Spring 2021 Issue of Invest In Style Magazine

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VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 2 | SPRING 2021

INTERIOR DESIGN

A Lakeside Cottage Retreat Infused with Scandinavian Spirit

COVER STORY

A Waterskiing Classic

The J-Craft Re-emerges in Muskoka

TRAVEL

Lion’s Head Provincial Park A Day Hike to Restore Your Lionhearted Soul

Real Estate Confidential: What Keeps Me up at Night | Muskoka Living: Tri Lakes Training | Art & Design: The Art of Dani Cooperman Luxury Listings | Industry Experts | Featured Articles



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Chris Kapches, President & CEO of Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage, is a lawyer with an extensive career working within real estate organizations.

Chris has served as Executive VP for the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), as well as roles on numerous TREB committees. Chris has been the Chairman of the Real Estate Council of Ontario’s Discipline and Appeals Committee for more than fifteen years.

Travel & Tourism

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Lion’s Head Provincial Park: A Day Hike to Restore Your Lionhearted Soul

The Art of Dani Cooperman

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A Waterskiing Classic: The J-Craft Re-emerges in Muskoka

Toronto Living

Southern Georgian Bay Living

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elcome to our spring 2021 issue of Invest in Style.

A year ago, none of us could have imagined we would still be negotiating through this pandemic, a crisis that has hit so many families so hard. We’re all weary from the continuing stresses, especially our healthcare workers whose enduring commitment, skills and professionalism have saved thousands of lives and continue to do so, as this issue goes to press. These frontline workers and so many others – teachers, grocery and public transit workers – continue to provide the services that are essential to our families and our communities. We salute them! Spring is a season of beginnings and of hope, and despite the ongoing battle with this pandemic, we at Chestnut Park remain hopeful that by the time this magazine is in your hands, warmer days and better news will prevail. Our cover story, “A Waterskiing Classic,” features the re-emergence of the J-Craft, the beloved watercraft that reached its peak in the 1970s but disappeared from Muskoka by the ‘90s. Newly re-designed as a family sport boat, the J-Craft promises exceptional skiing for both recreational and tournament skiiers. It turns on a dime, can handle rough waters and is as intuitive to drive as the original. And sitting that close to the water at 70 mph is a unique experience. In our Heartful Heroes feature, we acknowledge the ongoing efforts of those who are committed to addressing food insecurity in our communities by making nutritious food widely accessible not only through food banks, but also in mini pantries and community fridges set up and maintained by volunteers throughout the city. We are reminded that one out of every three Ontarians who accesses a food bank is a child. While times are still filled with uncertainty, we hope that the articles in this issue of Invest in Style might bring you the enjoyment of planning a trip, whether it’s a hike with family around the 450-million-year-old cliff-edge in Lion’s Head Provincial Park, or a weekend getaway at The June motel in Prince Edward County, where retro meets beachy-contemporary and you can

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enjoy a mimosa after your deck side morning yoga flow. Consider a guided tour of an apiary, in the heart of the Beaver Valley, and bring home a jar of some of the purest honey in Canada. Maybe you’ll pick up some design ideas from our lakeside cottage feature, or treat yourself to something from Algonquin Outfitters or Collingwood’s Haven Home and Gift. As always, we encourage you to support the businesses in your community. We love the graffiti-style work of artist Dani Cooperman in this issue. Be sure to check out her website, as well as the websites of the other artists mentioned in these pages. The spectacular Ontario properties featured in these pages are represented by our Chestnut Park agents. We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs of these and other luxury properties around the world represented by Christie’s. Chestnut Park is pleased to announce that we are expanding our network of excellence in real estate with a new office in Uxbridge and one in Baysville/ Lake of Bays. Our agents in these locations look forward to your enquiries as we continue to serve our clients throughout Southern Ontario. We bring you the articles in this issue with the hope that one day soon we will all be able to get together safely with family and friends on restaurant patios, for hikes, holiday getaways and lakeside rendezvous.

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A Lakeside Cottage Retreat Infused with Scandinavian Spirit

COVER STORY

A Waterskiing Classic

The J-Craft Re-emerges in Muskoka

TRAVEL

Lion’s Head Provincial Park A Day Hike to Restore Your Lionhearted Soul

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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).

What Keeps Me up at Night Covid-19 has changed what we want in a home in the short run and, perhaps, forever.

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’m not sure about the long-term trend of city-dwellers trading proximity to bars, restaurants, theatres and, yes, the office, for a home in the suburbs. But I am sure that a perfect storm may be brewing in the suburban market that warrants further examination… and caution.

What keeps me up at night? Imagining a sprawling suburban home with plenty of space for an office, home gym and a mini theatre. I know. Not the stuff of nightmares. Except that this description suggests a sinister trend that is reminiscent of the 1990s housing crash – short term house flipping that takes advantage of significant and exceptional month-over-month price increases. Similar to the 1980s house flipping “investors,” we’re seeing a growing number of homes being sold within a 12-month period. While the number of short-term house flippers is relatively small, only 6% of the total suburban market, the same trend also started slow in the 1980s and eventually signaled an overheated market. And, worse yet, made housing completely unaffordable for end users, not to mention the multiple bankruptcies that followed once the bubble burst. Is it possible that people buying their dream homes in the suburban markets now may face a housing nightmare when the bubble bursts? The traditional signals of an overheated market – a mania causing buyers to offer prices seriously over asking and inexperienced investors looking to make a quick buck – suggest so. However, this time it may be different.

WHAT SIGNALS A BUBBLE While I’m not certain that we’ll see a big bubble burst in the suburban markets, I am certain that we’re seeing a bubble rapidly inflate. Bubbles exist when buyers fear that if they don’t buy today, they won’t be able to afford it tomorrow. With this fear and exuberance that “this time it’s different,” people over-bid, leverage up and swarm in droves. While frenzied buyers exist in all markets, there are few of them. Recent statistics show that they now make up the real estate market. Data from local real estate boards from February 22 , 2021, indicate that the majority of buyers are paying $50,000 to $100,000 more for a house today than what a similar house sold for only a month ago. True, the market has been “on fire” for some time now and, initially, I believed that this was a product of demand. Millennials, similar to the Boomers in the 1980s, need space for their growing families and so they are driving the market. As such, I reasoned, the fact that prices are increasing so dramatically is not because of anything irrational, but rather everything rational that comes along with children, a dog and all of the trimmings associated with raising a family. What is new and what I didn’t anticipate, however, is the growing number of homes that are being bought and sold within 12 months — a sign of investors who simply buy, hold, and then sell properties at a profit because of rapid month-over-month prices increases. >>

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These house flippers have made significant profits for little work, which is inspiring more people to hop on the house flipping bandwagon. Given that history rhymes, superimpose the timeline of the 1980s bubble and bust over today’s timeline and you’ll become clairvoyant: the spring market will attract more people yearning to make a quick buck; prices will rapidly increase; irrational exuberance will follow; the cycle will continue; and then it will stop abruptly.

WHEN DOES THE REAL ESTATE MUSIC STOP? A correction could occur if something sudden happens in the next few years, such as an imposition of new taxes, a recession, or a bump in interest rates. Remember the 2017 crash? The suburb market ground to a troubling halt because people feared that the introduction of a provincial foreign buyer tax would paralyze demand and drive down prices. It also happened in all markets when the mortgage rules changed. In both instances, the changes stopped buyers right in their tracks as sellers rushed to sell before the impending price declines. While the crash was short-lived, it serves as a cautionary tale as to how easily markets can turn because of any change in the status quo – whether it be taxes or mortgage rates.

Will Interest Rates Stay Low Forever? “Things are different today,” according to many real estate pundits. The government, as demonstrated by its efforts to keep bond yields down and its substantial financial support to the real estate industry, is demonstrating that it won’t let the housing market fail. But such blind optimism forgets that these measures were severe and intended to prevent a massive depression during the pandemic. The music will stop. In fact, the Bank of Canada has clearly stated interest rates will stay low until 2023 or until inflation makes living

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This Statistics Canada table suggests that more and more of us are extending to buy a home. While we are spending less on other consumables such as a cars and vacations, we’re not significantly curbing our spending habits to offset such mortgage related debt. What is more, this reflects the “exuberance” for the housing market reminiscent of the 1980s/90s bust. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/dailyquotidien/210119/cg-c001-eng.htm 8

Demand may drop in the suburbs and shift to the urban centres, thereby stimulating a “crash” in the suburbs and a “bubble” in cities.

just too expensive. But life already is; current Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures don’t accurately reflect the cost of living. The CPI doesn’t proportionately weigh where we spend more of our money – food costs and computers/electronics are underweighted while gas costs are overweighted. It also completely omits the things we spend the most on – such as meal delivery services! Finally, if you remove interest payments on mortgages from the CPI, you’ll see that inflation has been taking place as the CPI jumps 30% year over year. While changes to how we measure the CPI are coming in the summer of 2021, and these changes may better reflect reality, it’s safe to assume that life is simply more expensive. As such, the hidden reality that life already costs more, along with the expected bump in demand for certain services such as travel and restaurants in 2023, means inflation is inevitable and interest rates will inch up. And, if people don’t wisely pay down their mortgages and do continue to play the short-term flipping game, bankruptcies may ensue. What’s more, the assertion that the government won’t let the housing market fail, glosses over the fact that government tools are blunt tools that have a history of causing unintended trauma; they are not surgical instruments which is what Canada’s diverse housing market needs in the event of dip. For example, what happens if people suddenly realize that suburban living isn’t for them? What if internet structures, roads, schools, restaurants, cafes, and theatres aren’t built fast enough to make suburban living just as appealing as urban living? What if some employers demand that people return to offices and the commute becomes untenable? Then demand may drop in the suburbs and shift to the urban centres, thereby stimulating a crash in the suburbs and a bubble in cities. Immigration will not solve any dip in suburban demand – as the anticipated 1.2 million permanent residents in the next three years will mostly settle in urban centres (where immigrants settle is why I’m bullish on the urban market). In such situations, the government is disinclined to make any drastic policy changes to stimulate the suburban housing market as doing so would overstimulate Canada’s urban market. As such, the suburban flippers and stretched homeowners may find themselves underwater without a government life raft. When exuberance meets stretched budgets and “too big to fail” ideology, I get nervous. While my nightmarish description of the suburban market is certainly worst-case scenario, I still caution homebuyers to buy responsibly. In doing so, one’s dream home will be insulated from almost any economic nightmare.

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No Response Is Not an Option Community Groups Get Food to Those Who Need It Most BY LESLEY KENNY

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Feelings of insecurity are something we all share. We’re self-conscious about our looks, our mental and physical abilities, the decisions we need to make and have made. We wonder what others think about our lifestyles, our choices, our children.But food insecurity is something different.

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While some learned to put together meals from a box, many thousands of our fellow citizens staggered under the weight of incomes drastically reduced or cut off completely from job loss due to Covid-19 changes. Various financial and social agencies estimate that more than half of all working Canadians live paycheque to paycheque, and at least a quarter of us are overwhelmed by debt. And that was before the first wave of the pandemic.

The Daily Bread Food Bank (a network of suppliers for member agencies), Flemingdon Food Bank, Feed Scarborough (a Scarborough Food Security Initiative), Fort York Food Bank and the Parkdale Community Food Bank are just some of the food organizations that help families and individuals get through hard times – and hard lives. For every three Ontarians who access a food bank, one is a child. Local churches have also continued, or increased, their food drives or temporarily suspended food operations and accepted financial donations during various stages of the pandemic. Eglinton St. George United Church (ESG) set up an outdoor, publicly-accessible pantry stocked with nutritious food high in protein. As well as food, masks and hand sanitizer are left for those who need them. ESG members and friends participate in the Good Food Box Program through Food Share

(goodfoodbox.foodshare.net). This food boxes for H e programeprovides s art families experiencing food insecurity. f u lESG H e r ois currently providing 24 food boxes, once a month, for families in need.

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he right to adequate food is enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and, for many of us, it’s not even on our list of worries. When the pandemic struck last year, restaurants that were able to pivot did a booming business in takeout. Food delivery services became wildly popular. Some of us lined up early outside grocery stores to buy yeast to make bread… just for something to do.

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Community Fridges Toronto (CFTO) is a volunteer-run network of people actively fighting food insecurity. Fridges across the city are stocked with perishable items and maintained by volunteers. Jalil Bokhari initiated this community project that began with people volunteering a fridge and a space to host the take-what-you-need and leave-what-you-can outdoor food depots. The success of this project underscores the need and e a r tf u l H e r o es have stepped up to keep these public fridges individuals and H businesses well stocked and maintained. 5. In 2019, before the pandemic, tiny pantries began to spring up across neighbourhoods in the city. In an initiative called the Toronto Little Free Pantries Project, Toronto resident Melissa Castanheira was the first to stock and host a small pantry at the edge of her front yard. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have made and hosted these cupboard-like structures filled with non-perishable food items. Similar in look to the Little Free Libraries across the city, these pantries often have a woodenframed, chicken mesh door that opens to one or two shelves of free, non-perishable food. Sometimes people leave toiletries and baby food. Part of a global mini pantry movement, these outdoor cupboards appeared in more and more neighbourhoods during 2020. If you see one of these fridges or little pantries, they were put there for you, to leave food inside when you can and take food when you need. Volunteers involved in community food initiatives know well that food banks and public fridges and pantries are not answers to longstanding systemic food insecurity issues in our city, but they know that no response is not an option.

Eglinton St. George United Church outreach food pantry. Photo coutsey of ESG Church.

www.dailybread.ca Community Fridges Toronto on Instagram: @cf_to https://www.torontolittlefreepantriesproject.com/

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A Waterskiing Classic The J-Craft Re-emerges in Muskoka BY MATT DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF J-CRAFT CORPORATION

The beloved J-Craft is poised for a comeback. ife on the lakes is all about nostalgia. From vintage water skis mounted on the cottage wall to the location of the secret fishing spot passed down from generation to generation. Now a beloved watercraft that had largely disappeared from Muskoka is poised for a comeback. In the 1970s and 80s, the J-Craft was as ubiquitous on The Big Three lakes (Rousseau, Joseph and Muskoka) as the region’s signature Muskoka chairs. After all but disappearing over the last few decades, the J-Craft is making a resurgence in the region. That resurgence can largely be attributed to Chris Holmes, a water-skiing fanatic who has spent his life around marinas and is a lifelong fan of the J-Craft. “Most ski boats and surf boats are great technically but they’re boring to drive,” says Holmes. “They’re a bit like driving a minivan - very practical and efficient but not a ton of fun. The J-Craft is all about fun. It’ll go 70 miles an hour right out of the gate and the way they turn and drive is just incredible.” The J-Craft got its start in the 1960s under the watchful eye of owner John Jones. The watercraft reached its peak in popularity during the 1970s but by the 1990s the company was forced into bankruptcy, along with many other Ontario boat builders. In the years following, the J-Craft was built in very limited quantities by John Spaeth, who had originally been hired by J-Craft to construct the hulls of their watercraft. Holmes came by his love of the J-Craft naturally. He grew up splitting his time between Etobicoke and Parry Sound, where his family owned Crane Lake House, a lodge and marina. Holmes is now the owner of Moon River Marine, not far from the now-defunct Crane Lake House. “I was a big barefoot and slalom skier and up until about 1993 or 1994 I had three or four J-Crafts,” he says. >>

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in length and 94” in beam) reinvents the J-Craft as a family sport boat; large enough experience for the whole family.

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It’s now large enough to safely deliver a performance ride and driving experience for the whole family.

Greg Caver (standing on swim platform) with son Dux, Bruce Twibel and Barry Pettit after an awesome ski. “It feels fantastic…so responsive…so well built…I am so proud to now see my young son drive this boat. He’ll enjoy the same experiences I had with this new boat.” Greg Caver.

