Chestnut Park's Winter 2020 Invest in Style

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VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 8 | WINTER 2020

Jenny Heijun Wills, Writers’ Trust Award-Winning Author INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Aruba: A Caribbean Gem | Toronto Biennial of Art | Cheese Bliss In Thornbury: The Cheese Gallery | Skate Through a Winter Forest Arrowhead Provincial Park’s Iced Trail Luxury Listings | Industry Experts | Featured Articles


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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

TORONTO LIVING Lawrence Park

REAL ESTATE CONFIDENTIAL

The Vertical Lifestyle: Condos offer community, affordability and eco-friendly living

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For winter lovers

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY LIVING Prince Edward County Lake on The Mountain

AUTOMOTIVE Infiniti QX50

CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

A Visual Arts Showcase The Toronto Biennial of Art 2019

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PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES

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SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY LIVING

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SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY LIVING

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Wiarton Willie Festival Helps shake off end-of-winter blahs

Winter at Scenic Caves: A unique winter experience

CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL Chestnut Park’s Global Partner

CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL LUXURY DEFINED Napa Valley: The California Wine Destination that has it all

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A PEEK AT LUXURY LIVING AROUND THE WORLD

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MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS

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TRAVEL & TOURISM Aruba: A Caribbean gem

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FOOD & DRINK

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FASHION

On The Cover

West African Cuisine Hot for all the right reasons

Avec Plaisir A true leader in female empowerment

Writers’ Trust Award-Winning Author Jenny Heijun Wills. Cover photo courtesy of Jenny Heijun Wills.

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SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY LIVING Cheese Bliss in Thornbury: The Cheese Gallery


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FEATURE

The Writers’ Trust of Canada ‘the quiet giant’ of Canadian literature grows louder

President & CEO

Chris Kapches

Director of Marketing & Operations Maria Neves

Creative Director Philip Feder

Graphic Designers Amanda Mizera Caitlin Stafford

Editorial Editor

Lesley Kenny

Editorial Contributors Anna Cipollone Matt Driscoll Natalka Falcomer Andrew Hind Chris Kapches Lesley Kenny Bob McHugh Chris Metler

Marketing & Advertising Coordinator

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Alison Kinghorn investinstyle@chestnutpark.com 416 925 9191 ext:2240

Advertising Sales Coordinator

Maria Neves investinstyle@chestnutpark.com Direct: 416 925 1743

ART & DESIGN Refined Rustic

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Digital Marketing Manager

ART & DESIGN

In Conversation With Julia Hepburn

Karen Espinola

Digital Marketing Coordinator / Photography Taylor Nullmeyer

Questions

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MUSKOKA LIVING

Skate Through a Winter Forest Arrowhead Provincial Park’s iced trail

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// A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT //

Chris Kapches

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

Art & Design: Julia Hepburn

Art & Design: Refined Rustic

Feature: The Writers’ Trust of Canada, Jenny Heijun Wills Muskoka Living: Arrowhead Provincial Park’s Iced Trail

Travel: Aruba

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hestnut Park is proud to present its winter issue of Invest In Style. As in all our publications the goal is to introduce you to creative artists, exotic locations and stunning properties. The stories in this issue are about the lives and work of people who inhabit worlds and live in places that most of us imagine but rarely experience. We are thrilled to feature Jenny Heijun Wills, the most recent winner of the Writers’ Trust Award for nonfiction. The Writers’ Trust, established in 1976 by a small group of Canadian writers including Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, celebrates and financially assists Canadian writers in various stages of their careers. Jerry Heijun Wills was recognized for her memoir Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related (McClelland & Stewart). Wills was born in South Korea, adopted as an infant by Canadian parents and is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg.

Art is always featured in Invest In Style. Hamilton-based artist Julia Hepburn’s surreal, fantastical dioramas will entertain, intrigue and challenge you. Beautiful properties from Aspen, Colorado to Porto Cervo, Italy, as well as numerous, stunning local locations are also featured throughout this publication. The Toronto residential and southern Ontario waterfront and recreational marketplace strengthened in 2019, and is expected to grow stronger in 2020. The Toronto and area resale market saw a year-over-year increase of 12% and an increase in the overall average sale price of more than 5%. The market was so robust that we entered 2020 with a shortage in supply which we hope will improve as sellers take advantage of increasing prices and make their properties available to the market.

Female empowerment is featured in our article introducing the iconic Yorkville (in Toronto) lingerie and swimwear boutique, Avec Plaisir. Owner Vasilia brings stylish and varied designs to local and international clients. Read her philosophy on what makes a woman feel and look beautiful. In this issue we visit the magical and enigmatic Lake on the Mountain in Prince Edward County; Aruba and its powder-fine white beaches and year-round good weather; the Scenic Caves Nature Adventure near Collingwood, a stunning winter experience; Muskoka’s Hidden Valley ski slopes; and a trip to the Napa Valley, the mecca for lovers of fine wine and gourmet food.

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Recreational and waterfront markets in Muskoka, Collingwood, Prince Edward County, and Haliburton Highlands rebounded strongly in 2019, both in sales and average sale prices. Unlike urban markets in Southern Ontario, supply in recreational and waterfront properties actually increased in 2019, providing the consumer with more choice, albeit at higher prices. Once again, we are thrilled to bring you our latest issue of Invest In Style. We are so pleased to be able to make this issue available to our almost 100,000 readers. Enjoy!

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Lawrence Park PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR NULLMEYER

Lawrence Park, one of Toronto’s first “garden suburbs,” is an exclusive, family-friendly, residential neighbourhood bordered by Yonge Street to the west and Bayview Avenue to the east, Lawrence Avenue to the north and the forested Blythwood Ravine Park to the south. Just 20 minutes north of downtown Toronto, and 10 minutes from the on-ramp to highway 401, with its access to Pearson Airport, cottage and ski country, Lawrence Park is repeatedly voted one of Canada’s top neighbourhoods.

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otable for its deep lots and quiet, walkable avenues,

Many Lawrence Park residents are a walk from stylish cafés and

Lawrence Park is valued for its beautiful homes, family-

specialty shops, including the fashionable boutiques on uptown

friendly community, and accessible green spaces.

Yonge Street. Excellent grocery stores include the iconic and

Private roads, winding crescents and treed streets all

award-winning Summerhill Market, an independent grocery store

contribute to the tranquil feel of Lawrence Park—one of the safest

and catering service, and the upscale, eco-minded Whole Foods.

neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area. Local businesses, shops, clubs and schools are conveniently located on the

Every summer, the Yonge Lawrence BIA hosts Village Day, a street

periphery of this residential pocket.

festival with activities for children and a village-long sidewalk sale (June 13, 2020). In early fall, more than 60 businesses feature the

First developed in the early 1900s, Lawrence Park was completed

work of local artists in their windows for Artwalk. The successful

in the 1950s and many of the homes are still the original Georgian

event celebrated its 15th year in 2019. Cheltenham Park hosts

and Tudor styles. In recent years, renovated homes have added

Family Fun Day in the spring and a community outdoor skating

a modernist appeal, while retaining many of the original wood

rink in winter.

and glass features. The number and variety of trees here, both deciduous and evergreen–some 150 years old–provide a lush

The Granite Club, a private social and athletic club on Bayview

canopy in the warmer months, and a pretty, snow-draped

Avenue, is enjoyed by many members of the Lawrence Park

landscape in winter.

neighbourhood and surrounding area.

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The Lawrence Park Athletic Association offers programs for kids and teens, including baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball. Lawrence Park Tennis Club features three lit outdoor tennis courts. There are green parks and playgrounds throughout the neighbourhood. Lawrence Park residents live near some of Toronto’s best public and private schools. Private schools include the all-girls Havergal College and St. Clements, Crescent School for boys, and TFS Canada’s International School (co-ed). Highly regarded junior and senior public schools in the area include Blythwood, Glenview, and Lawrence Park Collegiate which offers a French immersion program.

Residents are a walk from stylish cafés and specialty shops.

Great schools are often high on the list for new residents of Lawrence Park.

World-class health facilities adjacent to the neighbourhood include Sunnybrook Hospital, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Lyndhurst Centre. Public transit serves the area well with regular bus service along the neighbourhood’s borders of Yonge Street, Bayview Avenue and Lawrence Park, and through the heart of the neighbourhood on Mount Pleasant Road. All bus routes connect to the Lawrence subway station. Lawrence Park residents will be close to the new LRT line on Eglinton Road, scheduled for completion in 2021, providing more integrated access to the city’s services and amenities, including hospitals. At the northwest corner of Lawrence Park, the spectacular and multilevel Alexander Muir Gardens invites residents and visitors to walk among the meticulously landscaped grounds, year-round. These gardens, developed in the 1950s, lead to Sherwood Park, a protected home to what remains of the once-vast Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest, and Blythwood Ravine Park, one of the most beautiful forested walks in the city and part of the Northern Ravine and Gardens Discovery Walk. The well-maintained Blythwood Ravine marks the southernmost border of Lawrence Park.

The beautiful multi-level Alexander Muir Gardens in the summer.

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// REAL ESTATE CONFIDENTIAL //

Natalka Falcomer

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

The Vertical Lifestyle:

Condos offer community, affordability and eco-friendly living Zoning codes that limit housing production, and the flight back to urban living have left North American cities with only one (unrealistic) solution: create more land. A more realistic solution would revamp archaic zoning codes and reposition our current housing stock. The timing couldn’t be better as cultural shifts are inviting–even demanding–vertical living… with a twist.

Return to “Traditional” Values For the first time since 1880, young adults are more likely to live with their parents than with a spouse. More millennials – married or single – are also choosing to eschew owning large homes in the suburbs in favour of renting small “boxes in the sky” that offer convenience, shared space, and technology that automates daily tasks like turning lights on and off, and optimizing the unit’s heating and cooling to reduce one’s carbon footprint. But, more important than all of these features, condo dwellers are seeking community. This trend is demonstrated by the increasing number of adults who choose to co-live with other adults, the formation of impressive neighbourhoods in the sky, and the fact that adults are listing ‘community’ as one of the most important factors in choosing where to live.

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for affordable living. These agents believe that the best solution to improve affordability is not to boost demand by offering rebates and low interest rates. Rather, they beleive that provincial and local governments should address the supply side by offering more flexible housing strategies and zoning that permits the creation of duplexes, rentals and mixed-use development. however government-driven intensification programs are often met with political resistance as intensification is associated with the loss of community, accessibility of services, greenspace and privacy. But as today’s condo dwellers and developments prove, this is not necessarily the case.

Dog-walking groups are the new social norm among the condo community.

Examples of the communities that are being built “in the sky” are dog-walking groups. Fellow condo-dwelling canine lovers have become friends, dog sit for each other and throw petfriendly parties. Another community in Toronto’s downtown core gathers monthly to play trivia and tennis games. Toronto Life, a popular Toronto magazine, reports stories about renters and owners from diverse backgrounds who become friends and find their true love – none of which would have happened had they lived in a sprawling suburb instead of a tightknit community.

The Well – a Toronto mixed-use development sprawling across the western side of Spadina Avenue, from Wellington to Front – is a prime example of intensification done well. The Well incorporates greenspace, clever architecture and public promenades in order to put a focus on green living and community, while also providing privacy for its residents.

The Sharing Movement The sharing economy is here to stay. Think Uber, Zipcar, Airbnb, Kickstarter and Upwork as some of the companies that offer a new way of traveling, building businesses and working. Now, this multibillion-dollar trend is part of how our homes are built. Dubbed as “adult dorm rooms”, co-living provides an affordable way for adults to have exclusive use of their own bedroom, while sharing a variety of on-site amenities such as tech-equipped kitchens, vegetable-producing gardens, fitness facilities, and child-care services. A critical component to the success of co-living, and condo living, is that the homes are part of a larger development that also houses numerous practical services, entertainment and greenspace available for all. Today’s buyer wants the convenience that comes with a grocery store, pet groomer, and local bar steps away. According to a study by CallisonRTKL Inc.—a design consultancy firm—62% of people moving in the next five years want to live in mixed-use communities as opposed to residential-only communities. While community, convenience and minimalism are behind the appeal of condo living, we can’t ignore another critical fact—it’s also because of affordability.

Affordability

Co-living provides an affordable solution for young adults looking to enter the market.

