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In thIs Issue features 12 TUG OF WAR Buyers and sellers in Southern Georgian Bay are battling it out over price in the resale home market. By JaNEt LEES

23 Tailored To Fit New home developments are adjusting to challenging times by listening to buyers and giving them more of what they want. By JaNEt LEES

33 New Homes On The Bay is pleased to present our annual guide to new home developments in Southern Georgian Bay.

42 RUSTIC REVIVAL a hilltop log cabin gets a sophisticated update. By JuDy RoSS


58 Natural Harmony Easy-care gardens flourish on a former cattle farm. By JuDy RoSS

69 Home For Life New program helps local seniors stay healthy and happy ‌ at home. By aLLISoN KENNEDy DaVIES

77 Openings Southern Georgian Bay continues to offer unique shopping and culinary experiences, along with new service providers to meet every need. Here’s the latest on new business openings as well


as business transformations including new owners, moves and major renovations. More great reasons to shop local! By JaNEt LEES

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From our Editor From our Readers Fence Posts, by Dan Needles Gallery of Dining Marketplace Events Gallery of Realtors Showcase of Fine Homes Reader Buying Guide Looking Back

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ome stories practically write themselves. Others are like trying to give birth to a shapeshifter. The latter was the case with the real estate market analysis piece I wrote for this issue of On The Bay. Don’t get me wrong – the realtors I interviewed were very helpful and forthcoming, sharing the benefit of their experience and insights. But the story was a bit of a moving target, for a number of reasons. First, Southern Georgian Bay is not Toronto. Obviously. But when it comes to real estate, people look to the Toronto market to see what is happening – or what is likely to happen – in our local market. While we do mirror Toronto and the national trends to some degree, our market is unique because it’s not dependent on first-time buyers or on investment purchases, both of which are drivers of the big-city market. Instead, those who purchase homes in Southern Georgian Bay are largely discretionary buyers – people who don’t ‘have’ to buy a home or fit into a time frame such as the beginning of the school year. Also, the Toronto market, which saw a slowdown in February, has been artificially buoyed by investment purchases and may just now be starting to see a correction – something we started seeing locally about three years ago. The numbers themselves also made it a challenging story to write. When you look at 2012 as a whole, it was a banner year for resales in Southern Georgian Bay. However, pulling out the numbers for November and December shows a softening of the market. January bounced back in a big way, but February saw another slump. As we went to press with this issue of On The Bay, it was unclear whether March would continue the downward trend or return to January’s strength. Andres Paara, president of the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board, cautions against determining


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trends based on one month’s numbers. So identifying the direction of our market at the moment is a bit like herding cats. As a journalist, it’s always preferable to have a story that has a clear angle. For an analysis piece, it’s much easier if there is a clear conclusion to be drawn from the facts and interviews. In this case, I felt that the best approach was to present the facts, point out the influencing factors and challenges, try to connect the dots wherever possible, and leave it up to readers to draw their own conclusions. The result, I hope, is a balanced story that might help potential buyers and sellers make informed decisions. Feel free to email me at to let me know if I succeeded. My story on new home developments was a lot less agonizing to write. It’s an exciting time for those wanting to purchase a new home in our corner of Paradise, because many developers are actually listening

If the homes they are bringing to market are smaller, better, prettier, and surrounded by natural beauty and amenities, that’s a plus for a large segment of potential buyers – and for the rest of us who don’t want to see our area eaten up by large, cold, homogenous, high-density developments. to what people want and bending over backwards to try to deliver it. They’ve got a tough job: potential buyers range from young professionals to retirees, including many for whom the purchase isn’t the primary residence, so again there’s that discretionary aspect. But it’s promising for our market as a whole that developers remain committed to our area and see long-term potential in Southern Georgian Bay. If the homes they are bringing to market are smaller, better, prettier, and surrounded by natural beauty and amenities, that’s a plus for a large segment of potential buyers – and for the rest of us who don’t want to see our area eaten up by large, cold, homogenous, high-density developments. Everyone I interviewed for this issue of On The Bay was cautiously optimistic about the short-term prospects of our real estate and development market – and passionately optimistic about the long-term benefits of home ownership in Southern Georgian Bay. ❧

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For the second annual FIS World Snow Day, World Snowsports Events Group again joined forces with Blue Mountain Resort, and with the generous financial assistance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation we were able to provide a free day of skiing and snowboarding instruction to the children of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. We are very proud to say that we doubled our participants from last year. In cooperation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle, this year we were able to expand our reach and bring the “Bigs and Littles” from both Orillia and Hanover to join us at Blue Mountain. Rosy cheeks and big smiles were the result. Thank you again to everyone at On The Bay for the support of our FIS World Snow Day 2013 event by including our ad in your Winter 2012 issue – how appropriate that we were in the issue with the cover header that reads “The Next Generation – Learning is fun for a new crop of downhillers”! Janet Fairbridge World Snowsports Events Group, Collingwood

I’ve just read this month’s issue of On The Bay with the Grassroots articles and wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the article and picture. You’ve captured the essence of the Meaford Apple Harvest Craft Show. Thank you for an excellent article and also for supporting all of the other community volunteers from Southern Georgian Bay. Rod & Betty Jane Brebner, Thornbury

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returned to its normal rhythm, I wanted to thank you for the article you wrote in On The Bay about our house and family traditions. It was as warm and comfortable as the house itself. How you managed to incorporate so many references with so few notes is a wonder to me. When my younger son (who could not come home from Jasper, B.C. for Christmas again this year) read it online, he said he felt even more homesick. So you may have helped me ensure a return visit next year, and for that I thank you doubly. As Fraser and I face the inevitable move to a smaller house, we will have this memento of our wonderful home, the times we shared with our family here and our role as stewards of this grand old place. Thank you so much to Judy Ross, for your sensitivity and writing expertise. I hope we have occasion to cross paths again. Andrea McDonald, Thornbury

RE: ROUND & ROUND, FALL 2012 Now that the new Hwy. 26 is open and in use, I can’t comprehend what it was to have achieved. Your article on the years required to provide this small stretch of road and the cost is amazing. To think that the highway from Parry Sound to Sudbury has almost become four lanes, with many many kilometres and blasting done, over a very few years, makes me wonder what is going on. Obviously if Tony Clement is your MP or if the “poor folks” up north have a lot of influencial MPs (Fednor?), you can get things done well and really fast. Gloria Thompson, Wasaga Beach

RE: SAVE OUR LAND, SUMMER 2012 Over the past few years, there have been a number of articles in On the Bay that have dealt with the issue of aggressive quarrying on our beautiful and ecologically sensitive Niagara Escarpment. I’m pleased to report to your readers that the battle to preserve and protect the Niagara Escarpment will play out in Divisional Court at Osgoode Hall in Toronto on April 25, 2013. The Niagara

Escarpment Commission (NEC) has sought a judicial review of the June 2012 Joint Board (OMB and Environmental Review Tribunal) decision to approve the new Walker Quarry located southwest of Collingwood and on the highest point of the spectacular Niagara Escarpment. The commission has asked the court to quash the June 2012 decision on the basis that the joint board erred in the correct interpretation of the Niagara Escarpment Plan. The Clearview Community Coalition will support the NEC in this appeal, while Walker Industries, Clearview Township and Simcoe County will oppose the NEC. The strength of the Niagara Escarpment Plan as a tool for the protection of this locally and internationally important World Biosphere will be tested on April 25. We’re sure the people of South Georgian Bay, who value the importance of the Niagara Escarpment, will want to be in the court room to support the Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Clearview Community Coalition as they argue that there were errors in law in the decision to approve the Walker Quarry. The ruling of the Divisional Court could be precedent setting for future development on the Escarpment. Specific details about the start time and location will be posted at www.clearviewcommunitycoalition. com when they become available. Janet Gillham, Clearview Community Coalition Where do you stand on the issues? Do you have any comments, suggestions or additional information in response to any of our stories? Don’t be shy! We’d love to hear from you! To submit your letter to the Editor, go to and click on “Have Your Say.” Comments will be published in an upcoming issue of On The Bay. We reserve the right to edit for style, content and space considerations.


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he other night my wife and I went out to a dinner party. On the doorstep she paused, took my arm and said quietly in my ear, “Try not to talk about your chickens too much tonight, will you?” I said, “Why not? Compared to gravel pits, wind farms and children, I thought they were a pretty safe subject.” “In your hands, chickens are not a safe subject.” I suppose she has a point. Chickens have been an obsession of mine since I was eight years old. On our farm, my brothers and I raised meat birds and laying hens to feed the family and sell to the neighbours. I gave them up when I moved to the city to start a career, but when I bought my little farm and moved back here to raise a family, the first thing I did was build a henhouse. Every spring I incubated a new batch of chicks, combing through the classified section of the Feather Fancier to find exotic breeds. Chickens are a bit like stamp collecting because their names reflect the countries they come from. Every chicken is descended from African jungle fowl originally, but ships and sailors over thousands of years have carried them to every corner of the globe. In my time I’ve kept Spanish Minorcas, Araucanas from the mountains of Chile, Black Javas from Indonesia, Polish mop-heads, Nanking bantams from China, game birds from India, Canada’s own Chantecler, and many others. When the days get warmer I move my birds into portable pasture huts that I drag to new ground every day so the birds can feed on fresh clovers, trefoil, worms and bugs. Because they live in the sunshine and get dollops of fish meal and flaxseed added to their grain, the eggs and meat are jammed full of Omega 3s and ... But there, I’m talking too much about my chickens again. It’s hard not to because they are addictive. The other reason I like them is because all you have to do is look at a chicken and you begin to understand how the world works. (And that’s another reason we go to dinner parties, isn’t it?)

An old farmer once said to me, “There’s no money ever came out of a henhouse. Every chicken I know died in debt.” That might have been true in his day, but since then the chicken industry has exploded to become one of the most quietly profitable sectors in agriculture. Today the revenue from the global chicken industry rivals what the United States spends on defence. And the genetics of the world’s broiler industry are now controlled by three multinational corporations. They only produce one breed now, a hybrid that has been built by a committee working behind closed doors for more than half a century. Forty billion of these mystery chickens passed through the world’s food system last year. In Canada, the industry jealously guards the keys to the fortress. I am allowed to grow a small number for my own use, but if I tried to sell the eggs or the broilers in any quantity, I would be visited by a chicken policeman in a big black Ford. You’d think by now the multinationals would be too big to worry about a playwright with a henhouse and 14 hens. But you’d be wrong. Big business has learned to be very wary of writers. I once sat beside the leader of the chicken farmers at an industry banquet and I pointed out to him that he already controlled 99.3 per cent of the chickens in the country. “Do you really need every single last chicken?” I asked. In a very genial and pleasant way he replied, yes, that is what he needed. Being a dangerous radical by nature, I continue with my henhouse and my pasture-hut chickens and my exotic breeds. I drive through the dead of night to get a space on the Mount Forest racetrack for the Fur and Feather show every spring. I meet fellow fanciers in Tim Hortons’ parking lots and furtively exchange cash for paper bags full of hatching eggs. We are a brotherhood with a secret handshake and decoder rings. We labour in solitude like medieval Irish monks in lonely outposts, copying out the sacred texts so that they will not be lost in a godless era ... But there, that’s enough about my chickens. How are the children? Doing well, are they? ❧

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TUG OF Buyers and sellers in Southern Georgian Bay are battling it out over price in the resale home market by Janet Lees illustration by Laura Bifano


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t’s still a buyer’s market for resale homes in Southern Georgian Bay – but with a twist: many sellers are sticking firm to higher prices, even at the risk of not selling. Meanwhile buyers, seeing that the supply of homes for sale exceeds demand, are looking for ‘deals’. It’s a tug-of-war between buyers and sellers on price, and realtors say both should be more realistic. “Essentially, one out of three-plus properties listed for sale on the local MLS [Multiple Listing Service] market actually sells,” notes Rick Crouch, broker and market value appraiser with Royal LePage Locations North in Collingwood.

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a balanced market as 2012 progressed up until November,” he adds. “Since then we dropped slightly back towards a buyer’s market with the amount of inventory available versus the number of sales. On the positive for the sellers, we have started 2013 off with more property sales overall and a higher total in dollar sales as well.”

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The market overall was “creeping from a buyer’s market to a balanced market as 2012 progressed up until November,” he adds. “Since then we dropped slightly back towards a buyer’s market with the amount of inventory available versus the number of sales. On the positive for the sellers, we have started 2013 off with more property sales overall and a higher total in dollar sales as well.” “On the surface, you could say that it is a buyer’s market; however, that would suggest prices are falling and/or there are some real bargains out there – and nothing is further from the truth.” This area is unique, adds Crouch, because many prospective buyers are looking for a second home as opposed to a primary residence, so they don’t ‘have’ to buy. By the same token, many area sellers don’t have to sell and won’t be pressured into accepting a bargain-basement offer. “The number of expired MLS listings in the area increased by almost five per cent last year as many sellers, unable to secure a buyer and unwilling to drop their asking price considerably, simply took their properties off the market until such time as conditions improve,” explains Crouch. That trend towards almost a balancing-out of the market appears to be continuing this year: in February the number of resale properties listed for sale saw the largest decline in a decade. “We anticipate that the market overall will remain ‘steady as she goes’ with a slight overall growth year over year,” predicts Andres Paara, president of the Georgian Triangle Association of Realtors (GTAR). “From all indications the interest rates are anticipated to remain at the presently enjoyed historic levels.” The market overall was “creeping from a buyer’s market to


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Last year was the second-best year on record for the GTAR. Sales were up six per cent in 2012 over 2011, despite a softening of the market in November and December year-over-year. The overall positive trend seems to be continuing so far in 2013. Unit sales for February year-to-date posted a modest increase of 3.9 per cent, while dollar sales were up 2.6 per cent. The average price for a home rose 9.6 per cent to $362,477 in the first two months of 2013 compared to the same period last year (it is interesting to note that this is within $200 of the national average price for a home). Sales of homes priced over $1 million fell 57.1 per cent, with three homes selling for over $1 million in the first two months of this year compared to seven in the same period last year. The hottest category was the $500,000 to $1 million range, up 50 per cent over the same period last year. “Statistically overall for our region of the Georgian Triangle, the higher end at $500-$1 million continues to be very strong carrying forward from 2012 to 2013,” says Paara. “This continues to play along with the recreational buyers that are now buying a year-round use property than what, in the past, was a more modest winter seasonal use only. The other factor is the buyers that are selling their big homes and replacing with a small condo in the GTA and buying what will become their retirement property as they transition their primary residence in our region.” Homes priced under $200,000 saw a 20 per cent rise in sales. However, those in the $200-$349,999 category declined by 1.8 per cent while sales between $350-$499,999 fell 12.8 per cent. “The $350-$500,000 homes are showing to be the toughest as they are too much money for some of the seasonal recreational buyers and/or the local young families, and are not nice or big enough for the year-round users or the semi-retirement or retirement market from the GTA,” notes Paara. “We anticipate that the market overall will remain ‘steady as she goes’ with a slight overall growth year over year. From all indications the interest rates are anticipated to remain at the presently enjoyed historic levels.” However, while January and February together made for strong year-to-date numbers, January was very strong whereas February showed a decline, mirroring a softening of the Toronto market in February. As On The Bay went to press in mid-March, it was unclear whether March would continue that downward trend, or bounce back to January’s stronger numbers.

InfluencerS Navigating today’s real estate market can be daunting, with tougher mortgage lending guidelines and economic uncertainty having an impact across the country. “The tightening up of the mortgage lending requirements had some negative impact on sales in the area as we saw more conditional sales fall through last year, stemming from buyers being either unable to secure financing and/or they required more time to save the added amount required to meet increases in the minimum down payment requirements,” says Crouch. “During the past couple of years we have also seen a significant rise in the number of power of sales in the


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area, with some buyers finding themselves over-extended or they are perhaps in cash flow difficulties resulting from a job loss or other economic factors.” Adds Paara, “The negatives are the doom and gloom economic statements and the high per capita Canadian debt the media keeps talking about, which softens the consumer confidence.” Again, the discretionary nature of many home purchases here is a factor. “Before making a large discretionary purchase, many buyers examine external factors such as the stability of the world economy, and how that affects their personal investments and holdings,” says Desmond von Teichman, broker of record with Royal LePage Locations North. “The uncertainty in the financial markets in 2012 has continued to curb growth in our real estate market. On the plus side, we did not see a decrease in the market at large, which speaks to the strong fundamentals in our area.” The Toronto market has recently softened, and that could also impact our local market. However, Paara sees Toronto’s slump more as a correction than a decline, as city markets that remained inflated through the economic downturn may just now be starting to feel the impacts. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) attributes much of Toronto’s February decline to tougher mortgage regulations that make it more difficult for first-time buyers to enter the market, whereas firsttime buyers are a negligible portion of our local market. On the positive side, the pace of household debt is slowing, while ongoing historical low interest rates and the gradually aging demographics of the Southern Ontario population are continuing to drive recreational use purchasers as well as semi-retired and retired buyers from the GTA and surrounding regions to the four-season active lifestyle communities of Southern Georgian Bay. “I see us being in slightly better than a flat market, not a declining market,” says Paara, adding, “I see steady growth in the long term.”

LoCaTion, LoCaTion, LoCaTion It’s not hard to sell location anywhere in Southern Georgian Bay. However, there are some pretty significant geographical differences in unit sales and prices from area to area across the region. The Blue Mountains, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach are remaining fairly strong, while Clearview, Meaford and Grey Highlands are continuing a downward trajectory, in part due to existing and proposed wind turbine installations in those areas. The Blue Mountains posted a 17.4 per cent increase in unit sales but a 3.8 per cent drop in average price, to $518,818, in the first two months of this year compared to the same period last


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year. Collingwood unit sales were flat, but the average home price increased by 2.1 per cent, to $239,296. Sales in Wasaga Beach rose 6.1 per cent and the average price fell a marginal 1 per cent, to $273,451. On the flipside, sales in Grey Highlands were down 35.7 per cent, but the average price rose 6.1 per cent to $349,024. Meaford continued its downward trend with sales dropping 14.3 per cent and average price falling 4.5 per cent to $271,822. And Clearview’s sales declined by 22.7 per cent, with the average house price falling 2.3 per cent to $303,646 in the first two months of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012. “The Mega Quarry proposal had the largest negative impact on home sales in our area, and following a close second are wind turbines,” says Austin Boake of Re/Max Creemore Hills Realty. “The announcement that Highlands [developer of the Mega Quarry project] withdrew their application had an immediate, positive effect on our market.” However, he adds the numbers are deceiving, because Clearview doesn’t have a lot of homes for sale. “We do not have a lot of new construction and little turnover as people tend to stay put once they get here,” he notes, adding, “In a lot of cases the children are taking over the properties.”

The Condo MarkeT Our condo market remains soft, again largely because condos tend to be a discretionary purchase as weekend getaways and are impacted by eroding consumer confidence. However, there are some positives to the condo market in Southern Georgian Bay compared with Toronto and elsewhere. “Our condo buyers are predominantly end users,” explains Maureen Gowans, broker of record at Clairwood Real Estate in Collingwood. “This is markedly different to the Toronto market where there are a lot of investors in the condo market. The Toronto market is showing the negative effects of investorbuoyed prices. It is definitely preferable to have end users to keep the condo market afloat. We are in that better position.” Another positive: condo buyers tend to range from young families to active older retirees, creating a large pool of buyers. The turnkey element is also attractive. “There continues to be demand for condo living without the worries of maintenance since these properties can be the primary home but many are second and even third homes,” notes Gowans. “The demand for condos in our area will remain, although it too is soft at the moment and could remain soft for the near future.”

LifesTyLe & deMographiCs Those thinking of buying a home in Southern Georgian Bay are buying into a lifestyle, and that bodes well for our local real estate market for years to come. “Our little corner of the world might fare better than most as our area offers that lifestyle or recreational property that is just one-and-a-half hours from the big city,” says Gowans. “Many baby boomers are looking at retirement, and where better than Southern Georgian Bay? The population values their leisure and quality time very highly … escape from the concrete jungle to where the whole family can gather and be active together, plus all the Village at Blue offers makes our real estate very appealing.” The demographics continue to be weighted towards retirees and semi-retirees, but there are more and more young families and professionals looking to enjoy all that our region has to offer. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of job prospects, so living here full-time is just not possible for some younger professionals.




