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Wellness in winter

Beating the Winter Blues

Rejuvenate in Hastings County Your Wellness Destination

Ontario Highlands

On The Radar

Commanding a sled team

Inspired by Iditarod Musher Dee Dee Jonrowe


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WELLNESS IN WINTER Beating the Winter Blues





SLEDDOGS The Dogs of Winter





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Publisher’s Note With the holidays close by we celebrate the launching of Infinity Magazine with excitement and joy in our hearts. This has been a labour of love and one that has a purpose, which is to enlighten our readers to the mind, body, and spirit connection. While wellness, recreation, culture and travel are all parts of our focus, we celebrate more than just travel, of what creates connection, spiritedness, and passion in people. Like Dee Dee Jonrowe, an Iditarod musher, Iron woman and cancer survivor, who has been involved in 30 Iditarod’s with her team of dogs whom she loves. So much so that she is a 2 time winner of the Iditarod Alaska Airlines Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for exemplary care of her dog team. She is a woman with passion and love for what she does as it has become her life purpose. We celebrate the businesses within the wellness industry who in Hastings County, Ontario, are about to embark on becoming The “Wellness Destination” in Ontario. Businesses like Customer Service award and Business of the Year award winner The Marmora Inn, in Marmora Ontario, or Winner of Trip advisor 2012 Travelers’ Choice Award, and winner of Spa Finder Award: Best Body, Mind & Spirit Spa, Grail Springs in Bancroft Ontario. A Spa which sits on massive deposits of healing quartz crystal in the Mineral Capital of Canada. Or you can enjoy a Reiki treatment, meditation or a walk on our many hundred miles of trail systems. Infinity Magazine will be about conscious, inspired businesses that are active in their communities, those using green technology, or enlightened owners that combine spirituality, passion and business, those who believe in collaboration and a connectedness. As business changes we know that we are part of a new paradigm shift that is happening as we look for new and healthier ways to do business and to add balance to our lives. Explore with us as we look at the beauty in culture, the aboriginal experience, the Mayan people, or winter retreats and wellness ideas for the traveller who wants a quick getaway. Get ready to learn about tapping into the sweetness of maple syrup and how 2 counties create unique blends of pure delight. We are honored to have the talented team of wellness, outdoor and travel collaborators who help to showcase all that our beautiful country has to offer. Enjoy our photo contest as we celebrate the beauty of Canada. We trust our readers will enjoy our publication and send comments via website or email as we look to create top quality issues for the visitor, traveller and business person, all with the Canadian spirit that we love. Live life on Fire,


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WINTER 2012 DATE OF ISSUE: NOVEMBER 2012 publisher/editor in chief Darcelle Runciman creative director Marisa Howard editor Rose-Anne Turunen Assistant Editor Christine Cirka contributors Janice Chrysler Rose-Anne Turunen Christine Cirka Lola Reid Allin Michael Deyell Dean Munroe Tahani Aburaneh Carla Johnson Shannon Skinner Kasey Pollard Pat Kammer Molly Ziraldo Ilustration Maureen Walton photographers Lola Reid Allin Jeff Rogerson advertising sales Subscriptions Rates: 1 Year $17.95 + HST four issues • 2 Year $28 + HST eight issues Letters to the Editor: Letters are welcome to a maximum of 300 words and are subject to editing for clarity, brevity and legality. All letters must include the writer’s name, phone number and hometown for verification. Not all submissions will be published. Send letters to Legal Deposit: Infinity Magazine 2012, all rights reserved. Any copying or reproduction of content without the written permission of Infinity Magazine is strickly prohibited. Infinity Magazine, A division of Infinity Tours 110 North Front St. Unit A3, Suite 340 Belleville, ON K8P 0A6 613-921-2535




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CONTRIBUTORS Rose-Anne Turunen Rose-Anne Turunen, founder of the Real Life Changes Wellness Centre, has been a successful business professional and motivational leader in many areas — Canadian best-selling author, iTV personality, radio host, and documentary filmmaker who focuses on alternative solutions for our health and well-being — and her passion has always been children with special needs. Currently, her top two topics to discuss and share are the benefits of mammalian omega 3 and Essential Oils.

Christine Cirka Christine’s is passionate about coaching conscious individuals to align with their greatest and most unique gifts - so that they can be abundantly supported by a business, and life that they truly love. She propels you to seize your best opportunities for growth – aligning conscious energy to attract ideal clients, increase your profits and achieve authentic success. As the CEO & Founder of Essence to Success™ Inc., Christine is a Certified Transformation Coach/Biz Strategist, Certified Feminine Success Leader™, Certified Passion Test® Facilitator/ Passion Test® for Business Trainer, and Canadian Ambassador for

Lola Reid Allin Lola’s varied careers reflect her curiosity about our world. As an airline pilot she acquired nearly 6,000 hours. In MesoAmerica she worked as a SCUBA diver then lived with the Maya documenting their lives in text and photographs. Her photographs and essays have received numerous Jurors’ Choice Awards and appeared in National Geographic Society, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Verge, Doctor’s Review, and been used for fundraising by M.E.D.I.C.O., and MSF WWF Canada.

JANICE Chrysler As a Spiritual Growth Facilitator, Janice combines her experience and training as a Certified Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master and Life Passage Officiant in developing various workshops for personal growth and development by bringing more balance to mind, body and spirit. Janice has been a contributing author for several online magazines. Currently she sits as Chair for the newly developed Hastings County Wellness. To learn more visit

Jeff Rogerson Jeff was born and raised in Southeastern Ontario and developed a passion for photography in his early twenties. A nature lover at heart, Jeff sought to personify his experiences in nature through his work as a photographer. His passions lie in nature, landscape, wildlife, emergency response, and macro photography. Jeff’s work has been featured in various forms on online and print media, and now brings his expertise to Infinity Magazine. You see more of Jeff’s passion on his website at

Kasey Pollard Kasey is founder of Kasey Pollard PR , an aspiring writer, foodie and public relations consultant with a passion for travel and the environment. Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley, her love for rural communities lured her today to live and work in beautiful Hastings County. Kasey achieved her Hon. BA in Tourism and Environment at Brock University and a Post-Graduate Certification in Public Relations at Loyalist College. She is currently working with her local community to enhance the tourism opportunities offered within the region while creating public relations media for organizations including social media training and support. MAUREEN Walton Maureen is a artist, fashion illustrator, layout artist for publications and character designer/layout artist for TV animation studios. Her skills include, calligraphy, composition, scaling and anatomy. Maureen travelled extensively and returned to Canada to design and built her own passive solar studio/home in Hastings in1980. Maureen evolved her art forms into mural painting which led her to connect with healers. In 2008, she redesigned her home and 2 acres, to create a small rustic Healing Retreat Center- Wyldwood Sojourn to include and support the work of Healers and Shamen. She also is a mural artist for schools and businesses.