Several years ago, Holmes was doing work on an older J-Craft for a client in Muskoka and the job turned into much more than a typical restoration project. “It was looking pretty ugly when we got it but we totally redid it and it ended up beautiful,” he says. “I got the chance to test drive it and it all came back to me just how much fun they are to drive.” Holmes got in touch with John Spaeth in hopes of having him construct a J-Craft for Chris but unfortunately the original designs no longer met new boating regulations. Holmes delved into the research to find out what today’s boat enthusiasts were looking for and what he had to do to the J-Craft to have it meet those desires and the necessary regulations. According to Barry Pettit, J-Craft’s VP of marketing and sales, after a great deal of research and refinement, J-Craft was able to come up with a new design that has a much broader appeal to multiple market segments. 12

Scott Taylor enjoys the slalom course at the SumerSki tournament site in Milton in a J-Craft driven by Paul Roberts, Summerski Club owner, certified international judge and boat driver. “Skiers want the smallest wake possible with the best trackability down the slalom course. The J-Craft delivers the best of both,” says Roberts.

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Pettit says the new hull and interior configuration (now 21’ in length and 94” in beam) reinvents the J-Craft as a family sport boat. “It’s now large enough to safely deliver a performance ride and driving experience for the whole family,” he says. “It’s just amazing fun to drive and ride in.” The essential design elements that deliver an exceptional skiing and barefooting experience for recreational and tournament skiers alike have been engineered into the new boat, while improving the bow area of the hull to handle rough water well. “Yes, it’s about nostalgia, but this is not an old boat. This is twice as robust as the old J-Craft,” says Holmes. “It’s more of a rebirth using all of the latest products available.” Drew McMillin, a host with PowerBoat Television, is one of the fortunate few who has driven the new J-Craft. “I grew up a die-hard water skier and you would see them all over the place but I haven’t been in one since I was a kid,” says McMillin, who test drove the new J-Craft for his show in the autumn of 2020.

The Blue Printed Hull Design makes for a perfect hull every time. It eliminates the inconsistencies that are inevitable with handmade hulls. Use of sophisticated CAD/CAM technology delivers the perfect, symmetrical hull every time Below:The Knight Family, mom and dad – Jeff and Val with the next generation, Paul and Emily (driving) share their excitement about the new J-Craft. “The speed out of the hole was so smooth, it was effortless…the way the hull tracks a straight line and delivers fantastic control in tight corners is incredible,” says Emily Knight.

“It’s a nostalgia trip but it was also my favourite boat to drive last summer,” he says. “You’re so close to the water and it turns on a dime. They just dig right in and they’ll never skip.” McMillin says driving the J-Craft is still as simple and intuitive as it was with the originals but the new design adds a great deal to the package. Holmes has now moved his factory to Parry Sound and hopes to be able to produce 12 to 14 J-Crafts every year.

He says his main goal is to help get kids back on the water again. “I know a lot of camps and ski schools have a hard time affording these brand-new ski boats and my main objective is just to get kids skiing again,” he says. The new J-Craft is currently available at Gordon Bay Marine in MacTier, Ontario, and at Desjardins Marine in Sainte-Adèle, Quebec. Find out more at j-craft.com Email: chrish@j-craft.com

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

The outdoor firepit overlooks breathtaking views of Lake Muskoka. Photo by: Kelly Tomlinson

A Lakeside Cottage Retreat Infused with Scandinavian Spirit PHOTOGRAPHY BY SABRINA AT THE NORTH STUDIO & KELLY TOMLINSON

Based in Port Carling, Red Bean Interior Design focuses on a design ethos driven to create homes their clients will love.

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style that values minimalism and functionality inspired the vision of Red Bean Interior Design’s principal Amanda McLennan when it came time to tackle her own family’s vintage 1970s cottage renovation. Located on 200 feet of Lake Muskoka shoreline, McLennan and her husband sought to transform its dark and dated interiors to create a spacious, light-filled

getaway for their family of five. Merging Scandinavian design principles with the comforts of a farmhouse cottage was the ideal pairing to create a clean look and a contemporary space inspired by the family’s recent trip to Sweden.

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The granite fireplace was painted white to modernize the open-concept living room and adjacent kitchen. Photo by: Sabrina at The North Studio

“We are a family of five and creating lots of space for our growing family was important ,” says McLennan. “Renovations always pose challenges and inspire great creative thinking to tackle limitations,” she says, “from existing structures as well as implementing additions.” With its overall vibe rooted distinctly in Scandinavian style, there’s a serenity here that matches the natural landscape of the Muskokas. Marked by its clean, simple lines, and with hidden functional features tucked beneath the exterior beauty of natural and bright woods, a soft neutral colour scheme with pops of black and tan allow the indoors to echo the outdoor calm. The most surprising part of this project was in the unfolding of the finished cottage and its invitation to welcome the beauty of Muskoka into the very essence of the space’s infrastructure.

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McLennan worked with Otley Design to create custom front doors and sliding barn doors in the entryway. Photo by: Sabrina at The North Studio

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Living in Muskoka is such an incredible gift, and being inspired by bright airy spaces that allow the beautiful landscape to fully emerge is what we do best.

The kitchen island provides additional seating while waterfront views can be enjoyed by the chef and diners alike. Photo by: Sabrina at The North Studio

It was particularly breathtaking for McLennan to discover “just how

incredible the views are of the lake from the

comfort of the living room.” Bright spaces that become a part of the day’s natural rhythms from sunrise to sunset make living in a Scandi-modern space all the more appealing, and in particular when nestled amid the sights and sounds of mother nature. The interior designer credits the process of change as her favourite part of this project – letting go of the old space in favour of accepting something much more thoughtful and useful to accommodate her family’s needs and desires. McLennan created new floor plans to elevate the flow of space while thoughtful furniture layouts truly redefined the entire experience of family time at the cottage. With custom cabinetry designed by Red Bean, hardware by Emtek and Top Knobs, and lighting by Hudson Valley, the fixtures and appliances have a recognizable stamp of Red Bean’s style in every room, and the design house supplied all the furnishings as the perfect complement to its pleasing, modern aesthetic. The shiplap throughout the entire cottage was supplied by Muskoka Lumber, giving that rustic yet crisp appearance to the space.

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The main floor master bedroom boasts double doors to a private deck overlooking the lake. Photo by: Sabrina at The North Studio

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The laundry room and mudroom keep everything tucked away in a wall of cabinets and can accommodate plenty of visitors. Photo by: Kelly Tomlinson

Based in Port Carling, Red Bean Interior Design focuses on a design ethos driven to create homes their clients will love. The majority of its projects are local cottages where they apply a mix of coastal style and modern farmhouse–a reflection of what McLennan has achieved within her own getaway. “Living in Muskoka is such an incredible gift,” she says, “and being inspired by bright airy spaces that allow the beautiful landscape to fully emerge is what we do best.”

A large loft with bathroom was added above the two-car garage. Photo by: Sabrina at The North Studio

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Must Haves HAVENCOLLINGWOOD.COM

Haven

Home and Gift BY ANDREW HIND

Located in Collingwood’s vibrant downtown, Haven offers permanent and seasonal residents cozy, comfortable, stylish living.

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ounded in 2018, by Cathie Lee and sister-in-law Janice Gardiner, Haven operates out of an historic building in Collingwood’s vibrant downtown. The shop’s products are hand-picked for uniqueness and reflect both tasteful elegance and the small-town charm that makes Collingwood distinctive. “Our products range from home décor and pillows, to rugs, wall hangings, and candles,” says Cathie Lee. “The focus is on sophisticated nautical in the summer, transitioning to cozy chalet in the winter. Everything we sell celebrates the beautiful southern Georgian Bay community.”

Himalayan Candles

These stunning 2-wick candles are poured with soy wax in a natural mango wood tray reminiscent of driftwood to give your home that relaxing beach-like feel. They are finished with raffia tassels and a leather dust cover to keep your scent fresh.

Cathie notes that patrons appreciate that many items sold by Haven are crafted by local artisans. It makes customers feel good knowing their purchases support local small businesses. “A lot of our customers are people migrating from Toronto to Collingwood who want to decorate their home or office,” says Cathie. “This trend has only accelerated over the past year, since the pandemic began.” Haven offers everything you need to transform your home or office into an oasis of good living that blends comfort and style.

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Ticking Pillows (Navy)

This French classic ticking stripe never goes out of style. Made large for layering, it is a wonderful addition to any sofa and bed. Complete with a premium feather down filled for fabulous fluff factor and comfort you’ll want to sink your head into. We have featured the Navy colour as it brings a nautical look to your spring or summer decor that one may be looking to achieve around that time of year.

Beach Typewriter Sign

These typewriter signs are reminiscent of a time when people manually typed letters to their loved ones on a single sheet of airmail paper that folded into an envelope. Postage was dear so paragraphs were ignored and words were crammed to fit. This specific sign features a love letter to the beach! Highlighting all the things we love about being at the beach. The perfect addition to your beach home, or cottage.

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Ultra Faux Leather Pouf

Sleek and warm at the same time, this pouf offers a minimalist charm to many modern spaces. It features a beautiful light taupe faux leather colour and a simple white baseball stitching that adds a modern tailored look. It is the perfect accent detail to bring added warmth to your modern clean spaces.

Large Wood Heart Beads

These wood bead garlands make the perfect accent piece for your home. Also known as “coffee table beads” or “blessing beads” they are used to drape over your favourite home decor to add a layering effect and instantly bring rustic warmth to wherever they are used.

Collingwood Themed Prints Fringe Throw Blanket (Taupe, White and Grey)

These classic white throws are made with 100% cotton with an adorable Pom Pom trim. They are so soft and comfy, and bring a beautiful texture to your living room or bedroom decor. The woven fringe details also add the perfect beach vibe to your space.

These simple but modern prints are all done by local Collingwood artist Claire Reyes. They feature Collingwood’s most iconic landmark and our favourite phrase, “Collingwood is always a good idea.” They make lovely additions to your home, whether they are framed as your very own art work or sent with love as a postcard!

Paulownia Wood Tray/Paulownia Wood Accent Balls

We carry many different shapes and styles of decor in our Paulownia wood. The natural, weathered look of the wood brings warmth and character to your home. We have candle holders, bowls and trays all made from this beautiful wood. It can be paired with a variety of other woods as well, and are great for any area in your home. WWW.CHESTNUTPARK .COM // C H E S T N U T PA R K R E A L E S TAT E L I M I T ED, B R O K ER AG E // WWW.INVESTINST YLE .CA

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The Art of

Dani Cooperman BY NATALKA FALCOMER PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANI COOPERMAN

Toronto artist preserves our city by preserving its history.

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ani Cooperman, a Toronto artist whose works pop in homes across the world, has spent years ducking into back alleys to capture things since past. Her art , exhibited in galleries all over the world and star-studded art shows such as Saving Banksy and Art Basel, weaves together the physical with her experience of the alley, street and city. And very often these experiences involve uncovering – and preserving through her art - the history and imprints left by those who’ve lived in Toronto, one of the world’s most diverse and rapidly changing cities. Perhaps it ’s the age or it ’s the culture but some of Europe’s most stunning cities have one thing in common – the enmeshing of history with the present. For example, Parisians take pride in the restrictive development rules that preserve their city’s history by preserving its aesthetic. Paris, and cities that take a similar stance, have an unduplicable patina. Toronto has lagged in such preservation, as observed by Dani. Until the Distillery District. It ’s with this development that we took pride in the people who built the city, and the markings left behind by them. And it ’s following the success of this development that we’ve seen a greater effort to incorporate the old with the new. In nearly a decade of work snapping pictures while walking through the streets and hidden corners of Toronto, Dani documents how the city has changed. Most notably, what we classify as art. What was illegal – graffiti – and decried as vandalism is now coveted as art. But such a shift didn’t happen without resistance as Ontario Premier Doug Ford mandated that all graffiti be “whitewashed.” A public outcry, including artists taking to the streets with their spray cans, stopped this mandate swiftly.

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“I like to include a funny character in each of my pieces, and this one features a giant Godzilla foot squashing a repentant boyfriend. The title of the piece is ‘ Thanks Gordie Baby’ which is a lyric from another Canadian legend, singer-songwriter and activist Gord Downie”.

Thankfully so, as Toronto’s buildings were not only used for political expression, but are also a source of attraction; wedding photos include the graffiti art found at Queen and Bathurst , and tourists come from all over the world to take pictures of the stunning work. What ’s more, graffiti, in Canada and around the world, is often used to spread messages of hope, community and survival. Dani believes that this movement towards preserving a part of our community and who we are through street art is now a part of the larger Toronto cultural tapestry. Her favourite haunts are Kensington Market and the alleys of Queen and Bathurst. Her art captures her appreciation of graffiti by overlaying it into her own work. It also captures the city’s movement through time. Dani snapped the iconic Honest Ed’s, where many immigrants (my parents included) lined up for the basics. Dani describes her process and inspiration for this vital piece in preserving Toronto’s story. “Each of my pieces tells its own story. The photograph I took of this site did not have any graffiti in it. However, as I took the photo, I was hyper aware of my surroundings which informed street art elements and tags that I designed and photoshopped into the original photo. I shot images in the Honest Ed’s alleyway shortly before the building was torn down. I wanted to capture not only

this historic building, but its massive impact on Toronto and my own connection to it. As I took this photograph these visions floated through my head as I saw the alleyway alive with vivid street art.” In all of her pieces, Dani takes the intangible and makes it tangible – the sounds, smells and feeling of her surroundings are incorporated in her work. Her method of taking pictures specifically to capture a moment in our past , using “good ol’ fashioned” paint and then leveraging modern technology to produce her art , is a metaphor for what she’s doing through her art: mixing the old and the new. Just as Toronto has been put on the cultural map, so have our artists. As Dani notes, “Canada has an admirable reputation in the global art world, and if you look at our small population, the amount of internationally recognized artists is truly amazing.” Such recognition will likely grow as the pandemic kicked off a trend that shifted collectors’ interests from international to local artists. While this could be a product of collectors needing to see before they buy, thereby making international artists inaccessible, it ’s only a small part of the story as galleries such as the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal has committed their walls from 2020 to 2021 to only Quebec artists. >>

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“Big Hoop Attitude” limited edition print 60” x 40” mixed media.

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“Hustle the Respect ” limited edition print 55” x 55” mixed media.

Dani’s works are a guardian of Toronto’s history and evolution and serve an important function as Toronto, undoubtably, will continue on its path towards being one of the best cities in the world in which to live, work and play. danicooperman.com Email: art@danicooperman.com

Dani Cooperman working on the finishing touches of “’Here Be Lions” 40” x 72” mixed media.

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Algonquin Outfitters

The Heart of Muskoka’s Outdoor Adventure Culture BY ANNA CIPOLLONE PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ALGONQUIN OUTFITTERS

Algonquin Outfitters located at 86 Main Street East , Huntsville, Ontario.

For 60 years, the family owned and operated company has offered up everything from canoe rentals and camping gear to technical clothing and accessories, engaging and inspiring its community to get outside in every season.

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ounded by Bill and Wendy Swift , Algonquin Outfitters started as a single outpost serving the athletic and nature-bound expeditioners of Muskoka in 1961. “Bill had come to a camp in Algonquin Park as a youth and fallen in love with it ,” says Marketing Manager Randy Mitson. “He was working for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY, at the time and decided he was interested in relocating to Canada and founding a great outdoor adventure company.” Now owned by second generation Rich Swift – Bill Sr.’s son – and Sue Swift , along with the third generation working hands-on in the company, at its roots it ’s a very family-oriented business. That dedication to how the company is run spreads itself to the surrounding community through support of several charitable foundations, contests and

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live events that keep the community engaged year-round. “We’re a very unique, diversified company,” explains Mitson. With 12 stores, all within Algonquin Park , Muskoka, and Haliburton, each location is different with its own selection and flavour to offer. “Since all our stores are in our own backyard, we kind of compete with ourselves,” he says. The Huntsville store is the company’s retail powerhouse, with an impressive selection of stylish, technical clothing, and outdoor gear for both men and women. From the canoe tripping stores at Oxtongue Lake and Lake Opeongo, to the Lake of Two Rivers restaurant and general store, to the retail stores in Bracebridge, Port Carling, Haliburton and Minden, every location has its own vibe that extends from the tradition and culture of Algonquin

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Algonquin Outfitters’ Port Carling location is a relatively new addition to the Algonquin Outfitters family. Located at 119 Medora Street Steamboat Bay Port Carling, Ontario.