It’s also increasingly common in new builds in North America and Western Europe to incorporate technology that automatically turns off heating or cooling facilities when a room isn’t in use, and turns down blinds or tints windows in order to reduce and conserve energy. Even without such tech integrations, living in smaller spaces is simply better for the environment – smaller spaces require less energy to heat, cool and light. Given our reversion back to community and all the conveniences that today’s developments provide, the expression that living in a

Affordability is a problem across all of Ontario’s markets. Chestnut Park agents in Collingwood, Prince Edward County, and Bracebridge report that downsizers and millennials are even being pushed out of secondary markets – once a beacon of hope

condo is equivalent to “living in a box” is passé. Today’s builders understand that they’re building not only a structure, but also a community that’s good for both the environment and our mental and financial health.

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Smith 4D MAG Goggles 2020

The all new 4D MAG raises the bar for lens innovation with BirdsEye Vision. This state of the art lens technology has a 25% increase of overall field of view compared to the Smith I/O MAG, and integrates the dual locking mechanisms into the goggle frame outriggers for quick and easy lens changes.

Skiis & Biikes Classic 2.0 Boot Bag

Carry your snowboard or ski boots on the side of your bag with our new bungy boot carrying system. There is plenty of room inside the bag for your helmet, goggles, snowpants, neckwarmer, and a checklist on the inside of the top flap to make sure you have everything before heading to the hill!

Atomic Vantage Junior Skis with C5 GW Binding 2020 Rossignol Aile Men’s Jacket 2020 Sweet Protection Switcher MIPS Helmet 2020

The Switcher MIPS helmet is a groundbreaking, versatile, and low profile all-mountain helmet. With 22 one-hand adjustable vents, no day will be too hot or too cold. Advanced Hybrid construction combines in-mold and hard shell technology to provide low weight and extra reinforcement in critical areas. The turn dial adjustment increases the adjustment span and will give you that perfect, comfortably snug fit. 12

The modern, style-forward, Aile Jacket combines a waterproof breathable shell membrane with high-performance, thin and warm Thinsulate insulation. The 4-way stretch design perfectly follows a skier’s every movement for maximum mobility and comfort. Heat-sealed seams, waterproof zips and a durable water-repellent finish ensure unfailing water-resistance.

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The Atomic Vantage Junior ski is built to maximize fun. Bend-X Technology makes it simple for young all-rounders to make controlled turns. With an All Mountain Rocker for precise edge grip, easy turn initiation, and plenty of stability, it’s easy to control on groomed snow.


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Spyder Falline GTX Infinium Women’s Jacket 2020

The comfort and reliable warmth of your favourite puffy in a teched-out, flattering package that will keep your turns and your style on point. A GORE-TEX® shell provides the ultimate in weather protection and 650-fill down insulation serves up warmth for colder days. Metaluxe zippers and faux trim on a removable hood are the extras that elevate this jacket from everyday to extraordinary.

Lange XT Free 130 Ski Boot 2020

Featuring Lange’s revolutionary Dual Core technology and ultra-light Grilami construction, the XT FREE 130 ski boot is a new benchmark in ski touring weight and performance. Lange’s patented Power V-Lock ensures maximum mobility for the ascent and uncompromising downhill performance.

Hestra Patrol Gauntlet Women’s Mitt

Hestra continues to manufacture the highest quality gloves and mitts, some models still made by hand by expert glove makers. The Patrol Gauntlet is a warm and durable women’s mitt made from proofed Army Goat Leather. Removable insulated liners and a backhand built from durable polyester melange stretch fabric complete this mitt’s comfort and convenience.

Lib Tech Cold Brew Snowboard 2020

Hit the mountain strong in almost any condition. The confidence-inspiring ride features a floaty and directional nose for performance in soft and fresh snow, with legendary Magne-traction edges to help make those icy slopes feel like something you can actually enjoy snowboarding on.

Volkl Deacon 84 Ski + LowRide XL 13 Binding 2020

The 2020 Volkl Deacon 84 All-Mountain Ski is set to be a class benchmark for front side, on-piste performance, providing ample maneuverability and powerful edge hold on the front side of the mountain for the high intermediate to advanced skier. This ski allows for lightweight, all-conditions performance, coupled with great long turn dynamics for a fun ride all the way down the hill.

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// FINANCIAL HEALTH //

Helping Your Child Purchase a Home? Know your options

SARAH BULL, PARTNER & PORTFOLIO MANAGER, KJ HARRISON AND PHILIP LIEBERMAN, PARTNER & PORTFOLIO MANAGER, KJ HARRISON

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s a financial management adviser to high-net-worth individuals and families, we see more and more clients with that question on their minds. It’s understandable. Over the past decade, housing prices in Toronto have roughly doubled, and they show few signs of slowing down. Often, young Torontonians simply do not have the savings to manage a substantial down payment on even a modest home. It’s no wonder, then, that parents who have the means are increasingly deciding to help out.

As natural as it is for parents to want to help their children, it is not a decision to be taken lightly. Beyond the impact on the parents’ financial situation, gifting or lending money to children for a home purchase can have legal and tax implications – and may even impact family dynamics and relationships.

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At KJ Harrison, we take a holistic approach to financial management, including investment services and financial advice. So when it comes to supporting a child’s home purchase, our message is clear: make sure you know your options, get the financial and legal advice you need to make the choice that is right for your family, and then integrate it into your long-term financial strategy. Every family is different. That is why we work closely with our clients to understand not just their financial situation, but also their goals and their expectations for themselves and their families. If supporting children in a home purchase is among those, we can develop a strategy for the transaction that fits into a long-term financial plan; we can also coordinate with legal and accounting counsel to help ensure clients are equipped to make informed decisions.

Here are three options for helping a child buy a home that our clients often consider: • Gifting the money: If parents know they will have a legacy and prefer to see that money used now, they may choose to simply give funds towards their child’s home. While it is perhaps the simplest option, gifting could become complicated in the future. For instance, if your child’s marriage breaks down, that gift may be considered part of the marital estate, and your child’s soon-to-be ex may be entitled to half of it.

• Lending the money: Structuring support for a home purchase as a mortgage could mitigate risks to a family’s capital, since the mortgage is a debt that would have to be repaid upon sale of the property. One potential complication: if an additional bank mortgage is required, the loan could affect the borrowers’ debt service ratio and their mortgage eligibility.

• Gifting your residence: Obviously not for every parent, but if the timing is right – perhaps you’re ready to downsize, or just want a change – gifting a principal residence could be a sound choice. Beyond the benefit of keeping a property with emotional value in the family, no capital gains or land transfer taxes would be incurred (as long as the parents own the home outright).

As you can see, a number of options are available, each with their own benefits and risks. Above all, if you are considering supporting a child in what is likely the biggest purchase of their lives – and a substantial one for you – make sure you get the advice that is right for you and your family. Sarah Bull & Philip Lieberman Partner & Portfolio Manager, KJ Harrison

We Can Help. To find out more about our services for high-net-worth individuals and families, visit www.kjharrison.com

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// FEATURE: THE WRITERS’ TRUST OF CANADA //

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The Writers’ Trust Of Canada ‘The quiet giant’ of Canadian literature grows louder BY LESLEY KENNY PHOTOGRAPHY BY CR TOM SANDLER

Established as a non-profit in 1976, through the concerted efforts of Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson, Margaret Laurence, David Young and Pierre Berton, the Writers’ Trust of Canada not only celebrates Canadian writers, but awards them with generous cheques.

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t the 2019 Writers’ Trust awards night, open to the public by request, publishers, editors, agents, friends and family supporters gathered to celebrate an impressive roster of new and renowned Canadian writers. Before the formal awards portion of the evening, the lobby of the Glenn Gould studio was buzzing. Instagrammable canapés were expertly whisked through the crowd as wine glasses were (re)filled in an atmosphere of nervous anticipation and glad-handing. In true Canadian style, finalists were not chilling in the green room, looking though their swag bags. Instead, the esteemed writers were shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of the lobby crowd, getting their pictures taken on the red carpet in front the of the Writers’ Trust logo, or, in some cases, sitting along the side, quietly waiting for the formal part of the evening to begin. Writers are used to spending a lot of time alone and the sudden burst of attention can be overwhelming. Sharon Butala, one of five finalists for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, was there with an entourage of supporters including her son and granddaughter. The Season of Fury and Wonder (Coteau Books), a collection of short stories each told from the point of view of an old woman protagonist, is Butala’s 20th book in a long and distinguished literary career. In the same category as the 79-year-old prolific author, 25-year-old Téa Mutonji’s debut book, Shut Up You’re Pretty (Arsenal Pulp Press), is a series of linked, coming-of-age stories about a young Congolese-Canadian girl growing up in the suburbs of Toronto. The diversity among finalist books is a testament to the Writers’ Trust jurors, many of whom read 125 books, from more than 50 publishers, in the year leading up to the award night that celebrates poetry, short stories, children’s literature, nonfiction, and fiction. >

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// FEATURE: THE WRITERS’ TRUST OF CANADA //

The Writers’ Trust administers a total of 10 annual awards and four programs. The awards range from prizes for emerging writers under 35, emerging LGBTQ+ writers, the Journey Prize for a short story, political writing, and career awards, to the prestigious $50,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize for Fiction, won this year by André Alexis for his novel Days By Moonlight (Coach House Books), and the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction won in 2019 by Jenny Heijun Wills for her memoir, Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. (McClelland & Stewart). Programs include writer residencies, the annual Margaret Laurence Memorial Lecture, and an emergency financial assistance fund.

Two annual flagship fundraising events are much-anticipated literary evenings. At the 2019 Writers’ Trust Gala in Toronto, Montreal writer Heather O’Neill was awarded the prestigious Writers’ Trust Fellowship. Politics and the Pen is held at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, where politicians, writers and leaders in the arts and business gather to celebrate Canadian writing and award the Shaughnessy Cohen prize for political writing. Charles Foran steps into the role of Executive Director in January, 2020. Foran was the 2018 recipient of the Writers’ Trust Fellowship. Outgoing Executive Director Mary Osborne says of her 11 years leading the literary organization, “With a pilot mentorship project underway and a couple of exciting program ideas in development, I’m confident that it won’t be long before we’re giving a million dollars a year directly to Canadian writers. >

The Writers’ Trust’s newest program, Rising Stars, matches five writers under 35 with a Writers’ Trust award-winning author. Rising Stars recipients each receive $5,000 and the career and writing guidance of their more experienced mentors.

Writers’ Trust Non Fiction Finalist 2019 Winner

2019 Finalist

Anna Mehler Paperny

Jenny Heijun Wills

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Is as gripping a memoir as it is a commanding work of journalism. With a scope that ranges from intimate to panoramic, Anna Mehler Paperny expands outward from her own struggles with suicidal thoughts to explore the dizzying array of medical antidepression treatments that are available around the world.

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.: A Memoir. Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. A poignant story of the untidy family life that unfolds when Jenny Heijun Wills travels from Montreal to Seoul to find the biological parents who gave her up for adoption in her infancy.

2019 Finalist

Tanya Talaga

All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward. Is an impeccably researched and unflinching documentation of how both colonial histories and ongoing genocidal practices have created the suicide crisis among Indigenous youth across the globe.

2019 Finalist

Ayelet Tsabari

The Art of Leaving: A Memoir Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Ayelet Tsabari brings to the page the immigrant experience of being adrift from one’s origins, of leaving home, and of

love in a restless search for belonging.

2019 Finalist

Alicia Elliott

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground. Alicia Elliott’s take-no-prisoners intensity and creative intellect, gallop along with increasing speed and passion as one leads to the next, throwing a much-needed pail of cold water upon Canada’s selfsatisfied response to the call for Reconciliation.

Writers’ Trust Fiction Finalist 2019 Winner

André Alexis

Days by Moonlight With the dream-like touch of a magical realist, Alexis carries us away on a profound and hilarious drive through small-town Ontario as it’s never been seen before in search of a mysterious poet named Skennen. 18

2019 Finalist

Michael Crummey

The Innocents In this cruel and beautiful adventure tale and meditation on survival, solitude, and adolescent desire, The Innocents lays bare the lives of two children orphaned in a desolate cove on Newfoundland’s northern coast.

2019 Finalist

Téa Mutonji

Shut Up You’re Pretty is a fiercely intelligent collection about the inner lives of young women, examining abortion, family conflict, and the emergence of sexual identity.

2019 Finalist

Alix Ohlin

Dual Citizens is a fiercely intelligent collection about the inner lives of young women, examining abortion, family conflict, and the emergence of sexual identity.

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Sharon Butala

Season of Fury and Wonder This fearless collection of short stories addresses head-on the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of aging women.