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Michael Deyell Michael Deyell was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario with an arts and business background having worked for such companies as The National Gallery of Canada, Bell Canada, Torstar Publications and Heart and Stroke Foundation. Michael’s experience comprises of marketing, advertising, social marketing, public relations and sales. He has written a number of travel articles for magazines throughout Canada and the U.S. Michael currently runs a number of businesses in Prince Edward County including fad: funktional art and design, Out in the County, Prince Edward County Travel and is a partner in the newly formed SIGMA 10, an Experential Digital Marketing company.

Carla Johnson Carla Johnson is an author, educator and public speaker. Her mission is to reveal the EXTRAordinary in the ordinary. Carla’s first book “Magnetic Real Estate Photography” was inspired by her real estate investment business and her love of photography. Her second book “Cooking With Sin” Is about recipes that have alcohol in them and come with a personal story from the cook who shared it. Carla is inspired by many things in life and her goal is to help others expand their horizons too. At 6” 2 she can tell you “Life is too short to be small” ~ Benjamin Disraeli. You can find more about Carla at:

Shannon Skinner Shannon is an author, speaker, host and creator of the web TV show, Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner. Shannon is the author of The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity and a contributing blogger to the Huffington Post. She has also produced a feature film. Shannon studied creative writing at the University of Oxford. Travel is her greatest inspiration. Websites: and

Tahani Aburaneh Tahani Aburaneh is a Real Estate Land Developer, Entrepreneur, International Speaker, and Author. Driven by an unrelenting will to succeed and a love for what she does, Tahani overcame adversity. From her beginnings in a refugee camp where she was born, to the prejudices she faced as a woman and mother establishing herself in a country she was not native to. Today her dreams in real estate investment have long been fulfilled. That same untamed spirit that lead to her present successes is driving her to impact people’s lives through her coaching and training programs. She is the author of Real Estate Riches: A Money-Making Game Plan for the Canadian Investor, recently ranked number three on’s real estate bestsellers list. Darcelle Runciman Darcelle Runciman is an internationally recognized Facilitator, Business Coach, and co–author of the Canadian Best seller, The Power of Women United. As a successful business owner of more than one company, Darcelle’s expertise is in business building and development, project management, real estate investment, marketing and working with investors. Darcelle is an ardent student of metaphysics, intuition and our spiritual journey. Her passion is in helping people and businesses balance their passion and their lives. Infinity Magazine is an outlet to help create awareness of the connection between mind, body and soul, and that it is within the journey that the best fruit lies. Pat Kammer Pat Kammer is a student and teacher of A Course In Miracles since 1988. A Speaker and spiritual counselor since 2000, Pat has lived in Belleville for over 60 years and is the author of ‘Love’s Voice Changes You.’ Pat’s Patters. Pat believes that spirit’s wise, powerful messages answer everyday fears with miracles of love changing people’s lives to courage and strength. Pat is also a multi media artist.

Molly Ziraldo Molly Ziraldo’s passion for travel developed through her years spent touring internationally as a figure skater for Disney on Ice. Following in her family’s footsteps, she now finds herself working in the wine industry, yet travel, people, and new places continue to inspire her. With a degree in Psychology and post graduate work in both wine and international business, Molly is always on the search for new experiences, an interesting glass of wine, and the story behind it.

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Rejuvenate WELLNESS


Hastings County...

Your Wellness Destination

If you are like the average person in the Western world you are no doubt, at least at times, feeling overworked and stressed to the limit. For some reason we seem to think we can continually go without rest, eat poorly and constantly be attached to some electronic communication device in order to get through the day. In our great attempt to be connected to each other and keep up with the everchanging world around us, we have forgotten to take time to rejuvenate 8

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the mind, body and spirit. Fortunately, located within the eastern part of Ontario, there is a group of people who take this very seriously. Over the past year holistic practitioners, wellness businesses, venues and services have come together to form Hastings County Wellness. These dedicated people will be quick to tell you that rejuvenation is what their work is all about. These individuals have known for some time the unique and healing qualities this county has

By Janice Chrysler

to offer and now want everyone to benefit from the venues and services available here. The natural beauty and serenity of this second largest county in Ontario gives way to rolling hills, numerous lakes and rivers and endless woodlands. Being part of the Canadian Shield, there are mineral deposits which provide an amazing energy to the area. Some say it is this magnetic field that creates such an attraction for those people

seeking a refuge from the hectic city life and for holistic practitioners looking for a sacred space. So, many of the practitioners offer a variety of services as well. They are determined to make Hastings County THE Wellness Destination. Why Hastings County you ask? Just take look at this small sampling of what the county has to offer. There are holistic practitioners who specialize in herbal remedies, such as Evergreen Acres Wellness or like Quinte Naturopathic Centre, have already come together to offer their services of aromatherapy, homeopathic medicine and acupuncture all under one roof. There are those such as Back to Health, who have found success when combining the MRS 2000 mats in their client’s session of Mitzvah, electric homeopathy and natural medicines. The Healer Within uses the ancient art of Reiki to move energy through the client’s body to provide a sense of over all wellbeing. Mindful Journey offers you the opportunity to sit back, close your eyes and relax as you are led through hypnosis by a trained hypnotherapist. The tranquility of the county is the perfect place to take part in a Healing Circle Meditation Class. Get the idea? Or Perhaps you are looking for something more physical. With the many lakes and rivers you are sure to find a spot to go swimming, boating, or ice fishing, especially if you book your time at Limerick Lake Lodge. Through the county winds the Heritage Trail which is perfect for hiking, biking, snow shoeing and skiing. Hastings County has many gyms with trained professionals offering classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and exercise boot camps that are available throughout the year to help you get your body back in shape. Maybe a trip to do some rock hounding is more of your interest? Plenty of spots for that as well. Want to be a bit more pampered?

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Once you have stayed a weekend or even a day at the internationally awarded retreat, Grail Springs Spa, you may never want to leave! There are numerous bed and breakfast spots offering scenic waterfronts, trails through the woods, or even a meditative walk around a labyrinth like the one you will find at the Teddy Bear B&B. Don’t let the small towns fool you! Within these villages you will find accommodations that offer a variety of additional niches that cannot be found anywhere else. One such spot is the Marmora Inn which hosts a fine dining restaurant complete with patio and indoor pool. There are entrepreneurs who strive to bring whole and healthy food to the tables, and body products free of additives to the shelves of local farmer’s markets and stores. Colleen’s Creative Confections is one such baker who has many culinary delights for those seeking whole grain, glutenfree baked goods. Mahonia’s all natural soaps and organic pestos have become local favourites as have the natural body products of Porcupine Creek Farms.

Meditation groups host their own drumming circles, chant and sing. There are countless workshops and seminars to bring awareness to our mind, body and spirit facilitated by experienced and knowledgeable speakers throughout the year. These workshops bring all these holistic practices together for an often life-altering experience.

