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ON THE WATER

2021 Super Air Nautique G23: A Review

COVER STORY

A True Taste of the Land

The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery

REAL ESTATE CONFIDENTIAL

Do House Prices Always Go Up?

Heartful Heroes: Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity | Travel: The 1000 Islands Ontario’s Waterfront Playground | Writers’ Trust Must Reads: Canadian Stories 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.

Health & Wellness

Art & Design

Sheena’s Place

In Conversation With Constance Maconaghie

Cover Story

Prince Edward County Living

A True Taste of the Land: The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery

A Light in the Storm: Point Traverse Lighthouse

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elcome to our summer 2021 issue of Invest in Style.

Heartful Heroes

Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity: When Love Is Not Enough

customers generous patios and live music. Each of these businesses represents a dream come true for three couples.

As this issue goes to print, it’s looking like many of the strictest lockdown measures will be lifted, across our province. The businesses that were able to survive more than a year of closure, or partial closure, will once again open their doors and welcome back customers. And, the best sign of summer – open patios where we can sip our favourite drink and meet friends and family to enjoy a meal in the fresh air. Patios may not be overflowing this summer, as we re-enter “normal” with caution, but seeing our fellow citizens out and about enjoying themselves will be a welcome relief.

Our travel article features The 1000 Islands, Ontario’s spectacular water playground. Read about the many opportunities there for summer fun by bike, boat, helicopter and on foot. If you’re near Huntsville, check out the Muskoka Bicycle Pro Shop, the largest bike shop of its kind north of Toronto, under new management and a dream come true for this husband-and-wife team.

Other than the season they are written for, we don’t plan themed issues of Invest in Style. But if you’ve been thinking of starting your own business, we think you’ll be inspired by the people (especially the many women!) within the pages of this issue. Our cover story features a mother-daughter duo who own the Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery, one of the first vineyards in Prince Edward County and the largest. Nestled among their 120 acres of vineyards is a two-hundred-year-old barn, now the winery, tasting room and beautiful setting for special events. In the heart of Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood, another mother-daughter team owns a successful vintage clothing boutique.

From the arts scene we bring you a story about The Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts which opened a month before Covid hit, forcing the executive director to stretch her creative powers. We think you’ll enjoy the work of artist Constance Maconaghie whose black and white watercolours play on ideas of memory and imagination.

In our Heartful Heroes feature, we bring you the story of how one family’s unimaginable tragedies led to the creation of the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity. The Uxbridge-based JACC is going strong after 30 years of helping families with sick children, at a point when they have nowhere else to turn.

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.

Also in Uxbridge, the trail capital of Canada, a microbrewery and two cideries produce handcrafted small-batch beer and cider and offer

In these pages you can read about the history of Bigwin Island – now a premiere world class resort destination in Muskoka – and Canada’s Martello Towers along Kingston’s picturesque waterfront.

Many of the businesses featured in this issue are keeping it local. From the sister-owned new subscription box business, The Local Mile Box, and the brewery and cideries who incorporate local ingredients, to Ginger Press, the bookshop-publisher, where the owner focuses on publishing books about Owen Sound and the surrounding area, as she works exclusively with local writers and artists.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Invest in Style as much as we enjoyed producing it for you. Stay safe, patronize your favourite businesses, and enjoy the summer of 2021.

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2021 Super Air Nautique G23: A Review

COVER STORY

A True Taste of the Land

The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery

REAL ESTATE CONFIDENTIAL

Do House Prices Always Go up?

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// REAL ESTATE CONFIDENTIAL //

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.

Do House Prices Always Go Up? House prices are driven by a number of economic factors. The two most important are mortgage interest rates and household income.

As long as buyers can pay more, which they were able to between 2019 and mid-May 2021, prices will increase, as they did. There is no question that going forward demand will exceed supply, and that’s before immigration to the greater Toronto area resumes.

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he simple answer is both yes and no. This is not a facetious statement. It’s ambiguous because house prices are driven by a number of economic factors. The two most important are mortgage interest rates, and household income. The question related to rising home prices has been front and centre for some time but has become more urgent during the Covid-19 pandemic. This analysis is primarily focused on house prices in the Greater Toronto Area. Other factors have come to play in secondary markets which are beyond the scope of this article. During the pandemic, average home prices have skyrocketed. Until we dig deeper into the economic factors at play, this seems counterintuitive. So, what has happened during the pandemic to cause prices to increase to the stunning heights that they have reached?

To answer this question, it is necessary to look at what was happening in the housing market even before the pandemic. Two developments were occurring simultaneously. The housing shortage in the Greater Toronto Area had become critical, and

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mortgage interest rates were falling. The number of available properties for sale was simply not enough to meet demand. Consequently, there was always a buyer or two, or more, for every property that became available. But demand alone will have a marginal impact on rising prices. Households, for the most part, have fixed house-buying ability. Basically, this means they can only buy what they can afford, so no matter how many buyers there are for a property, its sale price will ultimately reach a number that aligns with the purchasing power of the buyers – not counting outliers who are funded by parents, relatives, trust accounts, or foreign buyers. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation indicates that the average household income for Toronto in 2019 was $109,480. Not taking into account the effect of the pandemic on wages, (many have lost jobs and household incomes have declined for some households), applying an annual three percent increase to household incomes since 2019, roughly the increase in the cost of living, the purchasing power of households should have increased and should have the effect of increasing average sale prices by a similar percentage.

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There is no question that going forward demand will exceed supply, and that’s before immigration to the Greater Toronto Area resumes. The federal government is hoping to attract 400,000 immigrants to Canada in 2022, a large number of whom will end up in the Greater Toronto Area. Even with more supply coming to the market, the increase in immigration will mean more demand and continued pressure on prices. Interest rates are expected to increase, even though this is not welcomed by the federal and provincial governments – they are, after all, massive debtors. Other economic forces will drive the increases. If rates increase by a single percentage point, that is a 28 percent increase. In June, 2021, the increase in the threshold for mortgage qualification will increase as a result of higher levels of stress testing. That means buyers will have to consider lesser-priced properties, and since they will have less purchasing power, prices are not likely to rise, and, in certain instances, will moderately decline.

Buyers have had more purchasing power, and since there were a lot of them, they drove prices to the limits of their purchasing power.

In 2019, the average sale price for homes sold in the Greater Toronto Area was $819,057. Applying the compounded increase in household income over the same period, the average sale price by mid-2021 should be approximately $895,000, an increase of a little over nine percent. However, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board reports that in April 2021 the average sale price for all properties sold was $1,090,992. This represents an increase of over 30 percent. So, what happened, and why did house prices increase so dramatically? The answer is mortgage interest rates.

This has been the story of rising house prices since 1996 when mortgage rates first began their decline. In 1995, posted mortgage interest rates were 8.95 percent, 157 percent higher than they are today, with average sale prices correspondingly lower. Rates had fallen constantly since 1990 when the mortgage rates were an eyepopping 13.25 percent. Prices did not begin to rise until 1997 when the rates fell to seven percent. Setting aside any possibility of government intervention or legislative micro-management, prices will rise if people can pay more – more accurately, service more debt. If rates rise, buyers will have less purchasing power and will have to lower their expectations. Either way it will modify house prices. So, can house prices decline? Yes, but that is not likely given that rates are not about to rise dramatically. Rather, we are likely to see prices stabilizing because of slowly rising household income and more costly debt service.

In 2019, five year posted mortgage interest rates were 4.29 percent. Since 2019, interest rates declined to 3.49 percent. The decline appears to be small, a mere 0.8 points. In percentage terms, however, this decline is closer to 20 percent. Based on my assumption, in that three-year period, the average household income increased by more than nine percent while at the same time mortgage interest rates decreased by almost 20 percent. It’s not surprising that the increase in average sale prices over this period jumped by the combined increase in household incomes and the decline in mortgage interest rates. As I mentioned above, there was massive pent-up demand even before the pandemic. That demand exploded in the latter half of 2020 and continues on to the middle of 2021. Through this period, buyers have had more purchasing power and since there were a lot of them, they drove prices to the limits of their purchasing power and prices reached record levels. Returning to the question “do house prices always go up?” the answer is that as long as buyers can pay more, which they were able to between 2019 and mid-May 2021, prices will increase, as they did.

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board reports that in April 2021 the average sale price for all properties sold was $1,090,992. This represents an increase of over 30 percent since 2019.

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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.

In Conversation

With Constance Maconaghie Exploring the natural beauty of Grey County and the Bruce Peninsula has made a lifelong impression on artist Constance Maconaghie, giving her a sense of present moment awareness, echoed in her work.

Photo by: Harriet Boyes Maconaghie

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ased on photographs, Constance Maconaghie paints primarily in gradients of black and white. A fascination with time and faded memory is evident in her watercolours, where the often-blurry blots call to mind the time between now and then, the present and the past, and how nostalgia and

re-remembering alters our perception of any given moment.

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“Fly Fishing”, watercolour on paper, 12” x 16”

What subject matter and themes are you currently exploring in your work? I paint photographs I’ve taken of moments I think carry some interesting meaning and composition. They’re usually deeply personal scenes, though recreating the image in paint sets up a new space that may raise questions or allow the viewer to explore their own imagination. I’ve always been excited by the idea that painting allows us to explore an everyday scene or moment in new ways. My hope is to create a dimensional travel space for my viewer–a vehicle for a wild ride, a moving trip in time, essentially. What materials do you gravitate towards? I paint primarily in black and white watercolour on paper; it’s a more ephemeral, impermanent medium of painting.

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“Bruce Caves Trail, Sunset”, watercolour on paper, 8” x 10”

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Where do you find inspiration? Definitely in the perceived unknown. Mystery, magic, dimensions, time, the universe, deep connection. There is more beyond the limits of our experience. How do you cope with creative blocks? For me, a block comes with the inability to capture what I imagined: a “failed” piece, which is easy to do in watercolour. Normally I wait for inspiration to hit me again naturally, but it does work to paint through a block like that until a discovery gets the awe and inspiration rolling again.

“Livingroom, Red Bay #2”, watercolour on paper, 8” x 10”

How would you describe the aesthetic of your work? I’m not one to believe that beauty is a bad word. I’m trying to use skill and poetry to move people into a new space. What I hope the viewer experiences is recognition of surroundings, of what is familiar–while at the same time questioning what they see, allowing for a departure from what is photographic into the realm of the mysterious. How has your work evolved over the past few years? I have always gravitated towards capturing the essence of what is familiar to me. In university, I was exploring snapshot portraiture in oil paint. Quick, accurate work about the moment, broad strokes and skill, seeing how much of that person I could capture beyond the photograph. I’ve moved into more atmospheric work, still about capturing the essence of memory but departing from the image a little more now into moments of abstraction. The move from colour to black and white has to do with the aesthetic of memory but also a way to abstract information a little further. Describe the philosophy behind your art. My work is quite subjective and personal, but also loosely symbolic in that it does investigate the certainty of mystery and magic that lies behind everyday appearances.

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“Livingroom, Red Bay House”, 8” x 8”, watercolour on paper

Do you have preferences around how your work is received? Art school taught me the importance of context and narrative. I keep my titles simple and frame my own work, using repurposed antique framing which I paint black playing on that sense of memory and nostalgia that accompanies my work. I purposely leave the rough edges of my paintings visible as an indicator of my imperfect human hand and process. I don’t often think through the whys of these decisions–but they’re intentional. Why is art important to you? It moves me up and away from insignificant narratives. The best forms of it can transform a person completely, to higher planes and into a very different, profound space. Music, art and poetry–I’ve found I need these experiences like I need food or water. constancemaconaghie.com

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Michele Viner

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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

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Offering hope and support to those with an eating disorder or disordered eating.

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adeleine Cho was in her last year at a Vancouver high school in 2013 when she began to suspect she was having issues around food and eating. A phone assessment with a city-run health service allayed her fears temporarily but just one year later, in her first year at University of Toronto, she knew things had worsened. Now away from home, with no official eating disorder diagnosis and unsure of what to do, Madeleine searched online and found Sheena’s Place located in downtown Toronto. “As soon as I walked in, I knew I had found a place that would help me, a place where I felt understood,” says Madeleine. Such was the intention of Lynn Carpenter more than 25 years ago when she, along with friends Trudy Eagan and Jane Fenton, worked to open Sheena’s Place. Located in a residential home, they set out to create a warm and welcoming space. Exactly the type of facility that Lynn’s daughter, Sheena, did not have available to her when she was dealing with her own eating disorder, a battle she lost in 1993 at the age of 22.

All these years later, Sheena’s Place offers people affected by disordered eating a place to be supported, whether they have an official diagnosis or not. “Eating disorders are a spectrum of psychiatric conditions that include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder,” says Sheena’s Place Executive Director, John Choi. “ That said, there are many people who don’t have a diagnosis, but may be engaged in disordered eating or have a troublesome relationship with food.” Sheena’s Place does not offer psychotherapy but instead offers support alongside treatment sought through private practice or a hospital program. Arts-based programs such as journalling and visual art, and movement-based programs such as yoga offer the chance to develop self-expression and self-care. Skill-building groups are more clinical in nature and teach skills through the use of DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy), a proven method in mental health for those living with restrictive behaviours. Nutrition is offered in the form of an immersive therapy to help participants re-establish their relationship with food. >>

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The beautiful healing garden at Sheena’s Place.

“We are really trying to break down the barriers and the stigma that keep people from getting the support they need,” says Choi. “Our eligibility criteria is different from most centres. We operate from what is essentially a welcoming home-setting, and are inclusionary of everyone. Our programs are group-based, free of charge, and professionally facilitated. We offer groups specifically for young adults, the trans and non-binary communities, as well as BIPOC individuals.” Sheena’s Place also offers specific groups for caregivers and loved ones of those who are affected by eating disorders. “We know that the earlier anyone needing support receives it, the better the outcome,” says Choi. That is why, as part of their 2019 strategic plan, Sheena’s Place began to take measures to offer some of their programs on-line, to further accessibility and reach. Of course, when Covid hit, that became a necessity. “The pandemic has exacerbated eating disorders in an alarming way,” says Choi, citing reports of calls to help lines and facilities increasing in some cases by more than 50%. “Support has been needed more than ever and we sped up our plans to move our programs on-line, but long after Covid is behind us, in addition to in-house groups, we plan to continue that.” Meanwhile, Madeleine continues to engage in groups at Sheena’s Place, even as she currently considers her health to be stable.

A meeting room offers a warm and welcoming space.

“It allows me to be in a space that is related to my eating disorder and contributes to my recovery,” she says. “When I walked into Sheena’s Place all those years ago, for the first time, I wasn’t hiding a piece of me. I could truly express every part of who I am.”

If you or a loved one need help with an eating disorder or disordered eating, please visit sheenasplace.org

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A True Taste of the Land:

The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery BY ANDREW HIND

Caroline Granger’s vinting philosophy is simple: do as little as possible to intervene in the process and let the grapes speak for themselves.

Our wines are a pure taste of Prince Edward County and of our farm. The flavours can’t be found in wines produced anywhere else in the world. – Maggie Granger

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n 2001, before Prince Edward County was one of Ontario’s premier wine-producing regions, Caroline Granger was among the earliest in the county to cultivate grapes, planting two ‘blocks’ of vines – a vinicultural term for an area greater than an acre, typically representing a single variety or distinctive soil type.

Two decades later, all Grange wines – 7,000 to 10,000 cases each year – are 100% estate grown and produced by hand. As a result, the wines boast an intensity of authentic flavour not found elsewhere in the province. “My favorite is the Gamay Noir,” says Maggie Granger, one half of the mother-daughter duo behind this 20-year-old winery. “It was the first one I feel like I really had a hand in making and it’s a flavourful, easy drinking wine that exceeds people’s expectations.” Maggie started helping in the vineyard when she was 13, worked the tasting bar as a summer job during university, and returned after earning her degree to join her mother as a partner in crafting wines with substance, flavour, and texture. “It’s a very collaborative relationship,” she explains. “Growing in PEC is exciting because we don’t have a wine tradition here. We’re making that tradition now. Not being hindered by expectations allows us to seek inspiration from many different wine-producing places, resulting in exciting, unique wines.”

The Grange occupies land that has been farmed continuously since the early 1800s. Photo by: Kassandra Melnyk Photography

Maggie’s passion, and the winery’s success, owes itself to the vision of her mother, Caroline, who followed an unlikely career path to become one of Prince Edward County’s leading winemakers. At the age of 16, Caroline was spotted by a talent agent. Days later, she was whisked off to Paris to begin a successful decade-long career as a Ford model (her first professional gig was a shoot for French Vogue). Years later, retired from modelling, newly single with three young kids, Caroline found herself contemplating her next chapter. Fate intervened. When Caroline’s parents considered selling their PEC farm, she knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She returned to the family farm to grow grapes and open a winery. Of the family’s 600-acre holdings, the winery represents 120 acres ideally suited to grape cultivation. Prince Edward County is a limestone island surrounded by water; the limestone provides nutrients for grapevines and the lake has a moderating effect on the climate. The farm is located a bit inland which offers some shelter from the storms that brew upon the lake, and boasts rolling hills perfect for growing grapes.

