Chestnut Park's Summer issue of Invest in Style

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VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 3 | SUMMER 2020

Sinai Health is Shaping a Seamless System of Care: Emergency Physician Dr. Howard Ovens INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Why the TTC is Too Big to Fail | The Call of the Wild: Daycations | Craigleith Provincial Park a Picture Perfect Getaway | Bonnie View Inn a Landmark Resort in the Haliburton Highlands Luxury Listings | Industry Experts | Featured Articles


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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT REAL ESTATE CONFIDENTIAL

4 Pandemic Predictions That Didn’t Pan Out and Why

TORONTO LIVING How Chestnut Park has Adapted Through COVID-19

TORONTO LIVING

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The Annex

MUST HAVES (FOR SUMMER) Hilltop Interiors

TORONTO LIVING Why the TTC is Too Big to Fail

TRAVEL & TOURISM The Call of the Wild: Daycations

FOOD & DRINK Ontario Garlic Farmers Deliver

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ART & DESIGN

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PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTIES P. 41 Toronto

In Conversation with Art Dealer and Gallerist Barbara Edwards

MUSKOKA LIVING P. 45 Portfolio of Exceptional Properties Muskoka

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Huntsville // Lake of Bays P. 53 Muskoka Jewellery Draws from the Region’s Culture and Landscape P.60 Muskoka’s Brewery Scene the Inside Scoop P.62 Clarion Re-imagines the Classic Wooden Boat P.66 Muskoka’s Galleries Draw Inspiration from their Surroundings

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SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY // GREY // BRUCE LIVING P. 68 Portfolio of Exceptional Properties Southern Georgian Bay // Grey // Bruce

P. 72 Craigleith Provincial Park: A picture perfect getaway

P. 75 Hibou Conservation Area HALIBURTON LIVING P. 78 Bonnie View Inn:

A landmark resort in the Haliburton Highlands

P. 82 A Taste of Haliburton:

The Haliburton County farmers’ market

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NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY LIVING P. 84 Portfolio of Exceptional Properties

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PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY LIVING P. 90 Past Forward in Picton

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THE 1000 ISLADS LIVING P. 93 Portfolio of Exceptional Properties

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Northumberland County

P. 86 The Pleasures of Presqu’ile

CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL

Chestnut Park’s Global Partner

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LUXURY DEFINED Sustainable Architecture: Meet the high-rise farm

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A PEEK AT LUXURY LIVING AROUND THE WORLD

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MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS

VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 3 | SUMMER 2020

Sinai Health is Shaping a Seamless System of Care: Emergency Physician Dr. Howard Ovens INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Why the TTC is Too Big to Fail | The Call of the Wild: Daycations | Craigleith Provincial Park A Picture Perfect Getaway | Bonnie View Inn a Landmark Resort in The Haliburton Highlands Luxury Listings | Industry Experts | Featured Articles

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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.

Southern Georgian Bay // Grey // Bruce Living Craigleith Provincial Park A picture perfect getaway

Art & Design: In Conversation with Art Dealer and Gallerist Barbara Edwards

Health & Wellness: Sinai Health: Shaping a Seamless System of Care In Conversation with Dr. Howard Ovens

Prince Edward County Living: Past Forward in Picton

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elcome to our first all-digital issue of Invest in Style. By creating a digital-only issue, we’ve been able to provide you with an amazing number of captivating, thought-provoking and, we think, socially responsible articles and stories.

The best part of an online issue is that you can click on the links provided to take you directly to the websites of the people and businesses we write about, as well as the homes and properties our Chestnut Park Realtors represent. You’re one click away from

seeing full listing details, more photos, and in many cases, a 3-D tour inside a beautiful home. We hope you will enjoy engaging with the work we are proud to do. Our lead story features Dr. Howard Ovens, Emergency Physician and Chief Medical Strategy Officer at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Ovens was in charge of the emergency department of the hospital 17 years ago when Toronto was confronted by the challenge of SARS, so he is well-equipped to meet the challenges generated by the coronavirus. But this is not another COVID-19 story. This is a story about an extraordinary man, a

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Muskoka Living: Clarion Re-imagines the Classic Wooden Boat

physician who is creating a much broader vision for Mount Sinai Hospital and our health care system. This digital issue of Invest in Style is also full of stories about community, design, cultural events, places to visit, art and craftsmanship. The images of Clarion Boats’ “The Twenty” will make you want to get behind the wheel of this elegant watercraft, with roots in the past yet built with innovative modern technology. 1925Workbench, a Toronto husband-and-wife team, design and make custom doors that transform spaces. Other stories in this online issue investigate food, from local farmers’ markets and how to get fresh Ontario garlic shipped to your door, to high-rise farms of the future. We have suggestions for you for local daycations including bike trips through wine country, and historic sites located in some of Ontario’s most scenic landscapes. Like you, we are dreaming of a less troubled and restricted world that we will hopefully enjoy in the not too distant future. We hope you enjoy this special online issue of Invest in Style as much as we had fun creating it.

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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).

4 Pandemic Predictions That Didn’t Pan Out and Why

Apart from the obligatory “how are you?”, the most popular question asked of me during the various stages of the world’s response to COVID-19 was, “is it a good time to buy?” Combing through various economic reports and reviewing sale volume, months of inventory, and sale price data did little to help answer the question. For example, headlines predicted dramatic price drops in Canadian cities, especially Toronto and the luxury market. In fact, according to the data we now have, almost all cities in Ontario showed price acceleration, not deceleration, including secondary markets such as Hamilton. What follows is a list of other real estate predictions that I got wrong, despite the fact that these predictions logically follow an economic meltdown.

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GTA New Home Sales By Region JAN-MAY 2019: UNITS SOLD 873 JAN-MAY 2020: UNITS SOLD 1,317

JAN-MAY 2019: UNITS SOLD 4,430 JAN-MAY 2020: UNITS SOLD 4,628

JAN-MAY 2019: UNITS SOLD 2,941 JAN-MAY 2020: UNITS SOLD 2,118

JAN-MAY 2019: UNITS SOLD 3,571 JAN-MAY 2020: UNITS SOLD 3,310

JAN-MAY 2019: UNITS SOLD 4,430 JAN-MAY 2020: UNITS SOLD 4,628

COVID-19 may have had an impact on April-May, but YTD volumes are still on pace with 2019. Source Altus Group.

2. Canadians will stop taking on debt Despite historic losses in jobs and a tumultuous political climate, mortgage credit grew during the COVID-19 lockdown. I was surprised as I’d anticipated a snap away from all spending, especially big purchases like a home. Yet, as we now know, people continued to buy homes and take on mortgages. Having said that, all the strong mortgage growth during this period did not reflect an appetite for more real estate. Rather, the growth was a reflection of stronger housing activity earlier in the year, as there is a lag between the date an agreement is signed and when a mortgage is actually issued (i.e., the closing date) and the deferral payments. The mortgage deferral option added to the dollar amount of mortgages held by banks, making it appear as if people are taking out new mortgages when, in fact, they were just not paying existing ones. In other words, mortgage credit grew because people stopped paying their mortgages which added to the mortgage value on the banks’ balance sheet. However, such debt deferrals didn’t mean that Canadians continued to spend. Rather, reduced Canadian household debt related to conspicuous consumption such as shoes and vacations meant Canadians are taking a break – whether it be voluntarily or not – from spending. >

1. Toronto will, finally, become affordable Unfortunately for many buyers looking for a home in Toronto, a meltdown didn’t happen. The lack of affordable product and the fact that the number of listings tightened more than the number of buyers is the culprit behind the amazingly buoyant Toronto market. The pool of buyers didn’t dry up, as I initially believed would happen, as the massive job losses witnessed in April and May were inflicted upon those who are typically renters outside of the Toronto core. As such, demand didn’t dry up. What we saw, instead, was a brief pause – a calm before the storm of buyers. This massive descent of buyers onto the real estate market is what caused any home around the $1.25 million mark to disappear as soon as it was listed. However, market conditions didn’t lift because, unlike traditional recessions where there’s a flood of listings and few buyers, we saw the opposite – few wanted to sell as this asset retained its value unlike the equity markets. I believed that cities faced another major obstacle: a change in what we prioritize (i.e., proximity and convenience over price point and large backyards) coupled with the ability to work from anywhere. I predicted that the advantages of close quarters and proximity to work and groceries would become perceived disadvantages and people would flee what they thought of as the virus-ridden city, to greener pastures. Not so. It appears that we haven’t forsaken life in a vibrant city that offers both convenience and community and that working from home hasn’t convinced all buyers to move where one can’t hear their neighbour on yet another Zoom call.

Living in the city may finally be an option for first time home buyers.

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LESS SHOCK TOWARDS INDUSTRIES WITH HIGHER WAGES 20 15 10 5 0 -5 -10 -15 -20

AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS

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Wholesale/ Retail

Construction

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Natural Resources

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Begins March 2020 for Canada (when COVID-19-related safety measures began). Source: Statistics Canada, TRREB Analysis and Industry Groupings.

3. Goodbye luxury real estate Luxury properties tend to sit longer on the market because they have fewer buyers. Such properties were especially exposed to the uncertainty that came along with COVID-19 as luxury buyers, unlike the average buyer, aren’t as motivated by price drops to dive into a buying frenzy. This is why many luxury brands simply never put their products on sale. The same goes with luxury real estate - the “brand” of the street, and not the price, is what motivates luxury

As the equities market soared again in April and May, many luxury buyers liquidated their positions, nixed their vacation plans then turned their sights north. Muskoka’s prices for lakeside vacation properties soared to new heights. This surge in vacation property prices, to be sure, is not motivated by a change in taste for country living over city living. Rather, the luxury vacation property price boom was lit by Canadian luxury buyers turning to Canada rather than Provence for a breather from the hustle and bustle of the big city, as evidenced by the fact that residential non-vacation properties for the Lakelands didn’t see similar demand. In other words, luxury real estate is not down and out – rather it’s up and on a lake.

4. We’ll be out of the woods come September I’m hopeful that we’ll emerge from this economic crisis like we emerged from the meltdown in 2008 – resilient and barely noticing the economic chaos around us. However, my initial vision that all would “get back to normal” following the lockdown is blurred by several obstacles. The most obvious concern is the threat of a second COVID-19 wave as a lockdown and another economic pause could be devastating. This likely occurrence means that September may not be the end point, but rather the beginning of another challenge.

Luxury properties tend to sit longer on the market because they have fewer buyers.

buyers to buy. Since discounts, then, don’t affect the behaviour of luxury buyers nearly as much as they affect the average buyer, fewer buyers in the luxury space went house hunting during the

Another concern that I share with many economic pundits is the ramifications of mortgage deferrals and the end of government support. Will Canadians be able to pay their mortgages? Historically, yes, as Canadians have a strong record of prioritizing debt repayment especially when it comes to their homes. However, we are in a new era and economic history doesn’t seem to be repeating itself. Finally, immigration has declined and the lack of international students coming to study in Ontario may affect Toronto, Waterloo, Kitchener and Hamilton’s student-housingdependent market, thereby stimulating a correction as indebted investors abandon their sinking real estate ships.

lockdown, causing luxury properties to sit on the market longer. I suspect that fears about the February drop in the equities market is also what held back luxury buyers; liquidating their positions during an equities downturn is not a smart idea. As such, luxury sales in the real estate market did stall…but for only a month, if that.

While these obstacles loom, I’m reluctant to make any predictions as to whether or not these obstacles are insurmountable or if it is a good time to buy, as the only thing that is clear is that pandemic economics are far from predictable.

Source: 1. https://www.scotiabank.com/content/dam/scotiabank/sub-brands/scotiabank-economics/english/documents/scotia-flash/scotiaflash20200629.pdf 2. Canadian Home Sales (May): Housing News Flash, HOUSING, June 15, 2020, Marc Desormeaux 8

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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.

Sinai Health:

Shaping a seamless system of care

In Conversation with Dr. Howard Ovens, Emergency Physician and Chief Medical Strategy Officer, Sinai Health System PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SINAI HEALTH FOUNDATION

Dr. Howard Ovens greets me with an elbow bump as I enter his office in early March. The COVID-19 crisis is just beginning in Ontario and social distancing has not yet begun. As Chief of the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital during the time of SARS, 17 years ago, Dr. Ovens is not unfamiliar with all that is to come.

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The challenge will be to slow community transmission,” he says, speaking about what we now know to be ‘flattening the curve.’ “The last thing we want is to overwhelm our emergency rooms, especially since there will be the normal visits to the Emergency Department [ED] for other medical emergencies. Amidst the virus it will still have to be business as usual.” That business has been Howard Ovens’ life work. He has been an emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital since 1982, 30 of those years spent as chief of the department. For the past 11 years he has been Ontario Expert Lead for Emergency Medicine and holds the rank of Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. In April 2017, Ovens was appointed Chief Medical Strategy Officer for the Sinai Health System, a role created for him with the mandate of expanding the vision of Sinai Health as a seamless system for patient experience.

If I am not on the front lines, I can’t be doing this work. —Dr. Howard Ovens

“The vision of Sinai Health is to unite different parts of the healthcare system. The system tends to work in silos. We are trying to change that,” Dr. Ovens tells me. Nowhere has that seamlessness been achieved more effectively than through the alliance with Bridgepoint Active Healthcare - a world class rehabilitation and complex care facility. Through their amalgamation in 2015, patient care was dramatically improved as patients could now be transferred there, sometimes without even being admitted to hospital. “Normally we can get beds quickly,” says Ovens, “and have achieved efficiencies in moving people who don’t require acute care because we are part of one organization.” Ovens is currently working as co-leader with Sinai’s Chief of Family Medicine, David Tannenbaum, to assess what community family doctors require to ensure continued seamless care between Mount Sinai, Bridgepoint, and home. Ovens says that it is this kind of communication that is at the root of seamless care. Communication that can be improved through technology and innovation. “I personally wanted to see us support innovation through information technology. Many of our doctors have developed apps that work to help patient care and we work with them to bring their ideas to life.” One such app was developed by Dr. Erin Kennedy, a colorectal surgeon who believed her patients could go home sooner and recover in their own environment by uploading information onto the app that would then be assessed by a designated doctor at the hospital. Another app allows ED doctors to better assess tremors in a patient experiencing alcohol withdrawal, one of the most common presentations in the ED. In another area of the hospital, communication is a little more hands-on, as seen in Mount Sinai’s flagship Women’s and Infants’ Program. “We have more than 7000 births a year at our hospital,” says Ovens, “and 60% of those births are high risk 10

pregnancies. Our neo-natal intensive care unit is the largest and highest acuity ICU in Canada.” The neo-natal program is a world leader in their Family Integrated Care Program that teaches parents to administer care to their babies as much as possible within 24 hours of delivery. The result is better bonding, earlier discharge, and better outcomes for families. To help Ovens in his initiatives, Sinai has created a quality improvement committee comprised of doctors who have taken advanced training in the area of studying, assessing and evaluating needs of the hospital. It is their job to collaborate, to share ideas and to mentor others, all with an eye to improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care at the hospital. “Quality improvement or implementation science is a growing area in medical knowledge and education,” says Ovens. “It simply comes down to offering the best patient care.” That patient care, and business as usual, has been anything but usual of late. Just weeks after we first met, Ovens was asked to join the Ontario Health Response Table, and found himself out of the ED and instead working seven days a week on the COVID-19 pandemic response. “We prepared and prepared for the tsunami of cases that was possible in our EDs,” says Ovens, “and while we certainly had a lot of cases and a lot of tragedy, we managed it well.”

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Mount Sinai is in the midst of one of the most ambitious reconstruction campaigns in Ontario hospital history. “The physical building was built in 1973,” says Ovens, “and is in need of a major refresh.” Through the support of their $150,000,000 capital campaign to complete the renovations over the next seven years, the hospital has already built several new labs and will, upon completion of the work, have a new emergency department, new operating rooms, a new intensive care unit, and a new kitchen. While the hospital is completing this work, they are doing so at the same time as they are maintaining full clinical care, and now through COVID-19. To that end, funds are also being collected to aid in the fight against coronavirus, supplying patients with extras such as iPads to keep in contact with loved ones, as well as supplying front line workers with the proper equipment and support they need to uphold the high standard of care, and morale.

Mount Sinai, the main hospital of the Sinai Health System, in the middle of the busy downtown core.

Ovens says that it helped that the virus came late to Ontario, and that we were able to learn from other places that were overwhelmed with cases. “Our actions worked,” he says, citing a combination of social distancing and the closing of our businesses and schools, along with hospital preparedness and the availability of dedicated medical staff as positive forces in the battle. “The EDs are also operating at lower than usual capacity,” says Ovens, although he points out that is not always a good thing. “Ambulance arrivals and hospital admissions are almost the same,” he says, “so we know that the most ill are still coming for medical attention, but we also heard stories of people delaying other issues. That is not a good thing and we want everyone to know that visiting our emergency departments is safe. If you need intervention for an urgent medical problem, it is best not to put things off.”

Good advice, especially given the chance that COVID-19 will make a resurgence. “Yes, a second wave is coming,” says Ovens, “but exactly when it will be and how bad it will be remains to be seen.” He says that continued vigilance and getting a seasonal flu shot will be critical this year so medical personnel can know quickly who has the flu and who might have COVID-19. In the meantime, as cases are being managed and as he turns his sights to his continued mandate, Dr. Ovens is back for shifts in the ED. “If I am not on the front lines, I can’t be doing this work.” Business as usual. Learn more about COVID-19 response from Dr. Howard Ovens through sinaipodcasts.ca or his blog, “Waiting to be Seen”

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How Chestnut Park Has Adapted Through COVID-19 BY KAREN ESPINOLA

COVID-19 created exceptional challenges for our friends, families, communities and businesses. The Chestnut Park team came together to mitigate these challenges for our agents and staff to continue to best serve our clients.

