of the way. Achieving record breaking results. www.eileenlasswell.com Eileen Lasswell , BROKER Chairman’s Award Winner 2016-2019 EileenLasswell@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 875 8338

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Marianne is a Toronto Broker with a long list of loyal clients. She brings an expert touch to each negotiation, handling every detail personally to provide seamless, individualized service. Relentless dedication to her clients, extensive market knowledge, sharp negotiation skills, and creative marketing strategies have elevated her to the top of the industry for 10+ years. For this, she’s earned the honour of consecutive Chairman’s awards. Uniquely, Marianne is known for her thorough understanding of construction and often helps her clients orchestrate renovations. Marianne’s client-focused approach is founded on trust and integrity.

www.mariannemiles.com Marianne Miles, BROKER Chairman’s Award Winner 2017, 2018, 2019 mariannemiles@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191

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Passionate about real estate…whether it’s your first home or your forever home. “I see my career as helping people purchase or sell the biggest investment of their lives.” Kara’s business sense and long-time love and appreciation of architecture and style ensure real estate is still the perfect fit. She understands the fast pace of the Toronto Real Estate market and will go above and beyond to make sure her clients’ needs are met. Kara has been honoured with numerous awards over the past 25 years including #1 in unit sales for 3 consecutive years, Chairman’s award, President’s Award and Director’s award. In addition she has been quoted for her Real Estate expertise in The Toronto Star, Toronto Life magazine and been featured on HGTV’s “Sarah’s House.”

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Proud and passionate about “Muskoka” we can truly say we love what we do! Being engaged in client relationships means we are constantly expanding our knowledge of current market conditions and trends in order to assist our clients with their best interests in mind. Every day is different, keeping us motivated and curious. 40-years of being island cottagers, builders, renovators, and REALTORS®, our client focused track record allows us to promise a successful outcome every time, putting our client’s needs first, ensuring they have all the necessary information to make confident/informed decisions. We look forward to working with you.

Jim Gardiner, ABR , SRES , RSPS, CLHMS, BROKER Iris Gardiner, CLHMS, BROKER ®

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Jim: 705 646 7358 Iris: 705 646 6367 GardinerTeam@gmail.com

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Ben & Dan Imrie would like to welcome Tyler daCosta to our team serving the Muskoka Region. Our 40 years combined experience providing outstanding service to all of our wonderful clients on the Muskoka Lakes has encouraged us to help bring more youth and expertise to help you the best! Tyler has grown up in the Mississauga region, has been a life long cottager on lakes Rosseau & Joseph, and now calls Muskoka home. We look forward to another 40 years of energetic, knowledgeable and youthful expertise assisting you in Muskoka! Chestnut Park Real Estate is pleased to announce Ben Imrie & Dan Imrie, winners for outstanding sales performance, The Chairman’s Award, our Highest award available (2010-2018) .

705 765 6565 | iMuskoka.com

BEN IMRIE, Sales Representative Ben@iMuskoka.com

DAN IMRIE, Sales Representative

Tyler

Ben

Dan

Dan@iMuskoka.com

TYLER DACOSTA, Sales Representative Tyler@iMuskoka.com

As a specialist in waterfront properties throughout the Muskoka region, Marilyn is your connection to helping you find and acquire or sell your place in Muskoka. Marilyn has an intimate knowledge and understanding of waterfront properties and their potential value. It is through her experience, dedication, discretion and enthusiasm that Marilyn is able to effectively serve the needs of her clientele. Making the right choice is to call Marilyn first.

Top producing Chairman’s Award winner since 2001

Marilyn Mannion, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 705 801 5538 mannions@muskoka.com www.marilynmannion.com

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// MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS // MUSKOK A //

TRUST • INTEGRITY • KNOWLEDGE • DISCRETION Maggie Tomlinson has one simple goal: to give the best possible service to her clients. She understands the luxury Muskoka real estate market, and provides the guidance and support needed for a positive outcome for both buyers and sellers. Maggie offers specialized training, a proven track record, and extensive experience that enable her clients to make smart and economically sound real estate decisions. Maggie has been involved in Muskoka real estate since the 1980s, and she has successfully been actively marketing and selling cottages, homes, vacant land and commercial properties for years. She warmly welcomes your inquiries.

FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AND PROVEN RESULTS

Maggie Tomlinson, ASA, ABR, SRS, CSA, BROKER Accredited Senior Agent | Accredited Buyer’s Representative Seller Representative Specialist | Certified Staging Advocate Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist

Serving You Safely with Over $65 Million SOLD so far in 2020

Direct: 705 644 9283 (cell/text) TeesRus@Muskoka.com www.MuskokaCottageForSale.ca

April Drane, SALES REPRESENTATIVE, CSA Certified Staging Advocate Since moving from Toronto to Gravenhurst in 2004, April has developed solid local connections while maintaining her urban roots. Transitioning from a successful career as a interior decorator/home stager into Real Estate Sales in 2010, she wins trust from clients with her discreet, knowledgeable and creative style. A positive approach keeps her focused on her client’s needs as she delivers successful real estate transactions in a challenging marketplace. April represents Chestnut Park’s local Gravenhurst office at 181 Bay Street. 705 684 9087. Your Gateway to Muskoka Realtor Director’s Award Winner, 2019 Office: 705 684 9087 | Direct: 416 617 3733 aprilgadsbydrane@sympatico.ca // MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS // HALIBURTON //

Robert Ramsdale, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Robert’s rural roots shine through for his clients, balanced by decades immersed in urban markets. Drawn back to the Haliburton & Muskoka lifestyle, he is keenly attuned to the balance between city and cottage needs and where to find the ideal mix for your full or part-time retreat. Robert’s decades of in depth professional service in construction, inspection, and technology work pairs perfectly with his enthusiastic ability to listen, relate, and negotiate for you.This exclusive combination provides the confidence to make informed decisions for successful outcomes every time. Ready. Aim. Move.

