Invest In Style Winter 2021 Issue

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VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 1 | WINTER 2021

ART & DESIGN

A Bright and Airy Contemporary Kitchen

COVER STORY

Architect of Extremes Alex Josephson

HEARTFUL HEROES

The Muskoka Shoebox Project for Women

Food and Drink: Grilltime Gourmet Meat Shop | Muskoka Living: Hidden Valley Marks Half a Century in Muskoka | In Conversation with Artist Olivia Brouwer Luxury Listings | Industry Experts | Featured Articles


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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

REAL ESTATE CONFIDENTIAL

History Doesn’t Repeat, it Rhymes

TORONTO LIVING

Type Books Your Friendly Neighbourhood Bookstore Thanks You

ART & DESIGN

In Conversation with Olivia Brouwer

HEALTH & WELLNESS

hef Jordan Wagman C Eating Clean and Feeling Well

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rilltime: Good Food and Exceptional G Service in the Heart of Leaside anada’s Pacific Gulf Islands C When Was the Last Time You Got Lost in a Tidal Pool?

MUST HAVES // INVEST IN LOCAL

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TORONTO LIVING St. Lawrence Neighbourhood

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COVER STORY

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Architect of Extremes

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY LIVING Green Gables of Bloomfield

KINGSTON LIVING

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Into the Woods: How 4 Architects are Reimagining the Modern Log Cabin A Peek at Luxury Living Around the World

HEARTFUL HEROES

Distributing Hope by the Shoebox

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ON ON THE COVER Art & Design

A Bright and Airy Contemporary Kitchen

COVER STORY

Architect of Extremes Alex Josephson

Heartful Heroes

The Muskoka Shoebox Project for Women

Food and Drink: Grilltime Gourmet Meat Shop | Muskoka Living: Hidden Valley Marks Half a Century in Muskoka | In Conversation with: Artist Olivia Brouwer

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Crafting Elegance on a Global Scale

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// A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT //

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.

Travel & Tourism Canada’s Pacific Gulf Islands When Was the Last Time You Got Lost in a Tidal Pool?

Art & Design In Conversation with Olivia Brouwer

Cover Story Architect of Extremes Alex Josephson Heartful Heroes Distributing Hope by the Shoebox

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elcome to our first 2021 issue of Invest In Style. It’s hard to believe it was a year ago that all our lives were changed so dramatically due to the pandemic and the emergency and lockdown measures implemented by the Province of Ontario. That was a hectic and unnerving period.

At Chestnut Park, we have adjusted to the necessary protocols and restrictions, and are thrilled that we are able, once again, to provide you with a hard copy of the magazine, as well as our digital format. The feedback that we have received is that our hard copy magazine is very welcome and provides our readers with the opportunity to dream of the fascinating world that still exists. We would be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to recognize those who have been on the front lines of the battle against the virus. Doctors, nurses, and caregivers have made our world safer, at great risk and sacrifice on their part. Frontline essential service workers have helped us carry on with the necessities of life. We want to send out our support to those whose businesses have been devastated by the pandemic and the restrictions that we have been obliged to live with, particularly since the second lockdown. This issue of Invest In Style has not been created in an alternate world, but recognizes the difficulties and pain that so many have experienced. Hopefully, this magazine can take us, even momentarily, to another – safer, happier – place, as we read through the variety of articles and the personal and uplifting stories.

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Southern Georgian Bay Living Snow Time at Georgian Hills Vineyards

Our cover story, “Architect of Extremes,” features Alex Josephson, co-founder of the revolutionary architectural firm Partisans. We think you’ll find their story interesting, and the future that Alex envisions for Toronto architecture and its coming of age, fascinating. In this issue we introduce Heartful Heroes, a new feature we’ve created to acknowledge local heroes who contribute to their community through fundraising and service provision. We are starting with the Muskoka Shoebox Project, a non-profit that collects a shoebox-full of small luxury items and necessities for women in need or in transition in that region. These pages are filled with art and design, social commentary, neighbourhood stories, exquisite craftsmanship, and mouthwatering culinary articles. As always, there are features that take us to beautiful locations, places that we can’t wait to visit, as soon as the pandemic is behind us. Last but not least, some of the world’s most spectacular properties are on display for our inspiration and fascination – properties that fill us with dreams and hopeful visions.

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Chris Kapches, President and CEO

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We hope you enjoy this issue of Invest In Style as much as we enjoyed producing it. Stay safe and well!

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// REAL ESTATE CONFIDENTIAL // 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).

History Doesn’t Repeat, it Rhymes

There is an allure to a city that draws history’s inventors, leaders, revolutionaries, and brightest thinkers. It’s Paris that drew Louis Vuitton from his barefoot beginnings to build his empire in clothes. It’s Lisbon that provided Marco Polo with the capital and the ability to explore new worlds. It’s New York where millions came to shape some of the world’s biggest businesses. But for the first time in history, there’s serious talk about our cities draining – permanently. Have cities lost their alchemy? Because high speed internet is not limited to city centres, have cities lost their relevance?

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Cities. Is this Time Different? We’ve been lucky. Avoiding pandemics for over one hundred years is nothing short of a miracle. Flip to a few earlier chapters in human history and we quickly learn pandemics have happened often, and they will happen again. Don’t despair. The impact of the next bacterial or viral attack may be less grave as history also shows that we are immeasurably better at swiftly developing and implementing effective solutions to squash our viral and bacterial roommates. While pandemics are not desirable, they do have desirable long-term outcomes as they accelerate overdue intellectual, economic and political changes. How Little and How Much Has Changed Leaders during the now-infamous Black Death of 1347 managed the spread of the disease through isolation and the creation of new health measures. Civilians, on the other hand, fled cities, challenged hierarchies and took refuge in drinking, eating and a variety of vices. Sound familiar? The Black Death killed 60 percent of the global population and decimated cities. With no infrastructure, financial 6

support, or even medicine to quell the horrid symptoms, the Black Death’s victims truly suffered. No one suffering in that era could have anticipated the massive positive changes that sprung from the dark corners of the Black Death. Blame the Venetians for quarantine fatigue as they’re the ones who created and widely implemented mandated isolation for quaranta giorni – 40 days. This became a proven method that we now know can stop the spread of disease. Hospitals were built throughout Europe to treat the sick and evidence in medical solutions, versus faith, became the dominant metric for determining treatment. The 1900s Spanish flu, similarly, became the petri-dish spawning today’s public health system in North America, and fostered new fields of medicine and research that we have relied upon to overcome Covid-19–epidemiology and virology. Along with the strife of smallpox came the invention of immunisation programs that are still saving millions of lives. Today, we’re using technology to better diagnose, treat and manage diseases. It’s innovation that gave people the confidence to return to their cities and forget the horrors waged by bacterial and viral enemies. This may very well happen again.

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Before the lockdowns, there was a lack of imagination and a distrust on the part of managers who really thought that unless workers were before their eyes, they wouldn’t be productive. And now we know that’s not true. —Professor Murtaza Haider

The pandemic has increased our demand for health care workers, coders, food workers and construction labourers.

The Black Death, most notably, struck down what appeared to be impossibly strong social systems such as feudalism. This involved relatively few lords holding land upon which serfs lived in exchange for services or labour. Since there were few lords and many serfs, the lords determined wages, prices and rents. After the Black Death, the majority of those who had the skills that the lords needed to tend their land––farmers, labourers and so on––died, taking with them their skills and their knowledge. The scarce number of workers who were in high demand suddenly had negotiating power. Peasants who used to beg for scraps in return for their hard labour were now able to demand living wages, more rights and better conditions. Such a shift in power, along with the disenfranchised now in possession of cash that could be exchanged for land, effectively ended serfdom and paved the way for land ownership as we understand it today. It also played a role in the re-densification of our cities. Will Covid-19, like previous pandemics, reverse the thirty-year trend of wage stagnation and the recent sprint to greener, bigger pastures? It depends on what you do to earn your wage. The pandemic has increased our demand for health care workers, coders, food workers and construction labourers. This demand may give way to an increase in their respective negotiation power. Canadian food services, on the other hand, and those under the employ of restaurants and hotels, may lose some of their relevance as we all became sourdough baking mavens. In 2019, the industry projected $100 billion in sales by 2021. Expectations are now less than $80 billion this year, meaning closures and job losses at a rate of 20 per cent. It’s inevitable that restaurants and hotels will close and that people lacking skills for “in high demand”

The pandemic has increased our demand for healthcare workers, coders, food workers and construction labourers.

jobs will flounder. But their floundering may not be for long if we all rush back to restaurants, cruises and hotels in droves and if the supply of such services is limited due to the aforementioned bankruptcies. The question is – will we? >>

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It was because of a lack of technology and habituation to its use that the unflappable twenty-somethings flocked to cities to dance, drink and spend following the Spanish flu pandemic. It was the voices of the young behind the roaring twenties and some believe that this part of history will repeat itself and be the voice behind the next economic and urban boom.

Toronto, during the Covid-19 pandemic–empty city streets as far as the eye could see.

If history repeats itself, we will be back in cities once the pandemic is over. Manhattan proves the point: in the 1920s, as the Spanish flu claimed more and more lives, people fled to the countryside in droves. Manhattan’s population fizzled; the city lost its sheen, and no one imagined that hub of the world would ever regain its status. While it took over 40 years for Manhattan’s population to grow to its pre-pandemic size, it quickly regained its reputation as the epicentre of America’s nightlife, finance-life and fast-life. Fast forward another 40 years and Manhattan, until the pandemic, remained the coveted place to work and live. Professor Richard Florida, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, is a global research professor at New York University, and is the founder of the Creative Class Group. He says that Manhattan’s resurgence is not only predictable but will be repeated. Cities are not at an end and “will come back strong.” Professor Florida’s predictions are based on his research regarding the impacts pandemics have on urbanization. And it’s through his research that he prophesied the ascent of urban living in the early 2000s and the renaissance of cities after the 2008 financial crisis. He asserts that the effects of a pandemic are typically nominal and temporal. Re-intensification of our cities will occur as “the gravitational force of clustering and locating around each other is a much stronger force than infectious disease.” But we know that all aspects of history don’t repeat themselves as history plays out in different social, political and technological structures. For example, the re-birth of cities following pandemics were primarily driven by young people eager to establish their career and find a partner. Those looking to get a job, even twenty years ago, had no choice but to “cluster” as technology simply didn’t exist in a format that would allow people to connect quickly and efficiently. 8

Professor Florida maintains this belief but has overlooked a critical point: the pulls of the city that drew the young of a bygone era – jobs and amenities – aren’t available in cities today and they may not be tomorrow as technology untethers location from employment and entertainment. Numerous businesses, according to research conducted by Bloomberg, will be slashing their footprint. Logistical centres are poised to replace once densely packed offices, preserving the ghost-town feel and uselessness for the younger demographic to come back. Unlike previous pandemics, emergency-inspired measures are becoming permanent, notes Professor Haider, a professor and real-estate expert at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto’s Ryerson University. In Ontario, the number of provincial companies that had at least half of their employees working remotely pre-pandemic, almost tripled. Many business leaders surveyed by Professor Haider claim that they’ve changed their mind about remote working: “Before the lockdowns, there was a lack of imagination and a distrust on the part of managers who really thought that unless workers were before their eyes, they wouldn’t be productive. And now we know that’s not true.” Where we will be living, playing, and working is a critical unknown for everyone and the longer this stays unknown the less likely we’ll see our favourite barista, waiter and gym instructor. While experts cannot agree on how, when, and if cities will bounce back, they all agree that city life has forever changed. Human economic history does not repeat, it rhymes. This is why we all got it wrong when anticipating the crash of the housing market as the pandemic begun. Our history is short, we don’t have enough data, and the social, political and technological circumstances that impact how we act and react are always different. This means the outcomes cannot be easily forecasted by only looking to the past. As such, neither endless prosperity nor economic disaster are the predestined outcomes of Covid-19. What is possible is for us all to play a more active role in defining our future. We can seize upon the lessons we learned and the advances we made by leveraging technology to make our health care, environment, work and personal lives more affordable and equitable. The real danger is in forgetting about these lessons, allowing for the city to continue on its path of becoming more unequal. Fortunately, unlike previous pandemics, our governments are listening and acting. Toronto Mayor John Tory is partnering with several universities and colleges to uncover critical pain points exposed by Covid-19. The goal is not only to uncover but also put into action the solutions we need to make Toronto more resilient and better than the days when hugs and handshakes weren’t verboten. On a provincial basis, Premier Ford has created job recovery task forces under various ministries. He’s enlisted civilians to volunteer by providing their expertise and insights into the wide-ranging problems and solutions posed by the pandemic. The critical element, as with everything, is executing these solutions. Quickly. A look back at history and our predictions make it clear: human economic history is not beholden to a pre-determined fate. We do learn from our mistakes and pandemics accelerate such learning. There is reason to maintain optimism.

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TYPE Books

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Bookstore Thanks You BY LESLEY KENNY ILLUSTRATION BY JANE MOUNT

Not only did co-owners Joanne Saul and Samara Walbohm open up a bookstore at a time when big-box stores appeared to be taking over, but they eventually opened three locations and, in a time of crisis, pivoted to make the very tactile world of bookstores into something safe, efficient and friendly for the strange days of 2020… and 2021.

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or $100, Type will judge your taste in books.

When Toronto’s beloved indie bookstore temporarily closed their three locations on March 16, 2020, founders and co-owners Joanne Saul and Samara Walbohm were forced to think of new ways to get books into customers’ hands. Without touching any hands. The $100 mystery bag starts with an online questionnaire asking about your favourite titles and authors – and the ones you’d rather avoid (they promise not to tell). The well-read staff at Type give your submission a careful think, then choose 4 or 5 books for you (for in-store or curbside pick-up or delivery, depending on government guidelines that month). The new program is a big hit. Delighted readers revel in their personallycurated armload of new books, sometimes left on their doorstep by Joanne or Samara. Type Books on Queen Street opened in 2006, followed by Type in Forest Hill Village, in 2007. The flagship location on Queen Street, across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, was a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. The small but well-stocked bookstore became part of the community by hosting book launches, readings, private shopping nights, school book fairs and a literacy program for local schools. If a book is special-ordered more than once, it becomes part of their inventory, and small presses are featured each month. In return, the community embraced the bookstore and this loyal following turned out to be key to the survival of Type in 2020.