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“The most significant factor impacting our real estate market overall is the lack of any economic development initiatives in the area,” laments Crouch. “Since 1986 when the shipyards closed, we have seen a steady migration of higher paying jobs leave the area with nothing but retail and service industry jobs coming in as replacements. Record low mortgage rates are of no consequence to a buyer that is displaced from their work or is making little more than minimum wage. This impacts what I refer to as the ‘traditional’ housing market: the market that represents the needs of local families, not retirees moving here from the GTA or those looking to buy a weekend retreat.” With part-timers, business owners, creative types and retirees continuing to drive our real estate market, there are challenges to be sure, but the upside is that our area will continue to build on its new foundation as a four-season recreational paradise.

“The $350-$500,000 homes are showing to be the toughest as they are too much money for some of the seasonal recreational buyers and/ or the local young families, and are not nice or big enough for the year-round users or the semi-retirement or retirement market from the GTA,” notes Paara.

“I think that we will increasingly see a focus on lifestyle and amenities in this area,” notes von Teichman. “I think real estate with excellent access to recreational amenities will continue to see disproportionately high value relative to real estate on the periphery of those amenities. From a design and build standpoint, I think we will continue to see better use of outdoor spaces and an increased focus on lifestyle from entertaining to great storage spaces for our ‘toys’.” Paara concurs. “Our area will continue to be a retirement and recreational market for years to come,” he predicts. “When the economy is sluggish we’ll continue to see slight growth, and when the market is strong we will grow more than some other markets. Buyers are looking at what is their motivation and what are their end goals; what having a place here does for your life. I don’t see that changing.”

Advice for Buyers & sellers Not surprisingly, the realtors we interviewed recommend hiring a competent professional first and foremost. If you don’t already have a realtor you trust and enjoy working with, ask friends or colleagues for recommendations. “You have choices,” says von Teichman about finding a realtor to help you sell your home. “You should interview realtors and get specific information about what they can do for you. You should expect and demand personal, professional and progressive real estate services. Putting up a simple sign and crossing your fingers is not a good way to recognize the value of your largest asset.” And it’s not just sellers who need the help of a good realtor; buyers also benefit, adds Crouch. “Over the years I have seen many buyers overpay for a property that they purchased privately,” he notes. “The tendency is for buyers to believe that because there is no commission being paid to a realtor, every private sale is a good deal and nothing can be further from the truth. A realtor will not only counsel a buyer as to the appropriate price but they will also ensure that the appropriate conditions and clauses are included in an offer to protect the buyer’s interests.” It’s especially important to work with a local realtor who knows the area and is familiar with issues that may affect the value of a home now and in the future, such as septic wells, landfills, quarries, wind turbines, etc.


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But beyond engaging a professional, there are some things both buyers and sellers can do to ensure success in today’s challenging market. “Contrary to what sellers may believe, there is one thing and one thing only that sells a property, and that’s price,” maintains Crouch. “The style of a home, its location and condition, etc. are all important attributes but essentially these characteristics are all a function of price. If a seller is truly committed to selling their property it must be priced appropriately in order to attract a buyer. No amount of print advertising, elaborate virtual tours and other marketing initiatives will sell a property that is perceived by a buyer as being out of sync with market pricing.” Sellers need to realize that today’s buyers are savvy and plugged in. “There is no fooling today’s consumer,” cautions Crouch. “Most buyers contemplating a real estate transaction are searching for properties online. By comparing properties online they have a good sense of value and they know what properties are lingering on the market. Over-pricing a property is a frustrating proposition for everyone and with mortgage rules being tightened even if a buyer is prepared to pay a seller’s inflated price, the property will have to pass the scrutiny of a bank’s appraiser; otherwise they can forget about securing a mortgage.” Gowans adds that resale homes are competing with new homes where buyers can choose their fixtures. “The resale homes that are older and dated are a long, difficult sell unless the price is right. The buyers are used to and demand all the new bells and whistles.” For buyers, it’s important to understand the dynamics of the market segment and plan your negotiation accordingly, says Stephen Simon, sales representative at Royal LePage Locations North in Thornbury.

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It is unlikely the market will completely balance out or tip towards a seller’s market in the coming year. As we go to press in mid-March, it’s unclear whether the softening of the Toronto market will continue and, if so, how it will affect us, as low mortgage rates and pent-up demand could still turn the tide back to a position of strength. In any case, local realtors insist that the long-term prospects for real estate in Southern Georgian Bay remain strong as interest rates are projected to remain low and discretionary buyers continue to look to our region for its location and lifestyle. For sellers, it’s a competitive market to be sure, and for buyers the search offers many choices. Those who take their time and do their homework will fare best. ❧

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Everything, from the way developments are planned, to how they’re marketed and ultimately how they’re built, is shifting towards giving buyers what they want, marking a sea change for many developers. themselves by taking a customer-focused approach almost unheard-of in boom times: asking prospective buyers what they want, listening, and responding by tailoring their developments to buyer needs and desires. “We’re dealing with some creative ways of handling things,” says David Rowlands, a broker with Lush Realty who is the sales rep for the Windrose Estates development in Collingwood. “We want to get roofs on the ground there, we want to sell the lots, so we’re open to listening to what people have to say and what they want.” Today’s buyer is savvy and discerning, notes David Bunston, executive vice president of real estate for Georgian International, developer of the new Windfall development across from Blue Mountain. “People in today’s environment are choosing very wisely what their next investment is or what their next home is,” he says. “Today we’re really cognizant; we think we understand what the buyer is looking for, and we want to make sure that what we build here is very special and will be of value and get off the ground.” Everything, from the way developments are planned to how they’re marketed, and ultimately how they’re built, is shifting towards giving buyers what they want, marking a sea change for many developers. “They’re not used to listening to the people, and you have to,” says Laura Smith, director of sales and marketing for the Residences of Cobble Beach near




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The ArT of reinvenTion Reinvention for its own sake doesn’t cut it these days; just because it’s new or different doesn’t mean it will attract buyers. So developers aren’t secondguessing their market – they’re asking buyers what they want as the first step to reinventing themselves. Windfall has done its homework to find out what buyers are really looking for. “We’ve got a lot of focus group research that people are price conscious, but they don’t necessarily look at square footage,” says Bunston. “They look at what is the house. Does it have a mudroom? Does it have a master bedroom on the main floor? Can I grow old in this house? So square footage, whether it’s 200 square feet here or 200 square feet there, doesn’t really matter. Function was very important when we designed the homes, and also the features and the finishes. So there would be a perception of value that exceeds price. We’re priced competitively, but the product itself … has to be something very easily understood; very aspirational.” The result of all that research is a development of detached homes (bungalows, bungalows with lofts and two-storeys) in the 1,400-square-foot to 2,800-squarefoot range designed with curb appeal and “artful architecture” in mind – highpitched roofs, deeper soffits, front porches and verandas, detached garages allowing for centre staircases in the homes, and large windows on all sides. “It’s a more expensive way to build homes, but it just looks so much better. We think that is unique in and around the entire area,” says Bunston. “We were extremely thoughtful – we didn’t want to bring something that was already out there. We also developed a master plan that was very thoughtful in terms of how the project would be laid out in terms of enclaves.” The first enclave being marketed is the smallest, with only 37 homes – meaning fewer homes have to be pre-sold before the project can obtain financing and get underway. “If you have 100 homes, that’s a longer time frame and buyers don’t

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know if you’re three years away, two years away or one year away,” says Bunston, adding smaller phases enable the developer to adjust to a changing market. “This is a 10- to 11-year project in terms of its full build-out, so we’ll be able to look at the market and see what people are demanding as we go along. We have the ability to market the enclaves separately, which was strategic. We can change the style and the interpretation of the architecture down the road. We did that strategically.” Cobble Beach – at the mid-way point of its development – conducted customer surveys to find out what customers were really thinking, and came up with a whole new product offering at a lower price point. Instead of only selling lots for custom homes overlooking the golf course, Cobble Beach has now launched a new series of ‘cottage-style’ bungalows with lofts starting at $398,900 as well as ‘townhome bungalofts’ starting at $348,900 – price points that didn’t previously exist in the planning for the site. “We’re still offering beautiful lots for sale, but we’re now offering more,” says Smith. “People sometimes don’t want that larger home or that custom home; they just want a little bungalow … it’s a second home for some people, and they just want to come up in the summer, enjoy all the amenities, and go home. We’re listening to what they’re looking for, and reacting to that.” There’s also a major shift in development at Blue Mountain. Skyline International Development recently purchased the undeveloped land from Intrawest in and around Blue Mountain Village, announcing it plans to double the Village’s current residential and condo-hotel footprint, building over 1,200 residential and condo-hotel units, townhouses and single-family homes in the years ahead. Skyline’s first phase will see four new development blocks within the Village, mostly condos and some townhomes. But the real news is that Skyline will redesign the original Intrawest concept, “to something that’s more in keeping with the market going forward,” says Skyline CEO Michael Sneyd. “All of the units within the Village were sold as essentially hotel condominiums and they were sold primarily as investment units. What

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we’ve seen is a change in the marketplace. We’ve seen that buyers today want to have fun with their resort real estate, and they’re not as focused on the investment income from that real estate. So we will bring whole ownership condominiums to the marketplace where you have the option but not the obligation to participate in a rental program rather than a rental pool.” What this means is that owners will be able to decide whether or not they want to rent out their units, and if so, what times of year they want to rent them out. “It allows families to buy the real estate and be able to use it,” says Sneyd. “We think the rental program model is much more flexible and really meets the needs of today’s Baby Boom generation and even the Generation X families that are reaching a stage where they want to take advantage of resort real estate.” The reason behind Skyline’s new tack? “When people realized how much they wanted to use their units at Blue Mountain and they realized that there were restrictions or the use of those units, they found that the rental pool concept didn’t meet their needs.” Whether it’s flexibility, smaller units, lower pricing, or more charming architecture, developers today are adjusting to meet consumer demands.




“We’ve got almost a house type for every person’s need. If you’ve got a growing family, if you’ve got kids that have moved out and they have kids now who want to come up and visit grandma and grandpa, these homes can accommodate. They’re very scalable and very malleable to almost any type of buyer. They can say, ‘do you have this type of home’ and the answer is yes.” - David Bunston, Georgian International (Windfall)

Variety & Scalability Whereas in the past developers could target niche markets, such as retirees or those looking for large, custom homes, they’ve learned that in today’s climate it’s important to offer something for every type of buyer, from retirees to families wanting a recreational getaway, to those looking to downsize. Savvy developers are no longer planning subdivisions of similar-sized homes or townhomes; they’ve figured out that offering variety is the only way to target individual buyers. While Cobble Beach’s main customers are retirees

looking to be close to hospitals, medical facilities and shopping, not all retirees are the same – some don’t want the work of a larger home or property. “Everybody is not the same,” says Smith. “They all have different requirements, and it’s hard to just say we’re going to build a ton of townhouses and that’s what you have to accept, or a ton of lake houses. Instead we’re giving them a little bit of everything. You’ve got to give people lots of choices.” Scalability is also a selling point for some developers – the ability to finish a basement, add a loft or customize the layout to suit your needs ensures that buyers have options.

“If someone says I’m just an empty nester and I’ve got a couple of kids, I can get a bungalow and live very well and finish the basement and have tons of room for people to come over and sleep, or media rooms, or I can get a larger home, they’re scalable,” says Windfall’s Bunston. “We’ve got almost a house type for every person’s need. If you’ve got a growing family, if you’ve got kids that have moved out and they have kids now who want to come up and visit grandma and grandpa, these homes can accommodate. They’re very scalable and very malleable to almost any type of buyer. They can say, ‘do you have this type of home’ and the answer is yes.” Developers are looking closely at the demographics, and trying to appeal to as many demos as possible in order to ensure success. “For us there are different demos,” says Skyline’s Sneyd. “There are demographics of the young families who are looking for resort real estate that they can spend weekends and extended vacation times with their families in the resort setting. For those families, Blue Mountain is really the premier location in S. Ontario and this is an excellent opportunity for them to spend time with their families in ways they just can’t do otherwise. Then there’s also the appeal for the empty nesters within the GTA who are looking to downsize and improve their quality of life by having a home in a resort setting along with the opportunity to travel or spend winters in warmer locations. And one of the appeals of Blue Mountain is it’s also right beside Collingwood, with its shopping and its entertainment and also its hospital. And this is a big appeal for empty nesters.” There is no longer a one-size-fits-all approach. By understanding their demographics, and offering

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“We’re still offering beautiful lots for sale, but we’re now offering more. People sometimes don’t want that larger home or that custom home; they just want a little bungalow … it’s a second home for some people, and they just want to come up in the summer, enjoy all the amenities, and go home. We’re listening to what they’re looking for, and reacting to that.” - Laura Smith, The Residences of Cobble Beach

something for everyone within those demographic segments, developers hope to target as many potential buyers as possible. For potential buyers, this means you don’t have to ‘settle’ for something that doesn’t entirely suit your needs.

LifestyLe & Amenities Another key to succeeding in today’s tough market is providing amenities to enhance the lifestyle of the residents, say developers. Cobble Beach had the right idea from the start, focusing first on building the amenities before going to market in a big way. As a result, the property is now home to an award-winning golf course as well as trails, tennis courts, beaches, a gym and a spa. “We’re one of the golf resort communities that do have the amenities there already,” says Smith. “We’re not just talking about them; we already have them.” However, she adds, amenities alone won’t make the sale if the price is out of reach for most buyers. “People are choosing the lifestyle, but it has to be affordable – they


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lost a lot of money in the markets themselves or their pensions so they’re rethinking their lifestyle, too. So we’re listing to what they’re looking for and reacting to that.” The ‘subdivision feel’ is out. Buyers today are looking for a community, in which they can pursue their activities and enjoy the outdoors. “One of our master plan elements is a huge greenbelt that runs east-west, connecting Blue Mountain to our other neighbour, which is Scandinave Spa,” notes Windfall’s Bunston. “We gave up density, we gave up units to create this massive greenbelt. So we’ve now connected what we think is a remarkable recreational benefit, the spa, which is connected to us through the trail system.” In addition to four kilometres of hiking, biking and walking trails, the development will incorporate nature corridors, forest preserve and a wetland preserve. “One-third of the project is going to be left in its natural state, or it’s going to be park and recreation, and we think that is quite unique,” says Bunston. “We did that as part of a purposeful plan. We’re surrounded by green and forestry and natural land, but we wanted to make sure the inhabitants felt like they were living in a resort but also in nature.” Windfall will also include a skating pond, cold fishery streams, and a social

house with a pool called ‘The Shed’, which Bunston describes as “an indoor-outdoor fourseason gathering place exclusive to Windfall buyers.” Even in Blue Mountain Village, where amenities abound, Skyline is offering additional lifestyle perks for buyers through its Skylife Club, which gives owners access to all of Skyline’s other properties – Horseshoe Resort, Deerhurst Resort, a new development in Port McNicoll, as well as Toronto’s King Edward, Pantages and Cosmopolitan hotels. The initiation fee of $25,000 per family will be waived for those who purchase one of the new units Skyline will be building at Blue Mountain. “It’s a family club, a lot like a country club, but with multiple locations,” he explains. Members of Skylife will be able to golf or ski at Horseshoe and Deerhurst, or use the boating facilities Skyline will be incorporating into its development in Port McNicoll. “It’s a great opportunity for families to be able to enjoy than just the property or resort that they have decided to locate at. At the same time, when they come into the city, they get special rates on our hotel rooms within the city and they can use the concierge floors.” Developers in Southern Georgian Bay have always been selling the lifestyle, but now more and more of them are actually augmenting or enhancing that lifestyle for their buyers. While developers are optimistic about the future of the new home market in Southern Georgian Bay, it’s clear that they are tuning in to buyer wants and needs in order to ensure success. “We had to differentiate; we had to truly bring value to the buyer because otherwise you’re just like everybody else and then you’re competing on an even ground,” says Windfall’s Bunston. “In a challenging market, you’re dealing with smart buyers so you have to be a smart developer.” The upshot is that buyers interested in purchasing a new home in Southern Georgian Bay could ultimately benefit from these challenging economic times, with a new home or condo that will fit them and their lifestyle for years to come. ❧

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New Homes On The Bay is pleased to present our annual guide to new home developments in Southern Georgian Bay BLUE MOUNTAINS Far Hills Thornbury Developer: Siljon Far Hills Location: 30 Beaver Street, Thornbury Stage of Development: Completed # of Units: 87 units in total comprising 39 townhomes (19 sold) and 48 condos (6 sold) with indoor parking Amenities: Pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, walking distance to downtown and trails Price Range: Phase 1 & 2 townhomes range from $299,900 - $434,900, condos range from $153,900-$299,900. Phase 2 Condo building priced at $157.00 per sq. ft. Target Market: A mix, from the weekend crowd and young families to retirees Telephone: 705-445-5454 Email:, Website:

Lora Bay Location: Lora Bay Drive, north side of Highway 26, approximately 4 km west of Thornbury, 7 km east of Meaford. Stage of Development: Masters Collection, Cottage Collection and Clubhouse Collection Amenities: The Golf Club at Lora Bay; 60 per cent of the site is ‘green space’ with deeryards, wildlife corridors, nature preserves and two miles of the Georgian Trail ideal for hiking or biking. In winter, 7 km of groomed cart paths at The Golf Club at Lora Bay are ideal for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The Lodge at Lora Bay is a recreation/meeting space, a children’s play area, library and gathering/meeting spot. Also available to all residents is an indoor pool and fitness studio. Future plans include additional commercial spaces and tennis courts. The beachfront is perfect for picnics, swimming, volleyball, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Price Range: Cottages Collection priced from $375,100 at the time this publication was printed, subject to change. (1,210 to 2,163 sq. ft). Masters and Clubhouse

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Developer: Sorichetti Group/Alliance Homes Location: Hwy. 26 west and north on Camperdown Road, just east of The Georgian Bay Club, The Blue Mountains Stage of Development: Registered and permit ready for building # of Units: 45 fully serviced lots (12 sold). Purchase the lot and speak to Alliance Homes to build your home from the various models available. They can also custom build your home, or buy the lot and use your own builder. Subdivision covenants and architectural guidelines apply. Amenities: Views of the Niagara Escarpment from your front/back yard. Walk to the Georgian Trail and the Georgian Bay Club to golf from your home. Some development charges apply. Price Range: Lots range from $195,000. + HST TO $350,000. + HST Target Market: Families, retirees, “work from anywhere” active professionals looking for a custom, full-time or recreational property. Telephone: Office 705-445-5454 or Direct at 705-444-3452 Email: Website:

The Residences of Peaks Bay Developer: PB Holdings Limited Location: Hwy. 26 across from the Georgian Peaks Ski Club, between Collingwood and Thornbury, The Blue Mountains Stage of Development: Building permits available # of Units: 15 registered and fully serviced lots in Phase 1. Total of 24 lots available. (10 sold) for single family dwellings Amenities: Beachfront access Price Range: From $195,000 to $700,000 per lot Target Market: Second residences, retirees, professionals, families. Telephone: Doug Gillis 705-444-3853 Email: Website:

Ridge Estates Developer: Ridge Estates Land Corporation Location: On the Escarpment, south on Camperdown Rd., The Blue Mountains Stage of Development: Registered and fully serviced # of Units: 42 lots for custom homes, choose your builder (12 sold) Amenities: Park, bonfire seating, gazebo, trails, streams, views and nature preserve Price Range: From $149,000 to $385,000 (lots averaging 100 foot frontage and up to 1-1/2 acres) Target Market: Retirees, single professionals, families and members of the Georgian Bay Club and/or Georgian Peaks Ski Club Telephone: Karen Willison, Sales Representative 705 888-0075 OR Andres Paara, Broker 705-441-3245 OR Royal LePage Locations North brokerage, 1-877-445-5520 Email: Website:

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Developer: Losani Homes Location: Hwy. 26, Collingwood Stage of Development: Pre-launch/registration phase # of Units: 22 side-by-side semis Price Range: Starting from the $300,000s (3 models, from 1,613 to 2,200 sq. ft.) Target Market: Adventure seekers, skiers, snowboarders, city dwellers looking for a second home by the mountains, outdoorsy people, beach goers, hikers, bikers, affluent purchasers Telephone: 289-286-0189 Email: Website: and

Trailwoods Developer: Trailwoods Corporation Location: North side of Hwy. 26 between Peel St and 10th Line, just before Lora Bay, Thornbury Stage of Development: Phase 1 and 2 serviced. Selling lots and homes in Phase 1 # of Units: 136 lots total, 72 phases 1 & 2 (17 sold) Amenities: Opportunity to join all the amenities at Lora Bay Price Range: Lots start at $109,000 – $129,900 including municipal development charges. New single family homes start at $499,000 for 1,550 sq. ft. bungalow. Average price approx. $650,000 (1,900 sq. ft.) Target Market: Families or young retirees Telephone: 705-443-7565 or 519-599-2136 Email: Website:

Windfall Mountain Homes Developer: Georgian International Location: Across the road from Blue Mountain Resort and adjacent to Scandinave Spa, The Blue Mountains Stage of Development: Currently Selling Phase 1 # of Units: Initial collection of 37 single-family homes with a total of 609 homes being built over the next 10 years Amenities: Location adjacent to Blue Mountain Resort and The Scandinave Spa; distinctive architecture; 35+ acres of trails, parks and preserved green land; a barninspired year-round clubhouse with swimming pool called “The Shed”. Price Range: Bungalows, bungalows with lofts and two-storeys from $399,900 to over $500,000 (from 1,210 sq. ft. to over 2,700 sq. ft.) Target Market: Families, retirees and secondary homeowners, aged 35 to 60+, looking for a primary residence, weekend retreat, recreational home or secondary investment Telephone: 705-445-0440 Email: Website:

Woodlands by Sierra (Sierra Woodlands) Developer: Sierra Building Group Inc. Location: Nippising Ridge, at the foot of Craigleith and Alpine Ski Clubs, The Blue Mountains Stage of Development: Complete (last model home remaining) # of Units: 73 (72 sold) Amenities: Pool, Tennis court across street. Price Range: $650,000 Target Market: Skiers, vacation home, retirees Telephone: 705-446-1888 Email: Website:

COLLINGWOOD Admiral Collingwood Place Developer: Charis Developments Ltd. Location: 1 Hume St., Collingwood Stage of Development: Pre-sales # of Units: 127 residential condominium suites Amenities: Rooftop common area with fitness room, social room, outdoor area with water feature, fire pit, barbecues and stunning views of Blue Mountain & Georgian Bay Price Range: from $219,900 to $999,900 in sizes ranging from 740 sq. ft. onebedroom plus den suites to 2,284 sq. ft. three-bedroom plus library penthouse suites. Prices include underground parking space, locker and HST. Target Market: Those wishing to live in downtown Collingwood able to walk to everything the downtown has to offer, from shopping, banking and dining to cultural and sporting events. Telephone: 705-445-8885 Email: Website:

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The Courts of Glengarry Developer: BGI Group Location: Hwy. 26 near Lighthouse Point, Collingwood Stage of Development: Municipal approvals stage # of Units: 80 Scottish inspired court bungalows and carriage homes with private elevators Amenities: to be determined, but heavily focused on walkway/bikeways tying into trail system Price Range: Bungalows from $300,000 to 375,000 (1,400 - 1.800 sq. ft.); carriage homes from $425,000 (2,200 sq. ft.); both with double garages Target Market: Active adult lifestyle market Telephone: 905-792-2957 ext. 102 Email:

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Falcon Chase – The Estate Homes of Mair Mills Developer: Carandale Homes Location: Two blocks south of Mountain Road, Collingwood Stage of Development: 12 lots left # of Units: 75 bungalows and 2-storey homes on 70- and 80-foot lots (63 sold) Amenities: Tennis court, backing onto golf course Price Range: $399,990 (1,543 sq. ft. bungalow on a 70-foot mountain view lot) to $552,990 (3,650 sq. ft. 2-storey home on a mountain view lot) Target Market: Young families to empty nesters Telephone: 705-445-8298 Email: Website:

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Developer: Eden Oak Homes Location: 9980 Hwy. 26, Collingwood Stage of Development: 90% sold out # of Units: 68 freehold, detached 2-storey, waterfront homes (64 sold) Price Range: $634,990 (2,635 sq. ft.) to $724,990 (3,332 sq. ft.) Target Market: Professionals, empty nesters, families Telephone: 705-445-6272 Email:

Mountaincroft Developer: by Grandview Homes Location: Corner of Poplar and High streets, Collingwood Stage of Development: Launched Phase 3 in Fall 2012 # of Units: 83 detached, single-family homes homes in Phase 3 (12 sold), mix of bungalows and two storeys on 35- to 50-foot-wide lots Amenities: Phase 3 is a quiet crescent and several homes back on to future park or trees. Close to Georgian Trail system. Future community park is part of the development plan Price Range: 2 Storeys – $259,990 (1,270 sq. ft. Georgian model on a 35-ft lot) to $490,990 (3,650 sq. ft. Wendover model on a 50-ft. lot). Bungalows – $308,990 (1,350 sq. ft. Grange model on a 40-ft lot) to $409,990 (2,150 sq. ft. Gregory 3 model on a 50-ft. lot) Target Market: Ranging from young families to retirees Telephone: 705-444-0333 Email:

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Pretty River Developer: Briarwood Homes Location: Hurontario Street & Poplar Sideroad, Collingwood Stage of Development: Semis, bungalows, 2-storey designs, towns coming soon (40% sold) Amenities: Gated community, Collingwood Trail Price Range: $250,000 to $485,000 (1,040 sq. ft. to 3,001 sq. ft.) excluding towns (coming soon) Target Market: Professionals, families, retirees Telephone: 705-293-3311 Email: Website:

Silver Glen Preserve Developer: Sherwood Homes Ltd. Location: Silver Glen Blvd., off Hwy. 26, Collingwood Stage of Development: Phase 3 # of Units: 2-storey condominiums and bungalow townhomes Amenities: Future recreation centre, pool, splash pad, walking trails Price Range: From the $270s at the time of printing, subject to change. (1,359 to 2,260 sq. ft.). Target Market: First-time homebuyers, empty nesters, investors, seasonal/ recreation homes Telephone: 705-446-2685 Email: Website:

Tanglewood Developer: Sierra Building Group Inc. Location: Collingwood Stage of Development: Inventory homes available, or build to suit # of Units: 26 townhomes backing onto golf course in this phase (11 sold) Amenities: Country club to be built Price Range: From $329,000 to over $500,000 (approx. 1,500 sq. ft. to over 2,000 sq. ft.) Telephone: 705-446-1888 Email: Website:

Windrose Estates Developer: Osler Bluff Estates Inc. Location: South-east corner of Osler Rd./Grey Rd. 119 & Sixth Street, Collingwood/ Clearview Stage of Development: All lots are building permit-ready # of Units: 43 lots (1-2+ acre single family residential) Price Range: Lots available from $175,000 to $425,000 ranging from 1 acre to 2.24 acres. Two completed model homes for sale at $1,000,000 and $1,395,000 Target Market: Recreational and/or principal residence in an exclusive enclave of estate lots. Contact: Lush Realty Inc. Brokerage Telephone: 705-444-7653 OR 1-800-265-3949 Email: Website:

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MEAFORD Gates of Kent Developer: Reid’s Heritage Homes Location: Russet Drive between Centre Street and Union Street, Meaford Stage of Development: Phase 3, bungalows with loft style townhomes Amenities: Nestled near the southern shores of Georgian Bay, surrounded by orchards with hiking and cycle trails, fishing and waterfront camping nearby Price Range: From $239,900 (985 – 1,556 sq. ft.) at the time of printing, subject to change. Target Market: First-time home buyers, empty nesters and growing families Telephone: 519-538-5755 Email: Website:

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OWEN SOUND Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community Developer: Georgian Villas Inc. and Reid’s Heritage Homes Location: On Georgian Bay, Kemble (10 minutes from downtown Owen Sound) Stage of Development: Phase 2 – bungalows, bungalofts, townhomes # of Units: 100 (30 sold) Amenities: Pool, tennis courts, inn, clubhouse, spa, gym, beach, dock, restaurant (amenities already in place) Price Range: Townhomes from $349,900, bungalows from $398,900, bungalofts from $449,900, or buy lots backing onto golf course to build your own home $199,900 Target Market: Year-round living or a carefree cottage or empty nester’s lifestyle Telephone: 1-877-781-0149 Email: Website:

WASAGA BEACH Blue Water Developer: Berkley Homes Location: On the shores of Georgian Bay, 9102 Beachwood Dr. (formerly Hwy. 26), Wasaga Beach Stage of Development: Releasing phase 2, construction underway # of Units: 115 homes on 50-foot lots (95 sold). Single family dwelling two-bedroom raised bungalows, some waterfront, can be purchased with lofts (waterfronts include lofts) Amenities: Common element clubhouse with outdoor pool and hot tub, fully equipped exercise room, library and social room. Price Range: Two-bedroom raised bungalows inside lots from $329,990 to $399,900 (1,220 sq. ft. to 1,910 sq. ft.). Lofts are optional and can be added starting from 39,990 to 49,990. Waterfront lots from $699,990 to $729,990 (2,905 to 3,370 sq. ft.). Prices include lofts. Target Market: Mix of retirees and professional families enjoying full-time and


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Country Meadows Developer: Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. Location: 2275 Klondike Park Road, Wasaga Beach Stage of Development: Phase 1 & 2 completed, now selling phase 3 & 4 # of Units: 160 townhomes (106 sold). Adult townhome community Amenities: Outdoor heated pool, new recreation centre, and private 9-hole Par 3 golf course Price Range: 1,200 sq. ft. one-level homes with two bedrooms and two full bathrooms starting at $175,355 Amenities: Maintenance-free lifestyle Target Market: Retirees 50+ Telephone: 705-422-2486, 705-429-5996 or 1-866-877-1109

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Park Place Developer: Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Location: Wasaga Beach Stage of Development: Phase 6A ongoing building # of Units: 153 bungalows and semi-detached for Phase 6 project. 56 in current phase being built (25 sold) Amenities: Clubhouse with indoor salt water pool, exercise room, sauna, library, games room, large woodworking shop and craft area Price Range: Bungalows from $175,600 (1,173 sq. ft.) to $204,900 (1,404 sq. ft.) plus HST, less rebates. Semi-detached will be $190,000 range, tax in and rebates out (1,248 sq. ft.) Target Market: Retirees Telephone: 1-800-516-9399 Email: Website:

Stonebridge by the Bay Developer: Stonebridge Building Group Inc. Location: Main & River Road, Wasaga Beach Stage of Development: Phase III and IV homes are now for sale and under construction, with some homes already occupied. Phase IV owners will start moving in July. Phase V will offer double-car garages in some models. # of Units: 353 freehold, bungalows and two-storey villas (Phase I and II are sold out, Phase III is 80 per cent sold and Phase IV is 60 per cent sold) Amenities: Pool & cabana, 2.1-km on-site walking trails, private waterfront, private beach clubhouse with lounge and fireplace, 22.75 acres open space parkland and ponds, extensive landscaping and boulevard tree lined streets, plants, steps to Town Square, walk to shops and services, as well as the world’s longest freshwater beach, Wasaga Beach. The adjoining Stonebridge Town Centre hosts free weekly concerts in the Music Pavilion, as well as Wasaga Beach Blues (September 13-15, 2013). Community events such as Snowman Mania, Santa’s Castle, Canada Day festivities with an amazing fireworks display and fun for all ages and local fundraising events are held in this vibrant, friendly neighbourhood. Price Range: Starting at low $200,000s. Target Market: Move-down, cash-out, empty nester and young families Telephone: 705-422-0880 Email: Website: ❧

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Spring Into Homes & Gardens It’s that time of year again, when addition – and some tips from an expert on homeowners look to update their décor how to add on successfully. For those with and give their rooms a fresh look. It’s also a twitchy green thumb, we present a stroll the time for resurrecting lawns and gardens through a naturally maintained garden all

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REVIVAL A hilltop log cabin gets a sophisticated update stories by Judy Ross photography by deRek TRask


t was a snug 1970s log cabin, all handhewn square-cut logs and pegged pine floors, that sat on a ridge of the Niagara escarpment when Bob and anne Luton bought it as a weekend retreat. “We loved it,” recalls anne, “even though the windows were small and the interior was dark and heavy … and a bit cramped.” over the years they made improvements, put in sliding doors to brighten the interior and open up the view, and created an upscale yet cosy Ralph Lauren ambiance. But two years ago when they decided to move to this area full time and needed more space, they agonized over whether to find another home … or put an addition onto their treasured cabin. RIGHT: Jacqueline van Strien’s drawings, done in pen and coloured pencil, allowed the owners to visualize the final look of the addition to their log home.


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ABOVE & BOTTOM RIGHT: Balanced rooflines blend the old and new together. The addition is clad in Ottawa Valley limestone. MIDDLE RIGHT: The cabin, made of square-cut pine logs, as it was before the addition.


n the end, after looking at various options, it was the view that kept them coming back. On a clear day they can see all the way across Georgian Bay to Christian Island. It’s a magnificent vista, taking in farmland, the dramatic sweep of the Beaver Valley and the great expanse of bay waters beyond. With this view as their ‘raison d’être’ the plans for an addition were able to proceed. After an initial misstep with an architect who designed a huge 6,000-square-foot house (exactly what they didn’t want), they found Jacqueline van Strien, a former urban planner with her own design and custom build firm, who immediately understood the Lutons’ expectations for their log cabin addition. “Basically,” says Jacqueline, leafing through her file of meticulous drawings, “the challenge was to keep the homey rustic essence of the cabin while increasing the space; to blend the exterior of the old and new to look as if it had always been there … and to add a contemporary edge to the interior.” With her fine arts background, Jacqueline’s drawings are an important part of the design process. She creates ink and coloured pencil renderings of everything “right down to the staircase railings,” allowing the clients to better visualize the concepts. Once the decision was made to open up the north wall of the cabin for the new two-level addition, the project came to life. The original 20-by-30-foot cabin was stripped down to the log walls, and the wide plank pine flooring and brick fireplace removed. Windows and doors were replaced with new triple-pane ones, with the west wall doors opening to a raised deck and that


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ABOVE: The Lutons can seat up to 12 at their antique oak table. Matt Church created the sconces and the chandelier that hangs from the painted white ceiling. LEFT: The 13-foot Calacatta marble island serves as a buffet for entertaining. BOTTOM LEFT: Behind the kitchen wall is a pantry with plenty of storage and counter space.

In keeping with the thoughtful details, the north wall, which had to be removed, was replaced with a wall of pine veneer, echoing the look of the real logs on the remaining walls. wood in her travels in France and likes the French Provençal aesthetic. So, despite some advice to the contrary, we did it. The old pine beams sucked up the paint it took two coats of primer and three coats of Benjamin Moore ultra flat white. But the result is breathtaking.” Also breathtaking is the first impression. You step into the new part of the house through the foyer’s handsome glass and wood doors and are greeted by the magnificent view. The two-storey-tall living room with stark white walls is surrounded by custom-built windows and a hammered stone fireplace on one wall. The room’s elegantly casual furniture (white slipcovered sofas and chairs, glass and iron tables) creates a serenely neutral atmosphere that allows the view to dominate. On The Bay

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The same neutral palette exists in the kitchen/dining area, which is anchored by a 13-foot-long island. The soft grey and butterscotch veins in the honed marble countertop inspired the subtle colour scheme. “We went to many, many stone places to find this marble,” notes Jacqueline. “It is Calacatta from Italy and it has a creamier tone than Carrara marble, which is more bluish grey.” During the evolving design process a decision was made to move the kitchen

When melding the cabin with the airy, bright new space, one dramatic choice was to paint the cabin’s wood beamed ceiling white. “People are afraid of painting wood,” Jacqueline points out, “but Anne had seen this kind of chalky painted wood in her travels in France and likes the French Provençal aesthetic.

RIGHT: A guest bedroom features a restored pine valance and headboard as well as a trio of watercolours by Anne Luton. LEFT: An arched doorway leads to the second floor master bedroom.


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forward and allow for a pantry, which can be accessed from either end of the dividing wall. This invaluable space hides all manner of cookware and foodstuffs and has a long stone counter for out of sight food preparation. Sliding barn doors on the pantry cabinets feature a central shelf area to showcase Anne’s collection of heirloom Blue Willow china. “These sliding doors with the grid pattern were Jacqueline’s design,” points out Anne, “and they work beautifully.” Opposite the long kitchen island is an equally long dining table – an antique find that was stripped down to bare oak, giving it the whitewashed or limned look popular in France. It seats 10 or 12 people with leaves that can be tucked underneath for smaller gatherings. Anne had a settee designed for one side to create more intimate table groupings. Lighting can be a challenge for designers of log cabins because there are few places to conceal wiring. In this house, the lighting was masterfully planned. Over the kitchen island, organic-looking hand-blown glass pendants with small halogen bulbs cast a warm reddish glow. And for task lighting throughout the kitchen and pantry, custom-designed halogen spotlights are mounted on slim white iron rods. Anne (also a designer and artist) designed some of the home’s light fixtures, including the iron antler-style chandelier in the living room. She contracted Muskoka iron worker Matt Church to produce many of the fixtures. Unlike most log cabins, this one was originally built with a full and useable basement. The renovation allowed the Lutons to increase the square footage of the basement with additional space beneath the new addition. New geothermal heating allowed for heated floors to create a complete and comfortable living area for visiting family, grandkids and guests. With any renovation there are many decisions and a need for constant attention to detail. But the success of a project is best judged once the dust has settled and the real living begins. For Bob and Anne Luton, every aspect could be deemed successful. The project came in on budget and on time … and as Anne points out, “We use every inch of the house, which I think is a real compliment to the designer.” ❧

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It All Adds Up! Designer and custom builder Jacqueline van Strien shares her tips on creating a successful addition For many homeowners the need for more space opens up the question of whether to sell the house and move – or to put an addition on the existing house. Generally, if you like the neighbourhood and everything else about the house except the size, then an addition may be the right answer. But badly designed additions that don’t blend with the original house will devalue your property. Here is some advice from an expert … Jacqueline van Strien, president of Van Strien Developments, who answered the following questions for On The Bay.

OTB: HOW DO YOU MAKE THE DECISION WHETHER TO MOVE OR ADD ON? JVS:The key is to ensure that you are not over-improving to the extent that you may not be able to recover your investment. First, establish a realistic budget of what it will cost to undertake the project, then speak with a reputable real estate agent about the value of your home pre- and post-renovation, using up-to-date sales information as a guide.

OTB: WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO CONSIDER? JVS: In my view, the overall function of the space. To this effect, “will the addition and associated renovation address the homeowner’s objectives?”

OTB: ARE SOME HOUSES MORE DIFFICULT TO ADD TO THAN OTHERS? JVS: Absolutely, and they can range from planning and site constraints to structural considerations.

OTB: WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO MAKE THE EXTERIOR LOOK SEAMLESS? JVS: Balanced and attractive rooflines and well-thought-out transition points. Once these have been established, close attention to window and door configurations, cladding choices, and architectural components which might serve to tie the old and new together, all in keeping with the established or desired style of the house.


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OTB: DO YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS RE: ROOFLINES, MATCHING EXTERIOR CLADDING, ETC.? JVS: Purchase a roll of vellum paper and use it to sketch over the elevations you may have been presented with. Take the time to consider alternatives and if you are not 100 per cent sold on a concept, don’t rush into building something you might regret for a long time to come.


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JVS: I spend a great deal of time thinking about efficient traffic flows and interesting sight lines. If the opportunity presents itself to feature an element of the existing home, such as an exterior brick wall, it’s an added bonus.

OTB: WHAT ABOUT TYING FLOORING TOGETHER? JVS: Every situation is different and ultimately budget, taste and practicality will dictate the outcome. It is noteworthy that old wood floors can often be revived with a simple and relatively inexpensive “buff & shine” treatment.

OTB: ARE THERE BUILDING BYLAWS TO BE AWARE OF WITH ADDITIONS? JVS: Before becoming a builder, I spent many years working as an urban planner both in the public and private sector. My advice to anyone considering new construction, is to consult with your local planning department first. In addition to providing you with the applicable zoning provisions, they will direct you to other stakeholder agencies (e.g. MTO, Conservation Authority, NEC).

OTB: WHAT ARE THE PARTICULAR CHALLENGES WHEN ADDING TO LOG HOMES? JVS: When your design calls for the removal of large expanses of logs to create new openings, steps must be taken to ensure the integrity of the remaining structure is not compromised. In the case of the Lutons’ log cabin we worked closely with a qualified structural engineer. On the flipside, there are esthetic challenges that come when plans call for the removal of elements that will result in voids in log walls, such as the decommissioning of a window or a fireplace. These are ones that must be solved with creative ingenuity.



