On The Bay Magazine Summer 2012

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Craze Road biking picks up speed

Summerlicious! Local dining, food & beverages

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In thIs Issue features 13 Save Our Land!

Rural residents in Southern Georgian Bay continue to battle the development of aggregate quarries and industrial wind turbines in their Niagara Escarpment neighbourhoods. On The Bay has been covering the turbine issue since 2004 and the quarry issue since 2006. Here’s the latest on what grassroots groups of local residents are doing to try to protect our landscape, our lifestyle and our property values. By MaRc HuMiNiLowycz

25 Revolution in the Raw

The many benefits of a raw food diet, without sacrificing variety or flavour. By EMiLy woRTS

32 Wine Country

Local wines are bringing home awards and putting Southern Georgian Bay in a position to rival Niagara and Prince Edward county. By MaRc HuMiNiLowycz

39 Beyond Wine

our region is taking liquid refreshment to new heights. By MaRc HuMiNiLowycz

43 Let’s Eat!

Local group introduces diners to area restaurants – and each other. By EMiLy woRTS

46 Pedal Power!


The cycling craze in Southern Georgian Bay. By aLLiSoN KENNEDy

62 Splendour in the Woods

a custom-built Georgian Bay club home designed for family weekends. By JuDy RoSS

79 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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Fence Posts, by Dan Needles






Gallery of Realtors


Showcase of Fine Homes

62 ON THE COVER: Beatriz Delvalle leads Tecia white up a climb in the Pretty River Valley. Photo by allison Kennedy

101 Reader Buying Guide 102 Looking Back


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We stand firm in our conviction that if something doesn’t make sense, we shouldn’t do it. If something is going to despoil our landscape, endanger our environment, impact our health, and make our homes unlivable and unsellable, we should fight it. There have to be better solutions.



ine years ago almost to the day, we published our very first issue of On The Bay Magazine. Our tagline, “celebrating life in Southern Georgian Bay,” opened up a world of possibilities for me as an editor, and I’ve never been stuck for story ideas that reflect what makes this region such a fabulous place in which to live, work and play. The issue you’re holding in your hands is, in my humble but definitely biased opinion, a particularly rich and flavourful one – fitting since it contains our Food & Drink section. Delicious foods and beverages abound in Southern Georgian Bay, and the number and variety of local choices continues to grow. In this issue, writer Emily Worts introduces you to the wonderful world of raw foods. No, it doesn’t mean living on salads and carrot sticks. It’s easy to incorporate raw foods into your diet without feeling deprived of flavour, and the health benefits are nothing short of astounding. When it comes to the beverage portion of the meal, On The Bay has been covering the burgeoning local wine industry since 2007. The excitement gets ratcheted up a notch in this issue as writer Marc Huminilowycz explains why Southern Georgian Bay is destined to become the next hot Ontario wine region, on par with Niagara and Prince Edward County. As if award-winning wines weren’t enough, there are also new fruit beverages, ciders, beers, and even a new locally produced whisky that is taking Ontario by storm.


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Given the relatively low population of our area, we are blessed to have so many extraordinary restaurants throughout our region. No matter what your taste, from Thai to sushi to upscale dining, it’s all here. We feature a new dining club called Let’s Eat Collingwood, which is bringing new business to some of our best local dining establishments while introducing diners to new restaurants – and new friends. With all that eating and drinking going on, you have to get out and get active. Allison Kennedy’s piece on road biking shows why throngs of people are burning off excess calories on two wheels. With an exciting new cycling club, road biking clinics and a Centurion ride that is growing exponentially every year, Southern Georgian Bay is quickly becoming the cycling mecca of Ontario. The ability to be so close to nature, to eat fresh foods straight from the farmers’ fields, to drink nectars that have been created from what comes out of our very own earth – we have much to celebrate, indeed. However, there is also an ironic vulnerability to being so close to nature when “big business” wants to lay waste to our pristine landscape to turn a profit. Marc Huminilowycz’s article on the latest battles over proposed wind turbine developments and gravel quarries shows that we can no longer expect to blithely enjoy our unspoiled land. The very hills that draw us to bike up and ski down are threatened with yawning gravel pits and sky-scraping windmills. Many in our region are taking up the gauntlet and challenging the companies that want to change our land forever. On The Bay has taken some heat for this stance from those advocating 476-foot wind turbines as a viable, “green” form of energy and from those who say the Niagara Escarpment is the best source of gravel for the roads we require. We stand firm in our conviction that if something doesn’t make sense, we shouldn’t do it. If something is going to despoil our landscape, endanger our environment, impact our health, and make our homes unlivable and unsellable, we should fight it. There have to be better solutions. Celebrating life doesn’t just mean revelling in the good; it also means doing what’s necessary to protect what’s great about Southern Georgian Bay before there’s nothing left to celebrate. ❧

On behalf of Tubbs Showshoes and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation we would like to say thank you for supporting Tubbs Romp to Stomp Ontario. Thank you kindly for your media support throughout the whole event – your support has been greatly appreciated and added to our media efforts! We had a great and successful day with hosting over 480 participants and raised over $32,000 to help create a future without breast cancer. All funds raised go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and your donation and support help get these funds there. Please visit our Facebook page for photos of the event. Thanks again and we look forward to working with you next year. natalie Lodge, Event Manager

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readerS RE: Ad donAtions On behalf of Hospice Georgian Triangle and Vel Ivardi of Royal Lepage, I would like to thank you for your very generous donation of advertising space to help us promote the 2012 Charity Ski Day. The event was a great success and we were able to donate close to $20,000 to Hospice Georgian Triangle. These proceeds will enable us to continue our support to the community and plan for the future. Again, many thanks for your support. Judy Bowman, Hospice ski day Committee

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Rural residents in Southern Georgian Bay continue to battle the development of aggregate quarries and industrial wind turbines in their Niagara Escarpment neighbourhoods. On The Bay has been covering the turbine issue since 2004 and the quarry issue since 2006. Here’s the latest on what grassroots groups of local residents are doing to try to protect our landscape, our lifestyle and our property values. by Marc HuMinilowycz

Bedrock Battles Ever since a quarry application was filed in March 2011, the Melancthon “Mega Quarry” in Dufferin county has been receiving a great deal of attention. Media coverage (conventional and digital) has been generous. “Stop the Quarry” signs are ever-present on private lawns along roads from our region through to the GTa. and last october, the “Foodstock” protest/fundraising event drew big-name ontario chefs and musicians, and an estimated crowd of 28,000 supporters. if approved, the 2,316-acre Melancthon Quarry (about 5 km across and 57 metres deep), situated on prime ontario agricultural land, will be the largest of its kind in canada and the second largest in north america. over the span of its lifetime, it has the potential to extract one billion tonnes of aggregate, mostly destined for construction and roads in the GTa. The project is currently undergoing a provincial environmental assessment. But there is another quarry battle under way in Southern Georgian Bay, surrounding a large proposed addition to an existing quarry situated on the corner of county roads 91 and 31 just west of Duntroon. This local crusade began in 2006 when walker aggregates, the owners of the Duntroon Quarry, applied for an addition to their operations of approximately 170 acres directly across the road, to be excavated below the

water table. Emilia Franks and other residents with properties near the site fought the project due to its potential of increasing truck traffic, noise and air pollution, impacts on their water supply and quality, and environmental degradation of the Escarpment. The proposed quarry land, situated near the highest point on the niagara Escarpment, is designated “Escarpment rural” according to the niagara Escarpment Plan. as part of the approval process to operate a quarry here, walker aggregates applied to the niagara Escarpment commission (nEc) for an amendment to change the land’s “rural” designation to “Mineral Extraction area.” over the course of three years, numerous letters and petitions were written, meetings and information sessions were held, and regular staff reports from the niagara Escarpment commission, containing comments on the project from various provincial ministries, municipalities and residents, were prepared and circulated to all parties involved. in early 2009, a new citizens’ group formed in opposition to the walker Quarry. clearview community coalition (ccc) entered the bedrock fray prepared for this battle, with a broader mandate to oppose the powerful aggregate industry and “protect the niagara

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Escarpment and our rural communities.” (For more, go to www. clearviewcommunitycoalition.com). Throughout the next year and a half, CCC lobbied relentlessly to block the new Walker Quarry. Members participated in meetings and presentations with Walker Aggregates, the NEC, Clearview Township, Simcoe County and other groups. They also wrote letters, conducted surveys, placed newspaper ads, circulated flyers, held community meetings and organized several fundraising events. The Niagara Escarpment Commission voted 12-3 in favour of opposing the Walker Quarry and, in January of 2010, CCC allied itself with Environmental Defence Canada. Meanwhile during the process, another issue related to the Walker project surfaced, rousing a great deal of public concern. Behind closed doors, Walker Aggregates made an agreement with Clearview Township to close County Road 91 just west of Duntroon (the road separating the Duntroon Quarry from the new Walker Quarry). Despite objections from CCC and concerned citizens, in April Clearview Council passed the motion to close the road. In April 2010, the Consolidated Hearings Board convened to review arguments and decide the fate of the new Walker Quarry. Supporters of the application included the Township of Clearview, Simcoe County and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. In opposition, CCC, the NEC and local resident Emilia Franks brought experts in hydrogeology, natural heritage, visual impact, noise and land use planning, as well as the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, before the Hearing panel. After 139 days over 15 months, the Walker Hearings finally concluded in June of 2011. At the time of this writing, a decision on the future of the quarry has yet to be announced. “We’re optimistic that the hearing panel will turn down the Walker application, or at least impose conditions,” said the CCC’s Janet Gilham, adding that her group will be vigilant of the quarry if the project is approved and conditions are imposed. “Our involvement in the process has cost far more than we could have ever imagined, but we believe it’s a fight worth fighting.” This past May, CCC organized the Peak to Peak Escarpment Challenge, a hiking event featuring guest experts followed by a barbeque dinner with live music on an Escarpment farm, prizes and a silent auction. Proceeds for this and four previous fundraising events went towards the high cost of battling the “gravel bonanza” taking place. In a recent telephone interview with On The Bay, Walker Aggregates’ vice president and general manager Ken Lucyshyn said of the road closure issue, “If our license is permitted and the quarry goes ahead, $10.5 million in road improvements are planned to ensure proper east-west road access. County Road 91 will be upgraded and re-paved, ending in a cul-de-sac west of the 10th Concession at our property line. The 10th concession north of 91, and 26/27 Sideroad will both be reconstructed.” In other words, County Road 91 will become a dead-end route serving only Walker Industries, while a little-travelled gravel farm road will be paved and turned into a thoroughfare. Meanwhile, says Gilham, residents on 91 will have to contend with the increased truck traffic. “Walker’s reconstruction of these roads is purely meant to facilitate the removal of aggregate from the highest point on the Niagara Escarpment,” she says. “There is no degree of upgrades that will mitigate the steep slope of County Road 91, which will result in more air brake noise from gravel trucks and a serious risk of accidents due to brake loss from overheating.” Lucyshyn also pointed to his company’s public engagement efforts throughout the Walker application process. “Good quarry operators need two licenses – an aggregate license and a social license,” he said.

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“We’re not the best neighbour, but I think our company has done a very good job of dealing with the community, encouraging open dialogue with local residents.” Lucyshyn argued the aggregate industry is running out of quarry sites in Ontario while the province’s demand for sand, gravel and crushed stone grows every year. Ontario currently consumes about 179 million tonnes of aggregate (roughly 14 tonnes per person) per year, one-third of which goes to the GTA. According to Lucyshyn, 95 per cent of potential quarry sites in the province are inaccessible due to various environmental restrictions such as wildlife, wetlands and natural heritage features. This argument poses somewhat of a moral dilemma in our region. Most of us are in favour of promoting local economic development and prosperity. But this ultimately entails the construction of new residences, places of business, industries and roads – all of which require aggregates. Just across the road from the existing Duntroon Quarry and the proposed new Walker project, an even larger quarry application is currently in hearings before the Ontario Municipal Board. If approved, the MAQ Aggregates quarry will excavate 60 feet below the water table to extract one million tons of aggregate per year on 247 acres of land. Although not within the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the MAQ site is being opposed by local environmentalists and a citizens’ group, Grey Matters (www.greymatters.info). Situated on the headwaters of the Beaver River, Pretty River and Batteaux Creek, this proposed location

Behind closed doors, Walker Aggregates made an agreement with Clearview Township to close County Road 91 just west of Duntroon (the road separating the Duntroon Quarry from the new Walker Quarry). Despite objections from CCC and concerned citizens, in April Clearview Council passed the motion to close the road. shares a unique ecosystem with the Walker site. Significant wetlands here support various species of reptiles, amphibians, nesting birds and botanical species, some of which are already threatened. “We are always concerned about the loss of wetlands,” said Don Kerr of The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, which has been directly involved in both the MAQ and Walker hearings. “It’s hard to predict the cumulative effect of both quarries on the water table due to the inevitable changes to water distribution. And when the quarries are expired, enormous lakes will remain, resulting in a significant loss of biodiversity.” Our Niagara Escarpment, a natural treasure designated as a World Biosphere Preserve, is also a source of high-quality aggregate situated close to Canada’s largest urban corridor. There is no easy solution to our quarry quandary. According to Ministry of Natural Resources statistics, only seven per cent of Ontario’s aggregate supply comes from recycled sources. Perhaps it is time for government and the aggregate industry to find ways to increase this renewable supply instead of further pressure on Ontario’s dwindling natural and agricultural regions.

ISSUES expressed a more emotional response to the wind project. “We landowners are angry that the turbines are being foisted on us arbitrarily without the right to object, even by the township,” he said. “We are angry that the turbines will desecrate the neighbourhood we love and cherish, and angry that our provincial government negates health hazards and the devaluation of our properties.” The lawsuits are just the latest in a wave of “creative” approaches by area residents to thwart wind developers. The Clearview project was originally planned for an area to the south of Highway 91. However, some local residents applied for building permits to erect housing for farm workers at the far edges of their properties in order to force WPD to move the proposed turbines further away in order


“We’re not against wind and green energy – if it makes sense,” says Kevin Elwood. “Wind turbine companies are making millions, and farmers who go into agreements with them are making money. But the rest of us and our communities are gaining absolutely nothing.”


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Wind Wars The war against wind turbines rages on in Clearview Township. Last January, one Duntroon-area couple with a home adjacent to a proposed wind project made history by suing not only the venture’s developer, but also the owner of the land upon which the turbines are to be located. Sylvia and John Wiggins, a retired couple who had invested $700,000 into renovations on their horse farm, purchased in 2006, filed for an injunction and $2 million in damages against WPD Canada and the Beattie brothers, who have signed contracts for WPD to erect eight, 476-foot industrial wind turbines on eight acres of the Beatties’ agricultural land north of Highway 91 at Fairgrounds Road. The suit claims devaluation of the Wiggins’ property due to its proximity to the proposed project, which WPD has dubbed the Fairview Wind Farm. The Wiggins family had listed their property for sale in June of 2010, before the project became public. The lawsuit claims there was initial interest from several prospective buyers, but after the Beattie brothers signed a contract with WPD, there was no further activity, rendering the Wiggins property “virtually worthless.” More recently, 15 other landowners have become participants in two group actions – one against WPD and the Beattie brothers, and one against WPD and Beattie, Ed & Son Ltd., which owns property immediately to the south of the Beattie land. Toronto lawyer Eric Gillespie, who is representing all claimants, said the lawsuits are “based on good law with precedence in Ontario.” He issued a warning to farmers contemplating entering into a new wind contract: “Landowners who decide to allow turbines may need to look carefully at their legal position and potential liability.” Kevin Elwood, one of the organizers of the group actions,

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to meet mandatory 550-metre setbacks from residential buildings. The tactic worked. In June of 2011, WPD announced a new layout of the wind farm, moving the turbines north of their original location, closer to the intersection of Highway 91 and Fairgrounds Rd., but still on Beattie land. In a recent interview with On The Bay, WPD Canada’s manager of communications, Kevin Surette, refused to comment on the lawsuits. Instead, he praised his company’s efforts to involve the community in the Fairview Wind Farm project, behave sensitively and responsibly to potential impacts on the local environment, and provide local jobs. “Prior to being awarded the Fairview Wind Farm project in the spring of 2010, we had investigated Ontario’s wind resources, checked the capacity of the electricity grid and researched landowners’ willingness to accept our wind farm on their properties,” said Surette. “Since the project was made public in June 2010, we have been working diligently with the Clearview community to address their concerns.” On July 13, 2011, WPD held a public meeting to inform the community about the progress of the Fairview Wind Farm. To coincide with the event, opponents of the project held the largest public protest ever witnessed in Clearview Township. More than 350 people rallied to proclaim that their concerns were not being addressed by WPD. One hundred protesters’ vehicles caused Highway 91 to be closed for four hours. In spite of this, Surette emphasized the benefits the WPD project to the Clearview community. “When it’s time for construction, we will be issuing tender requests for supplies and labour. We would like to see 50 per cent domestic content for these services, meaning that tenders offering local jobs and supplies will be favoured. It’s part of



On one side, the provincial government and many environmental groups are touting wind energy as a green solution to Ontario’s growing energy needs. On the other side, rural land owners are fighting against the turbines on the basis of health concerns and decreased property values.