We can’t forget feeding the soul with music and art! Through the county there are many fine artists whose talents are amazing, plus they open their venues to workshops such as Wyldwood Sojourn. World-renowned musician and artist David Maracle along with his wife Kim, bring peace and comfort through native sound and song. Every fall Drum Nation brings in hundreds of spectators to hear and take part in drumming, and performers from around the world entertain the crowds.

If ever you were thinking of trying a more natural approach to your wellbeing, then Hastings County is where you should be heading. All the way from the Bay of Quinte region in the south to 160kms to the northern point, there are numerous holistic wellness venues nestled in these old growth forests and highlands. There is something here for everyone in the way of relaxation, healing and learning. Rejuvenate in Hastings County...Your Wellness Destination. Winter 2012 9

Wellness in Winter Beating the Winter Blues

By Rose-Anne Turunen

You wake up nice and early in the morning, all set and raring to get a start on your day. You look out your window and get greeted by the beautiful morning sun, cheering you up and beckoning you onward and outward! You feel great with the sun shining down in warm little patches on your kitchen floor, with a gentle breeze blowing in through your open window. And then suddenly — Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Your alarm clock sounds and you realize it was all just a dream… You slowly drag yourself out of bed and scramble to find where to click on the lights because the morning is actually still in pitch-black darkness. You can’t seem to get the cup of java into you 10

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fast enough to give your brain that quick jolt of energy to help you move forward with your day. Now, off to the car to start scraping off the snow and ice so you can commute in the grey slush and pray that there are no major accidents blocking your route. And all the while, you keep saying over and over to yourself — I can’t stand winter!! For some, it’s actually even worse than not being able to “stand winter”. For some the shorter days and cooler temperatures dip them down so low, it can be diagnosed as a depression. Seasonal affective disorder (or SAD syndrome) is also known as winter depression or winter blues. It’s a mood disorder in which people who have normal

mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in winter — year after dreary year. If you are one of those that dread the change of season, have hope, as there are some things you can do to boost your mental happiness, even in the deepest cold of winter, and even if you can’t jet off to a tropical destination to get a dose of sunny happiness.

1. You are what you eat There is a real relationship between the foods you eat and your brain chemistry. So when you are looking to stay positive and happy, even during stressful or depressing situations, make sure you are feeding your brain the proper mood-boosting foods.

Here are just a few examples: • Mussels contain trace nutrients that are important to balancing your mood, including zinc, iodine, and selenium — things vital to keeping your thyroid, your body’s master mood regulator, on track. • Swiss chard is packed with magnesium, a nutrient essential for the biochemical reactions in the brain that boost your energy levels. • The darkest organic chocolate you can find provides an instant boost in concentration and mood and even improves blood flow to the brain, helping you feel more vibrant and energized. • All tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, a fat-soluble phytonutrient that helps protect vital brain fat, and a nutrient that actually stops the buildup of pro-inflammatory compounds linked to depression.

2. Eliminate inflammation According to the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology, some depression has been associated with low-grade inflammation. So feeding your brain a good quality mammalianomega 3 supplement to help reduce inflammation will potentially help reduce feelings of depression. When we supplement with a high-quality, raw mammalian omega 3, we are getting our omega 3s and omega 6s in the proper ratio to what your body and brain truly need — 1:1. So avoid the fish oils, which give you more omega 6s than omega 3s, and feed your brain and body what it truly needs to reduce inflammation.

3. Get a daily dose of the sunshine vitamin In northern climates sunlight is too weak in parts of the year to make any vitamin D – a period referred to as ‘Vitamin D Winter’. However, Vitamin D may have the power to

prevent and even treat symptoms of depression. Vitamin D is known to increase serotonin levels in the human brain. Serotonin is a chemical that is key to maintaining a balanced mood and can decrease your chances of feeling depressed. This vitamin is also necessary for the body`s production of dopamine, a potent mood-lifting neurotransmitter. If you can’t get your Vitamin D from the sun, then many experts recommend supplementing with a minimum of 1000 IU per day (others recommend even more). When you are choosing your supplement, it’s important to ensure you’re getting the right kind of Vitamin D from the right source. Choosing a mammalian-source Vitamin D3 is the best way to go. So, for all of you that dread the darker, colder winter months that we typically endure in most parts of Canada, boost your mood and feed your brain to ensure you make the most of our winter wonderland. Winter 2012 11


Commanding a Sled Team with

Passionate Dedication By Darcelle Runciman

Photo by Marilyn Hatch Mapes

With the cold winter air, comes an event that warms the hearts of hundreds of people each year as the sport of Sled dog mushing is celebrated in the small Central Ontario town of Marmora. As one of the municipalities that is part of Hastings County (located between Toronto and Ottawa), its beauty is in its uniqueness and the surrounding waterways of beautiful Crowe Lake, Crowe river and Beaver Creek. As the second oldest mining town in Ontario, Marmora was coming out of a difficult time Although there was a drop in population and, the economy was challenging, there still remained a feeling of pride and well-being. The business community rallied around and came up with the idea of a series of races for sled dogs, which was unknown in this part of the country. As they come into their 35th year, Snofest is the oldest continuing event of its kind in Canada. There are 150-200 volunteers each year who make this 12

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amazing event happen in Marmora. We asked volunteer Richard Lowery - what it takes to make it successful, Richard said “it would take a book, but…it takes vision, determination, and patience, in the form of volunteers, both a hardy and experienced core, as well as a broad range of people to pitch in for specific jobs. It takes participants, sponsors, donors and visitors (both locally and from further away), as well as liaison work with partnership groups, all three levels of government, and granting organizations.” However, having been in the presence of mushers, truly all it takes is one thing…. HEART. Mushers continue to be valued, because there is a continuing mystique about sled dogs as part of the formation of our country. Also the fact that everybody loves dogs and these dogs in particular have incredible energy and enthusiasm

for racing. The mushers come from across Canada and the US and range in age from 15 to 30. Races are generally shorter now because of the cost of maintaining a large enough dog population, and the manpower required to groom trails. The result is that races in Marmora Fairgrounds are for mid-distance, sprints, novice and children, all of which are so much fun! Regardless of whether they are mid-distance or not, the passion for the sport continues to breed those that see the Snofest, Iditarod and other high level races as their goals. Trust, Passion, Training, and a love for humanity and dogs- this is what mushing represents for a woman named, Dee Dee Jonrowe, --- Iditarod Musher, Ironwoman, multiple award winner, author and cancer survivor. Dee Dee’s latest accomplishments include coming in 10th place in the 40th, 2012 Iditarod in Alaska. She also