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e felt it was important to equip our sales representatives with up to date information as it was made available by the city. Twice weekly, our management team held online virtual town hall meetings for all of our agents across Ontario in order to maintain streamlined communication about changes in the real estate industry, government guidelines, and address concerns in an effective and timely manner. We also held three meetings weekly with our agents to discuss in detail their challenges and brainstormed solutions to better support their clients, communicated new information and ways to stay connected and provide their clients with up to date information. Our administrative team seamlessly transitioned with the changes in the market. Our administrative and management team, though virtual, were available to our agents and clients at all times, in order to guide them through these unprecedented times. Our offices remained open to uphold our quality services and provide additional resources for agents as everything transitioned online while maintaining safe office conditions for our staff and clients. Our marketing team created a resource hub for agents to learn additional online methods, as well as our management team coordinating and hosting several webinars to support their needs. On Friday, May 22nd, we hosted the Real Estate Reset Webinar in collaboration with Peerage Capital to discuss the current market with a panel of real estate experts. In addition to putting on our own webinars, we also sourced and made available an extremely large database of webinars, on COVID-19 related topics, moving business virtually, new tools, state of the economy; to equip our agents with the information and tools to manage the ever-changing real estate industry.

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Chestnut Parks hosted the Real Estate Reset Webinar in collaboration with Peerage Capital to discuss the current market with a panel of Real Estate experts.

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With strict guidelines enforced in regards to in-person showings, we resourced and implemented and also partnered with numerous technological platforms to equip our agents with the tools to efficiently and safely market our clients’ listings or sell to our clients including MoveSnap, ImageMaker360, Hanley Mortgage Group, Outline Financial, and Property Pandas. When it was safe to show properties, we implemented and continue to have strict protocols and procedures that our agents follow to ensure our clients and the community remain safe. We sourced PPE equipment and created PPE showing kits that were distributed to all our offices and agents to be used at all showings to ensure our agents, clients and community were safe when viewing our properties. At Chestnut Park, we equipped all our offices through Southern Ontario with protective screens at reception and in high traffic areas, supplied the offices with hand sanitizers and implemented strict protocols to ensure that we meet the important safety protocols that will keep our agents, staff, clients and community safe.

Our floral display at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, care of Feel Good Flowers TO.

Community Outreach COVID-19 has posed many challenges to the healthcare community, and we pursued charitable opportunities to give back to the frontline workers who have spent their days dedicated to ensuring everyone’s safety throughout the pandemic. We were able to donate 1100 N95 masks to Humber River Hospital, as well as make financial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospital Give, Share and Care Campaign, Hospice Prince Edward County Virtual Hike, South Muskoka Hospital Foundation and Feel Good Flowers TO.

In June we started the Chestnut Park COVID-19 Emergency Fund charity campaign in support of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation. The SMHF receives no funding from the Government of Ontario to purchase new equipment, and our campaign donations will go directly to necessary life-saving equipment. Our campaign kicked off with a Virtual Fitness Class run by Ashley of Tri-Lakes Training. At the time of writing this article, we have doubled our campaign goal in support of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, where our agents, staff, and community were able to raise over $30,000 in conjunction with matched donations from Chestnut Park and Peerage Capital. $10,000 was raised by the public, matched by Chestnut Park & Peerage Capital. If you would like to donate, Click here. Every donation will still receive access to the virtual fitness class that was hosted by Tri Lakes Training on May 28th. Our agents found ways to support their local communities individually and we compiled those efforts and shared them on our blog. Our Picton agents collected funds and contributed to their local food bank.

Chris Kapches President & CEO of Chestnut Park and Gavin Swartzman Senior Partner, Peerage Capital & CEO, Peerage Realty Partners Inc. Show their support to South Muskoka Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $20,000.

The South Muskoka Memorial Hospital has one of the busiest EDs in cottage country, seeing more than 20,000 patients a year. Everything from cardiac crash carts at $5,000 each to mental health safe rooms are needed.

Invest In Style We created a promotional campaign to support many of the local businesses that have contributed to our Invest In Style magazine to highlight how their efforts have changed during the pandemic. We will also continue to partner with many small local businesses in all our trading areas to promote their services and products in our Invest in Style magazine.

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The Annex PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR NULLMEYER

The Annex, one of Toronto’s most walkable and safe central neighbourhoods, is officially bounded by Avenue Road on the east and Bathurst Street to the west, the railway line along Dupont Street to the north, and vibrant Bloor Street to the south, with its diverse mix of retail, restaurants and cultural venues.

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riginally considered part of Yorkville, the area was “annexed” by the City of Toronto and subdivided in the late 1800s. The mostly Victorian and Edwardian mansion-style detached houses here were home to the upper middle class of the early to mid 20th century. Some of these houses were later divided into rooms and apartments for returning vets and newcomers,

although many have since been restored. The University of Toronto’s beautiful downtown St. George campus, bordering Bloor Street to the south, now attracts to the neighbourhood a younger student population, as well as faculty. Internationally renowned writers, artists, scientists and musicians have made the Annex home. In the 1960s and ‘70s, beloved urban scholar, activist and long-time Annex resident Jane Jacobs was a vociferous opponent of the proposed Spadina Expressway which, had it been successful, would have cut through the centre of this largely residential, tree-lined neighbourhood. The Annex is home to the Bloor Street Culture Corridor, “Toronto’s most diverse arts and culture district.” This includes the architecturally stunning Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada’s most visited museum, the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (a legacy project dedicated to the intellectual and cultural experience of people of African and Caribbean ancestry), and many more yearround cultural events and spaces. To the east of the ROM, the Annex leads into the neighbourhood of Yorkville, Canada’s most fashionable shopping district. A “walker’s paradise,” the Annex boasts a Walk Score of 92. And while you don’t need a car for everyday errands, the Annex’s public transit score is a whopping 96. Five subway stations and numerous streetcar lines serve the neighbourhood well. The streetcar at Spadina station is minutes from the multicultural Kensington Market, and Chinatown (both of which are also within walking distance of the Annex), and downtown’s Union Station transit hub. The Annex is a particularly bike friendly neighbourhood, with numerous Bike Share Toronto stations, and bicycle rental shops. Busy Bloor Street has dedicated bicycle lanes. Urban parks, with play structures and art sculptures, are built into corners or tucked away, some as tiny, green-space parkettes. Redesigned and newly refurbished in 2012, Jean Sibelius Square Park includes a playground, field house, playing field, pathways and central plaza. For dog lovers, there are two off-leash dog parks adjacent to the Annex.

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Visit The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) one of the largest museums in North America and the largest in Canada.

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A number of excellent public and private schools serve the Annex, including Huron Street Junior Public School, Jesse Ketchum Junior and Senior Public School, Royal St. George’s College and University of Toronto Schools (both private), the Waldorf Academy, Howlett Academy, and a handful of others including alternative programs and language schools. New to the neighbourhood is the iconic and award-winning Summerhill Market, an independent grocery store and catering service. Its Bathurst Street location includes their own kitchenmade soups and preserves, as well as an impressive assortment of fresh meals-to-go. At the southwest border of the Annex, around the intersection of Bathurst and Bloor, Toronto’s black community was once served by a local newspaper, Contrast (1969 to 1986), founded by Al Hamilton. The weekly publication, where black journalists honed their skills, aimed to serve black Canadians of all backgrounds, in Toronto and across the country. Austin Clarke was one of the paper’s managing editors many years before he became a Giller prize-winning novelist. While the westernmost boundary of the Annex officially ends at Bathurst, even the City of Toronto recognizes that the area west of Bathurst, known as Seaton Village, is considered to be “the west Annex.” Compared to the Annex proper’s elegant and stately residential character, the west Annex has a young family, eclectic, urban vibe.

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This area, bounded by Christie Street on the west, is home to smaller and more semi-detached houses, as well as many parks, a community pool and, along Bloor Street, the shops and restaurants of Koreatown. A favourite Toronto grocery store, Fiesta Farms, is located on Christie Street, just north of the 22acre Christie Pits Park. Dupont Street, the northern border of the Annex, has seen extensive changes in the past couple of decades. Once an industrial strip, now Dupont is home to artisanal, owner-operated food storefronts (like Nancy’s Cheese, and Stubbe Chocolates), boutique retail shops (like Peaks and Rafters), pubs and cafés (like The Pour House, and Ezra’s Pound), bistros (like Nord Bistro), restaurants (including Chef Anthony Rose’s Fat Pasha and Schmaltz) and, further west, art galleries. New to Dupont Street are the boutique Bianca condos, just west of Spadina. Nearing completion in 2021, these Annex-facing luxury suites with stepped terraces will offer views of one of the city’s most delightful, centrally located neighbourhoods.

ways of operating and will continue to prioritize the health and safety of its guests.

ter feature located at Taddle Creek Park.

In 1910, University of Toronto Schools opened its doors to students for the first time.

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Muestra Dining Chair Twiggy Natural Woven Wool/ Jute Rug

Naturally coloured jute striped with ivory wool brings beautiful integrity and its pebbled texture is rugged enough for any high traffic area.

Kali Woven Jute Rug

Large ivory latticework pattern emerges from the relaxed natural jute kilim weave foundation with a punctuating charcoal dot at the interstices. This simple flatwoven jute area rug is eco-friendly, ultra durable and great for any indoor room.

Modern curves redefine classic wishbone seating. Vintage white all-weather wicker is woven for a dose of fresh texture against a neutral frame of natural teak.

Silas Table Lamp

Darwin Sofa

A classic interpretation of the European-inspired slope arm sofa. Made for living, its beautiful lines complement the casual living room or tailored family room.

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School of Fish Glassware Collection

Every now and again we all swim against the current. With School of Fish Collection from Rolf Glass you can embrace the rebel inside you. This diamond-wheel engraved & brilliantly polished glassware artfully depicts a school of fish swimming together, save for one little guy, headed the opposite direction.

ED Taupe Stripe Dinner Set

A contemporary ED Ellen DeGeneres crafted by Royal Doulton tableware collection. This ivory-coloured ceramic 16-piece set includes four dinner places, four salad plates, four bowls, and four mugs. Each piece features the textured taupe stripe design in a wide band and provides all the elements needed for casual entertaining at home.

Novella Chandelier

The Novella Chandelier showcases timeless craftsmanship and a creative use of materials. Recycled glass, which takes on a sheen when light strikes it, was used to create the bobeches and disks that adorn the black chandelier. The wrought iron frame in a Mayfair finish has an anchoring effect.

Hemani Round Mirror

The decorative hand forged and hand hammered metal frame has an antiqued gold leaf finish with burnished edges and a light gray wash. Mirror has a generous 1 1/4� bevel.

Robertson Dresser

An updated blend of casual and contemporary, with its mirrored accents and bronze diamond hardware. This dresser is layered with a geometric argyle pattern and finished in a distressed French white, making it the perfect accent piece in any home.

Ophelia Leather Chair

Elevate any room with a sleek silhouette. Low-slung seating of camel-coloured top-grain leather with tufting for texture. Precisely angled iron framing features a single back rail of toasted oak for an intriguing finishing touch.

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Why the TTC Is Too Big to Fail BY NATALKA FALCOMER

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the major conduit for providing commuter convenience. It is also the embodiment of Toronto’s values: a place where people from all walks of life gather to descend upon the city’s eclectic streets, explore some of the world’s best restaurants, work in some of the world’s most imposing towers and live in the world’s most varied neighbourhoods. But COVID-19 has hurt and continues to threaten this bastion of Toronto’s values, not to mention the mobility, convenience and environmental consciousness that comes with a robust public transit system.

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hen COVID-19 struck, the city continued to run the TTC. It had to. Many Torontonians, especially the elderly and those who are economically stressed or have mobility issues, rely upon public transit to get to work, to access food and healthcare and to care

for sick or elderly family and friends. Despite the strong need for the TTC, the restrictions needed to ensure social distancing and the concern we felt for our health resulted in a decline in ridership by 86%. This decline equalled $20 million per week in lost revenue, making the service cost prohibitive. The logical solutions that any private business would employ to avoid bankruptcy would be to cut service and hike up fares. These solutions are a non-starter for public service providers because doing so would hurt the very people who need it most – the poor and elderly who cannot afford a car, who don’t live close to subway lines and/or who cannot afford expensive ride share services that require a smartphone. In fact, a recent study conducted by the University of Toronto concluded that a reduction in TTC services would negatively affect the most marginalized of our population, not to mention other studies which prove a variety of other financial and environmental benefits derived from maintaining a robust public transit system: properties close to high-frequency transit are 42% more valuable which reaps greater tax revenues for cities; public transit reduces 865,000,000 hours of travel time and reduces the use of 450,000,000 gallons of gas; and taking public transit reduces exposure to noxious fumes.

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To encourage ridership, the TTC is handing out free Presto cards this summer. But this, according to a University of Toronto study, will not encourage the return of old TTC riding habits. Rather, the solution is more expensive and more difficult to manage - personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks and gloves, for all commuters and enforcing strict limits on riders per vehicle. Another misguided solution would be to partner with or simply force Torontonians to rely upon privately run companies such as Lyft, Uber and Uber Pool, to fill in the gaps of the public system. Just ask Ford Motor Company why this wouldn’t work. Ford invested in the now defunct Chariot, an app-based shuttle service that intended to fill in the gaps of the public transit system, only to learn that one simply cannot make a profit providing service to places that public transit does (i.e., low ridership areas) and competing with other options such as walking, driving or cycling. As such, private companies may start with good intentions, but will likely end with pulling unprofitable routes and hiking fares, leaving riders in the lurch. Private partnerships with companies that have ubiquitous reach, such as Uber, are also precarious because they’re not stable. Uber, for example, faces various politicallegal issues, and it continues to burn through millions without making a profit. It’s clear the TTC faces a crippling paradox – it cannot afford to function as it has and it cannot afford to not function as it has – with no credible solution. Given the complexity of creating a viable transit system that is accessible both physically and financially, I have very little by way of viable solutions except for an appeal to our federal government to provide public transit riders with PPE and to fill in the financial losses of our public transit systems until the world has shaken off this virus. If we let public transit fail, we will also fail our biggest cities– which is risky given that our cities kick off significant tax revenue due to their comparatively higher real estate values and because heavy-hitting companies that sell to and employ Canadians, establish themselves in major cities. The TTC is simply too big to fail.

Sources: www.uttri.utoronto.ca Report on the public transit www.smartcitiesdive.com Top 10 benefits public transportation www.healthline.com Why public transit is better than driving

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Cultural Events…Online

“Postponed!” “Cancelled!” “Regrettably, not this year… Check back.” Ontario is currently managing the beginning of Stage 3 reopening, but cultural events and venues that normally attract crowds of 100s or 1,000s are, understandably, off limits. We’re still getting used to the sidewalk sidestep, the new polite, never mind squeezing bodies into tents, theatres or stadiums.

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he arts community has been hit hard, economically, by our need to keep a physical distance from one another. The great joy of festivals and concerts is that feeling of community, of being in the same space at the same time and experiencing the same range of emotions with so many others. But the

decision to go online, where possible, seemed the only reasonable alternative for many arts organizations. While we’ll miss that en masse

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joie de vivre, we can organize our own watch parties through online platforms, or watch at home, or in the backyard, with family and friends in our ‘safe circles.’ Who likes anyone sitting too close to their popcorn, anyway? Shakespeare on demand! The Stratford Festival, going strong since 1953, is North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company. They provide livestream and on-demand plays for us this summer:

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Major art galleries and museums around the world are in contact with each other about the safest and best ways to re-open their exhibits to the public. To date, many remain closed to in-person visitors, but their creative staff have thought of ways to keep patrons and guests engaged. The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), re-opened July 9th. Please check their site for COVID-19 protocols (for example, all staff and guests are required to wear masks and respect physical distancing). And did you know that the ROM has more than 48,000 objects to view free, online? The AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) opened July 23, but their staff uploaded about 40 AGO At Home YouTube videos since early April, 2020. The University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the largest collection of rare books in Canada, has made some of their rare book images available, free, to download and colour. The place that normally welcomes in-person guests into its hushed, academic space (although many of their items are look-don’t-touch, understandably), has also created a page on Jigsaw Planet.

This summer, Hot Docs ’ May to June festival presented more than 140 online selections.

This year, the 41st annual Toronto International Festival of Authors are hard at work planning their fall edition, inventing scenarios to bring people together in “safe and exciting new ways.” These will include digital live streaming, interactive media and creative new partnerships. Stay tuned! The red-carpet hot TIFF is on for the fall! They promise a full slate of film premieres with “physical, socially distanced screenings.” There will also be drive-ins and other outdoor opportunities to experience the magic of this star-studded, internationally renowned film festival. According to their website, “TIFF is working closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on the safe execution of the Festival, with its number-one priority being the health and well-being of both Festival filmgoers and the residents of the entire community.” You won’t be squeezing past any knees this August and September, as cinemas remain closed, but check out the list of movies Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema provides, online (we know you’re not necessarily proud of all your Amazon Prime watch “selections” by now). Hot Docs May to June festival this year presented more than 140 online selections, pre-recorded Q&As and virtual live events. Speaking of movies… there is still one way you can safely watch a movie with a group of people: the drive-in. Ontario is home to 16 working drive-ins, almost half of all those in the country. If your local drive-in is open this summer and fall, they have protocols in place to ensure movie watchers can relax and enjoy the shows. Please check their websites and understand their measures before heading out. If you live in Barrie Click Here, if you live in the Muskoka area Click Here if you live in Prince Edward County Click Here, If you live in or near Hanover Click Here.

The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) re-opened July 9th. All staff and guests are required to wear masks and respect physical distancing.