AO Swifty’s Surf and Snow is a new addition to the Algonquin Outfitters family. Located at 60 Manitoba Street Bracebridge, Ontario.

Outfitters as it still exists today. During the winter, find Algonquin Outfitters at ski hills Hidden Valley and Sir Sam’s; in the summer, a whitewater school on the Gull River between Haliburton and Minden is open to anyone who wants to try paddling white water kayaks with the guidance of an instructor. “Right now, there’s a big demand for outdoors,” says Mitson. And with last year’s supplier shortages on bikes and certain kayak brands, the company is working hard to prepare for what’s sure to be its busiest season yet. “We are doing everything possible to keep stock and get people the products they want.” “Rich and Sue believe in supporting local community charities and it’s Algonquin Outfitters carries everything from hiking, canoeing, and kayaking gear, to the necessities of lounging fireside.

key to our business,” says Mitson, noting that several endeavours and events throughout the year benefit different local organizations. >>

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The company supports Huntsville-based food bank The Table Soup Kitchen Foundation every fall with a coat drive that typically brings in 100 coats, while a Christmas charity provides a couple of families in need with everything on their Santa wish list. With the biennial paddle art charity, contributors design paddle blanks that are auctioned off online – with everything from an electric guitar paddle to a stained-glass paddle, there’s an impressive range of creativity that often goes beyond decorative painting. Contests like the annual Ice Out contest asks entrants to guess the ice out date for Lake Opeongo to win a gift card, while the monthly photo contest and gift card draw give plenty of ongoing opportunities to win. As we all prepare for a much-needed summer season ahead, our collective thirst for the great outdoors and connection to nature, exploration, and nearby adventure is more prevalent than ever before. Algonquin Outfitters offers all this as a pillar for community that inspires, engages and supports locals in their quest for well-being and leisure across all four seasons.

Algonquin Outfitters offers everything from canoe rentals and camping gear to technical clothing and accessories.

Earth Tones, Nature’s Neutrals and Sweet Sunset Hues Are on the Horizon for Spring and Summer

Gear up for the warm months ahead with fashion picks primed for cottage season–for everything from hiking, canoeing, kayaking and, of course, lounging fireside. SHOP.ALGONQUINOUTFITTERS.COM

Helly Hansen Thalia Dress $89.98

OBOZ Sypes Low Hiking Shoe $189.98 Fjallraven Abisko Lite Short $135.00

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L.L. Bean Anorak $99.98

Patagonia Baggies Shorts in Mellow Melon $69.98

Mountain Khaki Spalding Shirt $69.98

Vuori Ripstop Climber Pant $104.98

OBOZ Sypes Mid Hiking Shoe $209.98

Herschel Fifteen Hip Pack $39.98

Fjallraven Abisko Trail Tight $184.98

Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Fleece Pullover in Mangrove/Henna Brown $149.98

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

She is also an advocate for mental health and wellness.

Community Food Centres Canada A Place to Grow, Cook, Share, and Advocate CFCC now has 15 community food centres in nine provinces across Canada where, on average, an individual will visit eight times a month to eat a healthy meal and take the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive community.

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The weekly, outdoor, affordable produce market. Harmony Community Food Centre in Toronto. Photo by Jeff Speed

n September 2020, Community Food Centres Canada released

“Make no mistake,” says Nick Saul, CEO of Community Food Centres

a report on what it is like to live with food insecurity in

Canada and one of the contributors to the report, “this is not a new

Canada. They knew that 4.5 million Canadians were having

problem. While food insecurity has

trouble affording food and that within the first two months of

been exacerbated by Covid, this was

the pandemic that number rose by 39%. Food insecurity that

a crisis in our country long before,

affected one in eight people pre-Covid had now reached one

and the solution goes well beyond

in seven, disproportionately affecting low-income and BIPOC (Black,

emergency food assistance. It is not a

Indigenous, People of Colour) communities. When compiling data for

problem of food availability,” says Saul,

their Beyond Hunger Report, CFCC spoke to affected Canadians and

“but of inadequate social programs,

found that people are not only worried about feeding their families, they

systemic racism, and precarious

are also skipping medications and isolating to hide their struggle from

employment. In other words, a

family and friends. The report also highlights that food insecurity leads

staggering number of people simply

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Nick Saul, CEO, Community Food Centres Canada

cannot afford to feed themselves and their families.”

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Volunteers preparing healthy take-out meals for community members at The Table Community Food Centre located in Perth, Ontario. Photo courtesy of The Table CFC.

Nine years ago, Saul and a dedicated group of people set out to do better. They began to re-imagine the way that communities could work to combat food insecurity and wanted to create spaces and a range of programming that was more participatory and less stigmatizing than traditional methods - spaces where people could come together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food. Community Food Centres Canada was established in 2012 and set out to create centres across the country that offered healthy meals and initiatives such as community gardens, community kitchens, fresh market stands, and programming to help people push for greater equity and justice. All this in an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment. CFCC now has 15 community food centres in nine provinces across Canada where, on average, an individual will visit eight times a month to eat a healthy meal and take the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive community. In addition to the centres, CFCC has created a platform of Good Food Organizations, now 300 strong; these organizations are not full-fledged CFCCs but operate across the country to address food insecurity in their communities, in the spirit of the CFCC model. “From the beginning, it was a simple idea,” says Nick, “to treat people with dignity and respect after they have experienced so many indignities in their life. With support, people can overcome enormous barriers to get back on their feet because ultimately that’s what people aspire to do - they are not lazy or poor budgeters. Poverty is not a character flaw. There are very clear structural reasons why people struggle to make ends meet.” Nick and his colleagues have made it part of the CFCC mandate to advocate for equity for all and believe that such things as child tax benefits, a minimum wage that ensures people can live with dignity and health, and having a strong employment insurance system in place so when people need help, they can get back on their feet, are all integral to creating a more inclusive and fair society.

Working in the community garden at Hamilton Community Food Centre. Photo courtesy of Hamilton CFC

Community Food Centres Canada is working to expand and has its sights set on getting another five centres up and running by 2022. “When you create beautiful, respectful spaces that prioritize people before anything else, good things happen.” says Saul.

For more information about Community Food Centres Canada and to read the Beyond Hunger report, visit www.beyondhunger.ca For a full list of community food centres by province, visit www.cfccanada.ca Community Food Centres Canada has continued to be staffed throughout the pandemic. Through meal pick-up and home food delivery, its centres have helped over 500,000 Canadians. They also took their programming online and, with the help of generous donations, were able to give grocery cards to those in need. Chestnut Park is proud to be a supporter of CFCC. Many of our agents work personally to support the CFCC cause and as a company we made a financial donation that we hope will help to alleviate food insecurity throughout Covid, and beyond.

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Pukka

BY LESLEY KENNY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PUKKA

Full-service Indian restaurant on St. Clair, take-out-only on Yonge Street, and more coming.

Pukka sources the majority of their meats from Roast, their neighbour on St. Clair, and use PEI grass-fed beef. Their duck breast is from Brome Lake, Quebec, and fish from a sustainable fish monger. Their menu includes fresh, seasonal vegetarian and vegan options.

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he first thing I ask co-owner Derek Valleau about his St. Clair Avenue Indian food restaurant, should be obvious.

His (oh-so-Canadian) answer: “The first syllable rhymes with puck, as in hockey puck.” The word “pukka” is both olde English and Hindi and can mean well-cooked, done well, genuine and welcome – as in, welcome to one of Toronto’s most popular Indian restaurants. The full-service restaurant on St Clair opened in 2013 and enjoyed a brisk take-out business well before the pandemic struck. In recent months, their popularity, and high customer ratings, have grown. And for good reason.

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“All the kitchen staff are of Indian origin so they are all cooking classic Indian recipes. To me, it’s all about the ingredients and the process. We offer about 10 main courses, and incorporate four base sauces,” says Derek. The emphasis is on northern Indian cuisine. While the food is “strictly Indian, with additional dishes from other regions of the sub-continent,” according to Derek, the desserts are more western, but with an Indian twist – like chai-flavoured caramel sauce added to sticky toffee pudding, and a pinch of chili added to flourless dark chocolate terrine to give it a bit of heat. Inventive cocktails include a margarita with tamarind, giving it a hint of spicy sweetness, or a sprinkle of powdered garam masala for a garnish.

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Pukka Pukka located at 2633 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario.

A sommelier since the late 90s, Derek says he has a “passion for upscale, refined, Indian food. Bringing the wine and the food together has been my thing.” I ask him the question that often comes up when friends get together for Indian food: what’s the best wine? According to Derek, the short answer is: aromatic whites (like Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and the Austrian Grüner Veltliner) and light-bodied reds. For the longer and tastier answer, sign up for one of their wine tasting evenings, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample two different wines with each course in a five-course meal, sitting around a table sharing plates with 15 others. When we can do that again. The owners are looking to open a second takeout spot for takeout and delivery. The new place will offer heat-and-serve options, frozen items and cottage mix-and-match kits. It’s likely they will be hugely successful – Derek and co-owner Harsh Chawla opened their Yonge Street takeout-and-delivery-only restaurant, Pukka Pukka, in March of 2020 – seven days before indoor dining was closed due to the pandemic. This summer, if all goes well, Pukka is expanding their St. Clair patio from eight to 30 seats. “It’ll be a great place to hang out in the evening, enjoy a great bottle of wine, and share small plates of delicious food, family-style,” says Derek. Derek Valleau says that he and Indian-born co-owner, Harsh Chawla, “bring to the table a nice balance of cultural richness of India, and my long history in the food and beverage industry in Toronto. We put a lot of effort into our staff so that they understand the food – a lot of people come here for their first-ever Indian meal.”

Pukka: 778 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, Ontario Phone: 416 342 1906 pukka.ca PUKKA PUKKA: 2633 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario Phone: 416 293 260 pukkapukka.ca

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Lesley Kenny is a professional writer and editor with 20+

years of experience with lifestyle, literary, and academic publications. She is the editorial editor for Invest in Style.

Lion’s Head Provincial Park PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR NULLMEYER

A day hike to restore your lionhearted soul

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hat do you get when you combine ancient cliffs, one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world, and a breathtaking section of Canada’s oldest and longest trail?

You get to stand on a lion’s head and roar. Fierce, fearless and free – we could all use some lion spirit about now. Lion’s Head Provincial Park rises above the shores of Georgian Bay in the Bruce Peninsula. The park, a reserve, is home to one of the most ancient forest ecosystems in North America as well as numerous species of rare plants. Ontario’s oldest tree, an eastern white cedar believed to be over 1,330 years old, grows from the cliffs here. If you think the potholes on your street are bad, climb inside one of the park’s 10,000-year-old pot holes, formed during the last ice age, for some perspective. The 525-hectare park exists to protect the plants, rocks and limestone cliffs that form part of the Niagara Escarpment, one of thirteen UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in Canada. What does all this mean for park visitors? Tread lightly, leave nothing behind but footprints and take nothing but photos (but please, no cliff-edge selfies!). Lion’s Head Provincial Park is about a three-hour drive northwest of Toronto and less than two hours northwest of Collingwood. The Bruce Trail loops around the park for about 17 km – a five-to-seven-hour day hike. The McCurdy Trail Head is the main entrance to the Bruce Trail here and is relatively flat and wide at the beginning – but don’t let this fool you; it soon narrows and you’ll have your eyes on your feet to navigate the rocks and tree roots. >>

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Although the five-to-seven-hour hike around the park is rated “moderate,” you need proper footwear and you’ll be looking at it for much of the hike as you navigate rocks and roots. But heads up when you reach the ancient cliff edge!

When you get to the Lion’s Head Lookout (about an hour from the start), you’ll stop looking at your feet because you won’t be moving for awhile. The view from the 60-metre tall (200 feet) cliff edge is considered one of the most spectacular views along the almost 900-kilometre Bruce Trail. From atop the lookout (this is the lion’s head shape) you’ll have an unobstructed view of Georgian Bay, the northeast arm of Lake Huron. Directly below, the rocky shore is visible through crystal clear turquoise water. Think Caribbean – but colder. When you’re standing on the cliff edge, either at the lookout or elsewhere along the trail, think about the fact you’re standing on 450-million-year-old rock, and that the drop below is steeper than Niagara Falls.

Lion’s Head Provincial Park is about a three-hour drive northwest of Toronto and less than two hours northwest of Collingwood.

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The view from the lookout, and the many cliff edge views along the trail, do not have guardrails so it’s not a hike for very young children.

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The Bruce Trail winds around Lion’s Head Provincial Park for about 17 kilometres. This is a no-service park so be sure to pack in some water and snacks.

You’re permitted to bring your dog, but only on a leash. Officially, the trail is rated “moderate,” but if you’re new to hiking you should know that this means it can be challenging in spots and all of it requires proper footwear. It will be just you and Mother Nature so pack in some water and snacks. Correction: it won’t be just you and Mother Nature. It’s a popular spot so the earlier you head out in the morning, the less people traffic you’ll encounter, especially from May to October. But the good part about other people on the trail is that they help keep away the Black Bears. Sadly, the same can’t be said for the mosquitoes. When you stand on the Lion’s Head and look across the enormous expanse of Georgian Bay, don’t be surprised if the wind gets knocked out of your roar. It’s okay to stand still and take the deepest breath you’ve taken all year.

There are many lookout points along the 450-million-year-old cliff edge on the Niagara Escarpment, one of 13 UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in Canada.

NOTE: The Moore Street Side Trail was closed in the summer of 2020 by the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Access to the Lion’s Head Lookout is now only available from the main trail entrance at the McCurdy parking lot or at the end of Cemetery Road. Check: www.ontarioparks.com/park/lionshead for updates before heading out.

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

Mazda

Celebrates a Century A small two-seater, two-tone coupe was the very first Mazda passenger car. Introduced in May of 1960, the diminutive but stylish Mazda R360 was a ground-breaking instant hit with Japanese consumers. Sales soared to a 64.8 per cent share of the micro-car market by year end.

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he foundation of Mazda dates back to 1920. It was launched as a cork manufacturing company in Hiroshima, Japan, where Mazda is still headquartered. Then known as Toyo Kogyo, it

soon morphed into a tool manufacturing company and the name Mazda first appeared on a threewheel motorized delivery vehicle called Mazda-Go, in the late 1920s. >>

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These two major Mazda milestones are incorporated in a limited production run of specially equipped, top line 100th Anniversary Edition (100AE) commemorative Mazda vehicles. A white and red colour theme pays homage to that original two-tone R360 and these specially equipped vehicles are also identifiable by: • Unique Snowflake White Pearl exterior paint. • Garnet Red leather upholstery with embossed 100AE logo headrests. • Red floor carpets and mats with unique 100AE Mazda first appeared on a three-wheel motorized delivery vehicle called Mazda-Go.

motif. • A special key fob embossed with 100AE logo. • 100th AE emblems on front fenders and

In the late 1920s. Jujiro Matsuda the 2nd president and founder of Toyo Kogyo Co. Ltd .

wheel c entre-caps. “Different regions chose which models to offer the 100AE package on, and in Canada we chose some of our most popular models: Mazda3 and Mazda3 Sport, MX-5 and MX-5 RF, CX-5, and CX-9,” according to Chuck Riemer, of Mazda Canada. The 100AE carline mix for Canada is 1,377 100AE units, in total. So, if you buy a Mazda3 100AE, for example, it would be one of 276 available, in all of Canada.