Carefully curated antiques and the hearth of a period fireplace create a rustic elegance in the tasting room. Photo by: Kassandra Melnyk Photography

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Nestled amongst vineyard rows and quiet gardens, the jewel of the property is the almost-200-year-old restored heritage barn that has been converted into the winery, tasting room and events space. Surrounded by carefully chosen antiques and in the shadow of a magnificent field-stone fireplace, guests sample wines that run the gamut from spiced white, – infused with cinnamon, cardamon, star of anise and cloves, it’s like Christmas

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The heart of the Grange of Prince Edward is a restored 19th century barn overlooking a tranquil pond. Photo by: Kassandra Melnyk Photography

in a bottle – to the flagship red pinot noir (tasting notes include red fruit like cherry and plum, and 24 months in a barrel give a subtle oak profile), to the newest wines, Stillwaters, and blends of chardonnay and pinot noir – you read that right, a mix of red and white – and wild ferment sauvignon blanc, unfiltered and cloudy, but rich in flavour. Want to sample the wines from the comfort of your home or yard, maybe while sitting around a crackling fire? Order a tasting kit ($21 plus $12 S+H), which comes with four, one-ounce wine samples and a monogrammed tasting glass. Order six, full-size bottles or more and shipping is free. Because the farm is a small, family-run business, Caroline remains hands-on; most days find her working in the fields or pointing out the distinctive textures and tastes of wines in the barn tasting room. The public is invited to explore the scenic grounds, soak in the tranquil setting, and slow down. “Our wines are a pure taste of Prince Edward County and of our farm,” says Maggie. “The flavours can’t be found in wines produced anywhere else in the world.” grangewinery.com 990 Closson Road, Hillier , Ontario Phone: 613 399 1048

All of the Grange’s wines are 100% estate grown and made by hand. Photo by: Kassandra Melnyk Photography

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ne of life’s simplest pleasures is sitting down with a good book and a nice cup of tea. It’s always a bonus to read a story set

in your hometown, meet a character that reminds you of a friend, or learn something new about a nearby neighbourhood. It’s important for Canadian writers to keep writing so we can continue to see ourselves in the books we read, so we can better understand our neighbours’ perspectives.

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji – 2019 (finalist) Téa Mutonji’s Shut Up You’re Pretty is a fiercely intelligent collection of short stories about the inner lives of young women in Toronto’s east-end. Driven by crisp dialogue and meticulous psychological detail, Mutonji takes the reader into her nuanced study of a young Congolese immigrant, always refusing to look away from pain and uncertainty. This is a compelling work about the fear and yearning of our youth.

Thanks to generous donors like Chestnut Park, the Writers’ Trust of Canada celebrates and encourages talented local authors to help bring their stories to a page near you. Writers’ Trust literary awards and programs support our nation’s writers at every stage of their careers. So, whether you enjoy warmly steeped, fruity iced, or Long Island, grab your favourite cuppa and relax with one of these must-read Canadian books.

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan – 2011 (finalist) From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, musician Sid Griffiths leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world and into the heart of his own guilty conscience. The bestselling, award-winning Half-Blood Blues is an entrancing, electric story about jazz, race, love, and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves — and demand of others — in the name of art.

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction

Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging by Tessa McWatt – 2020 (finalist) Using broad research and powerful storytelling, Tessa McWatt’s Shame on Me travels through space and time to reconstruct the stories of her grandmothers. She begins in an allwhite classroom in Toronto, where a mindless teacher demands: “What are you?” That cruel question is at the heart of McWatt’s intelligent and provocative memoir, which stitches together the fractured pasts of her ancestors with her own sense of displacement to create a path forward.

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Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard – 2020 (finalist) Robyn Maynard’s rigorous scholarship and commanding prose unpack the insidious structures of violence and racism rooted in the Canadian state. Policing Black Lives documents the individual damage and collective trauma faced by Black communities across Canada. Maynard’s writing celebrates the community-based ethos of Black organizers, activists, and scholars and their lifeaffirming commitment to resisting and confronting state-sanctioned violence.

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill – 2007 (winner) An epic work of passionate storytelling where history charts its course through the life of a remarkable woman, Aminata Diallo. The Book of Negroes has been adapted into a mini-series by Canadian director Clement Virgo starring Cuba Gooding Jr. The original novel by Lawrence Hill details a provocative journey not only across oceans and back again, into homelands both stolen and reclaimed, but into the unfathomable depths of the soul of another.

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Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis – 2015 (winner) Philosophy given a perfect form. In André Alexis’s powerful apologue, Fifteen Dogs, questions of knowledge and happiness, fidelity and fate are grounded in the real-world adventures of a group of dogs who live near Toronto’s High Park. Here is a beautifully written allegory for our times: one in which man’s best friend shows us the benefits of higher consciousness.

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

The Origin of Waves by Austin Clarke – 1997 (winner) Two elderly men, childhood friends who haven’t seen each other in fifty years, collide in a snowstorm on a Toronto street. In the warmth of a nearby bar, through the afternoon and into the night, they relate stories and share memories of a past in Barbados. The Origin of Waves is a Canadian classic infused with humour and nostalgia for the idea of home.

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Childhood by André Alexis – 1998 (finalist) Raised in a Southern Ontario town in the ’50s and ’60s, Thomas is abandoned to the care of his eccentric Trinidadian grandmother. Then, at ten, his mother reclaims him, taking him to Ottawa and to the once-splendid home of a gentle conjurer with a love of science and the imagination. But is he Thomas’s father? Moving and wryly humorous, Childhood tells the story of a man’s quest for what is lost, bringing him closer to the truth about himself.

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Brother by David Chariandy – 2017 (winner) Set in a Scarborough housing complex, this is an account of two brothers, the sons of Trinidadian immigrants, raised alone by their mother. The younger son faces the depth of his own grief in a world where he is viewed with suspicion and hostility. With stunning lyrical writing, pitch perfect pacing, and unexpected humour, David Chariandy’s Brother is an exceptional coming of age story that leaves us full of music and hope.

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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.

The 1000 Islands Ontario’s Waterfront Playground

The sheer number of getaway opportunities in The 1000 Islands is as stunning as the scenery is breathtaking.

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teeped in history, picturesque and accessible, The 1000 Islands is an archipelago of 1,864 islands that straddle the Canada-US border in the St. Lawrence River. The Iroquois Confederacy and Ojibwa people once called these islands Manitouana – Garden of the Great Spirit. Although the world-class

amenities here draw local and international visitors, the natural beauty of the river, its islands, shores, and wildlife, are what make this one of the most spectacular waterfront destinations in North America. Many of the islands are accessible by tour boat companies like City Cruises, Gananoque. Enjoy an evening dinner tour or a daytime cruise with stops on some of the more well-known shores, like Heart Island where you can wander the six-storey, 120-room Boldt Castle and its gardens. The fate of some 18th and 19th century ships now makes for some of the best scuba diving in Canada. But if you’d rather hear the shipwreck stories, some of the cruises provide interactive storytelling using sonar and video. For a more up-close-and-personal experience of the islands and aquatic life, local outfitters offer kayak and canoe rentals and guided tours along the shorelines between islands. Never squeezed into a kayak? Not a problem (technically, it’s getting out that’s more of a challenge). Experienced guides ensure your safe and enjoyable trip. Celebrate what we all hope is the end of lockdown days by renting a houseboat and taking a week to tour the islands at your own speed. Bring your own steaks and salad makings and enjoy onboard barbeques and deck-side drinks as you peek at the spectacular shoreline homes on the islands. On land, there’s a three-metre-wide paved bike path that runs parallel to The 1000 Islands Parkway and the St. Lawrence River. Bring your own wheels or rent a bike nearby. With numerous entry points along the 37km path with scenic lookouts, you

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The Thousand Islands International Bridge, across the St. Lawrence River,

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connects southeastern Ontario with northern New York.

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Boldt Castle’s Power House and Clock Tower, connected to Heart Island by a stone bridge.

If you prefer a 360 perspective, take the 40-second elevator ride up the 1000 Islands Tower when it reopens, to really appreciate the layout of the land. And water. For a drone’s eye view, book a 1000 Islands helicopter tour for 10, 20 or 30 minutes, whatever your sweaty palms allow. Swoop above Boldt and Singer Castles, The 1000 Islands Bridge and the Tower for a truly unforgettable Thousand Islands experience. Whether you want to sleep six in a rustic cabin and roast marshmallows around a campfire or take advantage of more luxurious accommodations, The 1000 Islands has something to suit your tastes and budget. Parks Canada offers oTENTik, a limited number of structures that combine the experience of camping in a tent with a rustic cabin. Spend the day on one of Dan’s Fishing Charter boats and cook your catch on a campfire that night. Followed by ‘smores. Or experience the elegance of the renovated Woodview Inn, with its old-world charm and fine dining in Graydon’s Restaurant. Their rooms include a set of garden suites for those looking for an urban cottage atmosphere. 24

The islands of varying sizes dot the waterfront for 80 miles downstream from the city of Kingston, about halfway between Toronto and Montreal.

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The Iroquois Confederacy and Ojibwa people once called these islands Manitouana – Garden of the Great Spirit.

Misty Isles Lodge offers waterfront cottages and campground sites, with onsite boat, bike and kayak rentals. There’s no shortage of casual and fine dining experiences in the area and many restaurants offer drinks from local microbreweries and wineries. Enjoy an intimate fireside dinner in Riva Restaurant, Gananoque. The beautifully restored historic building has a cozy bar and two garden patios. Overlooking the Ivy Lea Club marina and with stunning island views, Ivy Restaurant offers fine dining as well as an outdoor stone terrace with more casual fare. What will you do this summer? The simple answer has 1000 The 1000 Islands is part of Parks Canada’s national park system and is a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve.

possibilities.

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Prestigious and historic, this mid-town neighbourhood gets its name from the Gothic Revival mansion that towers above its quiet , residential streets.

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Casa Loma

Neighbourhood BY LESLEY KENNY PHOTOGRAPHY BY LESLEY KENNY

Between St. Clair Avenue West to the north, the national railway tracks to the south, Bathurst Street on the west and Spadina Avenue to the east, this quiet, elegant neighbourhood is home to a castle and a walkable ravine.

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restigious and historic, this mid-town neighbourhood gets its name from the Gothic Revival mansion that towers above its quiet, residential streets. Many of the majestic homes in Casa Loma neighbourhood are Georgian, Tudor, Edwardian, and English Cottage design. Wealthy residents were first drawn to the area in the early 1900s when Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellat built his 65,000 square foot, 98-room Casa Loma (“house on the hill”). When Pellat – who helped bring hydro-electricity to Toronto – could no longer afford the steep tax hike imposed after the depression, he and wife Mary left their private castle; it was taken over by the City of Toronto in 1924. Casa Loma and its gardens became a draw for residents who wanted to build their own generous homes in this leafy perch. Some of the front lawns in Casa Loma neighbourhood are among the most expansive in the city. Winding streets, cul-de-sacs and old maple and oak trees give this prestigious neighbourhood a cozy feel. Shared green spaces are plentiful here. Wells Hill Park, in the northwest corner, offers shady spots and picnic tables, a playground and splash pad for kids, ping-pong tables and plenty of room to throw a frisbee. Nordheimer Ravine winds along the eastern side of the neighbourhood with its creek, walkable paths and impressive stand of old oaks, ending at Roycroft Park. Some of the homes in the neighbourhood back onto the ravine. Between Casa Loma and the adjacent Spadina Museum, with its acres of scenic orchard and gardens, 110 wide stone-and-concrete steps, popular with walkers and runners, zig-zag up what was once the shoreline of the ancient Lake Iroquois (renamed Lake Ontario). The incredible view from the steps’ landings takes in the CN Tower and Toronto skyline, suggesting both its accessibility and the neighbourhood’s exclusive stature. >>

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Casa Loma neighbourhood shares Sir Winston Churchill Park with South Hill neighbourhood, to the east. The St. Clair reservoir, originally built in 1930, runs under this large park where 10 community tennis courts are floodlit for nighttime use. At the bottom of the park, a recently refurbished off-leash dog area is popular among local and visiting furry friends. Shopping, restaurants and other amenities line the north and west sides of this neighbourhood; walkable or a short drive. Within the neighbourhood, the highly-rated BlueBlood Steakhouse inside Casa Loma is a favourite with locals. Nearby fine dining opportunities include Scaramouche and Bistro Nord, and, a walk away, St. Clair Avenue West offers a variety of casual, multiethnic restaurants and boutique shops. Just north of St. Clair, Forest Hill Village, known for its good restaurants, outdoor patios and coffee shops, is a pleasant 15-minute walk through the ravine. Just west of the neighbourhood, along St. Clair, the Artscape Wychwood Barns hosts an outdoor Saturday farmers’ market. Wychwood Library will reopen in 2021 after extensive renovations and expansion. The new brick and glass building marks the entry into this quiet residential pocket, just south of the corner at Bathurst and St. Clair.

The Tarragon Theatre mounts national and international plays in one of the city’s most intimate venues.

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Baldwin Steps, at the edge of Spadina Park , zig-zag up the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquois, with a view

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Winding streets, cul-de-sacs and mature trees give this prestigious neighbourhood a cozy feel.

Nearby schools include St. Michael’s College for boys, and Bishop Strachan, Canada’s oldest private school for girls. Along Bathurst Street, Hillcrest Community School provides a daycare centre, indoor pool and gym – and is dangerously close to Toronto’s iconic Dutch Dreams and Booyah ice cream parlours. George Brown College has

a campus at the south end of the neighbourhood, near the Tarragon Theatre, one of the city’s most intimate venues, mounting classic and contemporary, national and international plays. The Casa Loma neighbourhood is well served by TTC streetcars and buses along Bathurst and St. Clair, and buses along Spadina. As well, the St. Clair West subway station serves as a nexus for east-west and north-south travel throughout the city.

of the city skyline.

Many of the majestic homes in this neighbourhood are Georgian, Tudor, Edwardian and English Cottage.

Just 20 minutes from highway 401 to the north and Toronto’s financial and entertainment districts to the south, the historic Casa Loma neighbourhood is a residential haven tucked into a hill, where families enjoy a park-like setting and proximity to urban amenities.

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Sustainable Fashion

BY ANNA CIPOLLONE PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF KATRINA CERVONI

Mama Loves You Vintage is a mother-daughter-owned vintage boutique with a curated selection of pre-loved fashion from the 1900s to 1990s

1940s Mexican Print Halter Playsuit , $25

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1950s Hand Painted Mexican Circle Skirt , $225

other and daughter duo Melo and Mahro Anfield have spent 30 years combined working in the vintage fashion industry on every level, from buying to retail. “My mother, Melo, has been working in vintage in some way or another most of her adult life,” says Mahro. “As a child, I often accompanied her on shopping trips to thrift shops, private sales, swap meets, and flea markets.”

This shared passion for vintage clothing is what inspired the pair to join forces, and in 2012 they opened their own boutique in the heart of Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood–Mama Loves You Vintage. “We are a female owned and operated cross-country family business,” says Mahro. “Melo does all of the buying out of

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1960s Emilio Pucci Vibrant Patterned Maxi Dress, $475

Vancouver and ships the items across the country to Toronto.” Both are dedicated to honouring the quality and style of decades past , while giving old, neglected garments new life with a new owner. “It continues to impress me how long some vintage items can last ,” explains Mahro. “Selling vintage items, some up to a hundred years of age, has shown me the difference in quality and durability from modern day clothing.” With a love for an array of styles and eras, you’ll find a fine selection of 1970s maxi dresses, 60s shift dresses, vintage denim, workwear, military jackets, 1930s/40s separates, and rock tees. “Since the pandemic hit , we have been selling through Instagram and on our website mamalovesyouvintage.com, and customers have had to shift with us,” says Mahro.

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The store carries a range of special pieces from the early 1900s to the 1990s. Every item at Mama Loves You is chosen with love, shipped across the country, washed, mended and steamed before becoming available to customers.

Located at 541 Queen St. West Toronto. Mama Loves You Vintage was founded in 2012 by mother-daughter team Mahro and Melo Anfield.

Compared to fast fashion, which sometimes only lasts a few wears, she says vintage can have many lives and many owners spanning decades. “Although something may not be someone’s style, taste or size anymore, it doesn’t mean it ’s trash or not worth saving,” explains Mahro. “Wearing vintage allows something to be enjoyed again and again.