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our operations policy – to create a local hub of personnel and supplies to service our turbines.” Not surprisingly, Elwood’s opinion of WPD’s efforts to satisfy community concerns about the project is in complete opposition to Surette’s claims. He and other opponents are convinced that WPD utilized “deception and shrewd manipulation tactics” throughout the process – often supported by various ministries in the government – in order to “crystallize” opposition in the community and push the project through. Following the public meeting last July, WPD initiated numerous site studies including a natural heritage assessment. The process, including approvals, was expected to be completed earlier but, thanks to an extension granted by the Ministry of Environment, will not be finished until this summer (opposition groups are challenging the study extension in a judicial review). WPD has announced its second “and final” public meeting this August. Surette said WPD may also conduct an environmental impact study “if necessary.” With the lawsuits still before the courts and local residents continuing to look for strategic ways to block the project, it is difficult to predict whether the Fairview Wind Farm will actually become a reality, but this latest battle is the first time the issue of property values near industrial wind turbines has been so aggressively challenged, and may set a precedent for future court proceedings. On one hand, there is tangible evidence of compromised land values near wind farms. A CBC news story from last October cited a study conducted by the director of the Brampton Real Estate Board, which showed that properties near the Melancthon Wind Plant northwest of Shelburne sold for 20-40 per cent less than comparable real estate farther away from the turbines, and were on the market more than twice as long as properties in adjacent areas. Many of them could not be sold at any price. Land registry documents obtained by the CBC revealed that the developers of the Melancthon wind project bought out four different owners who complained about noise and health issues and re-sold their properties for a significantly lower price, incurring a total loss of over $500,000. Although there are more reports of decreased land values adjacent to wind farms across Ontario, no formal research has been done.

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On the opposite side of the property value issue, an Ontario couple living near an 86-turbine project on Wolfe Island lost their court challenge last October against the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation to lower their tax assessment, claiming that they had lost 40-50 per cent of their home’s value due to the wind project. And a 2010 Farm Credit Canada report found that wind turbine contracts had an upward effect in land values in the Lake Huron area, with premium prices paid for farmland parcels due to the income from wind turbine contracts. Real estate values aside, there is also a safety issue associated with the Fairview project. According to Charles Tatham, chair of the Collingwood Airport Services Board, the giant wind turbines could pose a risk to pilots taking off and landing at the nearby airport, especially in bad weather. The issue of wind turbines in Ontario is a very complicated one. On one side, the provincial government and many environmental groups are touting wind energy as a green solution to Ontario’s growing energy needs. On the other side, rural landowners are fighting against the turbines on the basis of health concerns and decreased property values, while anti-wind advocates declare the province’s Green Energy Act to be an expensive and unnecessary expenditure destined to raise our electricity bills to unprecedented levels, while pushing ahead with so-called green energy projects at any cost and without local involvement. Opponents of wind energy in Ontario (and the province’s Green Energy Act overall) argue that, from an economic perspective, wind turbines simply do not make sense. Doubting that wind power will ever replace conventional electricity generation, they point out that provincial subsidization is creating huge profits for the industry at the expense of consumers, with hydro bills destined to rise to unprecedented levels. “We’re not against wind and green energy – if it makes sense,” says Kevin Elwood. “Wind turbine companies are making millions, and farmers who go into agreements with them are making money. But the rest of us and our communities are gaining absolutely nothing. This project is being forced on us and there are backroom deals being made. The process is not reasonable, not fair and downright un-democratic.” What is the solution to the wind conundrum? Locating turbines offshore on Lake Ontario is not an option. After intense public opposition to the Scarborough Bluffs and other Great Lakes proposals, the provincial government placed a moratorium on all off-shore wind projects. Opponents of the province’s Green Energy Act argue that no matter where turbines are located, wind as a form of energy is inefficient and expensive, essentially making consumers pay more for a less dependable energy source. With no democratic process being followed and given the possible health, environmental and economic impacts of placing wind turbines in residential areas, the war over wind continues to be a polarizing issue. ❧



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The many benefits of a raw food diet, without sacrificing variety or flavour by EMILY WORTS


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iting into my first ‘Liberator’ burger is a revelation – a raw food revelation. The patty is made of mushrooms and nuts. The bun is a secret and delectable combination of dehydrated nuts and seeds. The condiments are a story in themselves, with mustard made of mango and turmeric to give it that signature yellow glow and a sweet bite. “When you go to McDonald’s and get a Big Mac, it’s really the condiments you’re tasting,” says Sam Buob, owner and chef of Pure Food Bar. “We make everything here – the ketchup, the honey mustard. The ingredients would blow people’s minds.”

Blowing people’s minds – and exploding their tastebuds – is exactly what the raw food diet has been doing in North America for the last 25 years. The North American raw food revolution began in earnest in the Western United States and more recently made its way to Southern Georgian Bay. Diets, like religion, can be full of zealots trying to convert you. Raw food is different. Almost anyone you talk to about a raw food diet will be quick to tell you how it has changed their life and the miracles it has worked on their physique, energy, skin tone, and more. But for local raw foodies, who have put this area on the raw food map, it is more about a healthy, active

ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Liberator burger at Pure Organic Food & Juice Bar in Collingwood; salad and raw vegetables served with the burger; Sarah Heipel’s frozen mint-choco-almond icy square; Heipel’s green smoothie made with apple, spinach and ginger. ON THE BAY






ABOVE: Naturopathic doctor Shelby Worts both touts the benefits of raw food and lives them, bringing her raw goodies to work every day in a stackable stainless steel lunch container. ABOVE RIGHT: Sliced apples with cinnamon and Celtic sea salt make a simple raw dessert. LOWER RIGHT: A salad of organic kale, home sprouted radish seeds, radish, tomatoes, red onion and asparagus with home-made dressing.

Buob says the key is not to get overwhelmed. “You’re missing the point if you are striving for 100 per cent raw,” he says. “There is so much more to overall health than what you’re putting in your mouth. There is a lot of emotion.”

lifestyle than a passing trend. There is no preaching; it’s just what makes sense. Pure’s menu features items with traditional names like pizza, wraps and nachos, but unlike their conventional equivalents, these dishes are made wholly out of nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. “Even skeptical people are coming in and they are pleasantly surprised. The flavours are really satiating,” says Buob.


aw foodism, or rawism, is the practice of eating somewhere between 75-100 per cent uncooked, unprocessed food. A raw food diet may include raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, raw fish, raw meat and nonpasteurized/non-homogenized dairy products. Typically, however, the raw diet is a vegan one. Some foods are easy to prepare, like a salad stacked with a rainbow of vegetables or the use of a collard green instead of a flour tortilla as a wrap. Other foods require some planning (soaking and sprouting grains and nuts overnight so they become


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digestible). Some gourmet raw food, like the fare at Pure, requires blenders, juicers, food processors and dehydrators (to make crackers, wraps, breads, cookies, etc.). Contrary to what most people might think, however, a raw food diet, compared with other diets, is one of the most convenient and economical diets. Once you wrap your head around how to ‘uncook’ your food, you can whip up a delicious meal in a matter of minutes. “I meet parents all the time who are so regretful and frustrated because their kids won’t eat anything but Cheerios and Cheez Whiz.” Says Buob whose threeyear-old son Leif has been raw/vegan his entire life. Buob says the key is not to get overwhelmed. “You’re missing the point if you are striving for 100 per cent raw,” he says. “There is so much more to overall health than what you’re putting in your mouth. There is a lot of emotion.” Buob leads a very active lifestyle but it’s hard to say whether he eats to be active or if he is active in order to eat. “I am a food lover for sure. I find food exciting and stimulating when it looks nice and the textures and flavours are bang on. Part of my inclination for being really active is eating more food.”


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ABOVE: Sam Buob and his wife Jacqueline Graham started Pure in 2010. Sam was raised on an organic farm and received his Raw Chef’s Certification from Juliano Brotman at Planet Raw in Santa Monica. Jacqueline is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Vegan and Live Food Nutrition.

But it works both ways. “Raw foods are performance-oriented foods,” says Buob. “It’s for people trying to get an edge on their fitness.” This is one of the reasons he and his wife Jacqueline Graham chose to open Pure in Collingwood, because of the area’s active lifestyle. “The state of health in our society is in crisis. A shift in priorities is necessary,” he says. “I think this is how people need to start looking at their diet; this is a responsible template.”


helby Worts, a local naturopathic doctor, couldn’t agree more. “The reason I recommend raw a lot is because vegetables are the food group we are most deficient in in North America,” she says. “A salad every night is not enough.” Worts carries her stackable stainless steel lunch containers into her office. Upon opening the first container a waft of citrusy garlic hits the senses. Her raw spread of blended cashews, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, lemon juice, garlic and red pepper is accompanied by raw, finely sliced sweet potatoes. Worts, who has been gluten free for 18 years, says raw works for her. Lunchtime is when she appreciates raw the most, saying it gives her much-needed energy to avoid the 2 p.m. fatigue that overwhelms so many of us. “I do encourage most people to increase the amount of vegetables they eat, and make sure some of it is raw, every day,” says Worts. “We are already compromised by low volume [of vegetables], and most of the vegetables we eat are low in minerals because they grow in poor soil and they were picked before they are ripe.” Worts frequently sees people’s health improve by incorporating raw and on a few occasions she has witnessed something close to a miracle. “Most chronic diseases come down to mineral and nutrient deficiencies,” says Worts. “I had a seven-year-old patient and an adult patient, both with Type 1 diabetes. Each committed to 50 per cent raw and within a month they cut their insulin in half.” (Worts reminds readers that her patients did this under a doctor’s supervision). Weight loss, improved health, detoxification and the environment are all reasons people are motivated to try a raw diet. When you speak with the experts or read up on raw you will hear and see a lot about pH balance and enzymes.

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ABOVE: Sarah Heipel, of Good Energy Personal Training and Nutrition, makes her signature green smoothie. Heipel offers ‘uncooking’ classes and workshops and has been integral in building a local raw community.

There is always science behind food and because it is what fuels us, good science should be at the forefront. Our bodies sit in the middle of the pH (acid/alkaline balance) scale and our bodies work hard to maintain that balance. Different foods create different levels of acid or alkaline in our bodies. If we eat too many foods that are acid forming (animal proteins, sugars, dairy, cooked carbohydrates – the North American diet in a nutshell), our bodies buffer the acid by leaching minerals from our bones and muscles. Conversely, if we eat more alkaline foods (such as dark, leafy greens) they act as a buffer and actually add minerals to our tissues and bones. When you eat more cooked food you are consuming acidic toxins faster than your body can eliminate them so they back up, disrupting your body’s delicate acid/ alkaline balance, causing excess weight and in some cases, disease. Only raw food has functional “live” enzymes. When you eat something that’s fresh (or hasn’t been heated over an average of 117 degrees), it still has all its natural enzymes. The body can digest the food without using its own energy to do the work. Cooking food destroys these live enzymes that aid in digestion and health. Enzymeproducing organs continue to function throughout a healthy life but they eventually wear down, especially with the “standard American diet” (which ironically is called SAD in the naturopathic community). With cooked food the liver, pancreas, stomach and intestines must come to the rescue. This extra activity can be detrimental to our health because it continually taxes our organs. Eating food in its natural state with no chemical stabilizers, preservatives, added sugars or flour leads to greater digestibility and greater nutrition. Vitamins and minerals are lost as soon as things are cooked, so if you’re going to cook, cook lower and slower. Also, eating higher on the food chain means toxins are more concentrated. Getting our nutrients from plants, instead of the animals that feed


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on them, makes for healthier eating (for example, algae rather than the fish that eat that algae is a great way to get DHA and EPA into your diet).


here is another motivator for eating raw and this one isn’t scientifically based: taste. “There is an intensity of flavour with raw. The desserts are amazing,” says Worts. “When it comes to dessert, raw rocks.” Sarah Heipel, of Good Energy Personal Training and Nutrition, agrees. “The flavour will knock your socks off,” she says. A raw food diet ebbs and flows for Heipel. In 2005 she was completely raw, buying her first raw food cookbook and eating her way through it. Today she thinks of raw food more as a food group – one she makes a conscious effort to include in her daily diet. Heipel offers ‘uncooking’ classes and workshops and has been integral in building a local raw community. “There are a lot of people who respect raw food in the area,” she says . “I don’t know too many people who are completely raw, or desire to be completely raw, but they are inspired by it.” When Heipel switched to raw she noticed her energy levels increase and her skin improve. She cut dairy and sugar out of her diet, and although today she isn’t completely raw she never reintroduced those two things. “It’s much easier to make a change for yourself if you recognize the benefits. You feel healthy, look better, have more energy and it prevents illness,” she says. “Now without trying to avoid those things I’m just not eating them because I am naturally avoiding the food that is taking nutrition from my body.” Heipel paraphrases an analogy she first heard used by raw food expert David Wolfe: “An almond is a seed. If you plant it in the ground it has the potential to grow into a huge almond tree that’s going to have tonnes more seeds. But if you

cook it and plant it nothing will happen. Imagine that energy force in your body. The uncooked option offers so much more.” Anita Hunter started her raw food experience with a couple of Heipel’s ‘uncooking’ classes and has experienced that energy force. “It feels like you’re vibrating at a different level,” says Hunter of a raw diet. “You feel so good and if you fall off it you just want to get back on.” Hunter’s introduction to the raw food diet came in the form of the ‘green smoothie challenge.’ “This really got me hooked and I realized it’s so beneficial,” says Hunter. Part of the raw food revolution, the green smoothie challenge is like an initiation into a new diet and a new way of life. For one week you are required to eat one pound of greens a day, which translates into two blender containers full of green smoothie a day in addition to several giant green salads and a lot of broccoli. “I’d load up my scale with the heavy stuff first,” says Hunter of vegetables like broccoli, celery and romaine lettuce. “I’ll tell you, a pound of greens every day is a lot of greens. It was tough, but my energy levels that week were through the roof. I felt like I could go on four hours of sleep. There was a clarity of mind and I felt so creative.” Because there isn’t enough time, or space in the belly, to consume cooked food, everything you put in your body during the one-week challenge is living food. “You can’t maintain that,” Hunter says of eating a pound of greens a day. “Everything in moderation.” Today Hunter’s diet is about 75 per cent raw, eating a vegetarian diet but not a completely raw one. She no longer craves sugar like she used to and is impressed by the raw desserts she has made from cookbooks and those she has created – like the chocolate pudding (made from raw cacao, avocado, banana and agave) on a date-nut crust topped with a variety of fresh berries.


ating raw can be intimidating and overwhelming at first, but once your pantry, your fridge and your fruit bowl are stocked with essentials, raw ‘cooking’ can be much more forgiving and accommodating than conventional cooking. In the middle of winter a raw diet can be a challenge when our bodies crave warm comfort foods, but summer is the perfect time to give it a try, when local vegetables and fruits are in their prime. Signing up for a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program, a good food box, weekly visits to your local farmer’s market or planting a garden are all ways to ensure an abundance of good quality local produce. Raw is more about the simple truth of eating more vegetables than the work of miracles. The bottom line is, if we eat more vegetables, preferably raw, we will be healthier. ❧

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On a concession road off Highway 26 between Meaford and Owen Sound sits Southern Georgian Bay’s first commercial winery, Coffin Ridge. Originally planted in 1999 by Neil and Gwen Lamont, with a subsequent larger planting two years later, the vineyard opened its doors to the public as Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery in 2008. I recently had a chance to visit Coffin Ridge to sample some wines and speak with general manager Mike Todd. Seated in the elegant tasting room overlooking 25 acres of vineyards, I sipped a glass of Marquette, a delicate red made from a grape related to Pinot Noir, which was developed at the University of Minnesota. “This is a beautiful wine – the darling of everyone at Coffin Ridge and a favourite among our visitors. We think it’s destined for greatness,” says Todd with pride. Marquette has not yet received a coveted VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) designation. “It will eventually happen,” he asserts. “We’re working on it.” Growing Marquette grapes falls in line with Coffin Ridge’s overall strategy – choosing varieties that are disease-resistant (allowing for sustainable viticulture without the use of insecticides) and, more importantly, cold-resistant down to -36°C. Other than Marquette, the winery’s current offering of wines made from cold-hardy grape varieties includes Baco Noir and the cleverly named Back From the Dead Red, Into the Light White and Resurrection Rosé. Coffin Ridge also makes wines from grapes purchased beyond its vineyard: Riesling from Niagara; Pinot Noir from nearby Scotch Mountain Vineyards and Blue Mountain Vineyards; Geisenheim, Baco Noir and Vidal Blanc from Norm Webber, who operates the oldest vineyard in Grey County (near Walters Falls), planted back in 1994. The winery also produces a sparkling pear beverage and a hard cider. Recently, Coffin Ridge added an exciting new cold-weather white





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ABOVE LEFT: Coffin Ridge has 25 acres under cultivation, primarily consisting of cold, hardy varieties. The winery plants grape varieties that are disease resistant and cold hardy. ABOVE RIGHT: Coffin Ridge’s general manager Mike Todd takes a sample from wine barrels where the wine is aged.

to its line-up: L’Acadie, a wine with an interesting heritage. Developed in Ontario in the 1960s, the grape moved to Atlantic Canada, where it is today the signature vintage of Nova Scotia. I was fortunate to taste a sample of L’Acadie directly from a large stainless steel vat on the winery’s premises, and was taken with its unique flavour - dry, grassy, herbaceous and well-balanced. “We have the perfect climate for this grape here,” Todd proclaims. “We’re the only winery producing L’Acadie in Ontario. It has huge potential in our region.”