Mazda3 100th Anniversary Edition A Wolf in Pearly White Clothing

A gnarly turbocharged 2.5 litre engine sleeps beneath the hood. It’s a growly (in a good way) sounding engine, when awakened and pushed to produce its 250 hp and even more impressive 320 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel-drive is also included in a move up to 100AE, over the GT edition of Mazda3. And overall this is a highly refined compact sedan with a luxurious interior, an impressive array of high-tech features, a terrific Bose audio system and excellent road-handling dynamics. In addition to all of the already mentioned 100AE features, the first owner also receives a commemorative gift package. This includes a detailed 1:43 scale model of the iconic Mazda R360 (Mazda’s first passenger car) and a photo book documenting Mazda’s 100-year heritage. Mazda is a fully independent company that sells vehicles in over 150 countries. Yet, it’s a relatively small volume auto maker and well outside the top ten of global volume leaders. Canada is ranked as the fifth largest consumer of Mazda vehicles. And in terms of auto market share, Mazda vehicles do sell better here than in either the USA or China. “We have 163 dealers across Canada, which employ an estimated total of 4,260 people,” according to Riemer. 38

Crafted for a sophisticated drive, the Mazda3 offers exceptional performance with refined, premium finishings. One of the only sedans in Canada with available all-wheel-drive, the Mazda3 seamlessly integrates capability and luxury to offer a singular driving experience. Photo by: Bob McHugh

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The 100th Anniversary Edition Mazda CX-9 is equipped with some distinguished interior features: garnet red Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery, matching floor carpet , in red, and matching floor mats in red, featuring 100th Anniversary Edition badging Headrests embossed with 100th Anniversary Edition logo, and painted centre console panel. Photos by: Bob McHugh

Stylish and sporty products are a hallmark of a company that also tends to do things a bit differently than everyone else. The rotary engine, the revival of an affordable lightweight roadster sports car and more recently its ultra-efficient SkyActive technologies are some examples. “That’s still a core tenet of our operations,” said Riemer, “to make something no one else can or persevere on a challenge the industry has given up on. As you’ve seen with our products over the past few years, we have started to shift our focus towards something we call Mazda Premium.”

Chuck Reimer, Product Communications Manager at Mazda Canada Inc

Sure, Mazda is not regarded as a luxury brand name, yet its award-winning products are generally considered as better than mainstream, and its top “Signature” trim levels can certainly compete with premium brands. “As we move forward,” according to Riemer, “we will continue on this path of making better products that challenge traditional conceptions, and start to step on the toes of premium brands.”

Riemer on Mazda milestone products: “The third generation RX-7 (FD) was a highlight for me, in my enthusiast-formative years. And there’s nothing like the Mazda MX-5. People don’t really get it until they drive it, but when they do, it just puts a smile on your face that you can’t get rid of. Top down on a warm, summer day and going for a drive, is what the MX-5 is all about, and nothing does it better.” Riemer’s own Mazda memories: “My personal history with Mazda started well before my career at the company. My first experience driving a manual transmission was in a used 1991 Mazda 626 sedan my dad brought home. The next car was a 1992 Mazda Protégé, again with a manual transmission, and it came with me when I moved out of my parents’ house. These cars formed the basis of my affinity for Mazda and have a special place in my heart.” Riemer on future Mazda products: “We’ve already announced our future ‘large platform’ that will underpin future models, and will feature an inline six-cylinder engine. We are also launching our first mass-production EV later this year, and we’ll have more to say about our electrification strategy as that launch approaches.”

WHAT’S IN A NAME? The Mazda name is generally associated with Ahura Mazda, also known as the Lord of Light or God of Wisdom. Apparently, the Japanese pronunciation of the Toyo Kogyo company founder’s surname, Jujiro Matsuda, also sounds similar to “Mazda.” And Toyo Kogyo officially became the Mazda Motor Corporation in 1984.

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Liberty Village offers the consummate live-work-play urban lifestyle set against a backdrop of Industrial-era converted heritage buildings.

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Liberty Village BY LESLEY KENNY PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR NULLMEYER

Toronto’s fastest-growing downtown neighbourhood, Liberty Village offers the consummate live-work-play urban lifestyle set against a backdrop of Industrial-era converted heritage buildings. Bounded between Dufferin Street on the west and Strachan Avenue along the east, the Gardiner Expressway marks the southern border and vibrant King Street West, the north.

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istoric and happening, Liberty Village offers a mix of the oldest and newest buildings in Toronto. The majority of residents here are young (under 40) professionals and entrepreneurs who work downtown, within the neighbourhood itself, or from home.

Industrial-era red brick buildings anchor the west end of this neighbourhood. Most of these heritage properties were converted into office spaces, loft condos, and commercial use like banks, breweries and a popular bakery. Built at the turn of the last century, the impressive four-storey Toronto Carpet Manufacturing Company Limited retains the building name but now offers contemporary offices coveted for their design, natural light and high ceilings (some as high as 22’). The former Inglis factory, maker of wartime weapons and the kitchen appliances of your youth, is now home to the Liberty Market Galleria and popular neighbourhood pub, one of many in Liberty Village. The old Irwin Toy plant at 43 Hanna Street (think Frisbees, Etch-a-Sketch, Slinkies and Sailor Moon), was transformed into the iconic Toy Factory Lofts, completed in 2008, with a mix of hard and soft lofts. New-builds in Liberty Village are mostly one- and two-bedroom condos as well as a few townhouses. Many condo units offer skyhigh lake views and terraces large enough for entertaining. Floorto-ceiling windows in condos and townhouses flood these homes with natural light. While it is true that the shining condos along the south side of Liberty Street appear to dwarf the neighbourhood, when you’re walking around Liberty Village the vibe is… village. Tree-lined streets lead to cafés, pubs and restaurants, where groups of friends linger on patios (fingers crossed they will again soon). Upscale shops and an eclectic mix of retail draw visitors from across the city, as do a variety of microbreweries with outdoor seating. A number of gyms, fitness centres, yoga studios and a rock-climbing facility are popular with residents.

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Liberty Village Park has a playground for kids and is the outdoor summer venue for family-friendly movie nights.

So are dogs. Furry friends are so popular here that a dog run was added on Western Battery Street. There’s an animal hospital, pet supply stores, doggie daycare, and the vast majority of condos allow medium-sized pooches. Liberty Village Park is the outdoor summer venue for familyfriendly movie nights and performances by the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. The small park is located in the centre of the neighbourhood with a playground for kids and (there’s no good segue here) a piece of history on the east side, where some of the chapel wall remains from one of Toronto’s first men’s prisons. A few blocks west you can catch Toronto Argo practice games and Wolfpack home games at Lamport Stadium… once the site of a reformatory for “incorrigible” women. Once Toronto’s oldest area of industry, this location later became known as an artists’ colony before it grew into the mini-mecca of startups it is today. Media, tech and music companies headquarter here, as well as studios for design, photography and marketing, and an academy for acting.

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The old Irwin Toy plant at 43 Hanna Street was transformed into the iconic Toy Factory Lofts, with a mix of hard and soft lofts.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows in condos and townhouses flood these homes with natural light.

Residents are minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and Billy Bishop Airport , and within walking distance of GO transit stops.

Many condo units offer sky-high lake views and terraces large enough for entertaining.

Residents of Liberty Village like to say they have it all here, from great food shopping, banking, retail, and restaurants, to an enviable nightlife. But Queen Street West’s cool shopping area is just a 10-minute walk north, Toronto’s world-class entertainment district and Scotiabank Arena are nearby, and, due south, the waterfront trail for walkers, runners and cyclists, the CNE grounds, and the Budweiser open-air music amphitheatre. The neighbourhood is served by public transit, including the King streetcar along its convenient new express corridor, and the King/Liberty Pedestrian Cycling Bridge which connects Western Battery to Douro Street, across the Metrolinx Rail Corridor. Residents of the village are also minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and Billy Bishop Airport, and within walking distance of GO transit stops.

Tree-lined streets lead to cafés, pubs and restaurants, where groups of friends linger on patios (fingers crossed they will again soon).

Welcome to Liberty Village, where history is more than just a backdrop for contemporary downtown luxury and convenience.

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GIBSON’S CLEANERS BY LESLEY KENNY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF 319 FILMS

This award-winning, family-owned GTA business offers free pick-up and delivery, green cleaning, alterations and – they’re a certified Canada Goose cleaner. Bag up your duvets, favourite winter sweaters and coats (and, for a treat, your sheets), and contact Gibson’s. New this year is end-of-summer pick up and delivery for cottage country residents. Yes, there’s an app for all this!

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After a year of too many naps, dinners on the couch and wornout pyjama bottoms, it’s time to contact Gibson’s Cleaners. This fourth-generation family business offers free pick up and delivery across the GTA and prides themselves on being one of the most responsive teams in the market. And they have the award to prove it: in 2019, Gibson’s won the industry’s Canadian Best Practices Award.

“Covid was a shock after only being at the company for a year and a half,” says Linley. “Our company had made it through wars, depressions, recessions – but this hit the dry-cleaning industry in a new way. With working from home as the new norm, no one is wearing suits to work and the forced closures means no events or weddings.” It did help that Gibson’s is one of only two certified Canada Goose cleaners in the province. And they’re working on brand compliance with other warranty teams.

Linley McConnell is a third generation Gibson’s employee and Gibson’s Sales and Marketing Manager. Her grandfather bought the already established 40-year-old business from the Gibson family in 1969. Linley’s mom, Nancy McConnell, began helping out when Nancy was in high school and she joined the business in 1984. Nancy’s husband Rob McConnell joined a few years later and is now Gibson’s President.

Hard hit last year, Gibson’s was also well-prepared. They’ve had a pick-up and delivery system since the 1930s. “We were ready to go from day one of Covid,” says Linley. They’ve set up their two locations (Kingsway and Bloor West) so that customers can be in and out in a few minutes. In 2018 they launched an app similar to Starbucks Mobile, and last year added the “on my way” feature.

“Linley brings new energy to our business,” says Nancy, VP of Community for Gibson’s. “Her PR background, sales and social media savvy have really helped us reach out to more people and businesses.”

Gibson’s is doing its part to offer an environmentally friendly service. GreenEarth, the silicone-based solvent they use to clean your items, breaks down to water and sand. “You could actually drink it,” Linley says.

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The company encourages hanger recycling, have moved to biodegradable poly packaging and, ambitiously, aims to go no-plastic by 2024. The almost-100-year-old business is embedded in local networks and both Nancy and Linley have forged strong community alliances. “When the first wave of covid hit, a group of friends and I started making masks and we ended up with over 100 volunteer sewers. The finished masks came back to Gibson’s to be sanitized before being sent out to homeless shelters and community outreach programs. We sent out more than 5,000 masks that first wave,” says Nancy. “Through the winter months, the sewers made toques – 2,500! Now we’re making a 3-ply mask.” Linley reached out to Dress for Success, the international organization that helps women achieve economic independence: “I saw us as the perfect fit and now we’re their official donation clothing drop off.” Gibson’s also specializes in area rug cleaning. I have an area rug so precious to me it has a name. The Edith is named after my best friend who bought it for me many years ago, in a mountain village in Nepal. I was so appreciative of this beautiful, hand-made gift that I laid the rug where no one would ever stand on it. If I needed to pass by, I walked

Gibson’s launches their latest service this summer – pick up and delivery of bedding and area rugs for cottage country residents starting the last week of August until Thanksgiving. Photo by: 319 Films

around the rug, or, when no one was looking, straddle-walked it.

Fast-forward several moves, kids and a dog… well, the Edith needed some love. Gibson’s took good care of it for me. I had the fringe removed to give it a more contemporary look (a suggestion of Nancy’s), and now the Edith is restored to her former glory. Turns out she is a lovely shade of blue! In the middle of my living room.

The award-winning team at Gibson’s pride themselves on being one of the most responsive in the industry. Call, email or text them for free pick up and delivery. Download their app. Photo by: 319 Films

What do you own that could use some TLC by this local, award-winning, family-owned business? Gibson’s Leadership Team (L to R) Rui Valente Gibson’s Vice President , Linley McConnell Sales and Marketing Manager and Rob McConnell, President. Photo by: Glenn McGarry

gibsonscleaners.com Gibson’s Cleaners (Gibson’s in the Kingsway) Toronto, Ontario, Canada 416 239 2301

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Toronto City Scape. Toronto, Canada

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

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

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

The ROM, are renowned for their stunning architectural presence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The glass-floor observation deck offers visitors stunning 360-degree

boasts everything from distinctive boutique experiences to trendy

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

fashions, and a dazzling assortment of traditional and innovative

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

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

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

expansive parks and green ravines are enjoyed year-round for

festivals celebrate the city’s diversity and hospitality.

morning runs, leisurely strolls and family outings.

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Toronto, Ontario

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SUMMERHILL SEMI-DETACHED HOME THAT CHECKS ALL THE BOXES! THIS HOME DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!

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Matt Driscoll is a freelance writer and editor based out of Bracebridge, Ontario. He was a former editor with Muskoka Magazine and former photojournalist with

the Bracebridge Examiner and Sioux Lookout Bulletin. Matt worked for several years in the museums field, both in Canada and internationally, before moving into full-time journalism more than a decade ago.

Tri Lakes Training is Muskoka’s premier fitness destination for personal training and group fitness classes, as well as a full spectrum of health services.

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Full-service gym opens in Minett, with additional health services. t has definitely been a year of adversity and challenges for all business owners and few more so than the owners of gyms and fitness centres. Learning to navigate the realities of the Covid world, the arrival of a new baby, and starting a new business venture have made for 12 months that Ashley Waites will likely never forget.

“We were hit hard by Covid,” says the owner of Tri Lakes Training in Minett. “There's been a lot of planning and adapting to different protocols. We've tried to do a lot of virtual training and, when possible, move classes outside where a lot of our members feel more comfortable.” Ashley grew up in Toronto but was a lifelong cottager in the Minett area. In a very Muskoka twist of fate, she met her future husband, Craig Waites, at the iconic Kee to Bala concert hall while he was

working for Summer Water Sports (SWS) as an instructor and member of the water-ski show team. After studying physical health education at Queens University, Ashley worked as a phys-ed teacher for several years. While teaching, she started coaching track and Alpine skiing and that helped steer her back towards her passion for personal training. “I really appreciate working with people who are dedicated to their goals and want to improve their health,” she says. Having been a personal trainer throughout her time at university and after running the fitness program at Clevelands House Resort on Lake Rosseau for three summers, it was only natural, after the perfect property became available in Minett, for Ashley to open Tri Lakes Training, in 2016. >>

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For its first couple of years Tri Lakes Training operated seasonally as a personal training gym and fitness studio. But in 2018, after realizing the demand for a year-round gym and wellness centre, and based on their shared love of Muskoka, Ashley and Craig left the city behind for good in order to offer gym services to the growing number of year-round residents of Muskoka. As the business grew and with the addition of their first child, Audrey, in September of 2020, Ashley and Craig, along with their dog Lucy, moved to a nearby home in Minett where they look forward to raising a family. In addition to a fully functioning gym and fitness classes, Tri Lakes Training also offers a bevy of health services that include access to a chiropractor, registered massage therapist, physiotherapist and naturopath.

Ashley Waites, Craig Waites, baby Audrey and Lucy, outside Tri Lakes Training.

Tri Lakes Training is Muskoka’s premier fitness destination for personal training and group fitness classes, as well as a full spectrum of health services. Services include massage therapy, chiropractic treatments, physiotherapy, and naturopathic services.

“Whether your goal is to maintain fitness throughout the summer, increase your strength and flexibility, or PB [personal best] on your next race, the team of trainers at Tri Lakes Training will help you get there,” says Ashley. Always pushing for her own personal best, Ashley’s newest venture, Tri Lakes Destinations, branches into the cottage rental industry. She’s also opening a new Tri Lakes Training location at the nearby Lake Joe Club, allowing guests to arrive by boat and join in fitness classes or yoga on the dock. Despite the challenging year, Ashley remains optimistic for what the next 12 months have in the store. “In a lot of ways, I think the pandemic has opened people's eyes and they’re finding you can live year-round in Muskoka and work from here,” she says. “They're looking for that work-life balance and it's our goal to help people find some of that balance they've been looking for.”