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t never gets fertilized, sprayed with pesticide, or watered, yet the garden at Marilyn and Richard Young’s farm manages to thrive from early spring to late in the fall. Instead of chemical fertilizer, all the plants, shrubs and trees rely on regular composting – which Marilyn now has down to a science. And because there’s a limited water supply from the farm’s well, nature must provide all the moisture in the form of rain and dew, along with an occasional spritz from a hose in the evening. “I learned my lesson about how wells work one year when I ran the well dry watering some newly planted cedars,” says Marilyn, “so now I am very careful and have only drought-tolerant plants.” Before the Youngs bought the farm 15 years ago they had been living in Victoria, B.C., where the benign climate is a gardener’s delight. They soon discovered that gardening on the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario presents

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with, among other things, masses of daylily bulbs. “Daylilies can take a lack of sun, they come in a multitude of colours, they’re hardy, and they multiply like daffodils,” says Key. “Also, they’re not toxic; you can eat any part of a daylily.” In order to welcome nature to the garden the Youngs chose plants that attract birds, bees and butterflies. Plenty of monarchs stop here on their migration, particularly to feed on the nectar of butterfly bush and purple coneflower – and on the burdock that grows on the banks at the back of the property. Hummingbirds come to dip their beaks into tubular plants like foxglove. And the berry bushes planted for the birds don’t get cut back in the fall till the birds have had their feed. Although Marilyn gets help with her garden she is more than willing to get her hands dirty. Like so many gardeners, she is self effacing, claiming that she isn’t a ‘real gardener’ – she just loves it. But only real gardeners bother to keep every living thing from going to waste. Marilyn buys primulas over the winter and then replants them in the perennial borders in the spring. She saves tulip, crocus and daffodil pots that she brings into the house for colour in winter, cuts them back, lets them dry (somewhere out of sight) and then “pops the bulbs into the earth at the first opportunity.” At the front entrance to the house there’s a circular garden – which Marilyn calls the “welcome garden” – where all the lilies she and Connie planted there years ago have multiplied and flourished. There’s also a pond at the front of the house that is not only a soothing element of interest – it is alive with many different kinds of frogs. They bury themselves in the muddy bottom of the pond in winter and emerge in the spring. “On hot summer nights,” says Marilyn, “they make the most beautiful sounds.” Neither the lawns nor the gardens get sprayed with any kind of pesticide. The Youngs have just learned to live with the weeds. Even dandelions, which, at one time, Marilyn removed by hand, are left alone and now actually enjoyed when the lawns are dotted with their yellow flowers. Always conscious of the

Left: Huge old maple trees create a lush canopy and are kept healthy by regular visits from an arborist. RigHt: Poppies turning to seed.

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MARILYN YOUNG’S COMPOSTING METHODS Good rich compost is essential to a successful garden, especially in this area, which has a lot of heavy clay soil. The extra nutrients compost adds to the soil are the key to healthy plants. Layers of compost also protect the soil from evaporation. Marilyn Young has the system down to a science and insists that it’s not a lot of work if you do it correctly. And the pay-off is incredible. Here is her method. A stainless steel compost pail sits on the counter by the kitchen sink and everything (except grease or dairy) gets put into it – but nothing in big chunks. Marilyn cuts and shreds everything, like banana peels, into tiny pieces. All coffee grounds, tea leaves, plant trimmings, fruit and vegetable peels get included. When this pail is full the contents are transferred to one of the large green plastic recycling bins. She cuts up newspaper using a small shredder and collects ashes (not too much) from the fireplace. In the fall the leaves from the Youngs’ 35 ancient maple trees get mulched. Some get blown from the tractor onto the lawns as mulch, but for the gardens Marilyn uses a small leaf mulcher, then bags them in strong industrial green bags and keeps them for a year. They must be heavy dark green bags … the clear bags let the sun in, which creates moisture and ruins the leaf mulch. Then, this combination goes into a composter in layers: onethird kitchen scraps, one-third leaf mulch and one-third shredded newspaper (with a bit of fireplace ash). Basically the term “composting” describes the aerobic decomposition of nitrogen-rich green waste and carbon-rich organic matter. The key is to get the perfect balance. Marilyn has three barrel-shaped composters (all bought at Lee Valley) which can roll to circulate the mixture and are vermin proof. “These are worth the investment,” she notes; “they’re easy to operate and they really work.” In the spring this compost mixture gets spread all over the garden before the plants come up … sometimes topped up with some sheep manure. ❧


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Above: Rich compost is the key to a healthy garden. Frogs of many kinds live in the Youngs’ pond.

There’s also a pond at the front of the house that is not only a soothing element of interest – it is alive with many different kinds of frogs. They bury themselves in the muddy bottom of the pond in winter and emerge in the spring. “On hot summer nights,” says Marilyn, “they make the most beautiful sounds.”

fact that this is a farm, they allow nature to prevail. At one time they picked up all the apples that fell from the trees, but now those are left for the wild animals. On one recent Thanksgiving night they watched as two coyotes devoured the apples. They see deer, too, but somehow the deer don’t hang around long enough to demolish the cedar hedges and trees – “probably because we have dogs,” suggests Marilyn. The Youngs’ favourite time in the garden is early June when the poppies come out. “I have a garden diary,” Marilyn explains, “and I record when the first poppy appears and what the weather is doing.” The peonies begin to bloom at that time too - a deep fuchsia variety that has been at the farm for decades and never been divided. She does divide other plants like the irises and the hostas. The garden now has about 20 different hosta varieties. “I didn’t like hostas originally,” confesses Marilyn, “but now I think they’re amazing. They’re all so different and they’re so easy. They’re supposed to be shade plants but some of mine are in full sun and they still do well.” Everything, it seems, does well in this garden. With ancient maples overhead creating a lush canopy, a weathered barn as a backdrop and patches of sunlit lawn meandering amongst the perennial borders, it’s like an intimate retreat … as welcoming and joyous as the first signs of spring. ❧

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From the Ground Up United by the common goal of keeping seniors happier at home for longer, the Home for Life program developed under the guidance of the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital, Georgian Bay Family Health Team, Community Care Access Centre, Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, County of Simcoe’s Long Term Care Home, Sunset Manor and Community Connection. This group of healthcare professionals – known as The Collaborative – set out to re-imagine how the Southern Georgian Bay community could work together and ultimately support the growing over-65 demographic. Our area has a unique need for such a program, says Collingwood General and Marine Hospital CEO Linda Davis. “The Southern Georgian Bay area has a growing number of seniors,” explains Davis. “Our population is older than the provincial average and we also know we are a desired retirement destination. In addition, it’s not uncommon for those retiring here to relocate aging parents to the area in order to have them nearby. As we age, we tend to require more supports to help us remain in our own homes, and although our community has a number of different resources, many individuals are not aware of what is available. Navigating the system is often a difficult process – and seems to be even more complicated for seniors who may not be as aware of the potential avenues to research. The Home for Life program is geared to helping seniors find the right resource and to ensure the resource is a good fit for their needs.”

A focus group with local seniors is at the heart of the Home for Life program. When The Collaborative gave seniors a chance to speak and explain their issues and challenges, several common themes emerged. Home for Life tackles two of these head on: Not knowing who to call for assistance, and feeling disconnected from family and friends. With these challenges in mind, Home for Life developed the Buddies for Seniors program and a Technology Training program.

Seniors Wanted: Dial 211 With two great initiatives in place, Home for Life needed to make it as easy as possible for local seniors to track down the help they needed. In an effort to pool local resources, Community Connection (the local 211 service provider for the Ontario-wide helpline) agreed to field calls for Home for Life. When a caller reaches the 211 service, they can ask for Home for Life directly. Alternately, trained information specialists speak at length with the callers, sussing out their needs and if suitable, helping them connect with Home for Life. Once that connection is made, Susan Shiels and her enthusiastic team of volunteers are on the case. It takes just a few minutes with Shiels to realize this smiling powerhouse is on a mission to help local seniors. Having watched her own parents age, Shiels knows that seniors can be hesitant to ask for help. That’s why she’s reaching out to seniors across the region – at senior’s residences, bridge clubs, churches and even in their doctors’ offices – to make sure they realize that Home for Life is here to help. “Seniors are an independent bunch,” says Shiels. “They are from another era of not spoiling themselves and they are used to pinching pennies through the war. No matter what happened, they looked after themselves, so asking for help isn’t a comfortable feeling. But they also

“When we listen to the people who need the help and we include them in the solutions, it just turns out so much better,” she explains. “When we asked seniors what was missing in their community, in fact, it was very simple things. It wasn’t hiring physicians or nurses and personal support workers; it was about helping one another out. It’s a fabulous, low-cost solution that works.” lived in communities where it was more likely that they were connected to their neighbours. If someone was going in for an operation, the neighbours knew and they would just cook a little extra and take it over. The community was alive; people stayed there. Now people are leaving, they lose their cultural communities, their kids grow up and move away, and a lot of seniors are pretty much alone. Unless they reach out to us.” And that’s exactly what she’d like them to do. Shiels points out that sharing their to-do list with Home for Life volunteers gives seniors more quality time with their family. “Wouldn’t it be nice if your son could come when he wants to come and not when he has a to-do list?” asks Shiels. “You could just enjoy each other and visit. Using an outside service allows you to have more of that quality time.”





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At the core of Home for Life is the Buddies for Seniors program. The Buddies are a group of volunteers, ranging in age, background, and expertise, but with one thing in common: the time and inclination to make a senior’s life easier. When a senior calls 211, a buddy is assigned to that senior and will set up a time to visit them in their home. “The buddy will sit with you, talk to you and see what you think you need help with to help you stay in your home longer,” explains Shiels. “They discuss and set up a list of needs with the senior. It may be that they could use a friendly visitor or that they want someone to call them once a day to make sure they’re doing okay. They may need light housekeeping. The buddy will agree with the senior’s list and will then research options with the support of the information specialists from Community Connection. This is carried out on behalf of the senior, and then the buddy visits the senior to share their findings. The buddies know about the local service options and always aim to find affordable and reliable providers.” Once the Buddy has a plan in place, explains Shiels, “they will sit with the senior and walk them through it to make sure the senior agrees. Then, if the senior wants, the buddy will even do the interviewing of the service provider with them. Say it’s a cleaning lady: the buddy will come back and help them meet the cleaning lady, introduce them, explain pricing and rates. They’ll meet the person and, if the senior agrees, the buddy can even come and sit during the first cleaning service. Then if the senior is happy they are on their own for a while. The buddy will call back after maybe four cleanings, to see how it’s going. We don’t drop the ball just because we’ve got something established. We make sure they are still happy with the arrangement and we follow up to see if anything else has come up.” It’s a simple set-up, but one that removes several hurdles for the

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ABOVE: Home for Life manager Susan Shiels (left) and Volunteer Coordinator LeeAnn Luciani at the Home for Life headquarters. Seniors who want to connect with the program should simply dial 211.

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By connecting seniors with peer volunteers, and ultimately, making their connection to local services easier, Home for Life is eliminating some serious hurdles. senior who needs help. There is just one number to call and no forms to fill out. “People don’t want to fill out forms,” laughs Shiels. “ They don’t want to make a phone call and leave a message, then sit and wonder if they are going to call back. Your buddy will coordinate all of that for you. That is the beauty.” Buddies have all cleared police-checks and undergone extensive training before being added to the Home for Life lineup. Whether it’s in-home food services, grief counseling or friendly visitors, buddies will coordinate a plan for the senior, helping bridge the gap when services aren’t immediately available. Buddies are also available for one-off situations, like helping with hospital releases after a surgery. Shiels recommends calling Home for Life in advance, so that a plan can be made for post-surgery with your buddy’s help. The program also helps remove some of the strain on local hospitals. “Helping to keep seniors functioning safely in their own homes can help

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prevent hospital visits,” explains Davis. “For example, ensuring services are in place that will prevent a senior from falling on a snow-covered or icy driveway could potentially prevent a fall that might otherwise hospitalize the individual.”

Technology Training One thing that surprised stakeholders in the original Home for Life focus groups was that seniors were specifically requesting help with today’s technology. From email to Skype, today’s seniors are realizing the connections that are possible from their own home. Home for Life responded with their Technology Training program. “Technology was a really, really big concern for seniors,” explains Shiels. “It blew my mind because my parents wouldn’t even use a debit card. They would line up on a Friday to give their cheque to the teller in person because otherwise, how would they know where their money was going?” laughs Shiels. “It’s pretty amazing that seniors are now asking for help with Skype and email.” Technology training can be coordinated in a group setting or a Buddy can visit a senior’s home for individual help. That was the case for 89-yearold Kate, who was paired with her ‘technology buddy,’ Wim. Kate actually emailed Home for Life looking for help. A relatively confident computer user, Kate wanted to perfect her Skype skills to stay in touch with her great-grandchildren in Ottawa. “I knew how to open up Skype but I hadn’t used it in about two years,” recalls Kate. “I used to call my sister in Victoria and she quit too because both of us got stuck. But I wanted it to see my great-grandchildren in Ottawa. I knew how to open it up but there were a lot of other things that I was very, actually, sort of backwards about. I was scared … that I’d make a mistake. So I just left it.” She continues, “But then I realized, my great grandson is four now and the baby is 18 months … I just realized time was going too fast. I talked to them one day and I couldn’t hear them. The next time I didn’t know what to push, and I said, ‘look I have to do something about this.’ That’s when I called Home for Life.” Kate’s buddy came to her apartment for a few hours, went home for lunch, and then came back in the afternoon until Kate was feeling confident. Since then, he’s Skyped Kate a few times to check on her and make sure no new technology issues have come up. Was it worth reaching out for help? Kate answers with an emphatic yes. “Oh, it’s night and day,” she explains about this new connection with her great-grandkids. “I don’t see them very often. As I’ve grown older, I just don’t like the idea of travelling alone. I am going to see them this May and I am so excited that they’ll remember me when I get there.”

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Having watched her own parents age, Shiels knows that seniors can be hesitant to ask for help. That’s why she’s reaching out to seniors across the region. have a program where volunteers are going in to senior’s homes and helping support them with the system. They just need a little bit of knowledge – which is part of the volunteer training program – to understand the way the system works, to understand their community and to understand which services are available. It’s about getting back to the community and getting back to our neighbourhoods. Back to really helping one another out just because they are your neighbour. You shovel the driveway if you can, you take out their garbage if you can, and you pick up a few groceries for your neighbour. It’s that type of thing that we’ve really lost.” Tettman praises The Collaborative and says the Southern Georgian Bay region is actually ahead of the game. “Collingwood has always been further ahead in thinking about a healthy community as an approach,” she notes. “Those organizations had a vision of a collaborative way to work together right from the very beginning … I don’t see that in every community. With the scarce resources in our communities, and the scarce resources in healthcare as a whole, we have to start doing things differently; we have to rely on one another. There is no way an organization or an individual can continue on their own.” Thanks to Home for Life, Southern Georgian Bay seniors don’t have to go it alone. ❧


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The name says it all – it’s Christmas year round at this new store in Blue Mountain Village. Georgian Christmas carries an assortment of custom-made yule-themed items, from ornaments and souvenirs to candles, pillows, throws, tableware, wine glasses and other décor elements. But while Christmas is the predominant theme, owner Denise D’Angicco notes the store also offers seasonal novelty items for Easter, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and other annual festivities. “Obviously we sell Christmas, but it’s much more than that,” says D’Angicco. “We carry a lot of home décor, a lot of seasonal items. It’s a specialty shop, so we really try to buy items that people haven’t seen before, that are unique and different.” There is a wide selection of ornaments, including those depicting skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. “Our main goal is to have people have a great experience in the Village and take a token or a souvenir home from our shop that will remind them of that experience for years to come,” says D’Angicco. Open Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri., Sat. & holidays 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 170 Jozo Weider Blvd., Unit 20, Blue Mountain Village 705-444-0222


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This new shop in Clarksburg sells ‘previously loved’ items, including home décor, kitchenware, dinnerware, furniture, small appliances, art, books and jewelry – with all proceeds going to support the Clarksburg Cat Shelter. “The shop is staffed by volunteers and sells only clean, quality donated items, all arranged in a pleasant boutique shop fashion,” says manager Diane Walker, herself a long-time volunteer with the shelter. “We’ve created a cosy shop full of previously-loved household items, small furniture, art and more, and its sole purpose is to support the Clarksburg Cat Shelter.” The shelter provides a haven for homeless cats in the Clarksburg, Meaford and Thornbury areas, until they can find a permanent home. “An increase in the need for this service, coupled with a decrease in funding, inspired some shelter volunteers to come up with the idea of a charity shop,” explains Walker. “We found a suitable building in Clarksburg, just a few minutes’ walk from the shelter. Once the lease was signed, a small army of dedicated volunteers descended on a rather worn looking building and transformed it into The Cat’s Meow.” Shoppers can find great deals on a variety of lightly used items, and help out a great cause. “We try to keep it relatively high end,” says Walker of the merchandise. She adds, “We never forget the primary reason this store exists and what it represents: new hope and a good life for the many beautiful cats who live at the Clarksburg Cat Shelter,” says Walker. Those wishing to donate goods for sale can drop by the shop during opening hours. Open Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. noon - 4 p.m. 208 Marsh St., Clarksburg 519-599-3169 (Diane Walke r) or 519-599-7743 (shelter)

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Optometrist Andrew Comly has opened a family eye care centre on First Street, offering complete eye exams using up-to-date equipment, as well as a broad selection of fashionable eyewear. Born in Wasaga Beach, Comly has been an optometrist since 2010. “The eyes are the next best thing to the brain – they’re really phenomenal,” enthuses Comly, adding he takes an educational approach with his clients. “I like to educate the patient on everything that I see and let them know what’s going on,” he says. “I like to explain things as much as possible.” Comly examines patients’ eyes using the latest equipment, including a retinal camera and visual field machine. He also carries a broad selection of sunglasses and regular glasses from top designers including Rayban, Versacci, Polo and Vogue, as well as safety frames and contact lenses. “We are trying to exceed expectations,” he notes. “I find that some people are sometimes afraid to go to the doctor. We want people to come in and feel comfortable and have a great experience.” Open Mon. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tues. & Thurs. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wed 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Eye exams by appointment. 705-444-0008 69 First St., Unit C, Collingwood

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The owners of The Creemore Coffee Company, a local micro roaster, have opened a café in the former Enterprise-Bulletin building on Simcoe Street in Collingwood. “We specialize in high quality specialty coffees from around the world,” says Dave Nesbitt, who owns the business along with wife Karen. “We offer over 30 coffees from 14 different countries of origin, about 90 per cent fair trade certified and organic.” All are small-batch roasted in Creemore Coffee Company’s roastery, located in a 110year old church south of Singhampton. Roasts range from very light Indian Monsoon


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Dogs love to eat, and Lucy and Bob Lehman want to make sure they eat the good stuff. Their new store in Cranberry Mews sells a fresh diet of human-grade, homemade dog food. “The ingredients are things you would find in your local grocery store,” says Lucy. The dog food contains ground meat (chicken, beef or lamb), fresh vegetables, a grain component and supplements, hand made into a ‘meatloaf’ and baked on site in aluminum trays like lasagna. “You thaw it out, portion it out and feed it to your dog. We make one food; we know exactly what’s in it.” Each type of food comes in regular and hypoallergenic varieties. “A lot of customers have problematic dogs, with allergy or intestinal problems. Our hypoallergenic foods don’t contain ingredients that are known to trigger these problems.” Customers can also buy the mix and make the food themselves using their own meat. “As a breeder and dog owner, commercially processed food was always a mystery to me,” says Lucy. “I was shocked to learn what ingredients are actually used in the manufacture of pet food. Our dogs rely on us to provide them with proper nutrition. As pet owners it is our responsibility to question exactly what we

are feeding them. Most of the major dog food companies are divisions of giant food conglomerates. Every day they create tons of by-product from the manufacture of human foods. It’s good business to use this ‘garbage’ in the manufacture of pet food. But is it good for our pets?” This is the second location for Dogs We Love – the other store in Orangeville is in its 14th year of operation. In addition to dog food, the stores also bake humangrade dog cookies, using ingredients like sweet potatoes and flax seed, and there are specialty cookies for holidays like Valentine’s Day and Christmas. There is also a small retail section of dog toys, bowls, beds and crates. Open Wed. & Thurs. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fri. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 Keith Ave., Cranberry Mews 705-293-4001


site. The ice creams, smoked fish, smoked cheeses, patés and homemade barbecue sauces are also available for sale, in addition to regular take-out service. TheSmoke is fully licensed, but family friendly (there’s even a kids’ menu). “We’re about keeping prices affordable,” says Dyment. “We’re trying to give a lot of value, but the number one thing is the flavour, the taste experience – we’re trying to create the whole dining experience. Open Mon. & Wed. - Sat. 11:30 a.m. till close. Dinner menu starting at 5 p.m. Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Sunday nights. 498 First St., Collingwood 705-293-5522