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I wanted to write a book that was about my Korean family. When I mentioned adoption awareness month in my acceptance speech, I wanted to clarify that it’s important to focus on birth mothers. Most writers write about marginalization in white spaces… I didn’t include much about my Canadian parents in my book, not to protect people, but to refocus the narrative.

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Having made such a huge impact on so many writers and books, the Writers’ Trust has been called by Margaret Atwood ‘the quiet giant of Canadian literature.’ We aim to get a bit louder.”

Jenny Heijun Wills. The 2019 winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction is Jenny Heijun Wills for her memoir Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. (McClelland & Stewart). This is Wills’ first publication, “except for a couple of poems, a few years ago,” she tells me. While on sabbatical – Wills is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg – she experienced a bout of insomnia and put it to good use: “I started writing poems and scenes and when I had about 90 pages, I thought, ‘Oh! Maybe this is the book I should be writing instead of the academic book I’d planned!’” Born in South Korea, Jenny was adopted as an infant by white Canadian parents. “Being a transracial adoptee meant that part of my life was visible to every stranger that saw me,” she explains. Her memoir, told in fragments and letters, explores her search for her biological parents whom she discovers are alive and living in South Korea. Months of often painful experiences in her country of birth resulted in an unanticipated discovery: “I was so focused on finding my first mom but was surprised at the importance of finding siblings. Siblings aren’t responsible for any of those choices that parents made and, in many cases, don’t know the story.” One of Jenny’s Korean-born sisters now lives near her in Winnipeg. Jenny Heijun Wills is the first Korean-born Canadian to win the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. In a sense, Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. got its publishing opportunity because of the Writers’ Trust. According to Jenny, “I was reflecting with my agent and editor backstage that she had pitched my book to an editor two years ago, at the Writers’ Trust!” Chestnut Park Real Estate is a proud sponsor of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Unique amongst literary organizations worldwide, the Writers’ Trust supports and encourages Canadian writers not just through generous awards, but also with publicity and promotion as well as extensive opportunities to develop, as writers.

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Prince Edward County Lake on the Mountain

Vineyards, expansive farmlands and apple orchards form the entry to one of Ontario’s most unusual attractions. The Lake on the Mountain sits over 60 metres above Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte. Its very existence seems to defy logic.

The Lake on the Mountain, beautiful aerial view.

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ineyards, expansive farmlands and apple orchards form the entry to one of Ontario’s most unusual attractions. The Lake on the Mountain sits over 60 metres above Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte. Its very existence seems to defy logic.

Aptly named for its precarious location, the lake’s source of water is unknown. This phenomenon has inspired many theories on the lake’s origin. The Mohawk peoples referred to the lake as Onokenoga, or Lake of the Gods, and believed that spirits dwelled within its waters. The area’s first settlers believed that the lake itself was bottomless, or perhaps acted as a pathway to another realm. Other explanations for the lake’s existence involve volcanos, meteorites, or glacial whirlpools. Scientists theorize that the origin of the lake can be traced back to events that caused a sinkhole, a natural phenomenon commonly found in limestone deposits. But this theory doesn’t stop visitors from looking on in bewilderment at this majestic, fresh-water oasis. Glenora, the community located at the base of the escarpment, is steeped in Ontario’s industrial past. Saw and grist mills produced flour, a major commodity during exciting economic times for the region. From 1796 until the early 1900s, the bay’s excellent harbour facilities, along with the abundance of water power supplied by the lake, spurred the creation of a bustling community, well before confederation. The lake is now home to Lake on the Mountain Resort, a family-run business named after the unique

lake and its puzzling location. The resort itself is perched more than 60 metres above Lake Ontario and offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Quinte below. The resort has two restaurants, the Miller House and The Inn. The Miller House was originally built in 1796 as the home of the owner of a successful mill on the nearby escarpment. The historic stone building was left empty for a number of years before its restoration in the summer of 2013. From the patio, diners are treated to dramatic views of the water below. The Inn, much like the Miller House, is a nod to the lake’s past. Originally built as a general store in 1796, The Inn, with its original stonework and quaint charm, now proudly serves fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers, fishers and other organic producers. Visitors aren’t limited to the resort to enjoy the beauty of the lake and surrounding area. Benches and picnic tables are available throughout Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park for your own private views of the lake and all of its natural – if inexplicable – wonder.

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

Infiniti

QX50

If you’re cruising on a twisty country road or handling a stressful extended highway drive, this is an attractive luxury mid-sized utility vehicle with a lot to offer — fast and powerful yet easy on fuel, stylish outside and sumptuous inside yet profoundly functional, the all new Infiniti QX50 is complex, and an extremely appealing composite.

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he internal combustion gasoline engine has seen some remarkable advances in the modern era. It started with computer controlled spark and fuel injection systems and more recently advanced turbo-charging and cylinder deactivating systems have taken power output and fuel economy to new levels. Now, Infiniti has raised the technology bar yet again with the very first “variable compression” gasoline engine in a production vehicle. It’s in the all-new Infiniti QX50.

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Even if you’re not fascinated by what’s under the stylish clamshell hood, the new QX50 is a very attractive luxury mid-sized utility vehicle with a lot more to offer. To start with, its all-new chassis is structurally stronger (by 23%) than its predecessor, thanks to the use of another automotive first, SHF (Super High Formability) high-tensile steel. Winner of the AJAC award for Best Canadian Mid-Size Premium Utility Vehicle, the QX50 comes in five trim levels; Luxe, Essential, Proactive, Sensory and Autograph. The latter comes with quilted leather upholstery with suede accents on “NASA zero-gravity” seating. An impressive list of advanced safety features includes the semi-autonomous driving Pro-Pilot Assist system, a headup display, back-up collision intervention and forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, yet the price tag on the top trim is under $60,000. In Canada, every QX50 comes with the new VC-Turbo engine, all-wheel-drive and, in my view, the best performing continuously variable transmission (CVT) on the market. The smooth, calm yet robust way that this small VC-Turbo engine can deliver power is extraordinary. It’s like having two engines. One is super-efficient and athletic (9.0 L/100 km combined city/highway) with high (14 to 1 ratio) compression and the other is raw power and muscle (280 lbs-ft of torque) with low (8 to 1 ratio) compression. And it can slide between these extremes depending on driver and driving requirements.

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“Best of both worlds” must be the Infiniti mantra. It also applies to the spacious interior of QX50, which is surprisingly practical despite its ritzy furnishings. The heated split folding and reclining rear seats are on a track that allows them to slide back and forth 14 cm (5 1/2 inches). This allows extra leg room or extra cargo space (880 litres expands to 1,048 litres) if needed, and cargo space increases to 1,699 litres with the rear seats folded. I was particularly impressed by how quiet the passenger cabin was at highway speeds. What’s called an “active torque rod” under the hood is a clever new Infiniti weapon in the fight to dampen unwanted noises and vibrations. Cranking up the radio volume is the old way, and in QX50 that could be an awesome 16 speaker Bose audio system.

Powerfully elegant and every bit as functional interior design. Sure, the QX50 is a fun vehicle to drive on a twisty country road, particularly if you drop it into the sport mode and play with the transmission shift paddles. There are, however, other times when driving can be tedious and stressful, for example, extended highway drives and congested traffic. That’s where Infiniti’s Pro Pilot Assist system can be a tension-relieving asset. While not fully autonomous, it’s just a finger tip on the steering wheel away from it. Fast and powerful yet easy on fuel, stylish outside and sumptuous inside yet profoundly functional, the all new Infiniti QX50 is complex, and an extremely appealing composite.

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Power and better fuel economy. The VC-Turbo engine can also run in what’s known as an Atkinson Cycle mode in certain situations, to provide even better fuel efficiency.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS – LOW COMPRESSION

Turbochargers per form better with lower compression. The VC-Turbo engine can produce more torque (280 lb-f t) than the larger V6 engine (267 lb-f t) in the previous generation

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In Conversation With Julia Hepburn

Hamilton-based artist Julia Hepburn creates fantastical dioramas–tiny sculptural scenes that are surreal, enchanting and even pleasantly eerie at times. With rich details displayed on every miniature stage, her work tackles gothic themes while reclaiming a child-like curiosity with the natural world. Here, animals are ascribed human traits as we step into a still from an otherworldly picture show. And the results are most certainly an eye-catching escape.

The One I Loved, 2016 Mixed Media Sculpture 7”x 7”x18”

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Adaptation (Bread and Honey) Mixed Media Sculpture 11”x 4.75”x 11”

What made you gravitate toward sculpture, and in particular dioramas? I’ve always been interested in miniatures; there’s a lot of room to create essentially another world in a way that you can’t really do with other mediums. It lends itself to a broader narrative, so you’re seeing a vignette of something bigger. Viewers are invited to step into that space and create a story around it. I like to keep that story open so it’s an interactive experience. They’re meant to be these small little glimpses into a world that not a lot of people necessarily take the time to look at.

What sort of themes do you like to explore? A lot of them have an environmental angle. It’s disarming because it’s almost like a doll’s house, but at the same time it addresses these darker issues. It is kind of playful and silly in some ways, but it’s not a threatening experience.

Where do you find inspiration? Initially, it was very much the fairytale genre. The stories are super dark in Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. I just adore illustrator Edward Gorey and the mood he’s able to create with very little. A lot of times, I just look at my everyday interactions with nature and animals.

What is it that draws you toward fables and folklore? It’s nostalgic. These older stories were the first ones that I felt were willing to discuss death and betrayal in a way that was designed to be for children. It walks the line of communicating a moral, but it does so in a way that’s extremely imaginative. And there’s a lot of anthropomorphism, which I’m very much drawn to. >

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A Healthy Fear of Water, 2016 Mixed Media Sculpture 3.15”x8.5”x13.35”

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Even Children Get Older, 2019 Mixed Media Sculpture 33’’x 6.3”x 27.5”

How do you approach your creative process? My most recent works are reflective of how I’ve been feeling about our current climate crisis. I’ll look to nature to inspire a way of communicating that specific feeling. The work I’m in the middle of building right now is a scene on the plains of a buffalo pushing over a telegraph pole. At the same time as a lot of colonizers were trying to wipe out the buffalo in order to deal with what they called “the Indian problem” in the States, they were trying to put up these telegraph poles to communicate across the country. They would be sabotaged by buffalo and knocked over right away. It’s reflective of a historical happening but it’s about animals revolting against human designs on the natural world.

How do you cope with creative blocks? For me, it’s always a walk in nature. It takes your brain to a different place. You’d be amazed at the small things that pop up when you pay close attention. Researching and learning about animals allows me to see myself on the same level as all the life around me.

Why is art important? It gives me an opportunity to share emotions and concerns with other people. Especially with the works that are the most emotionally stirring for me, it offers a bit of a lifeline. There’s obviously the aesthetics and the pleasure that comes from seeing something beautiful and how that enriches people’s lives but also it’s a way of sharing private thoughts and communicating on a level that you wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to do with strangers.

Julia Hepburn

Mixed Media Artist www.juliahepburn.com

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Chris Metler

With bylines in premier print and digital outlets, Chris Metler is a sought-after freelance writer whose editorial output explores the intersection of culture and lifestyle. International assignments have taken him from European capitals to Mediterranean isles, from Southeast Asian archipelagos to mainland China—and beyond.

A Visual Arts Showcase The Toronto Biennial of Art 2019 PHOTOGRAPHY BY GILLIAN HARRIS (TORONTO BIENNIAL)

The Toronto Biennial of Art was conceived as an opportunity to honour and explore underrepresented histories, all while temporarily inhabiting repurposed sites along the city’s waterfront.

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magine 72 days of complimentary art exhibitions, each designed to engage with the most pressing issues of our era, through a localized lens. Picture a wide spectrum of programs conceived to bridge communities and advance critical global conversations from a variety of different perspectives, while inspiring onlookers along the way. Featuring more than 40 Canadian, Indigenous and international artists, and established with a mandate to be as culturally connected and diverse as Toronto itself, the Toronto Biennial of Art recently concluded its inaugural 10-week run. For years, the idea for this ambitious, cross-disciplinary arts project had been swirling around in the mind of Patrizia Libralato, the Biennial’s founder and executive director. The local art consultant says it first took root during her decades working in the art industry across multiple continents. How do we turn the city into an international destination for art? How do we make Canadian art top of mind both at home and 30

abroad? How do we create a powerful and inclusive moment for Toronto in which creativity and big ideas are supported, shared, celebrated and elevated? (torontobiennial.org) Libralato resolved to answer these pressing questions. Over the next few years, the Biennial evolved from being a hypothetical venture to a full-time gig, with untold hours dedicated to building a curatorial advisory and a board, in addition to convincing the City of Toronto, donors and funders, to support initial priority groundwork. Called The Shoreline Dilemma, for this debut edition, Libralato and the Biennial brain trust, including curators Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, set their sights on 15 venues spanning a stretch of Lake Ontario. Their objective? To address how we learn and listen with the lake, and what it means to be “in relation.” At the formerly vacant 259 Lake Shore Blvd East, a nondescript building whose existence represents the area’s economic history, a massive wooden replica of Toronto’s harbour called attention to the human-made alterations of the land and waterscape.