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right sites, the Beaver Valley can and will be a wine region of great potential.” He adds the learning process has been rewarding. “We’re getting to know our vineyards and our wines more – from the weight of the fruit on the vine to finding the right balance between acidity, oak and fruit flavour in the cellars,” says Ketchin. At Georgian Hills’ tasting room, he and his staff offer regular sessions for wine lovers to explore parings with local foods such as cheeses, patés, fish and nuts. Georgian Hills has come a long way since 2006, when, inspired by my impression of the Beaver Valley and the local Niagara Escarpment as a potential Ontario wine region, I wrote an article for On The Bay exploring an emerging agricultural venture in the region – viticulture, or growing grapes for wine (the article appeared in the Winter 2007 issue). I began my Southern Georgian Bay wine odyssey with a visit to a Toronto acquaintance, Ihor Bidiak, who had planted 1,000 Pinot Noir grape vines on his property on the east side of the Beaver Valley. After three years of single-handedly nurturing his vineyard, Ihor harvested his grapes in the winter of 2006 and sold them to a Niagara ice wine maker. The vintage went on to win an Excellence award as “Blue Mountain Vineyards Winter Harvest Pinot Noir 2006” at the prestigious Les Citadelles du Vin competition in France. My journey then took me to Ardiel Acres south of Thornbury, where Robert Ketchin, then a local

wine marketer, along with apple grower John Ardiel, and Niagara winemaker Murray Puddicombe, was growing and testing a variety of grapes on five acres of land, and creating red, white and rosé blends. These initial offerings of Georgian Hills Vineyards were both delightful to taste and full of promise of good things to come. As Ketchin described them at the time, they were “approachable and affordable – exemplary of an up-and-coming wine region.” In 2007, the Georgian Hills partners took what they learned from Ardiel Acres and planted vines on 12 acres of land situated on Grey Road 2 at Victoria Corners. Today, five years later, Georgian Hills grows a variety of grapes and makes excellent wines on the premises, available for sampling with local foods in the tasting room on site. From “vinifera” wines such as Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to winter-hardy French-American hybrids like Seyval Blanc, Marechal Foch and Baco Noir, Georgian Hills continues to perfect and refine its grapes and its selection of wines. According to Ketchin, the winery’s philosophy is to “blend and combine our own grapes and declare that we are bringing the best of Ontario.” In addition to its grape wine varieties, including an award-winning Vidal Ice Wine, Georgian Hills also uses local fruit to create “Perry,” a sparkling pear beverage, as well as superb apple and pear ice wines under the label “Frozen to the Core.”

New Wineries & Vineyards At the time of this writing, a new South Georgian Bay winery is set to open this summer. Seven years ago, successful Toronto businessman Chuck Magwood planted grapes on his 400-acre property located in Clearview Township between Creemore and Stayner. Beginning with winter-hardy varieties, Magwood’s vineyard is now focused on “vinifera” grapes such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay, as well as Baco Noir and Marechal Foch “staples.” When “Four Wheel Farm Winery” opens, Magwood says marketing his wines will be limited to word of mouth and online sales. “We want to make good wine in limited amounts, learning as we go along.” He goes on to reveal an exciting new provincial government initiative that will benefit his and other wineries across Ontario. This summer, according to Magwood, special permits will allow licensed wineries (and cideries) to sample (but not sell) their products at public farmers’ markets. How does Magwood see the future of winemaking RIGHT: Georgian Hills Vineyards’ founding partners are Robert Ketchin (at left) and John Ardiel, vineyard manager. The third partner is Murray Puddicombe, whose daughter, Lindsay, is the head wine maker at Georgian Hills. Among the vineyard’s award-winning wines is a Vidal ice wine.



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Billed as “the only hand-crafted, toasted maplewood-mellowed Canadian whisky,” the product is selling very well across Ontario and the U.S. and putting Collingwood on the map. in South Georgian Bay? “We’re at the forefront of creating something huge,” he says. “But it’s a fragile economic model for anyone who’s trying to do it here.” As a businessman, he speculates that one day a corporate group with vast financial resources may “have its eyes opened” to our region and buy up local apple orchards for large-scale viticulture. In the meantime, vineyards of all sizes are springing up all over South Georgian Bay. Just west of Clarksburg near Ardiel Acres, geologist Laurie Curtis has been researching and cultivating grapes since 1999. Over the years, he has received generous advice and help from family, neighbours and experts including his son Aaron, who has a degree in viticulture from Niagara College; the owners of Coffin Ridge and Georgian Hills; Niagara wine consultant Helen Fisher; and retired Beaver Valley apple consultant Ken Wilson. “There is a great spirit of cooperation here, with a generous sharing of experiences and skills,” says Curtis, who is using sustainable methods to grow mixed hybrid and vinifera grape varieties. “I look at this venture as a 10-year odyssey – a legacy thing. With a geology and terroir identical to Niagara, there is no reason why this can’t be done here.” In the Beaver Valley, the son of a local farmer also has grand plans to




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Awards, Accolades & Availability Local wines are getting the attention they deserve, winning numerous awards every year in North American wine competitions. Recently Georgian Hills 2010 Marechal Foch won a silver medal at the prestigious Ontario Wine Awards held in Toronto. Coffin Ridge 2011 L’Acadie Blanc and 2010 Marquette each received gold during the 2012 All Canadian Wine Championships. Last year at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in New York State, Georgian Hills Frozen to the Core Bartlett pear wine won a double gold and Coffin Ridge Marechal Foch took home a silver. Last September, Toronto Life magazine wine critic David Lawrason recognized the quality of Southern Georgian Bay wineries. He gave Coffin Ridge 2010 Marquette a rating of 89 points (out of 100) and 2010 Into the Light, White 87 points. Georgian Hills’ 2010 Seyval Blanc and 2010 Gamay Rose received 86 and 88 points respectively. As to availability, several Coffin Ridge and Georgian Hills wines, Thornbury Cider, Creemore Springs beers and Collingwood Whisky can be found in LCBO outlets throughout the region. This October, in the spirit of Halloween, the LCBO will feature Coffin Ridge’s Back From the Dead Red in all of its stores across Ontario. Most dining establishments in the region are happily doing their part to promote local wines and spirits to complement local ingredients used in their recipes. An informal telephone survey of several local restaurants revealed that at least one or two local wines are available on the menu – and they are selling remarkably well. The same can be said of our local cider, beer and whisky. Area residents, weekenders and visitors alike are asking for these products as part of a unique Southern Georgian Bay dining experience.




establish a vineyard as early as this fall and eventually open a winery with a difference, offering certified organic wines. With the help of his father, Patrick Johnson, who has been growing organic apples on Apple Top Farm for almost 30 years, 28-year-old Chris Johnson will be planting a selection of cold-hardy hybrid grapes on 12.5 pristine acres of the family farm. His vines yet to be planted, Johnson has already come up with a marketing scheme. He is asking On The Bay readers to suggest a name for his future vineyard/winery and send it by email to cj.grapes13@gmail.com. The reader whose suggestion is selected will receive a complimentary case of the winery’s first vintage.

Where We’re Headed Is Southern Georgian Bay destined to become a recognized VQA wine “appellation” region such as the Niagara Peninsula and Prince Edward County? According to Robert Ketchin and Mike Todd, it’s not a question of “if” but “when.” Both agree it could happen within five years. Todd believes we could see at least five wineries (including Georgian Hills and Coffin Ridge) offering an unprecedented variety of wines compared to other regions. “As more farmers and investors get into grapes, we will have a wine route and a whole new agritourism economy – and that means jobs,” declares Ketchin. He praises the efforts of the Blue Mountain Village Association and its successful Apple Pie Trail concept for paving the way by helping to garner local and international recognition for Southern Georgian Bay as an emerging and exciting culinary destination. With a local ‘wine trail’ not far off, the region could soon add ‘wine country’ to its more popular designations as ‘ski country’ and ‘golf country’ – a nice thought to ponder the next time you raise a glass of your favourite local vintage. Cheers! ❧




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In Ontario, anyone can plant a vineyard, sell their grapes and make wine for personal consumption only. But in order to operate a commercial winery, you need a minimum of five acres of grapes planted on the same site as the premises where you make and sell your wine. That seems easy, but not quite. The process from planting to wine making takes a great deal of time, effort and money. According to Mike Todd of Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery, this is what you can expect after you plant your first vines: • A minimum of three seasons before you harvest your first crop, which will be small • Full grape production in five years • Up to six years to open your winery • At least 10 years to break even. In addition to your commitment of time and resources, you will need to abide by the following rules and regulations: • Obtain grower’s license and a license to press fruit from the Grape Growers of Ontario Manufacturer and retail licenses from the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) • Secure a federal Excise License • Comply with municipal zoning bylaws • Attain membership in VQA Ontario • Undergo bi-annual audits by the LCBO. With so much involved, viticulture is not something to be entered into lightly. However, a handful of ‘pioneers’ with passion and tenacity have no doubt paved the way for vineyards and wineries in Southern Georgian Bay.




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hris Keleher greets people at the door of the Stuffed Peasant restaurant in Collingwood, seating chart in hand. Keleher is not the owner, not the chef and not an employee of the Stuffed Peasant. He is part of the team of four behind Let’s Eat Collingwood – the hottest meal ticket in town. Once a month Keleher and his wife Terri, along with Paul and Amanda Casey, send out an email to a growing number of locals letting them know when and where the group will be stopping next. Let’s Eat Collingwood isn’t exactly a dinner club – it favours inclusivity over exclusivity – but you have to be in the know to get a seat. Let’s Eat Collingwood’s dinner at the Stuffed Peasant sold out in a day. Together with Stuffed Peasant’s chef and owner, Scott Carter, Keleher introduced a second seating to accommodate Let’s Eat Collingwood’s increasing number of followers.

Diners move from seat to seat chatting with people they know or have met at previous dinners. Keleher does the same, checking in and making sure everyone is all right, just like a proper host. John Wilson and his wife DorRene have attended four of the seven Let’s Eat events. “We picked these restaurants (The Hungry Sumo, The Huron Club, The Tremont and The Stuffed Peasant) because we had never been there before,” says John. “We were looking for new experiences and this was all organized for us. It’s great.” At the Hungry Sumo the Wilsons were happily seated with two couples they had never met and they were treated to several different courses for $15. “Unless you eat off your wife’s plate you don’t get to experience all these different foods,” says Wilson. “I look at it as a social event as well as a dining experience.” ON THE BAY



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The idea for Let’s Eat Collingwood was born out of a shared respect for the Collingwood dining scene. For the Kelehers and Caseys, Let’s Eat Collingwood was a good way to attract business to the restaurants they have come to love in the area. The Kelehers lived in Asia for six years, and after discovering good Japanese food was available locally, they became friends with Hungry Sumo owners Chris Gordon and his wife Joanne You. The Let’s Eat team is consistently amazed to find the variety and quality of food on offer in Collingwood and is equally amazed at how many of their friends and acquaintances haven’t yet tried some of the area’s ethnic restaurants like the Hungry Sumo, Siamese Gecko and Tandoori House (now moving to Owen Sound). “Collingwood is known for skiing,” says Keleher, “but you don’t have to drive to Blue to eat.” Keleher is working on a Collingwood slogan to entice tourists to the downtown dining scene (something like “Come for the recreation. Stay for the food”). “We like that it’s becoming so popular,” he says of Let’s Eat Collingwood. “We’re filling up right away and that bodes really well for the restaurants. It’s a friendly little group that’s come together.” The first Let’s Eat event was hosted at the Hungry Sumo. “It was interesting because we were the first,” says Hungry Sumo owner Chris Gordon. “We set some sort of a benchmark.” For the Hungry Sumo team the night was a challenge, but a welcome one. “It was off-season on a slow night and we filled it,” says Gordon. “It was revenue we otherwise wouldn’t have.”

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Diners move from seat to seat chatting with people they know or have met at previous dinners. Keleher does the same, checking in and making sure everyone is all right, just like a proper host. Gordon and his staff tried to ease clients into the Japanese food experience. “We kept it easy for timid palates,” says Gordon. “We kept most of the raw fish out until the end as a sampler. We want people to know we are more than sushi and a lot of our food is cooked.” This is what Keleher encourages restaurants to do – highlight their specialties but also introduce items that are not as well known to potential clients. For the Tremont, that meant focusing on its new Monday night tapas menu. The Tremont’s Let’s Eat event featured eight traditional tapas courses like Albondigas (meatballs), charcuterie, Spanish tortilla, seared scallops and a trio of desserts. Christophe Boivin, chef and owner of the Tremont, served 55 people in one seating. “Sending out 55 plates eight times is a bit challenging,” says Boivin, “but I think this is one of the things everyone has to do to get as much exposure as possible.” The Tremont’s Boivin agrees. “Up here you get used to the two seasons,” he says of the Collingwood market. “It’s important to develop your local clientele. And for us being a new business it’s really important.” Deborah McCurtain and her husband Steve Barss moved to Collingwood from Richmond Hill last October. Let’s Eat Collingwood was a perfect introduction to the Collingwood social scene. They went to the first event in November and met a group of people who they now socialize with outside of Let’s Eat events. “It’s been really handy,” says McCurtain. “We requested to be seated with strangers and now a group of us actually get together to play poker.” There is even a networking element to the events – McCurtain, who is in her late 40s, was offered a job at one of the Let’s Eat dinners by another guest. “I didn’t take it,” says McCurtain, “but it was nice to know that that is out there.” However, social and networking perks aside, Let’s Eat Collingwood is first and foremost about sampling great food. “I’m not really one to try different restaurants, like the Hungry Sumo,” says McCurtain. “But after looking at the menus we thought we should come back. I think I’d go back to all the ones we’ve tried. It’s nice to know we are supporting local people and businesses.” The dishes at The Stuffed Peasant keep coming. Grilled baguette with tapenade, duck liver terrine and mushroom paté, two salads, mussels, a sample

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of mushroom Agnolotti, pan roasted Muscovy duck, chicken Chasseur, steak and frites, and apple cider braised pork ribs. The price of tonight’s dinner is $20 and worth every penny. The plates are overflowing with chef Carter’s specialties, including his signature dessert, a rich ‘Whiskeylicious’ chocolate cake. As people leave the Stuffed Peasant they thank Carter for an exceptional and abundant meal. They thank Keleher for the Let’s Eat invitation. In the not-so-distant future look for Let’s Eat on the Road (the group hopes to travel to Thornbury and Creemore for a sampling of more of the region’s great restaurant cuisine). To find out more about Let’s Eat Collingwood, including upcoming stops, email Chris at chriskeleher@me.com. You can also find Let’s Eat Collingwood on Facebook. ❧

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The cycling craze in Southern Georgian Bay stories by Allison Kennedy opening photo by RichARd GAllowAy


f the quality of the cycling in Southern Georgian Bay was a secret, it’s no longer a well-kept one. The word is out: our region offers some of the best cycling in Canada. With rolling hills, amazing vistas and well-maintained, low-traffic roads, the area is quickly becoming a mecca for cyclists. Combine that broad appeal with the overall growth of the sport, the development of the Centurion race series, and an expanding demographic seeking low-impact cardio, and what you’ll witness is a steady stream of cyclists grinding their way up Grey Road 19, stopping for butter tarts in Ravenna, and sipping 50-kilometre coffees in Creemore. RIGHT: Jody Wilson (left) and Patrick “PJ” Kings (right) lead a group of cyclists up Grey Road 19 on one of the new Collingwood Cycling Club’s weekly rides.


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“It’s been described as the new golf,” says Jay McLaren, a board member on the newly formed Collingwood Cycling Club. “A lot of people hit their mid-30s to mid-50s and they are looking for something new. If you look at a golf membership or a sports car, a $5,000 bike is suddenly pretty cheap. If you golf, sometimes you leave the course ticked off, but every time you get off a bike, you feel good. You are doing something good for yourself. Guys are having business meetings on bikes instead of the golf course. All of these things are driving the growth, and we all know nothing draws a crowd like a crowd. Now that it’s reached a tipping point where you are seeing hundreds of people out on the road, people are wondering what the attraction is and they are finding out for themselves.” Whether you’re a beginning cyclist, a novice racer or a seasoned pro, Southern Georgian Bay has a cycling challenge ready and waiting just for you.