won the 2012 Iditarod Alaska Airlines Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award for exemplary care of her dog team. Dee Dee spoke in Marmora (in August of this year) about the history of mushing and her journey to a full house of eager listeners of mushers, family, friends and visitors. Dee Dee Jonrowe was last in Marmora 19 years ago and returned to talk about her life’s work, surviving breast cancer, the passion of mushing and her love of the dogs. In 2003, she became an honourary chairperson for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, assisting the organization is its fundraising efforts as well. Dee Dee’s humanitarian efforts have been well-documented, having been given the YWCA’s “Alaska Woman of Achievement Award”, the Most Inspirational Musher Award, and even as the spokesperson for the National Girl Scouts Council and Winter Special Olympics. Dee Dee has run 30 of the 40 Iditarod races and is a veteran musher and the foremost female musher today. She spoke about the history of the race, how when the Iditarod in Alaska first started that it took 24 days, then over the years that the record became 18 days and then only 8 days. Dee Dee also talked about Kenny Jones, who was one of the very first mail trail route drivers with dogs, which at that time would take 3 weeks to deliver the mail. The last original mail driver was in 1963 in Alaska. Many of the advances in racing today have assisted in creating a better performance of dogs, nutrition and equipment. The standards for the care of the dogs also being a contributing factor as the standards increased.. The Iditarod enabled this testing (of the value of good nutrition) as they had 900 dogs to test food on which tapped into how well the dogs worked, and their agility. Fast Fact:

Dee Dee Jonrowe in Marmora August, 2012 - Photos by Lynne Mcmullan Ron Day- Rondayview Photography 1801 Bayview Drive, Wasilla, Alaska 99654

The daily caloric intake of a sled dog is roughly 4,500 calories per dog. But by the time the dogs are racing in the Iditarod, each dog will take in close to 10,000 calories per day! At all check points, the dogs are maintained to minimize injury. It was in 2002 that marked an important life-changing year for Dee Dee, as she was preparing for racing, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent many surgeries, a double mastectomy and chemotherapy and finished the treatment only 3 weeks prior to the Iditarod that year which she participated in under demanding conditions. During that time, she was picked up by a new sponsor, who supported her

through her cancer. In 2003, she came in 18th in the Iditarod that year. This too marked the year that she began to wear pink as her racing colour to promote her cause of education and the importance of early detection. When asked what keeps her going and what she did to get through the 9 days 14hrs and 43 mins of her last Winter 2012 13

with breast cancer, as well as her own diagnosis, she shares a life lesson of being “passionate about your God given gift. I realized my passion is for dogs. Mom taught me how to be kind and take care of people before myself. That passion is God-given and God-useful. One of the things I’ve really noticed you don’t have to go to another country to give; you can simply share your compassion.” Dee Dee now has a book (in the works) which will touch on her cancer story and the journey she faced. She wants to help people to not suffer in silence and hopefully “I can be that person out there that people can come to and ask questions because I have already opened to it.”

Photo by Ron Day- Rondayview Photography

“Dog racing is about the lifestyle, and the relationship with the dogs.” Dee Dee Iditarod, she answers “For me it’s my God time. I just want to be out there with my 16 best friends… we have done everything we needed to do and now it has all come together. Now we are out there with no telephones, no internet and sometimes it’s tough, but it’s all just me and God.” Dee Dee presently has 72 dogs with 1 or 2 litters each year that get trained, and worked to become race dogs. Two of her leaders for the 2012 Iditarod were Oministar, 9 years old, and Dragon, who is 5 years old. “A lead dog has to be great! With Oministar I never let anyone challenge him, and they feed off your energy. Once I see the speed and agility in them, then I‘m all about giving them self-esteemwhich they absorb. It’s like being the CEO of a big company. You can’t be scared of people and you have to take charge, so I help them. Then you can develop that and I don’t put them into a situation that they can fail. So for instance in a storm, if I thought he 14

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would be spooked he would become swing, behind the lead dog and I would put someone else in there and he would command them to go one way and they would think it was all my idea. It’s all about timing and that is what makes it fresh each year. It’s like teaching: you can either concentrate on the dogs that didn’t get it or that one that got it. For me that takes it to a fresh place every year.” Dee Dee enjoys running in the offseason, primarily trail and mountain running; she has played co-ed softball for the last 13 years, and competes in numerous triathlons including having competed in the Ironman at Kona in 2006. With a passion for her animals, the love of the outdoors, health and wellbeing, Dee Dee is a shining example of a woman on fire, and one that commands the respect and admiration of not only her dogs, but of the lives she has the opportunity to touch. With everything she has gone through, her mom being diagnosed

As she thinks further she says, “It was hard at first to open up and now I am at the point where the story needs to be told so that I can encourage someone during some of those black times. To think that it isn’t going to be that like that forever, it will get better.” Dee Dee is as inspirational and passionate as the many mushers who race around the globe, including the fantastic racers that come to the Marmora Snofest with their mushing teams every year. Supporting such a wonderful sport not only warms your heart, but also soothes the soul. Dee Dee loves getting fan mail and tries to answer all of them. To find out more, visit her website at To find out more about the upcoming Snofest in Marmora on Feb 1-3, 2013, visit HOTie Award winner of Event of the Year and Organization of the Year 2012. To find out more about race schedules and results from OFSS (Ontario Federation of Sled dog Sports), visit

Sleddogs The Dogs of Winter Photo by Peter Hamley, Marmora

Sleddog’s team members are given titles according to their position in the team, relative to the sled. These include leaders or lead dogs, swing dogs, team dogs, and wheelers or wheel dogs. Lead Dogs Lead dogs steer the rest of the team and set the pace. Leaders may be single or double; the latter is more common now, though single leaders used to be more common during the mid-twentieth century. Exceptionally a leader may be unhitched (a loose or free leader) to find the trail for the rest of the team, but the practice is uncommon and is not allowed at races. Qualities for a good lead dog are intelligence, initiative, common sense, and the ability to find a trail in bad conditions. Swing Dogs Swing dogs or point dogs are directly behind the leader (this is one dog, if the team is in single hitch). They swing the rest of the team behind them in turns or curves on the trail. (Some mushers use the term swing dog to denote a team dog.)