1950s/60s Kuonakakai Hawaiian Shirt, $200

In terms of fashion trends, customers have moved away from buying fancier clothing and party dresses right now, for obvious reasons. “We’ve sold a lot of loungewear and vintage robes,” she says. “More and more people are working from home and they just want to be comfortable but still treat themselves to a new purchase.” Right now, as we all prepare to enjoy the summer weather and outdoors as much as possible, things like denim shorts, overalls and comfy tees are most popular at the shop. Here, eye the highlights of one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories on offer at Mama Loves You Vintage–a curated selection of what every era does best.

1930s Black Silk Velvet Jacket , $125

mamalovesyouvintage.com 541 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario Phone: 416 603 4747

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In the indoor-outdoor dining area, mid-century modern lights transform into glowing orbs at night , visible from the water.

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A ModernMeets-Organic Cottage Retreat BY ANNA CIPOLLONE PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL WEYLIE PHOTOGRAPHY AND ALEX FORESHEW

The Local Studio is a full-service interior design firm based in Port Carling. At the heart of every project is biophilic design, where the biological connection we have to nature is ingrained within the very DNA of the interiors.

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rincipal Designer Kate Sadler is set on bridging the connection between architecture and the surrounding natural environment by designing spaces that optimize the wellbeing of residents through signals to materials abundant in nature.

With a cottage, boathouse, and two-storey garage, these three buildings create an expansive property with spacious accommodations for the whole family and guests. The lakeside cottage doesn’t simply hug the water’s edge, it extends its interiors beyond the adjacent outdoor quarters in a way that naturally flows as if one with the elements nearby. The contemporary aesthetic of this monumental cottage retreat presents the perfect ambience for an elegant escape where peace of mind is always in reach. The materials we revere from mother nature, like wood and stone, are carefully crafted into the design of every room in this impeccable build that walks the line between modern and organic. Kate Sadler approached the design concept by first taking note of the property and its surroundings. “We strongly believe in using natural materials and our palette is always inspired from pieces we collect from the property,” says Sadler. “Given the biological beauty of the site–the forest, the stream running through it, the rocks and the lake, we wanted the interiors to echo this exquisiteness but with a modern flair.” The intention behind the project was to maintain a material palette inspired by nature while incorporating the client’s push-the-boundaries taste. As with every large-scale build, there can be unexpected hiccups along the way. This project was no exception, when the boathouse burned down two days before the furniture was to be delivered. “It was devastating,” says Sadler. >>

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A custom light fixture along with a stunning single slab table and angled island add unique elements to the kitchen and dining room.

“ This put a pretty big delay on everything because we were in the process of building and designing all three buildings at once.” But with an amazing team on and offsite, they were able to stay positive and rebuild. “It turned out even more beautiful than the first go around,” she says. In the cottage, custom elements like an angled island, and plenty of integrated lighting and millwork required thoughtful detailing. “When you have amazing, creative clients that not only encourage–but will go for–super unique elements, you deliver.” The repetition of the cylinder shape in every room, from the light fixtures and furniture to the architectural details, as well as the natural palette carried throughout in stone, wood, concrete and black steel, reflects an intentional rhythm and harmony. “We designed a one-of-a-kind, single wood slab 14’ long table with large, steel cylinder legs,” says Sadler, “once again pushing our fabricators to make something they’d never done before.” In the spa, luxe details made the space truly polished, like tall cedar slat doors brought to life by Cutting Brothers. 34

The patterned wood cladding the kitchen island is one of many details that add depth and dimension to the modern cupboards and clean lines of the room.

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The warm woods create a relaxed atmosphere in the lower level’s lounge where a custom shuffleboard table, a marble slab bar and a deep-seated sofa form the perfect leisure space.

A custom concrete vanity is paired with natural stone, balanced against the cedar ceilings and walnut surrounding the tub in the spa bathroom.

The black steel surrounding the fireplace creates a modern look that blends well with the matching exterior finishes.

A seamless L shape floating concrete bench fabricated by Dare to be Different for the stone-clad steam room and a backlit Himalayan salt brick wall in the sauna came together to create the ideal restorative environment for relaxation. The powder room’s live edge wood vanity topper and the live edge walnut bench in the spa lobby present a cohesive pattern.

Studio gravitates toward. Having a supportive team on a massive

Working alongside the architectural designer Foreshew Design Associates, builder Mazenga Building Group, and engineer de Koning Group is the kind of collaborative process that The Local

so they are truly in love with their finished space.”

project like this one that lasted years makes for the biggest rewards at the end of it all: seeing the project transform from flat lay finishes and lines on paper to the real thing. “At the end of the day, we design for the client,” says Sadler. “We dive deep and embody the client’s likes and dislikes

For more information on The Local Studio, visit: thelocalstudio.ca

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Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity:

When Love Is Not Enough BY MICHELE VINER PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF JENNIFER ASHLEIGH CHILDREN’S CHARITY

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ennifer Ashleigh Clements was just six months old when she passed away from an inherited degenerative muscular disease in 1989. During those six months, her family faced not only the emotional reality of caring for a seriously ill child, but also the physical and financial reality. Just two years later, the family would lose a second daughter, Danica, to the same disease.

By the time Danica passed away, Norman Clements, the girls’ grandfather, had already put his heartache into action and, in 1990, created the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity (JACC). Having watched his family live not only once but twice with such hardship,

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he set out to help other families who were struggling to care for a sick child; families who had limited incomes, but extraordinary costs. Today, 31 years after opening its doors in Uxbridge, Ontario, the JACC is going strong and is a lifeline for eligible families at a point when they have nowhere else to turn. “We work with families in Ontario, often referred through children’s hospitals, to cover costs that are not covered by hospital funds, OHIP, or private insurance,” says Colleen Taylor, volunteer and Chair of the Advisory Board, “keeping with the belief that a family should not have to live in poverty because their child is sick.”

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Natalia was born with Query Skeletal Dysplasia, seizures, cleft palate, and hypotonia. JACC helped Natalia and her family with nutritious groceries and transportation to and from medical appointments.

Support is offered in three areas: crisis, wellness, and care. In times of crisis, families may need help with the necessities - healthy food, transportation costs, and keeping the rent paid and the lights on. Wellness support centres around the physical needs of the child and will help to pay costs of occupational therapy or physiotherapy, or maybe a tube to assist with feeding. Care is predominantly respite care for exhausted parents and caregivers.

“Respite care can be as simple as allowing someone the time to go and get groceries,” says Taylor, “although recently we offered respite for a woman who had to leave her sick child so she could go to her own chemotherapy appointment. Circumstances can be heartbreaking.” And, of course, in the time of Covid, things have been even more difficult. In addition to many families whose businesses have been most affected and who are now struggling to cover household costs, navigating the challenges of an immuno-compromised child are even more demanding; for example, a family who once jumped on the subway to get to appointments cannot currently do that. While some government funding has been available through the pandemic, the JACC depends on private donations and their own fundraising initiatives to raise the funds required to help families.

“We have a small staff and a dedicated group of volunteers who helps us to do this work,” says Taylor. “Our main fundraising event of the year is usually a gala that was replaced with a livestream event on a smaller scale last year, and will be again in 2021. We value our donors and our families, and each year we host a family fun day at Norm’s farm in Uxbridge. Norm is still involved and we love how his vision all those years ago continues to help families, as well as bring families and supporters together.” “We want families to know that they are not alone,” says Taylor, “and we believe that helping a parent to care and stay close to their sick child is the best medicine.” Help is available to families who have a household income of less than $65,000 per year. To learn more about the criteria for application or to learn about the charity visit www.jenash.org

SINCE 1989, JENNIFER ASHLEIGH CHILDREN’S CHARITY HAS HELPED 15,000 CHILDREN. THEY HAVE: • Given 1,200 very sick children life-saving medications • Helped almost 4,000 sick children’s parents afford transportation to hospital • Provided healthy food for 1,500 children who are healing • Kept the heat and lights on for more than 1,200 families • Crisis prevented eviction for almost 2,000 medically fragile children • Provided respite care for 4,500 exhausted parents • Helped over 3,000 children to receive therapy to improve their quality of life

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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.

Genesis:

Chapters G80 & GV80 PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GENESIS.COM

In the beginning, when Hyundai created its luxury brand Genesis, we just knew that someday there would be a Genesis SUV, and that day has arrived. Sharing the same basic structural platform and many components with the all-new Genesis G80 sedan, the taller GV80 adds unpaved highway driving capability and a lot more cargo space and/or seating for up to seven people.

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Could that be a new Bentley?” was my initial thought the first time I laid eyes (from a distance) on the GV80, where I pick up media vehicles. It’s got the B’s chunky styling lines plus a similar front grille pattern and a winged emblem. That said, both the G80 and GV80 are strikingly attractive vehicles in their own right and I particularly like the distinctive two-bar design element that’s incorporated in the quad headlights, side detailing and rear taillights. The base structure was created to accommodate rear-wheel-drive (not sold in Canada) and the all-wheel-drive editions also maintain a primarily rear-wheel traction bias. It’s a subtle, yet an important, difference that adds to the “big car” luxury feel G80 provides on the road. There’s also an impressive array of new-tech features on offer, including an ability to autonomously park them, while using the key fob as a remote controller. >>

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From thoughtfully engineered architecture and dynamic lines, to supple interior and a sweeping fascia, the all-new G80 knows how to make an entrance.

From abundant safety technology to some of the most cutting-edge automotive programming on the market , the G80 is as intelligent as it is groundbreaking.

GENESIS G80 Canadian Premium Car of the Year (Automobile Journalists Association of Canada), the Genesis G80 has a wide stance and an imposing presence. Its power, acceleration and handling qualities are comparable with most in this price class, but the emphasis is squarely on pampering its occupants by providing them a quiet, safe and ultra-comfortable driving experience. Here are two uniquely clever ways it achieves this goal. Preview-ECS is a feature that uses a front camera sensor and map navigation data to automatically adjust suspension damping for optimal comfort over road obstacles, such as a speed bump or a pothole. An Ergo Motion Driver’s Seat has seven internal air cells that provide enhanced side support by automatically adjusting to the G80’s current driving

The Genesis GV80 ushers in a new era of what modern luxury should be. With a mantra of “less is more”, the GV80’s exterior design highlights the beauty of openness, while delivering a punctuating presence.

mode and vehicle speed. Plus a unique stretch mode that uses individual control of each air cell for

GENESIS GV80

customized comfort.

Winner of the overall Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year (Automobile Journalists Association of Canada), the Genesis GV80 is a milestone vehicle for this fledgling

The entry G80 trim level comes with a turbocharged

luxury brand.

2.5 litre (300 horsepower) four cylinder engine and the top trim is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5 litre (375

In bygone days, GV80 would simply be the “wagon” edition of G80. While it does

horsepower) V6. A move up to Prestige also adds larger

share lots of cross-model-line components and similarities, it’s a very different

20-inch wheels, softer Napa leather, wood interior trim,

animal. And GV80 will undoubtedly out-sell the G80. Utility is in vogue these days

the autonomous parking feature and more.

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The Genesis G80 & GV80, both have dynamic presence and a sporty silhouettes that deliver bold and progressive design.

Its front cockpit and dash are very similar to the G80 with the addition of an extra 4x4 controller on the centre console. What you can’t see is an extra centre air bag that deploys between the front passengers, bringing the total number of air bags to ten. There’s oodles of room for second-row occupants, plus the seats can be heated or ventilated and have a power recline feature. Life is decidedly more confined for third row occupants, but absolutely fine for young kids, or the grand-kids. The third row seats also have attachment points for child safety seats. Whether you’re on the road less travelled or tackling your daily commute, the GV80 is wired with user-friendly technology, both to enhance the drive and help keep you safe on the road.

Visit: genesis.com

GENESIS G80

G80 2.5T PRICE FROM: $66 ,000 G80 3.5T PRESTIGE PRICE FROM: $76,000 HORSE POWER: 300 TO 375 HP ENGINE: 2.5 L 4-cylinder, 3.5 L V6 FUEL ECONOMY: 9.5-11 L/100 km combined (11-13 city, 7.9-9 highway)

GENESIS GV80

GV80 2.5T: PRICE FROM: $64,500-$7 0,000 GENESIS GV80 3.5T PRICE FROM : $80,000-$85 ,000 HORSE POWER: 300 TO 375 HP ENGINE: 2.5L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine FUEL ECONOMY: 1-12 L/100 km combined (11-13 city, 9.5-10 highway)

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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.

Standing Tall PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TALL TREES MUSKOKA

Huntsville restaurant adapts and thrives through pandemic

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ith many years of combined experience in the culinary industry, a Huntsville couple thought they had seen it all when they purchased Tall Trees restaurant in May of 2019. Then a global pandemic turned everything on its head.

“I was actually six months pregnant when we took over Tall Trees and we only got about nine months into ownership before the pandemic hit so you could say it’s been an interesting couple of years,” says Ashley Stenabaugh-Vowels, who owns Tall Trees with her husband Randy Vowels. “It’s been challenging but the one thing that we’ve heard from people is that we’ve done a great job adapting.” While the couple may be relatively new to Tall Trees, the restaurant is certainly not new to Muskoka. Originally opened as a restaurant in 1984, Tall Trees has built a reputation as one of the region’s premier casual fine dining establishments. Located on Main Street West in Huntsville, the building was constructed in 1891 when it was the home of the town’s former mayor. “It’s extremely well established in the area but all of the different owners have found a way to make it their own,” says Ashley. “We intend to do that as well. It’s got so much character and history and we want to make sure we preserve that but we also want to update it and make it our own.” Randy and Ashley are from Muskoka but moved away for college, where they both trained in the culinary arts. They eventually found themselves working at 3 Guys and a Stove restaurant on Highway 60 in Huntsville, one of the region’s most respected restaurants. It was at 3 Guys and a Stove that the couple first met, and eventually became aware of the opportunity to take over Tall Trees. “Both of our parents are actually business owners in the area so I guess we were bound to run our own business someday,” says Ashley. For the first few months, they encountered the typical challenges of opening any new business but things took a turn for the surreal in 2020 as Covid-19 shuttered restaurants around the globe.

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Randy Vowels and his wife Ashley Stenabaugh-Vowels took over Tall Trees Muskoka in May of 2019.

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During the pandemic Tall Trees in Huntsville created four new gazebos for socially distanced dining.

Planned renovations for the restaurant went on hold as time and money was instead diverted into the creation of four gazebos, in addition to their existing outdoor patio. These unique gazebos are designed to accommodate only one group each and, in the winter, plexiglass is installed and wood-burning stoves transform the space into Muskoka’s only fourseason patio. “It’s very unique for the area and people really loved having the opportunity to eat outdoors in the winter,” says Ashley. Another way the restaurant adapted was through their Takeout Thursday program. Through that program, the restaurant would find local charities to provide deliveries for their meals. Customers were charged a flat rate $20 (although larger donations were also encouraged) and then the money for deliveries was given back to the charity. “We wanted to offer delivery service but some of the companies offering those services can charge up to 30% and it just didn’t make any sense for us,” she says. The results were astounding, as local businesses would often step up and match the amount raised on any given Thursday. Ashley says they don’t have a number for the total amount raised yet but as an example she points to one night where they received triple matching donations totalling well over $20,000 for Christine’s Place, a pregnancy and family support centre based in Huntsville. “It’s been an incredible experience so far. We’ve had such strong support from the community and from our customers who have been buying gift certificates and taking part in the delivery program,” says Ashley. While the future of the restaurant industry remains uncertain, the couple feel they are now well equipped to deal with whatever challenges might be in store.

talltreesmuskoka.ca 87 Main St W, Huntsville, Ontario Phone: 705 789 9769

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Drew McMillin is Host and Producer of PowerBoat Television, North America’s number one boating lifestyle television program. An avid waterskier, his summers growing up were spent behind the boat on Peninsula Lake in Huntsville, Ontario. A graduate of the College of Sports Media, Drew put in stints at TSN and CTV Northern Ontario before securing his dream job on the water hosting PowerBoat TV every Saturday morning on Global TV.

2021 Super Air Nautique G23: A Review

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF NAUTIQUE BOATS WORKS

Today’s wakeboats can turn any lake into the Bonzai Pipeline while granting riders full control of every aspect of their own endless wave. The Super Air Nautique G23 meets and exceeds all expectations.

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s we take the water in search of adventure, wakesurfing has all but taken over the tow-sports landscape.

A smoother learning curve, gentle falls and an unmatched social atmosphere have skyrocketed surfing to one of the most popular things you can do on the water and boat builders have taken notice.