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After 28 years promoting the well-respected Ironman series in the U.S., Centurion Cycling founder Graham Fraser decided to come home. Having grown up in Ontario, Fraser was familiar with Southern Georgian Bay’s exceptional cycling. With the combination of Blue Mountain’s resort facilities and the quality local cycling routes, Fraser knew that the Blue Mountain Centurion event had the potential to become the crown jewel in the world-class Centurion Cycling series he was building. Centurion combines the mass-participation of a bigcity marathon with the feel of riding in a stage of the Tour de France. Centurion Cycling events follow courses in set distances of 25 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles. “If you want to race, you can race. If you’d rather ride, you can ride,” explains the Centurion website of the events’ inclusivity. “Centurion Cycling encourages racers, competitive cyclists, recreational riders and families to all embrace this new challenge where


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racers race, riders ride and everyone can be a Centurion!” With two hugely successful Blue Mountain Centurion events now in the rearview mirror – the numbers swelled from 1,400 in 2010 to 3,400 in 2011, with a 5,000-rider turnout predicted for the 2012 event, which runs from Sept. 14-16 – Fraser isn’t surprised at the success of the Centurion. “It is crazy growth but I knew it would happen,” he says. “I have done this my whole life and I knew. Southern Georgian Bay has quiet, beautiful country roads that everyone wants to cycle and after two years the number of people training up here has taken off. That’s one of the benefits and that’s what motivates me: to help build new economies, to bring people into new areas and to keep people fit. Society is getting more obese and more out of shape. We have to be proactive, we have to give people goals and the means to get out there and do something. That is what Centurion really does.” The growth of cycling in our area can be linked to the launch of the Centurion event, but Fraser also says cycling’s soaring popularity has even more to do with demographics. “Looking at the demographics, I knew cycling was going to become a really popular sport. I was noticing the average age of triathletes was getting much older, rising from 34 to 43. After 43, many athletes, like myself, are looking for something else. You don’t want to run as much but you still want to keep fit and stay competitive and have challenges. That’s how we came up with the concept of Centurion.” As the event has grown, Fraser has ensured there’s something for everyone. “It’s accessible; it’s not like an Ironman,” explains Fraser. “If I walk into a room and say, ‘Hey, you should do an Ironman,’ people look at me like I’m nuts, but if I say ‘You can do a 25-mile, 50-mile or 100-mile bike ride’ people realize they can. If you are a serious rider, you can race at the front; if your spouse is a recreational rider, they can do a shorter race; and then we have a kid’s ride. It’s a family event, something everyone can do. That’s the magic.” Fraser wants to actively encourage local charities to use the Centurion to raise funds. As he explains, the majority of the work


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“We want to take unsafe riders and make them safe riders, to take beginner riders and make them novice riders, and take expert riders and give them someone to ride with,� explains Collingwood Cycling Club board member Jay MacLaren. On The Bay

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Activities ccc board members Jody Wilson (left) and stuart MacLaren lead out a long group of cyclists on a sunday morning ride.

The appeal of cycling is universal and she agrees that demographics are fueling the sport’s growth. “Cycling is the new golf,” she explains. “It’s been spurred on by the Tour de France and Lance Armstrong, and women generally want to keep up with trends. There’s the social element too. It’s a good opportunity to go for a workout in a group. It’s also a great sport for the masses. Not everyone can run. Women in their 40s and 50s have to start thinking about osteoporosis and joints. Many are leaning towards cycling for cross training – choosing to bike three days and run three days.” As for the appeal of Southern Georgian Bay, well, that’s simple. “I would say the Escarpment is a major part,” says Wansbrough. “Serious cyclists want challenging terrain and there are a lot of areas in Ontario that just aren’t that hilly. Grey Road 19 and Pretty River are some of the nicest climbs anywhere. There are a lot of fairly quiet roads and the surrounding towns are great. You can bike to Creemore, have a coffee and ride back a different way. There are lots of other great areas in Ontario to ride, but we have so much variety.”

collingwood cycling club 2.0 “What is really neat for me is to see the progression of these women,” explains Wansbrough. “I have quite a few returning customers. To see how far they’ve come is amazing. They have so much more confidence, they are riding so much better, and they are hooked. People who had just gotten a bike out of a box three years ago and could barely get up Grey Road 19 are now doing 50- and 100-mile events. For me that’s very exciting as a business owner.” Luckily there is always more to learn about riding on the road. “Most people can ride a bike, but there is a ton of stuff to learn with cycling, even with gear selection alone,” Wansbrough explains. “I could spend seven days a week on gear selection. Your whole ride experience can alter if you know how to change gears properly and it’s the same with climbing and descents. After 20 years of riding I still learn something new on every group ride.”

As the number of cyclists on Southern Georgian Bay roads continues to increase, so does the need for a united voice. Since its mid-April launch, the Collingwood Cycling Club already boasts 270-plus members and aims to give area cyclists the representation and resources they need. “We need to have a voice for cyclists here,” explains Wansbrough, who is also on the new club’s board of directors. “The cycling business is bringing in a lot of revenue and we need to have support from the towns. The more support we can get, the more bike lanes we can get, the more bike paths, the more bike parking – all of that stuff is going to bring more and more into the town. We all know the skiers bring a certain percentage of revenue into the town; now it’s the bikers who are adding to that.” The club, an Ontario Cycling Association affiliate, holds several group rides geared to various riding abilities. Saturday and Sunday

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ABOVE: Steve Ward waits with other cyclists at Collingwood’s Fisher Field for a weekend ride with the Collingwood Cycling Club to begin. The Saturday rides typically attract over 100 riders, while about 40 to 60 come out for the Sunday rides.

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mornings feature group rides, while Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are intermediate/advanced rides and Wednesday’s ride is tailored to novice road riders. With the rapid rise in membership, though, that schedule will evolve to meet members’ needs. For updates and registration information, go to www. collingwoodcyclingclub.ca. The club has several mandates, including rider development. “We want to take unsafe riders and make them safe riders, to take beginner riders and make them novice riders, and take expert riders and give them someone to ride with,” explains board member MacLaren. “There are so many riders on the road, and just because everybody knows how to ride a bike, it doesn’t mean they are necessarily doing it safely. We want to be a safe entity within the community and make sure everyone learns the proper skills in cycling and group cycling … and has fun.” With jerseys emblazoned with the club’s “C3” logo, the Collingwood Cycling Club is hoping to become a familiar sight for area motorists. “We want to be recognized as individuals who use our roads,” explains club vice president Jody Wilson. “People pass you all the time but they don’t know where you’re from or who you are. But this summer, they will see an awful lot of C3 jerseys and they’ll know these are local riders who are part of the Collingwood Cycling Club. Our dream is to have everyone being safe and recognized.” In addition to promoting safe group riding, fitness, health and an active lifestyle, the social component of the sport is key, says president PJ Kings. “There is a huge social aspect to it as well,” says Kings. “People who don’t road ride don’t really understand the group dynamics. Once they try it, they get hooked.” While the current cycling boom in this area is a hot topic, fewer people realize there was an earlier surge of local popularity some 30 years ago. The 2012 incarnation of the Collingwood Cycling Club is actually the club’s second coming. Back in 1981, the original Collingwood Cycling Club was formed with the





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NUMBERS Group riding etiquette and safety Group cycling is a fantastic way to get a workout in and enjoy the company of fellow cyclists. The Collingwood Cycling Club has several weekly group rides, and part of the club’s focus is teaching riders the proper etiquette and safety rules for riding in a group. Here are some Collingwood Cycling Club guidelines for safer group riding: • Riding in a large group requires special skills, care and caution. Since groups attract more attention than single riders, be a role model for other roadway users. The respect we earn from motorists depends on our actions as responsible cyclists. • Consider taking a clinic or course on group riding, or joining your local cycling club to learn more about the skills needed for group rides. • Communication is key. Call out or point out hazards to other riders in the group and signal all turns to the group and to motorists. • Anytime there is a turn, traffic light, or any type of road condition that could cause a rider to get unintentionally dropped from the group, wait for the next rider and let them know. • Make sure your bike is in good working order. • Be predictable in all your actions and stay alert at all times. • Hold your line. Especially in corners. • Do not pass in corners. • Don’t overlap wheels. A slight direction change or gust of wind could easily cause you to touch wheels and fall. • Leave enough space between yourself and the rider in front of you to suit your abilities (generally three feet or so for a beginner). • When preparing to stand up on the pedals, get out of the saddle slowly over two pedal strokes to avoid shooting your rear wheel into the rider behind you. • Don’t brake hard unless absolutely necessary. • Pass and change lanes slowly and carefully, like you would in your car. • Remove aerobars for all group rides. Aerobars – used to achieve a more aerodynamic riding position – are generally not necessary or welcome on group rides. Following these rules will enhance your own safety and comfort as well as that of the other riders in your group. Respect the road, respect other riders, and ride on!

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ABOVE: Longtime cyclist and CCC board member Stuart MacLaren climbs Grey Road 19, proof positive of the fitness and health benefits of cycling.


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help of Dan Hadley and his wife, Tricia, along with a group of very passionate, committed members, many of whom still cycle today. Back then, the group met several times a week to do time trials, criteriums and casual weekend club rides. There was also an Interclub Race Series with the Queen’s City Bicycle Club, as well as Barrie and Owen Sound Cycling Clubs. Collingwood’s Summerfest event also featured a popular cycling race that ran through the streets of town from the early to mid ’80s. Hadley, who still lives near Ravenna, has watched the sport’s resurgence in this area with great interest. “In the last five years, I’ve noticed a real explosion in the popularity of road cycling,” explains Hadley. “I’ve been riding up here for 30 years – maybe more. When you were riding a bicycle in those days you were kind of different; a weird guy in spandex shorts. Fortunately and thankfully, the whole culture has changed. It’s gaining popularity. It’s a wonderful sport for all ages and all genders. It’s non-impact and, unlike running, it doesn’t damage your joints. It has a lot of things going for it.” Hadley adds Southern Georgian Bay is tailor-made for road biking. “This area really has first-class cycling. I come from BC and the riding here is among the best. I am really pleased that somebody has taken up the gauntlet with the Collingwood Cycling Club and has put it together, professionally. These guys are really going for it.”

ABOVE: Riders head up Sixth Street as part of a Sunday ride with the Collingwood Cycling Club.

Share the Road Bill Abbotts and the Town of Blue Mountains Share the Road chapter have been spreading a message of respect on our roads since 2008. By now you’ve probably seen Share the Road signs along local cycling routes and noticed Share the Road magnets affixed to local vehicles. “The focus of Share the Road is safety through education and awareness for road cyclists, with a focus on making our area welcoming for cycling tourists,” explains Abbotts. “We want to raise the awareness of local motorists and remind them that cyclists are using the roads here more and more often. Share and respect: that’s what we all need to do – the motorists, cyclists and the agricultural sector need to work together.” Abbotts, who was originally drawn to the cause after trying to ride safely between local mountain bike trails, first saw the Share the Road program in action in Hamilton. After bringing the idea home to the Blue Mountains, he and a friend made an initial investment in 100 Share the Road magnets and the program has grown from there. “We now have signs, brochures and a web presence,” explains Abbotts. “We attend events from youth summits to the library environmental fair. We issue press releases, distribute ‘Share the Road’ trunk magnets, ‘Watch for Bikes’

rearview mirror and water bottle stickers. The Clearview/Wasaga/Collingwood group had two road billboards installed last year. We lobby the government for a one-metre clearance law, and we will be doing OPP ride-alongs to interact with cyclists this summer, welcome them to the area and remind them about Share the Road and the rules.” The goal for Abbotts is simple: Keeping area cyclists safe. “As a kid here, 50 years ago, I had a bicycle for my paper route,” recalls Abbotts. “I have probably never been without a bike in my lifetime. It all comes down to respect for me. Cycling is something that local people can do, regardless of their situation. You get a bike for a reasonable price and you can go out and ride for nothing. It’s something everyone can do. The more we all become aware of each other on the road, the safer riding will become.” To learn more about Share the Road, visit www.thebluemountains.ca/share-the-road.cfm. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines watching a steady stream of riders go by, maybe this is the summer you’ll find out what the cycling craze is all about. Whether you decide to head out on your own, join a local cycling club, or challenge yourself with a 25-mile, 50-mile or 100-mile Centurion race, you’ll be making a healthy lifestyle choice and joining an ever-expanding crowd of Southern Georgian Bay cyclists. ❧ On The Bay

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to interpret the architect’s intention,” says Farrow, “and it wasn’t always easy. There’s a lot of roundness in this house which is easier to draw than to execute.” But he agrees that the push to create something unconventional was an exciting experience. And having clients who willingly gave him free rein was an added bonus. The homeowners see it as a collaborative effort. They would bring photos of design ideas, often gathered on their travels, and ask that they be incorporated into the house. The oversize wooden front door, for instance, was built to match a door they had seen in a hotel in Rome. “The raised hearth on the stone fireplace was something we saw and loved in Jackson Hole when we were there on a ski trip,” says the owner. “The house was under construction at the time but we were able to send photos to Blake just in the nick of time. It was great fun to watch the house take shape and see our ideas come to life before our eyes.” Blake’s wife Marina Farrow of FAD Design stepped in as part of the team at the conceptual stage. She and the owners worked out a vision for the house well before the

The owners’ three daughters, now aged 14, 11 and 9, also played a role in the design of their bedrooms.

LEFT: The oldest daughter’s bedroom has a Ralph Lauren classic look compared to those of her younger sisters, who chose vivid pinks and purples for their rooms. All the furniture and millwork was custom built by FAD Design. RIGHT: The three girls worked with Marina Farrow on their bedroom designs – and on this bathroom with its concrete trough sink and large glass-walled shower. High-tech electronics were installed throughout, including an iPod station in the girls’ bathroom.

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last plank of reclaimed hemlock was laid on the floor. “We wanted a rustic but elegant look with lots of breathing space,” explains Marina, also a mother of three who brought the realities of function to the project. “The house had to be practical for family living, but it’s the details of fine craftsmanship that make it special. Every trade did their very best [work] in this house.” Creating the impressive open metal staircase took countless hours. The idea of this industrial-style staircase with its steel mesh and simple iron pickets was to keep the three levels of the house open, one to the other. The owners didn’t want the basement space to be cut off from the rest of the house. To complete the labourintensive metalwork, Blake Farrow set up a welding shop and fabricated a lot of it on site. “We worked until 3 a.m. the morning before the family were moving in for Christmas,” notes Blake, “it was literally down to the wire.” The owners’ three daughters, now aged 14, 11 and 9, also played a role in the design of their bedrooms. Marina Farrow met with each girl individually to show

Throughout the house, both inside and outside, is a feeling of continuity, a coming together of esthetic sensibilities that can only be derived from great cooperation and a clear architectural vision. RIGHT: The family play area, complete with billiard table, has a walk-out at ground level to the garden patio. In the back corner is a room with built-in bunk beds for sleepovers. LEFT: Glass walls keep the professionally equipped workout room and the wine cellar from being closed off to the rest of the space.


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ABOVE: The reflecting pool has an integrated fire feature. UPPER RIGHT: Edging the just completed patio is a sculpture designed and created by The Landmark Group. Materials include tempered glass, fabricated steel and Douglas fir timbers. The setting sun adds a further artistic note. LOWER RIGHT: Stone stairs lead from the hot tub patio. Irish moss was planted to fill the spaces between the Wiarton limestone slabs.