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At the renovated Small Arms Inspection Building, a multi-purpose arts centre originally part of a large munitions plant, artworks examined the narratives and often destructive practices of geologists, prospectors, settlers, and agriculturalists. At the Harbourfront Centre, one of the few places in Toronto where multiple forms of production, performance and international programming coexist, nearby boats were transformed into an orchestra-on-water, spotlighting music written for the horns of leisure vessels. At Riverdale Park West, which evokes Toronto’s history of altered, buried and polluted rivers, the forgotten network of water that runs beneath our feet was brought to life through sculpture, accompanied by a guided walk and workshop led by poets, Indigenous knowledge keepers, and storytellers. Colombia’s Abel Rodríguez received The Toronto Biennial of Art Prize for his painting of the Igara Paraná River region.

The Toronto Biennial of Art Emerging Artist Prize which recognizes a promising, early-career artist, was awarded to Turkey’s Hera Büyüktaşçıyan for her installation.

With each carrying a value of $20,000, the Biennial awarded two participating artists. For his highly detailed drawings inspired by the Igara Paraná River region in his homeland, Colombia’s Abel Rodríguez received The Toronto Biennial of Art Prize, which recognizes an outstanding contribution. The Toronto Biennial of Art Emerging Artist Prize, which recognizes a promising, early-career artist, was awarded to Turkey’s Hera Büyüktaşçıyan for her installation alluding to histories of migration and retracing lost fragments of social and personal narratives. Though the impressive arts extravaganza wrapped up at the start of December, plans for the next iteration in 2021 are well underway. www.torontobiennial.org WWW.CHESTNUTPARK.COM // CH E S T N U T PA R K R E A L E S TAT E L I M I T ED, BR O K ER AGE // WWW.INVESTINSTYLE.CA

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Aruba

A Caribbean gem Pack your beachwear, load your tablet with books, and head to this always-sunny Caribbean island for the best kind of R&R: a do-nothing week. Nothing except unroll your towel on a white, sandy beach, float in a turquoise sea, return to your spot then read, rest… and repeat.

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eaches in Aruba are everything. They’re wide, immaculate, and the powder-fine white sand stays cool even under noon-day sun. Local vendors won’t disturb you as you stretch out near the shoreline, and, if you want to indulge in some vacation day drinking, there are casual restaurant bars right on the sand. Eagle Beach, on the northwest side of the island, is frequently voted one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. On the east side of the island, Baby Beach is an annual family favourite. With average annual temps of 28 degrees Celsius, Aruba’s weather is guaranteed beachy. If there’s a sprinkle of rain in the morning, it’s soon gone in this desert climate. Just ask the tall, columnar cacti. What’s better than snoozing on a picture-perfect beach with the bluest water you’ve ever seen just a few feet from your toes? Only one thing: horseback riding along that beach. At sunset. A horseback tour guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you to a ranch where you’ll meet your trusty steed before heading out to explore the island. Some of the tours will take you near the ruins of old gold mills and mines. If the thought of scaling a large animal doesn’t appeal, you could book an ATV tour, rent your own jeep or hike in Arikok National Park which takes up almost 20% of this 32-km-long island. At the north end, where the beaches are rugged and rocky, you’ll find herds of goats and donkeys. Before cars, donkeys were the main mode of transportation on Aruba. Now you can visit their donkey sanctuary to pet and feed (but not ride) the braying citizens. >

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A horseback tour guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you to a ranch where you will saddle up and head out to explore the island. Aerial view over beautiful Aruba.

Whether in the tourist-oriented town of Palm Beach, or in scruffy-but-colourful Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba, you’ll find luxury brand shops, galleries, casinos and restaurants. Fresh, local seafood is on most menus. The incredible ethnic diversity of Aruba means that you can choose from a wide variety of cuisine. Aruba has two golf resorts. Book a day at the PGA-approved 18-hole course at Tierra De Sol Resort, at the tip of the island, or at the 9-hole links at Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort. Heads up, tee-time on the island can run you close to US$300. Unlike other Caribbean islands, Aruba sits outside the hurricane belt which helps make it the shipwreck diving capital of the world. There’s also plenty of familyfriendly snorkelling opportunities. Carnival season starts in November, but the big months are January and February. Join in the colourful festivities and nightlife each evening, then recover on the beach the next day. Remember, those easterly trade winds, though delightful on a hot day, can be deceiving. Keep reapplying that sunscreen. Aruba is one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean, both day and night. Tourism drives the economy and they know how to welcome guests. You’ll find that most people here speak English. 34

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Venezuela

The island country of Aruba is 25 km north of Venezuela which puts it geologically in South America. But, as one of the ABC islands that also include Curaçao and Sint Maarten, Aruba is considered part of the Dutch Caribbean

There’s plenty to do on the island, and off its shores. But no one has to know if you just spend the week on the beach. Sure, you can hit the gym at your hotel, or you could just tread water for an hour in the gentle, turquoise sea. Put your desert-island playlist to the ultimate test. Just be sure to include that Beach Boys’ song. Yes, that one.

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Refined Rustic BY ANNA CIPOLLONE PHOTOGRAPHY BY GIZELLE GRIARTE

A charming farmhouse-inspired addition gets the royal treatment from Alison Milne Design Studio.

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lison Milne was already dreaming up the perfect plans when she fell for the property on Rusholme Road. “It was a house that I had bid on to purchase for myself,” laughs the interior designer. After the disappointment of losing the bid, Milne’s Toronto-based design studio received a surprising inquiry from the new homeowners. They’d been referred to Alison by a friend, and were eager to have her involved in the renovation–but never expected she’d already be familiar with the space. “I absolutely loved the house,” says Milne, noting that she was thrilled to get a chance to realize her vision for the space–albeit for someone else. With floor plans and a precise aesthetic in mind to augment the property’s potential, the designer was up for the challenge that came about quite coincidentally. “It was super organic and a really nice match,” she says, “I was able to execute what I would have done–but for them.” The clients were keen on expanding the home with a communal living space, where kids could do homework or play while dinner was prepped in the kitchen. It was a complete gut project intended to add a cozy country feel while preserving the history of the house in Toronto’s Dufferin Grove neighbourhood. The space started out very dark, inspiring the 17-foot addition that brought the outdoors in with far more natural light. “Opening up the whole back of the house to the stunning yard and allowing the light to come into the space made all the difference,” says Milne, crediting the wall of windows by Pella for the addition’s sun-soaked rooms. The concept hinged on an aesthetic that feels partly historic farmhouse, with contemporary accents and appliances adding a modern angle. The use of pale blue-grey kitchen cabinetry means the entire room’s ambience shifts depending on the time of day, while the beadboard and chicken wire in the upper cabinets adds a delicate nod to heritage style. Midcentury modern furniture was thoughtfully matched up with plush contemporary décor to make preserved features like the stained-glass windows really pop. Given the wood’s natural and distressed look, wide plank, honey-hued flooring added texture and is juxtaposed against simple and clean interiors with artwork selected by Alison Milne Gallery. > Art by Patrick Lajoie. 36

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But even with a designer’s dream project plucked ripe for her, there were inevitable challenges to face. “In order to gain ceiling height in the new portion of the house, we had a large beam installed to hold up the existing back,” explains Milne. Instead of trying to hide this structural work, she decided to accentuate this as a feature by cladding the steel beam in reclaimed barn wood. “It really added a unique ceiling treatment to separate the kitchen and living room,” she says. In the master bathroom, the original fireplace became the guiding force for the entire suite. Adding warmth to the otherwise modern bathroom created a soft and inviting spa-like mood while the antique fireplace and its white exposed brick are well complemented by stylish brass fixtures. 38

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As both a boutique interior design firm and contemporary art gallery, Alison Milne’s approach to every space is different, acknowledging that each client project is unique. What remains a constant is her eye for classic-meets-contemporary interiors while her dedication to craftsmanship is echoed in the finishing touches that truly elevate a space to embrace the functional needs of daily life.

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West African Cuisine Hot for all the right reasons BY LESLEY KENNY

West African food is hot and not just because of the fiery chili peppers on many ingredient lists. Predicted by Forbes to be one of 2020s hottest food trends, West African food is ranked among the world’s healthiest diets for its staples of fruit, veggies, whole grains, nuts and fish. And, it’s incredibly tasty.

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low-cooked for hours over fire or coals, West African hearty soups and stews are usually served with rice. Many dishes are flavoured with a base of onions, tomatoes and chili peppers (fresh or powdered). Added flavours are used sparingly and include fermented spices that take days to prepare, and African potash, a native salt, both of which give the food its deep, rich flavour.

are common and form the basis of the popular deep-fried akara fritter. Various squash, egg plant, okra (used to thicken soups), groundnuts, seeds and plantains are all important components of the West African diet. Until the recent addition of red meat, animal protein was provided by fresh seafood and fowl. Dried and smoked fish is used like a condiment in this region and flaked into soups and stews. Many dishes are vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Despite the colonizing influence of British, French and other European nations, West Africa has maintained its various traditional cuisines. Artificial boundaries, imposed by colonial powers, often cut through pre-existing territories, tribes and cultures. The results are 21st Century countries that include a variety of cooking styles within their borders. Although some West African nations are known for a particular dish, the idea of a strictly Nigerian, or Senegalese or Ghanaian cuisine doesn’t take into account this history.

Jollof rice—Thiéboudienne, in Senegal—probably the most beloved West African dish, is made differently by each country in the region, its tradition, ingredients and serving style defended fiercely. World Jollof Rice Day is celebrated each August 22 and if you’re curious about the fuss, there are websites and blogs devoted to this dish. But if you attempt to make the spicy stewed-tomato-and-rice dish yourself, don’t post your tweak on social media. Ask Jamie Oliver how that can go wrong.

West African food includes more leafy greens than your expert green grocer could name. Locally-grown grains include sorghum, maize, millet, and rice. Traditionally, wheat was not part of the diet here but has become an (imported) staple. Black-eyed peas

A Google search for “West African restaurant,” will get you a “10 Best” list for many cities. If you want to try a West African meal but you’re not wild about spicy food, you can always take a walk on the mild side.

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A true leader in female empowerment BY NATALKA FALCOMER PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR NULLMEYER

Positive feedback, attention to detail and personalized style advice keep this Yorkville lingerie and swimwear boutique’s returns close to zero and keep Avec Plaisir safe from the effects of e-commerce.

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true leader in female empowerment and body inclusivity before these were marketing hashtags, the owner of Avec Plaisir has always preached that there is no such thing as a bad figure or a problem area. “Perfection is the product of confidence,” says Vasilia Panagakos.

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Avec Plaisir’s fitters consult with clients on matters of lifestyle and the look clients want to achieve before they select a few bras that both flatter and fit perfectly. This highly personalized experience means that women only try on what actually fits, what actually looks good and what actually suits their lifestyles. This process is ultimately faster than online lingerie shopping because no returns are necessary. The conventional wisdom is that today’s consumer, especially millennials, shop online almost exclusively. The effortlessness of online shopping is a factor behind the multi-billiondollar e-commerce revolution that continues to gather devout online shoppers. Yet, Avec Plaisir’s client base continues to grow, especially among technophile millennials. And Vasilia has a hunch as to why: “buying lingerie that fits and works for your body type isn’t as easy as buying a shirt, book or furniture.” Vasilia, the engine behind Avec Plaisir, believes she’s doing more than making clients feel and look beautiful.

Vasilia’s fashion prediction is lace, lace and more lace.

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Vasilia created her own sleepwear line


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Avec Plaisir is an upscale boutique for European bras, sleepwear, pantyhose & swimwear in many sizes and plus fittings.