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In Conversation with Susanne Nicholl BY ANNA CIPOLLONE

A contemporary Muskoka artist, Susanne Nicholl works in oil, acrylic and mixed media, creating large-scale paintings of rugged Canadian landscapes, portraiture, and colourful depictions of wildlife. The brush strokes of bear fur, or the complex patterns of a loon’s feathers, in hues we don’t typically associate with nature, give a depth to her art that isn’t purely realistic but shows a dynamic way of seeing the simple beauty that surrounds us year-round. After 18 years of living in Dublin, Nicholl is now based in Gloucester Pool, Ontario, where she finds the surroundings of Muskoka to be the ultimate backdrop for an artist. Her work is vibrant and striking, capturing delicate moments of vulnerability and connection to the natural world.

Contemporary Muskoka artist , Susanne Nicholl paints ” Northern Strong”, acrylic, 36”x48”.

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”Northern Lights,” acrylic, 36”x48”. This painting incorporates two Canadian icons–the bear and the Northern Lights to reflect their energy and vibrancy.

What subject matter and themes are you currently exploring in your work? Since returning to Canada, I have a renewed appreciation for wildlife, inukshuks and all things Canadiana. How has your work evolved over the past few years? In the past, I focused mainly on portraits and figurative work that was realistic and representational. The subject matter has widened and my approach is much more contemporary through my use of colour and brush strokes, and the size of paintings. Where do you find inspiration? I can’t say that I actively look for inspiration; it seems to find me. Visual art is all around us. You just have to be open to it. It could be a tree or it could be as simple as a paint chip in the hardware store that I’m drawn to for its colour, or a new product in an art store. These are all jumping out for me to use. How do you cope with creative blocks? Sometimes I just have to step away. I’ll spend some time challenging myself with a new subject or a new technique. It’s not always successful. I believe it’s our missteps that widen our path. 52

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”Party Bear,” acrylic, 36”x36”.

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“ The Colour of Tranquility,” acrylic, 24”x30”.

Do you have preferences around how your work isreceived? I think that any art form, whether it’s a painting or a poem, is a unique personal expression of its creator and how it’s received is also a unique personal response. And I wouldn’t want to even try to control it–then artists are painting for their audience and there’s some insincerity to that. Why is art important to you, and what role does it play in your personal life? It’s an integral part of who I am and have always been. As a child, my family had a cottage on Lake Erie. I used to comb the shore looking for charred sticks from bonfires on the beach because I liked to draw with them. Art pervades all aspects of my life and it informs how I spend all my time. I read about art history and I visit art galleries–where there’s a peace that comes over me.

” True North,” acrylic, 36”x48”.

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Covid Can’t Stop Muskoka Events BY MATT DRISCOLL

From car shows to Camp Ooch, groups are switching it up to meet challenges.

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hile the future of in-person events remains uncertain, event organizers and business owners in Muskoka are changing gears to ensure their events go forward and donations get where they’re needed most.

Through the winter months of 2020/21, the region has transformed events to help make the most of a challenging situation, and many more events are planned for the upcoming spring/summer season with an eye towards safety and accommodating the changing provincial health protocols.

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Camp Oochigeas (known by most as Camp Ooch) provides camp-style programming for kids with, and affected by, childhood cancer, and their families. Volunteer Kalleen Turchet has been hosting a snowshoeing fundraiser for the camp for several years, but this year they took things online.

Typically a small event drawing a few friends and family together to raise money for Ooch, this year the February event was able to include people from as far away as Detroit, Ottawa and Halifax by going virtual. “I honestly wasn’t sure what it would look like this year but there was a huge uptake with everyone doing it on their own wherever they were,” says Turchet. The event drew roughly 100 snowshoers and raised nearly $10,000 far beyond any of the previous totals. Restaurant owners have had to dramatically alter the way they conduct business, leaning heavily on take-out and delivery options, but many have found ways to give back to their community in the midst of their own challenges.

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In Huntsville, Tall Trees Restaurant started offering delivery in January 2021, for a $20 fee. All of the deliveries were carried out by volunteers and the money raised went back into local charities. As a result, more volunteers stepped up and more restaurants became involved, raising thousands for Muskoka charities.

Brian Markham is a woodturner in the rugged Muskoka landscapes near Algonquin Park.

In Gravenhurst, a group of like-minded businesswomen joined together to help meet the need. The owners of Relish, The Oar, the Butcher’s Daughter and Well Fed restaurants produced roughly 1,000 small quiches for Gravenhurst Against Poverty, who operate a food bank in the area. The program began when the Marriott Residence Inn, Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf, reached out to area restaurants with an offer of supplies. With occupancy at the hotel greatly diminished at the beginning of the pandemic, the hotel had hundreds of pounds of liquid eggs which they could no longer use for their own breakfasts. Robbie Irvine, the owner of OAR restaurant, said the idea to make quiches for GAP’s food program came about after hearing that the number of families using the program had skyrocketed from 60 per week up to roughly 200. She partnered with several other area restaurants, making hundreds of quiches each, and even using their own freezers as storage space. While many of the new events and initiatives taking place were celebratory or altruistic in nature, others were a way to come together and grieve collectively. Such was the case with an online memorial held in the wake of the sudden death of Rosseau Lake College teacher and headmaster, 43-year-old Robert Carreau.

Helen E. Grose is a professional photographer who lives on an 83-acre farm in the heart of Muskoka.

The annual Muskoka Arts and Crafts Spring Members Show, which is now in its 44th year and a very popular event in the area, will be going virtual on April 17. Those who visit the online shop can browse a variety of original and handmade art in all types of media. The artists also provide a written description about their art that tells the story behind its making.

Carreau, by all accounts a beloved figure at the private school, was killed while out for a morning jog on Nov. 2, 2020, along Highway 141, west of Rosseau. A Bracebridge man was subsequently charged with impaired driving causing death. Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

When Covid restrictions put limits on the ability to publicly mourn Carreau, plans were made to come together virtually. “The Carreau family is honoured by the outpouring of love and support in recent days and would like to invite everyone to join them in the celebration of life through digital viewing,” the family posted online, and the celebration of life was live-streamed on YouTube. “It was also posted to the Rosseau Lake College website and Facebook pages and has been viewed almost 6,000 times. As spring dawns on Muskoka, annual events are also emerging in new forms. 56

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Avon Bay, south Lake Joseph. Photo by: Taylor Nullmeyer

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

North America. Situated around three large lakes (Muskoka, Joseph, and Rosseau), the Muskoka region was once dubbed the ‘Malibu of the North’ by The New Yorker, because of the number of celebrity estates in the area. Beautiful homes and seasonal cottages offer breathtaking views of the lakes and constellation of private islands. The number of local residents more than doubles in the summer when 100,000 seasonal residents join the 60,000 lucky permanent residents of the Muskoka region. But sprawling tree-covered properties and the vastness of the granite-carved area means that Muskoka can easily accommodate visitors while maintaining everyone’s privacy and sense of open space.

The Muskoka region is known for its exceptional dining, trendy shops, craft beer scene, and contemporary art galleries and museums. Kids can choose from a variety of exciting summer camp programs and families can join in the year-round cultural festivals. From the haunting call of the loon to the variety of trees and vegetation local to the region, Muskoka is a nature lover’s paradise. Whether you’re a serious kayaker or it’s your first time trying to figure out how to sit in a canoe, you can revel in hours of scenic adventure. From hiking to boat cruises, there are many ways to appreciate the grandeur of Muskoka.

LAKE JOSEPH SUNSET CONTEMPORARY POINT Muskoka, Ontario,

Offered at:$19,900,000 Breathtaking island dotted sunset views over looking south lake Joseph, lies one of Muskokas great landmark properties known as ‘Winsome’, situated on a 477’ private point. Originally plotted on a dramatic point, at the end of a quiet year round lane way, you will find this contemporary Muskoka cottage with soaring ceilings, clean modern finish, walls of glass, engineered oak floors, ensuite on each floor and a sunset pool to entertain family and friends in the privacy of your own oasis.

Ben Imrie*

Direct: 705 706 2099 ben@imuskoka.com

Dan Imrie*

Direct: 705 644 2475 dan@imuskoka.com

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LOWER JOE CLASSIC CHIC

IDYLLIC LAKE JOSEPH PRIVATE ISLAND

Offered at:$10,995,000

Offered at: $7,850,000

Muskoka, Ontario

Muskoka, Ontario

Breathtaking island dotted sunset views over looking south lake Joseph, lies this Muskoka Classic landmark known as ‘Winsome’, situated on a 477’ private point. Originally plotted on one of the best sites on the lake, at the end of a quiet year round lane way, designed with architectural elegance, flowing verandas, curved halls, bedroom balconies, and finished with an updated Muskoka chic taste and style. A very rare opportunity to own such a prized address minutes from Port Sandfield and the clubs with 2 classic boathouse

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

A jewel of a Private Island. First time offered for sale since 1877. Offers unequaled privacy and spectacular beauty. Enjoy glorious sunsets and incredible 360 degree views. Walk 2.75 acres of gentle terrain, and 2,100 feet of “Group of Seven” granite shoreline. Both deep water and sand beach cove. Existing 3 bedroom cottage and boathouse, or build your dream Lakehouse here! Minutes to dining, shopping and spectacular golf courses. Escape to your private getaway on Lake Joseph.

Paul Crammond*, MBA

Direct: 705 646 8129 // pcrammond@muskoka.com

MUSKOKA DREAM PROPERTY - 2,230 FEET & 29.14 ACRES

LAKE ROSSEAU - PRIME PORT SANDFIELD LOCALE

Offered at: $2,850,000

Offered at: $1,995,000

Muskoka, Ontario

Enjoy year round living or cottaging with extreme privacy. 2,230 feet of prime south-S/W-west facing shoreline with your own sand beach. Bass Lake with direct boating to Kahshe Lake too. Approx 2,000 sq.ft. 3BR, 2 bath residence. 1,200 sq.ft. heated garage/workshop with spacious upper floor. Additional 28’x32’ garage. Severance possibilities without compromising on privacy. Ideal location only 2 hours from Toronto. Still searching for your Muskoka Dream property? Call Maggie today for a confidential buyer consultation.

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Rare offering in such a prime hub-of-the-lakes location! This classic Olde Muskoka Lakehouse exudes all of the character & charm of yesteryear, yet offers modern day conveniences. Gorgeous stone fireplace, warm wood interior, 3 BRs, 1.5 baths, main floor laundry, a separate TV room/library (addtional sleeping area?), plus a spacious screened Muskoka Room & exterior decking overlooking Lake Rosseau. Dual storage sheds, double slip docks & water’s edge bunkie complete this package. Call Maggie to discuss continued use / redevelopment options.!

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PRIVACY & PERFECTION - KAHSHE LAKE

LAKE ROSSEAU - CAREFREE COTTAGING

Offered at: $1,995,000

Offered at: $999,000

Muskoka, Ontario

Looking for a place to live, work or play? - this gem is a MUST SEE. Over an acre of level land w 230 ft of pretty shoreline. Gentle walk-in at the sand beach shore plus deep water off of the dock. Spectacular panoramic vistas & water views from all principal rooms. Gentle breezes caress the iconic rock & pines landscape. Large lakeside stone patio for full enjoyment of the prime, sunny S/W exposure. Pride of ownership is evident throughout this 3BR 2 bath year round cottage. Ideally located less than 2 hours from Toronto. Call today to view.

Maggie Tomlinson* *

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Muskoka, Ontario

Tired of paying high prices to rent someone else’s cottage? Here is an affordable solution w beach, boating, golf & more. 3BRs plus den - sleeps 8. Private upper balcony. Screened Muskoka room & covered deck. Choose from four 12-week fractions in Cottage 5 - 12 weeks ($259,900 each) - 24 weeks ($499,900) - or all 48 weeks ($999,000) for exclusive use. Combine offerings if desired - also available in Cottage 6 - 5 weeks ($65,900). Adjacent to Windermere House with 5* amenities accessible to you as an owner. Call Maggie today for more details.

Maggie Tomlinson* *

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A PICTURESQUE COTTAGE LIFE EXPERIENCE

WATER’S EDGE FRONT ROW SCENIC LAKE VIEWS

Price Available Upon Request

Price Available Upon Request

Muskoka, Ontario

Welcome to BonaVista on Beautiful Kahshe lake. This private 995’ south facing peninsula named for its coveted lake vistas is a Cottager’s dream come true. Multiple exposures feature sunrise, sunset & moonrise’s a plenty. Celebrating 100 year history this fully restored & winterized Classic Muskoka Cottage that features a modernized 2bd/bth main cottage with L-shaped screen porch & Chef’s kitchen will provide many more decades of comfortable year round cottaging. Prv main bunkie/2pc prv deck+ Guest bunkie. Perennial gardens, multiple paths, decks and docks on 1.2 ac. all within mins of marina. A breezy oasis for generations to come.

April Drane*

Direct: 416 617 3733 // Office: 705 684 9087 aprilgadsbydrane@sympatico.ca

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Welcome to this classic Kahshe Lake A frame 4bd/2bth design offers 3 level decking, screen room w 2 docks/deep water,sandy beach make it all about living close to the water with easy road access off South Bay rd. Great family cottage can host a crowd all season, pp furnace. Main liv rm,stone wd FP, picture windows, open concept. Main bd w prv lake view deck, acorn FP has a cool vibe. Guest bunkie has lake view too! + Storage shed, LL office for working from cottage. Ample parking on all season rd. 1.5 hrs from GTA.

April Drane*

Direct: 416 617 3733 // Office: 705 684 9087 aprilgadsbydrane@sympatico.ca

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Offered at: $5,195,000

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

www.muskokalakecottages Sandra Waldie* Direct: 705 646 4747

sandrawaldie@yahoo. com // samanthawaldie@live.ca Jamie Blair * Direct: 705 375 9191

8 ACRES OF LAND WITH WATERFRONT Muskoka , Ontario

Offered at: $480,000

Fantastic property with over 8 acres of land only minutes away from Bala & Gravenhurst. This unique property has waterfront on Brandy Wine Creek that gives you boating options and has beautiful plateaus to build your dream home on.

TRANQUILITY AWAITS ON BOYD ISLAND Muskoka, Ontario

Offered at: $799,000

Great family getaway just mins from Denne’s marina on beautiful Kahshe Lake. Feel the stress of life disappear as you take a short boat ride to a private spot that has been family owned for 27 years. Nestled amongst tall tress & close to the water’s edge this property offers peace & tranquility. Main 3bd cottage w FP, screen porch & views of the lake. Bunkie is a favoured retreat. 300’ of shoreline w walkable paths. Deep water off dock. Located 1.5 hrs from GTA, S of Gravenhurst.

April Drane*

Direct: 416 617 3733 // Office: 705 684 9087 aprilgadsbydrane@sympatico.ca

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“The Echoes” 100 acre wooded luxury retreat

16 St. Andrews Circle, Huntsville

Offered at: $2,495,000

Offered at: $ 1,495,000

Huntsville/Lake of Bays & Almalguin, Ontario

Welcome to “The Echoes”. If you are looking for a truly one of a kind, private compound, this is it. This grand custom designed 4100 sq.ft white pine home is situated on 100 acres of natural Northern Ontario forest, abutting 200 acres of crown land. With serene views of the valley and pond below, this log home exudes true Canadian pride. An open functional design brings the outdoors in with its picture windows, living space to dine and chill with walk out to deck overlooking the pond. A perfect balance of rustic modern luxury.