Just like with wakeboarding a generation ago, manufacturers are now designing towboats with wakesurfing top of mind. Fresh out of the factory, today’s wakeboats can turn any lake into the Bonzai Pipeline, while granting any rider full control of every aspect of their own endless wave. It’s hard to argue that any one brand has been closer to the forefront of that revolution than Nautique. On a beautiful summer morning on the Joe River, I met up with Miles Mueller from Pride Wake to take an up-close look at the latest and greatest from Correct Craft’s flagship line, the 2021 Super Air Nautique G23. In 2012, Nautique introduced its G-Series to wide acclaim. With plenty of input from its world-class roster of professional athletes, engineers designed a boat that was simply bigger, deeper and heavier than anything they’d built before. Meant to fit a ton of people and push a ton of water, the Super Air Nautique G23, and later G25 and G21, aimed to push the sport of wakeboarding to new limits. Based on the number of awards and accolades bestowed on the line since – including multiple Wakeboard and Wakesurf Boat of the Year honours – it’s safe to say they’ve succeeded. Almost a decade later, aligning with industry trends, the G23 focuses wakesurfing at the forefront with a number of brand new innovations that’ll excite surfers of all skill levels. >> 44

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The first thing you might notice with this year’s offering is the redesigned hull. Towsport enthusiasts will likely recognize the polygonal pattern built into the bow and sidewalls that was brought to life in 2020 on the game-changing G23 Paragon, Nautique’s first “luxury performance towboat.” Not just for good looks (although that’s definitely the case), it helps to shape the surf wave right from the bow through the transom to push as big, clean and long a wave as possible, right where the rider needs it. Working with the hull design is a host of technology that Nautique stakes its reputation on, including a touch screen where each rider can dial in the exact size and shape of his or her dream wave easily, thanks to NSS – the Nautique Surf System – a pair of plates that extend and retract from the transom. If you didn’t nail it from the helm, that system – along with ballast and speed – can be tweaked instantaneously with wearable tech, while surfing. All those settings can be saved under different surfer profiles to make sure your wave is perfect all summer long.

Intuitive touch screen controls allow for customization of the size and shape of the surf wave to any rider’s liking with the Nautique Surf System. Adjust settings on the fly or save a personalized profile that will remember preferred speed, ballast configuration and WAVEPLATE® settings. Photo by lifestyle integrated inc

One of my favourite features is the exhaust system which pushes engine emissions down into the prop wash and way out behind the boat, so the surfer is no longer gulping in fumes from the massive PCM engine needed to push this giant through the water. This is the part where I like to make a point to encourage all surfers to please respect their neighbours of all species. Keep those massive surf waves as far from docks, shorelines and other boats as possible, so we can all enjoy the water in our own way.

When you step aboard a Nautique, decisions have been made at every turn so that the ergonomics, aesthetics and functionality of each component are working in your favour. All this, so that fun-filled days on the water for your friends and family are easily within reach.

The polygonal hull design of the 2021 Super Air Nautique G23 borrows from its sister, the G23 Paragon, for improved performance, wave shaping, and a brand new, breathtaking on-water aesthetic.

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2021’s G23 aims to set a new standard among wakeboard and wakesurf boats, nearly a decade since the line was launched. With numerous awards and accolades to its name already, the newest offering is sure to continue to cement Nautique’s legacy atop the industry.

This year, Nautique has added dry weight to the boat – now 6000 lbs – but reduced built-in ballast from 2850 lbs down to 2250 lbs, without sacrificing any size where it counts. Where we do see that size is in the interior storage and seating, where an incredible 16 passengers can find comfort on board, including in the massive squared-off bow. And as Nautique’s customers have come to expect, the interior oozes quality, from the upholstery and heated seats, to the intuitive marine mat step pads, to the premium finish on the steering wheel, grab handles and other fixtures around the boat. My expectations were sky-high, but the Super Air Nautique G23 met and even exceeded all of them. This boat makes everything about surfing easier and as a result, more fun. The perfect wave makes it simple for anyone to pick up the sport and progress with their own skills or even introduce it to guests and friends. Smart technology takes the stress away from any driver plopping down behind the wheel with a rider in tow or not. Even docking this big V-drive vessel is a breeze with a stern thruster, brand new for 2021. The bottom line: you can’t claim to be serious about surfing without at least giving the G23 a good hard look. Surfers of all skill and experience levels find a home on the wakes of the Super Air Nautique G23. Photo by Lifestyle Integrated Inc.

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2021 SUPER AIR NAUTIQUE G23 MSRP* STARTING AT: $180,202

FUEL CAPACITY: 65.6 gal / 246.2

LENGTH OVERALL: 23’ / 7.01m

MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 16 people / 2,500 lbs / 1,134 kg

LENGTH WITH PLATFORM: 25’2” / 7.65m

MAX FACTORY BALLAST: 2,200 lbs / 998 kg

LIFT RING SPACING: 21’6” / 6.55m

HORSEPOWER: 8LV – 370 / ZZ6 - 450 HP /

BEAM: 102” / 2.59m

ZR7 - 475 HP / ZZ8 - 600 HP

TORQUE: 595 Ft-Lb / 465 Ft-Lb / 500 Ft-Lb /

DRAFT: 31” / .79m

608 Ft-Lb

APPROX DRY WEIGHT: 6,000 lbs / 2,722 kg

GEAR REDUCTION RATIO: 2.0:1 1.48:1 (8LV + ZZ8)

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto is Canada’s largest and most diverse city. More than half of the residents who call Toronto home have roots in another country, and almost 200 different languages are spoken here. The result is a vibrant and dynamic culture in business, arts, sports and education. The city’s skyline is famous for the CN Tower, now the world’s third tallest tower and the highest outdoor walk on a building. The glass-floor observation deck offers visitors stunning 360-degree views of the city, Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. But back on the ground Toronto is known as the city of neighbourhoods, like lakefront Beaches, historic Chinatown and Little Italy. Year-round festivals celebrate the city’s diversity and hospitality.

Toronto’s many galleries and museums, especially The AGO and The ROM, are renowned for their stunning architectural presence – and for how long guests want to spend inside. Residents and visitors enjoy world-class theatre and concerts, and crowds fill the Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre and BMO Field to cheer on their favourite local and international teams. The city’s downtown core boasts everything from distinctive boutique experiences to trendy fashions, and a dazzling assortment of traditional and innovative restaurants. Throughout the urban centre, tree-lined streets, expansive parks and green ravines are enjoyed year-round for morning runs, leisurely strolls and family outings.

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RUSHTON RD - DETACHED BUNGALOW

Offered at: $5,000,000

Offered at: $895,000

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, Ontario

A stunning townhouse in Toronto’s best neighbourhood on it’s premier street. Steps to Yonge shops, restaurants, Ramsden Park. Gracious principal rooms with hi-ceilings, hardwood floors, great ambient light, 3-bedrooms, 4-bathrooms and 3-fireplaces. Both family room and breakfast room have walk-outs to the landscaped garden with water feature. Finished lower level has an additional family room with fireplace and access to 2-car garage. It is close to the best schools and has easy access via car or subway to downtown and the financial district. Georgina Ratcliffe * Direct: 416 464 5165 Georgina@GeorginaRatcliffe.com

Susan Conacher *

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Charming home on south 16’x 110’ south facing fenced lot. Perfect opportunity to build new or top up. Also a great starter home. Living/Dining room combination with fireplace, kitchen with walk-out to deck, patio and beautiful garden. Finished basement with 2nd bedroom/rec room, Parking. Presale Carson Dunlop building inspection available. 3 minute walk down private lane to beautiful Cedarvale Park with tennis, playground, trails and dog park. Excellent schools, trendy St Clair/Bathurst restaurants and shopping + Subway. Barb Temple*

Direct: 416 618 0033 Barbtemple@chestnutpark.com

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Summer Style JdJ Privé Yorkville

JdJ Jewel Box Ritz-Carlton Toronto

JdJ Privé Lausanne

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JdJ Jewel Box Muskoka


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

Deer Bay on Lake Joseph, Muskoka Ontario, Canada. 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

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

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HOPE ISLAND, LAKE JOSEPH Muskoka, Ontario,

Offered at: $6,995,000

This iconic Lake Joseph private island is situated within the group of islands known as “The Three Sisters”. This is one of the most sought after locations on the lake. Hope Island offers big lake views in all directions. Both the morning sunrise & the rising moon can be enjoyed on the eastern stone terrace. The western patio offers fabulous sunsets & the perfect place for an evening coffee or swim before bedtime. “Hope” offers what can no longer be built on the Muskoka Lakes, making this a one-ofa-kind property. The large & spacious main cottage is situated just a few feet from the water, with over-sized picture windows making one feel like they are part of it all. With a designer’s touch, the interior is a visual delight in a fresh, relaxing cottage style. Four bedrooms, hardwood floors, painted wooden walls & 2 fireplaces allow ample room for an extended family. Windswept pines, flagstone walkways & lovely raised stone flowerbeds lead to a very large 1 1/2 storey boathouse. You will be delighted to find the self-contained over-sized boathouse complete with accommodations. With 2,300 sq. ft. in the lower boathouse, there is a tool shop, a dry slip for paddle boards & kayaks plus plenty of room for a gym, sauna or entertainment area. Only a 3-minute boat ride to Foote’s Bay or a 6-minute boat ride to Port Sandfield, shopping and golf are also close by. The perfect island retreat awaits you!

Jamie Blair * Direct: 705 646 4113 chiefs@muskoka.com

Taylor Blair ** Direct: 705 706 4113

tayblair@hotmail.com Tom McDonald * Direct: 705 801 5263 chestnut@muskoka.com

IDYLLIC LAKE JOSEPH PRIVATE ISLAND Muskoka, Ontario

Offered at: $7,850,000

Muskoka, Ontario

A jewel of a private Island. 1st time offered for sale since 1877. Offers unequaled privacy and spectacular beauty. Enjoy glorious sunsets and incredible 360-degree views. Meander 2.75 acres of gentle terrain and 2,100 feet of “Group of Seven” shoreline. Both crystal deep water and Caribbean private sand cove. Comfortable 3 bedroom cottage and boathouse, or build your dream Lakehouse here! Minutes to dining, shopping & the best golf courses. Escape to your private getaway on Lake Joseph. Escape The World! Paul Crammond*, MBA

Direct: 705 646 8129 pcrammond@muskoka.com

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RARE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE YOUR LEGACY WITH UNINTERRUPTED PRIVACY, VIEWS AND ALL DAY SUN Offered at: $3,495,000

One of Lake Rosseau’s last large landbanks is seeking the most discerning cottager on which to build their dream on 1,010’ deep water shore and 6.5 rock & pine-treed acres. Highlands Island will be home to just four estate sized lots while a “no build zone” on a large portion of the island will preserve an abundance of natural habitat. Lot 2 boasts West thru Southeast exposure and 260-degree island dotted vista. A 2-minute boat ride, Highlands is visible from it’s mainland landing incl. parking and new dock slip on the Royal Muskoka Peninsula. For details visit: muskokacottagelistings.com Jack Janssen*

Direct: 1 705 646 4693 jack@muskoka.com

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // MUSKOKA // LAKE MUSKOKA PRIVATE ISLAND 4.4 ACRES Muskoka , Ontario

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 Cottage, 3 bdrm guest or staff res. Beach, jogging trails, sunset diving dock, minutes to mainland. Come have it all Forever. www.muskokalakecottages Sandy Waldie Direct: 705 646 4747 *

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

Jamie Blair * Direct: 705 375 9191

LAKE ROSSEAU 1,624 FEET Muskoka , Ontario

Offered at: $4,995,000

7 splendid acres exclusively severed from this Historic Grande 46 Ac island. With so much privacy you feel you are on your own private island beaches Sunshine magnificent views. Potential to create an incredible Family compound mainland access incl nearby.

TREASURED UPPER LAKE MUSKOKA Muskoka, Ontario

Offered at: $3,675,000

Enchanting West panoramic views over sparkling Lake Muskoka. Offering 415’ frontage & 1.2ac. Sun drenched decks and dock. Beneath a canopy of tall pines is a water’s edge 4bdr, 2bth cottage, screened porch, a cedar sauna, dining sized deck. A special property, gentle slope, smooth rock shoreline, shallow hard sand, safe swimming inlet. Single slip dock w/ deep water, kid approved best waterfront, year round access. Opportunity ideal for redevelopment, grandfathered cottage setback, over 300’ for boathouse permit. Sandy Waldie* Direct: 705 646 4747 @waldieinmuskoka // muskokalakescottages.net Samantha Waldie* Direct: 705 706 3350 sandrawaldie@yahoo.com // samanthawaldie@live.ca

Kelly Coulter*

Office: 705 765 6878 Direct: 705 644 7964 kellycoulter@sympatico.ca // www.sellingmuskokalife.com

LAKE MUSKOKA LUXURY

SUNSHINE & PRIVACY ON LK MUSKOKA

Offered at: $4,250,000

Offered at: $4,250,000

Muskoka, Ontario

Stunning architectural bungalow, 2 bay garage, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 152’ South facing w/ sandy beach on a level park-like 1.3ac lot. Chef’s kitchen plus an outdoor kitchen w/tiered patios, waterfall & RH gas fireplace perfect for entertaining! Minutes to amenities, easy access year round. Welcome to 7th Heaven! Jen Purkis*

Direct: 7057067705 jen@luxurylistingsmuskoka.com

Muskoka , Ontario

Sandy Waldie* Direct: 705 646 4747 @waldieinmuskoka // muskokalakescottages.net Samantha Waldie* Direct: 705 706 3350 sandrawaldie@yahoo.com // samanthawaldie@live.ca

MARY LAKE ULTIMATE PRIVACY 36 ACRES/720’ FTGE

PARRY SOUND DREAM - GEORGIAN BAY

Offered at: $3,250,000

Luxurious winterized 5 bd/4bth bungalow with extraordinary privacy and level land and sun till set! Two hour non rush hour drive from the 401 and 400. 15 minutes to Parry Sound shopping. Talk or text R. Jeff Buddo* 416 565 7129 Property details at www.chestnutpark.com

Parry Sound, Ontario

Muskoka, Ontario

Elissa Boughen*

Direct: 705 787 5463 sold@lovemuskoka.com

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340ft of complete privacy & stunning S to SW views on Lk Muskoka. Bookended by gentle rocky points & located on the much sought after Beaumaris to Port Carling corridor w 4 bedroom winterized cot, boathouse & detached garage. Woodsy lands & swimming cove. The perfect Muskoka family cottage package.

Rare, massive waterfront property on the Huntsville chain of 4 lakes: 36 acres/720’ waterfront on beautiful Mary Lk. Potential to sever into up to 3 lots. 3 bdrm/2 bath Viceroy home/cottage. Long, island dotted views. Easy yr round access. Minutes to amenities. Absolute privacy. Develop/ invest/enjoy. www. lovemuskoka.com

Offered at: Price Upon Request

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Changing Gears

at Huntsville’s Cycling Hub BY MATT DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEELE WENGER

After nearly four decades as Huntsville’s cycling mecca, the torch has once again been passed at the Muskoka Bicycle Pro Shop.

Dale Wenger and his wife Emma Schofield took over the Muskoka Bicycle Pro Shop in February.

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he shop’s new owners are no strangers to the area, the sport of cycling, or the shop itself.

After more than six years as an employee at Muskoka Bicycle Pro Shop, Dale Wenger, along with his wife Emma Schofield, took ownership of the store in February of this year. Dale was born in Alliston but moved to Huntsville when he was seven. Emma grew up in nearby Gravenhurst. “There are certainly some stressful nights but I wouldn't change it for the world,” says Dale.

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Dale Wenger worked at the Huntsville bicycle shop for more than six years before taking over as the owner.

The shop bills itself as the largest of its kind north of Toronto, offering a huge range of bicycles and accessories, along with rentals, repairs and advice on different trails.

The Muskoka bicycle pro shop has been the mainstay for cyclists in Muskoka since it first opened in 1982.

At the time, the shop was owned by Fred and Caroline van den Bulk, Dutch immigrants with a passion for cycling.

Becoming a first-time owner in the middle of a pandemic might seem like a risky proposition. But for Dale Wenger, and for the bicycle industry in general, it's been a bonanza year so far.

“Working there was a whole new world for me. You never knew what was going to come through the door,” says Dale. “It was a challenge but over time you get to know things, you get to know the people and I learned to love it.”

“Normally when you're opening a business, you're concerned with how you're going to pay the bills. But with us the bigger concern has been how are we going to get the inventory,” says Dale. “We literally have people buying bikes one year in advance of when they can get them.”

There was some idle conversation between Fred and Dale about the potential for Dale and Emma to take over the store but Dale says it took a while before he began to consider the proposal as a serious option.

While Dale is negotiating a steep learning curve when it comes to business ownership, his love of cycling is something he's fostered from an early age. It’s an aspect of his life that has continued to grow gradually over the years.