Lingerie remains one of the most difficult products to get right, online. Women’s lingerie and hosiery returns and cart abandonments are some of the highest in retail e-commerce and women who do buy lingerie online are often disappointed because they feel misled about the fit, look and feel of a product. Vasilia’s fervent belief that lingerie is an important part of women’s well-being is why she rebuffed investor offers to bring her brand to a national and even international level. Doing so, she explains, would damage the integrity of her mission; she wouldn’t be able to control the quality of training and she wouldn’t be able to purchase her lingerie from small designers who produce the quality undergarments that make Avec Plaisir special. She doesn’t regret her decision to stay local and customer-centric. And it’s clear that her business model works because, for more than 35 years, women keep coming back. sourcing the highest quality material and labour from Italy.

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

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

Toronto’s many galleries and museums, especially

of the residents who call Toronto home have roots in another

The AGO and The ROM, are renowned for their stunning

country, and almost 200 different languages are spoken here.

architectural presence – and for how long guests want to

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

spend inside. Residents and visitors enjoy world-class theatre

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

and concerts, and crowds fill the Scotiabank Arena, Rogers

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

Centre and BMO Field to cheer on their favourite local and

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

international teams. The city’s downtown core boasts everything

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

from distinctive boutique experiences to trendy fashions, and

Ontario and the Toronto Islands. But back on the ground

a dazzling assortment of traditional and innovative restaurants.

Toronto is known as the city of neighbourhoods, like lakefront

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

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

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

celebrate the city’s diversity and hospitality.

leisurely strolls and family outings.

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MAJESTIC RIVERVIEW DRIVE Toronto, Ontario

This custom-built residence is set on an incredible 88 x 300 foot lot with a backdrop of the 8th hole of Rosedale Golf Club. Offering over 7600 square feet of incredibly scaled and designed living spaces with both an embracing and luxurious balance throughout. In all four seasons, the grounds and vistas of this property are truly unparalleled. The in-ground pool and hot tub are enveloped by a lush canopy of mature ravine cover, there are multiple hard-scaped entertaining and lounging areas, and all are enhanced by the backdrop of Toronto’s most exclusive and phenomenal golf course. An unprecedented offering in one of Toronto’s most coveted settings. Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Maggie Lind* maggie@maggielind.com Nancy Garratt* nancysgarratt@gmail.com Office: 416 925 9191

$6,295,000

THIS LANDMARK APPEARS ONCE EVERY GENERATION!

Toronto, Ontario

The iconic turret house on Glengrove Avenue. Stunning restoration of the main house with 11 ft ceilings, 5 bedrooms (one enjoys the iconic turret), a south facing addition with modern open concept kitchen overlooking the private garden and coach house. The large (60 ft x 165 ft) property also enjoys a stunningly rebuilt two storey coach house with new steel supports, concrete foundations, heating and cooling systems plus a large 3 piece bath. Artist studio, gym, office, yoga centre.... the possibilities are endless for the large, bright open space on the second floor. Close to the best schools in the city, steps to TTC and shops/restaurants along Yonge Street.

Eileen Farrow* Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 275 1215 eileenfarrow@chestnutpark.com

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // TORONTO // $5,880,000

STUNNING TERRACED RAVINE PROPERTY Toronto, Ontario

This extraordinary country-like setting is just minutes to the hub of Yorkville’s finest shops and restaurants. It is equally minutes to Forest Hill village with its fine selection of shops, the city’s best schools including BSS and UCC, as well as local parks and ravine walks and the TTC. Meticulous renovation. Exceptional attention to detail throughout. The entertaining flow from principal rooms to family room to the Scavolini kitchen is seamless. 5 bedrooms. Master enjoys spa-like ensuite, his and her closets and overlooks this magnificent ravine setting. Lower Level walk-out. Professionally landscaped front and back with multiple entertaining areas. Generator. 2 garages plus 3 additional parking spots.

Eileen Farrow* Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 275 1215 eileenfarrow@chestnutpark.com

$3,800,000

YORKVILLE LUXURY TWO BEDROOM CORNER UNIT WITH FABULOUS KING-SIZE TERRACE TO CREATE YOUR OWN GARDEN OASIS

Toronto, Ontario

77 Charles St West Suite 1402 Luxury Two Bedroom Corner Unit Of 1969 Square Feet With Spectacular South Views Of The Toronto Skyline In Boutique Building Of Only 50 Suites. Unique One-Of-A-Kind Floor Plan Features A Fabulous 1624 Square Foot Terrace Ideal To Create Your Own Garden Oasis. The Large Open-Concept Living, Dining Room And Kitchen Provide An Elegant Entertaining Space With Easy Flow To The Vast Outdoor Roof-Top Space. All Principal Rooms Walk-Out To Terrace And South Balcony. Floor To Ceiling Windows, Built-Ins And Hardwood Flooring Throughout. Finest Finishes And Craftsmanship. Prime Yorkville Location Just Steps To Designer Shopping, Restaurants, Museums, University Of Toronto And Subway. Includes 2 Parking Spaces And A Generously Sized Locker. Luxury Building Amenities Of 24 Hour Concierge, Valet Parking, Fully Equipped Gym And Boardroom With Catering Kitchen.

Victoria Boscariol* Office: 416 925 9191 victoria@beintoronto.com BeInToronto.com

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$2,550,000

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LAWRENCE PARK – ARTFULLY MODERN & MASTERFULLY TIMELESS!

This elegant 3 storey, 5 bedroom home is beautifully situated on a quiet treelined street and backs onto Rosedale Park. Large sun-filled rooms, main floor family and state of the art kitchen beckon family dinners and grand celebrations. Luxurious Master suite plus 4 additional bedrooms, 2nd floor office and lower level Nanny’s suite complete this sought after residence.

Totally Renovated 4+ Bedroom With An Edge. Prestige, Ultra Quiet Street With A Park-Like Lot, Perfect For Sophisticates & Professionals Alike Or Raising A Family Where Everything Has Been Done With Dazzling Taste & Style For Light Filled, Totally Liveable Luxury. New Open Kitchen, Modern Baths, Fabulous Family Room & Chic Master Overlooking Super Private Garden & Patio. Really A Year-Round Dream Where The Stage Is Set For Idyllic Tranquility. Subway Walkable.

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

Janice Rennie*, Julie Rennie*, Katie Rennie*

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

$2,475,000

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FOR NATURE LOVING URBAN DWELLERS CHEDINGTON PLACE

$3,475,000

Toronto, Ontario

Elegant 3370 sq.ft corner suite with expansive views overlooking beautiful ravine. 2 bedrooms and library, kitchen with breakfast / family area, spacious dining room, 2 terraces, private elevator, 2 parking. Minutes To Crescent And Toronto French School. Granite and Rosedale Golf Clubs

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

$2,999,000

EXCLUSIVE AT 1 BEDFORD IN YORKVILLE

Toronto, Ontario

Incredible Yorkville Location. Exquisite suite with fantastic layout. Entertainer’s delight with no wasted space. One of the most desirable floor plans in the building with clear North, East & South views. 1,664 sf., 2+1 bed, 2.5 bath, Scavolini kitchen, 2 balconies, 2 parking.

COUNTRY LIVING IN THE CITY! Toronto, Ontario

First offering in 53 years!! 106 Baby Point Rd presents a rare and wonderful opportunity to build a home to your own specifications on an expansive 50 x 234 ravine lot. This serene, tree lined neighbourhood is reminiscent of country living with the amenities of the city at your fingertips. Weekends can be spent walking along the Humber River and beautiful walking trails nearby. Build your dream home in one of the city’s most beautiful and historic neighbourhoods!

Peter Russell** Direct: 416 706 3200 russell@chestnutpark.com Catherine Russell* Direct: 647 461 5501 russell@chestnutpark.com

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY // GREY // BRUCE //

Collingwood has great warmth and a sense of hospitality. This

The Blue Mountains scenic area offers an abundance of

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

Thornbury boasts an entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well.

Mulmur Township is considered a wee bit of heaven that

Beaver Valley/Grey Highlands provides four seasons of

community is 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. attractions - you’ll see beautiful landscapes, including pastoral farmlands rolling off into the distance. Creemore has a vibrant small-business community and is a wonderful location for anyone looking to shop, dine and explore. straddles the famous Niagara Escarpment. Descending into gently rolling farmlands and rural areas, it has become a preferred area for weekend country retreats as well as a home to a great many commuters.

Wasaga Beach is situated along the largest freshwater

archipelago in the world, and is a popular summer tourist destination. Enjoy the many trails for hiking, cycling, crosscountry skiing and snowmobiling. Swim in warm waters and admire the panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment. 48

recreational activities for all four seasons, most notably winter. The Village at Blue Mountain has an array of boutiques and stores all within walking distance of the largest ski resort in Ontario. Located between Collingwood and Meaford, over the years this quaint town has been home to a wide spectrum of businesses. Bruce Street is active with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and artisans. relaxation, excitement and recreation in the unspoiled countryside. The valley is well known for skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Beaver Valley Ski Club operates as a private ski club just south of the town of Kimberly.

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

charming historic downtown district offers live theatre and concerts, fesh local food, unique shopping, nature at your doorstep, a beautiful harbour and so much more.

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Wiarton Willie Festival

Helps shake off end-of-winter blahs By early February, most of us are feeling the weight of the season. Spring can’t come soon enough. Wiarton, Ontario, invites you to come and shake off the end of winter with a community party that also heralds the pending arrival— hopefully sooner rather than later—of spring and its rejuvenating warmth.

Wiarton Willie reveals his Groundhog Day prediction of an early (or late) spring. Photo by: Shelley Partington - True North Photography

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he Wiarton Willie Festival, a much-beloved and iconic event for this community, has been lifting winter spirits for decades. Every spring, this white rodent (ok, and his successors) has starred in his own show, emerging from his den each February to offer his expert prognostication on whether spring will arrive early or late. Media from across Canada descend on this village of 2,000 to report on whether or not the titular albino groundhog sees his shadow. An anxious hush falls over the crowd as the groggy groundhog pokes his twitching nose out of his den. The dignitaries of Willie’s Shadow Cabinet, all dressed in formal attire, look on. Then the town’s mayor asks Willie for his springtime weather forecast. Good or bad, everyone celebrates the word. But there’s far more to the Wiarton Willie Festival than the prediction of an early (or late) spring. There’s also a pancake festival, musical bands, a Lion’s Club Hockey Tournament, the Willie Fest parade, a craft show, mixed curling bonspiel, fireworks, a PJ party, youth and adult dances, and more. The festival attracts thousands of visitors and media from across Canada and beyond. “Wiarton Willie is immersed within the fabric of our community,” says Janice Jackson, Mayor of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula. “We’ve been celebrating Willie for 64 years and he’s our most famous celebrity. We’re so proud that people around the world know Wiarton Willie!” For more information go to www.southbrucepeninsula.com The 2020 Wiarton Willie Festival will be held February 20, 2020.

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Winter at Scenic Caves A unique winter experience BY ANDREW HIND

Forget the biting cold and snowstorms - when the snow arrives at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures in Collingwood, the natural beauty of a winter wonderland opens up, perfect for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

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inter is a season of unique delights. Yes, the cold can be biting and snow can grind traffic to a halt. But 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 that where you’ll be inspired to get out and play in the fresh air, to experience all the adventure that winter affords. One such spot is Scenic Caves Nature Adventures near Collingwood. Once the snow arrives—and it arrives early 50

and often here—the park becomes a winter playground for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. “The conditions here are ideal for winter sports because of higher elevation—we’re located on the highest spot of the Niagara Escarpment—and the colder lake-effect conditions ensure that we receive plenty of snowfall,” explains Linda Service, director of marketing for Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.

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Families can enjoy The Nordic Centre, home to 27 kilometres of terrain that is groomed daily, perfect for both classic and skate skiers.