Kim O’Grady **

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

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Huntsville/Lake of Bays & Almalguin, Ontario

Bringing the outside in with this spectacular modern home, you’ll find it set beautifully among the hemlocks overlooking granite outcroppings, with water view on hole 10 of the Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course. This 80’ lot is on town services and will be landscaped beautifully. Stepping into this modern masterpiece you will fall in love with the luxury finishes and sleek look carried throughout. With an open concept luxury kitchen with built in appliances, dining area and great room that showcases wall to wall windows, the WOW factor is here.

Kim O’Grady **

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

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Matt Driscoll is a freelance writer and editor based out of Bracebridge, Ontario. He was a former editor with Muskoka Magazine and former photojournalist with the

Baysville/Lake of Bays

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR NULLMEYER

The Township of Lake of Bays is an outdoor enthusiast’s oasis in the northeastern section of Muskoka.

Located in the northeast corner of Muskoka, the Lake of Bays boasts a natural landscape of forests, lakes and wetlands. Lake of Bays is a well established cottaging, recreation and tourism destination in Ontario.

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he Township of Lake of Bays is an outdoor enthusiast’s

Lake of Bays is now a four-season wonderland, with each village

oasis in the northeastern section of Muskoka, adjacent

hosting unique festivals, events and activities throughout the entire

to world renowned Algonquin Park. The Township is

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the location of Lake of Bays, the second largest lake in Muskoka, which is home to the iconic Bigwin Island

An area that boasts dark crystal waters, majestic forest, and rugged

and provides four-season fun from boating, swimming, canoeing,

granite outcrops also provides residents and guests access to

sailing, tennis and golf to snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing and ice

excellent healthcare services, with hospitals conveniently located

fishing. The Township boasts picturesque landscapes, over 100 other

in Bracebridge and Huntsville.

pristine lakes, unique cottage properties, distinct cultural attractions, and outdoor activities for every season.

Let a Chestnut Park Lake of Bays Real Estate Agent show you the unique cottage opportunities that exist in Lake of Bays. The three vibrant and inviting communities of Baysville, Dorset, and Dwight offer a variety of restaurants, galleries, specialty shops, and a host of other local businesses to support

Home to the iconic Bigwin Island. Lake of Bays provides boating, swimming, canoeing, sailing, and much more.

and service the region. Historically known as a

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Good Vibrations

A Beachy-Feel Stay at Prince Edward County’s The June Motel PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE JUNE MOTEL. PHOTOGRAPHER LAUREN MILLER

This isn’t your Mom and Dad’s motel – unless your parents were easy-going, wine-sipping, 1960s beach lovers.

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f best friends and ambitious business partners April Brown and Sarah Sklash have anything to say about it, motels will be making a comeback. And they may be on to something, based upon the success of their Prince Edward County flagship property, The June Motel.

“We made our first visit to PEC in 2012, while living in Toronto, and The County was the perfect antidote to the stressful concrete jungle,” April explains. “Right away we realized that the options for places to stay here were very limited and usually sold out, so we knew there was an opportunity.” The friends decided to fill this void with a motel of their own, confident of success if they brought to it the right standards of hospitality and an engaging atmosphere. When a mid-century motel in Picton came on the market they jumped at the chance, then threw themselves into redesigning the property’s look and feel and re-imagined the experience of staying at a motel. They had a lot of work ahead of them; the motel had previously catered to hunters and fishermen, and it showed. “A lot of inspiration came from places we travelled to in California, where there’s an exciting motel revival underway,” explains Sarah. “Plus, in The County, there is an incredible creative and entrepreneurial spirit, with a focus on eating great things, drinking delicious wine, spending time at the beach and hanging out with friends new and old. All things we try to encompass at The June. Creating a sense of place is really important to The June experience.”

Gather around the firepit as the sun goes down to relive a

As a result, The June defies expectations. We have in our mind’s eye an image of what a motel is – modest, utilitarian, drab. And then there’s The June, a property with the aesthetics and atmosphere of a carefree beach house in the Keys. The 16-room boutique motel features statement palm wallpaper, retro beach-town vibes, comfortable chairs, and a laid-back ’tude. It’s not actually located on a beach looking out onto surf, but you’d be excused for thinking it was. The heartbeat of The June is the indoor-outdoor Lobby Bar, where you can grab a seat at the bar to enjoy specially-curated local wines and beers, or mix-and-mingle around the campfire as day turns to night, ordering nibbles off a snack menu. The Lobby Bar is vibrant and fun – a perfect reflection of Prince Edward County. And what motel have you stayed at where Saturday afternoons feature flow classes on an outdoor yoga deck, followed by mimosas? 62

The 16-room boutique motel wouldn’t be out of place in 1960s Palm Springs.

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glorious day exploring Prince Edward County. The June is designed to make your stay in wine country unforgettable.

The June even facilitates DIY picnics – order takeout from one their favourite restaurants and motel staff will provide everything you need to set up a magical picnic in their Bohemian Forest. “We like to say that staying at The June is a throwback to the good ol’ days. We’re all about living in the sunshine and enjoying the simple pleasures of life in beautiful spaces,” explains April. “Now with two locations, one in Prince Edward County and the other in Sauble Beach, we’re able to create two very different experiences for guests. One is all about wine country and the other is all about enjoying beach life and the adventures that await along Bruce Peninsula.” “We’ve re-imagined the entire experience of staying at a motel,” adds Sarah. “Think pink doors, retro neon signs, and a chilled glass of wine on arrival!” Owners April Brown and Sarah Sklash transformed a tired mid-century motel into something vibrant and characterful.

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Art Provides Pathways

to Appreciate Outdoor Public Spaces BY ANDREW HIND

====\\DeRAIL Platform for Art and Architecture advocates closer bonds with our wild spaces, through art.

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f one thing has become clear in the last year, it’s that humans have a primal need to be outdoors and connect with nature. Ahead of the curve by several years, ====\\DeRAIL Platform for Art and Architecture advocates closer bonds with our wild spaces through the medium of art.

Co-founded by landscape architect Victoria Taylor and designer and public art curator Gelareh Saadatpajouh, DeRAIL, a registered non-profit, is an independent arts producer and platform for “dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, geographical, and ideological boundaries.” DeRAIL produces place-specific art projects to promote new conversations about public space design, and seeks to bring linear landscapes (rail trails) to life through contemporary art. “ The idea started in Toronto with Gelareh and I thinking about the West Toronto Railpath’s landscape and how there was nothing to entice people to stop and think about the space itself and their connection to it,” Victoria explains. ====\\DeRAIL - a name representing a play on rail corridor landscape as well as a shift in our way of thinking, a derailing of traditional thought – was born of these conversations. “We began in 2016 as a part of Doors Open,” says Victoria, “when we had an artist bring out his mobile ink factory to teach people about ethical foraging and how to make their own ink using natural items. It was beautiful to connect with the landscape through a participatory activity.” Five years later, ====\\DeRAIL (in partnership with The County of Prince Edward and Tourism Industry Association Ontario) is bringing their mandate to foster fresh connections with public spaces to Prince Edward County’s 46km Millenium Trail through a pair of innovative programs. >>

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Cyclists enjoy the Millennium Trail over Consecon Lake. Photo by: Natalie Stone

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Walking with Thunder is a meditative monthly trek (October 2020-May 2021) led by storyteller, writer, musician, and artist Conrad Beaubien and accompanied by a donkey named Thunder. The walks blend exercise, storytelling, companionship, and immersion in the outdoors to further mental wellness and promote appreciation of this unique outdoor space. A GoFundMe effort behind Walking with Thunder financially assists artists, artisans, and field naturalists to creatively invent opportunities for safe and welcoming gatherings in studios, work settings, and the outMillennium Trail at Consecon Lake. Photo by: Bailey Austin-Macmillan

of-doors. Join our Herd! is a program by The Department of Illumination – a group that produces multi-disciplinary festivals and arts workshops in public spaces - that will see participants form a parade of decorated bicycle beasts along the PEC Millenium Trail. The event begins with an outdoor workshop where artists from The Department of Illumination will provide participants with materials and instruction to turn bodies and bicycles into fantastical creatures on wheels and on foot. After parading together down the Trail, participants celebrate with live music, food, and drink. “This is just the beginning for us in Prince Edward County,” Victoria enthuses. “We’re always looking for new artists to partner with as we seek to get people to think differently about public spaces and appreciate the outdoors.”

Guests of the trail can be accompanied by a donkey named Thunder. Photo by: Natalie Stone

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The 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada

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

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

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

continent’s unique destination locations. Residents and visitors can

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

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

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

that include boating, swimming, waterskiing/wake boarding and

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

wreck diving, or visit local museums including the internationally

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

renowned Antique Boat Museum.

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

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

wilderness are undisturbed. A Chestnut Park Real Estate Agent can

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

help you navigate these waters – and properties.

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

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

overlooking the spectacular river vistas of the St Lawrence. Welcome

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

to The 1000 Islands.

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // THE 1000 ISLANDS // 244 STRATFORD ROAD, HILL ISLAND

20 ASH ISLAND, IVY LEA

Offered at: $1,895,000

Offered at: $1,795,000

The 1000 Islands , Ontario

Own a year around home adjacent to a nature preserve, on a year around “drive to” island. This property offers an immaculate 3-bedrm, 3-bathrm home with wood accents, high ceilings & huge windows overlooking The River & on to a State Park. 220’ of waterfront, sand beach and 50’ dock & good water.

The 1000 Islands , Ontario

An outstanding, private peninsula with 2 adjacent islands. Concrete docks, double slip boathouse with a 2-bedrm A-frame cottage on top, deep water all year, huge main cottage with oversized veranda and if you need, space to expand. Great fishing, swimming, kayaking and waterskiing.

208 DOWNIE ISLAND, IVY LEA

80 CLUB ISLAND, ROCKPORT

Offered at: $689,000

Offered at: SOLD

1 PRINCESS CHARLOTTE ISLAND, GANANOQUE

68 BIG STAVE ISLAND, GANANOQUE

Offered at: SOLD

Offered at: SOLD

The 1000 Islands , Ontario

5.74 acres of paradise,1040 feet of pristine shoreline, 2 points of land & 3 bays. A classic, spacious 2-bedrm, 2-bathrm cottage on a point with absolute privacy. It has a huge deck with hot tub, a floating boatport, a floating dock, a fixed dock, good water & great swimming, kayaking & waterskiing.

The 1000 Islands , Ontario

Outstanding views from this private 4+ Ac 1000 Islands property is 5 minutes from Rockport & off the beaten path. Very few boaters venture along the south side of Club Island. There is good, clean water, good dockage, & great swimming. The insulated Viceroy cottage has 3 big bedrms & 2 baths.

The 1000 Islands , Ontario

The 1000 Islands , Ontario

A beautiful 2.34-acre parcel comprising the whole western end of the island with “big water” views to the south & west. Sunrises and sunsets from this property are gorgeous. There are 2 deep water harbours, a double wide floating boat port, a boat house, a main cottage, a large bunkie & 2 big sheds

2 family cottages on a 2.96 acre peninsula on the north west side of the island. The main house offers 4-bedrm, 3-bath, living, dining & family rooms, kitchen with a water view, breakfast bar & walk-outs to decks & balconies. The guest house has a bedroom, a bathrm & living room with w/ out to deck.

ISLE OF THE GREMLINS, IVY LEA

ISLAND 60, IVY LEA

Offered at: SOLD

Offered at: SOLD

The 1000 Islands , Ontario

A picturesque 2 island, 1-family property minutes from Ivy Lea. The main island has a double wide boathouse with covered exterior slip & a 3-bedrm, 2-bath main house with cedar panelling and loft. The 2nd island has a stunning cedar guest cottage with kitchenette & bathrm. Great views everywhere!

The 1000 Islands , Ontario

A perfect island jewel with classic 1000 Island views! A 1-family island with 2 concrete docks, renovated picturesque, cedar shake, 3-bdrm main cottage, loads of patio space, child proof railings, gorgeous landscaping with irrigation & lighting systems, a split log guest cabin with 2-pc bath.

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

Creemore/Clearview’s beautiful scenery includes pastoral farmlands that

roll off into the distance. Creemore has a vibrant small-business community and is a wonderful location for anyone looking to shop, dine and explore.

The Blue Mountains scenic area offers an abundance of recreational

activities for all four seasons, most notably winter. The Village at Blue Mountain has an array of boutiques and stores all within walking distance of the largest ski resort in Ontario.

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

between Collingwood and Meaford, over the years this quaint town has been home to a wide spectrum of businesses. Bruce Street is active with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and artisans.

Beaver Valley/Grey Highlands provides four seasons of relaxation,

excitement and recreation in the unspoiled countryside. The valley is well known for skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Beaver Valley Ski Club operates as a private ski club just south of the town of Kimberly.

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

Bay, an inlet off Georgian Bay on the Bruce Peninsula. Defined by the rugged limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, Wiarton is known for the Wiarton Willie Festival, in February each year.

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

gateway, enjoy the waterfront trail system, farmer’s market and, in the winter, access the trail system, thousands of snowmobile trails and cross-country skiing areas.

BUILDING LOT IN LORA BAY - BLUE MOUNTAINS The Blue Mountains , Ontario

Offered at: $699,000

Oversized, reverse pie-shaped lot with 147 ft. frontage to Build Your New Residence and room for a 3-car garage, walk-out and views to Georgian Bay from the back of the property. Minutes to Thornbury’s shops, restaurants, LCBO, pharmacy, banks, grocery store and more. MLS®40085837. Barb Picot* Direct: 705 444 3452 // picot@rogers.com Ron Picot* Direct: 705 446 8580 // rpicot@rogers.com

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CUSTOM MOUNTAIN MASTERPIECE ON A RAVINE LOT AT NIPISSING RIDGE The Blue Mountains, Ontario

Offered at: $5,975,000

Expansive outdoor entertaining areas with walls of glass and steel and 3 car garage. Over 8,500 sq. ft. with 7 Bedrooms, 6 full Baths and 3 half Baths. Custom floor-to-ceiling 2-sided wood-burning fireplace, indoor swimming pool with waterwall feature, sauna & Bar/Games area. Mins to the Village & Blue Mountain, walk to Craigleith or Alpine ski hills or drive to local private ski clubs. Nestled between the Niagara Escarpment & Georgian Bay against a backdrop of spectacular scenery. The epitome of Deluxe Mountain Living making the most of its enviable location!

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Good to Meat You

Surf & Turf Offers Quality Cuts with a Smile BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SURF & TURF

Blue Mountain’s opportunities for outdoorsy fun have long been a tourist draw. But in recent years, the community has also experienced a food revolution that has seen it become an increasingly popular food and drink destination. Riding the crest of this wave is Surf & Turf, the buzzy upstart butcher shop and boutique grocery in Craigleith.

Surf & Turf is located near the shores of southern Georgian Bay, in Craigleith.

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n general use, the term ‘surf and turf ’ suggests a main course combining seafood and red meat and the Blue Mountain shop does indeed offer a selection of seafood alongside steaks and homemade burgers. But the name is far more literal than that: Surf & Turf also sells surf gear and water sport equipment – everything from wetsuits and wake

boards to kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). “The name came about as a play on words, combining the surf and meat shops,” says owner Matt Bartol. Bartol is deeply enthusiastic about the food side of the business – he has every right to be as sales are great and people are embracing the

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stratosphere-high quality of the meat cuts – but he came about it in a circuitous way. For many years he was a real estate broker and owned the Re/Max offices in Orangeville and Shelburne area. In 2012, Bartol opened a surf shop in Craigleith, and rented out the building during the winter while he vacationed in the Dominican Republic. When his off-season tenant retired in 2018, Matt needed a new game plan to keep the property used year-round. That’s when Surf & Turf was born. “Many of our customers are from Toronto and have second homes in the Blue Mountains and have been buying their water gear from us for many years,” Matt explains. “They enjoy not having to drive to Collingwood or Thornbury for their groceries and meat.”