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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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THE BLUE MOUNTAINS Awesome Life Coaching

Nicole Craig doesn’t like to call herself a life coach; she prefers the term “personal power facilitator.” “I deal a lot with personal power,” Craig explains. “I work with people in identifying limiting beliefs or limiting thoughts. We identifty things they’ve been programmed with through life, then reprogram their thoughts and their beliefs. If you can change your thoughts, you can change your life.” Craig uses a method called psych-K to work with people on issues like relationships, self esteem, prosperity, health and body. “It’s a method of releasing old programs and reprogramming your brain,” she explains. “It really makes a difference in changing your beliefs very quickly. It doesn’t take six months.” Most of Craig’s clientele are women, although she does have some male clients. “They come to me two or three times or for maybe three months,” she says. “I don’t work on a commitment basis where you have to keep coming back. I see so many women my age who are just stuck – lost – and need to regain that personal power. They have to stand on their own two feet, so they don’t need to become dependent on a coach; they need their own power.” She adds, “I just want to help people create their own awesome life.” A certified coach practitioner with the Certified Coaches Federation (CCF), Craig also works with her clients using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), mindfulness-based stress reduction, Reiki and targeted meditation. It all begins with an initial free 20-minute consultation over the phone. “If I think I can help them, I will tell them. If they’re interested, we book a first meeting to identify what could be limiting them.” With a background in business training and development, Craig has been working as a consultant with large corporations for the last 15 years. “A lot of the skills I taught were life skills,” she says of her move into coaching. “I wanted to do something to reach out to the masses as opposed to just working with corporations.” With homes in Toronto and Blue Mountain, she can conduct sessions over the phone or in person by appointment. Her goal is to live and work full-time in Southern Georgian Bay. “I do want to grow this into more,” she says, noting that she plans to organize events such as personal power weekends. By appointment. Town of Blue Mountains 416-894-6050 www.awesomelife.ca

Blue Mountain Audiology

Mark Neukom’s career path has led him straight to his passion – helping people hear better. He began his odyssey as a geological engineer, followed by herbal medicine, then sound engineering, before earning his Master of Clinical Science in Audiology from Western University. “I was looking for something that was engineering related, healthcare related and sound related,” explains Neukom. I would always say one day I’ll find a job that integrates everything I’ve ever done, and this is it. I love being able to help somebody listen to their grandchildren or being able to talk to their son or daughter who lives in Vancouver on the telephone or listen on the deck and listen to the crickets. I love it.” Neukom practiced in Owen Sound prior to opening his own audiology clinic in Thornbury. His work with his patients begins with a full clinical hearing assessment. “We do spend a fair amount of time initially with our patients getting a thorough client history, finding out possible causes of hearing loss – prescription medication can cause hearing loss and various other illnesses can cause hearing problems as well,” says Neukom. “We like to get as deep into their history as possible. We also check for the middle ear and make sure that’s functioning properly. We check the integrity of the whole system, explain why they’re having issues, give them a brief understanding of hearing aids and what to expect if a hearing aid is warranted, then send them home. If they’re interested in a hearing aid, we have them back, fit them, order, show them how to use the hearing aid, and perform follow-ups to do fine-tuning.” Not all patients require hearing aids, and even those that do may elect not to wear one. Neukom says he understands and works hard to make wearing and using hearing aids as comfortable as possible. “I prefer that my patients at least wear the hearing aids because the best place for a hearing aid is on the ear, not


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in a drawer.” Patients do not need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment, although some doctors do refer patients to Blue Mountain Audiology. Open Tues. – Thurs., expanding hours to Mon. – Sat. 4 Arthur St. W. (Hwy. 26), Thornbury 519-599-0995

Paperwhite Wendy Bannerman-Clark has left the Cheese Gallery in Thornbury and opened a full-service flower shop just a few doors down. In addition to flower sales, arranging and delivery, Paperwhite also offers wedding planning, table scaping, holiday decorating and custom framing. The shop carries beautiful fresh flowers and arrangements for all occasions, and also does custom arranging. The chief floral designer is Melanie Macleod-Vallins, well-known in the area as the longtime floral designer with the previous flower shop in this location. Paperwhite also sells table linens, high-quality paper napkins, napkin rings, candles, candle holders, vases, place card holders, trivets, table runners and salt cellars – “everything you need to set a beautiful table,” says Bannerman-Clark. There are also décor items and stationery. Bannerman-Clark also provides wedding planning services. Open Tues.-Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mon. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 15 Bruce St. S., Thornbury 519-599-6606 www.paperwhiteflowers.ca

COLLINGWOOD Dapple Gray There’s a new equestrian boutique in Cranberry Mews, proof positive that we really are in horse country. Owner Kristy Lake grew up in Collingwood, riding and competing, before moving to Vancouver. “I came back to visit last year and noticed how much bigger and awesome the equestrian community is here.” Lake says Dapple Gray is “not just your run of the mill tack shop. It has a lot of character and carries the newest and the best and the latest and the greatest,” from fashion-forward trends in riding clothing to products like shampoo and mane conditioner, to leather and strap goods. The store is the only retailer north of Toronto that carries the Antares line of saddles as well as helmets. “It’s an edited one-stop-shop,” says Lake. In addition to horse lovers, Dapple Gray also caters to dog lovers, with lots of items for your canine companions.

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Dominion Lending Centres National mortgage brokerage and leasing company Dominion Lending Centres has a new branch on First Street in Collingwood. Owners Douglas Moody and Tammy Robinson together bring 35 years’ experience in the mortgage and finance business to their new venture. “We represent over 100 lenders including all banks plus large mortgage lenders people might not be aware of,” says Moody, who is president and mortgage agent (Robinson is principal broker). “We look at all the lending institutions.” Because of the size and scope of Dominion Lending Centres nationally – there are more than 2,000 “members” offering free advice across Canada – there is some clout. “We basically have a much bigger toolbox,” says Moody. However, he is quick to add that Dominion’s services are not just for those with credit problems. “People are under the misconception that we only deal with people with bad credit, but most of our clients have good credit,” says Moody. In addition to residential mortgages, the business also handles commercial mortgages, which many banks do not. “Most of the local banks refer to us for commercial mortgages,” says Moody. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by appointment seven days a week. 328 First St., Suite 400, Collingwood 705-532-1141 www.thebettermortgage.ca On The Bay

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With 104 hearing health centres across Ontario, ListenUP has brought its expertise in audiology and hearing aids to Collingwood. Joan Guthrie is the hearing instrument specialist at the corporately owned clinic. The clinic offers full hearing assessments, including hearing health history, hearing tests, results and recommendations, plus a wide range of hearing aid options. “We fit them and do all of the follow-up,” says Kate Dekok, chief audiologist for ListenUP! Canada. “It’s a one-stop shop for amplification.” Because of its size, ListenUp is able to offer a variety of hearing aids plus financing options and promotions. While it bills itself as “the #1 doctor referred provider of hearing aids in Ontario,” patients do not need a referral to come in for a hearing assessment. “We always encourage people to come in for a baseline hearing test to see where they’re at,” says Dekok, adding everyone should be tested annually or biannually after age 50. All staff are required to pass an internal certification in addition to their post-secondary education. The clinic also carries custom-molded noise plugs and musician plugs. Open Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 186 Erie Street, Suite 206, Collingwood (705) 444-8413 www.listenupcanada.com

CREEMORE Mad River Veterinary Hospital “Flooring our community one family at a time” King’s Court, Thornbury . www.floorcrafters.ca . 519.599.5055

Well-known Collingwood veterinarian Dr. Jacquie Pankatz has opened a second vet clinic in Creemore. The Mad River Veterinary Hospital is a fullservice facility that can even take x-rays and perform surgery. Pankatz divides her time between the Creemore clinic and Mountain Vista Veterinary Hospital in Collingwood. Her associate, Dr. Michelle Kinoshita along with registered veterinary technician Kristin Rogers are at the Mad River facility full-time. “This is the first small animal veterinary hospital in Creemore, ever,” enthuses Pankatz. “Creemore is a pet-loving town. Everybody’s got a pet. So there’s a need for this and I think people are really going to appreciate somewhere closer to go. There’s been a tremendous response so far.” In addition to medical and surgical services, the new animal hospital offers preventative care, parasite prevention, vaccinations, examinations, and therapeutic diets from Royal Canin, and Medical. Pet dental services are referred to Mountain Vista. There is no boarding or grooming at the Creemore location. “With two locations, we can offer more extensive diagnostics and a lot of hightech services sometimes a small community can’t have,” says Pankatz. Open Mon., Tues & Thurs. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 2 Francis St. E., Creemore 705-466-2467 www.madrivervet.com

STAYNER Centum Alternative Mortgages Ltd. Janice Stickwood, whose family is well-known as the former long-time owners of Stayner Home Hardware, has gone into the mortgage business. “I bring 20 years of customer service into this career where the customer comes first,” she says. “I hope that’s what sets me apart.” As a mortgage agent, Stickwood can arrange both home and business mortgages anywhere in Ontario, dealing with banks as well as private lenders. “The beneficial part of coming to a mortgage agent is we have access to all the available options,” she explains. “If people go to the bank they get that bank’s rate, but if people come to a mortgage agent we have all the banks’ rates and we find the best rate to fit the client’s needs. Because we deal with all the banks, we can usually give the client a better rate than they can get at the bank. Also in most cases our services are free to the client – the bank pays us a finder’s fee.” Stickwood says mortgage brokers and agents currently serve 40 per cent of the market. She adds integrity is her stock-in-trade. “I work for a brokerage that is very ethical, and if we feel they’re better off going directly somewhere,


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ABOVE: Thornbury’s Sisi Trattoria has a new owner and has been completely redesigned to be warm and rustic with upscale charm – a mix of the Old World and the New.

we’ll tell them that – we care for the clients and care what happens to them.” Her office is located in the Royal LePage Trinity Realty offices in Stayner; however, while she does obtain referrals from Royal LePage, she can work with any customer. Open Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Also available evenings and weekends by appointment. 7458 Hwy. 26, Unit 11, Stayner 705-428-3929 www.centum.ca/janice_stickwood

NEW MODEL HOMES Model home openings

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Developer Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities has a new model home ready for viewing at its Park Place development in Wasaga Beach. The Midhurst model is a 1,461-square-foot bungalow modular home built by Guildcrest Homes. This open-concept home features a great room with coffered ceiling and pot lights. There is hardwood floor in the great room and congoleum flooring in the foyer, hall, laundry and main bath areas. The kitchen has pot and pan drawers in the island, valance lighting, crown molding and ceramic tile backsplash. Many other upgrades include a double car garage, window blinds, central air and rear deck. On The Bay

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Publisher Jeff Shearer is pleased to announce that Patti Bowden has joined On The Bay. In this role, Patti will assume sales

responsibilities for all businesses located in our western territory which begins at the western edge of Collingwood and extends all the way to Owen Sound to the west and the Beaver Valley to the south. Patti Bowden has spent most of her life in Southern Georgian Bay. Having enjoyed many years of weekends in Collingwood and Craigleith, Patti’s parents decided to make a permanent move to Collingwood in the early 70’s (before it became the thing to do). She is a graduate of Admiral Collingwood, CCI and George Brown College.

Patti Bowden After college Patti sold display advertising for The Western Sales Manager Enterprise Bulletin for 5 years, which provided a great opportunity to get to know many of the businesses and their owners from Wasaga Beach to Meaford. She then moved into the printing industry and according to people she worked with and for, Patti provided her clients with exceptional customer service and account management, as well as marketing and advertising solutions for businesses located throughout southern Ontario. Patti and her son Kieffer live in Collingwood. They are members of Craigleith Ski Club and are very thankful to be living in this wonderful 4 season playground. In her spare time, she enjoys snowshoeing, biking, walking on our wonderful trail system and learning to play golf. Patti is also a board member of Habitat For Humanity, South Georgian Bay. She looks forward to getting re-acquainted with former clients, meeting and getting to know new ones. We welcome her to On The Bay. Patti can be reached at 704-444-9192 or pbowden@onthebaymagazine.com



Each floor plan can be customized to meet client requirements and move-in is only 16 weeks from time of order. For those looking for a quick closing, there are five other model homes on site that can be purchased. Open daily 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sales centre located at 39 Ryther Road, Wasaga Beach 705-422-0747 (1-800-516-9399) www.parkbridge.ca

TRANSFORMATIONS Business moves, ownership changes and major renovations

Curiosity House Books There was a hue and cry when the previous owners announced that Creemore’s beloved independent bookstore would be closing up shop – until local artist Ralph Hicks stepped in to save the day. Acting quickly and on impulse, Hicks bought the business and moved it to a new location just down Mill Street (beside the 100 Mile Store). “I’m feeling more energized by this little enterprise than I’ve ever felt before,” enthused Hicks. “Every woman in Creemore is hugging me on the street, and I’ve lost count of the emails and phone calls I’ve had. That demonstration of support is a remarkable story in itself.” Hicks says this objective is to make Curiosity House the best little bookstore in Canada. “It has already been voted one of the 10 best, but that’s not good enough. I guess that’s a bit of my philosophy – only the best will do.” Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 178 Mill St., Creemore 705-466-3400 www.curiosityhousebooks.com

Farrow AV Design Inc. Farrow AV Design has relocated to downtown Collingwood. In business since September, 2009, owners Craig and Susan Farrow and Josh Mudde focus on implementing residential and commercial audio/video, security systems and home automation systems utilizing world-class products such as Crestron and NuVo. Farrow AV offers technical expertise, products, professional installation and after-sale customer support. 87A Hurontario Street, Collingwood 705-444-2364 (toll-free: 877-301-1228) www.farrowav.com

Madison Clothing Boutique Owner Charles Dominick has brought his downtown Toronto fashion sense to downtown Collingwood, moving his First Street store to Hurontario Street. The hip store carries women’s and men’s designer styles, with brands like Ed Hardy, Energy, Diesel, Collective Concepts, and True Religion. Madison also carries accessories, jewelry, shoes and boots Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 58 Hurontario St., Collingwood 705-293-3500

The Mill New owner Noel Terry has completely renovated this popular Thornbury restaurant, featuring a trendy, contemporary décor and a theatre kitchen. “For me it’s South Beach; it’s got a South Beach charm,” says Nadia Vettorello, who manages The Mill along with Sisi Trattoria (see below). The all-new menu is “fun and colourful,” using local produce and ingredients wherever possible. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 onwards 12 Bridge St, Thornbury 519-599-7866 www.themillcafe.com


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Sisi Trattoria Noel Terry is the new owner of Sisi as well as The Mill. He has changed the name to Sisi Trattoria (from Sisi On Main) and completely transformed the restaurant into a warm, rustic traditional-style Venice/Rome café, but with a Our grapes come from the vines growing contemporary vibe. There is also a large, sunny patio out back. on the hills overlooking Georgian Bay. Adam Barone, the executive chef for both Sisi and The Mill, hasterroir developed The unique of soil and climate influences our wine styles and flavours. a menu of regional Italian cuisine. “We have a wood-burning oven, and there With each vintage we aspire to create are some pizzas on the menu, but pizza is not the focus,” saysenjoyable manager Nadia wines that express “where we come from”. Vettorello. “The focus is on traditional nonna-inspired rustic Italian cuisine, simple and reasonably priced. Adam is Sicilian, so a lot of the cuisine at Sisi’s is very Sicilian in nature.” Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 onwards 27 Bruce St. S., Thornbury www.sisitrattoria.com 519-599-7769

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The Tack Shoppe There is a whole lot new at the popular local equestrian store The Tack Shoppe. Sisters Kim Wharin and Kelly Kerr bought the Nottawa building from Barb Anderson upon her retirement (they did not buy the business, but Anderson let them keep the name). “We have a passion for the area, a passion for horses, and we wanted to have our own business,” says Wharin of the reasons behind the decision. “There is huge demand, and with Barb retiring we wanted to continue servicing the community to meet the needs of the riders in the area.” The store has been completely revamped, and the sisters brought in all new inventory of “current, trendy, technical equipment and apparel,” including brands like Ecogold and KEP helmets. In addition to retail, the store will also focus on horse health. “Kelly is a nutritionist, so she will be doing seminars on horse health,” says Wharin. Open Tues., Wed. & Fri.10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Mon. 4174 County Rd. 124, Nottawa 705-445-4041

Zazzys Boutique Zazzys Boutique, formerly the Style Studio in Collingwood, has a new owner and a new name. Previous owner Shelly Palmer still runs the Style Studio in Wasaga Beach, so new owner Ann Walder had to change the name. Zazzys sounded about right. In addition to the lines and designers shoppers have come to expect from the store, Ann is also carrying new ones including Pink Martini, Miracle Jeans, Kensie, Lady Dutch, InWear, 9 West and Steve Madden. Women can put together a whole outfit, including clothing, accessories, shoes and jewelry. Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 175 Hurontario St., Collingwood 705-444-2176 www.zazzys.ca ❧ On The Bay

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ART & ANTIQUES SHOWS Now – JuNe 23 Third Annual Juried Show Meaford Hall The works of artists from Grey, Bruce, Grey Highlands and Simcoe Counties. Patrons can expect to see a wide array of mediums in both fine art and photography. www.meafordhall.ca Now – July 5 Queen Elizabeth II: Role Model and Mother Exhibition, Meaford Hall This temporary exhibit tells the story of how Queen Elizabeth became a role model for one person, influencing her view of herself and the world around her. www.meafordmuseum.com JuNe 24 – August 26 Other Nations Dufferin County Museum A Life Spent in the Company of Animals. Renowned local Amaranth artist and illustrator, Linda McLaren. Works will range in media from acrylic on canvas to watercolour and pen & ink. www.dufferinmuseum.com JuNe 25 – July 28 Ways of Seeing Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, Meaford Oil/acrylic: Ariel Lyons’ up-close/unusual viewpoint includes irredescent, interference and metallic colours creating movement in textural compositions. Acrylic/watercolour on canvas: Jane Hunter’s series brings challenge in concept, imagery or technique. Meditative painting seeks to convey through composition, colour and rhythm a sense of being ‘there’ in spirit. www.meafordhall.ca July 14 Art in the Park Station Park Gazebo, Stayner Over 15 artisans, plus displays and demonstrations. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 705-428-5870 July 31 – september 22 Fine Art Photography Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, Meaford A group show by members of the Toronto Focal forum, showing a wide range of approaches to photography as an art form. www.meafordhall.ca

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES JuNe 21 Suzie Vinnick Meaford Hall Suzie is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet natural mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship. Performance at 8 p.m. Tickets $25. www.meafordhall.ca

JuNe 27 – August 22 Jazz & Blues at the Station The Station/Museum, Collingwood Every Wednesday from 6 – 8 p.m. www.collingwooddowntown.com JuNe 28 – August 23 Music in the Park Station Park, Stayner Every Thursday at 7 p.m. Black Family, Clear Country Grass, Bayview Country, Classic Country Memories, Rusty Nuts, Southern Comfort, My Sweet Patootie, Ladies Night Out, Tommy Gilham and The Chill Boys. larryculham@gmail.com July 15 The World of Animals in Words and Music Dufferin County Museum, Rosemont Series 1 of 3 of the annual summer concert series. A fun afternoon of animal classics where you’ll have a great time listening to some superb music with friends. 2 p.m. Members $5, non-members $10. www.dufferinmuseum.com July 29 Marion Samuel-Stevens Dufferin County Museum, Rosemont Series 2 of 3 of the annual summer concert series. Brief reception and light refreshments follows the performance. Performance at 7 p.m. Member $5, non-members $10. www.dufferinmuseum.com August 9 Carlos Del Junco & Steve Strongman Meaford Hall A great blues show for a sultry summer night. Carlos and Steve take the stage to bring the best of blues in harmonica and guitar. Performance at 8 p.m. Tickets $25. www.meafordhall.ca August 8 – 12 Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship, Shelburne This event will include a concert by Blazing Fiddles, step-dancing, jam sessions, parade, beer garden, open air market, lots of entertainment and food, camping and much more. www.shelburnefiddlecontest.on.ca August 17 Jeremy Bauman, Viola Dufferin County Museum, Rosemont Series 3 of 3 of the annual summer concert series. Brief reception and light refreshments follows the performance. Performance at 7 p.m. Member $5, non-members $10. www.dufferinmuseum.com

FESTIVALS July 5 – 7 East Coast Music Fest Meaford Hall Three nights of great East Coast artists.