The Forest Hill Village location was designed with input from the neighbourhood. As a result, it also offers a large selection of gifts, from children’s games and home accessories, to clothes and jewellery. And of course, a rack of Moleskine writers’ notebooks. Nestled in a village with outdoor patios and coffee shops, it’s a great spot to spend an afternoon. In 2018, Type Books opened their third store, in the Junction, one of the hippest neighbourhoods in the city. This corner location, on Dundas near Keele, cuts an impressive profile. By far the largest of the three bookstores, Type in the Junction – though packed with great reads – feels light and airy. A zine rack spotlights local creatives, and the location is home to Gay Writes book club. Many of the part-time staff at all three locations are also writers and artists, including Kalpna Patel and Paul Dotey who both design Type’s extraordinarily creative window displays. On October 1, 2020, Type announced their new online shop, teasing customers we can now order a book before even getting out of bed. And out of necessity, Type staff have become experienced Instagram and Facebook Live launch hosts. Joanne, Samara and the staff at all three Type Books’ locations want their customers to know: “We are so grateful for our loyal customers who have continued to support us throughout this challenging time. We are doing everything we can to make sure that we can still put books into people’s hands and we can’t wait for the day when we can welcome our community back into the stores.” www.typebooks.ca

Locations: Queen West 416 366 8973, Junction 416 761 9973, Forest Hill 416 487 8973

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Architect of Extremes

BY ANNA CIPOLLONE PHOTOGRAPHY BY THOMAS BOLLMANN & JONATHAN FRIEDMAN, PARTISANS

Alexander Josephson sees Toronto as just coming of age architecturally. The co-founder of Partisans is leading a revolution–one that is fighting for creative freedom in a discipline that’s long been known for its barriers. Here, the future he envisions for Toronto and the path that led him to it. My family was just this cauldron of energy,” says Alexander Josephson of growing up in Toronto’s Forest Hill neighbourhood in a creative family whose notoriety spans art, fashion, design and science. When I speak to him, he’s looking out from his ninthfloor apartment in the Colonnade in Yorkville, one of Toronto’s earliest mixed-use buildings constructed in the 1960s. “This city, from my window,” he says, “hasn’t even started.” Josephson co-founded the renegade architectural studio Partisans in 2012, with Pooya Baktash, and partner Jonathan Friedman joined the firm two years later. “I saw architecture as much more than pragmatically solving the problems of our clients,” says Josephson, “I saw it as shaping the world, differentiating your client, and creating a dream at all costs.” Josephson attended the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, building his pedigree by globetrotting for the better part of a decade–from LA, where he worked at Barton Myer’s office while living in a home owned by psychoanalyst Esther Benton and designed by Ray Kappe, to studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, to life-changing assignments in NYC and Rome. Photo by Thomas Bollmann 10

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Covid is forcing us to look inward and say we have to invest in ourselves. We can’t outsource the ideas, we can’t outsource the vision–we have the potential, the ability, and the expertise. —Alex Josephson

“Somehow, on a lark, I got a job at Massimiliano Fuksas’ office in Rome.” Josephson wound up staying for almost five years, becoming one of the inaugural masters students for the program associated between the University of Waterloo

Pooya Baktash Co-founder and Partner. Founded PARTISANS in 2012 with Alex Josephson. Photo by Thomas Bollmann

and Roma Tre University. Then a fellowship at the Van Alen institute in New York, a storied, architectural think tank and foundation, coincided with the financial crisis and lack of job opportunities. So it’s no wonder he sought refuge in a self-motivated project in his hometown, returning to Toronto in 2010 and building a loft above his family’s bookshop: the Cookbook Store. “I came back to Canada and all the experience I had gotten abroad wasn’t recognized from a regulatory perspective,” he says, “and I had to basically start from scratch.” Josephson wound up back at Waterloo to fulfill course requirements–a fortuitous forked road that brought his collaborator and Partisans co-founder, Pooya Baktash, into his life. “We need to build on what is already an incredible culture of design and architects in Canada,” explains Josephson. “I think this is our opportunity to define ourselves not only economically but culturally,” he says, emphasizing that talent shouldn’t be sought outside of Canada – but encouraged and supported on home-territory: “Canadians have the skill-set to compete with internationally-recognized architects and designers, and we should give opportunities to this talentpool in order to build on the Canadian legacy – instead of outsourcing our best opportunities.” >>

Jonathan Friedman joined PARTISANS as a partner in 2013, bringing a depth of experience across a wide range of architectural projects. Photo by Thomas Bollmann

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Located at 505 College St, Toronto’s Bar Raval is a 21st-century interpretation of Spanish Art Nouveau that introduces Toronto to the concept of the Basque pintxos bar. Photo by Jonathan Friedman, PARTISANS

About the changes wrought by the pandemic, Josephson says, “Covid is forcing us to look inward and say we have to invest in ourselves. We can’t outsource the ideas, we can’t outsource the vision–we have the potential, the ability, and the expertise.” As a lecturer for the past eight years and now an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Architecture, Josephson seems most satisfied with being a part of this academic family–something he calls a huge privilege. His willingness to entice young architects to rethink the city skyline and beyond, is both steadfast and inspiring. For him, it was a Toronto Star feature on his thesis of a temporary mosque at Queen’s Park that first won him accolades, as have many of Partisans’ most daring award-winning projects in recent years. “It was proof that architecture could be a powerful symbol of social cohesion,” says Josephson, “and also, aesthetically potent to the point

PARTISANS created a warm mahogany embrace for Bar Raval’s patrons, encouraging close contact with the woodwork. Photo by Jonathan Friedman, PARTISANS

where it’s art.”

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In July 2020, PARTISANS and the town of Innisfil unveiled new concept plans for the masterplan for The Orbit, a neighbourhood located in Innisfil, Ontario.

Seeing architecture itself as a process of change and activism in new design, Partisans decided early on to take on roles and jobs that weren’t considered architecture in a traditional sense, like the repurposing of a decommissioned power plant for Luminato at the Hearn and the curved mahogany of Bar Raval–a nod to Spanish Art Nouveau. “We’re architectural freedom fighters in a certain way–we fight for the best possible architecture in improbable contexts,” says Josephson. From Windsor ’s Riverfront Festival Plaza to redesigning Innisfil, Ontario, as a smart community that ’s futuristic and bold, Josephson notes that Partisans’ desire is to build architecture that is extraordinarily varied. “We don’t want to repeat ourselves over and over again.” Believing that architecture has social, political and human relevance, the Partisans team is fortunate that work has remained steady–and even grown–despite the pandemic: a testament to the innovation and experimentation of its three leaders and everyone at the studio. “It ’s a miracle, it ’s luck , it ’s hard work ,” says Josephson, “and it ’s been a huge team effort.” PARTISANS will collaborate with the Town of Innisfil to develop The Orbit and the immediate surrounding buildings including residential towers, retail and hospitality spaces, a bus and car route, and green space throughout with public art installations.

Also in this issue, read how PARTISANS is re-imagining the traditional log cabin on page 74. www.partisans.com

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

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A Bright and Airy Contemporary Kitchen PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LAURA STEIN INTERIORS

Toronto-based Laura Stein Interiors believes strongly in a holistic approach to design–where the architecture and the interiors work together in a symbiotic relationship with the people who inhabit the space. When Stein and her husband bought their Roncesvalles home, it was in dire need of structural updates and an overhaul in its aesthetics–the perfect opportunity for them to create their family’s dream kitchen.

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hat mattered most in this renovation was creating a fluid, transitional space that would become the heart of the home–an ideal room for cooking, mealtime and even hosting dinner parties.

In their previous house, the kitchen was closed off and tucked away so the couple was looking to create a whole new layout that would suit their laidback style. “My husband does all the cooking and he was tired of being isolated all the time,” says interior designer Laura Stein. “We do a lot of entertaining, and he was always missing the action.” Since the entire interior was pretty well falling in on itself, they gutted it down to the brick and started over. Along the way, they chose a more open concept to better suit their lifestyle. The wall between the kitchen and the dining room had to go. Now, watching their son playing in the living room while they cook or chat with guests, makes mealtime more enjoyable. The idea was to open up the entire space to transform the kitchen into the focal point of the house, making it an ensuite to the living room and dining area so it felt more conducive to social gatherings. “We get a ton of light on that side of the house and the original windows were quite small,” says Stein, who installed larger windows above the sink and double glass doors leading out from the dining room to take full advantage of all that sunlight.

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Combining contemporary white cabinetry with distressed dark wood, handmade ceramic tiles, and black metal accents, Stein notes the textures all have to play off each other. “For cooking, we opted for an induction range, and instead of a microwave, we put in a Miele combination steam oven–this was our big splurge.” Neolith countertops, a sintered porcelain slab that’s virtually indestructible, give the look of marble with the strength to last beyond the inevitable red wine and balsamic vinegar stains. “ The patterning on it is beautiful and actually fools anyone who doesn’t know it isn’t real marble,” says the designer. Like any renovation project on a century home, it had its surprises. “We discovered during demolition that the bathtub on the second floor was moments away from crashing through the floor and landing in the kitchen below,” she says, “and that the plumbing from the toilet had been disconnected.” For Stein, the best part of the entire project was the moment they could finally move in. “I love the way everything in Laura Stein Interiors is an award-winning firm that crafts exclusive interiors for private luxury homes.

this kitchen turned out ,” she says, “it just suits our family so perfectly.”

Contemporary white cabinetry with distressed dark wood, handmade ceramic tiles, and black metal accents were added throughout the space.

“We gutted it to the brick, rearranged the floor plan, removed some walls, and entirely redesigned and rebuilt it.” (Laura Stein)


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A spacious living room and dining area that is more conducive to social gatherings.

Preferring to have full reign of the whole house when it comes to design, Laura Stein Interiors gravitates towards larger projects like ground-up construction or largescale renovations, and whole-home furniture and decor. “My goal is to always create transformative design that enriches the way people live in their homes, inspires them to live better, and surrounds them with beauty,” says Stein. “Every home has a story to tell.”

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In Conversation with Olivia Brouwer BY ANNA CIPOLLONE PHOTOGRAPHY BY OLIVIA BROUWER

Hamilton-based artist Olivia Brouwer’s work examines themes of seeing and misperception. As a partially blind artist, Brouwer’s inkblot series began as a way to explore her own limitations of vision through abstract painting. When we speak, she’s in the midst of back-to-back residencies, working not only in painting and printmaking, but also fabricating art for all the senses, sometimes mixing her media by sewing strips of silkscreen on top of a canvas or drawing beneath to add dimension. From braille passages exploring questions of self-inquiry, to printmaking and sound installation, Brouwer’s work is all-encompassing, tactile at times to resonate with those who are non-sighted, and rendered all the more powerful within the context of a global pandemic.

Photo by JD Howell www.jdhowell.ca

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A Whisper in the Clouds, oil, Dura-lar film, and thread on canvas, 60” x 48”, 2019

As a visually impaired person, how does the theme of misperception get filtered through your work? It started with being self conscious about my blindness. People can see that my eye is foggy and discoloured, so I wanted a way to talk about it and become more confident. I can’t change that about me so I chose to embrace it. The inkblot series is mostly abstracted from close up images of fungus so I use this idea of decay but it’s also alive–kind of like my eye, where it’s not working but I’m still able to see some areas with my peripheral vision.

How would you describe the philosophy behind your art? I’ve always been interested in perception but the themes have changed over time. I moved on to a spiritual interpretation of blindness. I went to parables about people who are blind and then healed from it. I’m Christian and I wanted to put that into my work somehow without being super evangelistic. There are two ideas in the Bible about being physically blind and spiritually blind so I wanted to create a series based on those interpretations. The stitched braille verses remind me of what I need to work on to become more spiritually aware–it’s a way of bringing that to light. >>

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“Inkblot No.1” Oil, charcoal, and thread on canvas, 48” x 48”, 2015

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What are you working on now? I started this idea about a year ago, and was accepted into two residencies right when Covid hit. In my proposals, I talked about touching a lot–obviously, Covid does not encourage this and the shows will be delayed. I’m working on different ways of using our senses, bringing in the inkblot imagery but using it in a tactile way, and also working on audio, what people hear from abstract sounds. I’m embossing so people can feel the paper, and working on a book series on learning braille.

Where do you find inspiration? I go into art books; artists like David Milne and Adam Lee. I like picking out little details and going out into nature to walk around and clear my mind. This connection to nature frees your mind somehow when you go to this space.

“ Weeds and Seeds” Oil, Dura-lar film, and thread on canvas, 48” x 36”, 2019

What is the intention behind your work? It ’s important to give a voice to people who are blind or somehow disabled. I feel like I have this responsibility to bring awareness in a way that those people can experience the artwork.

What’s coming up for you in 2021? I’m about to start a six-month residency at the Cotton Factory in Hamilton so I’ll be continuing my series there. I will be working on larger paintings, and I’m using conductive ink that creates sound through its connection to a speaker. I’m experimenting with different ways of touch and using senses that can be fun for everybody.

“Pine II” Silkscreen and wood print with acetate, Japanese paper, and thread, 20” x 20”, 2015

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Crafting Elegance on a Global Scale BY MATT DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY BY JdJ

From Lausanne to Los Angeles, and Muskoka to the White House, the work of Toronto jeweller John de Jong can be traced around the globe.

Now celebrating over 25 years as the creative force behind the unique Canadian jewellery brand JdJ, designer John de Jong has become known across Canada and internationally for his signature couture and studio collections. Photo by Marayna Dickinson.

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or the past 25 years, John de Jong has been the creative force behind jewellery brand JdJ, producing signature couture and studio collections, as well as bespoke commissions. de Jong specializes in the production of distinctive pieces that are easily recognized for their simplicity, quality, and use of vibrantcoloured stones – each piece seamlessly merging design and craftsmanship. Barbra Streisand, Salma Hayek and Martha Stewart are just a few of the

celebrities who can count artwork by de Jong among their collection. But for notability it would be difficult to top the day a pair of his earrings paid a visit to the White House. “We were connected with Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau through her stylist. She actually wore the earrings to a White House dinner they were having with the Obamas,” says de Jong, of the cabochon moonstone and topaz earrings in 18-carat yellow gold. “We designed those earrings specifically for her to wear with that dress. Since then, she’s written us some lovely letters thanking us. She also makes it a point to give a shout out to other Canadian designers whenever she can.”

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Couture rings designed by JdJ Jewels. Pink , blue and yellow sapphire and diamond rings and earrings.

de Jong says the experience resulted in phone calls from several news agencies and a new buzz about his creations. At the time, he was actually at his home in Switzerland, the country where his love of jewellery was fostered and grew into the international business it is now. “I loved drawing and painting as a child and growing up in a country with such a thriving jewellery industry really piqued my interest,” he says. Although de Jong is Canadian, at 13 he moved to Switzerland, a country with a long and deep history as one of the international epicentres of the jewellery trade. de Jong obtained a gemological degree before moving on to hone his skills working for jewellers in places like London, Florence and Los Angeles. “I was also a member of the original staff of Tiffany’s in Toronto,” he says. “It was really exciting to be a part of that team. The first two years we were open were really insane. It was extremely busy and we got the chance to meet a lot of celebrities and famous people.” de Jong decided to strike out on his own in 1995. He actually hosted his first show from a cottage on Lake Joseph in Muskoka, showing his original work in a small group setting. A year later, de Jong opened his first showroom in Toronto. JdJ now operates out of a private showroom in Toronto, another in Lausanne, Switzerland, and their flagship location - The JdJ Jewelbox, inside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto. “The Jewelbox has been a great location for us. We’ve had a lot of famous people come through and choose pieces,” says de Jong. >>

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The Jewelbox has been closed since the outbreak of the pandemic, but de Jong says JdJ has shown tremendous resilience throughout the course of 2020. “March was tough but we really bounced back in June and since June we’ve been doing a very good business,” he says. “We’re doing a lot more private sales these days - either they come to us or we will come to them but we have a very loyal clientele.” de Jong does a great deal of custom work. His price points range from $100 to $10,000 and up, with couture pieces garnering top dollar. The inspiration for his work is somewhat unconventional, as de Jong finds his muse most often in architecture. In fact, his signature collection, Sevilla, was inspired by travels through the ancient Spanish city of Seville.

Studio Collection Gemstone & pearl necklace. with detachable tassel.

Studio Collection Sevilla diamonds. necklace pendant – tassel.

“The balanced and timeless shapes caught my eye throughout the ancient architecture, doorways, arches and iconic ceramics that it’s so famous for,” he says. “It inspired me with its simple elegance and while soaking up the atmosphere in one of its many plazas, I improvised a few sketches and that was the birth of what I coined the

Studio Collection Large “Sophie” Pave diamond rings in 18k gold 12600.

Sevilla motif.” Couture Collection Bella earrings. Kunzite & diamonds.

Through the trials and tribulations of 2020, de Jong has kept his eye on the future, while continuing to follow his lifelong passion of producing distinctive jewellery, recognized globally for its simplicity and elegance.

Studio Collection G Series. Graphically geometric gems flare earrings & ring.

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Michele Viner is a Toronto writer who writes about people’s lives and believes we all have a story to tell. and wellness.

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Chef Jordan Wagman

Eating Clean and Feeling Well BY MICHELE VINER

Chef Jordan Wagman, a James Beard nominated chef and author, runs a successful chef’s table business that offers a culinary experience to guests in his own Toronto kitchen.

Jordan Wagman is a James Beard nominated chef and author.

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hef Jordan Wagman, a James Beard nominated chef and author, runs a successful chef’s table business that offers a culinary experience to guests in his own Toronto kitchen.