No, this is not a cigar shop. TheSmoke is a new restaurant on First Street where “not everything is smoked, but everything is about smoke,” says owner and chef Cam Dyment. He adds, “We’re taking barbecue to a new level; we’re not your typical barbecue place. All of our meat and fish is smoked on the premise. Everything is fresh and made from scratch, using my own recipes. Our four smokers are inside the restaurant, and it’s open concept so you can see them.” The restaurant makes and serves four different kinds of smoked fish (Georgian Bay trout, whitefish, Arctic char and salmon), as well as bacon, wild boar bacon, wild boar sausages, smoked beef burgers, pulled pork, and ribs. The mac and cheese is made with smoked cheddar, bacon and chipotle, and “we have turkey burgers with cranberry citrus aioli – the combination of the two is like a Thanksgiving party exploding in your mouth,” says Dyment. Soups are homemade, with unique flavours including smoked butternut squash and curried apple, or smoked green chili soup. Even the homemade ice cream has a smoky component. The smoked banana ice cream starts with smoked bananas, made into ice cream by Mad River Ice Cream on

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Family physician Dr. Lorna MacDougall and registered physiotherapist Wendy Fraser have teamed up to create the Nottawa Wellness Centre, offering a range of health-related services out of the former “Elephant Thoughts” building. Fraser has been in practice in Collingwood for 16 years, and MacDougall has had a medical practice in Creemore for many years in addition to working as an anasthesiologist at local hospitals. “Lorna is my family doctor and I’ve been going to her for a number of years,” says Fraser. “She expressed a need to move from her location, and I wanted to move from my former location, so we felt it was a good fit. We both have the same philosophy of caring and devoting our practices to making our patients feel that they are getting the best possible healthcare.” Fraser plans to expand her focus on women’s health. “I won’t be exclusively looking at women, but I think there are some gaps of service here related to women’s health,” she explains. To fill this need, she will be developing programs targeting issues like breast cancer and lymphedema. “If they’ve had mastectomies they may need range of motion exercises for shoulders, or may need help getting back their energy levels after treatment.” Having a family doctor and orthopedic services in one place is a “unique combination,” adds Fraser. By appointment 4318 County Rd. 124, Nottawa 705-445-2204 (Wendy Fraser) 705-888-6564 (Lorna MacDougall)

STAYNER Osteria Vitto Italian Taverna

Wikipedia defines an osteria as an Italian-style eating establishment where the emphasis is generally placed on maintaining a steady clientele rather than on haute cuisine; in Italian, Osteria literally means a place where the owner “hosts” people. Owners Adam Barone and Bruno Cohen are doing just that at this new Italian neighbourhood restaurant in Stayner. “Simple Italian food in a fun, warm atmosphere” is how Barone, who is also the chef, describes Osteria Vitto. Sicilian by birth, Barone has been cooking since he was 14. “It’s my passion,” he enthuses; “something I enjoy doing.” Barone and Cohen met while working together at Sisi’s in Thornbury. Together, the two have put together a funky eatery with a menu that incorporates traditional Italian fare like calamari (served with chili mayo and a grilled lemon), Caesar salad, antipasti, pastas, ravioli and risotto. For those looking for something a little less Italian, there are pork chops, burgers, steaks, chicken and tilapia. “People are going to be surprised initially and hopefully very happy when they’ve experienced us,” says Barone. “It’s a true-to-form Italian Taverna, with good food, good wine, and great friends.” Open Sun. - Thurs. 4-10 p.m., Fri & Sat 4-11 p.m. 7304 Hwy. 26, Stayner 705-428-9998

WASAGA BEACH Petals in Thyme

This new floral design gallery in Wasaga Beach isn’t your typical flower shop. Owner Abigail Hitchens, a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Floral Design, says the flowers she carries are Canadian grown whenever possible, and all fair trade. “I like to carry different kinds of flowers, and I like to work with a lot of neat textures and colours,” says Hitchens. “I get a lot of tropical blooms, but I make sure they are still affordable,

and they’re all fair trade; I buy from registered fair trade wholesalers.” Hitchens does it all, from arrangements and bouquets to wedding, funeral and large event design. Her unique ‘Doghouse Prevention Program’ enables the memory-challenged to purchase for the year up-front, give Hitchens the dates and occasions that need to be commemorated, and presto! The right flowers or gifts magically arrive on the appointed day. “They can feel free to forget now because they remembered at the beginning of the year,” laughs Hitchens. The shop carries giftware made by local artists, including pottery by Carol Hahn, glassware and ornamental glass by Beaver Valley Glassworks, vintageinspired cushions by Country Cupboard, photography by Ron Pitts, paintings by Sue Tupy, and jewelry by Wasaga Beach designer Nia Blue, as well as hand-dyed natural textiles and handmade furniture made from reclaimed barn materials. Petals in Thyme also offers workshops in felting and floral design. Open Mon. – Wed., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (closed Sundays from May till Labour Day). 133 33rd St. N., Unit 2 Wasaga Beach (corner of Mosley) 705-352-3000


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BlueRock has moved to a new location in Collingwood. President Neal Owen continues to head up the team of 10 financial planners and advisors, and also offers some insurance products as well as group benefits and pension plans. “We’ve renovated the space so it’s very welcoming,” says Angela Watson, BlueRock’s marketing and communications director. Open Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. new address 115 Hurontario, Suite 201, Collingwood 705-443-5599

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Mad & Noisy Gallery

Creemore’s local art gallery is now under private, for-profit ownership. Lyne Burek, the gallery’s administrator for the past three years, and husband Rick have purchased the Mad & Noisy, which was previously a non-profit artists’ co-operative. The gallery continues to feature work by emerging and established artists, primarily from the Southern Georgian Bay area. There will be an official opening and reception on April 6 from 1-5 p.m. Open Mon. & Thurs. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. noon - 4 p.m. 154 Mill St., Creemore 705-466-5555

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Kendra Smith has joined Stonetree as its newest registered and licensed naturopathic doctor, offering lifestyle and nutrition consultation, lab testing, food allergy testing, body composition analysis for weight loss, emotional and lifestyle counseling, pain management, disease prevention, intravenous therapy, acupuncture, and some herbal medicines. Her patients include those with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, allergies and digestive issues, as well as cancer and chronic end-stage diseases. Smith specializes in homeopathic pediatrics and perinatal care, and is trained and certified as a birth doula. “My goal is to educate my patients, helping them take responsibility for their health,” says Smith. “It’s really about teaching them how to live the healthiest way and feel their best.” Smith is also certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture – an anti-aging treatment she describes as an “acupuncture facelift or natural botox”. By appointment Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 115 Hurontario St., Suite 200, Collingwood 705-444-5331 ❧

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Art & Antique ShowS April 1 – 27 Marsh Street Painters Meaford Hall The Marsh Street Painters is a local group of artists who meet weekly in Clarksburg and work in a variety of media including watercolour, acrylic and oil. Paintings represent a wide variety of subjects; many of them depict the lovely Georgian Bay landscape. April 6 A New Beginning Mad and Noisy Gallery, Creemore The new owners of the gallery, Lyne and Rick Burek, are hosting their grand opening. Ribbon cutting 1 p.m.; showcase of new art produced by some of the finest artists in the Georgian Bay area 2 – 5 p.m. 705-517-0222 (Rick); 705-466-5555 (Lyne) April 10 – 27 BMFA 33rd Annual Juried Art Show Arts Centre, Collingwood Receiving and registration April 5, 4 – 6 p.m. and April 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jurying April 7. Awards and reception April 14. Invitation to all interested artists and artisans to enter. 705-445-3430 MAy 1 – 26 Visiting Artist Series # 2 BMFA Arts Centre, Collingwood Opening reception May 4. The second of the continuing art series for 2013 is coming to the gallery for the month of May. MAy 1 – June 1 4th Annual Juried Show Meaford Hall The show draws upon the works of artists from

Grey, Bruce and Simcoe counties. Arts patrons can expect to see a wide array of media in both fine art and photography categories. MAy 4 – 31 Art Show L.E. Shore Library, Thornbury Joan Folinsbee art show for the month of May. Book launch will take place at the opening reception on May 4. 519-599-6955 MAy 18 – 20 Blue Mountain Studio Tour of the Arts The Blue Mountains, Craigleith, Kimberley and Clarksburg. Local artists invite you to enjoy a free selfguided tour, as they open their studios to show their works – iron and glass work, textile art and jewelry, pottery, sculpture, painting, photography and much more. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 519-599-3999 June 1 – 2 25th Annual BMFA Studio and Art Tour Collingwood and area More than 40 artists welcome you to their studios and in community locations from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Media include painting, photography, glass, pottery, wood, jewelry, iron and textiles. No charge to tour the studios. Free BMFA maps at the Art Centre. 705-445-3430 starting April 2013 June 1 – 30 Dare to Wear Blue Mountains Library A Show of Outrageous Beaded jewelry by Beverley Smith. Opening Reception Saturday, June 1, 2 – 4 p.m.

June 5 – 23 Visiting Artist Series #3 BMFA Arts Centre, Collingwood This is the third show in the series for 2013, which will adorn the gallery walls for the month of June. Visit for more information on the series.

April 22 Barbara Galaxy Theatre, Collingwood Presented by Collingwood Cinema Club. A doctor who wants to leave the GDR sees spies all around her in this nuanced study of life in a totalitarian state. Show at 6:30 & 9 p.m. Cost $10.

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April 28 Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life Meaford Hall Biophilic design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work and learn. This film takes the viewer on a journey in search of buildings that connect people and nature – hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbours and families thrive. 1 p.m. $7 adult $2 student

MAy 18 – OctOber 12 Collingwood (corner of Second and Pine St.) Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. MAy 18 – June 29 Creemore (Station on the Green) Indoors every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. June 7 – OctOber 11 Meaford (Harbour Pavilion) Every Friday from 3 – 7 p.m. MAy 22 – OctOber 9 Clarksburg (Lion’s Park) Every Wednesday from 3 – 6 p.m.

April 29 The Sapphires Galaxy Theatre, Collingwood Presented by Collingwood Cinema Club. An aboriginal girl-group from the Outback entertains the troops in Vietnam singing Motown hits. Based on a true story. Show at 6:30 & 9 p.m. Cost $10.

MAy 18 – OctOber 12 Flesherton (arena grounds) Every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Film April 8 The Angels’ Share Galaxy Theatre, Collingwood Presented by Collingwood Cinema Club. Robbie, a rough young Glaswegian, turns his life around when he discovers a natural talent for tasting Malt whisky. Show at 6:30 & 9 p.m. Cost $10. April 15 Tous ce que tu possedes/All That You Possess Galaxy Theatre, Collingwood Presented by Collingwood Cinema Club. Pierre, a university literature teacher in Quebec, refuses to accept an inheritance and then meets a daughter he has never seen. Show at 6:30 & 9 p.m. Cost $10. April 17 Be The Change Film Series – Carbon Nation Gayety Theatre, Collingwood Elephant Thoughts presents the documentary film Carbon Nation as part of the Be The Change Film Series. Dinner ($15) starts at 6:30 p.m. Movie ($8) starts at 7:30 p.m.

MAy 4 The BO$$E Empire Galaxy Theatre, Collingwood Presented by Collingwood Cinema Club. A portrait of a powerful and influential businessman in Quebec who rose from being an orphan to the head of a vast empire. Show at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Cost $10 or $20 for all four May Festival movies. MAy 4 The Impossible Galaxy Theatre, Collingwood Presented by Collingwood Cinema Club. Reallife drama. A Spanish family’s ordeal when they are caught in the Tsunami in 2004 in Thailand. Show at 4 & 7 p.m. Cost $10 or $20 for all four May Festival movies. MAy 5 First Position Galaxy Theatre, Collingwood Presented by Collingwood Cinema Club. The film chronicles a year in the lives of six young dancers as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, “the Olympics of dance.” Show at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Cost $10 or $20 for all four May Festival movies.


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april 12 Hotel California Eagles Tribute Gayety Theatre, Collingwood Gayety Theatre presents the original tribute to The Eagles – Close your eyes and you’ll swear it’s the real thing. 8 p.m. Advance tickets $40. 1-888-353-3203. april 14 Down Home Country Meaford Hall Old country/gospel/bluegrass band Down Home Country (Bill Hartley and Martina and Steven Hayward) features some very talented Grey County musicians. Having played festivals and events throughout the area, they perform for the love of music. 1 p.m. $10. april 26 Masterclass Workshop New Life Church, Collingwood Presented by Georgian Triangle Music Teachers’ Association. Showcasing students’ talent in violin. No tickets required. 6 – 9 p.m. 705-445-8831. april 27 Masterclass Workshop New Life Church, Hwy 124 Presented by Georgian Triangle Music Teachers’ Association. Enjoy local music students showcasing their talents in piano and voice. No tickets required. 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. 705-445-8831. May 3 Wilderness of Manitoba Gayety Theatre, Collingwood Think “early Joni Mitchell and the first Crosby, Stills & Nash album … Highly recommended” (Toronto Star). Local opening artists take the stage at 7 p.m. Advance tickets $15. 1-888-353-3203. May 4 An Evening in the Caucasus OSCVI Regional Auditorium, Owen Sound With the Georgian Bay Symphony and guest James Langridge, trumpet. Experience the blend of music from Europe, Asia and the Orient including the show stopper Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance. 7:30 p.m. 519-372-0212 for tickets, or at the door. May 5 Goldenaires: “Songs of Spring” Concert Meaford United Church Performed under the direction of Jennifer Potter. 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 Adults, $5 Children 12 and under; available at Stuff to Read, choir members, and at the door. Refreshments available after the concert.

May 17 Jason McCoy Gayety Theatre, Collingwood Inside The Music presents local country sensation Jason McCoy, with his first studio record since the release of “Sins, Lies and Angels” in 2003. A look at his music and his career from an entirely fresh perspective. 8 p.m. May 24 – 25 Sound Investment Community Choir 40th Anniversary Spring Concert Trinity United Church, Collingwood “Celebrate the Music” a potpourri of music from Mozart to Les Miserable. Friday, May 24, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 25, 4 p.m. Tickets $20 adults, Children 12 & under free. June 4 – 22 Oliver! King’s Wharf Theatre, 97 Jury Dr., Penetanguishene A classic rags to riches musical. Regular performance $45.20; Previews $36.16; 20 and under $22.60; Groups (20+) $36.16. 705-549-5555 or Toll Free: 1-855-drayton (1-855-372-9866).

live coMedy June 1 Canadian Improv Showcase Gayety Theatre, Collingwood Like to laugh? Gayety Theatre presents the Canadian Improv Showcase – interactive comedy with a Canadian twist! Voted “best of the fest” at both the London and Toronto Fringe Festivals two years in a row and having over 600 performances under their belt, this licensed event is guaranteed to entertain. Advance tickets $20. 9 p.m. 1-888-353-3203.

car shows May 25 British Car Show Blue Mountain Village See what’s under the bonnets as the local British car club rolls into the Village for an afternoon of automobile history and appreciation. Enjoy live music and kids activities.

hoMe & Garden shows & Tours april 13 – 14 Get Growing Beaver Valley Arena, Thornbury Come and see a wide variety of exhibitors with the greatest in gardening, landscaping, renovating and home décor all under one roof. Visitors will enjoy seminars, activities for the kids and a chance to win our famous “Big Backyard Giveaway.” 1-877-848-5831. april 13 – 14 Wasaga Beach Lion’s Club 20th Annual Wasaga Beach Recplex People everywhere give this garden show the green thumbs up. Admission is just a toonie for adults and under 12 free. New exhibitors, home renovations and decorating tips, draw prizes, door prizes. Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Proceeds to WBLC Community projects.

April 20 – 21 Get Growing Creemore Arena Come and see a wide variety of exhibitors for their 14th Annual garden show with the greatest in gardening, landscaping, renovating and home décor all under one roof. Visitors will enjoy seminars, activities for the kids and a chance to win our famous “Big Backyard Giveaway.” 1-877-848-5831. June 22 Bountiful and Beautiful Garden Tour Clearview Village of Creemore and surrounding hills Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society invites you to spend time contemplating eight beautiful gardens. Tour includes an organic market garden and vineyard, a breathtaking sculpture garden and other remarkable endeavours. A must see for flower and vegetable gardeners. Tickets are $15 and go on sale May 1. Tour time 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Festivals, tours & shows MAy 25 Day of Delight Simcoe Street, Collingwood (between St. Marie and St. Paul St) Gaslight Tour and Toronto’s oldest and most audacious exponent of theatre in public space, Clay & Paper Theatre, present the second annual Day of Delight. The festival will bring together artists of different disciplines for an afternoon of theatre, music, art, food, participatory works and giant puppetry.

give three presentations on historical Meaford, discussing the Famous Women of Meaford’s past. Tour included. April 3 And 17 Focus on Seniors Speakers Series Meaford Hall The Focus on Seniors Speaker Series covers a variety of topics from senior’s health issues, to local history, agriculture, and more. Admission is always free, light refreshments available. Learn about a variety of creative and inspiring techniques to keep your brain active and your social being well! 1 p.m. Accessible transportation is available at no charge for all Focus On Seniors events and can be booked in advance by calling the Meaford Hall Box Office at 519-538-0463

April 17 Health & Wellness, Amy MacFarlane – Recreational Respite expert presents techniques for health and wellness in this fun, user-friendly and interactive presentation! April 17 Becoming Customer Focused The Huron Club, Collingwood Marketing expert and author, Wayne Ens, has worked with hundreds of businesses across North America and has shared his secrets to success with business owners. Free breakfast. 7:30 a.m. sharp! 705-422-0970 or email sales@

June 15 BBQ Championship Blue Mountain Village Professional and amateur BBQ teams compete head to head for cash prizes and supreme bragging rights on the CSBBQA BBQ Circuit. For junior grillers, the Kidz@Blue competition is open to ages 18 and under. Admission is free and tasting kits are for sale.

MAy 23 Gardening Expert Mark Cullen Gayety Theatre, Collingwood Gayety Theatre presents best-selling author and gardening expert Mark Cullen. His radio and television programs and appearances reach millions of Canadians each week and he attends or participates in gardening events across the country. Cullen’s presentation includes Q & A period and autograph session. Bring a copy of your Mark Cullen books! Advance tickets $45. 8 p.m. 1-888-353-3203.

speaker series April 3 Historic Talks Meaford Museum The Library and Museum have partnered for a new series of talks. Curator Pam Woolner will


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DuffleBag Theatre as they bring the classic story of Peter Pan to the stage. Performing since 1992, DuffleBag performs over 600 shows a year across Canada, U.S. and internationally. A fun family time! 1 p.m. Tickets $15 per person, $50 per family of 4. 1-888-353-3203. May 18 – 20 May Long Weekend and Fireworks Blue Mountain Village Set summer in motion at the Blue Mountain Village with face painting, scavenger hunts, hiking, gondola, Mountain Coaster, NEW Low and High ropes course, Aquatic Centre, and fireworks!

Fundraisers april 8 Celebrity Server Night Boston Pizza, Collingwood Please come out and support the local Scouts group. Scouts will be dressed in uniform and helping the wait staff serve their tables. Boston Pizza will donate 10 per cent of all food sales to the Scouts. 50/50 draw. 5 – 9 p.m. april 12 – 13 6th Annual Jennifer Widbur Memorial Hockey Tournament This tournament by moms, for moms is in support of cancer care at the Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville. To date this tournament has raised over $170,000 for the Headwaters Health Care Foundation, over $25,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and also has provided support to Hospice Dufferin. Looking for teams of hockey moms, over 30 years of age, at any skill level, who want to have a great time for a great cause, and for sponsors at any level. april 13 14th Annual Vintners’ Dinner and Wine Auction Stonetree Golf and Fitness Club, Owen Sound Featuring Pondview Estate Winery and Thirsty Bench Winemakers. For advance tickets call Georgian Bay Symphony 519-372-0212. april 14 An African Afternoon L.E. Shore Library, Thornbury Stories, songs, Strength in the Face of HIV/AIDS – supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmother to Grandmother campaign. 2 p.m. Presented by the Grey Grannies. Donations welcome. Ruth McGee 519-599-6305; Ingrid Remkins 519-599-1052 www.facebook,com/greygrannies May 4 The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & Bake Sale Wasaga Beach United Church Lunch $7 per person. Includes a large selection of tasty sandwiches, squares, cookies, tea and coffee. Silent auction, raffles, crafts, plants and homemade baking. 705429-9429. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. May 11 Pancake Breakfast First Presbyterian Church, Collingwood Please come out and support the local Scouts group. Pancakes, sausage, tea/coffee. 7 – 11 a.m.