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Along with retail sales, Surf & Turf Blue Mountains also sells to many of the largest food service distributing companies in Canada.

Besides beef, local lamb and free-range chicken, Surf & Turf specializes in game meats, offering an eclectic assortment including bison, elk, and kangaroo. “We have access to some of the most interesting, nutritious and tasty cuts of meat you’ll ever find,” Matt says, also noting Surf & Turf is one of the few suppliers of dry-aged beef in the province.

Looking for sauces and rubs for your meat? Surf & Turf has you covered.

“Many of our customers do not even eat meat,” Matt continues, “but tell me they enjoy coming to our shop as we have many specialty vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free products.” A fully stocked boutique grocery store, Surf & Turf specializes in localsourced and high-end products, fresh vegetables, bread, dairy, and home-made prepared meals. The shop gets so busy on the weekends that a second check-out counter had to be installed recently. Much of the shop’s success, Matt assures me, is a result of the people who work there. “Most of our staff are fully-qualified butchers who pride themselves on service and product knowledge. They are very enthusiastic and have a personal connection to our customers after having served them for many years,” he explains. The aptly named Surf & Turf is a one-stop food shop reflecting the southern Georgian Bay lifestyle.

Trained butchers prepare the high-end cuts and a range of game meats, including bison, elk, and kangaroo

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Honey Do

The Bees Never Stop Working at Buzzing Bush Apiary BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BUZZING BUSH APIARY

Bees zip by, a happy blur of yellow and black. The incessant buzz they generate in their endless quest for pollen is almost maddening. But to Jocelyn Bertrand, it is music to the ears. “It means they are happy and healthy,” the amiable beekeeper says. “A beekeeper uses all of his senses to determine the health of a colony, including sound.”

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ocelyn didn’t start out as a beekeeper. As an employee of Air Canada for 20 years he was more familiar with jets than drones. But Jocelyn has had an interest in the natural world since childhood. He and partner Alain Johnson founded a daylily farm, Artemisia Daylilies, in idyllic Kimberley, in 2003. The successful horticultural experiment (700 daylily varieties

at last count!) just reaffirmed his passion for flora and fauna. Beekeeping seemed the next logical step. What started as a hobby has blossomed into a thriving business. “I currently have 32 colonies, expanding to 100 this year, and each colony has between 20- and 80,000 bees,” Jocelyn explains. But it is the health of the busy bees, not their number, that Jocelyn is most proud of: “There are no farms or commercial properties in our area where pesticides or herbicides might be used. As a result, the bees are huge and exceptionally healthy, and the honey they produce is as pure as you will ever find.” Jocelyn jars about 3,000 pounds of honey per year, available to the public on-site. Buzzing Bush Apiary offers beekeeping immersion tours to a public increasingly engaged in understanding where our food comes from and the delicate balance of nature. “We begin in the barn where we talk about bees and their complex social hierarchy, how honey is made, and I provide an overview of our job as beekeepers and the tools of the trade,” Jocelyn explains.

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Buzzing Bush Apiary is nestled in the heart of Beaver Valley, adjacent to the beautiful Beaver River and close to stunning sections of the Bruce Trail along the Niagara Escarpment. The bee yard is situated on a daylily farm, Artemesia Daylilies.

“Then comes the really fun part: we get dressed in suits and go out into the bee-yard where we light up the smoker and people get to hold frames.” The tours are a matter of pride for Jocelyn, who considers it something of a responsibility to explain the importance of bees and the issues surrounding bees globally. Bees pollinate about one-third of our vegetable and fruit crops in Canada, from apples and cherries to blueberries, cucumbers, and squash; the commercial value of bees to crop pollination is over $2 billion annually in our country alone. Bees are also vital to maintaining healthy eco-systems. Sadly, wild bee numbers are declining globally, the result of loss of habitat and use of commercial pesticides and herbicides. Buzzing Bush Apiary also offers consulting services to those who are newly interested in beekeeping, providing valuable expertise to help them start their own journey into maintaining hives. “Beekeeping isn’t really difficult once you understand important fundamentals, and it isn’t really time consuming - about an hour a week to monitor three hives,” Jocelyn enthuses. “Most importantly, beekeeping is a lot of fun,” Jocelyn says as he excuses himself to check on his hives.

Jocelyn understands that the more he knows about bee biology and beekeeping management techniques the more he can share with his consulting clients.

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The Foundry

Forging Business Success and Entrepreneurial Community in Southern Georgian Bay BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF COLLINGWOOD FOUNDRY. PHOTOGRAPHER KENNETH PETER

In the 19th century, Collingwood established itself as a shipbuilding community that launched over 200 ships. In the 21st century, that spirit of building greatness is still evident in the community even as the types of endeavors have radically altered. Gone are the massive vessels of the past; in are innovative ideas applicable on the global stage.

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owhere is this spirit of modern-day industry and creativity more evident than in the Collingwood Foundry, a former heavy-industry plant transformed into a co-working community space providing access to workspace, meeting rooms, and small business resources. There’s a certain poetry in that – even as the castings that once manufactured anchors and other items for the ship trade have cooled, the former industrial plant hands off the keys to Collingwood’s economic future to a new generation of entrepreneurs. The Collingwood Foundry is the brainchild of Brandon Houston, founder and CEO, who saw the need for a place “where entrepreneurs can share the cost of workspace and be surrounded by other creative people.” Originally from Chatham, in 2015 Houston sold his web development business and moved to Collingwood to work for Switch Video, a video animation company. Shortly after arriving, he learned the company was going to close. Seeing potential in both Switch Video and Collingwood, Houston purchased the company and set it on a new path to success. But one problem vexed him. The company’s office, which housed only nine employees at the time, was the only tenant in the 4500 square foot former foundry. What to do with the rest of the expansive building? The solution was obvious: rent out space to other entrepreneurs. Originally known as the Creative Space, the shared-space setting was rebranded to pay homage to the town’s shipbuilding history. The idea proved successful so that today, even as Switch Video remains the anchor business, 40 other companies are housed under The Foundry’s roof. “What we’re building here is a great fit for Collingwood, which is rapidly becoming a hub for entrepreneurship,” Matt asserts. “ The trend started a few years back - in 2016, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business named Collingwood the Entrepreneur Capital of Canada – but it has accelerated since Covid with people deciding to move out of Toronto to embrace the lifestyle in our community.”

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Forty businesses are housed under the same roof, sharing

When I speak with Matt , I notice he uses the word “community” often. Community is important to him. “ The Foundry is much more than a shared workspace,” he says. “It ’s a place where you can connect with others to help build and launch your business. And, as entrepreneurship is a lonely job, it is a place for entrepreneurs to get out of their isolation, become inspired, and foster connections. The Foundry is a place to build communities of like-minded, creative and ambitious people.”

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the cost of workspace. The Foundry promotes networking, sharing ideas, creating joint ventures, and building an entrepreneurial community.

Matt is thrilled to see his vision become a reality. At first, businesses were little more than tenants sharing a space. Quickly, however, they began networking, hiring each other, sharing resources, and becoming friends. “All because they are in close proximity to one another,” he explains.

Brandon Houston established The Foundry as a co-working community.

Collingwood continues to develop as a destination for entrepreneurial ventures. These ambitious young companies are finding a home at The Foundry.

“Collingwood was a shipbuilding centre for its first 100 years. That was the industry that built Collingwood,” Matt says. “ The businesses under The Foundry’s roof will help build the next century.”

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Brock Street in Downtown Uxbridge. Photo by: Chris Harte www.flickr.com/photos/ chrisharte/20887474612

Uxbridge BY LESLEY KENNY

Set in a valley, on the northern slopes of the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Township of Uxbridge, Ontario – officially designated the Trail Capital of Canada – is surrounded by farmland and a vast network of walking and cycling trails. Settled by Quakers in the 1800s, Uxbridge offers a peaceful, rural lifestyle with distinct urban advantages.

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ess than an hour northeast of Toronto, and within the Durham Region, Uxbridge is part of the GTA. This location makes it ideal for those who work in neighbouring urban centres and enjoy summers at the cottage – Uxbridge is only an hour and a half from cottage country, both Haliburton and Muskoka, and within 45 minutes to the Kawarthas. The township supports an active and vibrant cultural scene. A number of Canadian artists have homes and studios here, and residents enjoy the Annual Studio Tour and Summerfest’s Art-inthe-Park. The Uxbridge Music Hall hosts live productions, stand-up comedy and concerts, and the beautiful and historic Thomas Foster Memorial is home to concerts, yoga classes and more. If you’re active or want to be inspired to enjoy a more active lifestyle, the Township of Uxbridge has what you need: two ice rinks, an indoor pool, skate park, soccer fields, curling, world-class golf courses in town and many more nearby, and two ski resorts (Dagmar and Lakeridge). And then there’s the trails. The Uxbridge trails wind through historic villages, forests and meadows, for a total of 220km of managed trails, spread over 8,000 acres. Wooden boardwalks and bridges cross ponds and streams, and lookout platforms with benches provide restful views of marshlands. Major trails include the Oak Ridges Moraine and The Great Trail. Birders, walkers, runners, cyclists and horseback riders all welcome. Home to small businesses, cultivation farms and many beekeepers, the Township of Uxbridge has a number of elementary schools, a high school, Montessori school and a 20-bed hospital (currently under expansion) with a 24-hour emergency service. As well as wide streets and audible church bells, downtown Uxbridge retailers include urban cafés, an organic grocery store, gluten-free bakery, chocolatier, and restaurants like Urban Pantry

that serve local produce, including a bison burger from nearby Thunder Ridge sustainable bison farm. New to the community in 2020, when Slabtown Cider’s patio is full, locals bring blankets and take over the grass where kids and dogs are welcome. The Second Wedge Brewing Company is also a popular spot with its live music and outdoor beer tent. And bonus, it’s right beside the Uxbridge Farmers’ Market, voted by Farmers Market Ontario the 2019 Market of the Year. Blue Heron Books is a community hub for friends to meet and enjoy a cozy book browse, and they organize an annual literary festival. The restored and wheelchair accessible Roxy movie theatre offers first-run movies (and real butter for your popcorn!) and hosts a film-festival. The Township of Uxbridge offers the peace of rural living, an idyllic outdoor lifestyle and cultural amenities that add to the pleasures of living in this community.

CHESTNUT PARK’S NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE HAS EXPANDED TO UXBRIDGE Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage 9 MAIN STREET SOUTH, UXBRIDGE, ON, L9P 1P7 905 852 0002

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CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL Chestnut Park's Global Partner By the Numbers

Curated Network of Real Estate Specialists Representing:

138

Affiliated Brokerages

49

940

Countries & Territories

11,000

Numbers of Luxury Properties Worldwide

32,000

Offices

US$43B

Value of Luxury Properties Worldwide

Properties by price (number of properties)

US$1M-$3M US$3M-$5M US$5M-$10M US$10M-$20M US$3M-$5M

Real Estate Professionals

US$500B Real Estate Sales Over the Last Five Years

Properties by region (value of properties)

Europe, the Middle East &Africa United States & Canada Latin America & Caribbean Asia & Australia

OUR EXCLUSIVE AFFILIATION

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.

GLOBAL MARKETING REACH

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.

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

With Christie’s elite global presence and reach, Chestnut Park properties are marketed to discerning buyers through a vast sales network that reaches around the world.

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

Vlad Novikov mixes a Cucumber Blossom cocktail at the Z Bar. Grant Kessler Photography

Shaken and Stirred:

Your Expert Guide to the Perfect Home Bar Setup A master mixologist shares his tips for stocking the ideal home bar, and how to make your drinks like a pro. CONTENT PROVIDED BY CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE

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ames Bond famously likes his martinis shaken; Mad Men’s Don Draper prefers his old fashioneds well muddled; and the cast of Sex and the City simply ask that their cosmopolitans are plentiful. Cocktails have a storied relationship with the screen, and often influence what we choose to drink in our own spaces—but is it possible to recreate something as exciting at home? Yes, says Vlad Novikov, director of cocktails and culture at The Peninsula Chicago’s Z Bar. Here, he shares his tips for the perfect home bar setup, and how you can shake up (or stir) star-worthy cocktails of your own. >>

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Many people don’t shake their cocktails hard enough. Shake hard and fast, and then strain your cocktails promptly.

Ensuring you have the ingredients for an old fashioned—a traditional whiskey cocktail with bitters and soda water—is a good start for your home bar. Image: Grant Kessler Photography

Personal and Practical

Building your home bar is a very personal process. Ignore any advice on specific bottles you feel you should have and focus instead on two or three cocktails—classic or modern—that you love. Start with the bottles you need for those, and then slowly expand, adding on ingredients for popular but classic drinks as you go if you do a lot of entertaining. Organize your home bar so that your setup includes some counter space to do the actual drink preparation, and preferably near a sink whenever possible. And be sure to have ice, which is often overlooked in home bars. Be sure to use fresh ice, or store your ice cubes in sealed plastic bags so they don’t absorb aromas from your freezer and transfer them to your drink.

Invest in a good shaker. Most professionals use a two-piece tin-on-tin shaker.

Well Equipped

Invest in a good shaker. Most professionals use a two-piece tin-on-tin shaker, such as the weighted Koriko tins, but you can also use cobblerstyle shakers, which have built in strainers. Apart from your shaker, you’ll also need a classic Hawthorne strainer. Look out for one with a very tight coil than can actually filter ice chips and pulp. Many people will omit this item, and just strain through a small opening in the tins, but this affects the texture of the drink immensely. For stirred cocktails such as old fashioneds, manhattans, and negronis, you’ll need not only a good bar spoon, but also a mixing glass. For a home bar setup, I would err on the side of elegance, but even a simple pint glass will suffice. When looking for a bar spoon it’s important that it is long, and that the neck has a square cross section with a tight twist.

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When Buying a Wooden muddler avoid textured styles with teeth as they tend to tear up the fruit.

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Z Bar Summer Wind. Image: Grant Kessler Photography

Essential Accessories

The right accessories can make all the difference to your drink. For example, muddlers are great for making mojitos and caipirinhas, and can also be used to muddle fruit for your old fashioneds. When looking for muddlers I recommend a larger size for ease of use, and to avoid textured styles with teeth as they tend to tear up the fruit more than necessary. Muddling is more like pressing and less like crushing or shredding.

Often omitted yet essential, you’ll need a small paring knife and cutting board too, to cut garnish.

A jigger [measure] is essential for consistency. Look for one that has graduations on the inside, as many recipes will use fractions of ounces. If you’re making cocktails with citrus such as daiquiris and lemon drops, I would highly recommend getting a hand juicer, such as the Chef ’n, so that your citrus is as fresh as possible. Often omitted yet essential, you’ll need a small paring knife and cutting board too, to cut garnish. And keep a tea towel handy—even if you don’t spill anything there will be condensation on your tools after preparing the drinks.

A jigger [measure] is essential for consistency.

In the Mix When looking for a bar spoon it’s important that it is long, and that the neck has a square cross section with a tight twist.

When it comes to mixing, many people don’t shake their cocktails hard enough. Shake hard and fast , and then strain your cocktails promptly. If making manhattans and martinis, seal and refrigerate your vermouths after opening, and buy quality brands such as Dolin or Carpano. And finally, people often ask me: martinis, shaken or stirred? My personal preference is to shake vodka martinis, and to stir gin martinis.

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// A PEEK AT LUXURY LIVING AROUND THE WORLD //

View from The Boyd Residence Penthouse , Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Listing on Page 83 82 82

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TUSCAN CHIANTI ESTATE, San Casciano In Val Di Pesa, Italy Interior: Sq. Ft: 20,451 // Exterior: 12.36 Acres // Property Type: Estate

In the heart of the tranquil Italian countryside bounded by cypresses, vineyards, olive groves, and forests, lies this historic and luxurious estate overlooking the Chianti Classico Hills. Dating from the 13th century, this estate has a noble history and is one of the finest examples of traditional Tuscan estates in Chianti Classico, just 30 minutes’ drive from Florence.