He is also a husband, father and philanthropist who gives back to causes close to his heart. Chef Wagman currently sits on the board of JF&CS (Jewish Family and Child Services) which owns and oversees the Jerome D. Diamond Adolescent Centre, a facility for youth experiencing social, behavioural and academic challenges, and whom he credits with helping him to deal with his own childhood depression. He is also a self-proclaimed psoriasis warrior, having lived with the autoimmune condition since the age of 14.

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Trained as a chef in classic French techniques, Chef Wagman began his career using such ingredients as butter, cream and sugar. But his journey with psoriasis led him to explore food in a new light when, in 2014, a visit to a naturopath resulted in the elimination of refined sugar, gluten and dairy from his diet – and from his cooking. Since then, his mandate has been simple. Because he improved his health through food and clean eating – eating healthy, whole foods and ingredients – he wants to help others improve theirs too.

Gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free

“Food can impact everything,” says Chef Wagman. “If I am not feeling well and am not in a good place mentally, nothing else matters and I will look to the inside to figure out what is going on. When I began to eat clean I expected that my psoriasis might be improved but I didn’t plan on losing 30 pounds and feeling generally better with improved focus, attitude and energy.” Chef Wagman says he never focuses on the ingredients that he no longer uses. Instead, he only cares about the seasonal, incredible ingredients that he does use. His brownies, for example, include avocado, coconut oil and almond flour. “No one has ever said to me, ‘chef, your brownies stink.’ It’s about using the best ingredients whether you’re making comfort food, soul food or meat and potatoes, it’s just good ingredients, coupled with good techniques, that make food special.” According to Chef Wagman, it’s all in the planning and not trying to make huge changes right at the start. A simple tip? “Every time you reach for white sugar, swap it out for maple syrup,” he says. Start there: “I make my own ice cream by adding maple syrup to some fruit that I caramelize, purée and put into an ice cream maker. Or, I make a batch of my brownies and put them in the freezer so I can eat them as a protein bar for breakfast. I am also known for making my own fruit leather - a simple snack you can make by pureeing fruit, spreading it on a sheet pan and letting it cool. In terms of savoury, I am never without some cooked quinoa in the fridge or a batch of cherry tomato sauce or some pesto. They are staples for me.” In recent years, Chef Wagman has also become a proponent of cooking with CBD oil to help him manage his psoriasis and control inflammation, something he will write about in his forthcoming digital book, Will, in which he tells stories about his life and features many of his recipes and philosophies around food. Will, is slated for release mid-2021. In the meantime, Chef Wagman continues his mission to eat clean and to feel well. “You don’t have to be a chef to make good food,” he says. “If you want to be successful in the kitchen, you will be.” Because clients are unable to join him in his kitchen during Covid-19, in addition to working on his book, Chef Wagman hosts In the Weeds podcast at www.jordanwagman.com where he interviews fellow chefs and food professionals about their businesses and struggles through the pandemic. www.jordanwagman.com Or follow Jordan on all platforms @chefjordanwagman

The smell and taste of these brownies is so authentic, you’ll swear you were cheating! CLEAN FUDGE BROWNIES (MAKES 8 BROWNIES) What you’ll need Avocado or olive oil-lined 9 x 9 baking dish Preheat oven to 300 F 1 cup (250 mL) maple syrup ¾ cup (175 mL) raw cacao powder ½ cup (125 mL) avocado ¼ cup (60 mL) coconut oil 1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract 1 cup (250 mL) almond flour (see tips) Fill a sauce pot or double boiler with water and bring to a simmer. In a large mixing bowl combine maple syrup, cacao powder, avocado, coconut oil and vanilla and place bowl over simmering water. Heat mixture over simmering water until coconut oil has melted. Remove from heat and transfer to a blender or using an immersion blender, puree until smooth. Add almond flour and mix well to fully incorporate. Transfer to an oil-lined baking dish and evenly distribute the batter. Bake in a preheated oven until top is firm to the touch and brownies are pulling away from the parchment paper, about 15-20 minutes. Remove and cool to room temperature. Cut into 8 squares and serve immediately or store in refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to two days. CHEF JORDAN’S TIPS You can add more almond flour to achieve a thicker consistency.

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Grilltime

Good Food and Exceptional Service in the Heart of Leaside BY LESLEY KENNY PHOTOGRAPHY BY LESLEY KENNY

Located in Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood, near the Leaside Village Shopping Centre on Laird, Grilltime offers gourmet cuts of meat, side salads to go, catering services, and grab-and-go cottage packs. For co-owners Andy Elder and Peter Ramirez, great food and friendly customer service is what it’s all about.

Andy Elder, “Grill Guy” and co-owner of Grilltime and Peter Ramirez , right , Head Chef and co-owner.

I have a passion for entertaining and grilling and breaking bread,” says Andy Elder, co-owner of Grilltime, along with Head Chef Peter Ramirez. After 25 years on the corporate management side of the food industry, including VP for a chain of restaurants, Andy left “the comfort of the corporate world” and opened Grilltime Gourmet Meat Shop in 2008. When Andy left his corporate gig, he maintained his contacts with restaurant suppliers and reached out to them when he opened Grilltime: “I had confidence in the quality and consistency of their products. Our beef 28

is aged and cut for some of the great steakhouses in Toronto.” Grilltime is a successful hybrid that combines traditional retail food sales with prepared foods and take-out meals. As well as their cuts of beef, Grilltime also serves chicken, seafood, lamb, and Ontario pork. You can enjoy their food in a take-out meal, made fresh to order, or put it on your shopping list for home cooking or grab-and-go cottage packs. “We also make beautiful sides and salads, to serve cold or at room temperature, or reheat at home,” says Andy, a Ryerson hospitality graduate. “We have root vegetables that we roast with garlic, honey and thyme. Lots of people like them cold, but I prefer them warmed.”

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Born and raised in Scarborough, Andy has made his home in Leaside for almost 30 years. He loves the neighbourhood and it’s important to him and Peter, a graduate of George Brown’s culinary program who became co-owner with Andy in 2018, to give back to the community that has embraced their business and helped make it such a success. “We are huge believers in the power of community. We are very active in our Leaside community, supporting various events. Schools, churches, fundraisers – whatever we have a chance to participate in,” says Andy. Grilltime, along with Chestnut Park and other local businesses, supports Laugh Out Loud in Leaside, the always-sold-out annual fundraiser comedy night. In 2020, all the proceeds were donated to Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), a national non-profit.

The steaks and seafood at Grilltime are Canadian-sourced, wherever possible, and the pork is from Ontario. All the prepared food is made fresh, in house, every day.

Grilltime also supports the annual Leaside toy drive. “We’re there every year offering a significant live auction prize,” says Andy. “This past year it was online but they raised more money than other years. We donated a backyard BBQ for 10 [the maximum number of guests allowed to gather, at that time, according to government health guidelines]. Hopefully we can do it later this spring or early in the summer. The winning bid was $2600. I’d said I would double it if they raised $2,000! I’m a small business owner so I can’t write cheques but I can leverage what we do, to help out. It’s a triple win,” he says, “the charity, the guests and me because I’m doing what I love to do and connecting with others.” One of the ways Grilltime likes to connect with customers is through their catering services. “To me, grilling, or BBQ, is very much a casual food style. Grill cooking is not about multiple ingredients, it’s about a few simple but stellar quality ingredients,” says Andy, who refers to himself as “a grill guy. I’m not a cook or a chef. Peter is the chef.” Fresh or frozen, Grilltime has you covered from appetizers, to entrees and side salads.

Whether it’s in their retail location or at a catered event, Andy and Peter believe in the value of good service and satisfied customers: “I say to people, I will compete on quality of product and customer service any time. The people I have the opportunity to work with every day share my philosophy.” In response to the now-obligatory question, “how are you surviving Covid?” Andy says: “because of the hybrid nature of our business, and that we sell food, it has allowed us to stay open during the entire period. As stressful as it was at the beginning, serving customers, it’s nothing compared to the many friends I have with restaurants who have suffered greatly through this period. We know how fortunate we are.” Most Grilltime customers come from the local Leaside neighbourhood, but, says Andy, “the appeal of Laird as a shopping destination with ample parking means more and more customers are coming from the Danforth, Beaches, Rosedale, Moore park, and Davisville as well.”

Grilltime sells a variety of oils, sauces and BBQ rubs.

www.grilltime.ca Location: 62 Laird Dr, East York, Ontario Due to Covid-19, Grilltime has altered their hours of service. Grilltime also offers local delivery, parking lot or in-store pick up.

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Canada’s Pacific Gulf Islands

When Was the Last Time You Got Lost in a Tidal Pool? BY LESLEY KENNY

In the Pacific northwest waters of British Columbia, between mainland BC and Vancouver Island, the Salish Sea laps the shores of the Gulf Islands, home to pockets of old growth forest, wildflower meadows and fragile eco-systems that support plant life specific to this region. Hundreds of species of seabirds thrive alongside a marine life that includes seals, sea lions, otters, schools of porpoises and the stunning black and white Orca. When you step off the ferry, set your watch to island time.

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ccessible by ferry, seaplane, chartered boat or kayak, the Gulf Islands’ Mediterranean climate make them a year-round vacation destination. Of the hundreds of islands, none is joined by a bridge (with one exception). And if you want to get along with the locals, don’t start up a conversation about building one.

The coastal city of Nanaimo, about 1.5 hours north of Victoria, the capital of BC on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, marks the dividing line between the Northern and Southern Gulf Islands. To the north lie the less populated islands of Lasqueti, Jedediah, Savary, Denman, Hornby, Texada and others, and to the south, the larger islands include Gabriola, Galiano, Mayne, Salt Spring, Saturna, and Pender (which is made up of North and South Pender islands, joined to each other by bridge). The islands are accessible by ferry from various terminals along the east coast of Vancouver Island. The culture of each island is closely related to its population. Salt Spring, the largest of the Gulf Islands, with a population close to 11,000, is the most urban of the islands. Its main town, Ganges, overlooks a marina and the Salish Sea and offers a variety of eclectic shops and restaurants as well as a popular Saturday farmers’ market. Salt Spring is well-known for its artisanal cheeses, coffee, wineries and a craft brewery. Canada’s first olive farm started on Salt Spring. Baynes Peak, in Mt. Maxwell Provincial Park, is the highest point on the island and from here you’ll enjoy spectacular views all the way across to Vancouver Island. >>

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Aerial view of Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Southern Gulf Islands, in the Salish Sea between mainland British Columbia, near Vancouver, and the capital city of Victoria, on Vancouver Island.

The panoramic views from atop Mt. Galiano, on Galiano Island, extend to Mount Baker, in Washington. Galiano is especially good for tidal pools along the eastern coastline, where the smooth bedrock has been eroded by the sea. Sit yourself down beside a tidal pool and stare into it until you can no longer count the number of creatures you will eventually see, even if you notice the cluster of purple starfish right way. While all the islands are home to a variety of artists and writers, Gabriola calls itself The Isle of the Arts. Here, painters, sculptors, textile artists, potters, jewellery makers and glass blowers open their studios to collectors and the curious. Enjoy a delicious meal of local seafood at the beautiful stone-and-glass Surf Lodge, then walk down to the shore at Berry Point Road to watch the distant lighthouse glow as the sun sets. Pender Island – “two islands, countless treasures” – includes north and south Pender. North Pender offers more amenities while South Pender is more rural and covered with fields and farms. Pender has a nine-hole golf course on an historic farm, and you can play 27 “hole” disc golf, just north of Magic Lake. North of Nanaimo lie the less populated Northern Gulf Islands. From the accessible shoreline boardwalk in the town of Parksville, you can see Lasqueti Island, home to 400 of BC’s most educated population (according to StatsCan). Many of these islanders grow their own food and cut their own firewood to heat their homes.

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Discover purple starfish on gulf island beaches when the tide is out.

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Heron Rocks, wave-eroded sandstone off the shoreline of Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada.

The ferry to Denman Island is a 15-minute trip from Buckley Bay, half an hour north of Parksville. Amongst Denman’s population of 1,100, there’s a thriving arts and craf ts scene, farms, and a turn-of-thecentury grocery store. Many residents grow food for themselves and to sell at the local farmers’ market. A visit to Hornby Island requires first taking the ferry to Denman, then a short drive to catch the ferry to Hornby Island. Here you’ll find some of the best biking trails in BC, an astronomical observatory, and it ’s a great place for ocean kayaking. Hornby has two provincial parks, picturesque seaside coves and bays, and a Douglas fir forest. It ’s worth the two ferry trips. The Gulf Islands are a birder’s paradise, a kayaker’s dream and a city dweller’s restorative respite. Accommodations range from campgrounds and rustic cabins, to cozy Bed and Breakfasts and well-appointed hotels. You can drive onto many of the islands and hike, bike or walk the shorelines and trails. With their provincial parks, marine park reserves, forests and sandy beaches, a visit to BC’s laid-back Gulf Islands will deepen your breathing and relax your busy mind. The gulf islands are a kayaker’s dream.

It starts on the Salish Sea, on that first ferry ride…

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Kelly’s

Keep it Canadian

Teak Side Table

A feature piece, this live-edge teak side table with powder coated metal hairpin legs is one-of-a-kind in shape and size. Each piece is finished in a unique timeworn look. No two look alike.

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For the past 26 years, Kelly’s Home Furniture has catered to the unique needs of north Muskoka’s permanent and seasonal residents.

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perating out of the same location her parents first opened in 1994, Rebecca Kelly prides herself on carrying on the family reputation for quality and selection at Kelly’s Home Furniture.

“The number one difference we have is that we cater specifically to our customers,” says Rebecca. “Someone buying up here has different needs than someone who’s buying for a property in Toronto.” Rebecca says their clientele is split roughly 50/50 between permanent and seasonal residents. In a typical year, roughly 75 percent of those are repeat customers, but with cottage sales skyrocketing in 2020, Kelly says they’ve seen a corresponding influx in new customers. Customer service is a major factor in drawing repeat customers, and Rebecca says many people appreciate the fact Kelly’s buys directly from four major Canadian suppliers. Purchasing through Canadian suppliers just makes sense, says Rebecca, as customers can

Accent Chair

The sloped back and seamless organic silhouette of this chair reflects the bold design breakthroughs of the mid-twentieth century, while the button tufting recalls the classic luxury of an earlier age. This is an eye-catching and comfortable addition to your living room, study or bedroom.

feel better about their purchase and the fact they’re helping to power the Canadian economy. From kitchen appliances and home office decor to children’s furniture and patio furniture, Kelly’s specializes in everything you need for both home and cottage. www.kellys-homefurniture.com Kelly’s Home Furniture 144 Hwy 60 Huntsville, Ontario Phone: 705 789 0439

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Springwater Pine Accent Tables

The versatility of this table is what we love so much about it. From bedroom side tables, to sofa end tables, to just needing a small accent piece, this table always seems to be just right. Many colour options available with this Canadian-made, pine table.

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Canadel “Champlain” Dining Table & Chairs

Made from solid birch, this Canadel dining room furniture is from the “Champlain” Collection, which can be customized in size, colour, leg and chair styles. The possibilities are endless.

Leather “Banff” Recliner by Palliser

Watch a movie, take a nap, read a book. Why not be comfortable in this recliner by Palliser? Optional swivel base, power or manual recline, and fabric or leather upholstery. We know you want one!

Wormy Maple Rocklynd Bedroom Furniture This Wormy Maple Bedroom Set is made by Vokes Furniture in Ontario. Colour options to suit any décor. And the clean, straight lines make this simple and sophisticated bedroom furniture a must have for your home or cottage.

Ragged Sky Canvas by AJ Casson

Diaz Sofa

A classic frame made in western Canada by Stylus, the “Diaz,” shown here in “Urban Pearl” fabric, begs you to get comfortable. With options of sectionals, sofabeds and oversized chairs, the “Diaz” will be just about anything you want it to be!

AJ Casson and fellow Group of Seven artists can bring a room to life with the feeling in their paintings. Customizable in size to suit any space. Available in canvas or floating frame.

Canadian Wildlife on Canvas

The “Close Encounters” Collection features a selection of Canadian wildlife in black and white. These statement pieces look fantastic over a fireplace, or on a feature wall.

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

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Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4Matic It’s the Bounce That Counts!