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May 11 & June 29 Folk Rock Show Marsh Street Centre, Clarksburg Bill Murdoch of Bayshore Broadcasting is presenting three fundraising events: 1. Folk Rock Show Sat. May 11 7:30 p.m. $25. 519599-7837 with RPR formally “Tanglefoot”. Also on stage: Sounds of Georgian Bay featuring “Lounge Lizards”. 2. True Country with Lavender Rose, Bettyanne Bray, Cobean and special guest. Sat. June 29 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25. 3. Blue Fest: featuring “The Bear Cats and Mackenzie Blues Band”. 519-599-5584 May 31 Girls GolFUN for FRIENDS Osler Brooke Golf and Country Club A fun filled day from start to finish … whether you play golf or are just thinking about trying it out, this is the event for you! Proceeds to My Friend’s House. Cost $60 plus HST per player. Call 705-444-5588 ext. 101 or email selliott@ June 9 Stride to Turn the Tide of AIDS in Africa Sunset Point Park, Collingwood Georgian Bay Grannies host the third annual Stride, a national fundraising walk with the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Beautiful African jewelry will be for sale. 12:30 p.m. Registration is $15. Email: gbgrannies@ June 22 “The Sound of Meow-sic” Meaford Hall A benefit concert for the Clarksburg Cat Shelter with a Silent Auction at 6 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. The concert features Shoreline Chorus from Owen Sound; Harmony North Chorus from Collingwood and Bob Muir’s Regal Jazz Band (a spinoff of Georgian Sound Big Band). Tickets $20. 519-599-2186 (Karen Naish)

sports June 15 METCON Adventure Race at Blue Blue Mountain Village Join 7x WWE Champion and Fitness Icon Trish Stratus as she launches thousands into the most insane 5 km obstacle adventure race on the planet! 15 grueling obstacles at 66 per cent up-hill promise an all-Canadian shot of adrenaline. Free parking and spectating.

Workshops & education april, May, June Ancient Wisdom for Modern Lives with Gen Kelsang Suma Collingwood Public Library Gen Kelsang Suma, a Canadian Buddhist nun, is the resident teacher at Jampa Ling Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Barrie. She left a career in the sciences some 15 years ago to teach Kadampa Buddhism. Each class includes meditation, teaching and discussion. Every Tuesday evening at 7 – 8:30 p.m. $10 per class. For upcoming topics visit: april 3 - 4 Making Your Mark April 3 – Jubilee Hall, Walkerton; April 4 – Meaford Town Hall

A one day workshop for not-for-profit organizations in Grey and Bruce counties. Cost $20. Lunch included. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For details call Community Foundation Grey Bruce 519-371-7203. To register email: cfgreybruce@

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april 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22 Painting & Drawing Lessons with Dar West – The Second Session Flesherton Legion, Elizabeth St. Review of Session 1 for new students, individual instruction, independent painting and class critiques. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Weds. Suggested donation fee $40 for 8 lessons. 519-922-1300

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april 6 The Homeowners Survival Guide to Water Damage If you are an existing homeowner who wants to get rid of the anxiety connected with water damage this event is for you. The presenters are professionals who have made it their business to know all there is to know about the prevention, as well as the aftermath of a flood.

by exploring the underlying structure of your own consciousness. Pre-registration required. $295. Plus $45 for workbooks. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. A free information session is recommended prior to the workshop.

May 25 Designs in Nature Join professional photographer Bryan Davies for a fun outdoor photography workshop. We will hike a local trail to discover more about visual design, composition and exposure. Suitable for basic to intermediate DSLR photographers. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost is $55. Advance booking required. 705-466-5775 May 31 – June 2 Free Glass Art Classes by Eleanor Brownridge Make your Studio Tour experience hands on. Take a mini-class in glass fusing, slumping or sandblasting. Details on website. Limited class

april 6 – 7 The Art of Felting Explore natural fibres in the context of the felting process. Felting is an ancient and practical art form, which has traditionally provided many cultures with the warm clothes and shelter-building materials necessary for survival. 705-994-3666 or info@ pfwCARTFELT.html

size. Pre-registration required. Adults only.

april 20 Nutrition Seminar Leisure Time Club, Room #3, Collingwood Free active lifestyle nutrition seminar for men and women with Brad King. Gift basket draws, book signing, giveaways and free samples of Vegan Energy Protein and Maca Energy at the Seminar! 12 – 2:30 p.m. Seating is limited: RSVP Good Health Mart. 705-446-3030

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april 20, June 15 & July 13 Gaslight Tour Playwriting Competition/ Workshop Gaslight Tour invites you to write and submit a 20-minute play based on an historical venue in Collingwood. The tour will provide all research materials, 3 writing workshops, including feedback with professional playwright Lindsay Price. Learn to balance theatre and history and much more! Four plays will be selected. Workshops will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Apply now! Email: april 21 Choosing Healing Herbs for your Garden Free Spirit Gardens, Heathcote This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn more about growing common healing herbs in their garden. This workshop is offered in collaboration with Free Spirit Gardens, a nonprofit organization in Collingwood. 2 – 4 p.m. Cost $20. Joanne Pineau, Chartered Herbalist 705-888-9686.; or april 27 – 28; May 18 – 19; June 15 – 16 Three Resurfacing Workshops Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Resurfacing is a new approach to these

705-445-8191 or 1-800-820-0342. June 5 Collingwood G & M Hospital Foundation presents Keynote speaker – Libby Znaimer Libby will share her insights on the importance of planning for the future. Don’t wait until it becomes necessary – plan ahead! Estate planning, will preparation, talking to your loved Hospital Foundation along with Simcoe County Planned Giving Counsel and CARP Georgian Bay Chapter will be on hand with experts to answer your personal questions. Debbie Kesheshian 705-444-8645

Weekend GetaWays May 24 – 26 2nd Annual Collingwood Girlfriends Getaway Weekend Throughout Downtown Collingwood A stress-free, jam-packed weekend of activities, adventure and entertainment. Not to be missed! 1-888-227-8667.

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Spectacular, top quality custom built 4,400+ sq. ft. home with 5 bdrms & 3 ½ baths. 2nd flr loft library, master suite w/fireplace, balconies off every bdrm. Great views across Georgian Bay, steps to water, minutes to downtown. MLS® #20126455 $1,295,000


Custom built 4,000 sq. ft. 4 bdrm chalet across from ski lifts & South Base. Incredible views from all rooms. Open concept living/dining/kitchen. Extra large garage leading to spacious mud room. 5 min walk to Intrawest Village. MLS® #20130937 $899,000


Warm & welcoming 4 bdrm, 4 bath chalet in area of fine homes. Large open concept living area. Master suite w/fireplace, sitting area & balcony. Fully finished lower level. Great views of ski hills from many rooms. MLS® #20125704 $895,000


Registered waterfront development across from Georgian Peaks Ski Club, nestled between the slopes and shoreline w/great vistas of Georgian Bay & the Escarpment. Access to Georgian Bay. Lots range from $195,000 to $375,000.


Beautifully designed custom built chalet. 3,700 sq. ft. with 5 bdrms, 3 ½ baths and fully finished lower level. Open concept main level w/stone fireplace and cathedral ceiling. Shuttle service to Village. MLS® #20126059 $779,000


Beautifully appointed 5 bdrm, 3 bath chalet within walking distance to Blue Mountain ski hills or take the shuttle bus, which stops at the front door. Floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, hardwood flrs through main level. Dramatic view of ski hills. MLS® #20130418 $749,000


Unique stone villa on 11+ rolling acres intersected by the Mill River. Charming & warm 6,400+ sq. ft. home/chalet, 4 bdrms, 4 ½ baths & fully finished lower level. Dbl car garage, detached barn with in-floor heating and workshop/tuning room. MLS® #20125412 $1,784,484


3900+ sq. ft. family home w/large kitchen, separate dining room, great room & living room. 4 bdrms on 2nd floor including spacious master w/2 walk-in closets and 5 piece ensuite. Fully finished lower level. Move in ready. MLS® #20126443 $449,000


3,000 sq. ft. home/chalet on oversized lot. 3 bdrms & 3 1/2 baths w/potential for 4,700 sq. ft. of living space when lower level is finished. Spectacular hand hewn trusses, stone fireplace, reclaimed materials. MLS® #20130441 $999,000


Custom built 6 bdrm chalet at the foot of O-Hill at the south end of Blue Mountain. Open concept main level w/soaring great room, high end finishes. Main floor master, fully finished lower level. MLS® #20123637 $1,199,000


Stunning 3,700+ sq. ft. custom bungalow on culde-sac. Open concept main level living area w/10’ ceilings, large kitchen w/granite counter tops, main floor master and fully finished lower level. MLS® #20126022 $849,000


Attractive chalet walking distance to Village at Blue. 3 bdrms, 2 baths, open living/dining area w/gas fireplace. Upgraded kitchen & fully finished lower level. Attached double garage, outdoor hot tub. MLS® #20125470 $529,000


Stunning 5,300+ sq. ft. 6 bdrm, 4 bath chalet located just steps from Craigleith Ski Club. Gourmet kitchen w/custom cabinetry, oversized fireplace, pool/games rm, custom wrought iron staircase. Private setting with great curb appeal. MLS® #20126208 $1,649,000


New chalet built to an extremely high standard. Bright & airy w/views to the Mountain. Large principal rooms. Beautiful detailed stone & tile work throughout. Main floor master bdrm w/large ensuite and walk-in closet. MLS® #20125215 $995,000


Exquisite 4 bdrm, 3 ½ bath condo backing onto golf course. SS appliances, wrought iron light fixtures, granite counters, stone fireplace, California shutters, slate & hardwood floors. Fully finished bright & spacious lower level. MLS® #20131097 $399,000


Walk out the door and put on your skis! 5 bdrm chalet located on private, treed lot at base of Blue ski runs. Great layout for family & friends. Bright and spacious rooms, living room w/fieldstone fireplace & walk out to balcony. MLS® #20125082 $779,000 e






Great mountain views! 3,600 sq. ft. of finished living space, including fully finished lower level. Open concept living/dining area w/gas fireplace. 5 bdrms, 3 1/2 baths, main floor master. Shuttle to Village & ski hills. MLS® #20126464 $799,000


Crenshaw model. 1.154 sq. ft. 2 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath townhome in Tanglewood golf community, adjoining the Cranberry Golf Course. Gas fireplace, large master, 4 person sauna, attached garage w/inside entry. MLS® #20130936 $299,900


Round log chalet within walking distance of Blue Mountain Inn and the North Chair. 5 bdrms, 4 baths, lrg sun deck, attached garage w/inside entry. 3rd floor family rm w/view of Georgian Bay. Great family chalet in the heart of ski country; close to golfing, biking/hiking and Georgian Bay. MLS® #20130005 $649,000

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Custom built 6,000+ sq. ft. post & beam chalet w/5 bdrms & 5 baths. Fully finished lower level w/theatre room & wine cellar. Unobstructed views of Blue Mountain ski hills & Monterra golf course. MLS® #20122295 $1,149,000

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MLS® 20130343



4 bedroom executive style home. Over 100 ft frontage, beach & firepit area.

Fantastic value and lots of potential uses for this one of a kind property.

Call Julia Hinds* 705-351-8838



MLS® 20124719

Call Ian Hawkins** 705-446-5136 or Cindy Ryerse* 705-446-7254

MLS® 20130424


Great 2 Family Home, 7 Bedroom, 3 baths on over 10 acres, paved road, Indian Brook.

Call Brenda Holden** 519-379-6296




Traditional 4 bedroom chalet, sauna, hot tub, huge party room, walk to hills/ village amenities

Literally across the road from the ski hill. Over 4000 sq ft, five bedrooms plus loft.

$272,500 MLS® 20130772

$539,000 MLS® 20126211

Call Rod MacAlpine* 519-372-7737

Call D. Barry Manchester** 705-446-8468

Call LeeAnn Matthews* 705-446-8688

$889,000 MLS® 20125159

MLS® 20122444 ™


A Stand out Property, this 6+ Bed Executive Log Home with extensive views is a MUST SEE!

Call Chris Keleher** 705-888-4624


Great use of wood and many recent upgrades make for a most interesting & attractive property.





CUSTOM BUILT Patrick Coulter home backs onto the Niagara Escarpment & has VIEWS to Georgian Bay.

Custom designed home offers luxurious living. Situated on 42 private acres with pond & view of bay!

Elegant Georgian Peaks Chalet w/5 bed, great rm, chef’s kitchen, views. Walk in & start having fun!

$1,495,000 MLS® 20130758

$2,995,000 MLS® 20123821

$829,000 MLS® 20130469

Call Andres Paara** 705-441-3245

Call Cindy Ryerse* 705-446-7254

Call Steve Simon* 705-994-2353

MLS® 20125809


5 bedroom 4½ bath custom chalet across from North chair at Alpine.

Call Doug Lindsay* 705-441-0850




Beautiful 4 bed, 3 bath home on 2+ acres. Handscraped hardwood floors, Indian slate, huge workshop.

3 bedroom, 2 bath. Quality finishes throughout, Seasonal water views. Close to town.

Stunning 4 bedroom family home in Collingwood with finished basement & tons of living space!

$558,500 MLS® 20130959

$654,900 MLS® 20125129

$384,900 MLS® 20130655

Call Christine Smith** 705-888-0201

Call Dave Smith** 705-443-7565

Call Cassandra Tait* 705-444-4611

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150 ACRE TIMBERFRAME Gorgeous Timberframe on 150 acres of land. Views, streams, horse friendly!

Call Holly Stone* 705-888-5775 $1,595,000



Price Reduced by $50,900. Outstanding kitchen with huge centre island, granite , 3+3 Beds, 3/1 Baths

Call Rick Crouch** 705-443-1037

MLS® 20124884


MLS® 20130474





123 ft of WATERFRONT on greater than ½ an acre in an ultra private setting.

Blue Shores waterfront with main floor master. Panoramic VIEW of Georgian Bay!

3 bedroom, 1200 sq ft home steps away from Georgian Bay with a large 94 x 142 lot.

Call Lesley Sullivan* 705-446-6710

$669,000 MLS® Exclusive

$214,900 MLS® 20130244

Call Mardy van Beest* 705-441-4706

Call Greg Weeks* 705-606-0183

$1,375,000 MLS® 20130380

Walk to the lifts and Blue Mountain Village. Prime location 4 bedroom 4 bath Chalet on Carmichael Crescent.

Call Josh Dolan** 705-446-8404

$389,000 ™

MLS® 20130233




Gorgeous log home + triple garage on 50+ acres. New geothermal. Minutes to skiing, golf, town.

Exceptional lifestyle living! Private 20 acre resort property overlooking Bay & steps to the beach.

Parklike lot with views of ski hills & backs onto 14 acres of parkland! Custom built open concept!

$1,295,000 MLS® 20130666

$869,900 MLS® 20125380

$699,900 MLS® 20130691

Call Martha P. Whitton* 705-443-9022

Call Karen E. Willison* 705-888-0075

Call Vicki Bell** 705-446-4539


Custom 3 bedroom, 3 baths, great floor plan with so many extras & upgrades. Hot tub, sauna etc.

Call Jim Gray* 519-270-9577




Lovely 2B/2B main floor condo with stylish decor and updated kitchen Priced to sell!

4 year old 3+1 bedroom, 2 bath, open concept raised bungalow features double car garage, large rear yard.

2450 sq. ft. 3+ bedroom post and beam home on 6 private acres overlooking Conservation lands and the Glen.

$199,900 MLS® 20126547

$299,900 MLS® 20126207

$580,000 MLS® 20123930

Call Nora Black* 705-888-9868

Call Phyllis Dineen* 705-445-5520 Ext 406

Call Martha P. Whitton* 705-443-9022


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MLS® 20126147

MLS® 20125674


Entry level price point to prestigious Lighthouse. This 2 bdrm condo has Blue Mountain Views.

Call Sheila Shepherd* 705-441-6085


330 First Street (Hwy 26) Collingwood

27 Arthur Street West (Hwy 26) Thornbury

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Custom built, bright and airy 4 bedroom with 2 full baths on a park like ½ acre lot!

$349,900 MLS® 20130236 Call Vicki Bell** 705-446-4539


Central to the Peaks and GBay golf. Adjacent to hiking and biking trails. Views of valley and Bay.

$574,800 MLS® 20130656 Call Martha P. Whitton* 705-443-9022


Beautifully built custom executive home on 17th tee of the Meaford Country Club. 5 beds, 2.5 baths.


$649,000 MLS® 20123530 Call Dave Loucks* 519-375-5920

$439,000 MLS® 20120790 Call Dave Loucks* 519-375-5920

Custom built home on large lot with views to Georgian Bay.4 beds 3½ baths and much more.

$474,910 MLS® 20130771 Call Christine Smith** 705-888-0201



Spectacular views to Georgian Bay from this 4 bedroom 3 bath home 5 minutes to Meaford.

This historic House was disassembled in Collingwood and rebuilt on this stunning lot.

$1,295,000 MLS® 20126061 Call Andres Paara** 705-441-3245



$999,999 MLS® 20124586 Call Karen E. Willison* 705-888-0075

$1,595,000 MLS® 20130225 Call Holly Stone* 705-888-5775

An undisputable work of ART! Situated on private 50 acres, 3 ponds & 1000ft of Sauble River frontage.

Under Construction - interiors complete by spring! 4890 sq ft home at base of Alpine Ski Hills.

Beautifully finished townhomes on the river in Thornbury! Views of the harbour, close to downtown. PRICED FROM $750,000


GORGEOUS TIMBER FRAME Beautiful Design Build from Stone Custom Homes on a view lot at the Georgian Bay Club.

$1,595,000 MLS® 20120144D Call Holly Stone* 705-888-5775

Backing into the Georgian Trail, Trailwoods offers affordable, fully serviced building lots in Thornbury. Development charges included in Phase 1.

PRICED FROM $110,000




Open concept chalet with clean modern lines. From Turkel Design. Lots of space, great price!