Team Dogs Team dogs are those between the wheelers and the swing dogs, and add power to the team. A small team may not have dogs in this position. Alternately, the term may be used to describe any dog in a dog team. Wheel Dogs Wheel dogs are those nearest the sled, and a good wheeler must have a relatively calm temperament so as not to be startled by the sled moving just behind it. Strength, steadiness, and the ability to help guide the sled around tight curves are all qualities valued in “wheelers”. Mushing is a general term for a sport or transport method powered by dogs, and includes carting, pulka, scootering, sled dog racing, skijoring, freighting, and weight pulling. More specifically, it implies the use of one or more dogs to pull a sled on snow. The term is thought to come from the French word marche, or go- run- the command to the team to commence pulling. “Mush!” is rarely used in modern parlance, however; “Hike!” is more common in English. Mushing can be

utilitarian, recreational, or competitive. Mushing as a sport is practiced worldwide, but primarily in North America and northern Europe. Racing associations such as the International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS) and the International Sled Dog Racing Association (ISDRA) are working toward organizing the sport and in gaining Olympic recognition for mushing. It is interesting to note that it is the state sport of Alaska. Although sled dog racing gets more publicity and is seen now as the primary form of mushing, recreational mushing thrives as an unorganized sport providing a healthy outdoor form of winter exercise for families. Dog Breeds Used for Mushing: Dog Breeds that are used for mushing include Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Alaskan huskies, Eurohounds, German Shorthaired Pointers, Greenland Dogs, Canadian Eskimo Dogs, Samoyeds, Chinooks, Seppala Siberian Sleddogs, Japanese Akitas and miscellaneous crossbreeds. Dee Dee uses Alaskan huskies for her team. Winter 2012 15

Highlands Ontario’s

On the Radar By Kasey Pollard

Photo by Lola Reid Allin

January to March can often be a long, dreary winter for many of us. And some find comfort in escaping the outdoors by staying in our homes. Why not embrace these months and experience all that the winter season has to offer? Now you’re thinking: where to go and what to do: Well, look no further. There is one region that should be on your travel radar if you’re looking for a winter wonderland. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a day’s excursion, locals and travellers alike can find a winter retreat in Ontario’s snow country - Ontario’s Highlands. With the changes in weather patterns over the recent years making the 16

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typical Ontario winter for many of its cities in its southern region to be more mild and with less snow fall each year, Ontario’s Highlands is blessed with the perfect conditions for travellers to experience a true Canadian winter. With snow on the ground and crisp temperatures, this region of Eastern Ontario offers many winter activities and experiences for everyone in the family to enjoy.

in the town of Pakenham, while Calabogie Peaks is up the Ottawa Valley in the town of Calabogie and Madawaska Mountain is further north near Barry’s Bay. All three resorts offer down-hill skiing and terrain parks with a variety of runs for every level of experience. Both Mount Pakenham and Calabogie Peaks offer cross-country skiing on scenic trails, as well as family-fun snow tubing.

Ski Resorts, Cross-Country Skiing & Snow Tubing

For smaller and enjoyable family ski hills there is Batawa ski hill in Batawa near the town of Frankford. For crosscountry enthusiasts, one winter gem is Murphy’s Point Provincial Park found in Lanark County. This provincial park has 7.5 km of ungroomed country trails on its Round Lake trail, plus

You can always count on excellent snow conditions at one of the three ski resorts found in Ontario’s Highlands. Each resort is a signature attraction for the small rural communities they call home. Mount Pakenham is located

additional trails that can make for 15.5 km cross-country adventure.

Snowmobiling Ontario’s Highlands is home to a vast trails system supported by the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA). The EOTA maintains a network of multi-use trails that are accessible for motorized vehicles with a purchase of a trails pass. In the winter months, these trails become a snowmobiler’s playground. Each winter snowmobilers from across North America migrate to Ontario’s Highlands to explore the EOTA trails and have fun getting lost in the back country.

Snowshoeing Bring hiking to a new level and exercise your whole body by going snowshoeing. There are a wealth of outfitters throughout Ontario’s Highlands that provide snowshoe rentals and offer ungroomed trails Yours Outdoors, located in Haliburton, is an outfitter that features a guided snowshoe tour with a biologist who highlights the local ecology along the trail. Also in Haliburton is Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike, offering snowshoe and walking pole rentals with trails that challenge all levels of snowshoe enthusiasts.

Ice Fishing & Winter Camping While many of us are accustomed to fishing in the summer months, when was the last time you experienced ice fishing, if ever? In Ontario, the provincial government designates two weekends a year for Canadian families to fish license-free in any body of water where fishing is allowed. This year the Ontario Family Fishing Weekend is on February 16th to 18th. An excellent place to not only fish, but also experience winter camping, is at the Frontenac Provincial Park. Here one can fish for Northern Pike, Speckled Trout, Crappie, and Yellow Perch throughout the winter months. This all-season provincial park welcomes winter visitors interested in

ice fishing, winter camping and crosscountry skiing, as well as offering a wilderness skills program.

Dogsledding Complete your winter by experiencing the traditional Canadian winter activity of dogsledding. Ontario’s Highlands is an excellent region for dogsledding for those who can’t experience it in Alberta or the Northern territories. Located in Maynooth, Highland Wilderness Tours is an outfitter for a quality dogsledding experience through country trails just south of Algonquin Park. With 70,000 acres of forested hills and more than 50 lakes and wetlands, one can also find dogsledding at Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve Ltd. This business offers more than 300 kilometers of trails for a dogsledding adventure and looks after more than 150 Siberian Huskies. For both locations, experience isn’t necessary so take a hold of the reigns and enjoy the sound of snow rustling under your sleigh.

Skating What better way to spend a crisp winter night than to go ice skating outdoors under a blanket of stars? The Ottawa Valley offers a range of communities with outdoor skating rinks that are open to the public. Towns with community outdoor rinks include Chalk River, Eganville, Pembroke, and Petawawa. Logos Land Resort, located in Cobden, is a family water park in the summer months, but provides a free outdoor skating rink in the winter months, as well as snow tubing and hiking trails.

Ice Climbing Push yourself to the limit and scale a slippery slope - try ice climbing. Yours Outdoors (in Haliburton) offers a range of outdoor winter activities, including ice climbing, from December to March. Give it your best on their 50 foot man-made ice wall with two different challenging climbs. The Town of Bancroft is also

a mecca for ice climbers, and is known for its natural ice formation that cascades down its iconic Eagles Nest look-out.

Winter Geocaching Why stop geocaching once the weather turns cold? Geocaching isn’t just meant for the summer months, it’s a year-round activity that just gets a little more challenging once the snow sets in. It is a free outdoor treasure hunt using a GPS device. There are many benefits to geocaching in the winter, such as no bugs, easier to spot caches, swamps and creeks are frozen, and you can get a work-out to burn off the extra desserts from the holidays. To learn more about geocaching, visit While there are many outdoor winter activities for everyone in the family to enjoy, there are also unique events that take place in Ontario’s Highlands over the course of the winter. In February, one can enjoy the power of dogsledding at the annual Marmora SnoFest (February 1-3, 2012), which features a variety of experienced races, as well as amateur events. Also in February is The Bonnechere Cup, an annual ice oval snowmobile racing event in Eganville that is part of the Eastern Pro Tour. From March 9th to the 17th, Wheeler Maple Syrup Camp & Pancake House in Lanark County celebrates its annual March Break Maple Festival. Visitors can enjoy maple taffy on snow, pancake meals, snowshoeing and guided tours of their maple syrup production. Before the snow melts and the sounds and sights of spring begin to appear, take advantage of the majestic winter months and explore the outdoors of Ontario’s Highlands today.