The second-largest utility in the big-Benz line, GLE is now offered with optional three-row seating and… a bounce mode! A stack of upgrades on my test 450 4Matic model bumped its price tag from just over $70K to well over $100K. E-Active Body Control and an Airmatic suspension were responsible for a good chunk of that extra expenditure, but they can combine to provide a low speed suspension bounce (low-rider-like) feature that can help this GLE escape from deep mud, sand or snow… and/or entertain your friends and neighbours.

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In addition, and more importantly, it was probably the smoothest riding suspension that I’ve ever experienced in a vehicle. A Road Surface Scan feature uses stereo cameras (fitted to the windshield) that can detect undulations in the road ahead and apparently have a height measurement accuracy of around 3 millimeters. So yes, this GLE could literally gently glide over a speed bump. >>

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Another (Free Driving Assist) feature of this suspension is called “Curve,” which tilts the GLE when rounding a bend, similar to the way a motorcycle rider leans into a turn. Frankly, it felt a bit weird initially, as the body remains relatively level, when it should be tilting to cornering G-forces. But no complaints heard from my passengers, and very much appreciated by the coffee drinkers. Mercedes also cleverly powers these suspension features with the GLE 450’s mild (48-volt) hybrid system, to protect its basic 12-volt system from becoming overworked. This active suspension also works in collaboration with the numerous on-road and off-road driving modes offered in the GLE. A driver can even independently raise or lower the suspension at any road wheel, with on-screen touch controls. Compared to the last (and first) generation GLE (introduced in 2015), the new GLE has a longer (by 80 mm) wheelbase. This allows a much roomier passenger cabin with more (by 69 mm) rear seat leg room, plus there’s more (by 33mm) headroom in the back. That said, even Mercedes concedes that the optional third-row seat is realistically the kid-friendly zone. This option also includes power sliding second-row seats to allow easy access to that rear zone.

A great option for the GLE 450, is the advanced E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL. It will control the spring and damping forces, as well as the ride height, individually, at each wheel. It can also scan the road ahead for adverse terrain, lean into curves, and even rock itself to escape a sand trap.

Imagine an SUV that lets up to seven adults ride at the leading edge of luxury.

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Multicontour front seats with massage front head restraints, Air Balance cabin-air purification system and Air Balance cabin fragrance system to name a few luxuries.

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The 450 GLE comes standard with 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shift paddles and have greater range of ratios and shorter steps between gears. The 9-speed automatic changes gears more quickly yet more smoothly.

Love new-tech? GLE has it in abundance. The entire instrument panel is basically two side-by-side multi-media screens that can be configured in a variety of different styles. An Augmented Reality Navigation system uses live video of the road ahead (on the navigation screen) and superimposes guidance directions, even street names and house numbers. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) uses artificial intelligence to anticipate your desires. An arm movement or a hand gesture can trigger an insightful display change or even turn on a light. There are 64 ambient lighting display choices, and MBUX answers to… Hey, Mercedes!

A stack of upgrades on my test 450 4Matic model bumped its price tag from just over $70K to well over $100K . E-Active Body Control and an Airmatic suspension were responsible for a good chunk of that extra expenditure.

Basic-Big-Benz: Under-hood power in a base GLE 350 comes from a turbocharged 2.0L fourcylinder that can produce 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive system provides a fixed 50/50 torque split between the front and rear axles.

Big-Bouncy-Benz: The GLE 450 comes with a 3.0L turbocharged inline sixcylinder engine that can produce 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. An EQ Boost (hybrid system) can add an additional 21 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, for even quicker acceleration. The all-wheel-drive system is 100% (front/rear) torque variable and the active (air) suspension option is only offered on this model.

Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4Matic BASE PRICE: Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 4Matic: $64,000 BASE PRICE: Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4Matic: $72 ,600 PRICE AS TESTED: Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4Matic: $107,840 HORSE POWER: 362 HP ENGINE: 3.0L inline-6 Turbo with EQ Boost FUEL CAPACITY: 85 L

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St. Lawrence Neighbourhood BY LESLEY KENNY

Toronto’s St. Lawrence neighbourhood, often referred to as St. Lawrence Market after its famous food emporium, is bounded on the west by Yonge Street, the defining line where east meets west in Toronto. The northern border of St. Lawrence is the first few blocks of Queen Street East, the eastern border is Parliament Street, and to the south, the diverse and vibrant neighbourhood is bordered by the railway lands. This historic, family-friendly neighbourhood is widely considered one of the most successful urban renewal initiatives of the 20th century.

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t. Lawrence is both the oldest and newest neighbourhood in Toronto. Once home to Toronto’s first city hall, post office and jail, the area we now call St. Lawrence was part of the settlement named York in the late 1700s.

It was the centre of industry, commerce and politics. Many of the red brick buildings from that era still exist, giving the area a historic feel despite the modernization that followed. But that took time. By the late 1960s, industry in the area had declined, leaving empty and decrepit buildings. Under the guidance of a forwardthinking council and panel of architects and urban planners, the area was revitalized and, by the end of the 1970s, thousands of new housing units were built, most of them mid-rise apartments and townhouses that faced the street. Schools, libraries and community centres opened along with a range of retail and services appropriate to the new neighbourhood. Today, St. Lawrence is celebrated as a model neighbourhood where a diverse mix of people live and work and play amongst mostly midrise buildings, historic sites, and a wealth of modern amenities. The St. Lawrence Market, if not the geographical centre of the neighbourhood, is its community heart. As early as 1802, the location along what’s now Front and Jarvis Streets was designated as a market area to cater to the growing population of York. The building now known as the St. Lawrence Market was built in 1902, but the building on the site before that housed the first municipal city hall. >>

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Now the market attracts people from all over the city to shop from the more than 200 vendors of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meat, seafood and specialty items. It’s a place to meet a friend for lunch, or buy yourself a little something from the downstairs retail space. Its outdoor decks and sidewalks bustle with locals and visitors year-round. A short walk west of the market, Toronto’s historic flatiron building occupies, appropriately enough, a wedge shape that divides Front Street from Wellington. Built in 1892 for the offices of Gooderham and Worts distillery, the red brick building is still used for offices today. Behind the flatiron building, Berczy Park is home to a three-tiered fountain in which 27 dogs appear to spit water (as one cat looks on). Completed in 2017, this whimsical addition to the historic area is a draw for nearby condo dwellers with or without their own dogs. The wide sidewalks of The Esplanade mean that the pubs, restaurants and craft beer sellers on this street can welcome guests for patio dining while still leaving plenty of room for pedestrians on the move. Designer studios offer contemporary furniture, home accessories and luxury wallpapers, mixed in between antique markets, beloved diners and high-end restaurants along King Street East and throughout the neighbourhood. The Globe and Mail Centre (2017) on King Street East, provides a fully accessible pedestrian public arcade, connecting King and Front Streets. New to King St. will be the Google building, at 65 King St. West. This commercial and residential tower will be built on a foundation of preserved heritage buildings. >>

Toronto’s famous St. Lawrence Market located on the southwest corner of Front and lower Jarvis Streets. Photo by Taylor Nullmeyer

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David Crombie Park stretches a few blocks long in the east end of the area and includes splash pads, basketball courts and an off-leash dog area. On the north end, beside St. James Cathedral – which boasts the tallest spire in Canada – the recently redeveloped St. James park has a Victorian feel, with its many gardens and paths, a fountain, and a gazebo at the centre. The park also includes a wonderful new children’s playground in the theme of a produce market (think very, very, tall asparagus), a nod to the historic St. Lawrence Market. Across from St. James Cathedral, the Toronto Sculpture Garden hosts two projects a year and is a little urban oasis complete with waterfall fountain.

St. James Park has a Victorian feel, with its many gardens and paths, a fountain, and a gazebo at the centre.

While there’s plenty to see and do within this vibrant, family-friendly neighbourhood, it’s also handy to some popular Toronto destinations. The Entertainment District, with its world-class theatre and musical performances, and Hockey Hall of Fame, is just west of St. Lawrence. A few minutes walk from the north-west corner of the neighbourhood is the Eaton Centre, and a short walk east of the market is the historic Distillery District, including the renovated Gooderham and Worts Distillery itself, with its art galleries, restaurants and boutique retail. To the west of St. Lawrence neighbourhood are the towering skyscrapers of the Financial District, and on the east is the old residential neighbourhood of Corktown. New to the neighbourhood’s blend of historic red brick and 70s-style construction are contemporary glass and steel luxury condominium towers. On The Esplanade, anchoring the south-west corner of St. Lawrence at Yonge Street, the 59-storey L Tower, designed by Daniel Libeskind, tapers to a curved tip. London on the Esplanade is comprised of two condominium towers that include lofts with 18-foot ceilings. At almost 100 metres tall upon completion, 75 on the Esplanade will be home to 29 storeys of condos above mixed retail space. At Sherbourne and Front Street, a 37-storey condo tower will offer expansive views of the neighbourhood and city beyond. Designed for the “quintessentially urban,” the 57-storey luxury condominium tower at 88 Scott Street is steps from the Financial District. Scheduled for completion in late 2023, The Saint, at Church and Lombard, is a walk from nearby restaurants, retail and entertainment, and boasts a perfect public transit score. At 177 Front Street East, Time and Space condos, expected to be completed this year, will offer a variety of exposures and layouts.

St. James Cathedral boasts the tallest spire in Canada. Opened for services on June 19, 1853.

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St. Lawrence neighbourhood is well-served by public transit and is a walk to Union Station and a 40-minute drive to Pearson Airport. There are elementary and secondary schools, George Brown College and, nearby, Ryerson University. The variety of restaurants and retail both reflect and serve this pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use urban neighbourhood, widely celebrated for its thoughtful design and mix of history and contemporary urban culture.

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Toronto skyline seen from Wards Island during winter. Toronto, Canada

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

Toronto’s many galleries and museums, especially The AGO and

the residents who call Toronto home have roots in another country,

The ROM, are renowned for their stunning architectural presence

and almost 200 different languages are spoken here. The result is a

– and for how long guests want to spend inside. Residents and

vibrant and dynamic culture in business, arts, sports and education.

visitors enjoy world-class theatre and concerts, and crowds fill the

The city’s skyline is famous for the CN Tower, now the world’s

Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre and BMO Field to cheer on their

third tallest tower and the highest outdoor walk on a building. The

favourite local and international teams. The city’s downtown core

glass-floor observation deck offers visitors stunning 360-degree

boasts everything from distinctive boutique experiences to trendy

views of the city, Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. But back

fashions, and a dazzling assortment of traditional and innovative

on the ground Toronto is known as the city of neighbourhoods, like

restaurants. Throughout the urban centre, tree-lined streets,

lakefront Beaches, historic Chinatown and Little Italy. Year-round

expansive parks and green ravines are enjoyed year-round for

festivals celebrate the city’s diversity and hospitality.

morning runs, leisurely strolls and family outings.

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Yonge & St. Clair Will Soon Be Home to One Delisle The First Residential Building in Canada Designed by Visionary Architect, Jeanne Gang

First VIP Access & Special Incentives Reserve Your Unit 416 618 8812 | the6ixproperty.com/1delisle

KIN WONG,

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ART AND ARCHITECTURE MEET AT THE TOP OF THE HILL Toronto, Ontario,

Offered at: Price Upon Request A masterpiece of international design and quality rarely found in such a warm family home. This outstanding property is an oasis of serenity and peace, high above the city with an endless view of the skyline and beyond. Your welcome begins with a modern masterpiece - a unique, custom-designed marble, steel and wood staircase with a light shaft flooding all levels with sunlight. Multiple family rooms allow for gathering, or privacy, as desired. A precision “Master Chef’s” kitchen, four gracious bedrooms with ensuites and walkouts on three levels all provide exceptional connection to the outdoors. A magical turret room on the fourth floor and an elegant wine cellar on its own level make this 7,000 sq. ft. home irreplaceable. Poured concrete floors with radiant heat, a full home automation system, and a home gym add to the unwavering dedication to perfection found within. The multi-car parking in a most-desired central location is to be envied. The essence of great home design combines grandeur and elegance with intimacy and soul. This grand ambition has been achieved at 95 Woodlawn Ave. W., a property where architecture meets art.

Jimmy Molloy*

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

MAGICAL CITY AND LAKE VIEWS ABOUND IN EVERY DIRECTION OF THIS LUXURY PENTHOUSE! Toronto, Ontario,

Offered at: $6,890,000 Beautifully designed and elegantly appointed, this two-storey home features walkouts to the spectacular terraces from all of the large principal rooms as well as from each of the spacious four bedrooms. The second floor family room and den showcase floor to ceiling windows soaring 12 feet as the double sliding doors welcome you to the upper level terrace. Rarely will you find such a stunning finely crafted interior complemented by the most sensational 2000 square feet of outdoor dining and living space. The superb building amenities and the ideal downtown waterfront location enhance this offering to buyers seeking a very special and unique opportunity!

Leanne Domi *

Office: 416 925 9191 leannedomi@gmail.com

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130 INGLEWOOD DRIVE Toronto, Ontario,

Offered at: Price Upon Request First time on the market in 51 years! A very unique offering. This gracious 5 bedroom mansion built in 1908 sits majestically on an 80 x 244 deep South facing ravine property. With substantial tableland the back garden boasts a 40 foot swimming pool. The stately principal rooms provide plenty of space for all members of the family to find quiet areas to study or work from home. Truly unique listing.

Eileen Farrow *

Office: 416 925 9191 eileenfarrow@chestnutpark.com www.eileenfarrow.com

IRREPLACEABLE NO. 7 SOUTH ROSEDALE Toronto, Ontario,

Offered at: $5,499,000 7 Dale Avenue, situated on nearly two and a half acres of South Rosedale mature ravine forest, provides an exceptional opportunity for urban living within a forested setting. An exclusive collection of 26 luxury, private ravine residences have been created by one of Canada’s foremost architects, Siamak Hariri. Extraordinary design complements the traditional Rosedale setting while offering contemporary living with unparalleled quality and craftsmanship in its construction. The elegant 4 storey design provides each residence exposure to the treetop ravine vistas and city lights beyond, with furnishable terraces to enjoy the splendour of natural surroundings. Spectacular flowering garden and water features are under development by the renowned landscape architect Janet Rosenberg. All of this is uniquely located within steps of Yonge/ Bloor and Yorkville, yet sequestered in the magical setting of 7 Dale Avenue.

Barry Smith *

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BRAND NEW GRAND PENTHOUSE SUITE IN TRIDEL’S FORM

VERY SPECIAL CONDO TOWNHOUSE AT MACPHERSON CHURCH LOFTS

Offered at: $2,295,000

Offered at: $2,750,000

Toronto, Ontario

The FORM overlooks Grange Park and is located steps to the AGO, OCAD, Queen Street, U of T, and world-renowned hospitals! This never-lived-in unit is 1973 sq ft and offers 3 bedrooms, a spacious den, 3 washrooms, a large laundry room and a gourmet kitchen with quartz counters and white cabinetry.

Toronto, Ontario

Historic church conversion. High ceilings, hardwood floors, two working fireplaces, many original details. 2690 Sq ft. Entrance at grade. Two large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Wonderful third floor family room/office. Private garden terrace, 2 car parking. In the heart of Rosedale/Summerhill shopping, dining, recreational activity. Easy subway access.