The couple's main goal is to make cycling in the area accessible and fun to the general public, as opposed to just hardcore riders. “We want to show people that cycling is more than just a road bike guy in Lycra going down Highway 60,” he says. “Cycling is fun for everyone and that's the aspect of the business that Emma is really focussed on now. She's not the type of rider who’s on her bike everyday but when she is she's smiling and that's what we're hoping to show people - that cycling is for everyone.”

Dale has always had an affinity for cycling but it grew into something more than that while attending college in Ottawa. “Quebec has an incredible system of cycling trails that stretches for thousands of kilometres. Essentially, they've taken all of the old railroad lines and replaced them with trails,” he says. “We would head out on a Friday and come back on a Sunday. There are free campsites all along the trails where we’d stay and some times we'd stay in hotels if we were getting tired of camping.” Dale continued his education in the environmental sciences field at Algonquin College in Pembroke before returning to Huntsville to work an internship at Muskoka Bicycle Pro Shop. 54

Although the couple has barely had time to think since they took over, Dale says they're ready to move forward with their business and bring their love of cycling to the entire area.

mbps.ca 63 Main St E, Huntsville, Ontario Phone: 705 789 8344

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The Many Lives of

Bigwin Island BY MATT DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MUSKOKA DIGITAL ARCHIVES

Bigwin Island is one of the country’s premier waterfront golf course communities. The history of this stunning island is a microcosm of the history of Muskoka.

Bigwin Island, on Lake of Bays, is one of the most sought-after waterfront golf course communities in Muskoka. Photo by: Taylor Nullmeyer

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he largest island on Lake of Bays in northeast Muskoka, Bigwin Island is only accessible by water and has been for its entire history.

Named after Ojibway Chief Joseph Big Wind, Bigwin’s history can be traced back as far as the Anishinaabeg First Nations who used the 200-hectare island for summer hunting and also as a burial ground. In the 19th century, the Hudson’s Bay Company took it over as a trading post. As the

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fur and lumber trades slowly dissipated during the 1800s, they were replaced by an emerging tourism industry and the growth of lodges and resorts. Cliffs rising above sandy beaches and scenic bays appealed to guests who returned year after year for the incomparable views and secluded privacy. As the golden era of Muskoka’s resorts began in the late 19th and early 20th century, Bigwin Island entered a new chapter in its history.

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Postcard perfect Bigwin Inn was a premier Muskoka summer destination beginning in the 1920s.

In 1910, the island was purchased by Huntsville businessman Charles Orlando Shaw. Shaw was already well known in the Muskoka region as owner of the Anglo-Canadian Leather Company which operated a large tannery in the Huntsville area. Shaw made it his aim to create one of the largest and most opulent resorts of the entire Muskoka region – the Bigwin Inn. Construction of the Inn stalled during the first World War but as the roaring ’20s dawned, efforts were renewed. After five years in development, the 350-room Bigwin Inn officially began receiving guests in 1920. The project was an immediate success and became a focal point of social life in the area. Guests included the likes of Louis Armstrong, Clark Gable, Winston Churchill and John Diefenbaker. Many of the guests found their way to the resort via the SS Bigwin which would ferry them from the mainland to the island. The ship was originally named the Elle Maria, after the wife of Pittsburgh industrialist James Kuhn, who commissioned it. Built in 1910, the ship sailed Lake Muskoka for 15 years, before being sold and moved to Dorset on Lake of Bays. Renamed the SS Bigwin, the ship spent the next 45 years moving guests back and forth between island and mainland. Following Shaw’s death in 1942, the resort changed hands and began to fall into decline in the 1950s. Bigwin Inn closed in 1966 and the property and structures there began a slow descent into dereliction. Numerous attempts to revive the island met with little success and by the late 1980s the entire island could have been purchased at a price of $500,000.

Accessible only by water for its entire history, guests were ferried to Bigwin Island via the SS Bigwin.

But the island’s fortunes once again turned in the early 2000s when it was purchased by a group of investors. The island was revamped to include new summer residences and a golf course that is today ranked as one of the top 20 in the country. Even the SS Bigwin has made a comeback. Restored by volunteers and community members over the course of a decade, she now sails regularly between the island and her home port in Dorset. Like the entire Muskoka region, Bigwin Island has lived many different lives over the centuries. In her latest incarnation, Bigwin is thriving as one of the most unique and sought-after waterfront golf course communities in Muskoka. An excusive island paradise bordered by eight kilometres of shoreline on Lake of Bays, its lake vistas, privacy and world class resort services make it a premier destination.

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Above and Beyond:

Volunteer Firefighters Protect Cottage Country BY MATT DRISCOLL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE GRAVENHURST FIRE DEPARTMENT

In Muskoka, the region’s fire departments are staffed primarily by volunteer firefighters who put their jobs, their families and their entire lives on hold when the call comes in.

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irefighters the world over are driven by a desire to better their community and provide assistance when people are at their most vulnerable. That same mentality is as true for firefighters in urban areas as it is for those in rural communities. The primary difference between the two is how they accomplish those tasks.

“Everyone is here for the right reason,” says volunteer firefighter Don Giroux. “Many times we’re the only people standing between someone and something that could cause them a great deal of harm.” Giroux is more familiar than most with Muskoka’s volunteer firefighter departments. He spent several years working with the Seguin Fire Department (which incorporates a large geographic area between the village of Rosseau and the town of Parry Sound) before joining the Bracebridge Fire Department in 2016. Giroux traces his desire to be a firefighter to an early age and a distinct memory. 58

“I remember waking up when I was young and all the alarms were going off in our house,” says Giroux. “My parents got us outside and I remember seeing the firefighters coming out later through the steam and the smoke. To me they looked like a group of blue-collar astronauts.” Giroux spent 15 years as a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces but he also decided to focus his efforts on helping in his home community. “There are many ways to help out in the community and I think that volunteering in any capacity is a worthwhile endeavor - whether that’s working at a food bank or whatever it might be,” he says. “I’m a doer and I’ve always liked to act. When we had our last big flood [in 2019] I wanted to be in there, filling sandbags and doing what I could.” Although both Seguin and Bracebridge are volunteer departments, Giroux says the municipalities encounter very different challenges. Primary among those is the fact that Seguin does not have pressurized fire hydrants, while the urban area of Bracebridge does.

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The emergencies encountered by Muskoka’s volunteer firefighters run the gamut and are quite different than those experienced in urban areas.

To compensate, the department in Seguin and many other rural parts of Muskoka including the non-urban area of Bracebridge, must gather water from nearby ponds and lakes using tanker shuttles. The water is then brought to the site and stored in pools for the pumper trucks to use to put out the blazes. In the winter, when the lakes and ponds are frozen over, these rural departments use dry hydrants to combat fires. Dry hydrants run deep into the earth to extract source groundwater. The Bracebridge Fire Department has approximately 50 fighters responding out of two fire halls. Although the department does have three full-time staff, the remainder of the firefighters respond from work or home via pagers. Drew says a key thing to remember for those going to cottages in the area is that they need to treat their seasonal residences with the same respect they would their permanent residences in terms of fire safety. “A lot of the time people arrive here and switch to vacation mode but you need to ensure that you have working smoke and CO2 alarms - it’s the law,” he says. West of Bracebridge, the Muskoka Lakes Fire Department watches over a broad geographic area and many small communities. Dan McPhedran lives in Bala but works out of the Glen Orchard Station - one of 10 stations in the municipality. “I spent all my summers up here and I had heard great things about the fire department,” says the Toronto native. “It’s a great station and a great department.” Fighting fires is just a small percentage of the calls that Muskoka’s volunteer departments encounter. Ice rescues, medical calls to

All of Muskoka’s municipal fire departments are staffed primarily by volunteers.

island cottages and attending car accidents are all par for the course. “Yesterday we had an injured hiker on the Hardy Lake Trails [just south of Bala] and we had to hike about a kilometre and a half into the bush to help her,” he says. “I feel like people are really grateful to have us around because they understand we’re all volunteers.” Another significant difference between volunteer and full-time departments is the use of the green flashing light to indicate the volunteer firefighters are on their way to the station. “It isn’t technically illegal not to pull over but it only takes two seconds and it could make a huge difference,” he says. Both men say the bonds between fellow firefighters, and between the department and the community, are one of the main reasons they love what they do. Residents of Muskoka can rest assured that when they need them most, these volunteer firefighters will be there to answer the call.

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Areal view of Gananoque, a town in the heart of The 1000 Islands.

THE 1000 ISLANDS is a water playground. An archipelago of more than 1,800 islands, The 1000 Islands straddle the Canada-US border in the St. Lawrence River. The islands of varying sizes dot the water for 80 miles downstream from the city of Kingston, about halfway between Toronto and Montreal. The 1000 Islands is part of the Parks Canada’s National Parks system, the Ontario Provincial Parks network, and is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Development has been carefully controlled, and, as a result, its natural beauty and wilderness are undisturbed. A Chestnut Park Real Estate Agent can help you navigate these waters – and properties. Residents on both sides cross the watery border regularly, to visit, play and dine. The area is rich in history, culture, amenities and activities, and 60

the stunning landscape distinguishes it as one of the continent’s unique destination locations. Residents and visitors can take advantage of many fine restaurants, shops, markets and activities that include boating, swimming, waterskiing/wake boarding and wreck diving, or visit local museums including the internationally renowned Antique Boat Museum. Owning a property in The 1000 Islands provides owners, their families and friends, with an opportunity to take advantage of a coveted and unique lifestyle. Enjoy the privacy of home on a boat-access-only island, or the pleasures of living on a mainland waterfront property, overlooking the spectacular river vistas of the St Lawrence. Welcome to The 1000 Islands.

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244 STRATFORD ROAD, HILL ISLAND

20 ASH ISLAND, IVY LEA

Offered at: SOLD

Offered at: SOLD

The 1000 Islands , Ontario

Own a year ‘round home adjacent to a nature preserve, on a year ‘round “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: SOLD

Offered at: SOLD

1 PRINCESS CHARLOTTE ISLAND, GANANOQUE

68 BIG STAVE ISLAND, GANANOQUE

Offered at: SOLD

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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

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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

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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.

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

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Aerial view of Collingwood. Ontario. Canada. Photo by: Taylor Nullmeyer

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.

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.

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.

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

CUSTOM BLUE MOUNTAIN MASTERPIECE

SCOTCH MOUNTAIN

Offered at: $5,975,000

Offered at: $2,700,000

The Blue Mountains, Ontario

Meaford, Ontario

Expansive outdoor entertaining areas with walls of glass and steel plus a 3 car garage. Over 9,500 sq. ft. finished interior with 7 Bedrooms, 6 full Baths & 3 half Baths. Custom floor-to-ceiling 2-sided wood burning fireplace, indoor swimming pool with waterwall feature, sauna & Bar/ Games area. MLS®40096595

Take a look at this rare 30-acre dream property! Located South West of Meaford Ontario, perched on the top of picturesque Scotch Mountain, featuring breathtaking views of Georgian Bay, and the rolling landscape of Meaford’s country side. Plenty of opportunities await!

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DEEDED ACCESS TO A PRIVATE SANDY BEACH

OVERSIZED RAVINE LOT - BLUE MOUNTAINS The Blue Mountains, Ontario

The Blue Mountains, Ontario

Offered at: $1,299,000

Offered at: $799,000

Nipissing Ridge - Escarpment & Ravine Views with 171.61’ (frontage) x 367.15’ (on ravine side). Walk to Alpine and Craigleith Ski Clubs & Georgian Bay. Minutes to the Village & Blue Mountain. Everything for the active lifestyle! HST included. Full services at lot line. MLS®40095197 Barb Picot* Direct: 705 444 3452 // picot@rogers.com Ron Picot* Direct: 705 446 8580 // rpicot@rogers.com 62

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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.

Beach Care:

Piping Plover Conservation at Wasaga Beach PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BIRDS CANADA

Once enjoying a vast distribution across all five Great Lakes, the home of the piping plover (Charadrius melodus) has been shrinking for a century. But with proper beach management we can still ensure a future for this small shoreline bird.

Plover courtship, before mating. “This is called a goose step or tattoo,” explains Andrea Gress, Ontario Piping Plover Program Coordinator at Birds Canada. “The male kicks the female’s butt. It’s charming.”

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lobal wildlife populations are in freefall. But there are glimmers of hope, bright spots in the gloom. For example, cast your gaze along the sandy shores of Wasaga Beach and watch tiny piping plovers racing back and forth. Their very presence is an inspiring example of what can be accomplished when we make a concerted effort toward wildlife conservation. Once enjoying a vast distribution across all five Great Lakes, the home of the piping plover (Charadrius melodus) has been shrinking for a century. The population of this small shoreline bird which nests in the sand suffered a dramatic decline after the Second World War due to an increased demand for beaches for recreational purposes. By 1986, there were just 16 nesting pairs across the entire Great Lakes, none in Ontario. It was a critical moment. In response to the crisis, the Piping Plover Recovery Program was launched, initially in Michigan.

Piping Plover conservation began in Ontario when a breeding pair returned to Wasaga Beach in 2007, the first time in three decades. Protecting plovers is a collaborative effort between multiple parties, including Birds Canada, Ontario Parks, and Friends of Nancy Island. It also requires a multi-faceted campaign. Efforts begin with wire predator exclosures placed over eggs as protection from predators, primarily gulls which are attracted to beaches by human activity – either because of carelessly left garbage or direct feeding. At the same time, a protected area extending 50m around the nest is created with temporary fencing to prevent people from approaching the piping plovers while they’re incubating their eggs and rearing young chicks. With over one million people flocking to Wasaga Beach Provincial Park every year, such fencing is vital.

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A male incubating eggs, viewed through a predator exclosure designed to keep eggs safe from gulls, crows, and predatory mammals. Andrea Gress monitoring plover nests. Robust conservation efforts have seen Wasaga Beach become the most successful plover nesting site in Ontario.

Nests are monitored daily, and there is considerable outreach so that beachgoers understand and respect the protected area.

Overall, Ontario has fledged 147 chicks since 2007. Almost half of those birds have been from Wasaga.

“Wasaga Beach is an excellent nesting site, one of the more successful in the Great Lakes,” explains Andrea Gress, Ontario Piping Plover Program Coordinator at Birds Canada. “We need to reach an average of 1.5 fledglings per pair each year to maintain and grow the population. Wasaga has reached that goal most years, often smashing it with as many as three fledglings per pair.”

“ The management and volunteer efforts at Wasaga Beach are responsible for this success,” Gress explains. “ The Park has taken extra care to allow natural vegetation growth on the beach, resulting in a beach with lots of food and shelter for young chicks. In recent years they’ve been closing the shoreline after the nest hatches, which gives chicks access to the best food sources along the water. The chicks at Wasaga Beach often weigh more than those at other beaches, another sign of a healthier beach.” The biggest challenges these birds face is habitat loss. The common practices of bulldozing and raking beaches is destroying habitat and resulting in erosion of our beaches. “We need to improve how we treat our beaches, for plovers and for ourselves,” says Gress. The species is not beyond help. With proper beach management we can still ensure a future for them.

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“Wasaga Beach is the perfect example of how the right management efforts can have a big impact,” says Gress. “ The Park has constantly strived to offer a balance between the needs of beachgoers and plovers.”

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The Local Mile Box BY LESLEY KENNY

An all-Canadian subscription box company that supports small, local businesses and charities.

Lorrie Gustaw (left) with sister and co-owner Sarah Davidson, making a video for their spring bloom box. Recipients of The Local Mile Box sometimes share the unique contents of their boxes on Instagram or other social media. Photo by Aaron Davidson.

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The pretty summer 2021 Local Mile Box— “for the love of local.” You can purchase one seasonal surprise box at a time or subscribe to a two or a four season subscription. Treat yourself, surprise a friend or thank that special person in your life. Photo by Lorrie Gustaw.

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hen your sister wakes up at 2:00 a.m. and calls you with a business idea and name, you listen.

Last summer, Lorrie Gustaw and sister Sarah Davidson had been talking about the popularity of subscription boxes. “I’ve long been a fan of subscription boxes,” says Lorrie. “I was talking to my sister about one that’s so popular it actually has a waiting list!” Two weeks later, Sarah had her middle-of-the-night idea and soon after, The Local Mile Box became the newest subscription box to join an enthusiastic market. In the past 10 years, the popularity of subscription boxes has taken off, in no small part due to their appearance and appeal on social media. Images and videos of delighted customers opening their personally curated, themed packages make an impression. Subscriptions can arrive weekly, monthly or seasonally. Contents include everything from makeup, to food, books, jewellery, camping equipment and plants. The list is as long as tastes are varied. The Local Mile Box offers seasonal subscriptions of contents that are all handmade in Canada, from an area that sisters and co-owners Lorrie and Sarah choose. The contents of each box are a surprise to the receiver and contain notecards describing the makers and where the items are made. The Local Mile Box fulfilled their first orders last fall with quality handmade items from the Kitchener-Waterloo area. “I wanted our subscription boxes to be about handmade, and smaller businesses that we could support,” says Lorrie. And they donate a portion of their sales to a local charity. They planned for four seasonal boxes per year.