July 7 – 15 Edward Horton Festival Osprey Museum, Feversham Celebrating the founding of Feversham. Fun for the entire family! www.sites.google.com/ site/ospreymuseumontario/ July 13 – 15 Peak to Shore Music Festival Blue Mountains Eleven venues, 18 bands, music crawl Friday night in Thornbury and The Jim Cuddy Band Saturday night in the Village. www.bluemountainvillage.ca July 26 – 29 Elvis Festival Collingwood A four-day celebration of the life, music and career of Elvis Presley. www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com

Owners showcase all makes and models of classic cars. Free entry, no pre-registration required. 12 – 4 p.m. www.dufferinmuseum.com

FAMILY ACTIVITIES July 1 Moreston Village Grand Opening Grey Roots Museum, Owen Sound Take a step back in time by taking a guided tour through the log cabin, log house, farm house, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse and bluewater garage. See pioneer demonstrations. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. www.greyroots.com JuNe 22 Parking Lot Party L.E. Shore Memorial Library, Thornbury Featuring musical entertainment by Hewgie & The Dust Jackets, Black Angus BBQ and lots of kids’ activities. 4:30 – 9 p.m. www.bluemountainslibrary.ca July 7 Heritage Day Station Park, Stayner The day brings alive Stayner’s unique heritage. Activities include musical entertainment, food, parade and so much more. 705-428-2540

August 3 – 5 Arts & Music Festival Collingwood Museum More than 40 artists presenting their work in various media in an outdoor setting complemented by music and demonstrations. Presented by the Georgian Bay Association for Creative Arts. www.gbaca.com

July 20 – 22 Famarama Village at Blue Celebrate with buskers, live music, juggling and magic show artists, pajama party, movies under the stars, Juno award-winning performers and more. www.bluemountainvillage.ca

August 3 – 5 Emancipation Festival Grey Roots Museum, Owen Sound Join us in celebrating the journey of our ancestors within the Underground Railroad’s most northerly safe haven. A weekend of music, art, storyboards, crafts, children’s games, speakers, literature and many other activities. Admission $20. www.emancipation.ca

August 3 – 6 Beach Party Village at Blue The summer’s hottest party for all ages! Reggae & Calypso music, fire dancing, movies under the stars, hiking, scavenger hunts, kids’ activities. www.bluemountainvillage.ca

August 8 – 12 Fiddleville Shelburne Canada’s top fiddles in competition for over $17K in prizes. Includes a concert by the Blazing Fiddles, step dancing, jam sessions, parade, beer gardens, Battle of the Bands, pork BBQ, non-denominational church service, Country Superstars and Aerosmith tribute bands, open air market, food, camping and much more. Cost $7 - $45. www.shelburnefiddlecontest.on.ca August 18 Celebrate Collingwood Festival Downtown Collingwood A festival devoted to the celebration of our community. Featuring Farmers’ Market, pancake breakfast, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tea, music, art, family entertainment, historic tours and wagon rides. www.collingwooddowntown.com August 31 – september 2 International Film Festival Meaford Hall Award-winning international films, discussion with filmmakers and directors, all topped off with great parties. Package price: $99. www.miff12.ca

CAR SHOWS August 11 Gathering of the Classics Edenvale Aerodrome Wander amongst 250 vintage and classic aircraft and 150 classic cars. www.classicaircraft.ca August 12 Vintage Car Show and Shine Dufferin County Museum, Rosemont

August 10 – 26 The Singhampton Project Eigensinn Farm Presented by Earth Day Canada. A rare creative collaboration between Canadian Chef Michael Stadtlander and French Landscape Artist Jean Paul Ganem. They have designed and planted seven edible gardens. A kitchen will be installed at each one where a dish will be created to match the artistic concept of each garden. 3 – 5 p.m. daily. Reservations required. $275 plus HST. Performance artists and musicians will perform on the final day. wagen@bmts.com or 519-922-3128 August 11 – 12 Earth Rangers Wild Wonders Village at Blue Free-Flying Birds of Prey show; learn all about reptiles and birds from around the world. www.bluemountainvillage.ca August 17 – 19 Wasaga Under Siege Nancy Island, Wasaga Beach A War of 1812 annual living history festival commemorating the battle between Americans, British and First Nations which resulted in an American victory with the sinking of the British schooner Nancy. www.wasagaunderseige1812.com August 18 Hammer-In Grey Roots Museum, Owen Sound Hammers will be ringing when members of the Ontario Artists Blacksmith Association gather for a festival of iron and fire. Come and watch the horseshoe competition. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. www.gretroots.com August 18 – 19 A Cirque-Tacular Event Village at Blue A unique, interactive outdoor show with aerialists, dancers, acrobatics and physical artists. www.bluemountainvillage.ca On The Bay

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August 26 Jazz for Joe McGinty’s, Meaford Fundraising concert for Beautiful Joe Park. The Vickie van Dyke Trio. Cash bar, delicious food, silent auction. 4 – 7 p.m. Tickets $20. vickie@vickievandyke.com August 26 Sail for Hope Thornbury Yacht Club This event has been sold out every year so book early. Leaving the harbour at noon, the fleet will leave for a scenic afternoon cruise of Southern Georgian Bay. Upon returning at approx. 4 p.m. you will be treated to a casual dinner donated by local businesses. Proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society. $75 adults, $35 children. Tax receipts available. www.thornburyyachtclub.com

TOURS June 23 – 24 Studio Tour Coldwater & Area Featuring 43 artists at 19 locations. Seven new artists have joined the group this year. Enjoy a ride in the countryside and view some fine paintings, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, fibre art, photography and much more. www.coldwaterstudiotour.org

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June 24 Jazz for Joe McGinty’s, Meaford Fundraising concert for Beautiful Joe Park. The Chris Smith Trio. Cash bar, delicious food, silent auction. 4 – 7 p.m. Tickets $20. vickie@ vickievandyke.com

June 25 – 17 Landscape Painting Camp The Bay School of Art, Collingwood This course will address composition, value, colour, atmospheric perspective, brushwork and more. All levels of experience welcome. Cost $225 plus HST. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. www.thebayschoolofart.ca

June 30 Great Meaford Duck Race Sykes Street Bridge, Meaford 2500 Bright yellow ducks will be dropped off the bridge making their way towards the harbour. The mayor will be waiting to grab them as they cross the finish line, announcing the winners. Over 90 prizes to be given away. Tickets are three for $12 or $5 each and can be purchased at The Shoe Tree, Grandma Lambe’s and Scotiabank in Meaford. All proceeds to the non-profit Meaford Co-Operative Preschool.

July 10, 12 Dufferin County and the Canadian Identity Dufferin County Museum, Rosemont A course designed to expand the definition of the Canadian Identity using examples found throughout Dufferin County’s history. Participants will learn how to develop concepts using both secondary and primary resources and understanding the characteristic and credibility of both. Members $20, nonmembers $25. Pre-registration required. www.dufferinmuseum.com

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June 23 Cycle for Sight In its fourth year participants can choose from a 140 km ride or 70 km half ride between Toronto and Collingwood. Riders of all skill levels are invited who are willing to train for the distance. www.cycleforsight.ca

August 19 Live Auction Sale Dufferin County Museum, Rosemont Auction items include antiques, collectibles and other household items that members and friends of the Museum have donated. Preview at 9 a.m. Auction starts at 10 a.m. www.dufferinmuseum.com

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June 20 Daisy of Hope Putting Challenge Georgian Manor Resort, Collingwood Enjoy music by Aaron Garner, prizes and a BBQ while testing your putting skills in support of My Friend’s House. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. shotgun starts. $45 per person or $180 per team of four. www.myfriendshouse.ca

August 11 Dufferin County Museum Golf Day Mulmur Township Golf Course Golf, BBQ and door prizes. Limited space available, pre-registration required. Cost $75. www.dufferinmuseum.com

June 23 Marsh Street Centre Fundraiser Marsh Street Centre, Clarksburg Mark your calendar for June 23 for a special event at Marsh Street Centre in support of the Centre, the Lions Club and community conservation. Guided bus tour of the watershed, guest speakers, Lions Club cash bar, Marsh Street lunch (local trout and beer can chicken), live auction, live music, draw. Tickets $10 for lunch and afternoon events, $20 for dinner, entertainment, auction and draws. 519-599-3629 marshstreetcentre@rogers.com

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June 17 Stride to Turn the Tide of AIDS in Africa Sunset Point Park, Collingwood A national walk with the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in solidarity with the courageous grandmothers of Africa who are caring for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. African baskets and jewelry will be for sale. 1km, 2.5km and 5km walks. Register at 12:30 p.m. Cost $15. gbgrannies@hotmail.com

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August 24 – 26 Cedar Run Rodeo Cedar Run Horse Park, Thornbury A weekend of fast-paced, Western themed action the whole family will enjoy. Bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, calf roping and more. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support Camp Maple Leaf. www.cedarrun.ca



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July 14 Beef BBQ Avening Community Centre Barbecued roasts of beef and new potatoes slowly roasted over an open fire. Baked beans, coleslaw and home-baked pies. Fundraiser for the upkeep of the Avening Community Centre. Rowbie5@live.ca

August 31 – september 2 Summer Sundown Village at Blue A farewell to summer with the hottest weekend of the season. Live band, fireworks, street performers, beach volleyball and more. www.bluemountainvillage.ca

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July 14 GNE Garden Tour A self-directed tour of gardens in Clearview, rain or shine. Buy your ticket to get your map. www.greatnorthernex.com


JULY 11, 18, 25 Sharing the Planet Dufferin County Museum, Rosemont A special youth program for kids aged 8 to 12. Using the over 1,500 animals in the Beauty in the Beast exhibit, kids will study the relationship of humans with wild and domesticated animals through two centuries. Cost $25 plus HST. www.dufferinmuseum.com JULY 14, 24, 31 Museum Artifact Conservation Dufferin County Museum, Rosemont A three-day course in basic museum conservation and handling of artifacts. Members $30, non-members $45. Preregistration required. www.dufferinmuseum.com JULY 16 – 20 Arts Camp Meaford Hall Invites children aged 9 – 13 to learn a new visual art technique each day as instructed by local artists. 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 519-538-3401 JULY 16 - 20 Landscape Painting Camp The Bay School of Art, Collingwood This course will address composition, value, colour, atmospheric perspective, brushwork and more. All levels of experience welcome. Cost $250 plus HST. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. www.thebayschoolofart.ca JULY 21 Frogs of the Headwaters Dufferin County Museum, Rosemont A special presentation by the In The Hills Magazine columnist Don Scallen featuring pictures and voices of all 10 species of frogs and toads that find habitat in the Headwaters region. 2 p.m. Members $5, non-members $10. www.dufferinmuseum.com JULY 29 City Dairy Dufferin County Museum, Rosemont Author of his new history book the City Dairy of Toronto, Paul Huntley will present on the Ontario dairy collecting hobby. Guests are encouraged to bring their own local stories, reminisces and lore about Dufferin’s rich history. Members $5, non-members $10. 2 p.m. www.dufferinmuseum.com AUGUST 1, 8, 15 Bones & Stones Dufferin County Museum A unique kids’ program. A mock dig where archaeological and paleontological methods can be learned first hand. Interactive games, activities and puzzles. Cost $25 plus HST. Preregistration required. www.dufferinmuseum.com AUGUST 13 – 24 Musical Theatre Camp Meaford Hall Campers receive instruction in acting, dance, singing, set design, props, costumes, sound and lighting from a team of performanceindustry professionals, resulting in hands-on, complete-ownership process. Live presentation the final afternoon of camp. Lunch and nutritional snacks provided. Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost $525 plus HST. www.meafordhall.ca AUGUST 14, 21 The Artistic Heritage of Dufferin County Dufferin County Museum This program encourages participants to examine the historical and cultural context of artwork. You will not only understand the artworks intent and meaning, but also examine them in the light of depictions of Dufferin County and/or Dufferin County artists. Members $30, non-members $45. Preregistration required. www.dufferinmuseum.com

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Kings Wharf Theatre, Penetanguishene A killer comedy. Tickets $40 plus HST. www.draytonentertainment.com JULY 18 - 21 Self Help Meaford Hall The story of Hal and Cindy Savage, two struggling actors who reinvent themselves as self-help gurus and, much to their surprise, become the world’s most revered relationship experts. Unfortunately, while their careers skyrocket, their marriage goes into a nosedive and they soon find themselves scrambling to protect their reputations. Performances at 8 p.m. (2 p.m. on the 19th). Tickets $35. www.meafordhall.ca JULY 18 – AUGUST 4 Harvey Kings Wharf Theatre, Penetanguishene A classic comedy. Tickets $40 plus HST. www.draytonentertainment.com AUGUST 8 – SEPTEMBER 1 Blue Suede Shoes: Memories of the King Kings Wharf Theatre, Penetanguishene A salute to the music of Elvis Presley. Tickets $40 plus HST. www.draytonentertainment.com

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FILM JUNE 17 End of Suburbia Meaford Hall Documentary about oil depletion and the collapse of the American dream. Since WWII North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness. 1:30 p.m. Tickets $7 adults, $2 students. www.endofsuburbia.com JUNE 24 Escape from Suburbia Meaford Hall Documentary: A rich interplay on the subtle relationships between the potential solutions each person faces as the demand for fossil fuels outstretches supply. With issues such as energy crisis, neighbourhood gardens and the collapse of the American way-of-life, it would be easy for the independent film to use its 90-minutes running time to whirl into a rant that leaves the viewer shocked and the director sounding line an eco-crazy, but it’s the complete opposite. 1:30 p.m. Tickets $7 adults, $2 students. www.meafordhall.ca JUNE 29 – AUGUST 31 Movies Under the Stars Village at Blue Grab a muskoka chair, cosy up with a blanket and enjoy free outdoor box office movies every Wednesday and Friday evenings. Come early for fun games and great prizes. www.bluemountainvillage.ca

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SUMMIT VIEW ESTATES PEAKS MEADOWS $1,016,000 - Build this model or bring your own builder. Call LBO for lot pricing. Various floor plans available. Full municipal services. Beside Georgian Bay Club and close to Georgian Peaks Ski Club. MLS速 20122736 Barb Picot* 705.444.3452


ING COMMERCIAL COMMERCIAL BUILDING ONE OF A KIND WATERFRONT A MUST SEE!BUILDING $2,100,000. This unique waterfront property offers a fabulous sandy beach, Indian Brook and Pease Marsh Conservation area as your neighbour! 6 yr old, 4 bedroom custom bungalow designed and built by Black Tusk Design with a full, finished lower level. Minutes to Georgian Peaks, Georgian Bay Club. This amazing lifestyle awaits you! John M. Kacmar/Diana Lea Berdini** 705.444.4968

PRINCETON SHORES COMMERCIAL BUILDING $1,850,000 Exquisite waterfront 4 bed/5 bath home, studio/office overlooking bay, family room, pool, hot tub, cedar dock w/power & water. Sandy beach w/fireplace. Attached oversized garage/workshop. Anthea White**705.446.8520




$1,350,000 Exceptional Home on Sparrow Lake! Hardwood floors, granite, stone fireplace, cathedral ceilings, attention to detail! Detached Garage with full loft. Boat house, access to Trent Severn Waterway. Jen Scholte** 705.444.4949

$1,295,000.Breathtaking Post and Beam on 3.25 acres overlooking Big Head River Valley. 6248 sq ft., 4 bdrm, plus office den & loft. The dramatic interior design elements and quality finishes will WOW you!! John M. Kacmar/Diana Lea Berdini** 705.444.4968

$1,100,000 Beautiful five-bedroom home on gorgeous property featuring fantastic views of water. Minutes to all of the areas amenities including Lora Bay. Keith Hull** 705.444.4855