“In addition, the trails predominantly go through 100-year old forests and therefore are well protected, meaning the snow lasts longer.” “But,” Service hastens to add, “while nature does most of the work, we do our share by maintaining the trails daily to ensure the best experience.” Scenic Caves is located within one of Canada’s 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves. For generations it has been beloved for its scenic views overlooking Lake Huron, the iconic stone formations that are the basis of its name, and it’s enthralling Petun First Nations lore. But it was a fair-weather attraction only. That changed in 2002 with the opening of the Scenic Caves Nordic Centre, allowing visitors to experience the gloriously beautiful setting year-round. “Many people are looking to engage in winter adventures but want something less aggressive than downhill skiing, and where better than in landscape as attractive as ours,” enthuses Service. Strap on a pair of skis and glide along 27km of cross-country ski trails passing through where the silence is peace-inducing, the beauty of the snow-draped hills blissful. There are three trails of

Or put on snowshoes and trudge along 10km of trails weaving through snow mounded in soft, billowy folds. Again, there are three trails of varying difficulty: 1km for novices, 6km for intermediate, and an expert trail 10km in length. One of the appeals of snowshoeing is access to the 420-foot long suspension bridge (southern Ontario’s longest). Brave the slight sway to enjoy the spectacle of a vista encompassing 10,000 square kilometres of steel-grey Lake Huron. Whatever your chosen sport, keep your eyes peeled as you navigate the trails. A wide range of wildlife call Scenic Caves home, and when sunlight glistens off the snow deer, chattering squirrels, rabbits, and flittering birds like to come out to frolic. For a truly unique experience, round up a gang of 15 or more for a guided nighttime snowshoe hike. The moonlit forest transforms after dark, taking in a wild new atmosphere. Since our vision is impeded by darkness, our sense of hearing is heightened, making every rustling branch or soft crunch of the snow that much more intense. Listen closely; that faint noise may well be an owl on the hunt or the padding of a fox. The winter air may be chilly, but at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures the varied experiences are enough to warm you up.

varying difficulty, offering a challenge for skiers of all abilities. Lessons and rentals are available for those new to the sport.

For more information go to www.sceniccaves.com

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$549,000

ONE OF A KIND CONDO WITH SPECTACULAR WATER VIEWS OF GEORGIAN BAY, THE RIVER AND HARBOUR!

THE WESTIN TRILLIUM HOUSE INVESTMENT AND LIFESTYLE OPPORTUNITY!

Pride of ownership is evident in this beautiful custom designed condominium. 2 prime units combined to create this unique 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home. Open concept, spacious living area with window seating area to take in breathless views & sunsets, huge dining room & custom kitchen with granite counters/ breakfast bar. 2 master bedrooms with ensuites, one with gas fireplace & covered deck. Walls of windows providing views and light in every room.

Imagine a ground floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath heavenly suite in The Westin, Blue Mountain! Full kitchen, spacious living and dining areas, gas fireplace, 10’ ceilings, walk out to patio. Take in the morning sun and mountain views. A fully turnkey lifestyle and investment opportunity to generate revenue and use it when you want. Fabulous amenities with year round outdoor pool & room service from Oliver & Bonacini. A wonderful cottage alternative!

Thornbury, Ontario

Ellen Jarman* Direct: 705 441 2630 ellenjarman@rogers.com EllenJarmanRealEstate.com

$1,849,000

WALK TO SKI AT THE ORCHARD AT CRAIGLEITH

The Blue Mountains, Ontario

Ellen Jarman* Direct: 705 441 2630

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The Blue Mountains, Ontario

The Blue Mountains, Ontario

Located at the base of the slopes! 3,343 sq. ft. with 5 Bedrooms & 4 Baths. Oversized windows with great views of the ski hills, wood burning fireplace in the Great Room, large Rec Room for games night, Gunite salt water pool, hot tub, professional landscaping & fully fenced yard. MLS®241872

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

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

$1,199,000

NEW MODERN HOME ON THE ESCARPMENT

$1,799,000

EXCEPTIONAL FINISHES COLLINGWOOD

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LIVE IN “THE FOREST” IN COLLINGWOOD

$1,029,000

Collingwood, Ontario

Collingwood, Ontario

Premium quality home on a 66 x 166 ft lot with over 4,200 sq. ft. with 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths + finished Basement. Elegant Living Room w/ tray ceiling & gas fireplace, Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen w/ high end appliances, formal Dining Room & main floor Master. Fully fenced yard + hot tub. MLS®231664

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3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Bungalow exudes warmth & tranquility. Main floor living with 1,800 sq. ft, Great Room with gas fireplace & openconcept Kitchen with Granite counters. Large 144’x237’ manicured lot, putting green, direct access to the Georgian Trail & 2 car garage. MLS®207265

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Cheese Bliss in Thornbury: The Cheese Gallery BY ANDREW HIND

Ten years ago, Casey Thompson was working in corporate Canada when she was shocked to learn her company was downsizing and she would either have to move to the United States or lose the position she had worked so hard to attain. For the first time in years, her future was in doubt.

Casey Thompson, founder of The Cheese Gallery. Photo by: Julie Card, mycollingwood.ca

I didn’t want to go to the States, but also didn’t know what I would do,” she explains. “I began thinking ‘what am I passionate about? What’s the next opportunity?’ Being in a small town, I realized you have to create your own opportunity.” Thompson remembers the exact moment the idea that became The Cheese Gallery sprung to mind. “I was hiking with my girlfriends when it came to me: great cheese, good wine and delectable chocolates are perfectly paired with one another,” she explains. “So I asked myself, ‘why not open a place that marries the three’? I’d open a gourmet cheese shop and café.” She was confident The Cheese Gallery would find a perfect home in Thornbury, a creative community populated by galleries, artisan shops, restaurants, coffee roasters, bakeries, and craft cider makers. It’s a place where the imaginative spirit flourishes and customers and merchants value getting to know each other by name. 54

More than 80% of these businesses are owned and operated by women. Thompson isn’t really sure what’s fuelling the success of female-driven entrepreneurship in town, but notes there’s a sense of collaboration in the community that encourages women to take the plunge. “We’re a tight-knit community with a great spirit of togetherness,” she explains. Thompson remembers the exact date—June 10, 2010—when she bought the building on Bruce Street South, Thornbury’s main street, and started a new chapter in her life. The Cheese Gallery became a quick success. Customers, locals and tourists all fell in love with the shop’s unique offerings. From showstopping artisanal cheeses and delectable cookies, cakes, tarts and pastries, to teas and coffee and locally-made cider, The Cheese Gallery has something to please every palate. By popular demand, the café now offers light lunch fare, and yes, all of the selections make good use of the cheeses Thompson sells.

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I didn’t want to go to the States, but also didn’t know what I would do,” she explains. “I began thinking ‘what am I passionate about? What’s the next opportunity?’ Being in a small town, I realized you have to create your own opportunity.

Think French onion soup, cheeseboards, and a mac-and-cheese option that elevates this dish to new heights. Patrons enjoy coffee, cakes and good conversation within a charming, gallery-like setting that perfectly reflects the artistic nature of Thornbury. To what does Thompson credit her success? “A great product is a given. I owe a lot of my success to first-rate suppliers,” she explains. “Three of my suppliers were recently named Grand Champion in their respective categories (butter tarts, dairy and sheep-based cheddar cheese) at the Royal Winter Fair, which gives you an example of the talent in our small community.” Thompson is humble, but if pressed will accept some credit for The Cheese Gallery’s success—and offer some advice to would-be entrepreneurs: “It takes a lot of hard work to run your own business and you need to have a vision, but one lesson I’ve learned is the need to surround yourself with good people.” And people are what The Cheese Gallery is really all about for Thompson. For this entrepreneur, the shop is about more than her livelihood. It’s also about giving something back to the community she loves. “Small, cozy shops are needed,” Thompson explains, “because they bring people together and create unique experiences that are vital to our health as a society”.

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

Muskoka, synonymous with cottage country, is a household name in

The Muskoka region is known for its exceptional dining, trendy

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

shops, craft beer scene, and contemporary art galleries and

and Rosseau), the Muskoka region was once dubbed the ‘Malibu of

museums. Kids can choose from a variety of exciting summer

the North’ by The New Yorker, because of the number of celebrity

camp programs and families can join in the year-round cultural

estates in the area. Beautiful homes and seasonal cottages offer

festivals.

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

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

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

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

residents of the Muskoka region. But sprawling tree-covered

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

properties and the vastness of the granite-carved area means

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

that Muskoka can easily accommodate visitors while maintaining

ways to appreciate the grandeur of Muskoka.

everyone’s privacy and sense of open space.

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Matt Driscoll

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

Skate Through a Winter Forest Arrowhead Provincial Park’s iced trail PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ARROWHEAD PROVINCIAL PARK

Since it opened in 2012, the ice-skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park has become one of the most popular winter attractions in Ontario.

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ocated 10 minutes north of Huntsville, Arrowhead Provincial Park has always specialized in winter activities, including a network of cross-country skiing trails, a tubing hill and a traditional ice-skating rink. But when staff decided to freeze the winding pathways through the park’s majestic pines, Arrowhead’s popularity took off as a winter destination. In 2017, Travel+Leisure voted it one of the most stunning natural ice rinks in the world.

mid-week visits, particularly at the height of skating season. Peak times are typically weekends (especially Saturday) between 10am and 4pm, and during the Saturday evening Fire and Ice nights. The trail typically operates from December until the end of March, if the weather remains cold enough. While the skating trail is the park’s biggest draw, Arrowhead

The iced trail winds 1.4 km through the park’s evergreen forest and, during Saturday’s Fire and Ice nights, it’s lined with hundreds of tiki torches. With its picturesque backdrop and fire-lit ambience, the winter trail has become a social media phenomenon. Between 2000 and 2017, winter visits to Arrowhead Provincial Park increased from 11,000 to more than 50,000, making it the busiest winter program in the Ontario Parks system. The park has become so popular on weekends that staff now advise guests to consider

Provincial Park offers activities for all winter tastes. The purchase of any day pass includes access to the tubing hill where tubes are provided by the park. There are 28 km of classic ski trails and 16 km of skate ski trails, ranging from beginner to expert level. Every year the trails play host to the annual Muskoka Loppet, which is set for January 26, 2020, this winter. The event draws hundreds of racers from across the province to compete in three different distances. >

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Arrowhead also offers more than 8 km of marked snowshoe trails, as Stop in at Arrowhead‘s new Visitor Centre.

well as off-trail snowshoeing through mature hardwood forest. In 2015, Arrowhead built a permanent skijoring trail which is now available throughout the entire season. Skijoring is a sport where a person on skis is pulled by a dog (or dogs). The word is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring, meaning ski driving. Staff recommend that dogs weigh at least 30 lbs and be full-grown. To accommodate the increasing number of visitors to Arrowhead every winter, in 2018 the park officially opened their new Visitor Centre. At the Centre, guests can rent skates, snowshoes and skate skis. The Centre also includes a warm-up and lounge area with its beautiful stone fireplace. The fireplace mantle is made from a Douglas fir stop log, recycled from a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry dam. Funding for the fireplace was donated by the Huntsville Ski Club and Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club. Located next to the Visitor Centre is a brand-new winterized picnic pavilion. The pavilion features its own stone fireplace, a small food preparation area, and a ski waxing room with five stations and ventilation hoods. Admission to Arrowhead Provincial Park is via a daily vehicle pass for $17 ($20 on weekends) and covers everyone in your car. All outdoor winter activities are weather dependent. Before heading out, be sure to check the park website for updates.

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Skiing in Muskoka?

Hidden Valley’s not-so-well-kept secret BY MATT DRISCOLL

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hen you think of Muskoka, downhill skiing might not (ski)jump to mind. But, since the early 1960s, Muskoka’s own Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area has offered a picturesque location for those who want to hit the slopes. Located just outside of Huntsville, with a top elevation of 1,276 feet (390 m), this Muskoka ski resort looks out over Peninsula Lake and nearby Deerhurst Resort. Hidden Valley has four ski lifts and 13 runs - as well as an area for tobogganing. While the resort might not have the name recognition of its southern cousins like Blue Mountain and Horseshoe, it does lay claim to its own Olympic gold medallist. Dara Howell grew up on the ski runs at Hidden Valley before winning the gold medal in slopestyle skiing at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and earning her way onto Team Canada for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. Hidden Valley hosted parties for both of Howell’s appearances and has also become known for hosting events like the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks show and the Polar Bear Plunge the next day.

The hill sees an average winter snowfall of 343 cm (125 inches) and typically operates from December to March. When the snowmobile season peaks, Hidden Valley also offers access to more than 2,000 km of nearby trails.

Enjoy a family-friendly day on the slopes.

Hidden Valley offers night skiing runs and sits above the 100room Hidden Valley resort hotel. Recently under new ownership, the Hidden Valley resort has fashioned itself as a four-season, eco-friendly experience. The resort uses geothermal heating to cut back on greenhouse gasses and reduce the amount of energy consumed at the resort. For more than half a century, Hidden Valley has provided locals and visitors the opportunity to hit the slopes in one of the province’s most treasured scenic landscapes. Contact the Muskoka Ski Club for information about trial memberships.