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Enjoying a morning stroll at Toronto’s Blythwood Ravine Park.

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The Call of The Wild: Daycations

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR NULLMEYER

Just when it was time to shed the stay-at-home pounds (pyjama days, take-out, and cocktails at increasingly earlier hours), restaurant patios opened, friends in our chosen circle invited us to backyard BBQs, and… more (summer) pyjama days. But August and September are the perfect months to reconnect body and soul with Mother Nature who’s watched over our ravines, trails, waterfronts and parks all along. Pack a bottle of water and a chocolate bar (no, a piece of fruit), and see what you’ve been missing— for what feels like a very long time. There’s plenty of room for all of us out there, even at a respectable hockey stick-length apart.

If you live in Toronto... You’ve heard about Toronto’s ravine walks and have a vague idea that some are connected. Now’s the time to pick one and explore. Toronto is “the city within a park” because there are almost 1,500 parks here, including the ravine parklands. Whether you enter off a side street, or descend wooden steps, the city buzz muffles behind you as walk (or bike) the well-maintained forested trails (wood chip, gravel and paved) that run along cattail marsh areas, through rare local plant species, and beside brooks (yes, the babbling kind). The ravines are nesting grounds for migratory birds and you may spot a deer, a beaver or a fox. Perhaps the same ones we spotted in urban areas just a few weeks ago. Here are just three of the many ravines you could choose for an afternoon’s delight. Blythwood Ravine Park marks the southern border of Lawrence Park neighbourhood, and includes an off-leash dog area. You can enter several ways but the entrance to Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens off Yonge Street, south of St. Lawrence, will lead you through a beautiful terraced garden before you enter the ravine itself. On a hot day, this is a cool walk. Cedarvale Ravine starts at the north entrance to the St. Clair West subway station and continues northwest. There’s an off-leash dog park, and a wooden trestle bridge above the ravine near Cedarvale Park. This mid-city ravine’s easy trail walk is close to busy Bathurst Street but you’d never know it once you’re on the trail. In the east, south of Kingston Road, the boardwalk path that leads you through Glen Stewart Ravine winds along Ames Creek. Red oak and maple trees line the steep slopes and make a stunning fall canopy. The ravine, close to The Beaches neighbourhood, had a little work done in 2016, including new planting and a sturdy steel staircase. >

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Colourful waters on a secluded cove in the Niagara Escarpment.

If you live in Southern Georgian Bay… Lookout! Naturally beautiful in the summer and spectacular in the fall, Southern Georgian Bay offers scenic picnic spots, walking and hiking trails, and waterfront views that make you feel… better. The topography of the area, including the Niagara Escarpment, lends itself to dozens of sweet-spot lookouts. Irish Mountain Lookout is probably what you’re imagining as you read this. Near Meaford, this beautiful picnic spot offers views of the Niagara Escarpment (a wee bit like the blue and green oceanside mountains in Ireland), Nottawasaga Bay and a countryside of apple orchards. Off Scenic Cave Road in The Blue Mountains, the Bruce Trail Lookout provides a spectacular view of the waterfront city of Collingwood and across Georgian Bay. This lookout is one of many along the almost900-km Bruce Trail. Collingwood’s Millenium Overlook Park is a beautiful waterfront park at the northern most point of Collingwood Harbour, with walkways, landscaped gardens and a playground for kids. Bring a lunch, sit on the grass and watch the sailboats weave in and out of the harbour, with the Blue Mountains providing the scenic backdrop. Perfect spot to watch the sunset with your sweetie. Or your mom.

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The beautiful night sky at Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve. Photo by: Mike Harrison.

If you live in Muskoka… you probably live on or near the water all summer. There’s plenty to see and do in and around Muskoka, year-round, but sitting by the lake, or on the dock, can seem the most urgent of callings. Here are a couple of suggestions if you can tear yourself away from that new paperback we know you aren’t really reading. In previous, pre-pandemic summers, you’ve probably taken guests to Huckleberry Rock Lookout. But why not head there yourself? It’s a long enough walk through the trail, at about 2.5 km, to shake off the dockside lethargy and it’s good for sunrises and sunsets (arguably the best place in Muskoka) – and any time in between. Stand on some of the oldest rock on the planet and revel in your youth. But to really see the sky, there’s no place like the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve, the world’s first dark sky preserve. By day, the three trails here are perfect for walking or mountain biking. But after dark – you’ll understand what a night sky really looks like. The trees that grow in this rocky area aren’t tall enough to obstruct your view, and with no human-produced lights within the 5,000-acre reserve, the night sky is a jaw-dropping, star-studded knockout. This time of year – end of summer, early fall – is your best chance to maybe catch a glimpse of the northern lights. >

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Take a trip to the beautiful Sandbanks Provincial Park.

If you live in Prince Edward County… The County is a great place for cyclists – newbies and vets alike. But most cycling routes here have the same problem – the temptation to dismount and explore local attractions. Small towns, vineyards and waterfront views make riding here a pleasure. To ensure you get the most out of your ride, check with your local businesses to see who’s open and find out about their COVID-19 customer protocols. The 4 km Millenium Trail is about a 2.5 hour bike ride that winds through The County, including backyards and across main roads. The former railway line is an all-year trail. Keep your eyes peeled for hidden messages in bottles, zap-strapped to branches. And give the horses the right of way. You can experience the beautiful Sandbanks Provincial Park and the nearby countryside by cycling the 65km Park Route. There’s the hilly and oh-so-worth it 40km Lakeside Route (for the views as well as the vineyards) and the flatter Western Wine Route, also about 40km. To see a description of the many routes Click here.

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Ontario Garlic Farmers Deliver

Fresh Ontario garlic is an end-of-summer treat. Across southern Ontario, garlic farmers are preparing to harvest this fresh aromatic. The Toronto Garlic Festival is Covid-cancelled this year but they are posting an online map of garlic vendors for you. Enjoy an afternoon’s drive to one of the farms or have your garlic order shipped directly to your kitchen door. BY LESLEY KENNY

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ugust is fresh garlic season in Ontario. Whether you

a scape. Scapes themselves are usually sold separately from the

slice it thinly for a pasta dish (remember, Italians don’t

garlic bulbs and can be used in a variety of ways to flavour dishes.

use much garlic), crush it to flavour a sauce, or mince it for a fresh pesto, the sensual delight of slicing into farm-fresh local garlic reminds us that anything less is

a sad imitation.

Across southern Ontario, garlic farmers grow seven varieties of hardneck garlic, including dozens of strains within those varieties. The ‘stinking rose’ is related to onions, shallots, leeks and chives, as part of the diverse lily family. It’s one of the oldest known

Garlic comes in two main varieties: softneck and hardneck. Softneck garlic is what we usually see in our grocery stores and is known more for its ability to keep for shipping and importing purposes than it is for its flavour. Hardneck garlic, on the other

cultivated crops, thought to have come from Central Asia, making its way to the rest of the world via the spice routes. Its association as an “ethnic food” kept conservative North American tastes from enjoying one of the most inexpensive and flavour-enhancing foods available. But in the last 30 years, as we’ve embraced

hand, is known for its flavour. The hardneck variety has a green

multicultural diversity, garlic has won us over. Even though it’s

stalk that grows from the middle of the bulb, out the top, called

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The more you cut up a garlic clove, the stronger the aroma and flavour – this is why garlic snobs recommend against the use of a garlic press, where the resulting tiny strings can overpower other flavours (that and the fact that the presses are a one-trick, hard-toclean-pony that clutters your already bulging gadget drawer). In 2009, a local farmer sent some garlic to Toronto resident Peter McClusky. “I’d cooked with garlic all my life, as an amateur, but I didn’t realize how much better Ontario garlic is from imported garlic,” Peter told me. “I was so impressed I decided we needed a garlic festival in Toronto to connect garlic farmers with consumers. Ontario garlic is exceptional!” Peter founded the annual Toronto Garlic Festival in 2011 and the event drew 4,000 visitors every year. But not this year. To protect farmers and consumers from the risk of contracting COVID-19, the Toronto Garlic Festival is creating an online garlic map. Beginning with about 20 vendors, Peter says he expects the number to increase as things get rolling. You’ll be able to place an order online and then arrange with the farmer to pick it up yourself (COVID-19 protocols in place of course), or have it shipped to your door. “It’s important to respect the rules around Covid and it’s also important to help farmers sell their garlic,” explains Peter who also wrote a book on Ontario garlic, Ontario Garlic the Story From Farm to Festival.

Across southern Ontario, garlic farmers grow seven varieties of hardneck garlic.

Eating, wearing or bathing in garlic will not prevent you from contracting COVID-19 or any other nasty illness (although it obviously keeps vampires away). And while there are claims that eating garlic boosts our immune system, most of us eat it because it boosts the flavour in our cooking and, let’s face it, our lives. When your shipment of farm-fresh Ontario garlic arrives, fire up the BBQ, cut a slice across the top third of an entire head of garlic, drizzle some good olive oil and a shake of salt inside then slow roast it until the cloves are soft enough to spread across a slice of fresh bread. Shave some good parmesan on top. Add wine (a bold Sauvignon blanc or Malbec) and serve. If each guest eats an entire head this way, social distancing will not be a problem.

The more you cut up a garlic clove, the stronger the aroma and flavour.

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In Conversation With

Art Dealer and Gallerist Barbara Edwards A visionary in the Canadian and international art scene, Barbara Edwards is a contemporary art dealer whose Toronto gallery put its plans to move on temporary hold when the pandemic hit. With the intention to open this fall, her new two-storey gallery space at 319 King Street is directly across from TIFF Bell Lightbox and a quick hop from her BEC Project Space, where she sees clients by appointment. We spoke with the gallery owner on what it’s like working with inspiring artists, joining the King West neighbourhood, and how to start a collection.

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“Abstract Borders” install shot, group exhibition at BEC Project Space, 2019 (pictured: Ray Mead, Kenneth Noland, Guido Molinari).

What sparked your interest in contemporary art? I was in high school and I saw a Gerhard Richter show at the AGO. I was raised Roman Catholic but this was a spiritual experience.

How would you define the role of an art dealer? For the artist, I’m a steward. I can critique work but the artist needs to go in their own direction. To be a good art dealer, you help the artist develop their career, and I really do act like a catalyst. I’m almost like an emissary to the outside world in a way. My mentor, Jared Sabol, taught me that you don’t sell art, you create the conditions that allow people to buy. I’m a facilitator.

What’s the process of working with a client? There’s a real concept that develops organically. I do love to come into homes and just shift the collection around now and then, so the clients are reminded how much they love the piece. I think all of us get sidelined by the day to day and forget to see things around us. If you put another figurative piece next to an abstract piece, a whole new conversation starts.

What do you love most about your work? I’m going in a new direction that I really enjoy for my own creativity that’s more curatorial. It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop representing artists, but I do love the fluidity of being able to work on private collections. The feeling of finding work for the client, placing it in the home in conversation with other works in the room. I love it.

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Sorel Etrog, “Survivors Are Not Heroes,” 1967, bronze, 72” high, Copyright © The Estate of Sorel Etrog.

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What do you look for in an artist? The first thing for me is intuitive. I was trained by art dealer Jared Sabol, who really taught me to see with my eyes and not my ears. Not always am I going to feel the experience that the client feels. Sometimes things just stick with me and I have to go back, and just be open. I’m interested in pedigree too – who are the artist’s influences, what is their trajectory. It’s a goal of mine to constantly be placing things in museums. To me, Eric Fischl’s ‘Untitled (Tumbling Woman)’ for instance, is a museum-quality piece, because it has that 9/11 story, and it has a lot to do with our humanity. I think of that piece as transcendent. How an artist can transcend a human tragedy to make something beautiful.

What advice would you give to new collectors? A lot of people want to get into collecting for investment. I would guard against that thinking. I would pick something you want to live with, and actually, they’ll often find that their choices pan out years later when they’re ready to divest their collection.

Why is art important, now more than ever? What I have found during the COVID-19 lockdown is that people are starting to realize how much their art means to them. This has brought us back into our homes, where we regroup, where we regenerate. And to be surrounded by art and inspired by it is really part of that. Art is the spirit.

Barbara Edwards

barbara@becontemporary.com

Eric Fischl, “Untitled (Tumbling Woman),” 2012, glass, 12” x 18” x 14,” edition of 10.

William Kentridge, “Universal Archive (Twelve Coffee Pots),” 2012, linocut on non-archival pages from Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, each page mounted on arches velin, 43.5” x 43’’, edition of 30.

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Door’s Open

1925Workbench Designs and Makes Beautiful Custom Doors BY ANNA CIPOLLONE PHOTO BY JANET KIMBER

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1925Workbench designs beautiful custom doors and hardware made locally in their Toronto studio. Photo My Le Nguyen.

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maker studio created by husband-and-wife design team Rock Huynh and My Le Nguyen, 1925Workbench began with a necessity to thoughtfully renovate their Bloor West Village home, along with the passion to do it themselves. Today, the former IT engineer and nurse operate their west end studio full-time, specializing in barn door hardware, custom furniture and doors. “It’s difficult to group us: we’re not craftspeople, or designers, or a particular trade,” says partner My Le Nguyen. Preferring to exist in a category all their own, the two are self-proclaimed ‘design makers’ who build and manufacture beautiful hardware, doors, furniture and custom woodwork. “We love that we wake up knowing we’ll be doing something exciting every day,” says Nguyen. And though some of these project builds are complex and l arge-scale, each posing their own challenges, there’s a pervasive feeling of play within their boutique studio. “Everything that goes on in our studio is fully under our control, and we have

the freedom to change and adjust to suit whatever the design.” Their special hardware–invented by partner Rock Huynh–and designed and made in Toronto, the Single Track bypass allows two doors to use the same track instead of the traditional double track system. Beyond the functional needs of dividing a space, and making boundaries between rooms, doors are large-scale enough that their thoughtful consideration, and the addition of colour and careful aesthetic can shift the entire ambience of the space and its interiors. “We love to see how our work transforms the spaces where people live and work,” she says. “When you put a handcrafted wood or metal door in a space, not only does it speak to the materiality, and the human hand that created it, it contains an element of the unexpected within its function as a practical piece that slides or opens,” she explains. “It’s like putting up a piece of art.” We spoke with My Le Nguyen to get her take on five of our favourite door design projects handcrafted by 1925Workbench.

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Grey chevron door “This was a condo project where we were given complete creative freedom. The entry closet was typical with two thin builder grade doors so we opted for one large door painted in Benjamin Moore Nightingale. I love light grey with brass, so we used our Brassy Beau Top Mount hardware for it.”

Photos by My Le Nguyen.

1. Curvy black entry door “Our signature curvy black door, originally designed and made for our own studio, was translated into an entry door as the client liked it a lot. The client’s home was once a rectory, so in keeping with the period of the house, the door seemed as though it had always belonged.”

White doors with brass hardware “The client wanted to do something about her awkward den in the middle of her house–and our Single Track Bypass seemed to be the perfect solution. Inspired

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by our signature curvy black door, her den required a similar large-scale design. With a fancy, brass finish, this den becomes a jewellery box, in a way.”

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Pink Church House Doors “The client asked us to replicate the old doors but add glass, and paint it a fun colour. And that’s exactly what we did! That was the first major reno they did to their church house and it was just so exciting for us.”

2. 1925Workbench Studio’s rustic doors “The doors are made of authentic barn board– something you often see today. We believe if it is used thoughtfully, it is still as beautiful as ever. This shows the use of our Single Track Bypass to cover an opening that looked through to a more private space. We just love the organic and crafted environment.” For more information on 1925Workbench

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // TORONTO //

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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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // TORONTO // ONE OF THE VALLEY’S FINEST HOMES

$8,898,000

Toronto, Ontario

16 St. Margarets Drive is one of the most exquisite residences ever to come to market in the sought-after, historic neighbourhood of Hoggs Hollow. Poised on the river’s edge, this magnificent home affords the sense of grandeur, timeless elegance and the quiet seclusion of a country estate. Designed by renowned Toronto architect Peter Higgins and expertly constructed by Teddington Homes, this distinguished home offers the opportunity to define your lifestyle, both as host and as part of an active family. Boasting 6700 pp square feet of masterful craftsmanship and design, it features a private guest suite and wine cellar on the main floor, two libraries in addition to the formal living room and dining room and magnificent family room and Superb kitchen supported by a large servery. The Convenient elevator opens to all level. The second floor features an unparalleled master suite with luxurious dressing room and bath. The outstanding lower level has a nanny’s suite, home theatre, recreation room, great exercise room and amazing storage, as well as an elegant walk-out to the garden. This exceptional property offers a wonderful opportunity to your most discerning clients, who will appreciate the utmost in design, quality of craftsmanship and state-ofthe-art amenities.

Paula von Stedingk* Vicko von Stedingk* Office: 416 925 9191 homes@paulaandvicko.com

$11,500,000

$8,180,000

ABOVE IT ALL! CHIC SECLUSION IN EXCEPTIONAL YORKVILLE PENTHOUSE!

GRACIOUS ICONIC ROSEDALE HOME

Endless Possibilities In Almost 5000’ Ultra Modern Condo With Unbelievable One Of A Kind 2700’ Private Terrace And Stunning, Unobstructed Views. Enjoying Airy Serenity Over The Unmatched Vibe Of This Location, You Are In A World Of Your Own! Gallery-Like & Museum Worthy In Design, Function & Layout This 3 Bedroom Is Unsurpassed In Contemporary Styling & Quality & Captures Glorious Light For Seekers Of An Enchanted Lifestyle. Ensuite Personal Gym Too. Bold & Blissful!