$899,000. Beautiful home w/view of Georgian Bay & 18th hole. Post & beam detailing, soaring ceilings, stone gas f/place, 5 bdrms/ 4 baths, open concept main level, finished lower level, sun room. Laurie Westlake* 705.446.7747

$839,000. Pastoral views, 1 acre pond, minutes to Thornbury , 5 bedroom home, inground pool, perennial & veggie gardens & a 40 X 80 ft industrial shop with 2 baths, office space kitchenette & bedroom. Sandee Roberts** 705.446.7775

$839,000. The ultimate 5 bdrm, 4 bath ski chalet! Just steps from Craigleith Ski Club! 2 wood burning fireplaces, sauna, hot tub, mud rm/ski tuning rm. Warm and inviting! Furniture package included. John M. Kacmar/Diana Lea Berdini** 705.444.4968




$835,000. The 'Jasper Stuart House' built in 1915, is one of Kimberley's most stately homes. Lrg residence, 7 bdrms., all w/ their own ensuite w/heated flrs. Inground pool, manicured lawn, family home or continue as B&B. Read Hilton* 705.351.8100

$799,000 Best entry price to a golf course property. Resort home backing onto 17th fairway of Monterra. Lrg windows give sweeping views of mountain. Cathedral ceilings in fam. rm., eat-in kit.,formal din.rm, hot tub. Maggi Olson* 705.444.3342

$799,000 Impressive custom built home. 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Stunning great room. Main floor master. Private. Close to the Peaks, Georgian Bay Club, Thornbury. Judy Crompton**. 705.444.9312

$794,000 - Exceptional craftsmanship! 5000 sq.ft. finished, 3+1 bdrms, 4.5 baths, great rm, rec rm, 2 gas fireplaces, designer kit. w/ stainless appliances, hardwood flrs, full fin. basement. MLS速 20122309 Ron Picot* 705.446.8580

$699,000 Lovingly maintained & renovated. Open concept design, chefs kitchen w/ black oak cabinets, paper stone counters & black oak wood tile flr, exposed log beams. Work shop w/ 200 amp service & plumbing. Laurie Westlake* 705.446.7747






$697,000 - Located on private 1 acre treed lot, open concept over 3500 sq.ft. finished living space, 4 bdrms, 3 baths, great room, air tight wood burning fireplace. Great inlaw suite on lower level. MLS速 20122449 Barb Picot* 705.444.3452

$689,000 Equidistant to Craigleith, Alpine, TSC, Georgian Bay & Blue Mountain. Tastefully decorated multi-level home offers everything a family would need. 5 bedrms, 3 baths detached oversize garage, deck w/hot tub. Anthea White**705.446.8520

$659,000 Custom built bungalow with 5 bedrooms, 3baths, over 3000 sq ft of finished space nestled privately on 3.7 AC of sugar maple bush with spectacular views of Georgian Bay. Carol Whyne* 705.441.6709

$639,900. Absolutely move in condition! 3 bdrm, 3 bath, ground floor unit, great views of the bay. Wood & slate flooring, berber carpet, 5 appliances, garage. Fabulous Rec centre and outdoor amenities. John M. Kacmar/Diana Lea Berdini** 705.444.4968

$629,000 - Custom designed w/stunning interior living spaces. 2835 sq.ft. fin., 4 bedrms, 3.5 baths, limestone wood burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen/granite counters, hardwd floors, 18ft ceiling. MLS速 20120398 Ron Picot* 705.446.8580



$630,000 Ideal 6 bdrms for extended family living or professionals seeking in home business space. Private lot with garden studio, sauna, 3 FP, oversized garage ,parking for 8 cars, large kitchen w/ walk-in pantry Sue Mallett* 705. 444. 7181 suemallett@chestnutpark.com

$1,175,000 Ensuite baths for each bedroom, Frank Lloyd Wright design with 4200 sq.ft. of finished space, mountain view deck w/ hot tub, mins. to skiing, sandy North Winds Beaches and Collingwood shops. Sue Mallett* 705.444.7181 suemallett@chestnutpark.com

Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage 393 First Street, Suite 100 Collingwood, ON L9Y 1B3

List Local Sales Representative*


SUMMITPOINT VIEW CHARMER ESTATES LIGHTHOUSE $550,000 Immaculate fully renovated & professionally decorated 3 bed/2 bath ground floor Huron model. 2 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, custom wainscoting, maple & limestone flrs. Overlooks bay & ski hills. Anthea White**705.446.8520

360LOT DEGREE 130'X224' NEARVISTAS OSLER $500,000 Over 2,000 sq ft finished w/ 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 gas fireplaces, hardwd, granite, stainless steel appliances, California louvres, deck w/ hot tub. min to Osler and Village at Blue & Collingwood shops. Sue Mallett* 705.444.7181

360 DEGREEVIEW VISTAS EXCELLENT $419,000 If you're looking for a huge view, 4 bed rooms 2 bathrooms, that's minutes to Thornbury, Lora Bay and the Georgian Peaks, stop and book your appointment to see this property MLS#20122101 Brendan Thomson* 705.606.1270






$589,000 - 4 bdrms 3 baths, 2442 Sq. Ft. Dbl garage. Various floor plans available for development. Close to Georgian Bay Club/Georgian Peaks Ski Club. Call for more information and site plan today. MLS® 20122820 Ron Picot* 705.446.8580

$579,000 Condo waterfront at its best in a resort setting featuring many upgrades, oversized garage, indoor/outdoor pools tennis, boat slips. Minutes from skíing, golf and shops. Sue Mallett* 705.445.7181 suemallett@chestnutpark.com

$549,000 - Swiss Meadows - Magnificent views of Georgian Bay, 1840 sq.ft. fin., 4 bedrms, 2 baths, open concept living/dining/kitchen, wood burning fireplace, located at top of Blue Mntn ski hills. MLS® 20122254 Ron Picot* 705.446.8580

$500,000 Georgian Bay waterfront- 100ft of frontage, panoramic views, home or cottage, fireplace, reverse plan, 4 beds, 3 baths. Potential also for a new build. Call to discuss opportunities with this property! Jen Scholte** 705.444.4949



$ 475,000 Kaleidoscope views of Georgian Bay from this 2,000 sq ft 3bdrm, 3bth, open concept bungalow with hardwood, sauna ,ground floor family room, and bunkie. Minutes to Meaford shops, harbour and beaches. Sue Mallett* 705. 444.7181


$459,000 Pristine and roomy on popular corner lot, w/ mature trees. Open concept ,3 bedrms, living room w/ gas f/p, din rm,+ lge family rm with w/o to patio, extra large step-in shower in main bath, storage shed & greenhouse. Maggi Olson *705.444.3342


COMMERCIAL PRISTINE SANDY BUILDING BEACH $459,000 Rustic family cottage located on a gorgeous waterfront property on shores of Georgian Bay in Thornbury. 3 bedrms, 1 bath, sunrm w/views & cozy gas fireplace, fully serviced & incl. bonus lot across the street. Shelly Paul **705.888.0225

360 DEGREE VISTAS WWW.SCHOLTEHOMES.COM $449,900 Wasaga Sands Executive Home. Private estate lot, over 3500 sq ft fin. space, vaulted ceiling, double sided fireplace, main floor master, room above garage, court location, easy access to Ganaraska Trail. Jen Scholte** 705.444.4949



$399,000 Converted century commercial space with 4,000 sq ft of open plan living. Original wood floors, 2 fireplaces, 6 bedrms, 3 baths, sauna w/ shower. Main floor bedrm, spectacular kitchen and barn. Anita Lauer/Barb Thompson* 705-446-6446

$395,000 5 bdrm, open concept, vaulted ceilings, bright, sky light, main flr bdrm, heated tool shed, cement flr, orig. owners. NEC protected, bordering Bruce Trail 2.5 acres mixed bush, 15' deep swimming pond. Gail Crawford* 705.445.3751

$414,900 Executive home – family neighbourhood. Open concept, 4 bedrm , 3.5 bath, private fenced backyard, hardwood flrs, granite counters, finished basement w/heated flrs, many upgrades. MLS® 20122013 Barb Picot* 705.444.3452

$409,900. Modern 1686 sq.ft. bungalow, full town lot, 3 bdrms, 3 baths, 9' ceilings, open concept living/dining, spacious kitchen, cathedral ceiling, hardwood floors, gas f/place. Other floor plans available. Laurie Westlake* 705-446-7747





$350,000 Locally known as “The Hamilton House” - this six-bedroom home featuring large detached garage is perfect for the large family, recreational enthusiast with all the toys and even has B&B potential. Keith Hull** 705.444.4855

$329,000 A rare offering at Lighthouse Point! Well cared for 2 storey, 4 bdrm + loft, 1686 sq ft, 3 bath. Price incl. 30 ft Mooring Slip in LP Marina. Access to the Marina Clubhouse & amenities. John M. Kacmar/Diana Lea Berdini** 705.444.4968

$329,000 Bright end unit close to waterfront, tennis & rec centre. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, recent renos incl. new kitchen cupboards, granite counters & stainless appliances. Gas fireplace. Economical gas heating. Ellen Jarman* 705.441.2630

$389,900 - Barrington Model, 2871 sq.ft. above grade, w/full unfin. bsmt, 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths, upgraded kitchen/appliances, lrg deck for entertaining, great rm w/vaulted ceiling, hardwd flrs. MLS® 20121716 Barb Picot* 705.444.3452

$389,000 Significant reno professionally done since 2010. Castle Glen 1 private acre, 8-10 min to Blue Mountain/ Collingwood. 2143 sq.ft. fin., 2+1 bdrms, 2.5 bath, custom kitchen/granite counters. MLS® 20123055 Barb Picot* 705.444.3452





$299,000 Live and work with this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in the quaint village of Honeywood. Large new detached shop and shed for all your toys or business vehicles.1250sq ft of peace and beautiful scenery. Meredith Cudney* 705.446.8436

$299,000 Spacious lot & creative living space. The opportunities abound in this unique building formerly the Orange Hall. Restored to 2 bed, 2 1/2 bath residence. Upstairs complete w/new kitchen, great rm & lrg bedrm. Meredith Cudney* 705.446.8436

$274,900.Totally renovated 2+1 bdrm home. Modern kitchen w.granite counters, s/s appliances, wood floors, gas f/place, separate dining room. Lower level has family rm w/ fireplace. Prof. landscaped. Laurie Westlake* 705.446.7747

$234,900 Almost new townhome in town. 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath. Open concept, powder room on main floor. Inside entry to garage. Western exposure. Gas heat and air. Full basement, ready to finish. Judy Crompton** 705.444.9312

Market Global Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage

Sales Representative*


SUMMIT VIEW ESTATES THE GALLERIES $226,900 2 bedroom, 2 bath tastefully decorated in a desired community. Heated underground parking & care-free living filled w/ activity & friendship. It's the convenience of your home + all the benefits of condo lifestyle. Nora Black* 705.888.9868



$1,295,000 2.5 acres & option for 50 more acres. The ultimate in privacy, home, land & location. 4,000 sq ft w/ 4beds & 3 baths successfully integrating the historic & modern charm elegance w/ fully updated amenities to compliment every need. Brendan Thomson* 705.606.1270

$119,000 Close to all area ski clubs ,golf, fine dining & more! This 1.1 acre wooded lot slightly slopes to the rear and offers some beautiful country views. A seasonal creek crosses the north west corner. Charity Lakk* 705.444.9690

705.445.5454 www.chestnutpark.com 393 First Street, Suite 100, Collingwood


FEATURE LISTING ALPINE SKI CLUB 5 bedroom 4½ bath custom chalet across from North chair at Alpine.

Offered at $1,495,000 MLS® 20122510

Call Doug Lindsay*


Private 3.5 acre parklike setting, with 2000 sq ft., year round home with inground pool! Offered at $589,000 MLS® 20121565 Call Vicki Bell** 705-446-4539




3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Mountain Views & overlooking Monterra Golf Course. Offered at $324,900 MLS® 20121545 Call Sheila Shepherd* 705-441-6085


4 Bedrooms, finished basement/entertainment area, 3.5 baths, fenced in backyard. Offered at $339,900 MLS® 20120396 Call Phyllis Dineen* 705-445-5520 ext 406

4 Beds, 2.5 Bath. Hardwood, granite in kitchen, main floor laundry, large master ensuite. Offered at $298,900 MLS® 20121775 Call Neil Thain** 416-998-5558



Lovely ranch bungalow with commanding views, great design and well presented. Offered at $429,000 MLS® 20122792 Call Julia Hinds* 705-351-8838

One of the most prestigious waterfront addresses in the area. Offered at $1,095,000 MLS ® 20122426 Call Josh Dolan** 705-446-8404



2.2 acres with Silver Creek running through extensively landscaped property. Renovated 3 Bedroom home. Offered at $795,000 MLS® 20122294 Call Rick Wiles** 647-839-9582

Gorgeous log home, 59 acres, 4 beds, woods, trails & much more to explore. Offered at $999,000 MLS® 20122585 Call Rick Crouch** 705-443-1037



Charming & well maintained 3 bedroom 2 bath cottage with spectacular waterfront. Offered at $569,900 MLS® 20122554 Call Michael Kearns* 705-888-2888


Simple elegance best describes this custom built home, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Country living. Offered at $1,250,000 MLS® 20121850 Call John Giffen** 705-888-6791

3 bdrm chalet on beautiful treed lot with large deck, hot tub, garage & alarm. Offered at $339,000 MLS® 20121914 Call Mardy van Beest* 705-441-4706


Open concept, with vaulted ceilings, hardwood, finished basement, gas fireplace, double garage. Offered at $399,000 MLS® 20122216 Call Jim Hanna* 705-441-5272


Desireable waterfront lot - 70’ frontage-sand beach and great residential location. Offered at $435,000 MLS® 20121995 Call Jim Gray* 519-270-9577


Stunning value, 170 ft of pristine Georgian Bay. Executive home on 2+acres. Offered at $799,000 MLS® 20122006 Call Dave Smith** 705-443-7565



3500 sq. ft of Luxury! Main Floor Master, unobstructed Ski Hill Views & 22 ft. great room ceiling. Offered at $995,000 MLS® 20120826 Call Holly Stone* 705-888-5775

Stunning Beachcomber Model with prime location in beautiful Wasaga Beach. 2 bed / 1 bath. Offered at $244,900 MLS® 20122395 Call Greg Weeks* 705-606-0183



360 degree panormaic views of Georgian Bay and Bighead River Valley from this custom built home. Offered at $589,000 MLS® 20121835 Call Dave Loucks* 519-375-5920

Walk to TSC or the Village at Blue! 5 bdrs and 4 baths. 2 car garage and loads of parking. Offered at $745,000 MLS® 20121231 Call Dave Armstrong* 905-713-9414


Only 5 minutes to Thornbury, 10 Private Acres with Views of The Escarpment and Georgian Bay. Offered at $799,000 MLS® 20121434D Call Debbie Gibson* 705 888 2040


On 7 acres close to Osler and Collingwood with pool, hot tub, pond, privacy & more! Offered at $895,000 MLS® 20121841 Call Cindy Ryerse* 705-446-7254


Close to town and ski hills. Pool, shop, double garage, country setting. Offered at $565,000 MLS® 20121019 Call Christine Smith** 705 888 0201


Large waterfront home with pool and tennis in Collingwood near ski hills. Offered at $1,090,000 MLS® 20121991 Call Chris Keleher* 705-888-4624 or Christine Smith** 705 888 0201


4 bedrooms/2 baths Living rm with bay window, open concept kitchen, master with ensuite. Garage. Offered at $429,000 MLS® 20122829 Call Brenda Holden** 519-379-6296


A rare freshly renovated & painted 2 bedroom + den bungalow with private patio. Offered at $209,000 MLS® 20122754 Call Andres Paara** 705-441-3245



5000 sq ft home nestled in the forest, above a spring fed pond. 10 minutes to Osler and Collingwood.

Offered at $1,999,000 MLS® 20121050 Call Desmond von Teichman *** 705-444-7063 * Sales Representative ** Broker *** Broker of Record


96 Sykes Street North (Hwy 26) Meaford


COLLINGWOOD 330 First Street (Hwy 26) Collingwood

705-445-5520 Not intended to solicit properties currently listed for sale.


27 Arthur Street West (Hwy 26) Thornbury








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Brokerage, Independently Owned and Operated

Turn Key Condo

Waterfront Condo

Marina Model

Exclusive Waterfront

Cranberry Condo

Cranberry Village

Your family will love this tastefully decorated 3 bdrm 3 bath condo in Historic Snowbridge!

Private beach & views of the ski hills make this 3 bdrm condo a spectacular get away.

Exceptional 3rd floor, 1bdrm+den, Shipyards condo offers outstanding water views.

Spectacular Shipyards model features well appoined finishes & is close to all amenities.

Clean 2 bdrm 2 bath condo w/ wood burning fireplace, would make a great investment property!

Well located end unit condo offers a reverse floor plan & master w/ walk out to patio.