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // MUSKOK A // $2,779,000

$1,595,000

SOUTH LAKE JOSEPH DREAM COTTAGE ON 1.32 ACRES

LAKE MUSKOKA WITH GRANDFATHERED 2 STOREY BOATHOUSE

Prime south Lake Joseph location. 5 bedroom Lakehouse offers over 3,000 sq.ft. of luxurious living space. Ideal for year round Muskoka lifestyle or 4-season cottaging. 2 stone fireplaces, beautiful kitchen, large dining room & spacious screened Muskoka room. Lower walk-out to level waterfront with 820 sq.ft. dock for all day fun in the sun. Furnished and turn-key ready so you can start enjoying this right away. Call Maggie today for more info.

Prime location on Lake Muskoka off the year round Acton Island Road. This level property features sand beach, protected open view and 4 acres of land to ensure privacy. The cottage features 3 bedrooms that is open concept that walks out to beautiful stone patios. Grandfathered 2 slip, 2 storey boathouse with living quarters above. This is the ideal property to use as is or to rebuild and make it your dream cottage.

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka, Ontario

Maggie Tomlinson**, ASA, ABR, SRS, csa

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

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

$1,399,000

$69,900 to $259,900

EAST BAY LOCALE. LAKE MUSKOKA

LAKE ROSSEAU - THE COTTAGES AT WINDERMERE

Enjoy sunsets and Muskoka memories at this excellent 4-season retreat or year round Lakehouse. Main floor offers 2BRs, living room w Muskoka stone f/p & a beautiful kitchen. Lower walk-out level offers finished rec room, 2 more BRs, laundry/additional sleeping room & a large Muskoka room w hot tub. Double slip boathouse, garage & 2 more bunkies complete this package. Turn-key & ready for immediate enjoyment. Don’t wait on this one - call Maggie today for info & viewing.

Luxury fractional ownership awaits! 3BRs plus den. Choose from 5, 7 or 12 weeks of truly carefree Muskoka enjoyment on the shores of Lake Rosseau. 12-week intervals include PRIME SUMMER WEEKS. Please inquire regarding schedule of fixed & floating weeks. Intimate setting of only 6 cottages. Beach, golf, boating and Windermere House is right next door. Limited availability!

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka, Ontario

Maggie Tomlinson**, ASA, ABR, SRS, csa

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

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

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // PETERBOROUGH // THE K AWARTHAS //

Burleigh Falls in Peterborough County, Ontario.

Peterborough is located on the historic Trent-Severn Waterway in the heart

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

As well as a booming downtown, Peterborough boasts three golf courses and a number of remarkable parks. Spend the day in Jackson Park where you can hike or cycle the trails, kayak, or enjoy a leisurely picnic by the creek. Explore more than 1,000 indigenous rock carvings at Petroglyphs Provincial Park and marvel at the phenomenon of McGinnis Lake, where blue/green layers of water don’t intermix. Many of Peterborough’s events are hosted in Millennium Park, right on the water. Peterborough is also home to The Canadian Canoe Museum PREMIER ESTATE RESIDENCE ON CLEAR LAKE

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The surrounding Kawartha Lakes region offers year-round shopping, fine dining and cultural events, and spectacular views for hikers, skiers and boaters.

$2,950,000

THE AMAZING GALLERY ON THE LAKE BUCKHORN Buckhorn, Ontario

*This Quality-Built Paradise In The Heart Of Kawartha Lakes Is Truly A Place Like No Other *A Stunning 3 Level Stone Home Which Offers Sweeping Lake Views From All Angles *Featuring 300’ Lake Frontage, 2 Bedroom Boathouse * Inground Pool, Championship Tennis Court On Back Lot * Immediate Possession *

* This 4.57 Acre Lakefront Paradise Offers You A Choice To Live, Work And Play In The Heart Of The Kawarthas - A Few Kilometres East Of Buckhorn A 2 Hour Drive North/East Of Toronto * It Boasts Residential And Commercial Zoning Two Cedar Clad Buildings Totalling 19,000 Square Feet * Opportunity Awaits - Respond To The Inspiration Today * Amazing Value *

Arthur Parks* Office: 705 652 5000

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EXCEPTIONAL 150 YEAR OLD STONE FARM HOUSE

Arthur Parks* Office: 705 652 5000

Located on the Trent Canal, in Peterborough, the historic Peterborough Lock Lift 21 is an internationally renowned feat of engineering. The magnificent concrete and hydraulic lift structure, completed in 1904, raises boats almost 20 metres (65 feet), relying solely on gravity and counterbalance. In winter, the canal beneath the lock becomes a scenic skating rink.

Lakefield, Ontario

Arthur Parks* Office: 705 652 5000

$1,198,000

where multi-media exhibits are family-friendly and interactive. Experience Peterborough from the water, in a 90-minute guided tour with the museum’s voyageur canoe programme. First time paddlers welcome.

$769,000

LARGE CENTURY HOME MOUNT PLEASANT

Stirling, Ontario

Cavan, Ontario

* This Particularly Cosy 3300 Sq Ft, Limestone Farmhouse Has Been Lovingly Restored * It Boasts A Beautifully Landscaped 3.2 Acre Property * An In-Ground Pool * A Bunkie, * A 3 Car Drive Shed * A 2 Storey Refurbished Bank Barn * It Is Nestled In A Tranquil, Rolling Countryside Just North Of Belleville * Easy 2 Hour Drive From Toronto *

* This 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home Has Retained All The Charm Of Its Historic Past With The Added Bonus Of Renovations And A Large Addition * Just Over An Acre Of Privacy With Incredible Views * 1 Hour 15 Minutes To Toronto * Minutes To 115 Highway * A Short Drive To Peterborough *

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // KITCHENER // GUELPH // WATERLOO // STRATFORD //

The Grand River at sunset, early spring in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Kitchener offers big-city excitement without losing its small-town

Guelph is a city that packs a punch. It is a vibrant place filled with a

charm. The city’s deep Germanic roots and history are most evident during the annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, the largest celebration of all things Bavarian outside of Germany.

sense of community. Music lovers, book worms, art aficionados, farmers, entrepreneurs, foodies and families are proud to call Guelph home. One hour west of Toronto, Guelph is a cultural haven for those who enjoy the tastier things in life with less of the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Waterloo, consistently voted one of Canada’s smartest cities, is a dynamic urban centre. The city attracts students and thinkers from around the world. Take in a lecture at Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics or tour through the hi-tech sectors that include the world-renowned Institute for Quantum Computing and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Waterloo offers visitors a unique blend of intriguing restaurants, boutique stores, galleries and nightlife. LUXURIOUS 3,174 SQFT VICTORIANINSPIRED NEW BUILD

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Stratford is Canada’s premier town for the arts. From the finest Shakespeare company in North America to one of the largest costume warehouses in the world. Fall in love with art in all its form in Stratford. From the theatre scene to fine-arts galleries to hand-crafted quilts and other artisanal treasures.

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Kitchener, Ontario

Kitchener, Ontario

101 Mansion Street | 3,174 SqFt Victorian-inspired home under construction in the East Ward with all brick exterior and craftsman details. This luxury home has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, mudroom with storage, upstairs laundry, upstairs family room, old world detailing, gas fireplace, 2nd floor balcony, attached garage, and more.

Darryl Watty* Direct: 519 590 0579

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PREMIUM 2,788 SQFT HOME IN WELLESLEY

$879,900

6 Pequegnat Avenue | 2,800 SqFt Mansard style custom new build in the East Ward, just steps away from downtown. Featuring a solid brick exterior, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, mudroom with storage, upstairs laundry, 2nd floor balcony, top floor family room, old world craftsmanship and detailing, fireplace, attached garage, and more.

Darryl Watty* Direct: 519 590 0579

$748,000

Wellesley, Ontario

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LUXURY CONDO WITH SUPERIOR VIEW Guelph, Ontario

Stunning two bedroom condo unit with spectacular views of the city! One block from Go Transit and Via Rail. Dream kitchen, floor to ceiling windows, stone fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors and walk in shower.

35 Ferris Drive | Luxurious living only 15 minutes from Kitchener-Waterloo! 2,788 SqFt luxury home on a premier lot that features 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 9 ft ceilings, large mudroom, finished basement, 3.75 car garage with access to interior, and spectacular touches everywhere.

Darryl Watty* Direct: 519 590 0579

CUSTOM 2,800 SQFT MANSARD STYLE NEW BUILD

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Chestnut Park West

Planting new roots in Guelph

Chestnut Park West is proud to announce the opening of our newest location in the heart of old downtown Guelph.

Chestnut Park West’s new location at 28 Douglas Street in downtown Guelph.

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the development and support of the area’s most talented professionals, a continued commitment to innovation and, ultimately, by providing clients with the highest quality of professionalism in residential real estate. Kristin Ghent, a Guelph native with over a decade of local experience, heads up our team of realtors and administrators in our new downtown Guelph office. Kristin has lived in Guelph from her own very first steps to those of her children. A lover of the city and all its hidden gems, she’s got a sharp eye

Kristin Ghent and Lee Quaile in front of the Guelph office.

for potential in a tough market and appreciates the charm in every Guelph home. As a mom, Kristin understands that a home is a place to unplug, to get messy, and to grow together. As an investor, landlord and local homeowner, she also understands the power of the financial means that real estate can provide. With 12 years of experience as a realtor, Kristin focuses on building relationships with her clients and finding them the perfect home. Chestnut Park West brings a premier real estate experience to home buyers and sellers in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford and communities across Southwestern Ontario. WWW.CHESTNUTPARK.COM // CH E S T N U T PA R K R E A L E S TAT E L I M I T ED, BR O K ER AGE // WWW.INVESTINSTYLE.CA

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Only the most accomplished and trusted brokerages are invited to become Affiliates of Christie's International Real Estate. Chestnut Park has proven to be a leader in our local luxury markets. It is a prestigious and coveted designation to be a part of the exclusive Christie's International Real Estate network that spans the globe. Chestnut Park’s position as a luxury leader locally has attracted attention and garnered respect globally. Our affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate is an exclusive relationship afforded to our agents and their clients, allowing them access to international reach through the premium marketing programs of this global luxury leader.

GLOBAL BRAND RECOGNITION

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

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

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We present our finest properties to the world via Christie’s International Real Estate website, numerous international syndicated websites, and their magazine. Our properties stand side by side with the world’s most luxurious and unique properties.

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Napa Valley:

The California wine destination that has it all Famed for its outstanding wineries, restaurants, and scenery, Napa Valley has all the ingredients for a world-class lifestyle. CONTENT PROVIDED BY CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE

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ustifiably, Napa Valley is known the world over as a mecca for lovers of fine wine and gourmet food. The scenic 30-mile (48 km) stretch of northern California is home to more than 400

wineries and six Michelin-starred restaurants—10 if you include neighboring Sonoma County. All year round, visitors and prospective residents are drawn to this fertile, cultured region to sample exquisite produce, soak up the refined lifestyle, and drink in picture-perfect vistas of endless vineyards. Attractive wine country estates, such as Whitehall Estate, are framed against backdrops of rolling hills and rugged mountains. >

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Napa Valley’s Beringer is California’s oldest continually operating winery and its Rhine House veranda is an intimate setting for sampling the winery’s offering.

St. Helena is nicknamed “Napa Valley’s Main Street,” and it’s the birthplace of the region’s viticultural legacy and the area’s most desirable small town, with charming shops, galleries, cafes, and eateries. Among the more recognizable wineries are Beringer and Louis M. Martini, which happily coexist with boutique producers such as Vineyard 29 and Terra Valentine. Dining options include farm-to-table favorite The Charter Oak, while Thomas Keller’s acclaimed The French Laundry—widely regarded as the dining experience of a lifetime—is less than 15 minutes’ drive from St. Helena, in picturesque Yountville. Also nearby is The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil, in Rutherford. Napa’s first fine-dining establishment opened its doors in 1981 and is today overseen by executive chef Robert Curry, who does amazing things with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Book into one of the Auberge’s suites or private maisons so you can make the most of the sommelier’s excellent wine suggestions, and enjoy the establishment’s spa come morning. Napa Valley’s wine tourism gave rise to its famously good living, which offers a rich and varied leisure scene that’s unmatched by other winegrowing regions around the world. Between wining and dining, work up an appetite and enjoy the scenery with excellent biking, hiking, and golfing.

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The Charter Oak in St. Helena is one of the most recognizable historic restaurant spaces in the Napa Valley, made up of two separate buildings, one of which is an old sherry house that dates back to the 1800s. Image: Kelly Puleio.