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Then a company called Pfizer called with an order of 900 boxes. A company exec had seen a Local Mile Box on social media and liked the idea to thank their Canadian employees for an unusually busy year. “We were using our mom’s garage and had to bring in skids to fulfill this huge order,” says Lorrie. But their business model, to help support small local businesses, worked – one of the items to be included in the Pfizer boxes was a handmade blanket. Suddenly the Kawartha Sign and Pillow Company had an order of 900 blankets and had to hire more seamstresses and help from within their community. This summer, The Local Mile Box is supporting small businesses in the Grey-Bruce area, including hand-blown dip spreaders and wine stoppers made by Infinite Glassworks. As well as seasonal boxes, the new Canadian company curates gift boxes for special occasions like Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and is happy to take custom orders. “Right now, we’re focusing on Ontario. But Sarah and I have a vision of going across Canada. We’d like to discover new areas and artisans to support.”

SOME OF THE CANADIAN-MADE ITEMS IN THE LOCAL MILE BOX MAY INCLUDE: Copper water bottles, recycled Rebeer glasses, tea/coffee, cocktail mixes in multiple flavours, snacks (popcorn, nuts, chocolate, candy), custom candles, custom lip balm, soaps, glasses, jewelry, plants, small planters, honey, maple syrup, custom t-shirts, and restaurant gift cards. thelocalmilebox.com

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Arts and Crafts:

The Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE GEORGIAN BAY CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

Owen Sound’s new Centre for the Arts offers classes, artist studio spaces and the Palette Café. Their popular lockdown-inspired craft kits are available for curbside pickup – everything you need to complete a project in one kit.

While the Centre focusses on crafts – like metalworking, printing and jewellery making– all forms of art are embraced, including painting.

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orag Budgeon is a craftsperson – handcrafted jewellery, specifically – so she’s creative by nature. But the Executive Director of the Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts admits she has had to stretch her creativity to new extremes to help her newest endeavor gain traction during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We opened just months before Covid hit – unfortunate timing,” says Budgeon, laughing. “But the community is starving for an arts centre, so the reception has been great, and we’ve managed to adapt as the situation has unfolded.” Founded in September 2019, the Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts is a registered non-profit organization designed to fill a specific need in the community. “While serving as manager of the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-Op, I recognized that there was a dearth of opportunities for people

who would like to learn a craft. People had to go out of town to take up an art form or to expand their skills,” explains Budgeon. Housed in a 6500-square-foot former bingo hall, the Centre for the Arts addresses this need by bringing together artists of diverse mediums under one roof to teach new and aspiring artists. Classes are primarily focused on crafts, ranging from pottery and jewellery to printmaking, stained glass and - the medium of choice for Budgeon’s partner at the Centre, Alan McIntosh – metalworking. In addition to serving as a teaching venue, artists can rent space in one of five studios in the Centre, each fully stocked with specialized tools and equipment: printmaking (the Centre has three printing presses, including one donated by Transcontinental Printing Inc.), pottery, jewellery, stained glass, and a final swing space for other artistic disciplines. >>

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The Centre hosts workshops and classes, taught by artists in the respective fields.

Facilities that have studio space and artistic tools for rent are difficult to find outside of large urban centres, making Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts ambitious and visionary. There’s nothing else like it in the region.

Both founders believe the Centre will be a driver of future economic growth for Owen Sound. The opportunity to get paid to teach their craft will

Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts has been enthusiastically embraced by the community. Not only have people signed up to take classes and workshops, but many have stepped forward to generously donate tools, supplies and equipment.

attract artists to town. Many will open gallery spaces, which in turn attract tourists and benefit the entire community. And, in an era when schools are cutting back on arts programming, the

Covid presented a challenge, descending as it did just as the Centre was getting its feet under it. Classes had to be cancelled during periods of lockdown, depriving the Centre of its core function. But rather than despair, Budgeon and McIntosh channeled some of the creativity that drives their artistic endeavors into finding new ways to reach Owen Sound’s arts community.

Centre will help to ensure the local arts scene remains vibrant well into the future. “A place like this attracts artists. It encourages skills development and collaboration and being around other artists

“One idea we came up with that has proved popular is our curbside craft kits, which people can buy on our website and which comes with everything you need to complete a project,” Budgeon explains. “It’s been very popular. We’re doing 600 kits right now, each containing five crafts, for a local children’s service group.” Budgeon and McIntosh also took the Covid-imposed quiet periods to greatly expand the Centre’s Palette Café, which will (fingers crossed) have a patio this summer.

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is inspiring for creative people,” enthuses Budgeon. “In the short time that we’ve been open we’ve become a creative heart in Owen Sound.”

With schools cutting back on arts programming, the Centre envisions itself as a place to foster creativity among youth.

gbarts.ca Location: 938 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound, Ontario Phone: 519 371 2200

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Meet the Press:

Ginger Press Tells Grey-Bruce Stories by Grey-Bruce Artists BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF GINGER PRESS

More than a bookstore or publishing house, Ginger Press is an oasis of literary creativity in small town Ontario.

Even after 40 years in the business, Maryann Thomas, owner-founder of Ginger Press, remains passionate about books.

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aryann Thomas has always been a book person. On any given day, she is surrounded by shelves filled to overflowing with titles and has her head in one or two new manuscripts, volumes that will soon join the overflowing collection lining the walls.

Even after 40 years in the business, Thomas, the owner of Ginger Press, an Owen Sound publisher-bookstore, remains passionate about books. “I love seeing words on a page,” she explains simply. “It’s a beautiful artform.” Thomas began selling books by mail in 1978. Six years later, she opened a bricks-and-mortar store in Owen Sound. Now almost four decades old,

it’s one of the longest running retailers in town. Though successful from the start, Thomas grew dissatisfied with the selection of books available at the store. “I soon realized that the books I wanted to sell, books with local content, didn’t exist,” she explains. “I figured since no one else was doing these books, I would have to publish them myself. So, in 1987 Ginger Press, my own little publishing company, was launched.” Ginger Press focuses exclusively on publishing books about Owen Sound and the surrounding area, focusing on titles that explore unique historical, natural, and cultural aspects of life in the Grey-Bruce community. Ginger Press works exclusively with talented local writers and artists. >>

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Ginger Press focusses on books with a connection to the Grey-Bruce region, on the shores of Georgian Bay.

“Ginger Press fills an important niche. Large publishers don’t pick-up unknown authors and rarely will do local interest books because they are focused on large print-runs,” says Thomas. “I’ve published over 100 titles, and today my store is exclusively local content and local authors.” Ginger Press’ best-selling and most prolific author is Richard Thomas. Though he has penned several local history books, Thomas is best known for his Detective D.B. Murphy mystery novels set in 1920s Owen Sound. Though works of fiction, they are meticulously researched and historically accurate. “People love them so much that as soon as he finishes one, he jumps into another,” laughs the amiable publisher. One of the books Maryann is most proud of is also one she initially considered unlikely. The Extraordinary Tree Project: A Celebration of the Natural and Cultural Value of Trees in Grey and Bruce, by Stephen J. Hogbin, saw people from the region submitting their photos and related stories of trees that held special meaning to them. The result is a surprisingly heartwarming and nostalgic tome. “Who knew people had such strong relationships with trees?” laughs Maryann. “It’s such a charming book and resulted in an exhibit at the local museum.” The Ginger Press has evolved into an idyll for book lovers, a place to pick up a good book by a writer you may just happen to pass in the street one day, a place to enrol in a writing or publishing workshop, a place where writers and readers can gather to grab a coffee and exchange ideas and inspirations. More than a bookstore or publishing house, its an oasis of literary creativity in small town Ontario. “There’s a real thirst for local content,” says Maryann, still a bibliophile after all these years. “There are still so many stories to tell.”

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gingerpress.com 848 Second Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario Phone: 519 376 4233

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// PORTFOLIO OF EXCEPTIONAL CHESTNUT PARK PROPERTIES // PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY //

Sunset in beautiful PEC, Ontario. Canada. Photo by: Taylor Nullmeyer

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, an island on the north shore of Lake Ontario, is only two hours east of Toronto. Serious foodies and casual weekenders alike gravitate here, to Ontario’s fastest growing wine region. With more than 35 wineries, many with full-service gourmet restaurants, Prince Edward County has become a rural hot spot.

Park. The homes in The County vary from beautiful century and Victorian homes to small cottages, and farmhouses. Many of the homes are being renovated and redesigned to complement the evolution of The County and the tastes of newcomers, both weekenders and fulltime residents.

As well as trendy shopping, museums, and a busy live-music scene, Prince Edward County offers hiking and cycling trails, kayaking opportunities, and the white sandy beaches of Sandbanks Provincial

Prince Edward County boasts an increasing number of upscale restaurants, a booming craft beer scene, a farmer’s market, charming bed-and-breakfasts and, everywhere, a spirit of friendliness.

THREE DOG WINERY - THE OPPORTUNITY TO REINVENT YOURSELF IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY Prince Edward County, Ontario

Offered at: $3,950,000

Looking for a change-of-pace? We have just what you need. This well established winery offers 101 acres of prime land. Ten acres of vines provide excellent revenue, with room to expand. Includes dramatically-modern residence, separate fully licensed Loft rental, tasting room with deck and pergolas for 200 plus guests, wine production building, garage, outdoor pizza ovens, and 15 acres of sugar bush. 5 wines featured in the LCBO. Endless possibilities to grow. lauriegruerhomes.com

Laurie Gruer* Office: 613 471 1708 Monica Klingenberg* Office: 613 471 1708 www.lauriegruerhomes.com

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WATERFRONT BUNGALOW ON PICTON BAY – WITH ONE OF THE LAST GRANDFATHERED DRY BOATHOUSES! Prince Edward County, Ontario

Offered at: $1,100,000

3-bed, 2-bath bungalow on almost 1.5 acres with 47’ of pebble waterfront, just minutes to town. Open concept kitchen/dining, split bedroom plan; master suite faces waterfront with w/o to deck to capture the views. Living room with water views is the perfect place to curl up with a good book in the winter with the wood stove burning. The waterfront side deck is perfect for outdoor entertaining. Lower level with walk-up to garage includes a rec room, workshop, laundry room, utility room. Enjoy sunsets on the dock or on the cantilevered deck.

Sam Simone*

Office: 647 299 9608 samsimonepec@gmail.com // samsimone.com

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Farm Fresh:

Farm Stands and Markets Pack the Flavour of the County BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY BY NEIL CARBONE

Farm stands scattered throughout Prince Edward County offer tomatoes in a thousand shades of red, sunflowers as gold as their namesake, and striking fresh greens and herbs.

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verybody knows that Prince Edward County is tops for wine; with 21 wineries, it’s second only to Niagara, in Ontario, for wine production. But don’t underestimate the region’s other agricultural offerings.

“ The County’s become famous for its terroir, the rocky soil that makes it a prime grape growing region,” explains Karen Palmer, Destination Development & Marketing Coordinator for the County of Prince Edward. “And Prince Edward County farmers know just how much effort it takes to coax a harvest from that same soil! That’s what makes it taste so good - it’s picked fresh, by people who’ve been working the land for generations.” Here’s where to go for the best farm-fresh produce in the region:

CAMPBELL’S ORCHARD & COUNTRY MARKET, 1633 County Road 3, Carrying Place Campbell’s Orchards claim that they offer the most diverse selection of apples by at least a country mile. It may not be an idle boast – there are 25 varieties growing fat and juicy on the trees. Not surprisingly, there’s also fresh-pressed sweet apple cider, home-baking, preserves, locally milled flours, and vegetables.

DANFORTH ACRES, 1106 Danforth Road, Hillier Danforth Acres is the place to go for local sweet corn, a true taste of Ontario summer. But the farm produces more than just corn by the earful. Step into the barn and serve yourself to kale, peas, potatoes, peas, Swiss chard, and free-range eggs.

PORTICO GARDENS, 1475 County Road 2, Bloomfield Portico Gardens is a certified organic fruit and vegetable market garden. They grow an eclectic mix of produce – everything from artichokes, beans and beets to heirloom tomatoes, purple carrots, herbs and microgreens. Oh, and lots of aromatic garlic – enough to curl a werewolf ’s toes.

Passion for growing and raising produce is a common

HONEY PIE HIVES AND HERBALS, 705 County Road 24, Milford Follow buzzing bees to Milford for the sweetest honey you’re ever likely to taste. Bay Woodward and Gavin North are passionate beekeepers, known for their honey and honey-products, including beeswax candles and mead, a wine made from honey. They also grow organic herbs. The two complementary vocations fuse together delightfully in the delicious lavender honey.

HAYSTROM FARM, 578 Bethel Road, Picton A chef classically trained in French cuisine, Jim Hayward appreciates the distinctive flavours of each variety of fruit and vegetable – many of them unknown to the average consumer who shops at a chain grocery store. He’s made it his mission to reintroduce old and obscure varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables on his five-acre farm. Currently, he’s at 400 varieties and counting. 72

Canadians are increasingly interested in buying food from local sources and making a connection with those who produce their food, explaining the growth in popularity of farm stands and markets.

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thread binding all PEC farmers.

HAGERMAN FARMS, 13644 Loyalist Parkway, Picton

Prince Edward County is getting known for its fruit and vegetables. “It’s picked fresh, by people who’ve been working the land for generations,” explains Karen Palmer, Destination Development & Marketing Coordinator for the County of Prince Edward.

Farm stands scattered throughout the bucolic setting offer everything from tomatoes and herbs to maple syrup and cut flowers.

Hagerman Farms has been in the family since 1905, so little wonder it’s among The County’s best known and most popular farm stands. They offer a wide range of vegetables through the growing season, including jumbo pumpkins in the autumn. Diets can wait because you’ll want to indulge in some of the homemade treats from their on-site bakery.

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A Light in the Storm: Point Traverse Lighthouse BY ANDREW HIND

One of the most historic and picturesque lighthouses on Lake Ontario, the tower performs a deadly serious function.

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The lighthouse stands 36-feet above the water. Its light can be seen 10 miles out onto the lake. Photo courtesy County of Prince Edward Tourism. Photo by: Karen Palmer

square, white wooden lighthouse looms 36-feet over the sandy shoreline. Water laps against the shore. It’s a calm day on Lake Ontario, a good day for boating. Offshore, pleasure craft take advantage of the balmy weather.

But weather on the Great Lakes can change on a dime; squalls descend seemingly out of nowhere, transforming placid waters into tempests of howling wind and whitecaps. It’s at such times that boaters are grateful for the presence of the shoreline sentinel with its guiding light. This is Point Traverse Lighthouse, one of the most historic and picturesque lighthouses on Lake Ontario. Don’t let its pretty appearance fool you. The tower performs a deadly serious function. Built in the middle of the 19th century, its job is to save ships and to save lives. Prior to 1879, there was no navigational aid at Point

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Traverse (also known as Prince Edward Point or South Bay Point), much to the consternation of skippers rounding this southeast tip of Prince Edward County. A petition signed by numerous ship owners and captains was put before the Canadian government, pressuring them to build a lighthouse there. Finally, the Department of Marine relented and appropriated $1200 for construction. In 1880, John W. Fagan was contracted to build the lighthouse, which consisted of a 36-foot square wooden tower topped by a fixed red light which could be seen up to ten miles out on the lake, and an adjacent keeper’s home. Both were ready by the following summer, though the project was well over budget, at $2308.70. Fagan stepped in as interim lighthouse keeper until October when the official keeper, Daniel McIntosh, took over with an annual salary of $150.

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The original lighthouse, which included a keeper ’s house and boatshed, cost $2308 in 1881. Courtesy Parks Canada.