This very special residence boasts stunning interiors with grand principal rooms. for seamless entertaining. 5 generous bdms, 5 newly appointed bathrooms and modern kitchen fuse elegance with functionality. Attached 2-car garage and private drive. Elegant terrazzo terrace overlooks spa inspired pool and walled garden. Cabana with his/her change rms. Adjoining the formal Living room is a wonderful winter garden with floor to ceiling windows. A home not to be missed!

Toronto, Ontario

Janet Lindsay* Office: 416 925 9191 success@janetlindsay.com *SALES REPRESENTATIVE **BROKER

Toronto, Ontario

Andrea Menzel** Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 315 9519 am@andreamenzel.com

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // TORONTO // $4,980,000

$4,295,000

LUXURY TORONTO TOWNHOUSE • MIDTOWN LIFESTYLE

HOGGS HOLLOW-79’ SOUTH LOT!

Designed and built by Brennan & Isberg. This magnificent 4475 SF townhome is part of an exclusive development at Yonge and St. Clair. Enter the grand foyer and explore its functional floor plan with 11ft. ceilings. Dine and host in the chef’s kitchen with a separate butler’s pantry. Relax on the serene terrace with manicured garden. High quality finishings throughout. Direct-access to 2-car garage. Stroll to Yorkville, Rosedale and Summerhill.

Attractive, executive, 4+1 bedroom residence located on child-safe cul-de-sac. Fabulous renovated kitchen overlooks exquisite sunken family rm with floor-toceiling stone fireplace. Gracious principal rooms. Dining room opens to expansive elevated deck over south garden. Large main flr laundry room with lots of extra storage! 4 bdrms & 3 baths on second floor, include grand Master suite with luxurious 5-piece bath. Superb basement! Private, fenced south garden.

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

Paula von Stedingk* Vicko von Stedingk*

Susan Bandler* Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 566 7730

homes@paulaandvicko.com Office: 416 925 9191

susanbandler@chestnutpark.com www.susanbandler.com

$3,750,000

$3,475,000

SOLD

FABULOUS HOME IN POPULAR “SOUTH HILL”, YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THIS EXQUISITE GEM

HANDSOME FOREST HILL TRIPLEX

Welcome to this fabulous 3+2 family home on a quiet street in the ever popular South Hill district. An easy walk to the elegant shops of Yorkville, Scrivener Square, the subway at St Clair and Yonge, and superb schools, UCC, The York School and De La Salle College. Located in a 53’ wide south-facing private garden, this house features large sun-filled principal rooms, 2 car garage, and parking for 3 cars. Details and virtual tour available.

Built in 1925, this stately, centre hall triplex is situated in prime Forest Hill, on a fabulous 50’ x 122’ lot, within a short walk of Forest Hill Village & St. Clair West subway station. The updated, 2 bdrm/2bath, main floor suite enjoys 1,745 SF and 9’ ceiling height. The 1,885 SF, 2nd floor suite also has two bedrooms & 2 baths. The 1,125 SF, 2-bdrm, 3rd floor suite has 4-pce bath, large LR & eat-in kitchen. A spacious 1 bdrm ste is located in the bsmt.

Toronto, Ontario

Janice Rennie*, Julie Rennie*, Katie Rennie*

Office: 416 925 9191 info@rennieteam.com www.rennieteam.com

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Toronto, Ontario

Paula von Stedingk* Vicko von Stedingk*

homes@paulaandvicko.com Office: 416 925 9191

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // TORONTO // $3,330,000

$3,375,000

HOGGS HOLLOW GEM!

LUXURY LIVING AT BAYVIEW AND LAWRENCE

Absolutely delightful, centre hall residence facing the Millstone Parkette! Fabulous kitchen/family room overlooks the secluded fenced garden. Grand master suite with luxurious 5-pce bath and His & Hers walk-in closets. Superb basement with nanny’s suite, recreation room and a spacious media room. Three fireplaces warm this charming home which is located within a short walk of Yonge St. shops, restaurants & subway.

Elegant and Spacious Corner Suite offers Expansive Views over Ravine. 3,370 sq ft living space. Master Bdrm has 4 piece ensuite and Dressing Room. Library with bookshelves and 2nd Bedroom with walk-in Closet and an ensuite bathroom. Dining Room seats 24 for Family Dinners. Kitchen with Breakfast Room and Family Room complete the Suite. 2 Terraces, Private Elevator, 2 car pkg. Minutes to 401, Exclusive Clubs and Elite Schools.

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

Paula von Stedingk* Vicko von Stedingk*

Barb Temple* Office: 416 925 9191 barbtemple@chestnutpark.com Sarah Giacomelli* Office: 416 925 9191 sgiacomelli@chestnutpark.com

homes@paulaandvicko.com Office: 416 925 9191

$2,950,000

$2,850,000

PENTHOUSE OVERLOOKING PARK - IMAGINE 3023 SF – NO COMPROMISES HERE!

HOGGS HOLLOW ON THE PARK

Skylit Gold Standard Condo As Large As Any House With Plenty Of Space For All Your Needs At Demand St Clair/Yonge Hub Of Deer Park & Moore Park With Subway One Block. Rarefied Living In This Gorgeous 2-3 Bdrm, Offering Tall Ceilings, Huge LR, DR Seating 20, Bar, Luxury 3 Room MBR + Dressing Room, 2 FP, ‘Muskoka’ Room, Large Laundry & 2 View Balconies. Great Visitor Pkg, Pool Leads To Patio & Exercise Room. 2 Handy Pkg & Double Locker. Just Wonderful!

Great 2+1 bedroom ranch bungalow surrounded by lush forested grounds. Spacious principal rooms. High lower level with walk-out to expansive private garden. Park at your doorstep. Short walk to Yonge Street shops restaurants & subway. Great condo alternative for empty nester, or entry level purchase into Hoggs Hollow. Renovate or add on, now or later!

Toronto, Ontario

Janet Lindsay* Office: 416 925 9191

success@janetlindsay.com

*SALES REPRESENTATIVE **BROKER

Toronto, Ontario

Paula von Stedingk* Vicko von Stedingk*

homes@paulaandvicko.com Office: 416 925 9191

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // TORONTO // $2,799,000

$2,499,000

TRULY ONE OF A KIND, LUXURY LIVE & WORK IN PALMERSTON!

STUNNING AND SOPHISTICATED OASIS IN THE CITY

Spectacular new custom home features a built-in garage, private elevator, sleek modern design and all the bells and whistles you can imagine! Three spacious bedrooms all with en-suite baths. Stunning high end Scavolini Kitchen with gleaming stone counters, Light filled with floor to ceiling windows through-out. Unwind in a Master bedroom suite complete with a spa-inspired bathroom, walk in closet and a private deck with stunning CN Tower and skyline views.

This jewel box of a house, complete with an enchanting, lush, landscaped garden, is a rare find. The renovation was planned and executed over a number of years, ensuring that every detail fit the need for exquisite and quietly tasteful beauty and function. Notable and subtle details include steel-framed industrial windows and extra-deep windowsills. A perfect choice for a single, couple or small family looking for something unique, elegant, and timeless in its design.

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

Irene Grech** Direct: 416 885 9207

Susan Krever* Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 258 3920 susankrever@chestnutpark.com

irene@irenegrech.com

$4,995,000

SOLD

SOUTH ROSEDALE PERFECTION RIGHT SIZE IN STYLE

$4,195,000

Toronto, Ontario

SOUTH ROSEDALE FAMILY GEM

SOLD

‘Grande Dame’ of unique gated enclave of 5 freehold homes. Outstanding renovations provide luxury conveniences and elegant features that exemplify the ultimate of sophistication in modern living. 3 Stry, 3 Bdrms, Spacious entertaining areas. Private garden oasis. Stunning!

Erica Anne Cook* Direct: 416 903 3132

homes@ericaannecook.com

LYTTON PARK GEM. FABULOUS WELL DESIGNED HOME.

$2,799,000

Toronto, Ontario

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OAKVILLE OASIS WITH LANDSCAPED GARDENS Oakville, Ontario

Stunning State-Of-The Art Finishes. Hard To Compare With This Quality And Attention To Detail. Gourmet Kitchen Overlooking Deck And Landscaped Garden, Stone Pizza Oven, Stone Built-In Barbecue, Unusually Spacious Bedrooms, Main Floor Office/ Den, Lower Level Family Room.Easy to call this home.

Dawna Satov* Direct: 416 727 2273 dawna@dsatov.com

Picture perfect! Checks all the boxes. Convenient to finest schools, Yonge St/ Yorkville/Summerhill shops & restaurants, Rosedale subway. 3 Stry, 5 Bdrms. Family room walks out to large deck, 34.5’ X 145’ private south lot with double garage. Beautifully maintained inside and out.

Erica Anne Cook* Direct: 416 903 3132

homes@ericaannecook.com

$3,695,000

Toronto, Ontario

Six year new home on 75 x 150 lot with stunning pool and professional landscaping. Over 6600 square feet of living space that includes 3 frpls, gym, media rm, guest/in-law suite, main flr office, laundry, butler’s pantry, and 3 car garage. Exceptional indoor and outdoor luxury for all your entertaining and family needs.

Cheenee Foster* cheenee@chestnutpark.com Direct: 416 908 2523 Office: 416 925 9191

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

EXCLUSIVE

$1,350,000

KAHSHE LAKE FAMILY COMPOUND OPPORTUNITY Muskoka, Ontario

Privacy is assured with over 300 ft of Kahshe Lake shoreline and set on approx 2 acres. Family compound opportunity with two separately deeded properties being sold together. First lot offers a year round 3BR Valhalla cedar home w front window wall and several walk-outs to ample decking. Also a detached oversized garage and a new drilled well. Second lot boasts an open concept seasonal 2BR cottage, plus a rarely found boathouse at the waterfront. Private, peaceful setting with a stunning rock backdrop framing the sandy cove between the boathouse and the additional docking. Swim, boat, fish on Kahshe Lake and also enjoy the direct access to Bass Lake if desired. Ideally located only 15 minutes from Gravenhurst, and within 90 minutes of Toronto. Call today for additional details and to arrange your private viewing of this exceptional offering.

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 Direct: 705 644 9283 (cell/text) TeesRus@Muskoka.com | www.MuskokaCottageForSale.ca 46

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // MUSKOKA // $6,695,000

$4,295,000

SOLD

SUNSET POINT, LAKE MUSKOKA

CLASSIC MUSKOKA

Private point w/ 650’ and all day sun and sunsets. 5 bed, 4 bath Frank Lloyd Wright inspired estate is beautiful, with wood accents, stone fp and cathedral ceilings. Gourmet kitchen w/ granite counter top, high-end appliances. 2 bed, 1 bath bunkie, 2 bthse w/ boat port, 3 car garage.

Sophisticated Muskoka elegance describes this custom built cottage, nestled into nature and well landscaped and treed, offering unparalleled privacy. Large decks over look sun filled shore, well designed with Main floor living, custom kitchen, baths, and a convenient 2 car garage. Walkout has additional guest rooms, a games/ pool room bar, & theatre area. 2 storey 2 bedrooms boathouse with a beautifully appointed living area. A rare opportunity for the discerning buyer!

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka, Ontario

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

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

$2,995,000

$1,899,000

SOLD

LAKE MUSKOKA - EXCLUSIVE OFFERING

LAKEHOUSE ON LAKE ROSSEAU

Sand beach & sunsets! Spectacular Normerica Post and Beam with features sure to impress the most discerning of buyers. Private estate property, approx 2.4 acres, 204’ south-west exposure, long open views. Detached double garage w 2 bedroom suite above. Ideally located close to golf, minutes to town & only 2 hours from the GTA.

Rare offering - prime location in the heart of Port Sandfield. Classic Olde Muskoka Lakehouse exudes character & charm of yesteryear, yet offers modern conveniences. Gorgeous stone fireplace, warm wood interior, 3 BRs, 1.5 baths, laundry. Stunning views from the spacious screened Muskoka room overlooking Lake Rosseau. Double slip docks & water’s edge bunkie. Call Maggie to discuss continued use and/or redevelopment options.

Muskoka, Ontario

Maggie Tomlinson**, ASA, ABR, SRS, CSA

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

Muskoka, Ontario

Maggie Tomlinson**, ASA, ABR, SRS, CSA

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

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // MUSKOKA // $1,495,000

$1,199,000

SOLD

BALA - MOON RIVER DREAM

COMING SOON TO MLS

Spectacular is the best word to describe this package. Superior quality waterfront home or 4-season Muskoka retreat. Newer Edenlane addition featuring a private master wing. Gourmet kitchen, fabulous open concept design. West-southwest exposure, beautiful sunsets, mix of sand beach & pretty granite shoreline. Walking distance to Bala amenities. Municipal water. Paved municipal road. 3-car garage w double & single bays. You will love this one ‘to the Moon and back’!

‘Sanctuary’ awaits new owners. Peace, privacy & tranquility abound at this 2 acre waterfront setting. Stunning 4 season ICF home or cottage. Open concept main floor living w gorgeous kitchen, f/p in great room, a spacious Muskoka room framed by decks on each side, and walk-outs from master suite plus the den/bonus room w murphy bed. Lower level walk-out features 3 large BRs & family room w 2nd f/p. Attached double garage. Guest bunkie. Nothing missed here. Call today.

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka, Ontario

Maggie Tomlinson**, ASA, ABR, SRS, CSA

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

Maggie Tomlinson**, ASA, ABR, SRS, CSA

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

$1,195,000

$949,000

LIVE, WORK OR PLAY - SILVER LAKE

BOAT LAKE MUSKOKA, ROSSEAU & JOSEPH

Location - Location - Location. Privacy abounds and the lake beckons. Minutes from Gravenhurst you will fall in love with this incredible move-in ready home or year round Muskoka cottage. Picture perfect setting w 300’ assessed frontage & 1.31 acres. Beautifully landscaped. Detached double garage. Year round road access. Boating on Silver Lake & Gull Lake into Gravenhurst too! Call today to arrange your personal viewing.

Muskoka lifestyle awaits. Coveted address. Executive 4BR, 3 bath Muskoka waterfront residence. Spacious main floor office. Gorgeous wrap-around porch. 200’ frontage, south exposure waterfront with entertainment sized decks, double slips for boats & toys and a diving tower too! Live, work, play - just minutes to Bracebridge town centre. Municipal water. Paved year round road. Call Maggie for further details and to view.

Muskoka, Ontario

Maggie Tomlinson**, ASA, ABR, SRS, CSA

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

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Muskoka, Ontario

Maggie Tomlinson**, ASA, ABR, SRS, CSA

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

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // MUSKOKA // $599,000

From $69,900

LAKE MUSKOKA - GRAVENHURST

THE COTTAGES AT WINDERMERE

Welcome to ‘Blue Heron House’ on Lake Muskoka. Rare opportunity to own a 2BR 2 bath condo with waterfront ownership and dock on Lake Muskoka. Relax on your private balcony. Enjoy summer breezes & spectacular sunsets too. Boat docking, owner’s storage & common area hobby room on lower level. Quiet setting within walking distance of town. Only 3 units & all are long time owners. Call Maggie for more information on this unique offering.

Prime Lake Rosseau locale. Luxury fractional ownership awaits. 3BRs plus den, beautifully appointed. Options are available from 5, 7 or 12 weeks of truly carefree Muskoka lifestyle. Buy just 1 or combine offerings to create your ideal package. Ask about 48 weeks of exclusive use for only $1,039,600. Sand beach, golf, boating & more. Adjacent to Windermere House. You won’t be disappointed!

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka, Ontario

Maggie Tomlinson**, ASA, ABR, SRS, CSA

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

ESCAPE THE “ORDINARY” TO “EXTRAORDINARY”!

$5,995,000

Maggie Tomlinson**, ASA, ABR, SRS, CSA

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

$5,750,000

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka, Ontario

3 Res compound ideal for the Modern multi generational fam w oodles of friends. 4 bdrm boathouse for 10 boats, 10 bdrm Cot, 3 bdrm guest or staff res. Beach, jogging trails, sunset diving dock, minutes to mainland. Come have it all Forever.

Sandra Waldie* Direct: 705 646 4747 Jamie Blair* Office: 705 375 9191

Sandra Waldie* Direct: 705 646 4747 sandrawaldie@yahoo.com Samantha Waldie* Direct: 705 706 3350 samanthawaldie@live.ca

GardinerTeam@gmail.com www.CottagesInMuskoka.com

LAKE MUSKOKA PRIVATE ISLAND 4.4 ACRES

$5,195,000

www.muskokalakecottages.net

Muskoka, Ontario

Exclusively addressed btwn Port Carling/Sandfield sits beautiful Olive Island. Held for 67+yrs by the same family Olive Isle includes almost 3acres, 4 fully self-sufficient cottages w 11bdrms, 8bths, 6 slip docking (ready for 2 storey boathouse), sunrise-sunset views, privacy plus more!

Embrace this unique, custom, contemporary cottage. Enjoying breathtaking views, streams of all-day sunshine from principal rooms and the unique boathouse. Beach, waterside sitting area, fabulous Muskoka room, 5 bedrooms and so much more complete the picture. You want this cottage!

Jim Gardiner** Direct: 705 646 7358 Iris Gardiner** Direct: 705 646 6367

LAKE ROSSEAU PRIVATE ISLAND

$3,995,000

LAKE MUSKOKA CHIC PRIVATE ISLAND JEWEL Muskoka, Ontario

One of the most admired Classics all done to the 9’s with 2 Splendid Boathouses, never ending Sunsets Mesmerizing views. Idyllic Classic Island Estate = A Perfect Modern Family Playground.