$599,000 MLS® Exclusive Call Holly Stone* 705-888-5775



330 First Street (Hwy 26) Collingwood

* Sales Representative ** Broker *** Broker of Record


96 Sykes Street North (Hwy 26) Meaford



27 Arthur Street West (Hwy 26) Thornbury


Not intended to solicit properties currently listed for sale



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Doug Beaumont**

Rick Crouch**

Martha P Whitton*

Michael Kearns*

Josh Dolan**

Paul Casey*

Matthew Lidbetter*

Chris Keleher**

LeeAnn Matthews*

Andres Paara**

Doug Lindsay*

Mardy Van Beest*

Karen E Willison*

Doug Linton*

Debbie Gibson*

D Barry Manchester**

Michael Biggins**

Julia Hinds*

Sheila Sheppard*

Dave Loucks*

Christine Smith**

Rod MacAlpine*

Ian Hawkins**

Neil Thain**

Mike Poetker*

Cindy Ryerse*

Cassandra Tait*

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Beaches Nearby 5 b dr m , 2 .5 b at h , 2681 f in sq ft $ 43 9 ,00 0 Emm a B ak er * * – 705-444-3989

Custom Timber-Frame 4 b dr m , 4 b ath , 6600 f i n sq ft $84 9 ,000 He le n Ligh t b od y* – 519- 477- 114 4

Many Potential Uses 5 b dr m , 4 .5 b at h , 5800 f in sq ft $ 49 5 ,00 0 Emm a B ak er * * – 705-444-3989

Quiet Corner Location 1 b d r m , 2 b ath , 850 fin s q ft $15 0 ,000 Emm a B ak er * * – 705- 444-3989

Views of Georgian Bay 4 b dr m , 2 .5 b at h , 3000 f in sq ft $ 79 9 ,00 0 Ka ren Po sh t ar * – 705-443-0351

Bungalow Near Town 2+1 bdrm , 3 b a th , 2 7 0 0 f in sq f t $ 4 7 9,0 0 0 Aggi e Dav id so n * – 7 05 -4 4 1 -47 1 1

Furnished Grd Floor 1 bdrm , 1 b a t h, 7 7 0 f in sq f t $ 2 3 9,0 0 0 Gerry McI n ty r e * – 7 0 5 -8 8 8-5 0 3 3

New Custom Kitchen 2 bdrm , 2 b at h , 2 39 2 f in sq f t $ 3 7 9,0 0 0 Em m a Bak e r * * – 7 0 5 -4 4 4 -3 9 89

Ski and Golf Location 3 bdrm , 2 b at h , 1 76 2 f in s q f t $ 6 7 4 ,9 0 0 Sherry R iou x * * – 7 05 -4 4 3 -27 9 3

Walk to Town and Beach 3+2 bdrm , 4 b a t h , 5 3 1 5 fin sq f t $ 1 ,29 5 ,0 0 0 Sherry R io u x ** – 7 0 5 -4 43 -2 7 9 3

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5 + 2 b d r m, 6 +2 b a t h, 8 4 8 7 f in s q ft 4 bd r m , 2 . 5 ba t h , 14 0 0 f i n s q f t $ 1 ,99 5 ,0 0 0 $ 2 4 9, 5 0 0 She r r y R io u x ** – 7 0 5 -4 43 -2 7 9 3 C h e r yl We a t he r a l l* – 5 1 9 - 37 3- 6 6 6 4

Gorgeous Restoration 4 bd r m, 2 .5 ba t h , 33 2 0 f in sq f t $ 5 8 9,0 0 0 H e le n Lig h t bo d y * – 51 9 -4 7 7 -11 4 4

Open Concept Living 3 bd r m, 2 b at h , 1 00 0 f in s q ft $ 2 6 4,9 0 0 Ro se M a r ie F ea v e r * * – 7 0 5 -4 46-5 2 0 4

Spacious with Garage 4 bd r m, 3 b at h , 1 7 19 fin sq f t $ 3 9 3,0 0 0 G e r r y M cI n t y r e * – 7 0 5 -8 8 8 -5 0 3 3

Wasaga Townhome 3 bd r m, 2 .5 ba t h , 14 0 6 f in sq f t $ 2 3 4,9 0 0 She r r y R io u x ** – 7 0 5 -4 43 -2 7 9 3

Ground Floor Waterfront 3 bd r m , 2 b at h , 1 47 0 f i n s q f t $ 5 7 4, 9 0 0 G e r r y McI n t yr e * – 7 05 - 8 8 8 - 5 0 33

Private Country Estate 4 bd r m , 2 . 5 ba t h , 4 0 0 0 f i n s q f t $ 1 , 19 5 , 0 0 0 K ar e n P o s h ta r * – 7 05 - 4 4 3 - 03 5 1

Turn-key Luxury Townhome 4 bd r m , 3 . 5 ba t h , 21 6 7 f i n s q f t $ 3 5 0, 0 0 0 E m m a B a k e r ** – 7 0 5- 4 4 4- 3 9 8 9

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$2,500,000 NEC Family compound on 100 acres w/ 2 separate 3 bedroom guest suites. Panoramic views of the valley and Georgian Bay from principal rooms, indoor/outdoor pools and tennis. Near Meaford shops, harbour , golf courses and skiing. Sue Mallett* 705.441.7181

$1,995,000 All stone, over 6000 sq ft, 5 bdrm, 6 bath custom built home. Fabulous gourmet kit & much more! Gated entry, professionally landscaped grounds, salt water pool, cabana, chip and putt. A must see for the discerning Buyer. Diana Lea Berdini /John M. Kacmar** 705.444.4968

$1,990,000 “One Of A Kind” waterfront property! Custom bungalow, beach & Indian Brook as your neighbor! 7 yr old, 4 bdrm, 3 bath, full fin. basement guest suite! Close to Lora Bay, Georgian Bay Club, The Peaks, The Georgian Trail. Diana Lea Berdini /John M. Kacmar** 705.444.4968





$1,699,000 Stunning custom build on large secuded lot. Private but very close to ski hills and downtown. Two storey principal rooms for entertaining and showcasing art work. Awe-inspiring detail combined with energy efficiency. MLS® 20130036 Ilse Ayers** 705.445.5454

$1,495,000 This home is sensational inside and out. Finished to perfection. Tranquil country setting on 8 acres, neighbouring hundreds of acres of trails, pond, views of Georgian Bay. Nestled in Niagara Escarpment, mins to Osler & Devil’s Glen. Anita Lauer* 705.446.6446

$1,495,000 Exceptionally designed and exquisitely appointed custom timber frame home on 66 acres of privacy. Tennis court, screened in porch, 2 storey dry stacked stone Rumford fireplace, main floor master, reclaimed plank hemlock floors. Barb Thompson* 705.441.4777

$1,250,000 WOW! 49 Acre property with stunning Great Lakes Timber Frame Home! Commanding stone fireplace, designer kitchen, wood flooring, main floor master, landscaped pond area, oversized heated garage with workshop. Diana Lea Berdini /John M. Kacmar** 705.444.4968

360 DEGREE VISTAS SPECTACULAR COUNTRY ESTATE $2,895,000 Views of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Georgian Bay & Pretty River Valley. Landscaped to perfection. Approx 5 acres, 4 bedrms, 3 ½ baths, open concept, gourmet kit, main floor master. Attach. garage. Perfect in every way. Judy Crompton ** 705.444.9312


Ilse Ayers**

Diana Berdini**

Gail Crawford*

Judy Crompton**

Meredith Cudney*





$1.198,000 Custom Frank Lloyd Wright “Prarie design” copy w/ 4200 finished square feet. Spectacular views from family room with wall of glass. Deck, hot tub and master suite, 6 bedrooms, 5 ½ baths . Near skiing, golf and beaches. Sue Mallett* 705.444.7181

$1,195,000 Gourmet kitchen, spacious dining, large living rm w/ gas f/place, cozy den/office, large pantry. Upper level master w/ gas f/place, ensuite, walkout to balcony. Lower rec rm, exercise rm, bunk rm & 4 pc bath. In-floor radiant heat. Laurie Westlake* 705.446.7747

$995,000 Welcome to the Bever Valley Ski Club & one of it’s most magnificent chalets. Custom log home, 7 bedrooms, 4 baths, spacious 3 levels, 5000 sq.ft. of living & entertaining space. Priced well below replacement cost. MLS®20125632 Read Hilton* 705.351.8100

$899,000 Blueski George Crescent “Rainmaker” built 4118 sq.ft. finished. 6 bdrms and 3 ½ baths, gas & wood fireplace. Wood trim accents, vaulted great rm ceilings, large loft, 3 season sun porch, exudes rustic charm, close to skiing, beaches & golf. Sue Mallett* 705.444.7181

Ryan Gardhouse*


Keith Hull**

Brendan Thomson* 705.606.1270

Ellen Jarman*

$749,000 Custom home in Snowbridge. 5 bdrms,3 baths. Open concept main floor with hardwood floors. Great Rm w/floor to ceiling stone gas fireplace. Gourmet kitchen with granite, stainless appliances, custom cabinetry. 2nd floor master bedroom with hardwood floors, 5 piece ensuite & walk-in closet. 3 bedrooms & oversized 5 piece bathroom. Lower level large family room with gas fireplace & bedroom with 4 piece bathroom. Double car garage with inside entry . Walk to slopes/Village at Blue Mountain. Barb Picot* 705.444.3452

John Kacmar**


Charity Fleming*



$739,000 Stately 4+1 bdrm. Minutes to Thornbury on 20 acres. Scenic property w/ 1 ac. spring fed swimming pond + inground pool. Cozy main flr family rm, high efficiency wood burn f/p, formal dining, oak wood work thru out. 40x80 industrial shop. Sandee Roberts** 705.446.7775

$699,000 Designed and built by Black Tusk Development Group. 4 bdrm, 4 bath, 2 storey custom home with fin. basement. Fabulous dbl sided stone and timber f/p. Views to the 12th hole of the Raven course. Beautiful home! Diana Lea Berdini /John M. Kacmar** 705.444.4968

$699,000 Just steps from the club, this 5 bedroom, 4 bath classic ski chalet offers 2 wood fireplaces, hot tub, mudroom/ski tuning room, fabulous living/dining kitchen just perfect for après ski! Comes with furniture! Diana Lea Berdini / John M. Kacmar** 705.444.4968





$659,000 Tastefully decorated 4/1 bedroom, 3/1 bath home, open concept kitchen/living room, custom kitchen with granite countertops, finished basement, sit in hot tub and enjoy view corridors to mountain, Ellen Jarman* 705.441.2630, Maggi Olson* 705.444.3342

$649,000 Charming red brick on Third Street. Very private lot with in-ground sea salt pool. Spectacular sunroom with radiant heated floors. Loads of windows. Renovated kitchen. Wonderful wood flrs & stain glass. 6 bdrms, 3 ½ baths. Walk to town. Judy Crompton** 705.444.9312

360 DEGREE VISTAS SUNSET POINT LOCATION $699,000 Open concept main floor - 9ft ceilings, oak floors, family room with wood burning fireplace. Upgraded kitchen with high end cabinets and appliances. Extensive gardens, detached garage and wrap- around porch. Ron Picot* 705.446.8580





Anita Lauer*

$769,000 Built in 2005, 5 bdrm, 2 story country home. Stunning antique brick wood burning FP, craftsman style kitchen with granite countertops, fin. basement, 2 car garage. Fabulous in-ground pool, hot tub, all on 2 acres of privacy! Diana Lea Berdini /John M. Kacmar** 705.444.4968


Rob McAleer*

Cheryl MacLaurin*

$699,000 Set on private 3.5 acre parcel, this gorgeous home boasts; 3940 sq.ft. of exceptional craftsmanship. 4 bdrms, 3 baths, 2 fireplaces, 9’ ceilings, gorgeous kitchen, geothermal.Mins. to Sauble Beach. Video: Shelly Paul** 705.888.0225

Sue Mallett*

Sales Representative*

$679,900 VIEWS ACROSS THE BAY and minutes to ski hills. Cozy family room with woodburning fireplace. Open concept living, dining and upgraded kitchen. Attached Double garage. Deck space for entertaining MLS® 20130406 Ron Picot*705.446.8580


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360 DEGREE VISTAS 32 CAMPBELL ST. – COLLINGWOOD $630,000 Home occupation, Bed and Breakfast potential, or 6 bedroom home. Walk to Collingwood shops and schools from this century home with large private lot and 2 storey garden studio with hydro. Sue Mallett* 705.444.7181



$599,000 Gorgeous 3 bdrm, 3 bath, ground floor condo with wonderful views to the Bay. Elegant and tasteful, nothing to do but enjoy. Lighthouse Point offers an amazing indoor Rec Centre and outdoor amenities. Diana Lea Berdini /John M.Kacmar** 705.444.4968

$589,900 Tastefully decorated contemporary 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath condo with hardwood floors, fireplace, kitchen with bamboo cabinets and granite counters, 2 large main floor decks with mountain view plus use of pool and tennis court. Carol Whyne* 705.441.6709

DEGREE VISTAS SOUTH 360 BASE BLUE MOUNTAIN $589,000 Prime Location/Enhanced life. 5lifestyle. bedrooms, open concept 5 bedrooms, open concept kitchen/living/dining. Great Room with woodburning fireplace. 3rd floor master with walkout to deck/views. Backs onto greenspace. Walk to slopes/Village Ron Picot* 705.446.8580





$559,000 2 bedroom condo with direct watr views from covered deck and principal rooms. Hardwood, oversized garage, tennis, indoor/outdoor pools, rec centre and marina in a gated community near Collingwood shops skiing and golf. Sue Mallett* 705.444.7181

$539,900 19 19 Wasaga Wasaga Sands Sands Drive. Drive. ICF ICF $539,900 Construction. Hardwood Hardwood flrs flrs throughout. throughout. Construction. bdrms, 44 baths, baths, main main flr flr laundry, laundry, 55 bdrms, oversized windows, windows, custom custom cherry cherry wood wood oversized kitchen, walk-out walk-out to to fully fully covered covered deck, deck, kitchen, oversized heated heated insulated insulated garage. garage. Jen Jen oversized Scholte** 705.444.4949 705.444.4949 Scholte**

$499,000Professionally 4bdrm/3bath chalet on lrgand $499,000 decorated private lot in close to contemporary slopes. Open concept renovated 2007, 3 bdrm, 3living/dining/kitchen. bath, ground floor waterfront condo on Stonefaced Suncrest Circle. Enjoy Large the Lighthouse woodburning fireplce. pantry off Point, indoor and outdoor recreational kitchen. 3rd level loft for extra space. Hot amenities. Lea Berdini / tub/Sauna.Diana Ron Picot 705-446-8580 John M.Kacmar** 705.444.4968

bedroom,/3baths. /3baths.Main Mainfloor floor $494,000 5 bedroom Oak hardwood. Family room w/gas fireplace & drs to deck/private yard. w/Bosch appliances. Custom kitchen w/stainless appliances. Large master bedroom with walk in closet & 5PC ensuite. Fully finished basement. Barb Picot* 705.444.3452





$459,900 2,000 SQ. FT., 3 bedroom $465,000 –Professionally decorated and bungalow ground floor family 3room renovated with in 2007, contemporary bdrm, and sauna on 2.5 acres with unparalleled 3 bath, ground floor waterfront condo on Georgian Bay views. 20130118 Suncrest Circle. EnjoyMLS® the Lighthouse Sue Mallett* Point, indoor705.444.7181 and outdoor recreational amenities. Diana Lea Berdini / John M.Kacmar** 705.444.4968

$459,900 2,000 3 bedroom $459,000 –One of aSQ. kindFT., opportunity to bungalow with ground floor family room build in this prestigious neigbourhood – and sauna on 2.5 acres with unparalleled Nippissing Ridge. View of Georgian Bay, Georgian Bay views. 20130118 fully serviced, close toMLS® Nipissing Trail, Sue Mallett* 705.444.7181 private skiclubs, golf & Northwinds Beach. 10 mins. To Collingwood & Thornbury. Sandee Roberts** 705.446.7775

$439,000One Beautifully renovated 5 bdrm, $439,000 of a kind opportunity to 2 bath in character home onneigbourhood Mad River within build this prestigious – walking distance Creemore. Large Nippissing Ridge. to View of Georgian Bay, private lot, custom w/wide plank fully serviced, closekitchen to Nipissing Trail, flrs, 2 storey heated perennial private ski clubs, golf workshop, & Northwinds Beach. gardens , steps to trails, & close to golf and 10 mins. To Collingwood Thornbury. skiing. Cheryl MacLaurin* 705.446.8005 Sandee Roberts** 705.446.7775

$420,000 Beautifully -3 bdrm home on 1 acre lot 2 $439,000 renovated 5 bdrm, backs onto mature forest giving youwithin bath character home on Mad River natural privacy Feat. inc. walking distanceyear-round. to Creemore. Large abundance of natural light,w/wide masterplank bdrm private lot, custom kitchen suite2 boasts an additional livingperennial area & flrs, storey heated workshop, ensuite. ,Fully fin. additional gardens steps tobsmt trails,w/close to golf and bathroom. Keith Hull** 705.444.4855 skiing. Cheryl MacLaurin* 705.446.8005

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$420,000 Quality -3 bdrmfeatures home on-31bdrm/3 acre lotbath, $414,900 backsconcept onto mature forest giving you open dining/living/kitchen area, natural privacy year-round. Feat. inc. hardwd flrs & gas f/place, kit. w/ pantry, abundance of&natural breakfast bar dininglight, nook.master Masterbdrm suite boastsceiling, an additional living& area & w/cathedral W/I closet ensuite. ensuite. Fully fin. bsmt w/ bath additional Other 2 bdrms share 4pc + powder bathroom. Keith Hull**705.446.7747 705.444.4855 rm. Laurie Westlake*

$399,000 on private lot. $295,000Chalet/home Pretty cottage/chalet/home. Views Osler, kitchen, Blue Mtn. & Escarpment. Open to concept living and dining Special 4 bdrm, bath., area, 4 neighbourhood. bedrooms, 2 baths. Walk2across Potential for main flr master & add. bdrm the street to enjoy a swim in Georgian on 2nd floor. New septic 2009. 2 fireplaces, Bay. Laurie Westlake* 705.446.7747 wood flrs, main flr laundry, volleyball court. Judy Crompton** 705.444.9312

$359,000 on -upper privatelevel lot. $349,900 Chalet/home Luxury lifestyle Views Osler, Blueviews Mtn. of & Escarpment. condo.toPanoramic mountain & Special neighbourhood. 4 bdrm, 2 bath. Bay. Open concept living/dining/kitchen, Potential for main flr master & 9’ add. bdrm gas f/place, hardwood floors, ceilings, on 2nd floor. New septic 2009. 2w/ fireplaces, large balcony, spacious master wood flrs, main flr laundry, volleyball court. ensuite, 2 guest rms, 4 pc bath. Judy Crompton** Laurie Westlake* 705.444.9312 705.446.7747

$349,900 Beautiful 3 bdrm, 2 bathlevel Luxury lifestyle -upper ground floor condo views overlooking trails, & condo. Panoramic of mountain green space& Bay. Open concept, Bay. Open concept living/dining/kitchen, perfect for families or those that gas f/place, hardwood floors, 9’ ceilings, entertain. Spacious kitchen opens large balcony, spacious master w/ onto a dining/ arearms, w/fireplace. ensuite,living 2 guest 4 pc bath. AbbeyWestlake-Peycha* 705.888.5695 Laurie Westlake* 705.446.7747

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360 DEGREE VISTAS GAIL@GAILCRAWFORD.COM $329,000 Cape Cod on double wide lot, 3 bedroom, master with ensuite & walk in closet, 3 bathroom , oak floors, main floor laundry, In- ground heated pool, professionally landscaped. Flesherton. Gail Crawford * 705.445.3751

360 DEGREE DEGREE VISTAS SHOWS BEAUTIFULLY 360 VISTAS RAGLAN VILLAGE $259,000 2Shows Upgraded 4 $222,900 bdrm/2Beautifully! bath – Adult bedroom 2/1Open bathsconcept on Cranberry golf Community. course with panoramic of master living/dining/kitchen, lgeview balcony, mountains. One of their largest models. w/ ensuite w/walk-in shower, guest rm & Woodburning fireplace, California bath, 9’ ceilings, central air & gas. Indoor shutters, exercise Breakfastpool bar,&stainless saltwater whirlpoolsteel & appliances 705.444.3342 exercise rm.Maggi LaurieOlson* Westlake* 705.446.7747

360 DEGREE VISTAS REFURBISHED – “WAR TIME” $314,900 Charming inside & out . Totally updated. 3 bdrm, 2 baths spacious main floor plan w/separate entrance foyer, hardwood flooring throughout, new 4 pc. Bathroom, fabulous master w/ patio doors to oversized deck. Ready to move in. Ellen Jarman* 705.441.2630

360 DEGREE VISTAS RAGLAN VILLAGE one ad short $222,900 2 bdrm/2 bath – Adult Community. Open concept living/dining/kitchen, lge balcony, master w/ ensuite w/walk-in shower, guest rm & bath, 9’ ceilings, central air & gas. Indoor saltwater exercise pool & whirlpool & exercise rm. Laurie Westlake* 705.446.7747



$299,000 Spacious lot and creative living space. The opportunities abound in this unique building formerly the Orange Hall. Now restored to a 2 bedroom, 2 ½ bath residence. Upstairs complete with new kitchen, great rm and lrg master bedrm. Meredith Cudney* 705.446.8436

$259,000 Beautiful Shows Beautifully! 4 $295,000 3 bdrm, 2 Upgraded bath bedroom 2/1condo baths overlooking on Cranberry golf ground floor trails, coursespace with panoramic view of green & Bay.. Open concept, mountains. One of or their largest perfect for families those that models. Woodburning fireplace, California entertain. Spacious kitchen opens onto a shutters, Breakfast bar, stainless steel dining/ living area w/fireplace. appliances Maggi Olson*705.888.5695 705.444.3342 AbbeyWestlake-Peycha*

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LUXURY & VIEWS 6 bdrm, 3 ½ bath custom chalet. Steel frame construction.

Stone & wood 3+ bdrm home. Countryside views, 2 ponds.

Rebuilt 5 bdrm home. 49 acre property w/in-ground pool, shop, barn & stream. Minutes to town.

Mins to golf courses, ski hills & Collingwood shops. Charming 5 bdrm stone home on 30+ acres.

13+ acre property. 4+6 bdrm, 5½ bath ranch style. Adjacent 3+ acre vacant lot also for sale.

7 bdrm, 5 bath custom chalet. Walk to hills, trails & Village.

$ 1,250,000 Sandy Shannon** 705.445.7833

$ 1,750,000 Barbara McCowan** 705.443.9784

$ 2,200,000 Melanie Moss* 705.888.1578

$ 850,000 Rosanna Balloi* 705.606.0267

$ 749,900 Jenna Davis* 705.888.6365

$ 869,000 Rosanna Balloi* 705.606.0267







3+1 bdrm, 3½ bath chalet-style home. Beautifully designed & maintained. Close to skiing & golf.

Renovated 5 bdrm chalet in wooded area with access to trail.

Stunning 3+3 bdrm, 3 bath ICF Blue Maxx built home. Short drive to town, Spa & Village at Blue.

98 acres with Bay & valley views! Tranquil pond area.

Stately brick home + in-law apt. C-1 zoning allows many uses.

4 bdrm home nestled amongst the trees. Indoor salt-water pool.