McIntosh served in this position for over 20 years, until he was removed in 1902 “owing to advancing years [he was 69], and for the efficiency of the service.” Only a decade later, the Canadian government made the decision to close Point Traverse Lighthouse. They couldn’t have imagined the uproar this would generate and once again they bowed to pressure: the lighthouse was placed back in operation in 1913. After 1941 there was no longer any need for keepers to put themselves at risk as the lighthouse became fully automated. In 1959 the lantern room was removed from atop the lighthouse. Fulfilling its function, a 42-foot steel frame tower was built adjacent to the original lighthouse and topped by a flashing white light. This tower, though not as picturesque as the one it replaced, continues to save lives by serving as a beacon of safety and hope along this notoriously tempestuous stretch of water, guiding boats – pleasure craft today, as opposed to the fishing boats and cargo vessels of the past – to shelter, in weather fair and foul. The original Point Traverse Lighthouse still stands – minus its light - and was recognized as a Heritage Lighthouse in 2015. Point Traverse Lighthouse is located within Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area (established in 1978) at the point just far enough south to be a favoured landing and staging place for birds migrating over the lake. >>

In answer to petitions from mariners, a lighthouse at Point Traverse is erected in 1881. Courtesy County of Prince Edward Tourism. Photo by: Terry Culbert

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Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area is a haven for birds. Up to 300 species have been recorded there. Some, like these cliff swallows, nest upon the lighthouse. Courtesy County of Prince Edward Tourism. Photo Karen Palmer Cliff swallows are extremely social songbirds that can be found in large nesting colonies of over 2,000 nests.

During the annual spring and autumn migrations, there is no other place on the northern shore of Lake Ontario where birds can be seen in such high densities. Over 300 species of birds, some of which are at risk, have been recorded on the point. Among the more numerous are various species of ducks, geese, swans, and shorebirds that swim in the water and scoot along the sandy shore. It’s not uncommon for birders to record 100 or more species in a single day at Prince Edward Point. With its expansive views across Lake Ontario and soul-soothing natural serenity, Point Traverse is a special spot whose idyll is watched over by the towering lighthouse. At the most eastern edge of The County’s south shore lies the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area, home to the Point Traverse Lighthouse.

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6147 Traverse Lane, Milford, Ontario

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A Trail of One Brewery and Two Cideries The Second Wedge, Slabtown Cider, and Banjo Cider BY LESLEY KENNY

This summer the Uxbridge Beer and Cider Trail invites you to experience unique, handcrafted beer and ciders on generous patios, surrounded by historic fields.

The Second Wedge’s inviting and accessible beer garden. Photo courtsey of The Second Wedge Brewery.

THE SECOND WEDGE It’s a hot day in July so let’s start with a cold pint at The Second Wedge brewery, tucked beside a brook, in downtown Uxbridge. Named after the second wedge of the nearby Oak Ridges Moraine, owners Joanne Richter and Rob Garrard recently celebrated their microbrewery’s fifth anniversary. The couple moved to Uxbridge in 2004 to raise their family in this small Ontario town, the trail capital of Canada. Tired of all the driving necessary for their big city jobs, they decided to pursue their passion for making great beer. “We threw ourselves into planning in January of 2013 and opened at the end of December, 2015, almost three years later,” says Joanne. “We’re lucky to have such a great local partner team.”

And they do keep it local. The Second Wedge has used cacao from DesBarres, a chocolate maker in Uxbridge, hops and herbs from local farmers, and even the cherries growing on the bushes around their own beer garden, a welcoming venue strung with lights and open to dogs and kids. Their own pup, Echo, a nine-month-old black lab, is a greeter in training. In 2017, The Second Wedge invited the local Uxbridge farmers’ market to set up in their parking lot and now the Sunday market is so popular vendors and customers spill into the street. The Second Wedge doesn’t have a kitchen but they do serve snacks and you can order in from local restaurants. New this summer, another dream come true for Joanne and Rob: friends Steven Lovisa and Meaghan O’Hara, of Foundry Kitchen and Bar, have set a renovated shipping container on the grounds of The Second Wedge. >>

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This unusual venue is home to Foundry Pi, a wood-fired oven pizza stand. “By then,” says Joanne, “we’re hopeful we’ll have live music outside again. We are big supporters of live local music.” This year The Second Wedge won “best bicycle friendly business” for York Durham Headwaters, awarded by Ontario By Bike. Fitting for a biz whose logo is a bike trail sign and whose flagship IPA, 3 Rocks, is named after a local bike trail.

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Banjo Cider’s patio, on heritage fields. Photo courtesy of Banjo Cider

“We want to become an agritourism destination for Uxbridge and Durham,” says Loreen. “That’s our goal and within that we hope to have something for everyone.”

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Slabtown Cider’s large outdoor patio and BYOC (chair) spot. Photo courtesy of Slabtown Cider.

Five minutes south of Uxbridge, Slabtown Cider is surrounded by the many trails the area is famous for. “We like to say we produce hard cider with a modern flair,” says co-owner Loreen Feddema. She and husband Jason live and work on 90 acres of historic fields. “We’re refurbishing and regenerating these fields that were cow pastures for years,” says Loreen. “We grow vegetables and fruit, including various varieties of heritage apple trees. We’re bringing everything back to life here!” In the Farmstore, as well as bottles of cider, they sell baked goods and local farm products including 3 Boyz Bees honey. The apiary’s beehives are located on the property at Slabtown Cider. “It’s a win-win,” explains Loreen. “They set up beehives in our orchard and we sell their honey. We also use their honey in our Honey Habanero cider. We regularly use produce from local farmers in our cider.” Planting an orchard is a long-term proposition. Until their trees are mature enough, Slabtown Cider sources its apples from Ontario farmers. “We think of them as farmers, not orchards,” says Loreen. Along with their Slabtown Cider team, Loreen and Jason are working hard to turn their 90 acres into one of Canada’s largest collections of unique heritage heirloom apple orchards. When covid hit, their large outdoor patio became a popular meeting place for socially distancing locals. Beside the patio, among the trees, there’s space to bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy a variety of their dry and sweet ciders. New in 2021, their delicious menu options include bison burgers (meat from local Thunder Ridge bison farm) butter chicken and wood-oven baked pizza. 78

Five minutes north of Uxbridge, Patty Ewaschuk and partner Tony Brown operate Banjo Cider, a small-batch cidery offering handcrafted traditional cider. Like Slabtown Cider, they’re on a farm with old heritage buildings, built in the mid 1800s. “It has a real quaint Ontario farm feel about it,” says Patty. “We used to hobby farm on this property. We grew asparagus, raised cows, geese and chickens. When the kids got older, we wanted to try something bigger so we switched over to cider. It was Tony’s idea when he saw all the apples going to waste.” Until their orchards have matured, Banjo Cider sources certified organic apples from Ontario. “We use organic orchard practices in our own orchard,” explains Patty. “We use long grasses and wild plants, compost and mulches, and hand hoeing instead of herbicides to keep weeds down. We don’t use synthetic pesticides.” They hope to get enough apples this summer for a small batch of cider. Their Citizen’s Cider Project invites local residents to pick their own apples (and pears and quince) and sell them to Banjo Cider where they are pressed into a truly unique local cider. The apples are picked in late September and October but the cider isn’t ready until the following year. “We use a longer, traditional method, a longer fermentation process,” explains Patty. They made over 1,000 litres of Citizen’s Cider last year. The apples were picked from backyards, roadsides and farms. Pickers were given a free glass to savour on the patio. Last year’s Citizen’s Cider was so popular it sold out. This summer, The Second Wedge, Slabtown Cider and Banjo Cider look forward to welcoming new and returning customers on the Uxbridge Beer and Cider Trail. thesecondwedge.ca 14 Victoria Street Uxbridge, Ontario, Phone: 905 852 3232 slabtowncider.com 4559 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge, Ontario, Phone: 416 853 3055 banjocider.ca 614 Sandford Rd Uxbridge, Ontario, Phone: 416 435 3886

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Murney Tower BY ANDREW HIND PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PARKS CANADA

Four stout towers, bastions of the former British Empire, ring Kingston’s waterfront. Known as Martello Towers, they are a reminder of times when our neighbour to the south was occasionally less than friendly.

Murney Tower’s military days are behind it. Today it’s a museum, the oldest in Kingston.

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ingston’s Martello towers have immense historic significance. Of the four, Murney Tower is open to the public as a living history museum. Step through the entrance in the thick limestone walls and be transported back to the mid-19th century. Murney Tower was built as part of a series of fortifications that were constructed in Kingston in response to the Oregon Crisis. War between Britain and the United States almost erupted when American President James K . Polk insisted that his nation had sole ownership over Oregon Territory, which was then shared between the United States and British North America. As tensions rose, Britain recognized the vulnerability of Kingston, which held a strategically important location at the confluence of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, a major shipping route and gateway to the Great Lakes from the Atlantic Ocean. In response to the threat of American attack, a series of fortifications were built around Kingston in 1846, including Murney Tower and three sister towers - Fort Frederick, Shoal Tower, and Cathcart Tower. These represent rare Canadian examples of a Martello Tower;

a total of 14 were built in Canada, the remainder in Quebec and the Maritimes. Only nine survive. Martello Towers are squat, round towers whose thick limestone walls were considered fireproof and bombproof. Murney Tower features some key differences from the typical Martello structure as seen across the British Empire. Most Martello Towers lack roofs, but in the harsh Canadian winters this was considered impractical, so a wooden roof was added to shelter the gunners. The gun platform of a typical Martello Tower was clover-leaf shaped to house three guns. In contrast, the gun platform in Murney Tower is circular to hold two cannons: a 24-pounder and a 32-pounder. Only one, a 32-pounder cannon, was ever installed and it remains at the Tower today. But the Tower was more than an artillery emplacement. Inside, there are two other levels, one with sleeping berths for almost two dozen soldiers and the other, a basement, for storage. Extending from the basement are four ‘caponiers,’ essentially wings that extend out from the Tower. Each one is studded with rifle loopholes through which soldiers could fire upon attacking infantry. The Tower, built in less than five months, also featured a cistern for catching rainwater so that the garrison could hold out in the event of a siege. >>

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Operated by Parks Canada, Murney Tower is a National Historic Site.

Murney Tower never saw a shot fired. Instead, from 1848 to 1870, it served as a barracks for soldiers and their families. Later, the Canadian militia assumed responsibility for the fortification and used it until 1885. Today, Murney Tower houses the oldest museum in Kingston; opened in 1925 under the stewardship of the Kingston Historical Society, it houses more than 1,000 artifacts. The largest artifact is the tower itself. In 1930 it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada and – in conjunction with the Rideau Canal and Kingston fortifications as an entirety – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Four ‘caponiers,’ each with 11 rifle slits, would have allowed the garrison to fire on attacking infantry.

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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

900

Countries & Territories

11,000

Numbers of Luxury Properties Worldwide

32,000

Offices

US$43B

US$500B

Value of Luxury Properties Worldwide

Properties by price (number of properties)

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Sales Over the Last Five Years

Properties by region (value of properties)

18.7 9.6%

44.9%

26.8% US$1M-$3M US$3M-$5M US$5M-$10M >US$20M US$10M-$20M

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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ublic spaces have always played a vital role in bringing people together— and right now, the demand for those located in outdoor areas has never been greater. “The pandemic has brought the realization that the safest and most generous places to convene and find community are public outside spaces,” says Marion Weiss, cofounder of Weiss/Manfredi architectural studio. “And it’s not just planned outdoor spaces; our streets and intersections are increasingly becoming candidates for design.” “Access to parks and gardens has become a democratic and health challenge,” adds Philippe Chiambaretta, architect and founder of PCA-Stream, a firm that recently garnered global attention for its plan to transform Paris’s Champs-Élysées into a lush pedestrianized space. “The world is experiencing a crisis with COVID-19, which makes the environmental emergency more visible than ever and has increased the need for nature in urban areas.” Now, Chiambaretta, Weiss, and a host of other leading architects are building on lessons learned over the past year, with projects that aim to enhance the quality of life in the urban environment.

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As well as more space dedicated to pedestrians, the new, greener Champs-Élysées will include catering kiosks run by top chefs, outdoor sports and wellness amenities, and innovative enrichment playgrounds for children.

The Reinvention of the Champs-Élysées PCA-Stream combines a research program with its design practice to identify new techniques with which to shape the environment and create sustainable urban developments. The studio’s Champs-Élysées project—which plans to transform the French capital’s iconic avenue into one of the world’s most pedestrian-friendly public spaces— epitomizes this approach. The ambitious plans, described by Paris’s mayor Anne Hidalgo as an “extraordinary garden,” involves reducing traffic lanes by half and integrating new pockets of greenery. Set to be completed by 2030, the development will ultimately create a more sustainable and desirable public space with improved air quality. “By bringing together gardens such as the Tuileries, the Concorde, the Jardins de Champs, the Port des Champs, and the Esplanade des Invalides we’ll create a 193-acre (78 ha) park, the largest in the Paris area,” Chiambaretta explains. “This will form a green lung for the capital, designed and built to be sympathetic to the heritage value of the site.” >>

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A “Parkipelago” in Copenhagen In Copenhagen, Australian architect Marshall Blecher is making waves with the creation of the city’s Copenhagen Islands project. Dubbed “parkipelago,” the islands—designed in collaboration with Magnus Maarbjerg of Danish design firm, Studio Fokstrot—are to be constructed by hand with sustainably sourced and recycled materials, using traditional boat building techniques. On completion, they will be moved seasonally between underutilized areas of the Copenhagen’s harbor. Blecher hopes the project will create a new type of urban space that can be used by boaters, fishermen, kayakers, swimmers, and stargazers, while reintroducing wilderness to the rapidly developing waterfront area. “During periods of lockdown, people have been reminded of the value of good quality public spaces,” he says. “And to make dense cities liveable, we need more good quality public spaces—and we need these spaces to be more than just corner parks.”

A prototype man-made island in Copenhagen harbor became an invaluable respite during the city’s lockdown. Its creators, architect Marshall Blecher and designer Magnus Maarbjerg, see it as way to provide public access to underutilized spaces.

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Santa Rosa Beach, Flordia

Beds: 4 // Baths: 3 | 2 // Sq. Ft: 2,676 // Type: Single Family Home With an architectural touch of French chateau, the ‘Monet House’ stands proudly in the established Seagrove community of Sugarwood Beach. Owned by prominent Canadian songwriters, the estate-like home & guest quarters work in harmony to create a tranquil Mediterranean feel in the sheltered courtyard space surrounding the private pool. Decorated & furnished in a popular shabby chic style, the ‘Monet House’ is a special 30A retreat & remains a place of inspiration for art , painting & songwriting, with enclosed balconies, and a studio/writer ’s den for solitude. The main home offers an open plan between living, dining & kitchen with bedrooms upstairs. The private guest home above the studio offers kitchen, living, bedroom, bath & laundry spaces. Gross rentals - $55,900.

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Little Island is a collaboration between U.K .-based Heatherwick Studio and New York-based landscape architecture firm MNLA, and is an entirely new type of public space for NYC—one that creates an immersive experience with nature and art.

Pioneering Public Spaces in the United States Across the Atlantic, Heatherwick Studio has led the design for New York City’s Pier 55 project, Little Island. A brainchild of the Dillervon Furstenberg Family Foundation, the pier is the latest addition to the four-mile-long (6 km) Hudson River Park and is set to be unveiled this spring. Envisioned as both a public park and outdoor performance area, the verdant development comprises a large amphitheater and an open plaza designed to host a diverse range of programming, as well as space that’s made up of rolling hills, open lawns, and walking paths. “What was in my mind was to build something for the people of New York and for anyone who visits: a space that on first sight was dazzling, and upon use made people happy,” Barry Diller explains. And in addition to its ecological benefits—the park will host more than 300 species of plants—Little Island will also benefit the community by establishing partnerships with local arts organizations to develop programming concepts. >>

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New York-based studio Weiss/Manfredi, meanwhile, has been selected to lead the reimagination of Los Angeles’ historic La Brea Tar Pits. The studio will work with the National History Museum of Los Angeles County on the design and construction of a 13-acre (5 ha) campus—home to the world’s only active paleontological research site in a major urban area—to reenvision the area as a place of unfolding discovery. “In our La Brea project , we’re building on a longstanding belief that architecture and landscape are inextricably linked,” Weiss explains. “Now, through the lens of the pandemic, we realize the interactions between architecture and open space are even more critical, not only for aesthetics but also for their social and ecological value.” “We built our practice around the idea that the design of open space is not a luxury,” adds cofounder Michael Manfredi. “Open space is the great democratizer, central to the life of big cities.” Banner image: An artist ’s rendering brings to life PCA-Stream’s upcoming redesign of the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Weiss/Manfredi’s Loops and Lenses concept for the La Brea Tar Pits will form a triple mobius that “links all existing elements of the site and redefines Hancock Park as a continuously unfolding experience,” Weiss says.

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Santa Rosa Beach, Flordia

Beds: 4 // Baths: 3 | 2 // Sq. Ft: 2,676 // Type: Single Family Home With an architectural touch of French chateau, the ‘Monet House’ stands proudly in the established Seagrove community of Sugarwood Beach. Owned by prominent Canadian songwriters, the estate-like home & guest quarters work in harmony to create a tranquil Mediterranean feel in the sheltered courtyard space surrounding the private pool. Decorated & furnished in a popular shabby chic style, the ‘Monet House’ is a special 30A retreat & remains a place of inspiration for art , painting & songwriting, with enclosed balconies, and a studio/writer ’s den for solitude. The main home offers an open plan between living, dining & kitchen with bedrooms upstairs. The private guest home above the studio offers kitchen, living, bedroom, bath & laundry spaces. Gross rentals - $55,900.