You can also take to the water at Lake Hennessey, to the east; the area’s largest reservoir, it’s perfect for fishing and boating. For an even more relaxed way of passing time, Calistoga, to the north, is a spaseeker’s haven, known for its mud baths and geothermal springs. The town also hosts a Saturday market showcasing produce from California’s farms and ranches. Connections to the region are superb, with flights into San Francisco, Oakland, or Sacramento airports, followed by a straightforward drive— around one hour and 40 minutes from any of them. Chef Thomas Keller’s French Laundry restaurant has been winning accolades since opening in 1994. Image: Michael Grimm.

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PROPERTY FROM THE ANITA BALDWIN COLLECTION A MASSIVE, RARE, AND IMPORTANT PAIR OF CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL FISH BOWLS 17TH CENTURY 26 in. (66cm.) high, wood stands $500,000-700,000

IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART

New York, 20 March 2020 VIEWING

13-18 March 2020 20 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10020 CONTACT

Olivia Hamilton asianartny@christies.com +1 212 636 2180 Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price. See Section D of our Conditions of Sale at the back of the Auction Catalogue


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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Beds: 4 // Baths: 3 | 2 // Sq. Ft: 2,676 // Type: Single Family Home With an architectural touch of French chateau, the ‘Monet House’ stands proudly in the established Seagrove community of Sugarwood Beach. Owned by prominent Canadian songwriters, the estate-like home & guest quarters work in harmony to create a tranquil Mediterranean feel in the sheltered courtyard space surrounding the private pool. Decorated & furnished in a popular shabby chic style, the ‘Monet House’ is a special 30A retreat & remains a place of inspiration for art, painting & songwriting, with enclosed balconies, and a studio/writer’s den for solitude. The main home offers an open plan between living, dining & kitchen with bedrooms upstairs. The private guest home above the studio offers kitchen, living, bedroom, bath & laundry spaces.

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Del Dios Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, California

Beds: 4 // Baths: 7 full // Partial Baths 2 // Sq. Ft: 8,148 // Type: Single Family Home The property, whose main residence is situated in The Covenant, a prized enclave within Rancho Santa Fe, was the longtime home of businessman Roland Sahm and his wife Ramona. The Sahms were well-known philanthropists in the San Diego community and owners of Thoroughbred racehorses, including the prizewinning champion Super Diamond. They purchased 50 acres of the property in 1969 and commissioned noted Laguna Beach architect Fred Briggs to design a grand contemporary main residence and guest house. They then hired esteemed interior designer Arthur Elrod to create the dramatic interiors. Elrod has become increasingly popular among mid-century design enthusiasts, and has been the subject of a recently published book devoted to his Palm Springs interiors. The Rancho Santa Fe home, which took three years to construct, is notable for its structural use of reclaimed redwood from Northern California, foundations of poured-in-place concrete and marble floors that were meticulously laid without grout. In addition, interior wood and cabinetry were milled on the property. The property’s many amenities include an outdoor tennis court, a six-stall equestrian barn adjoined by corrals and pastures, a lake and an organic lemon grove. Co-agent Linda Sansone added, “Two of the estate’s most impressive features are the great room with its vaulted ceilings and a spectacular pavilion that houses an indoor swimming pool and spa.”

Willis Allen Real Estate | Christie’s International Real Estate Rancho Santa Fe, California, 92067 United States Linda Sansone 858 775 6356 // 858 756 2444

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The Peninsula Estate, Porto Cervo, Italy

Beds: 10 // Full Baths: 9 // Partial Baths 4 // Sq. Ft: 2,676 // Type: Single Family Home The Peninsula Estate in Porto Cervo, Sardinia is among the most exclusive estates in the Mediterranean and among the two most prestigious in Costa Smerlada. Built for British financier Lord Clore in the 1970s, this masterpiece of iconic, visionary and modernist architecture has been transformed by the current owner who purchased the entire peninsula – a four-hectare private oasis surrounded on three sides by the sea - to create a home with total privacy and harmony in the heart of the Costa Smeralda. The Peninsula is over 1.6 kilometre of protected coastline with a walking path, three beaches and a private dock, framed against the breathtaking backdrop of La Maddalena Archipelago and the Mediterranean Sea. The house has been integrated into the landscape and blends perfectly into the natural surroundings so it that cannot be perceived from the sea. The grand main villa and its detached guest house, overlooking the aquamarine waters of the Costa Smeralda, offer residents ultimate comfort in a tranquil retreat far from the cares of the world. The Peninsula Estate, in its scale, design, details finishes and amenities, simply has no rival. Christie’s International Real Estate 8 King Street London, SW1Y 6QT England Charlotte Delaney +44 20 7389 2551 74

Immobilsarda SRL Piazzetta degli Archi 2 Porto Cervo, Olbia Tempio, 07021 Italy Julia Bracco +39 0789 909000

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Monarch on the Park, Aspen, Colorado

Beds: 3 // Full Baths: 3/1 // Partial Baths 1 // Sq. Ft: 3,429 // Type: Villa/Townhouse One of a kind Monarch on the park- Park and mountain views. This irreplaceable, top floor penthouse has been completely gutted and remodeled. All of the systems including the HVAC were replaced. Only the most high level of woods, stone and wall treatments were used. The entire home is fully automated with power blinds, shades and drapes. The Crestron system allows for one touch control for music, lights and fireplaces. It is being sold furnished less the artwork. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a powder room. There is an office and a full laundry room. A back entrance allows service personal a separate entrance. A 2 car garage inside the underground parking garage completes this irreplaceable property. This Aspen villa/townhouse is for sale and has 3 bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, 1 Partial Baths and was built in 2008. This villa/townhouse is listed on the Christie’s International Real Estate website in zipcode 81611 and it boasts 3,429 Sq.Ft. of interior space. Nearby neighborhoods include: Central Core, Downtown Aspen, Main Street Historic District, Aspen Historic District, The West End, Centennial, Smuggler and West End

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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

Knowledge, Experience, Negotiating Skills Erica Anne’s positive and patient approach to managing real estate transactions and her commitment, clear communication and transparency has earned her the trust and respect of her customers. “Erica Anne is superb, in every aspect. She has every detail covered. Her up-to-date analysis enable you to make a wise “fact-based” decision. She inspires you with her depth of knowledge and her vast, all encompassing experience. Integrity, reliability, strategic thinking, a profound sense of caring, a wonderful individual. A true professional. “ — George K. “Erica Anne brings enthusiasm and experience to the table. Her passion for all things real estate related makes her tireless throughout her full service approach to achieving her clients’ best outcome. Erica Anne is very personable and her positivity, persistence and desire to seek solutions when others see problems are all qualities that help her to make “listed” into “sold!” — Alyssa L. The Realtor that really cares! She welcomes your call!

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

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

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Looking for a great agent to represent your interests in a real estate transaction? Geoff Delean checks all the boxes. Guided by his core principle of integrity, Geoff is focused on understanding client needs and providing tailor-made solutions. Geoff is well versed in valuation, deal financing and market trends, and executes trades with precision. Geoff, a resident of Deer Park, serves all segments of the Toronto marketplace. Whether you are an investor, a first-time homebuyer, moving up or downsizing, Geoff is versatile in his approach and is more than happy to assist. Reaching your real estate objectives is a phone call away.

Geoff Delean , SALES REPRESENTATIVE gdelean@chestnutpark.com Direct: 416 697 5740

There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to real estate... Whether buying or selling, Helen’s personalized service is a unique one. She carefully listens to her clients’ needs in order help them attain their real estate goals and she maintains a commitment to service excellence. Helen is pleased to welcome Michelle Phillips to her team. Michelle has a background in condo development and has taken the lease and condo market by storm.

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

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Bringing the most desired homes to Toronto’s most discerning buyers. Tailored high-quality service is what I delivered to my clients as an award winning personal shopper at Holt Renfrew. This type of service is now woven into the fabric of how I help you buy and sell real estate. With my fingers on the pulse of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, you’ll be the first to know about market shifts and where to buy. As a seller, your property will rise above the competition with my innovative marketing techniques that expose your property to local, national and international markets. The combination of my bespoke service, global reach and innovative use of technology is the reason why I’ve sold over $36 million in real estate in 2019.

www.jeffknight.ca Jeff Knight , SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Chairman’s Award Winner 2017 & Vice Chairman’s Award Winner 2018 jeffknight@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 579 1154

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

www.karareed.ca Kara Reed , SALES REPRESENTATIVE

homes@karareed.ca Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 618 4629

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

www.mariannemiles.com Marianne Miles , BROKER

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

The Russell Team...Working Up To A Standard Not Down To A Price, For 45 Years Peter started his real estate career in 1975 and has been selling real estate in central Toronto with great success. There is one thing that has not changed over the years: the importance of putting the interests of clients first. While proud to be a consistent award winner, Peter’s true mark of success comes from repeat & referral business. Catherine worked in the corporate world before joining Peter in his real estate practice. The sales, marketing and negotiating skills Catherine brings to the table doubles the Russell Team’s effectiveness. Catherine is proud to be part of her family’s legacy of helping clients achieve their real estate goals. Their years of experience, knowledge of the best neighbourhoods and patience with the process make their clients very happy!

Peter Russell , BROKER Catherine Russell , MBA, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

RussellTeamToronto.com | Office: 416 925 9191 Peter: 416 706 3200 | Catherine: 647 461 5501 russell@chestnutpark.com

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY // GREY // BRUCE //

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

www.ThePicotTeam.com

Barb Picot , SALES REPRESENTATIVE

picot@rogers.com | Cell: 705 444 3452

Ron Picot , SALES REPRESENTATIVE

rpicot@rogers.com | Cell: 705 446 8580

LARISA YURKIW REAL ESTATE

Ready When You Are! I am passionate about applying my global athletic experience to the local real estate market. After a 10-year career as an Olympic skier, I completed my MBA through Edinburgh Business School. My experiences in Western Canada, Europe, South America and New Zealand have given me a deep appreciation for what this area has to offer. I enjoy working hard and playing hard and can do so right here in this gem of a town. The skill sets required to medal on the world stage have proven invaluable when helping clients achieve their real estate goals. Let’s get this journey started!

Larisa Yurkiw, SALES REPRESENTATIVE larisa@chestnutpark.com Direct: 519 270 0839

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Selling Real Estate in the Beaver Valley Read and Gail work primarily with the New Young 30/40s Member Families, from the GTA, K/W and London areas, who are joining the Beaver Valley Ski Club and are looking for their rural country property, ski chalet or Lake Eugenia cottage. Our Brand is now firmly established, after being contacted by more than 24,000 families, over the last 24 years, inquiring about membership, and then real estate, centering again around the Beautiful Beaver Valley. Gail also helps the 55 year old demographic couple, retiring from the Club, move from the Beaver Valley up to the Collingwood, Thornbury and the Meaford markets, in search of their retirement home, close to the available small town amenities offered there. She will work very hard for you and listen carefully, so she truly understands your needs. Basically, if you ski, or have retired from skiing – this is the Professional Couple to help you either Buy or Sell your lifestyle property.

www.ReadHilton.com - Click for Gail’s MOVIEs

Read Hilton & Gail Crawford , SALES REPRESENTATIVES Read@ReadHilton.com Direct: 705 351 8100 Gail@GailCrawford.com Direct: 705 445 3751 Office: 705 445 5454

// MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS // BARRIE //

Barrie • Innisfil • Springwater Barrie is where we reside with our families and has been our community of over 45 years. We share a vast understanding of the diverse neighbourhoods, growing economy and firmly believe it is one of the best places to live, play and work. On the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, the area boasts beautiful waterfront and beaches, swimming, boating, golfing, skiing, biking and walking trails, delicious local dining, shopping, theatre, year round festivals and special events. Our goal is to make your real estate experience an exceptional one. We appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.

Dedicated to get you moving. www.ArcherGontier.com

Kim Archer, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 705 794 3711 kimarcher@chestnutpark.com

Ang Gontier, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 705 241 5868 ang@chestnutpark.com

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Toronto

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

Lake Simcoe // North of Markham

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

Muskoka // Port Carling

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

Haliburton

Erin // Caledon // Mono // King

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

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

Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Northumberland County

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

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

Stratford // Huron-perth

Unionville // North of Markham

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

1000 Islands

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

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T: 905 479 8989 E: unionville@chestnutpark.com

Aurora

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

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IIS

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IIS

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