Helen Braithwaite*

Jill Parlee* , Bill Parlee*

Direct: 416 561 3114 // helenbraithwaite@chestnutpark.com

Direct: 416 919 4275 Office 416 925 9191 parlee@chestnutpark.com

Michelle Phillips*

Direct: 647 261 3655// mphillips@chestnutpark.com

MOORE PARK – 63 CLIFTON ROAD

ON THE SUMMERHILL-TOP IN A CONTEMPORARY NEW BUILDING SITS THIS EXCEPTIONAL SUITE

Offered at: $2,695,000

Offered at: $1,999,000

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

Moore Park gem! Gracious family home with 5 bedrooms, main floor family room with 14’ ceilings and loft office, third floor master oasis with sitting room, walk-in closets and 4 piece ensuite. Chef ’s kitchen with large island. Finished basement with playroom and spa area with sauna. Professionally designed and irrigated city garden. Single car garage. Fabulous school district, steps to TTC, Moorevale park, Rosedale park, ravine walks, Summerhill Market & Rosedale’s finest. A quiet street to raise a family. Eileen Farrow *

Michelle Jalsevac *

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Spanning forty feet in length with terrace to match, this spectacular suite has 3 sliding door walk-outs to 400 sq ft of West facing outdoor space, a gas line for bbq & a hose bib to water your spring garden. Striking sunsets & opulent views of the downtown. Interior is 1457 sq ft of ultra-chic living space, 2+1 bedroom, 2 ensuite bathrooms + powder rm. Sizeable den makes perfect at home office/guest rm. Custom built-in closets thru-out. Electric blinds. 2 car prkng U/G, locker. Only 109 suites in building -3 elevators, 24 hr concierge/ valet. Direct: 416 301 4844 Office: 416 925 9191 michelle@chestnutpark.com

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34 SUITE KINGSWAY CONDO - LUXURY LIVING WITH BOUTIQUE SERVICES

Offered at: Price Upon Request

Offered at: $1,748,000

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

Stunning reno featured on HouseandHome.com. Fabulous and bright 3 bedrooms on quiet Baker Ave. Chef ’s kitchen with marble counters opens to family room and lush west facing garden. Second floor master with fireplace and 3 piece ensuite. Third floor bedroom with ensuite and new cedar sundeck. An oasis In the sky. Both garden and deck are serene and private. Finished basement. Built-In single garage and total 2 parking. Steps To TTC, restaurants and shops of Yonge/St. Clair.

Nestled among historic properties, this gem welcomes you home with a smart floor plan that maximizes every inch of space. Enjoy outdoor lounging on the common terrace, or BBQ on your private balcony. Stroll the tree-lined streets... hike the Humber River trails... shop and dine in Bloor West Village, or golf at the nearby courses. 2 Bedrooms / 2 Baths including a 5 piece ensuite. Cameo kitchen with quartz counters. Wolf/Subzero appliances, remote blinds and custom built-ins in all closets. 2 Side-by-Side parking spots and 2 large lockers. Susan Bandler *

Eileen Farrow *

Office 416 925 9191 // susanbandler@chestnutpark.com

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Jana Korim*

Office 416 925 9191 // jk@chestnutpark.com

GRAND PLAYER ESTATES PROPERTY Toronto, Ontario

Offered at: $2,850,000

One of Playter Estates’ Grandest Homes in desirable Jackman School district on large corner lot, now divided into 4 apartments with no leases. Property will make ideal Single Family Home, Large Principal Rooms, High Ceilings, Multiple Bay Windows, 2 Fireplaces, Double car detached 2-storey garage.

Kathryn Elliott-Bryden*

Direct: 647 209 6353 kelliott.bryden4@gmail.com

114 PRICEFIELD ROAD Toronto, Ontario

Offered at: $2,795,000

Unbeatable Rosedale location, currently set up as 2 renovated modern units. Some features include: Gas fireplace, Bellini kitchen, New Magic windows throughout, new roof, and 1.5 garage. Live in one & rent the other OR renovate & restore back to a single family home. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity!

7 THORNWOOD ROAD Toronto, Ontario

Offered at: Price Upon Request

Two bedroom beautifully renovated with stunning ravine views!! Kate Zeidler designed. Elegant and sumptuous interiors. Chef’s kitchen open to family room with walk out to balcony. Second bedroom/den boasts wall of built in shelves & 2nd walk out to balcony. Master suite boasts large walk through closet to stunning 3 piece ensuite. Two balconies, 1 car parking. 1 locker. Mere steps to Yonge/Summerhill bustle. Not to be missed. Eileen Farrow *

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Kaija Pitt *

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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.

Winter’s Hidden Havens

Hidden Valley Marks Half a Century in Muskoka PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF HIDDEN VALLEY & ALEX SPIERS PHOTOGRAPHY

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way from the bustling ski hills of central Ontario and Quebec, Hidden Valley Resort has quietly been the home to Muskoka ski enthusiasts for the past half a century.

Marking its 50th anniversary this year, the club has now fostered multiple generations of families and even nurtured the career of a future Olympic champion. “It’s so much fun for me to welcome people into our club family,” says Courtney Payne, who’s been skiing the hill for as long as she could stand on a pair of skis and is now Hidden Valley’s communications and events manager. “We have several third-generation club members and now even a few fourth-generation club members. It’s a rewarding experience to see families coming back to the hill again and again.” Andrew Rusynyk has been the GM at Hidden Valley for the past five years and says the sense of community at the club is like nothing he’s seen in his career within the ski industry.“Our club is more like a family,” he says. “Everyone is very welcoming here and it’s all about

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Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is located just outside the town of Huntsville and was opened in 1965 by Bill Waterhouse and Ed Seagram, making it one of Ontario’s oldest and most established ski areas. The original 50 memberships rapidly grew to a couple hundred families and in 2008 the name was changed to the Muskoka Ski Club in recognition of the world-renowned area in which the hill is located. The Club’s acclaim got a significant boost in 2014, when Huntsville’s own Dara Howell won a gold medal in slopestyle skiing at the Sochi Olympics. Howell learned to ski at Hidden Valley and both her father and grandfather were ski instructors on the hill. “I’ve watched Dara ski here with her 91-year-old grandfather. That tells you just how special this place is,” says Payne. “She’s been a great promoter of this place and she’s a role model for many of the kids here.” Hidden Valley is situated on 120 acres of Muskoka countryside with 37 acres dedicated to downhill skiing and snowboarding trails. There are 13 groomed trails and two natural trails. The difficulty of the trails ranges from the beginner hill to the black diamond run known as The Face. The resort has three quad chair lifts, one handle tow lift, two grooming cats, a competition-class terrain park, night skiing and snowboarding. “The snowmaking covers 100 percent of the groomed trails and when combined with the 10 feet of natural snow, it ensures great conditions from early December to late March,” says Rusynyk. “Muskoka Ski Club boasts some of the best conditions in Ontario year after year.”

Hidden Valley Resort has three quad chair lifts, one handle tow lift, two grooming cats, a competition-class terrain park, night skiing and snowboarding.

New this year all lift tickets, rentals and lessons will be sold online only and it is recommended that you purchase in advance. Unfortunately, walk-up lift tickets will not be available this winter at Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area.

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Carving down the Flying Dutchman, on a picture-perfect day at Hidden Valley.

The 2020/2021 ski season is like nothing Hidden Valley, or any other ski hill, has seen in recent memory. “We closed March 15, 2020, and since then things have been changing almost daily but we’re doing our best and we’re optimistic about another great season,” says Rusynyk. At the end of December, Hidden Valley found out they would be facing a shortened version of that season as the provincial lockdown incorporated Ski Hills. Hidden Valley is hopeful they will be able to re-open by the end of January. “Skiing is something you can do in a very safe and socially distanced manner. We’ll have to change some things, for instance having fewer people on the chair lift and making sure people are only riding with others who are in their bubble, but on the whole, we shouldn’t have any problems following the guidelines.” In fact, Rusynk says they’re optimistic that when the hill re-opens it will be an exceptionally busy, if abbreviated, ski season. “We have obvious demand from all over Ontario,” he says. “You just need to look at the popularity of golf last summer as an example, along with other things like boating and hiking.” Rusynyk says the main challenge is just getting the word out that Muskoka has its own downhill ski facility. “We want cottagers, in particular, to know that Muskoka is a great place to be, four seasons of the year,” says Rusynyk. “There’s nowhere better to explore nature and get a taste of a real Ontario winter than Hidden Valley.”

Hidden Valley has a summit elevation of 389 metres (1276 feet), and uphill capacity of 6500 people per hour.

www.skihiddenvalley.ca Muskoka Ski Club and Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area 1655 Hidden Valley Rd. Huntsville Ontario Phone: 705 789 1773 Ext. 29 1 800 398 9555 @skihiddenvalley

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Hidden Valley Resort, Huntsville Ontario

Muskoka, synonymous with cottage country, is a household name in North America. Situated around three large lakes (Muskoka, Joseph, and

Rosseau), the Muskoka region was once dubbed the ‘Malibu of the North’ by The New Yorker, because of the number of celebrity estates in the area. Beautiful homes and seasonal cottages offer breathtaking views of the lakes and constellation of private islands. The number of local residents more than doubles in the summer when 100,000 seasonal residents join the 60,000 lucky permanent residents of the Muskoka region. But sprawling tree-covered properties and the vastness of the granite-carved area means that Muskoka can easily accommodate visitors while maintaining everyone’s privacy and sense of open space. The Muskoka region is known for its exceptional dining, trendy shops, craft beer scene, and contemporary art galleries and museums. Kids can choose from a variety of exciting summer camp programs and families can join in the year-round cultural festivals. From the haunting call of the loon to the variety of trees and vegetation local to the region, Muskoka is a nature lover’s paradise. Whether you’re a serious kayaker or it’s your first time trying to figure out how to sit in a canoe, you can revel in hours of scenic adventure. From hiking to boat cruises, there are many ways to appreciate the grandeur of Muskoka.

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“SUMMIT HOUSE” LAKE JOSEPH Muskoka, Ontario,

Offered at: $22,950,000 This North Lake Joseph offering is famously known as “The Prettiest Spot in Muskoka” this unique offering boasts all the signature attributes of a legacy property. Stunning vistas down Lake Joseph with over 600 feet of pristine shoreline; 10 acres of wooded privacy; sweeping vistas over crystal clear shores; gentle year round access and the ultimate in privacy. This unique offering is classic Muskoka meets Georgian Bay wilderness with it’s sloping granite shore, magnificent windswept pines and is the renowned locale that boasts the deepest water in all Lake Joseph. The setting, which was originally the home to the tennis courts at the historic Summit Hotel in the late 1800’s, will be the backdrop for your new landmark residence and playground. Plans in place for a new custom crafted contemporary design featuring five + bedrooms, open concept living spaces all enhanced with panoramic vistas. At the shore a three slip boathouse/port is complete with private guest quarters, while a separate swim dock ideally located to bask in the all day sun. A gazebo on the point offers a spectacular area to read a book or nap in a hammock. For the sports enthusiasts, plenty of room to add your own tennis or sports court. Or perhaps an infinity pool and spa, or your own custom putting green & practice facility. The oversized detached garage is perfect for the car collector or could house an indoor pool, bowling alley or fitness center. Just imagine the possibilities. An exemplary offering suited to the most discerning buyer. Call today for more details.

Marilyn Mannion*

Direct: 705 801 5538 mannions@muskoka.com www.marilynmannion.com

CAREFREE COTTAGING ON LAKE ROSSEAU Muskoka, Ontario,

Offered at: $999,000 - $499,900 - $259,900 - $89,900 - $65,900 Still having a hard time finding a Muskoka cottage? Tired of paying high prices to rent someone else’s cottage? Well, here is the affordable solution that you have been looking for: Why not let someone else look after everything for you while you simply arrive, relax and enjoy luxury fractional ownership at “The Cottages at Windermere” - an intimate setting of only 6 cottages. Choose from full ownership ($999,000), half ownership ($499,900), or quarter ownership ($259,900) in Cottage 5 - guaranteed summer weeks! Buy just one or combine with limited offerings of 7 weeks ($89,900) and 5 weeks ($65,900) in Cottage 6, or 5 weeks ($65,900) in Cottage 1. Adjacent to Windermere House lakeside resort where 5-star service at restaurants, spa, fitness centre and more are only steps away - and all accessible to you as an owner. South-west exposure, amazing lake views. Sand beach, public docking, marina & golf course also conveniently at hand. Call Maggie today for further details. You’ll be glad you did!

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LAKE JOSEPH CONTEMPORARY SUNSETS

LOWER JOE CLASSIC CHIC

Offered at: $19,900,000

Offered at: $9,995,000

Muskoka, Ontario

Breathtaking island dotted sunset views over looking south lake Joseph, lies one of Muskoka’s great landmark properties known as ‘Winsome’, situated on a 477’ private point. Originally plotted on a dramatic point, at the end of a quiet year round lane way, you will find this contemporary Muskoka cottage with soaring ceilings, clean modern finish, walls of glass, engineered oak floors, ensuite on each floor and a sunset pool to entertain family and friends in the privacy of your own oasis. A very rare opportunity to own such a prized address.

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Muskoka, Ontario

Stunning island dotted sunset views of south lake Joseph, lies this Muskoka Classic landmark known as ‘Winsome’, situated on a private point. Located on one of the best sites on the lake, at the end of a quiet year round lane way, designed with architectural elegance, flowing verandas, curved halls, bedroom balconies, and finished with an updated Muskoka chic taste and style. A very rare opportunity to own such a prized address minutes from Port Sandfield and the clubs. 2 classic boathouses, 1 w/ accommodations.

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Offered at: $2,495,000

If you are looking for a truly one of a kind, private compound, this is it. This grand custom designed 4100 sq.ft white pine home is situated on 100 acres of natural Northern Ontario forest, abutting 200 acres of crown land. With serene views of the valley and pond below. Rustic, modern luxury. Kim O’Grady **

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WATERFRONT HOME AND ACREAGE Huntsville , Ontario

Offered at: $1,799,999

Welcome to 38 Ripple Lane, located just 10 minutes north of Huntsville on pristine Ripple Lake. The privacy here is outstanding with 400ft of waterfront and over 3 acres of property set well off the road. 3 bed, 3 bath, walk out lower level including 2 bedrooms and spacious family room.

MUSKOA FOREST HOUSE Muskoka, Ontario

Offered at:$1,495,000

A rare opportunity to own a custom design contemporary country home in the beautiful woods of Muskoka. Enjoy all the outdoor activities Muskoka has to offer from hiking, walking and swimming at a public beach close by to snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and outdoor skating, all around your private 3 bedroom home with walls of glass making you feel like you living in the trees of your blissful surroundings. Scandic inspired design, with the Industrial elements of an open concept contemporary container home in a beautiful natural setting can be yours!

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Distributing Hope by the Shoebox BY MATT DRISCOLL

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Jennifer Stevenson on the left and Sarah Stevenson on the right help create gift-filled Shoeboxes for women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in the Muskoka Region.

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he Shoebox Project for Women has been up and running across Canada, the United States and the UK since being founded in Toronto in 2011. It arrived in Muskoka and has been growing exponentially but 2020 presented a multitude of new challenges. Not only did the original organizers decide to step back after several years at the helm, but the pandemic has put the brakes on many aspects of the project that had made it so successful in the region. Enter Sarah Stevenson and her daughter-in-law Jennifer Stevenson who have been participating in the project for years. >>

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According to stats they’ve compiled, about one in four Muskoka tenants pays more than 50% of their family income on rent. There are about 650 households on the waiting list for social housing. Adding to the challenge of organizing such a major initiative for the first time, was having to do it in the middle of a pandemic. That means, in 2020, no physical shoeboxes were collected. Instead, the focus was on financial donations. “It’s certainly different, and people miss getting together to have shoebox parties, or shop and build a beautiful gift with selected items that they have purchased,” says Jennifer. “Also, with so many other organizations reaching out for donations this year we wanted to make sure we weren’t taking it away from anyone else.” Jennifer says the response has been incredible - from groups like Rotaract that raised $1,450 by selling Christmas wreaths, to businesses like Shine, in Bracebridge, and the Crafty Cabin, all donating proceeds from their sales towards the project. Jennifer remains optimistic: “It’s challenging but everyone’s making the most of the situation, and we’re all looking forward to next year when we can do it again in person.”

In 2020, due to the pandemic, the focus was on financial donations instead of shoeboxes.

“Last December we hosted a couple of shoebox parties and I had spoken with the organizers a few times,” says Jennifer. “In June we heard that they were winding down and they didn’t know if anyone was going to take it over. We saw the incredible community support and the need of so many women, and we felt compelled to carry on such an amazing initiative.” The concept is simple: fill a shoebox with small luxuries and necessities totaling $50, enclose an inspirational note, wrap with care and deliver in time for Christmas to accredited agencies in Muskoka whose mandate is to help women in need or transition in the community. When the Muskoka chapter began six years ago, they hoped for 120 shoeboxes and received 352. Last year they received 1,449 shoeboxes and distributed them to 14 accredited agencies across Muskoka, ranging from Muskoka Victim Services and Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services to the Mana Food Bank and Muskoka Salvation Army.