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Ancient Maya End of a Cycle, Rebirth of the Spirit

By Lola Reid Allin

Springing from Olmec roots two thousand years before Christ, the Ancient Maya civilization of Mesoamerica remains shrouded with mystery. What spurred the collapse of the civilization? Why were the magnificent cities abandoned? What happened to the Maya people? Did the scribes and scholars predict the end of the world? 18

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Multiple theories abound: exceeding the carrying capacity of the land, extensive internecine warfare waged against other Maya kingdoms in an attempt to gain arable land, and excessive demands by an increasingly large ruling class, unable to appease the gods who punished the people with drought and famine. During their zenith (Maya Classic period 250AD-909AD) theocratic monarchs governed and protected dependent communities that supported populations of 20,00060,000 inhabitants. (Of course, the Maya did not base their calendrical system on the birth of Jesus. In Maya terms, their zenith occurred during the 8th and 9th Baktuns). To provide a conduit for conversing with their extensive pantheon of gods, rulers demanded the creation of spectacular skyward-thrusting pyramids crowned with temples, the locus of ceremonial complexes that centred the world of each city. Agricultural laborers produced maize, beans, and squash to feed potters, stonemasons, warriors and an ever-expanding elite class of rulers and their families who became priests, astronomers, scribes, and military leaders. These agriculturalists supported the system providing food during peacetime yet became warriors when their ruler waged war. One of only two world civilizations to recognize the importance of the number zero, the Ancient Maya utilized a vigesimal system of counting, a base 20 system modeled on the twenty digits (toes and fingers) of the human body. Scribes created hundreds of fig-bark paper books containing this unique counting system, hieroglyphic writing, and images to elaborate upon agricultural cycles, astronomy, calendrics, and warfare. Zealous 16thC Catholic priests destroyed all but three of these remarkable texts that recorded the primordial creation of time thousands

Photos by Lola Reid Allin

of years in the historic past; described the cyclic movements of Venus and Mars; predicted solar and lunar eclipses; and documented three previous cleansing of the world by earthquake, volcanic eruption and fire, and flood. The Maya calendrical measurements reflect the concept of cyclical time and were understood only by learned scribes and astronomers who helped the rulers guide their people. These calendars included the Nine Lords of the Night, a reference to the nine levels of the Maya underworld, with each Lord ruling a specific night; the 584-day cycle of Venus; a Lunar Series; an 819-day calendar devised from the multiplication of 7 directions (N-E-S-W plus up–down-centre) X 9 levels of the Underworld X 13 levels of the Upperworld; the 260-day Tzolkin created by the multiplication of 13 X 20, its length parallel to human gestation; the 360-day Haab plus the Uayeb, a period of 5 dangerous days that corresponds to a 365-day solar year; the Calendar Round, a meshing of the Tzolkin and the Haab; the cyclical Short Count of 13 K’atuns,

a unit of measurement equal to 256 solar years; and the Long Count used to identify a date by counting forward from the number of days from the Mayan creation date 4 Ahaw, 8 Kumk’u (August 11, 3114 BC). Misinterpretation of the complicated Long Count calendar spurred the popular but erroneous belief that a cataclysm will end our world at 11:11PM on December 21, 2012. This date, the Winter Solstice, is merely the day that the calendar will go to the next b’ak’tun at Long Count Today, six million Modern Maya speaking 21 languages reside in Mexico’s Yucatan, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and northern El Salvador. Many will celebrate the beginning of the next 5,125-year cycle of their Long Count calendar just as we celebrate the new millennium. The Maya hope for peace, increased tolerance from their countries for religious and linguistic diversity, and continued recognition of the achievements and importance of their 3,000-year-old culture. Winter 2012 19


Grail Springs Body Mind Spirit Retreat and Spa

By Darcelle Runciman

Photos by John Parson

There is much to be said about experiencing travel that changes you, that adds to your life a dynamic that you were not expecting‌ one that can change your life in a short period of time. In the small community of Bancroft, Ontario lies the award winning Grail Springs Retreat and Spa, a spa that aims to guide individuals to transformation. 20

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Grail Springs offers 2 to 21 night life changing transformational retreats and sits on what is believed to be the mineral capital of Canada with its healing quartz. With hundreds of acres of forests, lakes, trails, and gardens, Bancroft and area offers the perfect setting to enjoy nature and reconnect. The lake at Grail Springs named ‘Chalice Lake’, is a spring fed lake and the property is surrounded by crystals, marble, granite and solidate, just to name a few. Whether you stay at the retreat in the main rooms, or in their “Forest Eco-Tabins” you will experience an atmosphere of rejuvenation and well-being. Experience many of the holistic programs offered, which offers you an opportunity to gain balance, relaxation, and exercise. Learn about your own blockages, and about what keeps you from moving forward. Or learn about how to detox your body to operate in optimal performance. Enjoy many of

the programs, and relax on the highly energetic property to re-connect with yourself and explore a journey with your mind, body and spirit. Owner and Bestselling author Madeleine Marentette, is the founder of this transformational holistic retreat. Her dedication to environmental sustainability and social justice is evident in all the work and atmosphere created in this wonderful retreat. Her life has been a dedication of service towards people and the planet which is evident when you visit Grail Springs. Madeleine also has created ‘Awaken the Dreamer Symposium’ which

hosted international transformational leaders as well as the Grail Lady Faire, a summer festival that just won an award as Festival of the Year in Hastings County, Ontario. Madeleine is presently working on her next books, a spiritual cookbook for planetary sustainability, the science of the soul and a book about women of destiny. One of their upcoming winter opportunities will be a transformation event held over 3-days and 2-nights to celebrate the end of a cycle and the bringing in of new light. December 21-23rd, 2012. To find out more and learn more about their retreat visit:

Their awards include;

• 2  012 Festival of the Year Award – Hotie Award, Hastings County Opportunities in Tourism • 2011 SpaF inder winner ‘Best for Going Solo’ • 2010 Spa Magazine ‘Top 5 International Destination’ • 2008 ‘Best Body, Mind & Spirit Spa’ • 2011 Voted ‘Best Transformation Destination in Universe’ by our Mothers.