robert@ramsdale.ca Direct: 705 455 2004

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// MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS // HUNTSVILLE // L AKE OF BAYS // ALMAGUIN //

KIM O’GRADY BROKER

Having moved from the GTA over 20 years ago, to the Muskoka area, I get the need for a change of pace! My decision to move was completely fueled by a desire for a certain type of lifestyle. To create a life I love surrounded by nature and community. Working alongside like-minded people who also want this change in lifestyle, is what I love to do. Whether it’s a cottage or fulltime home you’re searching for, I appreciate the time and effort it takes to help you feel at ease with your decision. Understanding that everyone has different “must haves,” there is something that everyone has in common: the need for confidence in your decision and one that you feel good about. I can help you with that. Let’s get you here!

Kim O’Grady, BROKER Direct: 705 788 4894 kim@kim-ogrady.com www.kim-ogrady.com

TERESA DAFOE, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Teresa has always placed the highest value on striving for excellence in her professional commitments. She achieves success through valuing hard work, organization and a commitment to honesty and integrity. Her enthusiasm and professionalism are manifested in every aspect of her client’s real estate transaction. Understanding her client’s desires and needs as well as building relationships is an integral component of her business. Her personable nature and warm demeanor will guide you through your real estate transaction with confidence and ease. info@teresadafoe.ca Direct: 705 380 0295

Susan Brown, B.A., MVA, SRES , BROKER ®

“We are grateful to you for all your help and support throughout this process. You were always there when we had questions or concerns and had the answers for us. Selling a family cottage is stressful at the best of times and Covid-19 made the process much more challenging” – Corinne & Don Specializing in the Huntsville and Lake of Bays area in Muskoka. Direct: 705 788 4176 susanbrown@vianet.ca | www.lakeofbayscottages.com

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// OUR CHESTNUT PARK OFFICE LOCATIONS //

Toronto

Muskoka // Port Carling

1300 Yonge Street, Suite 100

110 Medora Street

Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X3

Port Carling, Ontario P0B 1J0

T: 416 925 9191 E: homes@chestnutpark.com

T: 705 765 6878 E: cottages@chestnutpark.com

Forest Hill

Muskoka // Foot’s Bay

446 Spadina Road

1039 McDonald Road (RR1 Mactierpoc 180)

Toronto, Ontario M5P 2W4

Foot’s Bay, Ontario P0C 1H0

T: 647 347 8500 E: luxury@chestnutpark.com

T: 705.375.9191 E: footsbay@chestnutpark.com

Collingwood // Southern Georgian Bay 393 First Street, Suite 100

Huntsville // Lake of Bays (Florence St.)

Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 1B3

32 Florence Street East

T: 705 445 5454 E: collingwood@chestnutpark.com

Huntsville, Ontario P1H 1P8 T: 705 789 1001 E: huntsville@chestnutpark.com

Owen Sound // Grey Bruce 957 4th Avenue East, Suite 200

Huntsville // Lake of Bays // Almaguin (Main St.)

Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2N9

59 Main Street East, Unit 2, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 2B8,

T: 519 371 5455 E: owensound@chestnutpark.com

O: 705 789 1001 Toll-free: 877 789 1003 E: huntsville@chestnutpark.com

Wiarton // Grey Bruce

Gravenhurst

551 Berford Street

181 Bay Street

Wiarton, Ontario N0H 2T0

Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1X2

T: 519 534 5757 E: wiarton@chestnutpark.com

T: 705 684 9087 E: gravenhurst@chestnutpark.com

Prince Edward County // Picton

Barrie / Orillia T: 705 445 5454

43 Main Street East

E: barrie@chestnutpark.com

Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0 T: 613 471 1708 E: princeedwardcounty@chestnutpark.com

Erin // Caledon // Mono // King

Haliburton

15425 Creditview Road

4490 Kennisis Lake Road

Caledon, Ontario L7C 3G8

Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1S0

T: 519 833 0888 E: country@chestnutpark.com

T: 705 754 0880 E: haliburton@chestnutpark.com

Northumberland County

Peterborough // The Kawarthas

46 Pine Street South

135 Queen Street, Unit 3, P.O. Box 1293

Port Hope, Ontario L1A 3E9

Lakefield, Ontario K0L 2H0

T: 905 800 0321 E: northumberland@chestnutpark.com

T: 705 652 5000 E: peterborough@chestnutpark.com

Lake Simcoe // North of Markham T: 289 338 0767

Stratford // Huron-Perth

E: lakesimcoe@chestnutpark.com

64 Hillcrest Drive

Unionville // North of Markham

Stratford, Ontario N5A 5J1

T: 905 479 8989

T: 289 338 0767 E: stratford@chestnutpark.com

E: unionville@chestnutpark.com

1000 Islands

Aurora

T: 416 925 9191

T: 416 925 9191

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E: homes@chestnutpark.com

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Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage Presents

THE ART OF INVESTING With Christie’s Auction House and BMO Capital Markets

DECEMBER 9TH, 2020 AT 5:30 PM OUR HOMES HAVE BECOME A HAVEN AND A RESILIENT INVESTMENT. We’ll be exploring the two things that make a home valuable – its art and the economy. Join us for a dynamic conversation about trends in both with experts from Christie’s Auction House and BMO Capital Markets. Our panel of experts include:

Kathryn Widing

Specialist – Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Auction House, New York

Sal Guatieri

Senior Economist and Director at BMO Capital Markets

RSVP www.chestnutpark.com/artofinvesting