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Thank you for your support!

Thanks to the kindness & generosity of our community, this 2020 holiday season we delivered

1,014 gifts

to 16 organizations throughout the Muskoka Region.

“I think 2020 has been extremely challenging for many of these agencies,” says Jennifer. “Abuse seems to be on the rise and there is increased financial stress and people out of work, which only makes the situation more difficult during the Christmas season.”

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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.

Enjoy an exciting and unforgettable dog sled tour amongst the beauty & serenity of the Muskoka wilderness. Photo by Jack Ross

Muskoka Mushers

Harness Adventure and Nostalgia BY MATT DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF NORTH RIDGE RANCH

Once upon a time, the dog sled was one of the preferred methods of travel in northern Ontario but now slicing through the snow behind a team of huskies is a true winter thrill.

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throwback activity that calls to mind the adventures of some of the region’s earliest explorers, hunters and trappers, a dog sled trip in Muskoka is a journey back in time.

Thankfully, the days of pitching a tent and making yourself a fire to outlast the long northern nights are over. These days, you can pick how long you want to travel, and when the mushing ends you can relax your weary bones with a warm drink in front of a roaring fire. There are trips designed with all levels of experience in mind, from the expert musher to the first-timer. >>

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Located just outside of Huntsville, in northern Muskoka, North Ridge Ranch offers half-day tours and one-hour tours most days throughout the winter season. Brad and Leah Fetterley have operated the kennel there for more than 15 years. Owners and operators of North Ridge Ranch, the Fetterleys run a team of more than 60 sled dogs. The dogsled trails are all private and located on a system of trails spread throughout 500 acres, utilizing some of the neighbouring acreages as well. The trails wind their way through a quiet and serene winter Located in Huntsville, Ontario, owner-operators Brad & Leah Fetterley and over 60 amazing Alaskan Huskies make up a dynamic team at the North Ridge Ranch.

forest landscape. All of the dogs at North Ridge Ranch are Alaskan huskies who live on the property. The majority of the huskies were born at the ranch or have been adopted in. According to the owners, the dogs all have names, personalities and quirks, and they make up the Fetterley’s extended, chosen, four-legged family. These Alaskan huskies look quite different than the huskies most people would recognize. According to the owners, these huskies are slim, trim and healthy athletes, capable of running many miles a day while hauling a sled and a human behind them. Their look is very diverse as they are not a pure breed, but rather they’re bred for their athletic build, adaptation to cold temperatures, and desire to run and pull. Alaskan huskies are pound for pound one of the strongest mammals on earth and they are often used

All tours start with a lesson so that guests can be well informed and confident in their abilities to mush their team. The tour is approximately 20 kms and takes about 2.5 - 3 hrs.

in many of the most high-level endurance races in the world, including the Iditarod. The ranch offers small tours of four to five guest sleds per tour. The Fetterleys teach guests how to drive the sled prior to heading out so newbies know the basics of dog sledding. The guide sled is the first sled out and then the customer sleds follow in behind. The guide leading the trip is always watching to make sure all the dogs and people are kept safe. Several other tour operators host guided dog sled adventures in and around the Muskoka region. Winter is the ideal time to enjoy what Muskoka has to offer, and a dog sled adventure is a journey back in time and an unforgettable winter adventure.

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www.northridgeranch.ca info@northridgeranch.ca Location: North Ridge Ranch Huntsville, Muskoka, Ontario Phone: 705 788 2828

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Blue Mountain Resort, The Blue Mountains Ontario

Collingwood has great warmth and a sense of hospitality. This community is

Thornbury boasts an entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well. Located

Creemore/Clearview’s beautiful scenery includes pastoral farmlands that

Beaver Valley/Grey Highlands provides four seasons of relaxation,

rich in history and culture and is truly an active lifestyle community. Located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay, its waterfront provides endless opportunities. roll 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

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. 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.

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.

Meaford is a four-season destination that has it all. The quaint and charming

Wasaga Beach is situated along the largest freshwater archipelago in the

Wiarton is located at the western end of the scenic shores of Colpoys Bay,

The Blue Mountains scenic area offers an abundance of recreational

Owen Sound is located on the southern shores of Georgian Bay. A true

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.

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.

historic downtown district offers live theatre and concerts, fresh local food, unique shopping, nature at your doorstep, a beautiful harbour and so much more. 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. gateway, enjoy the waterfront trail system, farmer’s market and, in the winter, access the trail system, thousands of snowmobile trails and cross-country skiing areas.

PRESTIGIOUS BUILDING LOT – NIPISSING RIDGE

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Prestigious lot with Escarpment Views, at renowned NIPISSING RIDGE - Custom Build your dream home in a prime location on the edge of the Escarpment. Walk to Alpine and Craigleith Ski Clubs, Georgian Bay & mins to Blue Mountain Village. Full services at lot line. Call for more details. MLS®40055439 Barb Picot* Direct: 705 444 3452 // picot@rogers.com Ron Picot* Direct: 705 446 8580 // rpicot@rogers.com

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Finally, a performing arts and entertainment centre of our own! Whether you live in Creemore, Thornbury, Wasaga, Meaford, Stayner or Collingwood, here’s your chance to register your non-financial support for a regional multi-use centre that will support visual arts, community events, live theatre, the best cinema as well as musical performances of all kinds.

CACE

CACE (kās) n. a group of interested citizens with a passion and devotion for arts and culture, who see a creative and economical need for a regional arts, culture, and entertainment centre in South Georgian Bay and are determined to make it happen.

MISSION

Build a world class and commercially viable multi-functional centre, attracting major artists and productions, supporting local & regional artists and programs.

SUPPORT

Our MP, MPP, Mayor Saunderson & Councilors support the CACE project. “ The proposed Collingwood Arts, Culture & Entertainment Centre is a worthy and needed facility that I am pleased to support. Not only will it provide a home for diverse professional and local art forms in South Georgian Bay, it will be an economic boon for our region, providing direct employment during construction & operational phases, and provide significant spin-offs throughout its lifetime. ” -- Jim Wilson, MPP Simcoe Grey

REGISTER, WE NEED YOU

We have received exceptional support from Surrounding Communities and all levels of Government. Now we need your support. Please visit our website show your non-financial support & register.

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Andrew Hind

is a freelance writer specializing in travel, food, lifestyle and history. His work has appeared in dozens of periodicals, and he is the author of 25 books. Andrew lives in Bradford, Ontario.

Snow Time at

Georgian Hills Vineyards PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GEORGIAN HILLS

Over the past decade, the winery has made a name for itself creating unique, elegant wines. Georgian Hills Vineyards has done its part to put Georgian Bay on the map as an emerging wine region.

After 10 years of experience, Georgian Hills’ vision and goals are much clearer. By working with nature they focus on growing only cold-hardy winter varieties at their vineyards in Georgian Bay.

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eorgian Hills opened in 2009 but its origins date back two decades before that. Robert Ketchin, a man who even then had decades of experience in wine marketing and development, was one of the first to recognize the potential of Georgian Bay as a wine-producing region. He knew that the moderating lake effect micro-climate, the same natural phenomenon that has allowed the region to host thriving apple orchards for decades, would enable cool-climate grape varieties to thrive. The challenge was to get others to share his vision. “Robert knocked on the doors of numerous farmers looking for a landholder to partner with him but, this being before Georgian Bay was a wine region, he didn’t have much luck,” explains Andrea O’Reilly, Georgian Hills’ manager of operations and marketing. “John Ardiel, a fourth-generation apple grower at Ardiel Acres, was the only one crazy enough to agree. With his lifetime of experience, John saw that Robert’s vision had merit and embraced it.”

After several years of experimenting with viticulture methods and grape varieties, a five-acre commercial vineyard was planted at Ardiel Acres in 2004. The following year, land was purchased at Victoria Corners – which became the home site for Georgian Hills Vineyards – and twelve more acres of grapevines were planted. A century-old barn on the property was renovated and repurposed to include an elegant tasting room and retail store. “What makes us unique is that we grow cool climate varietals of grape that many people have not heard of, principally European Vinifera varieties – like Gamay Noir and Pinot Gris – and French-American Hybrids,” enthuses O’Reilly. “These varietals thrive in cooler growing temperatures and are the foundation of the distinctive terroir in our wines.” Georgian Hills’ wines fall under three brands: the signature Georgian Hills line, Notty Bay (playfully named after Nottawasaga Bay), and Wild Inspired. All are distinctive and elegant. Georgian Hills also produces Ardiel Cider, making good use of the fruit harvested from John Ardiel’s 360-acre orchard.

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Guests are invited to enjoy a self-guided snowshoe tour of the vineyards.

When snow begins to fall, the grapes will have long-since been harvested, and yet winter remains an active season at Georgian Hills. Guests are invited to enjoy a self-guided snowshoe tour of the vineyards, trudging amidst barren rows to admire the winterhushed serenity and picturesque beauty of the landscape (bring your own snowshoes or rent a pair). Three trails of varying length Offer opportunities for people of different expertise and fitness levels. Signage along the routes explains cool climate viticulture and winemaking. The winter experience this year will be different as a result of Covid-19. In previous years, once your cheeks were rosy and nose numbed, you would head inside and cozy up to the Tasting Bar for an apres-trek indulgence of one or more of Georgian Hills’ distinctive wines. Not an option this winter, the team at Georgian Hills has done what they’ve done all year – pivot and design an exciting new experience.

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This delicious sweet amber nectar has intense apple flavours with warm hints of spice and honey.

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Take a beautiful drive to the winery and they’ll have your order ready for you upon arrival. Georgian Hills now offers contactless delivery.

“After snowshoeing, you’ll want to head over to our winter patio tasting bar to sample some of our great offerings,” suggests O’Reilly. “Then, enjoy a true Canadian experience, by sitting around a fire bowl with a glass of mulled wine or warm cider, and perhaps something to nibble.” Wine meets winter. A magical experience at Georgian Hills Vineyards. Red raspberry, blackberry, black plums and toast abound on the nose. This Single-Vineyard Pinot shows rich, dense ripe flavours of juicy black fruit , cherry, raspberry and the flavours round out with a flourish of sweet spice, cedar, toasted oak.

www. georgianhillsvineyards.ca Location: 496350 Grey County Road 2, Clarksburg, Ontario Hours: 11:00am – 5:00pm. Last admission to snowshoe trails is 4:00pm; trails are weather dependent Cost for Snowshoe Trails: $6, or $16 with rented snowshoes. Phone: 519 599 2255

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Snowmobiling in Grey-Bruce BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF COUNTY OF BRUCE

Winter is a season of unique joys. If you find the right setting—that beautiful, natural spot where snow mounds up like fluffy pillows and drapes evergreens like Christmas garland—there is no season more beautiful. It’s places like this where you’ll be inspired to get out and play in the fresh air, to experience all the adventure that winter affords. That’s what snowmobiling in Grey-Bruce offers.

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ith plenty of white stuff and 3,500 kilometres of snowmobile trails, there are enough adventures in the region to ride to your heart’s content. And the range of trail options ensures there’s a little something for everyone, from sedate bush trails for a casual ride to abandoned rail lines where you can really pick up the pace. The scenery is so spectacular that you’ll find yourself periodically bringing your sled to a stop just to soak in the vistas – the towering heights of the Niagara Escarpment, rolling farmlands buried in soft white mounds, winter-hushed woodlands, and the expanse of ice-encrusted Georgian Bay stretching out beyond the horizon. Trails access a number of notable scenic locations – Skinners Bluffs, perhaps foremost among them – that are transformed into something new and special once winter arrives. What’s more, the trail system is entirely land-based, so sledders don’t have to cross ice. That makes riding safer and ensures trails remain open longer and more consistently. Proximity to the GTA is another reason for the appeal of snowmobiling in the region. So too is the hospitality afforded by Owen Sound. Located at the base of the Bruce Peninsula, Owen Sound provides sledders with small-town warmth and big-city amenities. >>

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District 9 features a very scenic ride for the winter enthusiast. View rolling rural countryside in the south, which takes you through wooded areas, open fields and small towns. This leads to the Niagara Escarpment which cuts across from east to west just south of Georgian Bay, then heads north along the east side of the Bruce Peninsula, and slopes down to the sand beaches along the Lake Huron Shoreline.

The town connects to many trails, and businesses – ranging from hotels to restaurants – to accommodate sledders. In fact, one of the pleasures of Grey-Bruce snowmobiling is the feeling of being off in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by endless nature, when in fact amenities are close at hand. This will be of special relevance this winter as the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs notes trails will be packed with novice riders looking for outdoor recreation in the face of Covid-closures. They can rest assured that help is never far away. For additional safety, those taking up the sport for the first time are encouraged to take lessons; snowmobiles are powerful machines that travel at great speed. Whether you are a novice or veteran rider, indulge your winter fantasies in Grey-Bruce, where epic white-stuff adventure awaits snowmobilers.

Whether you are visiting for a day, a weekend or a week long excursion, District 9’s large interconnected snowmobile trail network will not disappoint.

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www.ofscdistrict9.ca Or call 1 800 387 SNOW for up-to-date trail conditions

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Thornbury Bakery Café BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THORNBURY BAKERY CAFÉ

The counters are piled high with baked delights and you find yourself frozen, paralyzed with indecision. Do you indulge in a butter tart or a Chelsea bun? A sticky knot? Oh, wait! Maybe a pecan pie tart! There are simply too many goodies to choose from, too many temptations calling out to you.

The Thornbury Bakery Café’s delectable pecan sticky knots are an all-time favourite of guests.

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elcome to Thornbury Bakery Café, where diets can wait for another day.

Owners Dave and Trish Smith love to see patrons struggling with indecision. It ’s a mark of success, one they could only have dreamed of when, in 2008, they decided to leave Toronto and their corporate careers behind, move their children - Doug, Jocelyn and Jordyn – to the Blue Mountains, and purchase the Thornbury Bakery Café. Embraced by the community, and with the entire family pitching in, the bakery has become a thriving business

“We’re much more than just a bakery,” enthuses Jordyn, who started serving customers at age 14 and today, 13 years later, works full-time in management and marketing. “We have a full breakfast and lunch menu, serve organic coffee, and offer a full line of healthy Meals 2 Go, which has really blossomed this year as a result of Covid-19.” Much has changed in the past year – for the bakery and for the community at large – because of the pandemic. But in times of uncertainty, people find comfort in tradition and Thornbury Bakery Café is steeped in it. Indeed, the bakery has been a landmark on the town’s main street since at least 1901.

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“ That tradition shapes a lot of our business decisions,” explains Jordyn, proud of the legacy her family is carrying forth. “We want to live up to it by providing an experience that exceeds expectations.” “We’re a 100% scratch bakery,” Jordyn continues. “Our bakers start around 10pm and make everything using home-made methods. Absolutely nothing is frozen, which is rare in the bakery world today. You can taste the difference.”

The Thornbury Bakery Café has been a landmark on the main street in Thornbury since ~1901.

The problem is, customers are tempted to taste everything. With a menu overflowing with treats, how does one choose? Jordyn helps by pointing out some personal favourites. Looking for a fantastic brunch item? Try the ooey-gooeygood cinnamon buns, famous locally for being the height of decadence. Top-level tasty and literally standing above every pie you’ve ever had is the Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie, using grandma’s handed-down recipe. Finally, Jordyn urges patrons to try the flourless chocolate cake – “dense, moist and rich, it’s to die for.” Thornbury Bakery Café is also well-known for its lines of glutenfree and keto, grain-free breads. Sold across Canada, they are healthy without sacrificing flavour. “All-natural, preservative-free, non-GMO – but still very much ‘real food’ which is the foundation of our business,” Jordyn says. In many ways, Thornbury Bakery Café is a reflection of its community – warm and hospitable, honest and delightful.