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By Kasey Pollard

The percentage of Canadians who suffer the winter blues (Seasonal Affective Disorder - SAD) each year. The recommended daily dosage of Vitamin D an adult should take to reduce the risk of SAD, bone loss and diabetes. The amount of time it would take for one (fair-skinned) to stand outside in the sun at high noon (in the summer) to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D. The amount of time it takes to warm up a car in the winter before driving it - if the interior takes 10 minutes to warm up while driving, it would take 30% longer to warm up while idling. The temperature at which snow and ice are most slippery, compared to -20oC and below. The length of the “Wapusk Trail” road, created each January on ice and snow, that links Gillam, Manitoba with Peawanuk, Ontario (Canada) and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest seasonal winter road in the world. The record amount of snow that accumulated on Mount Baker, in the North Cascades of Washington State, during the 1998-99 snowfall season. Winter 2012 21


Ancient Iona A Beacon For Pilgrims

By Shannon Skinner

If a pilgrimage to ancient spiritual sites is in the cards, the holy Isle of Iona might have what you are looking for. With its connection to early Christianity, this tiny rocky island located off the west coast of Scotland has been attracting pilgrims since medieval times. What’s more, 2013 marks the 1,450th anniversary of St. Columba’s arrival on the mystical island, making it an ideal time to visit. Known as the “cradle of Christianity,” the Isle of Iona offers a number of ancient spiritual sites including a medieval abbey, nunnery and the legendary burial grounds of 48 Scottish kings. It was here that St. Columba, an Irish priest and prince, founded his monastery in AD 563, which played a central role in spreading Christianity. The Book of Kells probably got its start here. There is even a legend that Jesus Christ visited Iona. Thought to be formed from Earth’s 22

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oldest rock (possibly 1500 million years), the remote island of Iona is easily accessible. Best of all, you get to view some of Scotland’s spectacular scenery while en route. Iona has something for the whole family; as well as the solo traveler seeking a sanctuary for peace, contemplation and reflection. At the heart of this special island is Iona Abbey, one of the oldest and well-preserved sacred sites in Scotland. It has survived Viking raids, the Protestant Reformation (1560), and years of abandonment and neglect. Having recently undergone restoration, today you can enjoy its cloisters, and it still operates as a place of Christian worship as it has done for the past 1,450 years. Located outside the abbey church is St. Columba’s Shrine, which has especially drawn many visitors to the island over the centuries.

While there is not much left to see of Columba’s monastery, with the exception of its vallum that once surrounded it, you can get a sense of the mystical, inspired energy that its former inhabitants experienced. Of special interest is St. Oran’s Chapel and graveyard, the final resting place for 48 Scottish kings, including Kenneth mac Alpin and Macbeth (of Shakespeare fame), as well as other kings, nobility and clan chiefs. Their coffins were carried along the cobbled “road of the dead” from the Abbey. Iona’s nunnery, formerly a Benedictine priory, was established in 1203 and known to the locals as “the black church” because of the black habits worn by its Augustinian nuns. All that remains today of the building are pink granite walls. What is also interesting about the nunnery’s history is the nuns had opened its doors to female

pilgrims; and noble women, some who apparently lived a fair distance away, were laid to rest in its burial grounds. Back in its day, Iona was regarded for its spiritual/intellectual creativity, and was key in the development of Insular art. A superb example of this style is the Book of Kells, the illuminated manuscript comprising the four Gospels of the New Testament, which may have been produced on Iona, or at least has its start here; though this was long after Columba’s death. Other examples are the high crosses, including St. Martin’s Cross, that dates back to the 8th century. Iona’s carved stone collection is impressive, which includes “Columba’s Pillow,” believed to be the tombstone of St. Columba made from the stone that he rested his head upon as he slept; and the rare surviving grave slab portraying a prioress, Anna MacLean (died 1543). Lastly, located near the main village, Baile Mor, is Iona’s oldest historic site: a 3,000 year-old stone burial cairn. Beyond its ancient sacred sites, Iona has a small and active community, and there is much to experience and enjoy. While most visitors go for the day, there are a few hotels and B&Bs for those interested in staying longer. The island has charming restaurants, shops, tearoom, arts and crafts, and working studio. Its residents are known to be self-sufficient, using food primarily grown locally. If you wish to explore the island by bicycle, you can rent one from the general store. Additionally, the nearby beaches are also spectacular to kick back on, provided it is not raining. If you are interested in staying on Iona and living in the abbey’s cloister where you can experience a weeklong pilgrimage around the island, the Iona Community runs residential centers on Iona and Mull.

Photos Courtesy of VisitBritain

Special Events: To commemorate the 1450th anniversary of St. Columba’s landing, Historic Scotland (w w index.htm) and the Iona Community ( have planned activities throughout 2013 Check out their websites for details. Getting there: Iona can be reached by taking a 10-mins. ferry from Fionnphort on Mull. Or via Oban in Argyll and Bute. Regularly-scheduled ferries connect to Craignure on Mull, and then a 35-mile drive to Fionnphort ferry terminal. Resources: Historic Scotland ( Iona Visitor’s Guide ( Iona Community (

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Photo by Keint –He Winery

Prince Edward County Travel Your Lifestyle Travel Connection to Prince Edward County

By Michael Deyell & Dean Munroe Do you already have an impression of Prince Edward County? Prince Edward County has a feel very similar to Cape Cod, but even more like Martha’s Vineyard. Pastoral scenes cut with winding roads hugging gentle hills reveal panoramic vistas of Lake Ontario and fields of corn, wheat, cattle, sheep or grapes. Included are the historic allure of streetscapes, heritage buildings, quiet harbours and vineyards. It is a must for artists, nature lovers and anyone seeking “a beautiful island adventure”. Only 2 hours east of Toronto, 4 hours west of Montreal and 8.5 hours northwest of New York, Prince Edward County is home to over 3 dozen wineries and vineyards, countless exciting art galleries and artists’ working studios, 24

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fine and casual dining, jazz and other musical festivals and numerous tempting sweet and cheese shops. From the inlet beach and sand dunes of Sandbanks and North Beach Provincial Parks that make up part of the over 800km of coastline to the weather beaten red barns and quaint Victorian residences. The County is attracting a bevy of entrepreneurs carving out a simpler life and opening businesses.

For The Love of Art!

So what does Prince Edward County offer? Well there are amazing finds andwonderful shopping for the art lover and the individual that appreciates unique furnishings and accessories at our art galleries, boutiques and shops.

We even provide travelers with a shopping card to use at many of our participating businesses.

Enjoy Wine?

You’ll appreciate the self guided wine tours in one of the award winning regional wineries and the use of our wine tasting card offered to travelers for free tastings at our participating wineries. Vineyards are amazing places that have entranced people for centuries. Poets have written wistful and profound verses about them. Still, no one has ever captured a vineyard’s magic in words, or music, or even pictures.

Regional Cuisine!

June 21, 2008 ‘Gastronomic Capital of Ontario’ honours go to Prince Edward

County, says the Toronto Globe and Mail. There is over a dozen fine dining restaurants to frequent amongst another 40 or so casual restaurants and cafes. We even have great pastry houses, ice cream, chocolate shop and even a health food pantry. Come and experience the joy of cooking seasonally in Prince Edward County – Canada’s newest culinary destination at one of our cooking schools. From meeting local farmers to preparing traditional favorites in a state-of-the-art chef’s home kitchen— the day will capture your heart and your senses. You will never be bored in Prince Edward County, there is sailing, boating, fishing, cycling, antiquing, bird watching, windsurfing, kayaking, hiking trails, camping, shopping and even cross country skiing. If that’s not your thing, how about a day at the spa? A great way to relax and unwind with your partner or group of friends. Treat yourself today, you deserve it!