A UNIQUE HISTORY The villa was once owned by the renowned Dutch painter Karel Appel who lived and worked in the Atelier between 1989 and 2000. One of his sculptures, The Horse, can still be admired in the lavender garden.

THE ESTATE This magnificent estate encompasses 1,900 square meters, or more than 20,000 square feet of living space surrounded by

five hectares, or nearly 12 acres of land. There are two luxurious private villas, three atelier apartments, and a historic dwelling, Fatoria Marzocco, which offers four apartments. The estate’s stylish interiors have been carefully renovated by local artisans using the finest Tuscan materials, which bring a quintessentially Italian feel.

Christie’s Internation Real Estate

Agenzia Romolini Immobiliare

London, England, United Kingdom Georgina James +44(0)207 389 2942

Via Trieste N.10-52031 Anghiari (AR) Anghiari, Arezzo, 52031 Italy Riccardo Romolini 0039 0575 788948

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The Chateau in Brittany, Finistere, France Beds: 7 // Sq. Ft: 24,757 // Property Type: Villa/Town

The ancient embraces the ultramodern in this timeless estate on 98.8 acres (40 hectares) of wooded land with 1.24 miles (2 km) of frontage on the River Aven in southern Brittany. The magnificent limestone structure, built and developed from the 15th to the 18th centuries, fell into disrepair until extensive restoration and renovation over the last 20 years brought it into the 21st century. The restoration took roughly seven years to dismantle the structure stone by stone, with a crew of seven stonemasons permanently on-site. They created a granite quarry on the property to acquire new stone. The artisans’ contemporary touches nevertheless respect the structure’s antiquity. The castle’s innovatively updated interiors extend to nearly 25,000 square feet (2,300 square meters) of expansive, airy living and entertaining space.

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David Bilder Real Estate

London, England, United Kingdom Georgina James +44(0)207 389 2942

3 Avenue du Marché La Baule Escoublac, Loire Atlantique, 44500 France David Bilder +33 6 60 10 07 00

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The Boyd Penthouse in Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000 Australia Beds: 4 // Baths: 5 full // Sq. Ft: 2,400 // Property Type: Penthouse

To view the video visit www.theboydresidence.com.au An ambitious work of pure genius, this incomparable residence is the crowning glory of the internationally awarded ANZ Tower in Sydney ’s CBD, complete with a resort-style rooftop pool, private secured garaging and a private lift . Having a gross floor area of approximately 2 ,400sqm over three levels that bask in magnificent harbour and city views, it was named the world’s finest residence at the International Design & Architecture Awards 2017. Showcasing unprecedented levels of privacy and opulence with 24-hour security, the penthouse accommodates four lavish bedroom suites each with a marble bathroom. Its many grand entertaining spaces are of a scale which has to be seen to be believed, framed by soaring double-height ceilings and dramatic walls of glass. One of the world’s great trophy homes, and the only residence within the building, the ANZ Tower Penthouse has no equal, making it an address of true international appeal. Inspect: By appointment Co agent: Bill Malouf 0411 428 354 L J Hooker Double Bay

Ken Jacobs Exclusive Affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate Level One at 31-33 Knox Street Double Bay, New South Wales, 2028 Australia Ken Jacobs + 61 2 9328 1422

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As Good As It Gets, Aspen, Colorado

Beds:7 // Baths: 7 full | 2 partial // Sq. Ft: 20,740 // Property Type: Single Family Home This Aspen single family home is for sale and has 7 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 2 partial baths and was built in 2020. This single family home is listed on the Christie’s International Real Estate website in zipcode 81611 (Central Core) and it boasts 20,740 Sq.Ft. of interior space. Nearby neighborhoods include: Central Core, Downtown Aspen, Main Street Historic District , Aspen Historic District , The East End, East Aspen, Centennial and Smuggler.

Christie’s International Real Estate Aspen Haldeman Banner Team 520 E Durant Ave. Ste. 205 Aspen, Colorado, 81611 United States Mark Haldeman 970 510 0037

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Christie’s International Real Estate Aspen DiLucia Lincoln Team 520 E Durant Ave. Ste. 205 Aspen, Colorado, 81611 United States Tony Dilucia 970 379 4275 // 970 379 5064

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ERICA ANNE COOK

In a Real Estate market moving at lightening speed with record breaking prices, expertise and experience selling luxury properties, counts more than ever! For more than 30 years, Erica Anne has helped clients who value her knowledge, patient negotiation skills, networking and marketing techniques that has enabled them to have successful sales and confidence in the value of their luxury property purchases. A consistent top producer, active in Rosedale, Moore Park, Summerhill, Yorkville & Deer Park, her concierge customer service and positive approach makes each transaction with Erica Anne, a stressfree interaction!

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 2020 Direct: 416 903 3132 Office: 416 925 9191 homes@ericaannecook.com // www.ericaannecook.com

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

www.hbrealestate.ca Helen Braithwaite, BROKER

Chairman’s Award Winner, 2017–2020 helenbraithwaite@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 561 3114

Michelle Phillips, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

President’s Award Winner, 2020 mphillips@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 647 261 3655

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Award-Winning Toronto Real Estate Advisors Providing Luxury Service For Every Client. With over 16 years of deep knowledge, our results-driven success continues to grow with our referral-based business, as we personally invest in our partnerships with our clients. The expertise, innovation and seamless approach that clients associate with our brand translates to record-breaking results. We would welcome the opportunity to assist you in your real estate journey!

Recommended For a Reason.

CHARLENE KALIA , SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Chairman’s Award Winner 2020 Office: 416 925 9191 // Direct: 416 953 1226 charlene@charlenekalia.com www.charlenekalia.com

Providing Concierge Level Service. Supporting you every step of the way. Achieving record breaking results. #1 Team Chestnut Park Real Estate 2020 www.eileenlasswell.com Eileen Lasswell **

Chairman’s Award Winner 2016-2020

Catherine Mortimer**, Kate Buck*, Alexandra Sandler*, Ann Macnaughton* EileenLasswell@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191 * Sales Representative Direct: 416 875 8338

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Bringing the most desired homes to Toronto's most discerning buyers. Tailored high-quality service is what I delivered to my clients as an award winning personal shopper at Holt Renfrew. This type of service is now woven into the fabric of how I help you buy and sell real estate. With my fingers on the pulse of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, you’ll be the first to know about market shifts and where to buy. As a seller, your property will rise above the competition with my innovative marketing techniques that expose your property to local, national and international markets. The combination of my bespoke service, global reach and innovative use of technology is the reason why I sold $89 million in real Estate in the last two years and a Chairman’s award winner.

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JEFF KNIGHT, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

jeffknight@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191 Direct: 416 579 1154

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, 2020 mariannemiles@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191

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What drew me to real estate is my love for our city, its many distinct and beautiful neighbourhoods, and the people who shape them. Buying and selling property is a balance between emotion and hard data. I enjoy helping my clients weigh the many factors that come into play, to make informed, logical decisions resulting in for them, the right choices. I bring experienced objective advice and negotiation skills to maximize value. I am keenly focused on my clients and my track record is solid. “Cathy was instrumental in helping me purchase my dream home in Forest Hill. Her thorough understanding of Toronto’s luxury market and careful negotiation skills helped me secure an incredible property (during a pandemic!). The home and neighborhood have exceeded my expectations - all because of Cathy’s talent and skill.” - Erin Elofson, Head of Pinterest Canada Chairman’s Award Winner 2020 Direct: 416 894 2389 Office: 416 925 9191 cathy@cathypark.com

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

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

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

KAIJA PITT SALES REPRESENTATIVE

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

THE RENNIE TEAM - “DREAM TEAM”-HC In The Words of Our Clients... “My experience with The Rennie Team has been simply outstanding! What began in 2009 with Janice and continued with a recent sale in June 2020, I could not be happier. With 3 House sales and two rentals, each and every transaction and process went very smoothly. The Rennie Team’s knowledge base of the area, diligence, care and attention to detail made all my transactions worry-free. The Rennie Team was somehow able to always be one step ahead and ultimately see me through another sale and purchase. When the process seemed daunting, they were the eternal optimists and reassured me that everything would work out - and it did! From market analysis, contract negotiations, and doing literally whatever it took to get the deals done, they were outstanding! I highly recommend them. The Rennie Team - simply the BEST!” - MG

YOUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS, CORE SPECIALISTS AND TRUSTED REAL ESTATE ADVISORS - YOUR DREAM TEAM! CHESTNUT PARK’S #1 TEAM FOR 16 YEARS!

THE RENNIE TEAM

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

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Kin Wong BROKER

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

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

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

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

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Sandy & Samantha, or “The Waldie Girls” as they are often titled diligently cater to all price points of the marketplace. Their dedication to their clients is immeasurable as is their depth of knowledge of the current and historic Muskoka cottage real estate market, including it’s residents both seasonal and year round. Having grown up in Toronto and Muskoka, they maintain strong ties to both communities. Sandy has been the premier listing and selling waterfront Realtor on the Muskoka Lakes & Consistently the top performing Sales Representative for Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd Port Carling, Muskoka for over 25 years. Samantha Waldie is also a consistent Top Chairman’s Award winner year after year with Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd. Beyond her wonderful field work she also conducts impressive social media campaigns for all their buyers & sellers. Professionalism, integrity, loyalty, expertise & engaging personalities is forever found @WaldieInMuskoka.

Sandy Waldie, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 705 646 4747

@waldieinmuskoka // muskokalakescottages.net

Samantha Waldie SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 705 706 3350

sandrawaldie@yahoo.com // samanthawaldie@live.ca

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

FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AND PROVEN RESULTS

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

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APRIL DRANE , SALES REPRESENTATIVE, CSA CERTIFIED STAGING ADVOCATE Since moving from Toronto to Gravenhurst in 2004, April has developed solid local connections while maintaining her urban roots. Transitioning from a successful career as a interior decorator/home stager into Real Estate Sales in 2010, she wins trust from clients with her discreet , knowledgeable and creative style. A positive approach keeps her focused on her client ’s needs as she delivers successful real estate transactions in a challenging marketplace. April represents Chestnut Park’s local Gravenhurst office at 181 Bay Street. 705 684 9087. Chairman’s Sales Award, 2020 Direct: 416 617 3733 // Office: 705 684 9087 aprilgadsbydrane@sympatico.ca

// MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS // HUNTSVILLE // LAKE OF BAYS //

KIM O’GRADY BROKER

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

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

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

Elissa Boughen, BA, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

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

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// MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS // HUNTSVILLE // LAKE OF BAYS // ALMAGUIN //

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

Teresa Dafoe, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

info@teresadafoe.ca Direct: 705 380 0295

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only a 4 season lifestyle can offer. Buying or selling real estate? We have what it takes to handle every detail of your transaction, so you don’t have to. We pride ourselves on making sure we meet all our Buyers and Sellers expectations from start to finish and onwards. Talk it over with the Picot Team.

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THE PICOT TEAM

BARB PICOT , SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 705 444 3452 RON PICOT, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 705 446 8580 TAYLOR MCFADYEN, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 647 823 5643 ELIZABETH JILON, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Office: 705 445 5454 Direct: 705 444 3452 // picot@rogers.com // MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS // HALIBURTON //

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

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

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// MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS // UXBRIDGE //

Jennifer has a proven track record in luxury sales, paired with a strong and passionate background in the design industry. Jennifer’s creativity and expertise in the interior and exterior design world give her the ability to tackle and support client’s needs, whether advising on staging or developing a vision from a blank slate. Jennifer prides herself in delivering a fun, seamless and successful experience for her clients.

Jennifer Caron, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 647 216 7186 Jen@jennifercaron.ca jennifercaron.ca IG @jennifercaron_realtor

Since joining Chestnut Park, Sorrelle has been actively and passionately promoting the Uxbridge area. When she moved there almost 30 years ago, Sorrelle fell in love with the topography, vast network of trails, fabulous shops and restaurants - and especially the wonderful people. She knows, from personal experience, residents here support each other. Uxbridge is a community that cares. Sorrelle has been instrumental in the development of the “Coming Soon” Chestnut Park office to Uxbridge and is excited to continue supporting its presence and growth. She is pleased to connect and share more about life in this truly spectacular community, less than an hour from Toronto. Sorrelle is renowned for her loyalty, integrity, honesty, sensitivity and a personal connection. As a strategic planner who ran her own business, Sorrelle knows how to ensure a successful outcome for her clients.

Sorrelle A. Golomb , SALES REPRESENTATIVE

DIRECT: 416 200 1922 | OFFICE: 416 852 0002

sorrelle@sorrelle.ca

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// MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS // UXBRIDGE //

Leah is a dedicated full-time Realtor® who has spent years serving York Region and the GTA. Her practical experience in both land sales and residential real estate, has laid the groundwork for personal relationships built upon confidence and trust. Leah now resides in the Uxbridge area and is energized by the opportunity to be part of ‘The Country’s’ changing face in rural Ontario. She can provide a wealth of knowledge about the area and Real Estate Market. Uxbridge is a beautiful place to live and work and she’s excited to serve her clients for years to come! Whether you are a first-time buyer or seller, looking to upgrade or downsize, or an accomplished real estate investor or developer, Leah is eager to apply her energy, market expertise and expert negotiation skills to your next real estate endeavour.

Leah Sprott, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 647 994 1272 Office: 905 852 0002 info@leahsprott.com

Rolling hills, hiking trails, horse farms, golf courses and fresh air are some of the many ways to describe Uxbridge and surrounding areas. For 15 years Angela and Maureen’s clients, family and friends have successfully trusted the Wood Team with their next move. Both Angela and Maureen have invaluable experience representing many facets of real estate including farm properties, vacant land, residential, condo sales (new and re-sale) and estate homes. This duo has collaborated directly with developers, creating in depth sales and marketing platforms for new condominium and townhome projects. The Wood Team has successfully soldout entire projects. Their sales accomplishments have been recognized with multiple industry awards throughout their real estate careers.

For unparalleled service Angela and Maureen welcome the opportunity to move you forward with the Wood Team

Angela Wood, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Maureen Gilleece, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Angela: 416 817 9575 // angela@woodteam.ca Maureen: 416 895 2255 // maureen@woodteam.ca woodteam.ca

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// OUR CHESTNUT PARK OFFICE LOCATIONS //

Toronto

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

Forest Hill

Muskoka // Port Carling

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

Muskoka // Foot’s Bay

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

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

Southern Georgian Bay/Collingwood

Huntsville // Lake of Bays (Florence St.)

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

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

Grey Bruce / Owen Sound

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

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

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

Grey Bruce / Wiarton

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

Grey Bruce / Tobermory

Baysville/Lake of Bays

2676 Muskoka Road 117, Baysville, Ontario, P0B 1A0 O: 705 767 2121 E: lakeofbays@chestnutpark.com

Gravenhurst

7433 Hwy 6, Tobermory, Ontario N0H 2R0 T: 519 371 5455 E: tobermory@chestnutpark.com

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

Simcoe County / Barrie / Innisfil

Prince Edward County // Picton

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

Simcoe County/ Barrie / Craighurst / Orillia

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

Lake Simcoe // North of Markham

2093 Horseshoe Valley Road W., Craighurst, Ontario L4M 4Y4 T: 705 445 5454 E: barrie@chestnutpark.com

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

Kingston

Erin // Caledon // Mono // King

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

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

Northumberland County

Haliburton

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

Peterborough // The Kawarthas

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

Stratford // Huron-Perth

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

The 1000 Islands

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

Unionville // North of Markham T: 905 479 8989

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

Aurora

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

Uxbridge

9 Main Street South, Uxbridge, Ontario L9P 1P7 T: 905 852 0002 E: uxbridge@chestnutpark.com

Guelph

28 Douglas Street Guelph, Ontario N1H 2S9 T: 519 804 4095

Waterloo

Unit 50, 75 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1P2 T: 519 804 7200

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