Sandra Waldie* Direct: 705 646 4747 sandrawaldie@yahoo.com Samantha Waldie* Direct: 705 706 3350 samanthawaldie@live.ca

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // MUSKOKA // LK ROSSEAU BESPOKE WHOLE ISLAND

$3,995,000

Muskoka, Ontario

MUSKOKA COUNTRY ESTATE

$3,100,000

Muskoka, Ontario

Stunning priv isl serving up 2 chic pied a terre cottages w luxe baths and kitchens all surrounded by gorgeous muskoka Algonquin lands, sun all day to set, outstanding views double boat port & sundrenched swim dock furnished & including cute mainland cottage access pointFab 3 cottage compound!

Spectacular 278+- Estate moments from Lk Rosseau/ the heart of Windermere. Gracious lands include ftg on 2 water bodies, meadows, forests, an 8,000sq ft res w luxe indoor pool/spa addition, detached 3 car garage, plus fabulous steel clad barn! A land connoisseur or hobby farmers dream!

Sandra Waldie* Direct: 705 646 4747 sandrawaldie@yahoo.com Samantha Waldie* Direct: 705 706 3350 samanthawaldie@live.ca

ROSSEAU MINIMALIST

$2,495,000

Muskoka, Ontario

Sandra Waldie* Direct: 705 646 4747 sandrawaldie@yahoo.com Samantha Waldie* Direct: 705 706 3350 samanthawaldie@live.ca

GRANITE POINT, GLOUCESTER POOL

$2,495,000

Muskoka, Ontario

Designer updated monochromatic 3 bed, 3 bath cottage with bunkie, boathouse and sports court. Level with year round access. Gourmet kitchen, open concept surrounded by lots of deck space. Single slip bthse, stone patios and a variety of docks to enjoy the Muskoka run.

Group of 7 windswept pines, rock outcroppings, spectacular views and summer sunsets. 4 bed cottage w/ high end finishes including large gourmet kitchen, cathedral ceilings, Muskoka stone fireplace, year round Muskoka room and more. 90 minutes from GTA.

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

LAKE ROSSEAU

$2,295,000

Muskoka, Ontario

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

$1,750,000

Build your dream on this magnificent parcel with stunning vistas and sunset exposure. Concept drawings available for this architecturally designed waterfront home and boathouse. Let the adventure begin!

Marilyn Mannion* Direct: 705 801 5538 mannions@muskoka.com

Muskoka, Ontario

Just a short boat ride and you have arrive. Peace and tranquility in this picturesque setting. Over 400 feet of shoreline, natural sand beach area. Four bedroom cottage and newer wo storey boathouse with guest quarters. Turnkey and ready for immediate enjoyment.

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LAKE ROSSEAU BUILDING LOT Muskoka, Ontario

Naturally beautiful and rugged, west facing lot is situated in a high end neighbourhood of new construction in Morgan Bay. Contemporary creativity will compliment this blank slate and result in a dramatic masterpiece to be the envy of Muskoka. Stunning sunset exposure.

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

LAKE JOSEPH

$1,495,000

SOLD

$1,299,000

WATERFRONT PORT CARLING CONDO Muskoka, Ontario

Prime location hub of the lakes w/ easy access shopping, restaurants, and more, a short boat or car ride to Muskoka’s best golf clubs. Beautiful 4-season home/cottage w/ private bthse, radiant in-floor heating and sweeping views of the Indian River with sunset exposure. Move in and enjoy.

Tyler daCosta* Direct: 705 765 6565 tyler@imuskoka.com Ben Imrie* Direct: 705 706 2099 ben@imuskoka.com

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SOLD

LOON LAKE ELEGANT GEM Gravenhurst, Ontario

Lots of room to hang out at this 3bd Family cottage on Kahshe Lake. 320’ Level lot with sunny sand beach for games & 2 docks. Detached screen room with 2bd/1bth cabin with seating area/kitchenette. Bonus adjacent lot. Sunny west exposure. Located 5 mins from marina. Water access only.

April Drane* Office: 705 684 9087

aprilgadsbydrane@sympatico.ca

aprilgadsbydrane@sympatico.ca

RARE ROAD ACCESS ON KAHSHE LAKE

SOLD

Muskoka, Ontario

$899,000

In the Heart of Muskoka, steps from Lk Rosseau, this Chic Country Estate offers all Muskoka amenities at your fingertips. Golf, restaurants, boating - the ultimate hideaway from the city. 6bdrms, a forested retreat filled w natural light, & open concept design w style in mind.

Sandra Waldie* Direct: 705 646 4747 sandrawaldie@yahoo.com Samantha Waldie* Direct: 705 706 3350 samanthawaldie@live.ca

aprilgadsbydrane@sympatico.ca

STUNNING GRANITE SHORELINE Gravenhurst, Ontario

$629,000

This property on Kahshe lake offers one on the most stunning, naturally level, granite shorelines. Rare offering, 2 adjacent lots with stunning 1100’ multi exposure views. Quaint rustic cabin with bunkie. 15+ acres to explore w large sand beach. A naturalist’s quiet, dream paradise.

Muskoka, Ontario

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

aprilgadsbydrane@sympatico.ca

SUCCESSFUL MUSKOKA BUSINESS & BUILDING Muskoka, Ontario

“Martin’s Framing”. Profitable, growing custom pictureframing business. In historic Downtown Bracebridge for 29 years. Visible, high-traffic location. Includes wellmaintained, upgraded 2,200 sq.ft. brick building. Diverse, loyal clients for year-round profits. Ideal for owneroperation.

Paul Crammond** MBA

SKELETON LAKE ISLAND GEM Family cherished private island enclave, tucked away on the crystal clear waters of Skeleton Lake. 3 Bed seasonal cottage with a grandfathered 2 storey boathouse (462 SF) including living quarters, and 3 older bunkies (circa. 1930’s) on a sand shore.

April Drane* Office: 705 684 9087

$519,000

“THE BEEHIVE” MUSKOKA COUNTRY ESTATE Muskoka, Ontario

Great spot on beautiful Kahshe Lake. Well maintained, partially winterized, 3bd/2bth pine walled cottage w spacious, vaulted ceiling liv rm. Private master bed/ ensuite w laundry & prv deck. Great location off S Kahshe lake rd, all season road. Spacious decking, deep water off dock. Turn key.

April Drane* Office: 705 684 9087

$749,000

Muskoka, Ontario

This lovely property on Loon Lake,Gravenhurst will not disappoint. Level,easy walkable property w small beach. 4bd/2bth main cottage,stone wd Fp. Beautifully decorated, a pleasure to show. Entertaining deck, hot tub. Private & turn key. Add bunkie/media room. 10 mins to Gravenhurst.

April Drane* Office: 705 684 9087

$899,000

KAHSHE LAKE

$899,000

Direct: 705 646 8129 pcrammond@muskoka.com

$429,000

SEVERN RIVER BOATING Muskoka, Ontario

Private 200 ft on Severn, quaint 2 bedroom cottage/home, bunkie & workshop combined. Close to the Town of Washago for all your wants & needs. Miles of boating on Severn & a great neighbourhood to live in. Home/Cottage has had a many recent updates & has been used year-round.

Dan Imrie* Direct: 705 644 2475 dan@imuskoka.com Tyler daCosta* Direct: 705 765 6565 tyler@imuskoka.com

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$2,995,000

Powassan, Ontario

This magnificent 3 bed 4 bath, 4100 square foot 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.

Kim O’Grady* Direct: 705 788 4894 kim@kim-ogrady.com

$1,450,000

$1,199,000

SOLD

WELCOME TO 30 NATURES WAY, HUNTSVILLE ON

INTRODUCING 35 ROYAL OAK CRESCENT, HUNTSVILLE

Affectionately known as “The Woodland Build” the quality and integrity of construction is evident the moment you drive in. Situated on a private 2.3 acres w/ the 200 acre Nature’s Sanctuary directly behind and beside you. This location offers a true Muskoka feel surrounded by nature, with amenities close by. When you walk into the home you are immediately welcomed w/ floor to ceiling windows showcasing a forest view.

Welcome to 35 Royal Oak Crescent located in the well known community of Woodland Heights, 10 minutes from Downtown Huntsville. With Deerhurst Resort, golf, & skiing all close by there is no shortage of amenities. This sophisticated 3 bed 3 bath Bungalow is situated hillside with 4 season elevated views of Peninsula Lake from most rooms and is just under 1.5 acres. The curb appeal speaks for itself with it’s manicured landscaping, Oak trees & large circular driveway.

Huntsville, Ontario

Kim O’Grady*

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

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Huntsville, Ontario

Kim O’Grady*

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

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// MUSKOKA LIVING // 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.

Matt Driscoll

Muskoka Jewellery

Draws from the region’s culture and landscape BY MATT DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MUSKOKA JEWELLERY DESIGN

For the past 25 years, Muskoka Jewellery Design has been a vital component of the Huntsville business community and an artistic reflection of Muskoka’s unique geography.

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The proud owner and jewellery designer Michael Reijnen.

uskoka Jewellery Design was created by Dutch-born

Muskoka Jewellery Design officially became a family business when

jeweller Joseph Reijnen in 1995 at the site of the former

Joseph’s son Michael Reijnen joined in 2004. Michael hadn’t always

Empire Hotel, in Huntsville. Joseph studied jewellery design

intended to follow his current path, and had previously moved to

in Germany before moving to Canada in 1976. The family

Calgary to study journalism.

moved permanently to Muskoka in 1995 and opened the

original location that year. In 2006, they made the move to their current

“I decided that journalism wasn’t the path for me, and I needed a

home at 68 Main Street East, a building that had previously been home

new one,” says Michael. “As it happened, my parents found use for

to a different jewellery store since the early 1900s.

me at the shop. >

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The Vista Bangle bracelet wraps the beauty of Muskoka around your wrist. This piece comes in an average bangle

Sterling Muskoka Chair pendant. Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. P

size, but can be sized to fit if necessary.

The iconic pine tree, weathered by the elements and the passing of time. (Approx. 2.5 cm in diameter) 54

Sterling Riverbend Ring. 15mm wide, tapers to the back.

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Michael says it isn’t just the natural environment that influences their work, but also the cultural environment of Huntsville and the broader Muskoka arts scene. Whether it’s live entertainment at the Algonquin Theatre, arts festivals like Nuit Blanche or the various artist studio tours, Michael says they feel part of a vibrant local scene. “I think the arts are a key component of our community. The arts have, through time, brought people together through shared catharsis, and I don’t see that changing any time soon,” he says. “We’re just happy to be part of a community that embraces it so willingly.” The arts, in general, have taken a serious financial hit during the COVID-19 crisis, but Michael says Muskoka Jewellery has been able to pivot their business model and make the necessary changes.

Pendant is approx. 22mm long X 20mm wide. Pictured on a curb link chain.

“It’s been difficult times for everyone and we’re no exception,” he says. “At first it felt very daunting, but we pushed through, made some changes to our

Over the years I learned from my dad to work at the

website, offered curbside pickup, and just did what

bench, doing repairs and creating pieces to sell in the

we could to adapt to the unknown. Any business that

gallery.”

is closed for two months is going to feel the burden. We’re just appreciative that we had a good situation

In 2016, Michael’s parents decided to retire and he

going into it, and with some careful planning and well

purchased the business from them.

thought out decisions, we’re ready to emerge strong and ready for business.”

The intricate jewellery work done at the shop is a direct reflection of the Muskoka landscape, known for its

While COVID-19 is likely to result in permanent

deep lakes, granite outcroppings and windswept pines.

changes across the retail landscape, Michael says

Michael says the fact that everything is designed and

Muskoka Jewellery Design is in a unique position to

crafted in-house resonates with their clientele.

move forward. “We spend a great deal of time trying to make sure that the work we bring in from other

“I think they appreciate knowing where their piece was

artists is in the same vein - quality jewellery from North

made, and it gives them somewhat of a story or memory

America or Europe,” he says. “Some people that

to align with their purchase,” says Michael. “Although

have seasonal cottages up here visit every summer

the Muskoka line is a very popular choice, we do have

and we have built a relationship and a rapport with

many one-of-a-kind pieces that we make, and we have

them. Overall, I think it’s very important in this business

several other pieces in our line-up of everyday sterling

climate to find your niche, and separate yourself

jewellery that are not Muskoka themed.”

from others.”

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CrossFit Muskoka Keeping us active BY MATT DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR NULLMEYER

Don’t be scared. When it comes to CrossFit there’s no reason to be intimidated by stories of extreme endurance workouts and screaming instructors.

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A lot of people see CrossFit athletes accomplishing seemingly inhuman feats of strength and endurance and they assume all CrossFit is the same. —Kathryn Kearsey

A workout motto to live by at CrossFit Muskoka.

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n reality, CrossFit is all about having a great time and staying active, with workouts geared to everyone from ages 8 to 80. That’s the message that Muskoka’s newest CrossFit gym operators are trying to get across with CrossFit Muskoka.

“It’s all relative. My grandma working hard and a professional hockey player working hard are two different things,” says David Kearsey, co-owner and operator of CrossFit Muskoka with his wife, Kathryn Kearsey. “This is for everyone from kids to super athletes. We just put some music on and have some fun.” The 22,000 square foot gym is located in the building which many in the Port Carling area know as the former Peaks and Rafters location. “I absolutely love our space. It just fits so well with the ambiance we were going for and the ambiance of Muskoka in general,” says Kathryn. “It was built about 20 years ago. I had been there a few times to shop and I’d always loved it. Once we saw the property was for sale, we were in.” The couple come by their love of CrossFit naturally. Originally from Toronto, Kathryn was a yoga and pilates instructor working in London, England, when she met David. Born and raised in the UK, David was a professional rugby player when their paths crossed at her studio. >

CrossFit Muskoka is a community-based gym offering quality coaching and premium facilities.

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Muskoka CrossFit founders Kathryn, David and Doochie.

The couple moved to France where they had their first experience with CrossFit. “We used to go on workout dates and we thought we’d try CrossFit,” says David. “We fell for it hard. It was just so much fun. It actually wasn’t so much about the workout itself as the CrossFit community. It’s something that we’ve never experienced before.” The couple hopes to create just such a community in Muskoka, centred around their gym in Port Carling. Both are Level 3 CrossFit trainers, an achievement that requires a great deal of testing and study. Kathryn spent time cottaging in Muskoka as a child, and the couple eventually got the chance to try working out in the area. For Kathryn, it was a reminder of what she loved about the region, and for David it was a crash course in what makes this area such a sought-after place to visit and live. “Those were some of the most fun workouts I’ve ever done,” says David. “But there was something missing and that was a community of like-minded people.” To create that community, they hope to make CrossFit Muskoka as familyfriendly as possible. “A lot of people see CrossFit athletes accomplishing seemingly inhuman feats of strength and endurance and they assume all CrossFit is the same,” says Kathryn. “There are definitely people who are in it to win it...but we’re not those people.” 58

This very well thought out space will inspire you to achive your fitness goals.

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From the first-time gym-goer to the elite athlete, CrossFit Muskoka welcomes everyone, of all levels, to join. Muskoka CrossFit has the best equipment available on the market for their members.

The popularity of CrossFit has exploded over the past decade and the couple says it really isn’t hard to figure out why. “Living a healthy lifestyle has become a huge thing and that’s what CrossFit is all about. You don’t need any special equipment or to drink a special tea. You just show up and someone makes sure you’re safe and moving well,” says David.“The bottom line is that it works.” When the Ontario Government announces Stage 3 reopening protocols, CrossFit Muskoka will be ready. As well as adhering to government guidelines, and the standards recently released by both the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and the Fitness Industry Council of Canada, Kathryn says CrossFit Muskoka is “going above and beyond” to ensure the health and safety of their patrons. Classes will be limited to six people. A 15-minute break between classes will ensure no coming-and-going traffic at the door, and David and Kathryn, take a step back to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

provides time to clean between classes.

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We Asked 4 Premiere Muskoka Brewers:

What’s unique about your brewery? BY LESLEY KENNY PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR NULLMEYER

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uskoka Brewery is the original (est 1996) and the largest

Lake of Bays Brewing Co.’s Huntsville Brewhouse is the only Muskoka

brewery in Muskoka. Just two minutes off highway 11,

brewery that offers a full-service restaurant, where you can enjoy-

they’re easy to find when you’re heading to cottage

locally sourced ingredients. This summer they’ll open their third

country. Visit the Taproom to sample different beers or

location, the Bracebridge Barrelhouse, which will also offer upscale

take some to go. Be sure to try the latest release from

pub fare and feature their usual lineup of beer as well as wine and

their Moonlight Kettle Series, made by a trio of employees who

cocktails. Take a tour of their microbrewery (free tastings!), one of the

invent, craft, and name a new beer every month. Check out their

few microbreweries in Muskoka. Keep an eye on their website for

spiffy website where you can learn about beer-and-food pairings.

special releases and events.

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At Muskoka BeerSpa, Melissa Whittle, Manager of Groups, Events and General Shenanigans (her actual job title), says the 9-acre Muskoka retreat is hopping busy these days – in fact they’re full until mid-September after they had to delay their Canada Day opening. Touted as the world’s biggest beer spa, and based on the belief that everything is better with beer, overnight guests stay in plaid-curtained cabins and can choose from a variety of beer-infused spa treatments. The hot and cold pools, steam rooms, and spa services are also available for day guests. Muskoka BeerSpa is an affiliate The original (est 1996) and the largest brewery in Muskoka.

of Clear Lake Brewing Company, the newest brewery in Muskoka.

Sawdust City Brewing Company, in Gravenhurst, is the only Muskoka brewery with a large outdoor patio and in 2019 they released the most, new beer of all the breweries – a different one every week for the entire year. Their taproom, called The Saloon, normally seats 100 but due to COVID-19 protocols, they’re currently seating just under 40 people, max, with tables of four set up more than six feet away from each other. The two long harvest tables normally in the centre of the room have been removed for the time being. There’s no loud sports or cable TV here – it’s all about good conversation and great beer. The Saloon has a stage for live entertainment and the company is currently building an event space for corporate functions, when it’s safe again to host large groups, and romantic weddings. Huntsville Brewhouse, the Muskoka brewery that offers a full-service restaurant.