$ 489,000 Tara Parsons* 705.888.8272

$ 420,000

$ 638,900 Sara White* 705.828.6202

$ 899,000 Stan Reljic* 705.888.5124

$ 699,000

$ 849,000 John Kirby* 705.441.0117

Mary Ann Burgess** 705.606.4663

Cheryl J. Morrison** 705.444.1420







Great location, boat from your home to the Bay! 3 bdrm, 3 bath boasts upgrades, walk-out to river.

Spectacular views & sunsets from this 3 bdrm 2 bath condo. Features many upgrades.

3 bdrms, 3 baths & 1678sqft, 2 car garage + 2 parking spaces.

Near the water’s edge w/ a great view across Harbour. 3 bdrm, 2 bath offers a spacious layout.

Stunning 3 bdrm, 3 bath condo. Open concept main floor living area. Huge family/games room.

Updated & renovated 3 bdrm, 3 bath end unit condo.

$ 489,000 Connie O’Shell** 705.444.3154

$ 339,000 Sara White* 705.828.6202

Larry Reid*

$ 384,900 705.443.2351

$ 364,000 Leslie Pocklington* 705.446.4850

$ 379,900 David MacLatchy* 705.888.1390

$ 199,900 Fran Webster* 705.444.9081







This 4+1 bdrm home is walking distance to schools & park.

3 bdrm, 2½ home boasts numerous outstanding features including a customized kitchen.

Bright & inviting layout in this 5 bdrm, 3 bath home. Great location close to schools, Bay & Blue Mtn.

Your own private retreat set on a wooded lot. Beautiful 4 bdrm, 4 bath with walkout basement.

Located just minutes outside of Collingwood. 4 bdrm, 2½ bath.

Custom built 5 bdrm, 3 bath home on 5 acres with pond.

$ 299,000 Valerie Scott* 705.606.0955

$ 409,000 Debbie Bunston* 705.444.2925

$ 429,000 Jennifer Ridsdale* 705.888.4636

Deb Saunders-Chatwin* 705.443.2191

$ 574,900

$ 369,900 Fran Webster* 705.444.9081

$ 449,000 Bonnie House* 705.444.9323







Open concept 3 bdrm is just steps to trail & Northwinds Beach. Short drive to skiing & golf.

6 bdrm, 2 bath home on 5 acres feels like the country yet is only minutes to Collingwood.

This property has it all! 5 bdrms, 2 baths, large family room & detached garage with workshop.

Great 3 bdrm with self enclosed in-law suite with 2 bdrms. Close to downtown & Bay.

This 3 bdrm, 900 sqft home needs a little TLC to make a comfortable home. Close to shopping.

$ 239,000 Greg Syrota* 705.446.8082

$ 299,500 Rebecca Cormier* 705.888.5100

Lori Rawn*

$ 249,900 705.446.8233

$ 269,900 Dana Calder* 705.441.3607

$ 134,900 Garry Spencer** 705.444.4601

Rosanna Balloi*

Debbie Bunston*

Mary Ann Burgess**

Dana Calder*

Rebecca Cormier*

Tara Parsons*

Leslie Pocklington*

Lori Rawn*

Larry Reid*

Stan Reljic*

Todd Corradetti*

Jennifer Ridsdale*

Jenna Davis*

Deb Saunders-Chatwin*

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Gorgeous views of the Niagara Escarpment area. Quiet neighbourhood of Frog’s Hollow, St Vincent just minutes from Meaford & Thornbury. $ 97,000 ************************************* View of Osler Bluff ski hills. Building lot with rural zoning. Minutes to ski hills, golf & Collingwood. $ 174,900 Todd Corradetti*


Bonnie House*

John Kirby*

David MacLatchy*

Barbara McCowan**

Cheryl J. Morrison**

Melanie Moss*

Connie O’Shell**

Valerie Scott*

Sandy Shannon**

Garry Spencer**

Greg Syrota*

S. Dale Tkatch***

Fran Webster*

Sara White*

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Located at the base of Blue’s ski runs, this chalet is a short

Country side split home w/views of Georgian

This French Country home is on 3 very private acres.

3 bdrm, 3 bath townhome backing onto a private green

walk to the Inn & Intrawest Village where you will find

Bay located on 2 acres. 4 bdrms, 2-1/2 baths,

Open concept floor plan, fabulous for entertaining.

space. Living rm has vaulted ceilings with a gas fireplace.

some of the area’s best dining, shopping, skiing & golfing.

2900 sq.ft. of finished space. In-law suite, propane

Great room has soaring cathedral ceilings with exposed

Hardwood flrs, granite counters & custom kitchen. Huge

Spacious bungalow with stone exterior has 4 bdrms, 2

gas f/p, cork floors in kitchen. Outdoor gazebo &

wood beams, limestone faced wood burning fireplace.

deck off the living rm. Oversized double car garage with

baths, separate family rm, cathedral ceilings & a gas f/p in

pool, extensive landscaping, & fire pit. Only 3 mins to

Custom kitchen with heated Caribbean limestone tile.

inside entry. Just minutes to Alpine Ski Club & a short walk to

living rm. Large deck. $495,000 MLS®#20126546

Georgian Bay Club. $619,000 MLS®#20130392

5 bdrms, 3 1/2 baths. $1,495,000 MLS®#20125578

Craigleith Ski Club. $495,000 MLS®#MLS®#20130899





Well maintained Panabode chalet on a large lot at the

Unit #21 ready for June occupancy. One of a

Custom built chalet by Patrick Coulter & Associates.

Luxurious mountain chalet. 3,850 sq.ft. loaded w/

base of Blue. Redwood cedar exterior, 4 bdrms, 2 full

kind project - 12 loft bungalows around the

4000 sq.ft., soaring vaulted ceilings in Great Room,

character. Field stone in foyer, reclaimed wide planked

baths, open concept living & dining area with pine flrs &

Millpond. Each unit has main flr master w/ensuite,

stunning kitchen w/granite counters. 2 storey stone

floors, fl. to ceiling windows, stone faced wood burning f/l

floor to ceiling brick f/p. Bright & spacious family room

den/bedroom, bath, cathedral ceiling, full height

faced, wood burning f/p. 6 bdrms, 4 baths, full finished

in living rm, gourmet kitchen w/breakfast bar in island. 4

has cathedral ceilings. Ski room & an oversized mud rm

picture windows & oak flooring in kit/liv/din areas.

lower level with large family room. Close to all amenities

bdrms., 3.5 baths, exercise room. Close to all the ski clubs

for all of your equipment. $439,000 MLS®#20130425

Attached garage. $489,000 MLS®#20130172

the area has to offer. $1,495,000 MLS®#20126066

and Blue Mountain. $1,450,000 MLS®#20125952

Brad Williams Broker Direct 705-444-4646 Office 705-445-8500 Ext. 227

four seasons realty limited, Brokerage 67 First Street, Collingwood 705.445.8500 Ex. 227 On The Bay

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DEEDED BEACH ACCESS Located in a private enclave of homes & cottages that share 3 deeded beaches. Sandy shores, beautiful sunset’s, view over Georgian Bay to Blue Mountain slopes. New Viceroy with high end finishes. Coming soon – Summer! $574,900

EQUESTRIAN CENTRE 137 acres with original homestead. Main house built 2008, 10 bed Bunkie, arena, mega dome, hunter ring, grand prix ring, storage building, main barn, show barn, paddocks, riding trails, ponds, waterfall. Simply Spectacular! $1,895,000

48.15 ACRES OF PRIVACY 2 triple car garages. Master bedroom & bath, the ultimate in luxury with see-thru exterior wall fireplace. Nanny/in-law/guest wing. Impressive theatre. Mountain high location, view of Georgian Bay, attractive design & build. $2,195,000

EXCEPTIONALLY PRIVATE 21 acre waterfront estate. 380 feet of gentle shoreline. 10,000 sq.ft. executive house. Indoor saltwater pool, sauna, steam room – your expectations exceeded. The best boating on Georgian Bay begins here. $3,988,000

ESCAPE TO GEORGIAN BAY Exceptional 4 season custom built home. 3.5 acres & 100 + feet of waterfront enjoyment. Private & peaceful. 3 bedrooms, great room, family room, 2 fireplaces, 3 walk outs, hardwood. 80’ dock + 2 bedroom coach house. Northern life meets quality & comfort. Tay Township, Georgian Bay. 90 minutes from GTA. Truly a hidden gem. See Virtual Tour.

Call 416-434-9439 today for more details or a guided tour.

Tamara Drozd Sales Representative 416-434-9439

CREEKSIDE COLLINGWOOD Four bdrm, four bath Montery model with upgrades throughout, set on a 50ft lot. The list of features is extensive and includes 9ft ceilings on main floor, custom kitchen, wood and ceramic floors, finished basement, extended garage, stone patio and more. $384,900

BOARDWALK GEORGIAN BAY Overlooking Bear Estate parkland, four bdrms plus den, four baths, decks on two levels and a patio with corridor views to Georgian Bay. Take advantage of the nearby trail systems, pool and the amenities of Collingwood and Blue Mountain. $349,900

WALK TO BLUE MOUNTAIN This chalet will create family memories for years to come. Literally across the road from the ski hill, taking advantage of escarpment views and a short walk to Village amenities. Over 4000 sq.ft., five bdrms plus loft, games room and hot tub area. $889,000

COLLINGWOOD BUNGALOW Well maintained bungalow in the Mountain View school area. The main floor features hardwood floors, two bdrms, living room, dining area and kitchen. The lower level has a family room with gas fireplace, bdrm and laundry room. $229,900

LeeAnn Matthews Sales Representative Cell (705) 446 8688


RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage 416-434-9439

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Locations North, Brokerage Office (705) 445 5520 Fax (705) 445 1545 330 First Street Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 1B4

Max Hahne Broker, Collingwood/Muskoka Division 705-441-5800

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage 1-877-960-9995

57 MADELINE DRIVE, COLLINGWOOD Beautiful custom waterfront chalet built on a prime elevated lot with sweeping waterfront views & designed with entertaining in mind!! Waterviews from every room from the main floor up to the 3rd floor loft. Huge cathedral ceiling in the Great Room with 12 ft. stone gas fireplace, custom milled ash floors throughout dining/ Great Room/dining nook & kitchen, full wet bar. 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. $1,149,900. MLS®20126196

40 CAROLINE ST. W., CREEMORE Great opportunity to own a classic red brick home in an excellent location, close to the school & downtown amenities. This home is situated on a nice town lot with a large detached garage & has the potential to be restored to its former glory with some TLC. $193,900 MLS®#20125166

203 CLARK ST., CLARKSBURG Pride of ownership exudes this stunning, restored, turn of the century red brick masonry farmhouse in the heart of Clarksburg’s vibrant cultural community. This 4 bdrm, 2 bath gem sits atop a gorgeous .5 acre parcel of land with future severance potential of a full town lot. Hardwood floors, 9 ft. ceilings. Covered veranda, private enclosed flagstone patio. $334,900 MLS®#20115232

Serge Crespy Real Estate Broker Mortgage Broker Direct 705-445-0606 Derek Crespy Real Estate Broker Direct 705-441-0112

four seasons realty limited, Brokerage 67 First Street, Collingwood 705.445.8500

ReadeR Buying guide For more information, link directly to Our Advertisers at ACCOMMODATIONS Waterside Retirement Lodge Page 73

ANIMAL/BIRD/PET SERVICES Blue Mountain Veterinary Services Page 78 Dogs We Love Page 71 Niagara Escarpment Outfitters Page 15 Stayner Pet Centre Page 84 The Tack Shoppe Page 62

ARCHITECTS Abbott Design Page 37 Black Tusk Development Group Page 49 JH Rust Architect Page 34

ARTISTS/PHOTOGRAPHERS/AUTHORS Curio, Sue Tupy Page 84 Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre Page 68 Stars of Georgian Bay Book Launch Page 79 Wendy Webb Photography Page 84 What’s on Simcoe Street Page 27

AUTO/REPAIRS/HEAVY EQUIPMENT Blue Mountain Honda Page 85 BMC Rentals Page 15 Kubota Page 17 Walkers Small Motors Page 62

BUILDERS Porter Skelton & Associates Page 38 Royal Homes Page 47

CHILDREN’S SERVICES Liam & Lauren Baby Page 15 Oxford Learning Page 15

COMMUNITY/BUSINESS SERVICES 97.7 The Beach/Bayshore Broadcasting Page 80 Collingwood BIA Page 18 Collingwood G&M Hospital Page 4 & 81

Shoe Tree Page 68

Huronia Alarms Page 8

The Tack Shoppe Page 61

Kitchen Painters Page 45

Zazzys Page 37

Knights’ Home Building Centre Page 36



PR Antique Products Page 46

Re/Max Four Seasons Realty Ltd. Brad Williams Page 99 Re/Max Four Seasons Realty Ltd. Doug Gillis Page 89

Dean’s Carpet One Page 54

Premier Kitchens Page 52

Meaford Carpets & Interiors Page 68

Wrightway Renovations Page 57

Re/Max Four Seasons Realty Ltd., Brokerage Serge Crespy & Derek Crespy Page 100


Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage Tamara Drozd Page 100

PR Antique Products Page 46


Blue Mountain Vacuum Page 15

Creative Choices Page 87

Environmental Pest Control Page 84

Ontario Natural Food Co-op Page 20

Savoir Faire Page 24

Royal LePage Locations North Realty Inc., Brokerage Page 22 & 90, 91, 92, & 93


Royal LePage Locations North Realty Inc. LeeAnn Matthews Page 100

The Cheese Gallery Page 31 What’s on Simcoe Street Page 27


Backyard Glam Tour Page 86 Blair Garden & Landscape Design Page 84

Royal LePage Locations North Realty Inc. Chris Keleher Page 10 & 39

Royal LePage Locations North Realty Inc. Steve & Marla Simon Page 28

C & G Solid Wood Furniture Co. Page 31

Clarke’s Tree Spade Page 56

Georgian Audio Video Page 25

Clearview Nursery Page 61

Home Furniture Appliances Page 26

Elizabeth Blooms Garden Design Page 61

Macdonald’s Furniture & Appliances Page 50

Garden Holistics Page 84

Orangeville Furniture Page 104

Hackstone Landscapes Page 67

Pioneer Handcraft Furniture Page 49

Landmark Group Page 7

Squire John’s Page 55

Maxwell Garden Centre Page 48

Wayne Dziedzic Custom Upholstery Page 84

Oasis North Page 56


Ormsby’s Garden Centre & Landscaping Page 68

Blue Water (Berkley Homes) Page 32


Riverside Greenhouses Page 60

Georgian Bay Club Page 40

Shamrock Property Maintenance Page 62

Mad River Golf Page 70

Squire John’s Page 55

Monterra Golf Page 35

Stonescapes Page 60 Tyler Speirs Design & Build Page 63

HEALTH/BEAUTY/FITNESS Brubacher Foot Comfort Page 74

Willowstone Plant Heathcare Page 39

Royal LePage Trinity Realty Inc.,Brokerage Page 98 Sotheby’s International Realty Max Hahne Page 100 Sutton Incentive Realty Inc. Alex Hunter Page 46

Grandview Homes (Mountaincroft) Page 21 Far Hills Thornbury Page 103 Lora Bay (Reid’s Heritage Group) Page 29 Maple Meadow Homes Page 68 Park Place (Parkbridge) Page 74 Silver Glen Preserve (Sherwood Homes) Page 19 The Courts of Glengarry (BGI Group) Page 78

Camelot Salon & Day Spa Page 15


Georgian Bay Cosmetic Clinic Page 38

Beach Eye Care Page 75

Good Health Mart Collingwood Page 73 & 75

Blue Mountain Audiology Page 72

Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountain Page 65

Collingwood Dental Centre Page 72

Stuart Ellis IDA Page 74

Comly Eye Care Page 70

The Huron Club Restaurant & Bar Page 76


Dr. David Redick Family Dentistry Page 79

The Mill Page 76

Reliance Yanch Heating and Air Conditioning Page 51

Dr. Dina Ghobrial Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Page 71

Meaford Chamber of Commerce Page 68 Nature Conservancy Page 83

Limestone Ridge Construction Page 84

Re/Max Creemore Hills Realty Ltd. Austin Boake Page 24


Dr. Hammond, Raymond & Cation Optometrists Page 73

Black Tusk Development Group Page 49

Dr. Robert McCoppen Family Dentistry Page 34

Chantale & Co. Page 37

Thornbury Dental Page 31

Windfall Page 5


The Smoke Page 76

SECURITY/AUDIO/VIDEO Georgian Audio Video Page 25 Huronia Alarms Page 8 Red Brick Property Solutions Page 46

Home & Cottage Expo Page 48

FAD Farrow Arcaro Design Page 52

Jazzmania Page 31

Georgian Christmas Page 36



Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre Page 68

Habitat Interiors Page 31 Home & Cottage Expo Page 48

BDO Canada LLP Page 26

Expedia Cruise Ship Page 79

Salsa at Blue Mountain Page 83

Besse Merrifiled & Woman Law Offices Page 72

Lodge at Pine Cove Page 38

Gaviller & Company LLP Page 39

Marlin Travel Page 82

Pace Law Firm Page 75

Secondary Ownership Group Page 84


Kitchen Painters Page 45 Leuk bij Hermas Interiors Page 83

Hide & Chic Canada Page 53

Meaford Carpets & Interiors Page 68

Indulgent Leather Page 78

Niagara Escarpment Outfitters Page 15

Wayne Dziedzic Custom Upholstery Page 84

Petals in Thyme Floral Design Gallery Page 56 Salnek Window Fashions & Accessories Page 9

RBC Dominion Securities Page 2 The Co-Operators Page 64 Turner Bookkeeping & Legal Page 15 Waddingtons Art Auctions Page 52


Shades & Shutters Page 53

Cora Couture Fashion Boutique Page 61

Van Strein Developments Page 84


Elaine Dickinson’s Fashions Page 70


Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage Page 96 & 97

Leuk bij Hermas Interiors Page 83

Carpentry + Page 84

Evolution for Men Page 31

Concrete FX Page 68

Clairwood Real Estate Corporation Brokerage Page 94 & 95

Echo Trends Page 82

WINDOW FASHIONS Ashton’s Blinds, Draperies & Shutters Page 34 Knight’s Home building Centre Page 36 Meaford Carpets & Interiors Page 68 Roll Pro Shutters Page 49 Salnek Window Fashions & Accessories Page 9 Shades & Shutters Page 53 Sun Protection Films Page 60 On The Bay

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his charming photo, taken in the gardens of Paul’s Hotel in Meaford, circa 1895, shows Mary Rebecca Paul and Agnes Paul playing with a wheelbarrow; one has dumped the other, in turn upsetting the baby carriage (likely holding a niece or nephew; the identity of the man in the photo is not known). The hotel’s beautiful gardens played host to many weddings and parties in the late 1800s, but were often missed by passersby because they were almost entirely enclosed by the building and some fencing, making them visible only from the river.


On The Bay

Spring 2013

John and Salome Paul purchased the lovely Victorian hotel, on the corner of Sykes and Trowbridge streets in Meaford, in 1860. John died soon after and Salome ran the hotel by herself – an unconventional occupation for a woman of the time. Salome’s daughter Madeline later took over running the hotel (Mary Rebecca and Agnes were sisters of Madeline). Paul’s Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1960 and the site currently houses the Foodland grocery store. There is a mural of the hotel on the building across the street from the original site. ❧ Source: Pam Woolner, Curator, Meaford Museum


Bright 1 & 2 bedroom suites with 5 appliances, 9’ ceilings, patios, indoor parking with storage, ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) construction. Swimming Pool, Tennis Court and Club House. Walking distance to downtown Thornbury and 15 minute drive to Blue Mountain & Collingwood!


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Models Open: Saturday, Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm or by appointment

HST included in price All suites priced at $157.00 per sq.ft. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

27 Beaver Street, Thornbury

Suite 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 301 302 SOLD 303 304 SOLD 305 306 307 SOLD 308

Sq.ft. 1,406 981 981 1,406 1,268 1,275 1,319 1,406 1,437 1,411 1,411 1,437 1,437 1,267 1,383 1,437 1,436 1,411 1,411 1,436 1,548 1,268 1,358 1,550

Price $220,615 $153,900 $153,900 $220,615 $198,962 $200,060 $206,964 $220,615 $225,480 $221,400 $221,400 $225,480 $225,480 $198,805 $217,007 $225,480 $225,322 $221,400 $221,400 $225,322 $242,897 $198,962 $213,084 $243,900

Come for a weekend... S†ay for a lifetime. Barb Thompson & Anita Lauer SALES REPRESENTATIVES

Direct: 705-441-4777 705-446-6446

CHESTNUT PARK REAL ESTATE LIMITED, BROKERAGE 393 First Street, Suite 100, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1B3


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