Christie’s International Real Estate 6 Panepistimiou St Athens, Attiki, 10671 Greece Christina Koutroumpa +30 210 3643112

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Santa Rosa Beach, Flordia

Beds: 4 // Baths: 3 | 2 // Sq. Ft: 2,676 // Type: Single Family Home With an architectural touch of French chateau, the ‘Monet House’ stands proudly in the established Seagrove community of Sugarwood Beach. Owned by prominent Canadian songwriters, the estate-like home & guest quarters work in harmony to create a tranquil Mediterranean feel in the sheltered courtyard space surrounding the private pool. Decorated & furnished in a popular shabby chic style, the ‘Monet House’ is a special 30A retreat & remains a place of inspiration for art , painting & songwriting, with enclosed balconies, and a studio/writer ’s den for solitude. The main home offers an open plan between living, dining & kitchen with bedrooms upstairs. The private guest home above the studio offers kitchen, living, bedroom, bath & laundry spaces. Gross rentals - $55,900.

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Cascade Villa, Providenciales, BWI Turks And Caicos Islands

Beds:6 // Baths: 6 full | 1 partial // Sq. Ft: 9,800 // Exterior: .79 Acres // Property Type: Villa/Townhome

Cascade is an architectural gem designed to deliver the ultimate Caribbean lifestyle. Stunning turquoise water as far as the eye can see welcomes you as you first step through the door. This grand villa’s name was inspired by one of the island’s most splendid private pools. Waters from the upper pool cascade into pools below, including a wading pool for children and pool for adults, complete with a swim-up bar. Cascade’s unique 9,800 square foot floor plan of multiple levels offers getaways for sun lovers and shade seekers alike. There will be no dispute over bedrooms at this villa, which features 6 master bedrooms with King beds (twin options in two of the bedrooms), outdoor showers and baths and private terraces with panoramic ocean views. Enjoy local cuisine in the comforts of home, dining indoors or outdoors with ample seating for 12. The modern chef’s kitchen, coupled with an outdoor grill and wet bar, equips guests with the perfect setting to prepare freshly caught fish. Snorkel, kayak, or paddle board in Caribbean blues surrounded by one of the world’s largest barrier reefs. Of special interest to water enthusiasts, Cascade is located within Princess Alexandra National Park, featuring some of the best snorkeling in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Cascade sits on over 100 linear feet of pristine beachfront. On the villa’s secluded beach area, relax in one of the hammocks shaded by towering palms or escape beneath a tiki umbrella with a good book. Retire at sunset to the fire pit deck just steps above the white sands of Babalua beach. Against the backdrop of the waves and stars, the fire’s glow adds drama to an already dramatic setting. Villa Cascade creates an unparalleled Caribbean experience.

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One Season Plaza Suite 7 Grace Bay, Providenciales, B.W.I Turks And Caicos Islands Robert Greenwood +1 (649) 432 7653

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One Season Plaza Suite 7 Grace Bay, Providenciales, B.W.I Turks And Caicos Islands Rick Moeser +1 (561) 805 7327

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Sydney’s premier polo club in an idyllic setting by the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, Australia Property Type: Horse Property

For further information please visit: sydneypoloclub.cve.io The nation’s most prestigious polo venue and one of the premier event locations in New South Wales. • 287 acres with world-class facilities including three professional-grade polo fields and a beautiful lagoon. • Positioned on the Hawkesbuy River at the heart of the nation’s polo community. • Host of the World Polo Championship in 2017, renowned as the premier event on the international polo circuit. • An outstanding equine centre with indoor arenas, extensive stabling, clubhouse and multiple event spaces. • Prime agricultural land ideal for horse breeding, livestock and wagu beef production with lucerne fields. • Breathtaking grounds with acres of wide open space and panoramic views over the surrounding Blue Mountains. • Numerous annual tournaments and the location for major films including Baz Luhrmann’s epic The Great Gatsby. • Irrigation system, water licence for 527 mega litres, master-planned landscaping and excellent accessibility. • An area of outstanding natural beauty just over one hour’s drive from Sydney and 7km west of Windsor.

Ken Jacobs, Christie’s International Real Estate

Level 1, Lingate House 409 - 411 New South Head Road Double Bay, New South Wales, 2028 Australia Ken Jacobs +61 2 9328 1422

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99 Union St, Seattle, Washington

Beds: 1 // Baths: 2 full // Sq. Ft: 1,023 Sq Ft. // Property Type: Condominium

A unique resale opportunity within Four Seasons Private Residences; this stunning, 1 bedroom, city view home offers gorgeous stone and wood finishes, a fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The en-suite master bath offers a spa-like experience, deep soaking tub and two vanities. The Hallmark of Four Seasons service supports this home with 24hr concierge, valet , security, room service, fitness center, housekeeping, outdoor pool & spa. 1 Parking, 1 Storage.

Christies International Real Estate, Seattle

1201 2nd Ave. #900 Seattle, Washington, 98101 United States Scott Wasner, Co - Founder & Executive Vice President of Christies International Real Estate, Seattle

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Stevenson Ranch Estate, Valencia, California Interior: Sq. Ft: 10,531 // Exterior: .79 Acres // Property Type: Estate

Redefining world-class style and elegance, this private and custom-built estate of incomparable quality is located in the exceptional gated community of Westridge Estates, in the prestigious Stevenson’s Ranch area. Designed by Russel Tyner of Houston / Tyner, this residence of 10,500+ SQFT features 5 bedrooms and 7 baths, including a maid’s room, with five fireplaces and is on just under 1 acre of land. This light-filled property welcomes you with stunning city and Oak Reserve views seen throughout the home, an expansive two-story library/office, a large, beautifully appointed kitchen with top of the line appliances, an inviting family room with detailed, rustic elements, an authentic bar w billiards table and jukebox and a grand entry hall.Further amenities include a gym, swimming pool, a fountain and waterfall as well as an outdoor grill and dining area. All is highlighted with only the finest materials and blended with rich woods, hand-cut stone, soaring ceilings and warmth.

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336 North Camden Drive Beverly Hills, California, 90210 United States

Cody Ullman, Director, Ranch and Equestrian Estates 213 215 7588

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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

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

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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 you get settled into your new home.

www.debbiepenzoteam.com Debbie Penzo, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Natasha Penzo, BROKER Graeme McIntosh, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Luca Penzo, DESIGN & BUILD CONSULTANT Luci McIntosh, CLIENT CARE hello@debbiepenzoteam.com Direct: 416 520 1828

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 Direct: 416 875 8338

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

www.hbrealestate.ca Helen Braithwaite, 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

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

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Julia is a first-class REALTOR® with nearly 10-years of experience buying and selling Toronto. Below are a few of the things that set Julia a tier above: • Professional staging provided for all Seller Clients • Strong online presence bringing additional exposure to listings • Opportunity for Buyer Clients to find off-market properties through expansive industry network • Extensive International contact list, cultivated while working with luxury brands abroad Call or Text Julia to set up an introductory meeting!

LOVE COMING HOME

Julia Campbell, SALES REPRESENTATIVE Direct: 647 981 2250 juliacampbell@chestnutpark.com

Comprehensive research and a consultative approach inspire confident, fully informed decisions Before entering the world of real estate, Katherine, a fully qualified actuary, spent years working as a consultant in the pension industry in Toronto. Parental leave took her to Ireland where her family grew to include four boys. After returning to Toronto, Katherine committed herself to chairing a non-profit board where her discretion, as well as her straightforward, ethical, and reliable leadership ensured the organization’s success. Katherine passionately studies the real estate market and its drivers daily, watching trends closely. Her personalized approach and innate tendency to nurture ensures that her clients make confident, strategic, fully informed decisions.

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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

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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I am pleased to announce that I have joined Chestnut Park. It is no secret that I love architecture and real estate, as well as the great city of Toronto and the rolling hills of Mulmur, Ontario. I have lived in Toronto my entire life, and my family has roots in the Mulmur area dating back to the early 1800’s, both places where I will be focusing my efforts. I would be pleased to discuss your real estate needs, and look forward to working with you on your next purchase or sale.

Mark Robert, SALES REPRESENTATIVE mark@chestnutpark.com Direct: 416 704 6678

THE RENNIE TEAM - “DREAM TEAM”-HC “Competent, thorough, professional and client-focused are words that best describe the members of the Rennie Team. Under the leadership and experience of Janice Rennie, all members of the team interchangeably and collectively exceed client expectations. The recent transformation and speedy sale of my home was an exceptional success – the key was simply to let the team do what they do so very well. They were also prompt and attentive in helping me on two home purchases – their timely advice and comprehensive market knowledge enabled me to complete each transaction with a single offer. To complete the package, Janice, Julie and Katie are wonderful people to work with and I most highly recommend each and every one of them.” – Peter

YOUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS, CORE SPECIALISTS AND TRUSTED REAL ESTATE ADVISORS! 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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WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING: RUSSELLTEAMTORONTO.COM

We worked with Catherine on leasing a home first and then purchasing a home in Lytton Park. Catherine is a great listener who focused on our criteria while also exposing us to other possibilities. Her advice and understanding of the market was always spot on. What we appreciated most was her patience and professionalism. We are extremely grateful for her calm, expert guidance.

- Steve & Liz, Cheritan Ave | Lytton Park

OVER 40 YEARS OF PROVEN SUCCESS

Peter and Catherine are the dream team! We purchased our home 20+ years ago with Peter and were delighted to work with him again on the sale. Catherine brings a fresh perspective and attention to detail that was invaluable. They also staged and cleaned our house beautifully. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome! - BL & NL, Glencairn Ave | Lytton Park I have chosen The Russell Team Toronto to sell a residence for me more than once. What I like about the Peter and Catherine is that they are accommodating and tailor the process to my family’s needs. They provided advice on readying my home for sale and a talented stager to make the house look like something out of a magazine. - C.A., Glengrove Ave W | Lytton Park

IF YOU’RE CONTEMPLATING A MOVE, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

Peter Russell, BROKER Catherine Russell, MBA, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

russell@chestnutpark.com Office: 416 925 9191

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Our home, more than ever, has become the center of our lives. It is more than a home; it is a workplace, classroom, gym, art gallery, symphony and opera hall. The role our home plays in our lives, comfort and lifestyle is something I understand as a mother and realtor. My approach is a balance of care, dedication, professionalism and business acumen. I speak French and Czech. Historical and architecturally significant homes are a particular passion for many of my clients and myself! Finding the perfect historic or character home is impactful. “I especially appreciated the personal approach, helpfulness, knowledge of the real estate market, flexibility, great help with the bureaucracy required by the ministry, professionalism always and in all circumstances, empathy, patience.” - Head of administration, Czech Consulate in Toronto

A CARING APPROACH TO REAL ESTATE.

VERONIKA ROUX-VLACHOVA, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Direct: 416 830 7335 // veronika@chestnutpark.com

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

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

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

I have a passion for seeking unique opportunities, bringing Sellers and Buyers together. I am knowledgeable and experienced in successfully selling waterfront cottage properties on Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph, Georgian Bay and surrounding areas. I strive to find out what matters most to my clients. If you are interested in Buying or Selling, please contact me directly to discuss things further.

Kelly Coulter, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Office: 705 765 6878 // Direct: 705 644 7964 kellycoulter@sympatico.ca www.sellingmuskokalife.com

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

FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AND PROVEN RESULTS

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

Choose Wisely … Choose Maggie

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

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

Top producing Chairman’s Award winner since 2001

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

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With the real estate market moving at speeds never seen before in cottage country, buying or selling your cottage or home can seem daunting, to say the least. Amy and Emilie focus their efforts on dedication to client relationships, being experts in the current Muskoka real estate market, and ensuring a continuous drive for industry knowledge and education. Their calm and professional approach lends them a leading role in Muskoka. The duo are renowned for their honesty and integrity, and as Realtors with real roots in Muskoka, spanning over 100 years, their love and passion for the area is infectious and is valuable in a Muskoka real estate partner.

Amy McDonald, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Emilie Shaw, BROKER

Direct: 705 309 0895 // amcdonald@chestnutpark.com

Direct: 705 644 2825 // eshaw@chestnutpark.com

Jen Purkis , SALES REPRESENTATIVE Jen brings a lifetime of experience on the Lakes of Muskoka and feels there’s no better place in which to invest. Also involved in designing and building luxury cottages makes for an even greater understanding and appreciation of the many elements and layers involved in the entire process. Those rewarding moments of finding clients that dream cottage are precisely what drives Jen to work tirelessly for her clients. Whether buying or selling in Muskoka, you’re in good hands with Jen. Chairman’s Award Winner 2020 Direct: 705 706 7 705 jen@luxurylistingsmuskoka.com www.luxurylistingsmuskoka.com // MEET SOME OF OUR SALES PROFESSIONALS // MUSKOKA // GRAVENHURST //

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 an 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

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DAVID SMITH

LAKE OF BAYS/MUSKOKA Dave Smith has dedicated his entire professional career to the real estate, resort, recreation, and golf course industries in Muskoka. He was most recently involved with the successful development of the world-renowned golf course and waterfront community on Bigwin Island in Lake of Bays and continues to be a member, a resident and to manage the sales and marketing of its new and resale properties. Dave strongly believes in having a strong presence and commitment in the community you service, which is reason for the establishment of the new Baysville / Lake of Bays Branch Office.

www.lobmuskoka.com David Smith

, BROKER Direct: 416 201 1071 Office: 705 767 2121

dave@lobmuskoka.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

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

After a successful career as an actor on Broadway, in LA and Toronto, I have returned to the north to pursue my other passion: Real Estate. While the entertainment business taught me perseverance, hard work, discipline and focus, growing up on a lake in Northern Ontario laid the groundwork for my appreciation of country living. I love sharing my enthusiasm for houses, nature and the cottage lifestyle with my real estate clients. My goal is to make your listing and buying decisions in the Lakelands district as comfortable and stress-free as possible and I’m confident that I can help you navigate the world of Muskoka real estate alongside my experienced and successful colleagues at Chestnut Park.

Tam Evans, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

tamevans@chestnutpark.com // Direct: 705 571 7800

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KIM O’GRADY BROKER

Having moved from the GTA over 20 years ago, to the Muskoka area, I get the need for a change of pace! My decision to move was completely fueled by a desire for a certain type of lifestyle. To create a life I love surrounded by nature and community. Working alongside like-minded people who also want this change in lifestyle, is what I love to do. Whether it’s a cottage or fulltime home you’re searching for, I appreciate the time and effort it takes to help you feel at ease with your decision. 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

DAWN, services NORTH MUSKOKA and the east side of the PARRY SOUND District that encompasses many beautiful lakes, waterways, rivers and communities. DAWN specializes in LUXURY PROPERT Y SALES in this area with proven results. DAWN’S extensive career also includes 30 years of Marketing and Executive Advertising Sales experience giving her clients’ the edge to sell their property quickly and for TOP $. DAWN’S many Real Estate achievements include: 2020 CHAIRMAN’S AWARD for outstanding sales performance, 2019 &18 Vice Chairman’s Award and the 2017 President ’s Award.

Dawn Mashinter, SALES REPRESENTATIVE, ABR®, SRS, RESA® CSA™ Direct: 705 57 1 2534 // dawnmash@vianet.ca

THIRTY YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL CLIENT SERVICE AND PROVEN RESULTS! “We were concerned about the wisdom of selling a waterfront home in Muskoka during a pandemic, but Susan’s advice and guidance throughout the selling process was invaluable. Her effective marketing brought in multiple offers, while her viewing notification system, and her attention to safety protocols all brought what could have been a difficult process to a smooth, successful conclusion. -S.H.” Chairman’s Award 2020

Susan Brown, B.A., MVA, SRES®, BROKER

Direct: 705 788 4176 // susanbrown@vianet.ca // www.lakeofbayscottages.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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As an internationally competitive equestrian, I understand the drive and focus that it takes to win. My experience as an elite athlete taught me the value of hard work, integrity, and discipline, and I bring these qualities to each and every real estate transaction. I am uniquely qualified to better serve the rural and country estate markets because of my lifelong experiences growing up in these communities. From Caledon to Creemore- and everything in between- allow my knowledge of these areas to showcase your home, or find your new retreat. Taking care - helping clients realize their lifestyle dreams, every step of the way.

Leah Wilkins, SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Direct: 519 384 4879 www.leahwilkins.com // @leah.chestnutpark

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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

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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

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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