To sample local breweries, book a tour with Muskoka Craft Brewery Tours. They pick you up at your home, cottage or resort in Muskoka – for a lunch or a dinner tour – and chauffeur you through the beautiful Muskoka region on a fourand-a-half-hour brewery hop (of Canvas, Katalyst, Clear Lake, and Sawdust City brewing companies). For 2020, Muskoka Craft Brewery Tours will operate until Sunday, October 18th (their regular season begins in early April). See their website under “bookings” for more details and their COVID-19 protocols.

With new locations, free tastings, small-batch brews, and the world’s largest beer spa opened this summer, there are plenty of reasons to cheer Muskoka’s brewery scene.

Sawdust City Brewing Company welcomes you to visit its large outdoor patio.

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Clarion Re-imagines The classic wooden boat BY MATT DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CLARION BOATS OF MUSKOKA

Elegant lines, lustrous finishes and unmatched craftsmanship have made the classic wooden watercraft of Muskoka an iconic image of the region. A group of innovative thinkers have been able to merge the vintage look and feel of these antique boats with the latest in nautical technology.

There’s something about those beautiful old wooden

[wooden] boats and their connection to the history of Muskoka,” he says.

boats of Muskoka that’s always appealed to me,” says Paul

Crammond wanted a classic-style wooden boat with “turn-key”

Crammond, owner of Clarion Boats and a successful Chestnut Park

appeal and modern technology. The result is The Twenty - a

agent in the Muskoka region for more than 20 years. “I felt the market

mahogany runabout powered by a Mercruiser engine feeding an

was there for a boat that incorporated all of today’s technology in a classic mahogany design. Two and half years ago I decided if I don’t do it now, I never will.” Crammond has been coming to Muskoka since his parents purchased a cottage on Lake Rosseau in 1971. He owned a couple of wooden

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inboard-outboard drive. Crammond says it’s easy to drive, easy to park and easy to service. The Twenty features a modern deep-V hull design for a smooth, dry, safe ride with top speeds of over 50 mph. Crammond says it seats five or six people in comfort and safety.

boats himself when he was in his 20s and 30s, although he says at

“We wanted this to appeal to everyone,” he says. “This isn’t a floating

that point, they weren’t considered antiques.“By then everyone had

Corvette or a gentleman’s racer. We weren’t interested in that part of the

mostly switched over to fiberglass boats but I loved the history of the

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There’s no market to base this on because nothing like this has existed before. —Paul Crammond

Paul relocated the business to Muskoka—the heart of North American boat building since the 1920s—and rebranded it as Clarion Boats of Muskoka’s newest design, “The Twenty,” appeals to the new generation of wooden boater.

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To create The Twenty, Crammond turned to Clarion’s founder Dwight Boyd, Midland marine architect Steve Killing and Paul Brackley - a Gravenhurst-based boatbuilder with more than 30 years of experience. “Paul has done some major restoration projects on high profile boats but this is his first brand new boat,” says Crammond. “He’s really enjoyed the process and everyone has been getting along very well.”

Powered by a Mercruiser engine feeding an inboard-outboard drive, it’s easy to drive, easy to park, and easy to service.

Part of the process was learning to incorporate the WEST (Wood Epoxy Saturation Technology) technique for wooden boat building. Under the WEST system, all structural wooden components are protected by multiple coats of marine-grade epoxy before construction, effectively making them waterproof and immune to the effects of fluctuations in weather and water conditions. “It’s as durable and strong as fiberglass. The only difference is that it needs to be kept out of the sun when it’s not being used,” says Crammond. After more than two and a half years, 3,000 hours of work and many highs and lows, The Twenty was ready for the water. The next big hurdle was finding the market. Priced at roughly $225,000, The Twenty doesn’t come cheap but Crammond says there’s already a growing market of Muskoka cottagers paying $200,000 and more for wakeboarding boats.

Customizable in everything from stain colour to chrome trim to interior seating-layout and upholstery colours.

n Boats of Muskoka. Clarion

“We really feel like we’ve got something that’s the best of both worlds,” he says. “There’s no market to base this on because nothing like this has existed before.” For more information visit: www.clarionboats.com

Clarion Boats’ The Twenty is built to play, not sit in a boathouse.

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Muskoka’s Galleries

Draw inspiration from their surroundings BY MATT DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE ALBION GALLERY

Whether it’s on the main street of town or at the end of a winding country lane, the art galleries and studios of Muskoka celebrate the work of some of the country’s most exceptional artists and artisans.

Beautiful works of art at the Albion Gallery in Gravenhurst.

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n a typical summer, festivals like the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show in Bracebridge and the Dockside Festival of the Arts in Gravenhurst draw thousands of art lovers to the region. The summer of 2020 is anything but typical and many of Muskoka’s art festivals are cancelled for this season. But local galleries and studios are gradually welcoming back patrons with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place. As it has for 100 years, the natural beauty that first drew the famous Group of Seven to the area continues to inspire artists and the area is awash in galleries and studios. Many studios can be found along scenic Limberlost Road, located between Huntsville and Algonquin Park. Along the route, you’ll find nature-inspired pottery, jewellery, fiber art and clothing, driftwood and stone sculpture, paintings in many styles and media, hand-forged knives, wood turned burl art, and rustic and fine furniture. The road itself winds through forest, rock and wetlands rich in wildlife and natural beauty.

Started in 1997, the gallery runs throughout the town of Huntsville and includes incredible replica artwork of the collectives’ most famous works drawn by some of the most accomplished artists in Canada. In Gravenhurst, Arts at the Albion is a year-round, co-operative gallery showcasing the work of 20 diverse and unique local artists and craftspeople. The studio is located at the main intersection of town in the former Albion Hotel, which was constructed in 1888 and designated as a heritage building in 1983. One of the newest studios in the region is Let The Cat Go, located on Manitoba Street in downtown Bracebridge. A fine arts and crafts studio featuring a range of artists’ work on display, they also offer lessons in a variety of media such as acrylic and watercolour painting, drawing lessons, sculpture, jewelry making, pottery, wood carving, fabric and textiles, printmaking and more. While the COVID-19 crisis changed the look of Muskoka’s arts scene this summer, the region’s rich and diverse artistic community continues

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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.

Creemore/Clearview’s scenery is one of its great natural attractions

- you’ll see beautiful landscapes, including pastoral farmlands rolling off into the distance. Creemore has a vibrant small-business community and is a wonderful location for anyone looking to shop, dine and explore.

Mulmur Township is considered a wee bit of heaven that straddles the famous Niagara Escarpment. Descending into gently rolling farmlands and rural areas, it has become a preferred area for weekend country retreats as well as a home to a great many commuters.

Wasaga Beach is situated along the largest freshwater archipelago

in the world, and is a popular summer tourist destination. Enjoy the many trails for hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Swim in warm waters and admire the panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment.

Thornbury boasts an entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well. Located between Collingwood and Meaford, over the years this quaint town has been home to a wide spectrum of businesses. Bruce Street is active with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and artisans. Beaver Valley/Grey Highlands provides four seasons of relaxation, excitement and recreation in the unspoiled countryside. The valley is well known for skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Beaver Valley Ski Club operates as a private ski club just south of the town of Kimberly.

Meaford is a four-season destination that has it all. The quaint and charming historic downtown district offers live theatre and concerts, fesh local food, unique shopping, nature at your doorstep, a beautiful harbour and so much more.

Wiarton is located at the western end of the scenic shores of Colpoys Bay, an inlet off Georgian Bay on the Bruce Peninsula. Defined by the rugged limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, Wiarton is known for the Wiarton Willie Festival, in February each year. Owen Sound is located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay. A true gateway, enjoy the waterfront trail system, farmer’s market and, in the winter, access thousands of snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing areas and downhill skiing clubs.

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$1,149,000

PROVEN INCOME POTENTIAL IN COLLINGWOOD

WATERFRONT FAMILY FUN IN WASAGA BEACH

Collingwood, Ontario

Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Live in the main residence & rent out the attached Coach House. Sensitively renovated preserving the beauty & craftsmanship of the period. Total of 8 Bdrms & 7 Baths with 3,996 sq. ft. in the main residence & 1,220 sq. ft. in the Coach House. Walk to downtown Collingwood shops and restaurants and enjoy the summer Farmer’s Market just around the corner. A couple blocks and you are at Georgian Bay for all your water activities. Book your showing now, don’t delay. MLS®266529

Swim, kayak, seadoo, boat & water ski from your Private Waterfront on the Nottawasaga River. Expansive Multi-Level Waterside Decks with a Panoramic River View. 4,700 sq. ft of finished living space w/5 Bdrms. Semi-circular driveway with plenty of parking & a det. 2 car garage. For the water lifestyle, this is the property for you. Just a couple minutes drive to all stores and restaurants in the area. Call now for an appointment. MLS®259764

Barb Picot* Direct: 705 444 3452 picot@rogers.com Ron Picot* Direct: 705 446 8580 rpicot@rogers.com

$2,150,000

PRIVATE HARBOUR & BASIN – MEAFORD Meaford, Ontario

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BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME ON THE ESCARPMENT

$1,799,000

The Blue Mountains, Ontario

Located on Georgian Bay, this 22.16 acre waterfront property has over 900 feet of private waterfront. Featuring a concrete harbour with water & hydro & large enough to dock a 45 ft yacht with deep water draft & several smaller boats. Western exposure for amazing sunsets. MLS®150359

Skiing, golfing, biking & hiking close by! This is your opportunity to enjoy the 4-season Southern Georgian Bay Lifestyle! Located between the prestigious Georgian Bay Club & Georgian Peaks Ski Club & offering 3,828,sq. ft. with 5 Bdrms & 3.5 Baths with escarpment views. MLS®237900

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THE ORCHARD AT CRAIGLEITH CHALET The Blue Mountains, Ontario

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$839,000

Magnificent living spaces in this incredible 5 Bdrm, 4 Bath Mountain-style ski chalet with in-ground salt-water Gunite pool. Walking distance to the Craigleith Ski Club & only mins to Blue Mountain Village. Perfect for large gatherings, fully fenced, hot tub & mountain views. MLS®241872

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CUSTOM EXECUTIVE HOME Annan, Ontario

Across the street from the shores of Georgian Bay. This contemporary bungalow offers 2700 sq.ft of quality finishings, 4 bedrooms-4 baths+ full unfinished basement to complete as you wish. 1.5 acres 15 minutes from Owen Sound, in a beautiful private upscale neighbourhood. MLS®263937

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Cycling in Collingwood Taking the scenic route

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF JODY WILSON AT PEDAL PUSHERS CYCLING

The Collingwood area is one of Ontario’s most picturesque and diverse regions, with gentle rolling farmland along the shores of Georgian Bay giving rise to heights that represent the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. The stunning scenery, diverse terrain, and numerous roadside attractions (to be enjoyed safely, with social distancing and masks, naturally) have combined to make the region one of the province’s best road cycling destinations.

A group of cyclists form Pedal Pushers Cycling enjoying a group road trip in the beautiful Collingwood landscape.

The Collingwood area has become a mecca for cyclists due to the wide variety of options for all types of riders,” explains Noelle Wansbrough of Pedal Pushers Cycling, which offers clinics, coaching and tours for road riders. “The area is home to one of the most extensive multi-use trail networks anywhere in Canada, and the Escarpment provides great climbs and scenic vistas for road and gravel riders.”

Take a ride around historic Collingwood. Road cycling rises to exciting new heights here. Venture into the hills along winding roads, then park your bike to sample wines at a roadside vineyard or enjoy sweets at a cafe. Indulge in finely made craft ales at a craft brewery. Or tour an orchard. (Of course, not all attractions or stops may be available for business-as-usual as we continue to navigate social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols).

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Pedal Pushers offers personalized road, gravel and mountain bike clinics, coaching services and tours to all levels of cyclists.

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Taking a rest in beautiful downtown Creemore nestled into the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. Photo by Taylor Nullmeyer.

Ride along the shores of Georgian Bay at the longest freshwater beach in the world at Wasaga Beach. Inexperienced riders need not be dissuaded by the region’s dominant terrain feature, the towering heights of the Niagara Escarpment, says Wansbrough. “The area does have a lot of vertical compared to surrounding areas, but there are also opportunities for novice riders,” she explains. “The Georgian Trail is a flat rail trail linking Collingwood to Thornbury and Meaford, and the top of the escarpment has tons of paved and gravel roads, and loops can be put together from up top to avoid climbing the escarpment.” With all the options to choose from, how does one pick a route to for their first Collingwood cycling excursion? Wansbrough has a suggestion. “A classic road ride is the Creemore Beer Run,” she enthuses. “Collingwood to Creemore [approximately 60 km] is a local favourite for many riders. Creemore is a quaint town with great coffee shops and the famous Creemore Springs Brewery.” Quaint small towns, picturesque farmland, and appealing roadside attractions – what’s not to like about the cycling experience in Collingwood? For more information on cycling routes and trail networks, visit www.cyclesimcoe.ca. Pedal Pushers Cycling can be reached at www.pedal-pushers.ca. It’s advisable to contact roadside attractions before visiting to keep up to date with their COVID-19 safety measures and how this may impact your visit.

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Craigleith Provincial Park a picture perfect getaway BY ANDREW HIND

BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ONTARIO PARKS

The shoreline of shelf-like rock, lapped by azure waters and looking out on vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see, is straight out of a postcard. This is Craigleith Provincial Park, opened in 1967 to preserve a geologically significant shoreline on Southern Georgian Bay.

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t Craigleith Provincial Park, the exposed bedrock consists of layers of limestone and of shale. These rock formations were formed 450 million years ago when southern Ontario lay at the bottom of a shallow tropical sea called the Michigan Basin. Fine sediments washed down from the Taconic

Mountains (today’s Appalachians), settled in the basin, and were compressed into shale. Coral reefs also grew in the saltwater basin, gradually accumulating and consolidating into limestone. The weathered surface of these rocks reveals countless fossils skeletons or impressions of animals that once lived in the warm shallow sea that covered the Georgian Bay region so long ago. These fossils give us a glimpse of the rich and diverse marine life that existed in the prehistoric Michigan Basin. Craigleith’s fossils are mostly that of hard-shelled marine creatures. Trilobites, ancient relatives of the modern lobster, are by far the most abundant and common of these fossils. Also present are cephalopods (cone-shaped ancestors of the squid) and brachiopods (prehistoric clams). Visitors to Craigleith Provincial Park are free to search for and photograph these fossils, but keep in mind they are protected and must be left on the beach for others to enjoy. In 1859, Collingwood businessman William Darley Pollard decided he could make a fortune by meeting Ontario’s growing demand for oil, and was confident he knew just how to do it. Pollard patented a process of extracting crude oil from shale by distilling the fragmented rock in cast-iron vats heated to high temperatures over a fire.

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The plant Pollard erected at Craigleith produced 250 gallons of crude oil per day, a not inconsiderable amount in those days, though the process was labour intensive and required 30-35 tons of shale per day. Pollard seemed on the cusp of becoming extremely wealthy. But a few years later, oil was discovered in the ground at Petrolia and Oil Springs in southern Ontario. When oil wells were drilled there, they immediately made Pollard’s operation inefficient. In 1863, Pollard accepted defeat and closed his shale works, the only one of its kind in Ontario’s history. Today, a historic plaque is located near the site of the former oil works, at the east end of Craigleith Provincial Park. Any industry at Craigleith Provincial

Summer day activities for the whole family.

Park is in the distant past. The only activity you’ll see on this stretch of shoreline are children scampering across the flat rocks, bronzed paddle boarders and kayakers in the water, and people settled comfortably into folding chairs to watch the sun set over the expanse of Lake Huron. Pull yourself away from the water for a bit to read the panels describing some of the unique natural history of the area. If you find the setting so intoxicating that you’re reluctant to leave at the end of the day, you’re in luck: Craigleith Provincial Park offers camping, both RV and tent. Stay a while and make your own postcard memories.

Operating season until Oct. 25; Web: www.ontarioparks.com/park/craigleith Phone: 705-445-4467; keep up to date with the COVID-19 situation in Ontario Parks here: www.ontarioparks.com/covid19 Craigleith Provincial Park offers camping, both RV and tent, social distancing rules in place for visitors. 74

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Hibou Conservation Area welcomes you to its sand beach and pavilions.

Hibou Conservation Area PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GREY SAUBLE CONSERVATION AUTHORITY

Georgian Bay… so loved for its natural beauty and rich history. For a spot that allows you to appreciate both aspects of the Bay’s appeal, nature and heritage, look no further than Owen Sound’s Hibou Conservation Area.

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ibou Conservation Area was established in 1973 to commemorate a maritime disaster and to protect a diverse collection of natural habitats.

The Hibou was a steamship operating out of Owen Sound under the banner of the Owen Sound Transportation Company. On November 21, 1936, she steamed out of port on a routine cargo run to Manitoulin Island, loaded with 194 tons of flour, hay, feed, and miscellaneous supplies. She never made it. Within minutes of sailing, the Hibou began to take on water and shortly after she sank near the site of the conservation area. Survivors swam ashore at Paynter’s Bay, but seven of the passengers and crew

drowned, including the ship’s captain, Norman McKay, president of the Owen Sound Transportation Company. Two bodies were never recovered. With the tragedy more than 80 years in the past and little remembered today, most people visit Hibou Conservation Area for its natural appeal. The sandy beach at Paynter’s Bay (where the survivors of the wreck came ashore) is a tranquil setting ideal for a day of frolicking in the water. This stretch of sand is unusual for the Owen Sound shore. Most of the coast is rocky and littered with two distinct types of stone that hint at the natural history of the region. >

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Light coloured and heavily pitted, dolostone eroded from the nearby Niagara Escarpment cliffs. Darker and smoother, erratics were transported here millions of years ago, ripped from the northeastern side of Georgian Bay by glaciers and rounded by abrasion during their travels south. Two-and-a-half kilometres of trails lead along the rocky shore and sandy beach, then head inland to an entirely different landscape of alternating deciduous woodland and overgrown wetland. Interpretive panels explain features of the natural environment, including the significance of scattered bands of cobbles among the trees, which represent the ancient shoreline of glacial Lake Algonquin, a prehistoric inland sea that was much deeper and its shoreline much higher than that of Georgian Bay today. Note that due to COVID-19, bathroom facilities are currently unavailable. For more information go to: www.greysauble.on.ca

Hibou Conservation beach area along the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay.