“Quality means everything to our family. We strive to provide an experience for you that will exceed your expectations.” Back row, left to right: Doug Smith, Trish Smith, Dave Smith. Front row, left to right: Jocelyn Smith, Jordyn Smith.

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www.thornburybakerycafe.com Location: 12 Bruce Street, Thornbury, Ontario Hours: Monday to Sunday 8-4 Thornbury Bakery and Café is currently not open for in-person dining, but welcomes takeout orders. Phone: 519 599 3311

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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.

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County Soda Company BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY BY COUNTY SODA CO.

Three years ago, inspired by the countless artisans that surrounded them in Prince Edward County, Jeff Dammeier and wife Colleen Mullaly decided to get creative themselves. Instead of turning to paints or pottery, they got artistic with soda beverages. It was the start of County Soda Company and new careers crafting small-batch soft drinks.

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Each of the sodas has been carefully crafted using premium ingredients in order to produce the best tasting soda possible.

eff Dammeier is so at home chatting about the beverage industry that it would be easy to assume he has spent a lifetime involved in it. But in truth, he and Colleen are relative newcomers.

“We don’t come from a food and beverage background. I worked in business development and technology companies in Toronto for 21 years,” explains the personable Dammeier. Engaging and entertaining, he’s the kind of fellow you’d like to pull up a chair and enjoy a pop with. “Things changed for us in 2016 when my wife and I kind of hit a wall,” explains Dammeier. “We knew we needed a change of lifestyle, to get out of the city and press the reset button.” The need for a change of pace resulted in a move to Prince Edward County where the couple established new roots in the town of Picton. But how does one go from business development and tech to cola and root beer? It’s a story Dammeier enjoys telling.

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“When we moved to Prince Edward County, we knew we wanted to do something on our own, but we weren’t immediately certain what exactly that would be,” he explains. “We were inspired by the craft scene for which the County is known and somehow the thought occurred to us that there was a niche for craft sodas in Ontario.” Brimming with excitement for the project, the couple read extensively about sodas in order to develop an idea as to the types of product they’d like to attach their names to. Then they began experimenting.

Beautiful aerial view of Prince Edward County. Photo by Taylor Nullmeyer

Dammeier laughs when recalling their initial attempts. “Our first cola was an old, traditional-style recipe that we found online, requiring 17 herbs and spices” he says. “It was extremely complex and obviously wasn’t viable, but we felt we were on to something with a focus on quality and old-style flavours.” With the assistance of outside expertise, the cola recipe was perfected and commercialized. In May 2018, the County Soda Company began bottling its first products – the cola and an orange cream soda. Since then, five other flavours have joined the lineup: cream soda, ginger ale, root beer, black currant, and espresso root beer (though the latter is currently on hiatus). “All of our sodas are carefully crafted using premium ingredients in order to produce the best-tasting soda possible,” Dammeier says, explaining what sets County Soda’s beverages apart from the many others lining store shelves. “Its all about using authentic ingredients. Our ginger ale is made with real ginger. The concentrate we use in our orange cream soda and black currant soda is made from real fruit. And perhaps most importantly, we use real sugar, so our sodas are less sweet than commercial sodas.” Retailers have taken notice. County Soda Company beverages can be found in stores from Ottawa in the East to Waterloo in the West, including some supermarket outlets. Sales were up 300% in January and February of 2020, and County Soda Co. was about to get their beverages into Sobeys’ stores, province wide. But then the pandemic hit and everything was put on hold as carefully laid plans unravelled. “The shutdown set us back, for sure,” Dammeier says, his voice heavy with the loss of what could have been for 2020. “But we’re looking ambitiously towards 2021 and have great things planned, including a new location – hopefully for spring – that will have retail space and allow us to conduct tours.”

Enjoy on its own or as the perfect match to your favourite premium spirit as part of your favourite cocktail.

Dammeier is excited about the future. He sees great things in store for the company. “When people look on a restaurant menu or store shelves and see alternatives to the drinks produced by big American companies, they get excited. People enjoy the option of trying something new,” he says. “We want to be the Canadian alternative to the big American soda companies.” www.countysoda.ca contact@countysoda.ca Phone: 613 654 9760

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Established in 1994 in a charming Victorian-era house from the 1850s, Green Gables Gifts and Greetings is a community favourite.

Green Gables of Bloomfield BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL VAUGHN

Green Gables Gifts and Greetings was founded in the quaint village of Bloomfield, 25 years ago, by Gary and Joanne Morden, who named it in honour of Joanne’s favourite book. The store never had anything to do with Anne of Green Gables but, like the acclaimed novel, it was always about a sense of place. Green Gables has become a beloved part of the community.

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t might have been difficult for the Mordens to move on had they not found new owners who shared their ideals. To their delight , they did. Diana Cooper grew up in Bloomfield and knew and respected the community’s unique character. And, she had extensive retail experience. “Joanne said my husband, Gilbert , and I were fated to take it over, if no other than because of our names,” explains Diana. “If you know your Anne of Gable Gables, Diana was the name of Anne’s best friend and Gilbert was Anne’s husband.”

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In their 5,000 square feet , there’s something for everyone at Green Gables, including furniture, carpets, home accessories and gifts, many for $50 or less.

Ownership changed eight years ago, but much stayed the same. Green Gables remains a touchstone in the community, the go-to shopping destination for locals. “If you want some retail therapy, this is the place,” enthuses Diana. Its 5,000 square feet contain a little bit of everything, all expertly curated with the Bloomfield clientele in mind, all at affordable prices (the average price point , Diana assures, is less than $50). While the selection of wares carried is undoubtedly appealing, the real key to Green Gables’ success is the personalized customer service. “Many husbands will come in a few weeks before Christmas and ask us what their wives want for Christmas,” Diana laughs. “Because we know our customers so well, and because we work hard to find unique and ontrend items, we’re always able to point them to the perfect gift.” That level of service inspires loyalty, and Diana notes that customers have been shopping at Green Gables for generations – mothers who brought their children to the store are now bringing grandchildren.

Add a touch of whimsy to your garden this summer.

www.greengablesbloomfield.com Location: 286 Bloomfield Main Street, Bloomfield, Ontario Phone: 613 393 1494

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KINGSTON

City on the Lake BY LESLEY KENNY

Historic and hip, the city of Kingston, on the north-eastern shores of Lake Ontario, artfully combines its impressive Canadian history with contemporary culture and amenities.

Kingston Ontario is on the Shore of Lake Ontario. It’s known as the “Limestone City” for its grand 19th-century buildings, including the lakeside Kingston City Hall.

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istoric and hip, the city of Kingston, on the northeastern shores of Lake Ontario, artfully combines its impressive Canadian history with contemporary culture and amenities.

Halfway between Toronto and Montreal, the mid-size city of Kingston was once Canada’s capital. It’s known for its historic brick, and limestone buildings, more than 1200 heritage properties, and 21 national historic sites. An area which encompasses the Rideau Canal and numerous fortification sites, like Fort Henry and Murney Tower, is the only UNESCO World View of Kingston from Fort Henry Hill, Heritage Site in Ontario. Kingston’s largest museum.

A thriving arts scene includes the stunning Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. At Queen’s University, one of the oldest universities in Canada, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre has an impressive collection of both historic and contemporary art. Cobblestone streets, red brick alleys and the central Springer Market Square lend a European feel to downtown Kingston. Princess Street, the charming and extensive retail centre, ends at the waterfront where there are accessible trails, parks, a pier, and an 8km public waterfront pathway. Visible from the waterfront are marinas and summer sailing regattas, and sunset cruises wind through the nearby chain of 1000 Islands. Wolfe Island, the largest of the 1000 Islands, is just a 20-minute ferry ride from downtown Kingston. Kingston, a family-friendly city, offers biking trails, paddling ‘trails,’ and the Rideau Trail, an almost-400km network of trails between Kingston and Ottawa, near the Rideau Canal, that welcomes hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

The city’s rich history is celebrated in more than 20 museums, including marine, military, hockey, woodworking, healthcare and the old Kingston Penitentiary. The PumpHouse steam museum is located in one of Canada’s oldest water works buildings. Many of Kingston’s heritage buildings, like the old fire hall, have been carefully renovated to house restaurants and cafés, seamlessly blending the old with the new.

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Kingston is considered a ‘foodie’ mecca, with more restaurants per capita than any other city in Canada. There’s a burgeoning craft beer scene as well. The Kingston Farmers’ Market, established in 1801, is the oldest market of its kind in Ontario.

We are excited to expand our network of excellence in real estate and look forward to continuing to serve our clients throughout Southern Ontario.

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Into the Woods:

How 4 Architects Are Reimagining the Modern Log Cabin Ultra-contemporary and eco-conscious, these takes on the traditional log cabin are a case study in escaping to the countryside in style CONTENT PROVIDED BY CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE

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very six months, Bill Gates takes off to the woods and spends a week reading, thinking, and walking among the cedar trees surrounding his log cabin somewhere in America’s Pacific Northwest (the exact location is a closely guarded secret). Gates has been doing this for years—it ’s his way of freeing up his brain from stress. With the current health crisis in mind, more people seem keen to follow his example, and the demand for a modern log cabin has never been higher.

“ The global pandemic has massively increased the interest in building private retreats,” says architect Alex Josephson, a partner at the award-winning, Toronto-based studio, Partisans. “Log cabin-style homes are always of interest to clients, but these types of project are being discussed with a new sense of urgency.”

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A Natural Sanctuary

Our designs reimagine the log cabin, but they are still primal, earnest, and deeply connected to the natural environment. —Alex Josephson

Partisans is one of several studios that has been inspired by the humble log cabin, developing the concept to create luxurious, eco-conscious lodges for clients wishing to have a sanctuary in nature. The studio’s Fold House, a staggeringly audacious project in Ontario, folds into the contours of the hills surrounding it, so that it appears to be emerging from them. Constructed from steel and compression-bent wood, it is a house designed to fit in nature, and provide a perfect place from which to admire it. “We aim to create residences that are connected to the land,” says Josephson, “so the log cabin is a vital source of inspiration.” Log cabins are synonymous with the idea of a retreat. They embody the romanticism of getting away from it all and living in nature—in forests, by lakes, in mountains. “The most basic log cabin is made of the least processed raw material in the world: the tree. We have created some spectacular structures based on the most basic characteristics of the cabin. Fold House—as well as our other projects, such as Grotto Sauna, which rises out of Lake Huron, just north of Toronto, and Farmageddon, in Caledon—reimagine the log cabin, but they are still primal, earnest, and deeply connected to the land and to the natural environment.” >>

For Fold House, a home in Hamilton, Ontario, Partisans modernized the traditional use of timber by deploying compression-bent wood throughout the cabin’s façade and interiors. Image: Team Camron

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Each log cabin is as individual as the owner and the landscape it will belong to. —Felix Schwimmer

The wave-like curve of Fold House’s roof is as visually striking from the inside of the wood-clad pool room as it is from the exterior of the building. Image: Team Camron

Refuge and Reconnection I love Longbranch and have always spent a lot of time in it. So, when designing its fifth, most recent addition— before the pandemic—I started to think about working from home more. I created a separate space from the rest of the house that could be used flexibly: as a self-contained guest house, a caregiver ’s apartment , which would ensure we could age here, and a home office. “ The cabin provides sanctuary and refuge,” he says. “It offers a way of connecting with nature, and, of course, provides the necessary protection from it. It ’s no surprise that people are seeking those qualities in a home right now.”

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The charred larch wood exterior of Chalet Lakeside contrasts with areas that were deliberately left exposed. “This play of dark and light increases the singular aspect of the cabin,” Schwimmer explains. Image: Adrien Williams.

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Olson Kundig’s Vermont Cabin has a footprint of only 750 square feet ( 70 sq m), an economical and efficient design choice that leaves as little impact on its natural surroundings as possible. Image: Aaron Leitz

Luxuriating in the Landscape Tom Kundig, co-owner and principal of Olson Kundig, one of the most lauded architectural practices in North America, is a specialist in work that celebrates our relationship to nature. “ There’s definitely something in our DNA , in our evolution, and make-up that responds to being in nature. We know that our mental and physical health suffer when we’re deprived of it , and we know it has the power to heal,” he says. “Citydwellers miss that connection, so it ’s not at all surprising that there’s interest from clients in having a retreat—a cabin—that is so immersed in the landscape.” That was the thinking behind Vermont Cabin in Stowe, a town in the northern part of the state, says Kundig. “It ’s an intimate gathering place in the trees. On every level you experience the landscape: on the ground level, at the mid-story, and then of course you have the larger perspective of the horizon line at the top of the house. It ’s not quite all the way to the sky, but it ’s high enough to give the residents a sense of being in a nest and peeking out at Green Mountains to the west and the Worcester Range to the east.” Kundig stresses that successful cabins need to balance comfort and protection from the elements, with integration with the natural setting. “That’s a critical element of our work. We create spaces that are intimate, cozy—luxurious, even—yet still fully engaged with the landscape outside. Our clients use their cabin-influenced residences to re-engage with nature.” >>

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Campos Studios drew from the forest surrounding the site at Sooke House, and developed its structure around one concrete column, mimicking the tree trunks in size and scale. Image: Ema Peter

Simply Sustainable Javier Campos, the principal of Vancouver ’s Campos Studio—a practice that is internationally recognized for its sensitive responses to the natural environment and for its work it in remote locations— believes clients who ask for a log cabin are seeking simplicity. “ They want to find somewhere where the pace, sounds, and rhythm are different. Our homes give them that space,” he says. At Sooke House, in British Columbia, the team camped out in the forest to listen to the landscape before starting work. They noted the variations in daylight, weather, and vegetation and went on to create a building that’s in harmony with its surroundings. It borrows from the log cabin tradition in providing a space for simple, modern living and in being born from that location. “This is some of our most rewarding work. There is something very special about designing in nature. You establish a dialogue with the earth, with the trees and the light,” says Campos. “To us, a building that sits in nature should almost grow out of its environment. That’s what a log cabin signifies to me. It should be inseparable from the woods that surround it.”

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Banyan Tree Residences Riverside, Bangkok Beds: 3 // Baths: 3 full | 1 partial // Sq. Ft: 2,672 // Property Type: Condominium

A stunning 3-bedroom freehold apartment of 248 square metres (2 ,669 square feet) on a high floor with sweeping Chao Phraya River views at the Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok. Featuring a large open-plan kitchen and living area with double-aspect floor-to-ceiling windows and 3-metre high ceilings, the entire apartment exudes a feeling of light and space. Located just 16 metres from the river bank, the 45-storey iconic building designed in collaboration with SCDA architecture and design company from Singapore provides low-density living and a ‘Sanctuary for Your Soul’ with only 133 apartments in an estate covering just under 2-acres. A free river boat service from the Residences connects to shopping centres, restaurants and cultural and entertainment venues along the river front, and a new skytrain station connecting to Bangkok’s mass transit system will open only 300 metres away in 2020. The development is newly constructed and benefits from 5-star hotel services from the Banyan Tree including private chef catering, spa treatments, housekeeping and many other services that can be arranged through professional staff on the property. The Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok is truly a rare opportunity to own a timeless investment with impeccable services and incomparable views of the city that never sleeps.

Richmont’s Luxury Real Estate Christie’s International Real Estate Suite 607, 6th Floor AIA Sathorn Tower 11/1 South Sathorn Road Yannawa, Sathorn Bangkok, 10120 Thailand +66 (0)2 030 0060 84

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113 Joaquin Road, Telluride, Colorado

Beds: 5 // Baths: 4 full | 1 partial // Sq. Ft: 4,808 // Property Type: Single Family Home

The residence’s architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen, has a reputation for ‘’spaces that that feel at once familiar and inventive. ’’The architecture of this exquisite home is distinguished by the sparse detail of geometric, pavilion-like forms and simple roof lines that enhance the vibrant and comfortable spaces within. Sited on three wooded acres with end-of-the-road privacy, every room of the home captures southern exposures of the Mount Wilson massif serving as a breathtaking focal point for the entire residence. The flow of the floor plan is both inviting and intriguing, as movement to each space creates new and exciting identities. Expansive patios and decking flow seamlessly to the exterior inviting its owner and guests to outdoor living spaces. A perfect mix of both art and architecture for generations of family. This Telluride single family home is for sale and has 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 1 partial baths and was built in 1995. This single family home is listed on the Christie’s International Real Estate website in zip code 81435 and it boasts 4,808 Sq.Ft. of interior space on a lot of 2.81 Acres. Nearby neighborhoods include: Deep Creek Mesa.