Need A Place To Stay?

There are plenty of bed and breakfasts, inns or vacation rentals available through Prince Edward County Travel, not to mention great vacation packages. We even have a place for you to bring your pets, their very own boarding and training facility.

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Seven Generations

Photos by King’s Court Estate Winery


Wine-Making and Counting By Carla Johnson

“A family heritage, like a good wine,

requires nurturing, nudging and patience.”


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Seven uninterrupted generations of wine makers. How does one family carry on such a compelling and noble heritage for over 300 years? Josef and Roland, the 6th and 7th generation of Zimmermann vintners may be able to shed some light on that question. Wine-making is often seen through romantic lenses. The rich ruby colour, the aroma of the bouquet and the sweet savour on the palate of a glass of wine are wonderful pleasures. The reality of making wine is quite different though. The business of running a vineyard, like any fruit farm, can be physically exhausting and complicated. Vines require yearround attention and the fruit must be handled carefully, especially at harvest when time is of the essence. Roland Zimmermann was raised in the vineyards of his father’s winery. Like generations before, the vines and fruit were tended to personally by family members. Simplicity and an intimate, hands-on approach have been central to producing the extraordinary Zimmermann wines. Roland found himself drawn to the land and the challenges of the seasons. As a child, he was intrigued by the soil and how it fed the vines that produced the grapes. He cherished the sweet fresh juice they pressed from those grapes. He embraced the science of turning the juice into wine and enjoyed the art of enhancing its flavour.

school his father had attended. Returning to the family farm in Canada, Roland brought back many innovative ideas, but more importantly, his time in Germany had fueled his greatest passion, wine blending. While most of the wine-making process is precise and scientific, blending is creative and fun. Blending involves carefully combining young wines that have not matured yet, so the vintner has to carefully calculate what the blend will taste like in a few years. Cultivating the ability to recognize successful combinations requires years of experience. Plus, the vintner needs to be something of a gambler. As Roland says, “While you get better with age at making really good educated guesses, there is still the tickle of the unknown. You can never be 100% right.” Back in 1723, Kaiser Wilhelm, the King of Germany, passed through the town of Guldental, Germany and was served wine from great-great-greatgreat-grandfather Zimmermann’s vineyard. The Kaiser was so impressed with the wine he had several casks sent to his castle. The tradition at the time was for villagers to pay a tax to the Kaiser, but to great-great-great-greatgrandfather Zimmermann’s delight, the Kaiser did not treat the wine as a tax and instead paid full price for the casks. That day, he declared, “We are now officially the King’s winery!”

As he grew, so did his passion for the farm. Working the fields, he relished the stillness of the gently rustling vine leaves. No cars or people, only calmness. Roland found peace being in the vineyard alone with the land. It was where he belonged.

Today, one of Roland’s cousins has taken over the original family estate in Guldental. It is called “Weingut Königswingert,” which means the King’s Vineyard Winery, and the name has been carried here to the Niagara Region in Canada where Roland and Josef named their winery King’s Court Estate Winery.

Connecting with his roots, Roland trained at his uncle’s winery in Germany’s Nahe region and pursued further studies at Staatliche Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt Bad KreuznachSimmern, the same eminent wine

Josef Zimmermann was the first of his generation to transport the family business across the Atlantic to Canada. It is a heritage he is very proud to see passed on to his son Roland who has two children of his own. Roland knows

there is a certain weight on his shoulders to pass the love of the vineyard on to the next generation, but he knows it cannot be forced or coerced. So, how does a family carry on a heritage for seven generations? Roland and Josef know. It is done in the same way you entice a fine wine from grapes. A family heritage needs personal nurturing, tending and nudging. Allow it ferment, sweeten when necessary, then patiently wait for it to mature. You will enjoy this cocktail made with one of Roland and Josef’s sweet wines.

King’s Courtini

Photo by Carla Johnson

1 part King’s Court Estates 2007 Vidal Late Harvest VQA 1 part Canadian pure maple syrup 2 parts Canadian whisky Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into ice-filled martini glasses. Ein Prost! Check out King’s Court Estate Winery’s delicious Mussels in Wine Broth recipe on Cooking With Sin. You will want to drink the broth! Winter 2012 27

Photo Contest

Calling all Nature Photographers Enter our 2013 We Love the Outdoors Photo Contest! Share with us your favourite scenic or wildlife photo with us! Whether it’s a hummingbird, best Ontario Park shot, your favourite hiking trip, or the best sunset photo we want to see them! Only three requests are that it be taken of a wild animal, a nature scene outside, and by amateur photographer.

Our top 6 will be featured in the photo gallery of our magazine in our Dec 2013 issue and; First Place  Will be awarded coverage in our 2014 Spring Issue, & win a two year subscription to Infinity Magazine, an Infinity Magazine T-Shirt, and win a surprise package! Second Place  Will receive $250 and a two year subscription of Infinity Magazine. Third Place Will receive $100 and a two year subscription of Infinity Magazine. Entry Deadline is December 16, 2013. Full contest rules and regulations are below and online. How to Enter Contest begins on Dec 2, 2012 (the Contest period) and ends on Dec 16, 2013. All entries must be post-marked by December 16, 2013 (“Submission Deadline”). Write to us at Infinity Magazine 110 North Front Street, Unit A3, Suite 340 Belleville, Ontario Canada. K8P 0A6 or contact us via email at to request an official entry form. Photo Entries will only be accepted via email in Digital format. To enter, email your image in high- resolution jpeg format to contest@infinitymagazine. ca. Color and Black and white photographs accepted, with completed entry form. Each photo must have an original official entry form signed. (scan back to CATEGORIES Each Photo can be entered one time. Each entrant is limited to two entries for this contest. Adults Individuals 18 years of age or older. Entries will be rejected if the entry form is not fully completed or if the entry form and/or Photo is not received by the submission deadline. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS Digital files must be at least 5 megapixels, or 2560 X 1950 pixels; image quality setting: high. No compositional changes will be qualified for contest. Digital entries that do not meet technical requirements will be automatically rejected. Do not send negatives or CDs with your entry as no entries will be returned. If a Photo is chosen as a winner, digital capture files, must be made available to Infinity Magazine as a condition of receiving a prize. Eligibility The contest is open to legal residents of Canada except employees or agents of Infinity Tours & Infinity Magazine, their respective advertising and promotion agencies, and the contest judges. In the event it is discovered that you entered and are underage, your entries will be void. Submission Requirements You must have taken the Photo that you submit for the contest. You will require the consent of all individuals if any that are in the Photo. The submitted Photo must never have been previously published, exhibited publicly, or selected as a winner in any other contest and only amateur photographers are eligle (defined as a person who has never earned more than $1,000 in any year for photography). All Photos submitted become the property of Infinity Tours & Infinity Magazine. Entries not complying with these contest rules will be disqualified.


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