2.5 km of hiking trails, boardwalks and beach to discover.

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The natural beauty of the county may even inspire you to sign up

2.5-hour drive north of Toronto, Haliburton’s breathtaking scenery,

for local painting classes with one of the area’s many recognized

combined with extensive recreational and cultural opportunities,

artists. Local shops and services are open all year. And so are

make this a desirable year-round home. Spend your summers

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dockside, relaxing with family and friends, walking scenic trails, golfing, fishing, kayaking or canoeing. In winter, enjoy hiking and

Dubbed the Haliburton Highlands, the spectacular beauty of the area

snowmobile trails, or grab your skis for a day of cross-country

makes Haliburton one of the most desirable places to live in Ontario.

skiing under clear blue skies. Your Chestnut Park Haliburton Real Estate Agent can help you make Haliburton home. A thriving arts community in Haliburton includes numerous public and private galleries, artists’ studios, museums, and the Haliburton Sculpture Forest.

The many rivers and more than two dozen lakes that dot the county promote an active lifestyle for families and retirees alike. Contact the Chestnut Park Haliburton Real Estate Agent cottage country team to find the perfect residence here for you.

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Bonnie View Inn

A landmark resort in the Haliburton Highlands ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW HIND

Bonnie View Inn shows Haliburton at its best – a shimmering lake, a warm welcome, and joyful summer fun. And this summer, extensive health protocols.

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his Lake Kashagawigamog resort proves that you don’t have to venture far to find that OMG vacation you crave. You can have that memorable, can’t-wait-to-boast-about-it holiday experience right here in Ontario. And there’s no better time to experience Bonnie View than now - with international travel warnings because of

the worldwide devastation of COVID-19, shorter ‘staycations’ in our own Canadian backyards are being advised. At one time, family-owned and operated inns dominated cottage country. Guests would frequent their chosen property year after year, passing down the tradition from generation to generation, creating tight bonds with innkeepers who became more friend than host. Though much rarer today, such properties still exist in Ontario and are prized for the intimacy, personal touches, and familiarity they provide. Visiting a country inn is like going home again. Bonnie View Inn is one such holdover from a past era. Where there were once 17 resorts operating alongside the sun-dappled waters of tranquil Lake Kashagawigamog, today only Bonnie View endures. And it does so almost through sheer force of the personality of its owner, the endlessly amiable and seemingly tireless Andrea Hagarty. Resorting is in her blood, part of who she is. “My grandparents, my parents, my aunts and uncles, we all went to Birch Point Lodge – Bonnie View’s onetime neighbour – for two weeks every summer, without fail, for decades. It becomes a part of you,” she explains. “I enjoyed it so much that I later worked at the resort, and then accepted a job at Bonnie View.” The plan was to work at Bonnie View for a season, then move on. But things didn’t quite work out that way. It’s been nearly 30 years and Andrea Hagarty is still here, having purchased the venerable resort in 2005 when it was one year from its 90th anniversary. Andrea’s warmth and barely-controlled exuberance have become a part of Bonnie View’s charming personality. It’s a true family-friendly resort, the kind that is equally ideal for couples with young ones in tow and for adults looking to unwind.

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Located on Lake Kashagawigamog with 500 feet of southern exposure and over 300 feet of beachfront.

Here, kids will thrill to the many on-site activities, most of them quite naturally centred around the resort’s 500-foot waterfront. Bouncing on a water trampoline, beach volleyball, swimming, fishing, kayaking, paddle-boarding – it’s all here. There’s much to offer adults as well. If your idea of activity is limited to raising a glass of wine while lazing in the sun, Bonnie View is your destination. The waterside patio—so close to the lake you can practically reach out and touch the surface—is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. And there’s something about the vibrancy of the setting that makes you want to embrace all that comes with a cottage country vacation. Try jet skiing, parasailing, or waterskiing, for example. Andrea Hagarty goes to virtually any length to ensure guests have not a care in the world. “I make guests feel like family,” she says, cheerily. “I want to let them know how much I appreciate their business.” 80

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Because guests are like family to Andrea, she has taken extensive steps to ensure their health and safety is foremost even as we remain in the grip of COVID-19. Upon arrival, for example, guests call the front desk from the parking lot. The front desk attendant will then let guests know when the lobby is clear and therefore safe for check-in. Sports equipment and outdoor chairs are disinfected twice per day, rooms are disinfected prior to check-in, and all staff will wear masks and be screened when arriving at work – the list goes on and on. An information sheet will be sent to guests prior to arrival outlining the many safety measures. “Sadly,” laments Andrea, “there are no hugs this year.” That sense of warmth between guest and innkeeper was the secret of cottage country resorts of the past and is what makes Bonnie View the definitive successor of that proud legacy today. In many ways, Bonnie View is a throwback to yesteryear, a time capsule. And guests love it. A vacation at Bonnie View Inn is the stuff of treasured family moments, the kind of place where a simple photograph will conjure up cherished memories even decades later. Location: 2713 Kashagawigamog Lake Rd. Phone: 1-800-461-0347 or 705-457-2350. Email: bonnieview@bell.net Web: www.bonnieviewinn.com Note that COVID-19 has resulted in changes to how the resort will be operating in 2020, which are fully outlined on their website.

With new social distancing in place, families can still enjoy the outdoors at the resort.

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A Taste of Haliburton

The Haliburton County Farmers’ Market BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF HALIBURTON COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKET ASSOCIATION

As people increasingly embrace local produce, Farmers’ Markets have grown in popularity. Haliburton is blessed in this regard. The Haliburton County Farmers’ Market boasts not one but three locations: Minden, Haliburton, and Stanhope. Things are a little different this summer, but the markets are open.

Edilicious makes hand made products, from their Falafels and fine cheese appetizers to their delicious chimichurri.

There is strong appetite for Haliburton County agricultural products,” says market manager Faye Adamson.“ Farmers’ Markets represent an opportunity for people to meet the many great producers in our region who are growing, raising and making our food.”

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In pre-pandemic years, some 1500-1700 people attend the Haliburton market each week, another 1000 in Minden, and about 500 at Stanhope. In total, more than 40,000 people visit the three markets each year. As attendance has grown—a mix of residents and cottagers— so too has the number of vendors, which currently stands at more than forty.

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The vibrancy of the local agriculture scene is apparent at a market visit. Fresh-picked fruits and vegetables, dangling garlic ropes, and local honey all beckon. Baskets overflow with fresh bread, and neat rows of preserves line tables. Decadently sweet maple syrup and artisanal cheeses over here, locally made wine and fresh cut flowers over there. Talented artisans showcase their handiwork. Each item represents the personality and passion of the producer. It’s not just the producers that benefit from farmers’ markets— the entire host community sees noticeable economic advantage. Adamson points out that for every $1 spent in farmers’ markets, $2-3 are spent in the wider community. Many of the vendors are at the forefront of sustainable farming, so it’s little surprise that the market itself is proactive in being eco-friendly. “One of our initiatives for 2020 is to limit the plastics we use while remaining in compliance with health codes,” enthuses Faye Adamson. “We also want to showcase some of the not-for-profit organizations that are doing so much for our community, so we’ll have one at every market this year.”

The fresh Ontario grown local produce is always the star of the show.

To ensure vendors and attendees alike have the confidence to enjoy their market experience this summer, the Farmers’ Market has initiated a number of health protocols. To limit contact, people are encouraged to pre-order and pre-pay purchases whenever possible, and to use exact change when not possible. One-way directional traffic through the market has been imposed. Vendors wear masks and attendees are encouraged to do likewise. Please shop with your eyes, not your hands. These rules are designed to allow us, despite COVID-19, to continue enjoying the bountiful pleasures of the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market. Each day brings something new—something fresh. That’s part of the appeal of a farmers’ market. Haliburton Farmers’ Market Locations (all dates tentative, social distancing in effect): Minden, temporary 2020 location at Minden Fairgrounds , opened Saturday, June 13 (every Saturday, 10am to 2pm) Haliburton in Rotary Park (the usual home, Head Lake Park, is underdoing renovation in 2020), opened Tuesday, June 16 (every Tuesday, 12pm to 4pm) Stanhope, in the Stanhope Community Centre, opened June 26 (every Friday, 12pm to 4pm) Beautiful hand cut flowers from local gardens adorn the market.

For more information, check out their new website:

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Northumberland County This thriving community, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, is comprised of 7 municipalities. Here, you can explore quiet forests, exceptional waterfront and endless opportunities for water-related activities. With a combined population of 81,000, Northumberland County’s ideal location about halfway between Toronto and Kingston makes it a suitable area for everyone – singles, families, and retirees. Within this community, Brighton, Cobourg, Colborne, Grafton, Port Hope, Rice Lake and Trent Hills all offer a quiet lifestyle with an historic flavour. Your Chestnut Park Northumberland County Real Estate Agent can recommend where to begin your search. Northumberland County is well-known for its gently rolling hills and open spaces – for cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and horseback riding. Trails wind through forests, picturesque waterways and old rail lines. The sparkling waters of Rice Lake are a hot spot for fishing in the summer and winter. Even on the coldest days you’ll find fishing huts and their ever-patient occupants. 84

While the shores of Lake Ontario offer white sandy beaches, for those who prefer to keep the sand out of their shoes there are waterholes to play in, peppered throughout Northumberland County. Ask a Chestnut Park Northumberland County Real Estate Agent to help you plan a day trip here for a summer picnic so you can get to know the area and its benefits. Residents enjoy numerous community festivals and events, like the Cobourg Highland Games, the Cobourg Waterfront Festival and the license-free family fishing weekend. Northumberland County has much to offer its residents, yet remains one of Ontario’s best kept secrets. It’s the perfect place for a seasonal home or a place to put down your roots. Contact a Chestnut Park Northumberland County Real Estate Agent to find the perfect residence here for you. IIS

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ONCE IN A LIFETIME AN OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A SPECIAL AND MUCH ADMIRED PROPERTY COMES ALONG....

Northumberland, Ontario

This 136 acre country estate is the perfect four season retreat in an idyllic private and serene setting nestled in the Northumberland Hills. Enjoy the rolling hills, spring fed pond, walking trails and woodlands. Spend your days hiking, riding, fishing in the river or relaxing in your own bunkie. Conveniently located only 125 kms from Toronto, minutes from St Anne’s spa and the town of Grafton and Cobourg. This grand Georgian style home offers lake and pastural views, a wrap around porch, soaring ceilings, exposed reclaimed beams, 2 wood burning fireplaces & wood stove, 4 bedrooms, 5 washrooms, a large basement with a gym and separate walk out living quarters with 2 bedrooms, living/dining, den, kitchen and 4pc bath. The detached oversized triple car garage boasts a large attic or studio space. The barn, built in 2010 includes 6 stalls, tack room, shower facilities, large garage for 8-10 cars with two storey club house walking out to the grounds. Three paddocks with shelters and a hay storage barn. Plans are available for a riding arena. The possibilities are endless...work from home, car collector or sports enthusiasts dream! Truly a must see property. Furnishings and farm equipment are negotiable after purchase allowing for a “turn key” country home.

Jacqueline Orr* Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 737 6741 jackieorr@me.com

$1,295,000

1854 REGENCY GEM IN THE CENTRE OF HISTORIC TOWN OF PORT HOPE WITH A GLORIOUS GARDEN ON THE RAVINE

Northumberland, Ontario

One of the most notable Regency cottages in the vibrant town of Port Hope. The main floor has a wonderful wide hallway with high ceilings flanked on either side by spacious principal rooms and French doors at the rear to the upper deck overlooking the gardens. The modern kitchen at the back has French doors to a beautiful stone patio with views of the ravine. The lower level, due to the slight slope of the garden is fully functional and is now the bedroom floor with a walk out to the lower deck and beautiful garden. The upper level has a large open loft with “sunburst” windows and a bright sitting room and office. It’s an easy walk to shopping, restaurants and the theatre, plus easy access to Via Rail and the #401. It’s a perfect house.

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Presqu’ile Provincial Park is a park in southeastern Northumberland County on the north shore of Lake Ontario near the town of Brighton, Ontario.

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The Pleasures of Presqu’ile BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ONTARIO PARK

Summer at Presqu’ile Provincial Park is meant for swimming and sunning. After all, it does boast one of Lake Ontario’s longest and most picturesque beaches. But there is more to the park than just lazing about on sun-kissed sand. Much more. Among the many reasons to pull yourself off your beach blanket along the shores of Presqu’ile Provincial Park, is an exploration of Owen Point. This spot is a gravel spit that sticks out into Lake Ontario and is accessed by the Owen Point Trail,” explains David Bree, a Senior Discovery Leader at Ontario Parks. “It’s a very scenic spot with the lake around you and several islands just offshore. It’s a great bird watching spot – you can see terns diving for food in summer, and shorebirds [including sandpipers and plovers] start their fall migration in July, peaking in early September and lasting through the autumn. After September 11, if you want an adventure, you can wade over to Gull Island and see the abandoned bird colony that’s off limits until that date.”

As one of Ontario’s premier bird-watching spots, its not unusual for avid birders at the park to record 100 species in a single day. The abundance of species is due in large part to the park’s diversity of habitats, ranging from marsh and forest to one-time farm fields that were cultivated by the Jobes family settlers. Twelve kilometres of clearly-marked trails lead through these varied terrains. “The panne areas [coastal wetlands] between the main road and the beach are Presqu’ile’s most globally significant habitat,” explains Bree. >

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Enjoy some shore fishing at Calf Pasture in Presqu’ile, a popular social distancing activity for this summer.

“It doesn’t look like much – a wet marsh or dry field, depending on the time of year – but in August and September it’s alive with a wildflower display featuring plants that range from regionally unusual to rare, notably the fringed gentian.”

Looking for a secret, out-of-the-way spot that you’ll likely have all to yourself? Bree has a suggestion. “The calf pasture gets overlooked in summer,” he says. “But one can have a private picnic here. If you have a canoe it is a good place to put it into the water, and kids enjoy fishing from shore.” Don’t forget to set aside a few minutes to visit the Presqu’ile Lighthouse. Built in 1840, it is the second oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the north shore of Lake Ontario. By now, having done some exploring, the warm beach and cool waters beckon.

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Presqu’ile Lighthouse in the summer. Photo by D Hamilton

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Salmon Point Prince Edward County, ON

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.

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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Macaulay Heritage Park is an attractive historic site featuring Macaulay House, built in 1830 and restored in the mid 1850s.

Past Forward in Picton

BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY MUSEUM

Picton is the nerve centre of Prince Edward County and its largest town. As well as its prosperity and growth over the two centuries since it was founded, Picton can brag of a wealth of heritage buildings that reflect its rich history. History is alive here, it’s all around us,” says Peter Lockyer, former CBC broadcaster turned local historian and tour guide. “That’s why I named my company History Lives Here.” Picton can trace its roots to the early 19th century when settlers began to take up land on the shores of Picton Bay. One of the most influential of these early arrivals was Reverend William Macaulay, who came in 1815 at the head of a group of settlers and promptly laid out a townsite. He named it Picton. 90

“Picton is named after Sir Thomas Picton, a Welsh general who died at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 – the same year Macaulay arrived in Prince Edward County,” explains Lockyer. “Picton was apparently a brilliant general who served under Wellington for years, but he was not a pleasant man.” Macaulay’s community grew rapidly and through the 19th century the harbour bustled with schooners and steamers, initially shipping wheat to Great Britain and barley to the breweries of the United States. >

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But history certainly isn’t confined to Macaulay Heritage Park. “The Regent Theatre was originally a warehouse, built circa 1830, but in 1918 it took on a new life as an opera house and performance stage that could accommodate over 1,000 people. It continues to this day as a setting for cultural activities,” explains Lockyer. “Next to the Regent is our Carnegie Library, built with $12,500 in funds granted to us by the Carnegie Foundation. Andrew Carnegie was a wealthy Scottish immigrant to America who made his fortune in railroads and the steel industry. He valued literacy as a basis for success in life and built 2,500 libraries around the world.”

Some restoration work was done in 1977 and in 2008 the gallery partitions were removed, restoring the spatial integrity of the building.

Located at 208 Main Street, Picton. In 1907, this building was opened as the Carnegie Library. Photo by Taylor Nullmeyer. This is a rendering of St. Mary Magdalene Church, made of stone and topped by an elegant bell tower, dates to 1825.

When the United States imposed tariffs in the 1890s that blocked all agricultural and fisheries imports from Canada, Prince Edward County farmers switched to growing canning crops. By 1902, one third of all Canada’s canned fruits and vegetables came from ‘The Garden County.’ Today, Picton is known for its small-town charms, its nearby wineries, the warm welcome it provides visitors and, perhaps most notably, for the many handsome historic buildings that survive from the 19th century. Macaulay Heritage Park was established to preserve a number of these historic buildings. St. Mary Magdalene Church, made of stone and topped by an elegant bell tower, dates to 1825 and owes its existence to Reverend Macaulay. Today, it houses the Prince Edward County Museum. The clergyman’s home, Macaulay House, is an attractive Regency-style red brick house erected nearby, in 1830, that has likewise been restored. Completing the collection is a 19th-century carriage house and heritage gardens.