Telluride Real Estate Corp

Telluride Real Estate Corp

232 W. Colorado Avenue Telluride, Colorado, 81435 United States T.D. Smith (970) 728 1606

232 W. Colorado Avenue Telluride, Colorado, 81435 United States Chris Sommers (970) 728-1603

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Multiple Brandy Hill Drive, Whitefish, Montana

Beds: 4 // Baths: 4 full | 1 partial // Sq. Ft: 5,470 // Property Type: Single Family Your Montana Dream Estate is here, located outside of Whitefish on approx 1,600 acres, sequestered between 3 mountain ranges with incredible views! 3 spectacular Lodges and 2- two bedroom guest cabins. Custom built to maximize views, natural property amenities and an abundance of wildlife. E xplore your own personal lakes, waterfalls and forest trails privately secluded on all sides by federally protected forests and roughly 2 miles of the Stillwater River. Lodge #1 ‘First Claim’ sprawling 5,500 sq ft home with 4 bedrooms, accented by cedar log, expansive windows and a media/theatre room. Lodge #2 ‘Little Bootjack Lake Lodge’ 5,000 sq ft 4 bedrooms, floor to ceiling windows and a library. Lodge #3 ‘Sharptail Meadow ’ 5,500 sq ft 5 bedrooms, rustic feel with 26 ft vaulted ceiling.

PureWest Real Estate- Whitefish 492 E Second St. Whitefish, Montana, 59937 United States Sean Averill 406 253 3010 86

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The Residences at Seafire, Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands Beds:3 // Baths: 3 full | 1 partial // Sq. Ft: 2,848 // Property Type: Condominium

With almost 3,000 SqFt of living space, including three terraces, this three bedroom condo on Seven Mile Beach overlooks the lush grounds of the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. Enjoy sea views from the large convertible terrace, complete with folding glass NanaWalls, extending the living space, letting the outdoors in. The spacious master suite is complete with a private terrace, walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom. A deep soaking tub is surrounded by marble flooring, and the separate water closet allows for maximum privacy. Two additional bedrooms located at the rear of the residence overlook the beautiful canals of the North Sound and both feature ensuite bathrooms. The kitchen is a joy to cook in with Miele gas cooktop and Sub-Zero appliances, not to mention beautiful with custom cabinets, marble counters and backsplash. Ask how to earn permanent residency through investment in real estate in this tax-free British Overseas Territory, just a 3 ½ hour nonstop flight from Toronto.

Provenance Properties Cayman Islands

45 Tanager Way Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands Fleur Coleman +1 345 325 7204

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Prestigious Compact Estate In Jersey, Channel Islands, St Helier, Jersey Beds: 8 // Baths: 7 full // Baths: 2 partial // Sq. Ft: 14,500 // Property Type: Estate

Christie’s Hunt Estates is pleased to present one of Jersey’s most significant homes. This magnificent property was fully rebuilt in a classical style in 2015 with the interior designed by Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill. Special features include a gold leaf staircase leading to the first floor, from the impressive double height entrance hall. The family home is set over three floors and provides spacious reception rooms for entertaining. There are large windows and doors facing south, overlooking the lawns, pool and pond with a fountain. The accommodation includes everything you would expect in a property of such high standing; a large kitchen, a separate preparation kitchen and both formal and informal dining and living rooms. There are eight bedrooms and guest living space. In addition, there is a temperature-controlled wine room and cinema. Externally, there is a secure gated entrance with driveway approach, a four-car garage block with two apartments for staff or office space. This magnificent property includes a swimming pool, sunken jacuzzi, tennis court and manicured lawns. Located in the south of the island and conveniently, is near the beach and main town of St Helier. The airport is just 15 minutes’ drive away. Jersey is a British Crown Dependency and has its own government and taxation system.

Christie’s Hunt Estates

9 New Street St Helier Jersey British Channel Islands 88

Steven Hunt

Director steven@huntestates.com T: 00447 7007 7 7 700

Gill Hunt

Director gill@huntestates.com T: 00447 797 721881

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There’s 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

Bringing the most desired homes to Toronto's most discerning buyers. Tailored high-quality service is what I delivered to my clients as an award winning personal shopper at Holt Renfrew. This type of service is now woven into the fabric of how I help you buy and sell real estate. With my fingers on the pulse of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, you’ll be the first to know about market shifts and where to buy. As a seller, your property will rise above the competition with my innovative marketing techniques that expose your property to local, national and international markets. The combination of my bespoke service, global reach and innovative use of technology is the reason why I sold $80 million in real Estate in the last two years and a Chairman’s award winner.

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JEFF KNIGHT, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

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Providing Concierge Level Service. Supporting you every step of the way. Achieving record breaking results. www.eileenlasswell.com Eileen Lasswell, BROKER

Chairman’s Award Winner 2016-2019 EileenLasswell@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 875 8338

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

www.mariannemiles.com Marianne Miles, BROKER Chairman’s Award Winner 2017, 2018, 2019 mariannemiles@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191 WWW.CHESTNUTPARK .COM // C H E S T N U T PA R K R E A L E S TAT E L I M I T ED, B R O K ER AG E // WWW.INVESTINST YLE .CA

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What drew me to real estate is my love for our city, its many distinct and beautiful neighbourhoods, and the people who shape them. Buying and selling property is a balance between emotion and hard data. I enjoy helping my clients weigh the many factors that come into play, to make informed, logical decisions resulting in for them, the right choices. I bring experienced objective advice and negotiation skills to maximize value. I am keenly focused on my clients and my track record is solid. “Cathy was instrumental in helping me purchase my dream home in Forest Hill. Her thorough understanding of Toronto’s luxury market and careful negotiation skills helped me secure an incredible property (during a pandemic!). The home and neighborhood have exceeded my expectations - all because of Cathy’s talent and skill.” - Erin Elofson, Head of Pinterest Canada

Direct: 416 894 2389 Office: 416 925 9191 cathy@cathypark.com

Beyond The Transaction: Guiding you home every step of the way As a full service, end-to-end real estate team, we are here to sell your home in less time, for greater value, and help get you settled into your new home.

www.debbiepenzoteam.com Debbie Penzo, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Natasha Penzo, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Graeme McIntosh, SALES REPRESENTATIVE debbiepenzo@chestnutpark.com Direct: 416 520 1828 92

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I am an award winning real estate sales representative with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. When listing a home, I offer clients a full service experience. With my marketing & advertising background and with my established team of stagers, tradespeople and industry experts, I ensure the best features of your home are highlighted resulting in the best price. I represent both Sellers & Buyers and I am committed to their success. Transparency, honesty and enthusiasm are the qualities I bring to my clients. I appreciate the relationships, referrals and friendships I have built through the years. I look forward to expanding my real estate family and working with you.

Kaija Pitt, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Direct: 416 371 9447 kpitt@chestnutpark.com // www.kaijapitt.com

Since 1974, thousands of happy Buyers and Sellers have found their way home working with Janice, Julie, Katie & Jessica. Our success is built on our years of combined experience, strategic planning, creative marketing and hard work. We are committed to complete knowledge of the market, uncompromised service, excellence and experience in negotiations with potential Buyers and Sellers. Our business is built on relationships, knowledge, skill and successful transactions. By combining cutting-edge technology, and a savvy mix of modern and traditional marketing, we guarantee our client partnerships unparalleled results.

WE ARE YOUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS, CORE SPECIALISTS AND TRUSTED REAL ESTATE ADVISORS. LET US BE YOUR DREAM TEAM! THE RENNIE TEAM

Janice Rennie*, Julie Rennie*, Katie Rennie*, Jessica Lee** Office: 416 925 9191 info@rennieteam.com www.rennieteam.com

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Kin Wong BROKER

As the former General Manager at Prada Toronto, a position I held for 20 years & my involvement in the world of luxury fashion in Yorkville for 35 years, one thing is indisputable: I understand LUXURY! Throughout my career in the fashion world, I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of high net worth individuals and A-list celebrities. This experience has allowed me to develop a deep understanding for the unique needs of my Real Estate clients. I take my fiduciary duties extremely seriously & care for my clients’ needs with the utmost discretion & sensitivity. Specializing in resale & pre-construction, my work ethic, master negotiation skills & client satisfaction record has earned me numerous top producer awards. I look forward to continuing my relationship with those who have supported me & am grateful to those who I may have the pleasure to service in the very near future.

kin@chestnutpark.com Direct: 416 618 8812 www.the6ixproperty.com // PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY // GREY // BRUCE //

Servicing Collingwood, Blue Mountains and Southern Georgian Bay area where the 4 seasons never end. Let us help you find a sanctuary for your body and soul. Imagine owning a home that combines the natural beauty of the area with all the amenities that only a 4 Season lifestyle can offer. Buying or selling real estate? We have what it takes to handle every detail of your transaction, so you don’t have to. We pride ourselves on making sure we meet all our Buyers and Sellers expectations from start to finish and onwards. Talk it over with the Picot Team

EXPERIENCE | COMMITMENT | PLAIN SMART THINKING WWW.THEPICOTTEAM.COM

THE PICOT TEAM

BARB PICOT , Sales Representative Direct: 705 444 3452 RON PICOT, Sales Representative Direct: 705 446 8580 TAYLOR MCFADYEN, Sales Representative Direct: 647 823 5643 ELIZABETH JILON, Executive Assistant Office: 705 445 5454 Direct: 705 444 3452 // picot@rogers.com

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

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

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

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

FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AND PROVEN RESULTS

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

Serving You Safely with Over $65 Million SOLD in 2020

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

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THIRTY YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL CLIENT SERVICE AND PROVEN RESULTS! “If you are considering buying or selling a property in Muskoka, I highly recommend that you speak with Susan Brown. She has a wealth of experience in the Muskoka cottage and residential real estate market and an intimate knowledge of the Huntsville and Lake of Bays area. Susan is extremely pleasant to work with, she listens to what you would like to achieve and she offers sound advice when she senses you need it. I am sure you will feel confident that you can trust Susan to help you achieve your objective. I was selling an island and mainland properties. I signed a long-term contract with Susan and she invested in appropriate advertising. The drone video she commissioned from her Emmy Award winning photographer was spectacular. The properties sold remarkably quickly and with a minimum of fuss and bother. What more can one ask for?” – Simon Miles, 12/20

Susan Brown, B.A., MVA, SRES®, BROKER Direct: 705 788 4176 susanbrown@vianet.ca www.lakeofbayscottages.com

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KIM O’GRADY BROKER

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

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

The Muskoka Lifestyle. It’s how I grew up, how I live today, what I love. Local area knowledge. Award winning service. The real world skills to get the job done. Combined with hard work & professionalism, I have the experience & genuine interest to help you achieve your real estate goals in Huntsville, Lake of Bays, Dorset & surrounding areas. Confident, personable, competent representation in all price ranges/types of properties. Ready to talk Muskoka real estate? This is one of the best places in the world to live or retreat to. I know it well & I am ready to help. Let’s chat.

Elissa Boughen, BA, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Direct: 705 787 5463 // sold@lovemuskoka.com // www. lovemuskoka.com

YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT MY AWARDS, MY DESIGNATIONS OR MY SALES NUMBERS... IT’S NOT ABOUT ME, IT’S ABOUT YOU.

Why are you selling? Why are you buying? What’s important to YOU? My job is to help you with the unpredictability of real estate, to take the load off your shoulders and put them squarely on mine. To legally protect you... To obtain a fantastic result... To support you... To problem solve for you... And to fight for you... Yes, I have the awards, designations, testimonials and sales if you want them. BUT...

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME, IT’S ABOUT YOU.

LAURA MORRISON, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Direct: 705 952 1097 // laura@chestnutpark.com // lauramorrison.ca

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

Teresa Dafoe, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

info@teresadafoe.ca Direct: 705 380 0295

DAWN, services the Huntsville and the rural Parry Sound area that encompasses many beautiful lakes, rivers and communities. DAWN, specializes in high end waterfront sales with proven results! DAWN’S extensive career includes 30 years of Marketing and Executive Advertising Sales experience giving her seller clients the edge to sell their property quickly and for top $. DAWN’S many achievements include; Seller Representative Specialist, Accredited Buyer’s Agent, Certified Staging Advocate and the 2019 & 2018 VICE CHAIRMAN’S AWARD and the 2017 PRESIDENT ’S AWARD.

Dawn Mashinter, SALES REPRESENTATIVE, ABR®, SRS, CSA™

Direct: 705 571 2534 dawnmash@vianet.ca

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SAM SIMONE, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Since moving to Prince Edward County and opening the Picton office in 2008, I have been spectacularly fortunate. I’ve been able to keep my hand in the Toronto real estate market, and at the same time, I’ve developed a robust network of County clients, many whom I now call friends. Being a member of the Quinte & District Association of Realtors, and by retaining my membership with the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board, I am able to serve both areas and to transfer much business between the two locations. This also allows me to place my local listings on the Toronto Board. In return, I continue to receive innumerable referrals from both clients and from Toronto agents/colleagues. I look forward to working with you!

samsimone@chestnutpark.com www.samsimone.com Direct: 647 299 9608

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

Ready. Aim. Move. robert@ramsdale.ca Direct: 705 455 2004

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Toronto

1300 Yonge Street, Suite 100 Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X3 T: 416 925 9191 E: homes@chestnutpark.com

Muskoka // Port Carling

110 Medora Street Port Carling, Ontario P0B 1J0 T: 705 765 6878 E: cottages@chestnutpark.com

Forest Hill

446 Spadina Road Toronto, Ontario M5P 2W4 T: 647 347 8500 E: luxury@chestnutpark.com

Collingwood // Southern Georgian Bay

393 First Street, Suite 100 Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 1B3 T: 705 445 5454 E: collingwood@chestnutpark.com

Owen Sound // Grey Bruce

957 4th Avenue East, Suite 200 Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2N9 T: 519 371 5455 E: owensound@chestnutpark.com

Wiarton // Grey Bruce

551 Berford Street Wiarton, Ontario N0H 2T0 T: 519 534 5757 E: wiarton@chestnutpark.com

Barrie / Orillia

Muskoka // Foot’s Bay

1039 McDonald Road (RR1 Mactierpoc 180) Foot’s Bay, Ontario P0C 1H0 T: 705.375.9191 E: footsbay@chestnutpark.com

Huntsville // Lake of Bays (Florence St.)

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

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

59 Main Street East, Unit 2, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 2B8, O: 705 789 1001 Toll-free: 877 789 1003 E: huntsville@chestnutpark.com

Gravenhurst

181 Bay Street Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1X2 T: 705 684 9087 E: gravenhurst@chestnutpark.com

Prince Edward County // Picton

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

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

Kingston

623 Fortune Crescent, Suite 100 Kingston, Ontario, K7P 0L5, Canada T: 613 409 2444 E: kingston@chestnutpark.com

Haliburton

4490 Kennisis Lake Road Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1S0 T: 705 754 0880 E: haliburton@chestnutpark.com

Erin // Caledon // Mono // King

15425 Creditview Road Caledon, Ontario L7C 3G8 T: 519 833 0888 E: country@chestnutpark.com

Northumberland County

46 Pine Street South Port Hope, Ontario L1A 3E9 T: 905 800 0321 E: northumberland@chestnutpark.com

Peterborough // The Kawarthas

135 Queen Street, Unit 3, P.O. Box 1293 Lakefield, Ontario K0L 2H0 T: 705 652 5000 E: peterborough@chestnutpark.com

Stratford // Huron-Perth

64 Hillcrest Drive Stratford, Ontario N5A 5J1 T: 289 338 0767 E: stratford@chestnutpark.com

Lake Simcoe // North of Markham

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

Aurora

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

1000 Islands

Guelph

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

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