Wandering the streets of Picton you come across the Town Hall, built in 1866 as a fire hall, then served for a time as the Bijou Opera House for live travelling shows and movies, and finally restored in 1988 to serve as a Town Hall. The Crystal Palace was built in 1890 for the local agricultural society and modelled after the Crystal Palace from the 1851 Great Exhibition in London. The District Court House was built in 1832 and is still in use, and the 1834 Gaol now houses part of the County Archives. “Benson Hall in Benson Park is one of our greatest treasures,” asserts Lockyer. “It was built circa 1812 by the Barker family, Loyalists who received a land grant in what is now downtown Picton. Barker Street in Picton is named after the family. The house was moved to its present location from Main Street to make way for a new post office in the 1890s. Benson Hall is the centrepiece of Benson Park, a green space gifted to the town by William Benson, a man who made his fortune in the canning industry.” Spend an afternoon strolling the streets of historic Picton, while enjoying its more contemporary boutique shops, art galleries and cafés. IIS

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // THE 1000 ISLANDS

THE 1000 ISLANDS is a water playground. An archipelago of more

activities, and the stunning landscape distinguishes it as one of the

than 1,800 islands, The 1000 Islands straddle the Canada-US border

continent’s unique destination locations. Residents and visitors can

in the St. Lawrence River. The islands of varying sizes dot the water

take advantage of many fine restaurants, shops, markets and activities

for 80 miles downstream from the city of Kingston, about halfway

that include boating, swimming, waterskiing/wake boarding and

between Toronto and Montreal. The 1000 Islands is part of the Parks

wreck diving, or visit local museums including the internationally

Canada’s National Parks system, the Ontario Provincial Parks network,

renowned Antique Boat Museum.

and is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Development has been carefully controlled, and, as a result, its natural beauty and

Owning a property in The 1000 Islands provides owners, their families

wilderness are undisturbed. A Chestnut Park The 1000 Islands Real

and friends, with an opportunity to take advantage of a coveted and

Estate Agent can help you navigate these waters – and properties.

unique lifestyle. Enjoy the privacy of home on a boat-access-only island, or the pleasures of living on a mainland waterfront property,

Residents on both sides cross the watery border regularly, to visit,

overlooking the spectacular river vistas of the St Lawrence. Welcome

play and dine. The area is rich in history, culture, amenities and

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$1,895,000

MYERS ISLAND

$1,250,000

The 1000 Islands, Ontario

The 1000 Islands, Ontario

Own a home in a National Park! Live on a unique, year round, “drive to”, island. This pristine 3-bedroom, 3 bathroom home has huge windows overlooking 220’ of shoreline & unspoiled views. Property offers a private beach & a 70’ dock with good water depth all year long & double car garage.

PICNIC ISLAND

$1,250,000

5.6 acre unspoiled one family island minutes from marinas. The updated, sleek, 2-bedroom cabin is at the water’s edge. Live in the cabin or build your dream cottage on this park-like island. It has a good harbor with a long floating dock. A stunning island in a stellar location.

620 THOUSAND ISLANDS PARKWAY

$679,000

The 1000 Islands, Ontario

The 1000 Islands, Ontario

1.5 acres in Paradise! Selfisolate on your own island. The 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath cottage has a stunning floor to ceiling granite fireplace, a secluded master suite, walksouts from the bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, a huge screened porch, a floating boatport and glorious views.

1 PRINCESS CHARLOTTE ISLAND

$649,000

The 1000 Islands, Ontario

A prime address 20 minutes from Kingston/Brockville, 2.45 hrs from Montreal/Toronto & 1+ hr from Ottawa. The 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath home with walk-out basement has beautiful views overlooking the pool & on over the landscaped acreage, an attached double garage & a separate 3-bay shop/garage.

$729,000

2 protected deepwater harbours, 1 with a doublewide floating boatport, the other with a boathouse! Traditional spacious cottage with 3-bedrooms, 1.5 baths, beautiful panelling & a floor to ceiling granite fireplace, a separate bunkie/guest house & 2 sheds with electricity.

$649,000

ISLE OF THE GREMLINS

SOLD

$525,000

The 1000 Islands, Ontario

A 1 family, 2 island utopia! The main island has a 3-bedroom, 2-bath main house with cedar panelling & a living room cantilevered over the water, a double wide boathouse with 2 outside covered slips & a 50’ dock. The second island, accessed by a bridge, has a guest cabin that sleeps 4.

68 BIG STAVE ISLAND

SOLD

The 1000 Islands, Ontario

Looking for sunsets? This 2.96 acres with 1348’ of waterfront is it! The 2,300 sf 4-bedrm (2 with ensuites), 3-bath Panabode main house has many walk-outs & great views. The guest cottage offers a bedrm, a bathrm & living room. The unique flat “playing field” could be a tennis court.

106 DOWNIE ISLAND

SOLD

The 1000 Islands, Ontario

A beautiful, open concept panelled cottage with cathedral ceiling, main floor master with ensuite & walk-in closet, lots of walk-outs & decks, an outside shower & 2-bedrooms & sitting area off a mezzanine. The guest cottage includes a bathroom & walk-in closet. The swimming is fabulous!

www.GeorginaRatcliffe.com An Islander for over 50 Years!

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GLOBAL BRAND RECOGNITION

The influential Christie’s name evokes confidence and assures clients of impeccable service, integrity and discretion. Dedicated specifically to the marketing of luxury properties, Christie’s International comprises brokers who demonstrate consistent success in luxury home sales and excellence in customer service.

Our association with Christie’s differentiates Chestnut Park in the Ontario luxury real estate market place. Chestnut Park clients are drawn to the global platform we are able to provide through our relationship with Christie’s. The international referral network afforded to us with our exclusive connection to this long established luxury brand and access to the best real estate agents in the world gives us a crucial competitive edge in today’s luxury marketplace. — CHRIS KAPCHES Chief Executive Officer And President Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage

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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection VITTORIO MATTEO CORCOS (ITALIAN, 1859-1933) Alla fontana (Le due colombe) signed and dated ‘V. Corcos/96.’ (on the pillar, lower right) oil on canvas 82¼ x 59 in. (208.9 x 149.9 cm.) $500,000–700,000

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Sustainable Architecture:

Meet the high-rise farms of the future To tackle climate change, our cities will need to combine architecture and agriculture, say two young architects—in honor of Earth Day, see how their truly green building concept proposes to do just that.

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y 2050, cities across the world will see their populations increase by some 2.5 billion people. That’s according to a report by the United Nations, which points out that 55 percent of the global population currently lives in urban areas and that, if trends hold true, that number could rise to two out of every three people. With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day being celebrated this year, one thing is certain: the need for sustainable architecture has never been more pressing.

“In the next 50 years more food will be consumed than in the last 10,000 years combined, and 80 percent of it will be eaten in cities,” says architect Chris Precht, who, along with his wife and partner Fei, is the founder of Studio Precht. He believes architecture has a vital role to play in sustainable urban planning: “Cities need to become part of our agricultural system,” he says“.

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Working as Penda, Chris and Fei Precht created the concept for Yin & Yang House. Built on an extremely small plot of land in Germany, the home features an interlocking green roof and would allow its owners to achieve food independency.

Eco-Friendly Warriors For the Prechts, finding eco-friendly solutions to a potential global food crisis is personal. Three years ago they moved from Beijing, China—where they’d established a successful architectural practice under the name Penda—to the mountains of Austria. “We now live and work off-grid and try to be as self-sufficient as possible. We grow most of our food ourselves and get the rest from neighboring farmers,” Fei says. “It’s given us a different way of relating to food. But we’re aware that this lifestyle isn’t an option for everyone, so we try to develop projects that bring food back to cities.”

If we want to encourage people to care about the environment, we need to bring the environment back into our cities. —Chris Precht

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A large open-plan living space occupies the first level of each module. Occupants would be able to build their homes using as many modules as they choose, or taller housing blocks could be formed by arranging the A-frames into stacked duplexes.

Creating Urban Farmland

The process of food production becomes visible. It reenters the center of our cities and our minds. —Chris Precht

It’s for this reason that Studio Precht has designed the Farmhouse. Their concept for sustainable housing, in which residents grow their own food via vertical farms built into the structure, recently won gold at the 2020 Berlin Design Awards. “We want the building to encourage citizens to grow food locally, while invoking a direct connection with natural surroundings,” Chris explains of its design. “In a way, we construct our farmland and we plant our building.” The pair envisions the high-rise building’s modular system being constructed of cross-laminated timber panels. These leave a lighter environmental footprint, as it’s precise to fabricate, easy to transport, and quick to install. The process of creating structurally engineered wood is also sustainable—using less energy than steel, cement, or concrete during manufacturing and producing fewer greenhouse gases in the process. The design of each of the Farmhouse’s modules is based on the structural clarity of traditional A-frame houses, with angled walls that allow space for communal or private gardening on their outer sides. Different modules would house the various systems of vertical farming, such as hydroponic units for growing without soil, waste management systems, or solar panels.

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I think we miss a connection with nature. This project could be the catalyst that reconnects us with the life cycle of our environment. —Chris Precht

An indoor food market would be located on the ground floor of the tower, along with a root cellar for storing food in winter and composting units for turning food waste back into growing material.

Reconnecting Cities and Minds The Precht’s eco-friendly reasoning is sound. By growing fresh food within a building, the need for transport and the use of packaging is vastly reduced. Stacked gardens reduce the use of ground space, allowing previously over-utilized farmland to naturally restore itself, and vertical farms produce a higher ratio of crop per planted area. “It also means the process of food production becomes visible,” says Chris. “It reenters the center of our cities and our minds.” He firmly believes that any architectural solution needs to work on a psychological level, too. “If we want to encourage people to care about the environment, we need to bring the environment back into our cities,” he says. “Reversing climate change, reducing pollution, creating a healthy food system—those problems won’t be solved by new technology or new products alone. They will be solved by empathy, and that’s become a task for architects.” IIS www.precht.at WWW.CHRISTIESREALESTATE.COM // 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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Perfection! Greenwich Village, New York, New York Beds: 4 // Baths: 4 full | 1 partial // Sq. Ft: 2,676 // Type: Co-op property

This 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom duplex is one of the most special homes in all of Manhattan! This duplex home has entrances on both floors, which allows for the perfect home office with its own bathroom! No detail has been overlooked in this complete, top to bottom renovation. All four generously sized bedrooms feature their own en-suite bathroom and ample closet space. The formal dining room and living room both feature 18 foot ceilings and each have their own wood-burning fireplace. This is an entertainer’s dream! The chef’s-like windowed kitchen has custom Alno glass cabinetry, granite countertops and backsplash, and stainless steel appliances which include a Wolf stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher and microwave. The hand honed stairway leads to a private floor for the master bedroom with a study and spa-like master bath! For more information on this property Click Here

Christie’s International Real Estate 20 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York, 10020 United States Geoffrey Gottlieb +1 212 641 3738

Christie’s International Real Estate 20 Rockefeller Plaza New York, New York, 10020 United States Brian Meier +1 212 641 3732

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Herrick House and the Granary Art Gallery - The Former Estate of Melva Bucksbaum Sharon, Connecticut

Beds: 8 // Baths: 14 full | 6 partial // Sq. Ft: 9,000 // Type: Single Family Home // 14,000 Sq.Ft private Art Gallery “The former country estate of celebrated art collector and philanthropist Melva Bucksbaum, and one of the most significant estates in Litchfield County, it comprises an impressive 9,000-square-foot restored main house, a 14,000-square-foot custom-built art gallery known as the Granary, a library and pool house, as well as a guesthouse, caretaker’s house, guest log cabin, and garage. Surrounded by pastoral beauty with vistas of the Berkshire Mountains, neighboring equestrian farm and woodlands, the seven buildings of the Herrick House estate are linked by flagstone paths, gravel driveways, and pristine lawns. Embracing its natural surroundings, yet retaining a stylish formality, the grounds are accentuated with old stone walls, specimen trees and orchards, and gardens.” For more information on this property Click Here

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About 340 Spruce Ridge Lane, Snowmass Village, Colorado Beds: 5 // Baths: 5 full | 1 partial // Sq. Ft: 9,000 // Type: Single Family Home

This spectacular, mountain contemporary home offers direct ski access while sparing no expense in its craftsmanship and fine finishes. Located in the exclusive Pines Subdivision and nestled in a grove of Aspen trees, this home offers privacy while only being minutes away from both Aspen and Snowmass Village. Its open floor plan, featuring a dining room for 14 people, bar, great room and multiple media rooms and sitting areas, was built and designed for gathering the whole family. Enjoy the beautiful Colorado summers on an expansive deck with outstanding views, a built-in grill and an outdoor fireplace. The five bedrooms are all en suite and include a master suite with two walk-in closets, a guest master, two additional guests suites and a bunk room for kids. For more information on this property Click Here

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Knowledge, Experience, Negotiating Skills Experience and expertise with an untiring commitment to achieve the best possible real estate results for her clients, is the cornerstone of Erica Anne’s business. A consistent top producer, she is active in Rosedale, Moore Park, Summerhill and Yorkville areas, closely watching market trends, applying innovative marketing, social media techniques and international networking to efficiently produce successful results. A positive and patient approach to managing real estate transactions through clear communication and transparency has earned her the trust and respect of her customers.

THE REALTOR THAT REALLY CARES! SHE WELCOMES YOUR CALL!

Erica Anne Cook , B.P.H.E, B.A., B.ED. SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist 2019 Chairman’s Award Winner 2019 Direct: 416 903 3132 Office: 416 925 9191 homes@ericaannecook.com www.ericaannecook.com

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.

www.hbrealestate.ca Helen Braithwaite, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Chairman’s Award Winner, 2017, 2018, 2019 helenbraithwaite@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 561 3114

Michelle Phillips, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

mphillips@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 647 261 3655

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The Picot Team: Our philosophy is to always put our clients first, provide an experience that is professional and personal, and always place our clients’ goals and expectations as a priority which allows us to build and maintain solid, trustworthy relationships. For our Team, everyday is exciting when you’re part of acquiring and trading real estate in our 4 Season Recreational Area. We are not just selling real estate, we’re creating a LIFESTYLE for you and your family! Call us next time you are in our area and we’ll sit down for coffee to discuss your needs. We look forward to meeting you.

www.ThePicotTeam.com

Barb Picot , SALES REPRESENTATIVE

picot@rogers.com | Cell: 705 444 3452

Ron Picot , SALES REPRESENTATIVE

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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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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.

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 w Over $40 Million SOLD so far in 2020

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

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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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. Director’s Award Winner, 2019 Office: 705 684 9087 | Direct: 416 617 3733 aprilgadsbydrane@sympatico.ca

Jen Purkis, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Jen brings a lifetime of experience on the Lakes of Muskoka and feels there’s no better place in which to invest. Also involved in designing and building luxury cottages makes for an even greater understanding and appreciation of the many elements and layers involved in the entire process. Those rewarding moments of finding clients that dream cottage are precisely what drives Jen to work tirelessly for her clients. Whether buying or selling in Muskoka, you’re in good hands with Jen. Direct: 705 706 7705 jen@luxurylistingsmuskoka.com | www.luxurylistingsmuskoka.com

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Laura Morrison, SALES REPRESENTATIVE After vacationing in Muskoka throughout her life, Laura decided to make Muskoka her permanent home & moved from Oakville with her family in 2012. Laura’s professional roles have always been associated with real estate. With her charismatic demeanor, knowledge of the industry & her passion for people, Laura became a licensed Realtor. Laura currently ranks as one of the top-producing agents in Muskoka achieving sales of over $180M since 2015 of luxury waterfront properties. She continually puts her client’s needs first & values trust & integrity as her cornerstone. She considers it a privilege to represent her clients in buying & selling in beautiful Muskoka. Direct: 705 952 1097 laura@chestnutpark.com

Susan Brown, B.A., MVA, SRES

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“Susan Brown provided exceptional knowledge & expertise in the ever-changing Muskoka market. She is a professional who stands heads above any realtor we have worked with. Part of this is due to her 30 years experience in Muskoka as a competent & highly regarded agent, along with her ability to listen to her client’s perspective & act on it. Susan was a partner w/us from beginning to end providing valuable insights. She provided us with guidance without being intrusive. Her diplomacy & calm demeanor; along with her vision & positive personality have made our experience prompt, stress-free and truly an enjoyable one.” — Kathleen Boyce/Erwin Mueller Direct: 705 788 4176 susanbrown@vianet.ca | www.lakeofbayscottages.com

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Muskoka // Port Carling

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Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X3

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Muskoka // Foot’s Bay

446 Spadina Road

1039 McDonald Road (RR1 Mactierpoc 180)

Toronto, Ontario M5P 2W4

Foot’s Bay, Ontario P0C 1H0

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

Huntsville // Lake of Bays (Florence St.)

Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 1B3

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

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

Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2N9

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Gravenhurst

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181 Bay Street

Wiarton, Ontario N0H 2T0

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Erin // Caledon // Mono // King

Haliburton

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4490 Kennisis Lake Road

Caledon, Ontario L7C 3G8

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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

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Online Auction, 1-16,17 September 2020 THE COLLECTION OF A. JERROLD PERENCHIO A CALIFORNIA LIFE

Online Auction, 1-16,17 September 2020 CONTACT

Victoria Tudor vtudor@christies.com +1 212 974 4505

Interior view of Mr. Perenchio’s home. Photo by Jim Bartsch. Reproduced with permission of the estate.

THE COLLECTION OF A. JERROLD PERENCHIO CHARTWELL: AN HENRI SAMUEL COMMISSION