$ 359,900 Leslie Pocklington* 705.444.1420

$ 599,000 Sonja Lee* 705.444.4654

$ 389,000 Rosanna Balloi* 705.606.0267

$ 394,900 Jenna Davis* 705.888.6365

$ 115,900 Garry Spencer** 705.444.4601

$ 161,500 Debbie Bunston* 705.444.2925

Special Retreat

Peace & Quiet

Evergreen Estates

Downtown Collingwood

Two for the Price of One!

Waterfront Log Home

7000 sq.ft. Georgian Revival farm home on 50 acres.

You will want to call this 3 bdrm 3 bath bungalow home! myhomes.360photo.ca/6686

Stately brick features a self contained in-law apartment.


5 bdrm home offers cross-country views of Georgian Bay. myhomes.360photo.ca/6188


4 bdrm century home w/attached 3 bdrm guest home. http://tours.photolink.ca/56453

Charming & historic – this 2 bdrm home is set on a large treed lot in East Collingwood.

$ 3,300,000 John Kirby* 705.441.0117

$ 1,500,000 Barbara McCowan** 705.443.9784

$ 799,500 Larry Reid* 705.443.2351

$ 699,000 Cheryl J. Morrison** 705.444.1420

$ 569,000 Sandy Shannon** 705.445.7833

$ 549,000 Annette Voss Lake* 705.717.3232

Great Family Neighbourhood

Brand New Home

Custom Build in Nottawa

McKean Subdivision


Beautiful & Historic

Lovely 2+2 bdrm golf course home is located on ½ acre & backs onto the 2nd fairway!

3 bdrm 2 bath raised bungalow boasts high end finishes.

5 bdrm 3 bath brick home on a large landscaped yard.



3+2 bdrm all brick raised bungalow offers wonderful yard & gardens & is move in ready.

6 bdrm ranch bungalow situated on 25 acres of beautiful country side w/incredible views.

Singhampton Schoolhouse maintains many original features! http://tours.photolink.ca/33818

$ 324,900 Lori Rawn* 705.446.8233

$ 294,000 Stan Reljic* 705.888.5124

$ 424,900 Bonnie House* 705.444.9323

$ 309,000 Janet Reljic* 705.888.8512

$ 475,000 Dana Calder* 705.441.3607

$ 380,000 Melanie Moss* 705.888.1578

Land in the Country 1.6 acres of beautiful land to build your dream home! $ 109,000

Mountain Views 3.58 acres of cleared land minutes to Collingwood! $ 159,900

Gorgeous Red Brick

Central Collingwood

Move in Ready

Walk to Downtown!

Townhouse in Owen Sound

2000 sq.ft. 4 bdrm 2 bath turn of the century classic! http://tours.photolink.ca/60047

Red brick century home features 3 bdrms, 1½ bath & magnificent perennial flower beds.

Raised 2 bdrm, 2 bath all brick bungalow features bright open concept living spaces.

3 bdrm 2½ bath home features open concept living space – perfect for entertaining!

Lovely, bright 3 bdrm is well cared for & ready for you to enjoy! Close to amenities.

$ 399,900 Fran Webster* 705.444.9081

$ 299,999 Rebecca Cormier* 705.888.5100

$ 279,000 Valerie Scott* 705.606.0955

$ 299,900 Jennifer Ridsdale* 705.888.4636

$ 139,900 Jan Bissonnette* 519.466.3579

Georgian Meadows

Private Location

Mountaincroft Collingwood

Mair Mills Estates

Location, Location, Location!

Charming Home

4 bdrm 4 bath home has been beautifully decorated & is located in a great family neighbourhood.

Situated on a cul-de-sac lot in Georgian Meadows. 4+1 bdrm, 3½ bath home is a must see!

From the moment you step into this home, you’ll fall in love! myhomes.thevirtualtourcompany.ca/6893

All brick bungalow located in Admiral school district. myhomes.360photo.ca/7197

Centrally located in Collingwood on large private lot w/mature trees & cedar hedges.

2800 sq.ft., 4 bdrm, 3 bath home has been built, trimmed & landscaped to a higher level!

$ 399,000 Dana Calder* 705.441.3607

$ 419,000 Ron Crocker* 705.443.7759

$ 524,900 Greg Syrota* 705.446.8082

$ 399,900 Todd Corradetti* 416.806.9769

$ 399,900 Sara White* 705.828.6202

$ 479,900 Connie O’Shell** 705.444.3154

Rosanna Balloi*

Connie O’Shell**

Jan Bissonnette *

Leslie Pocklington*

Lori Rawn*

Debbie Bunston*

Dana Calder*

Larry Reid*

Todd Corradetti *

Rebecca Cormier *

Janet Reljic*

Stan Reljic*

Ron Crocker*

Jennifer Ridsdale*

Jenna Davis*

Valerie Scott*

Sandy Shannon**

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

John Kirby*

Bonnie House*

Garry Spencer**

Sonja Lee*

Greg Syrota*

Barbara McCowan**

S. Dale Tkatch***

Collingwood Lot 33’x150’ located in town – close to amenities. $ 89,900 Rebecca Cormier* 705.888.5100

Cheryl J. Morrison**

Annette Voss Lake*

Melanie Moss*

Fran Webster*

Sara White*

VIEWS ALL AROUND Large 1755 sq.ft. 3 bdrm Historic Snowbridge condo with sweeping views over Monterra to the Lighthouse and Georgian Bay & ski hills at Blue Mountain. Amenities include use of the sandy beach, swimming pool, shuttle bus to Blue Mountain Village and much more. Call for all the details. $400,000

RUSTIC STYLE, ELEGANT CHARM Country living on 2.36 acres in a brand new Rainmaker Estate home. This home boasts a dream kitchen with s/s appliances, granite counters & soft close drawers. Living room has cathedral ceilings w/exposed wood beams & wood burning f/p. Lower level entertains family room w/ wet bar, as well as theatre room w/10’6 x 5’6 screen. This home is sure to impress. MLS® 20120472 $875,000

MULTI PURPOSE PROPERTY Beautifully maintained home w/panoramic views. 5 bdrms, 4 bthrms, 2 decks sitting on 11 acres of rolling countryside. New barn, 2 paddocks & 3 stalls. Workshop is the ultimate ‘man cave’ inside the 1800 sq.ft. detached space. If you are looking for a horse farm, workshop/studio space or great place to call home – Look no further. MLS® 20122941 $635,000

PANORAMIC VIEWS ….of Beaver Valley, the Escarpment & Georgian Bay from your living room, deck or patio. This single family home features walk outs on both levels. 3 bdrms, 2 baths, open concept, main floor laundry, maple floors. Great location. Close to Thornbury & Bruce Trail. All this and more on 135 acres. Take a look for yourself! MLS® 20122326 $885,000

Showcase of Fine

HOMES For updated information and realtor links go to www.onthebaymagazine.com and click on SHOWCASE HOMES




Turn key custom built Colorado design, fully furnished 4



Customized 4 bdrm, 3 1/2 bath home with cathedral

Open concept waterfront home features vaulted

brdm., 3 bath with open concept living. Vaulted ceilings,

Associates. 4,000 sq. ft. of living space, soaring

ceilings in living room with a floor to ceiling stone

ceilings in living area, open to the skylight above w/

3-way stone fireplace, fully finished lower level with media

vaulted ceilings in the Great room, main floor

fireplace that has 8 ft. high French Doors on either

floor to ceiling windows. 4 bdrms, 3 1/2 baths, over

rm, exercise area & unique 800 bottle wine cellar. Excellent

master suite, stunning kit with granite counters.

side. Walkout lower with a large Bonus Room.

2600 sq.ft. of living space. Covered porch off the

location for Craigleith & Alpine Ski Club & Georgian Bay

6 bdrms, 4 baths, full finished lower level with

Oversized 575 sq.ft. deck with hot tub off main floor

dining room offering fabulous views of Georgian

Golf Club members. $899,000 MLS®#20120031

large family room. $1,550,000 MLS®#20122581

master bedroom. $575,000 MLS®#20121594

Bay. Dbl car garage. $669,000 MLS®#20122870










Fantastic contemporary home in a very private

Pre-construction pricing! New phase of existing

Luxurious mountain chalet. 3850 sq.ft., architecturally

Magnificent Post & Beam chalet with over 7200

setting, backing onto the Silver Creek. 5 bedroom,

Nipissing Ridge subdivision in popular recreation area.


Loaded with character. 4 bedrooms,

sq.ft. of finished space. 7 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths,

3 bath multi level custom design home with outdoor

Walk to Craigleith & Alpine ski clubs. 63 lots in total.

3 1/2 baths, upgraded fixtures, reclaimed wood

towering stone wood burning fireplace. Reclaimed

deck overlooking the river. Tennis court & hot

Municipal water & sewers. Bldg permits ready Fall 2013.

floors. Double attached garage with inside entry.

Hemlock wood floors, gourmet kitchen with hand

tub. Attached double car garage. Close to all the

See L.O.B. for full price list, covenants & offer forms.

Close to Craigleith & Alpine Ski Clubs & The

carved cabinetry, granite counter, central island, top

area’s amenities. $1,595,000 MLS®#20121151

$199,000 to $539,000 per lot. MLS®#20115262

Village @ Blue. $1,450,000 MLS®#20115531

end appliances. $1,950,000

Brad Williams Broker Direct 705-444-4646 Office 705-445-8500 Ext. 231 www.bradwilliamsrealtor.com remaxman@georgian.net


Telephone: 705-444-SOLD (7653) Toll Free: 1-800-265-3949 info@lushrealty.com www.LushRealty.com

On The Bay

summer 2012

four seasons realty limited, Brokerage 67 First Street, Collingwood 705.445.8500 Ex. 231

49 HARBOUR CRESCENT, WASAGA BEACH 4 bdrm, 2 bath, 1700 sq.ft. home, backs directly onto Green Space. Attached single car garage & a great rear deck with walkout from the kitchen. Enjoy nature at your back door. This home is full of recent updates. Also features central air conditioning, gas fireplace & roughed in central vac. $223,850 MLS®#20122338



203 CLARK STREET, CLARKSBURG Stunning, restored, turn of the century red brick masonry farmhouse in the heart of Clarksburg›s vibrant cultural community. 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. $349,900 MLS®#20115232


793826 GREY ROAD 124, SINGHAMPTON 25 acres estate located just south of Singhampton & a short distance to Devil’s Glen Ski Club. Modern, custom built country home boasting over 3600 sq.ft. of living area. 4 bdrms, 3 1/2 baths, soaring vaulted ceilings & towering built-in shelving, an impressive fireplace, open concept living room, ample windows. $519,000 MLS®#20120151

50 ACRES WITH AMAZING PANORAMIC VIEW & 2 PONDS 50 Acres with a sweeping Countryside views and Georgian Bay vistas, 2 ponds and meandering Coates Creek. Minutes from the Village of Creemore, Devil’s Glen Ski Resort and Mad River Golf Club. A stone and wood home features a stunning designer kitchen that opens onto the TV sitting room to a sunroom and patio for barbecuing. Expansive living room with gas fireplace and dining room that easily seats 8. 4 bedrooms, plus office and 3 full baths. Double attached garage, insulated shop 24 X 32, paved lighted driveway. VT: http:// tours.photolink.ca/55997 Asking $1,429,900


40 MULLIGAN LANE #202 Wasaga Beach “Golf Course” condo. Professionally painted & decorated open concept 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 1060 sq.ft. condo situated on Marlwood Golf Course. Large country style kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Gorgeous dark laminate floor throughout & a huge private balcony. $179,900 MLS®#20115784

WATERFRONT Come and enjoy the life style at Blue Shores! A stunning home…From Top To Bottom! Open concept living, dining area & gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors throughout & walkout to gazebo over looking the water. Main floor master with ensuite bath, garden doors to wrap around verandah. Loft area has two bdrms, plus Juliette balcony w/view of Georgian Bay. Dbl. att. garage, full unfinished basement. Sip your wine & enjoy a candle lit evening dining on your verandah. Featuring tennis courts, in & out door saltwater pools, & a club house. VT: http://myhomes.thevirtualtourcompany.ca/6870 Asking $889,900

Serge Crespy Real Estate Broker Mortgage Broker Direct 705-445-0606 Derek Crespy, Sales Person Direct 705-441-0112 Office 705-445-8500 Ext. 229 www.crespy.ca

Sandra Shannon, Broker Direct 705-445-7833 sandy@collingwood-realestate.com

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

Melanie Moss, Sales Rep 705-888-1578 mmoss@brucetelecom.com

Trinity Realty Brokerage 560 First Street, Collingwood 705-444-1420 1-800-610-4868 www.trinity-realty.com


BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM BUILT HOME At Georgian Bay Club. Open concept living with vistas out to the Bay and fabulous landscaped gardens. Master on the main w/ensuite and dbl sided f/p. Custom built kit and closets. Radiant heat throughout. 2nd flr has large bdrm w/ensite and open loft area. Lwr lvl is ready to be finished w/large windows. One of a kind. Must be seen. $1,600,000



JUST MOVE IN Custom blt home in Lora Bay, a fabulous waterfront/golf course community. O/concept kit/living rm w/expansive windows to enjoy the landscaping & privacy of the back patio. 5 bdrms, 3 1/2 baths, lots of storage & a fully finished lwr lvl w/family rm. Dbl car att garage w/ entrance to laundry rm and pantry storage. $699,000


110 FT. OF SANDY BEACHFRONT Ready for summer occupancy. 5 bdrms, 3 baths, open concept living overlooking the bay and gas f/p. Master w/ensuite and separate family rm on the main lvl for quiet evenings. Lwr lvl fully finished w/separate outside entrance and plenty of storage. Located close to ski hills, golf clubs and 5 mins from Thornbury. $749,000

VIEW OVER GEORGIAN BAY Brand new quality built VanderMeer offers 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood, granite counter top, ceramics, 9 ft. ceilings, oak staircase, gas fireplace with mantel and cultured stone. Main floor laundry & master suite and much more. To appreciate the quality, call to book an appointment.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY …for the Restaurant Entrepreneur to set up a dining establishment on the areas busiest highway. Extensively renovated in 2008 by present owner, dining lounge and 2nd floor banquet room with service kitchen. Fully equipped. See listing agent regarding Financing.

Asking $599,900 MLS #20110440

Asking $369,000 MLS #20114996

3.3 ACRES Nicely treed estate lot on the edge of Stayner amongst lovely estate homes and on the Georgian Trail for hiking, biking and snowmobile enthusiasts. 5 minutes from Wasaga Beach, 10 minutes to Collingwood and ½ hour to Barrie. See listing agent re development permits.

NEW HOME 1320 sq. ft. raised ranch features hardwoods, ceramics, ensuite bath, master walk-in closet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, covered rear porch off kitchen. High efficiency gas heating, attached double garage.


RENOVATED WATERFRONT COTTAGE IN THORNBURY GREAT LOCATION! Enjoy the waterfront or in ground pool w/views to Georgian Peaks from the renovated 3 bdrm 2 1/2 bath cottage in the heart of Thornbury. Living room with f/place and master w/ensuite. Walk to all restaurants and shops and the harbour. $699,000

Asking $296,900 MLS #20120748

Asking $110,000 MLS #20122641

Susan Boadway

Broker Masters Hall of Fame

Marilyn Douglas

® Broker Masters Hall of Fame sue.marilyn@propertiesofbluemountain.com Virtual Tours at: www.propertiesofbluemountain.com 519-599-3300

Bart Chapman Broker bart@therealestatefinder.ca www.therealestatefinder.ca

Trinity Realty Brokerage Office (705) 428-3349 Fax (705-428—0416 7458 Hwy 26 Unit 11 Stayner, Ontario L0M 1S0

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MAJESTIC ALTA HOME Built on a premium ridge lot. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 5,500 sq.ft. of luxury and upgrades. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the great room, reclaimed hemlock floors, dumb waiter and steam room.



EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOM BUILT LOG CHALET Walk to Craigleith Ski Club! This six bedroom, four bathroom home features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters & high end appliances, an open concept great room with cathedral ceilings and a private back yard with professional landscaping.


BROPHY’S LANE Impressive contemporary waterfront home, located in the middle of Canada’s premier four-seasons outdoor playground, and set on one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world, spectacular Georgian Bay.


123 FT. OF WATERFRONT Greater than 1/2 an acre in an ultra private setting. A 3,840 sq.ft. custom designed & built contemporary 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom open concept residence with striking views of Georgian Bay from most principal rooms. $1,475,000

Karen E. Willison, Sales Representative 705 888 0075 kwillison@royallepage.ca

Locations North, Brokerage Office (519) 599 2136 Fax (519) 599 5036 27 Arthur Street (Hwy 26) Thornbury, Ontario N0H 2P0

Andres Paara, Broker 705 441 3245 andres@royallepage.ca

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS- SANDY BEACH AND CLOSE TO SKI HILLS Rebuilt in 1998 this 3 / 4 bdrm home shows to perfection. Spectacular water views from all bdrms and artist studio. Possible main floor master with ensuite to roughed in steam room. Two stone fireplaces, 3 bathrooms. Children’s Bunkie, state of the art mechanics, **low utilities,** Executive Seasonal Rental Potential if desired. $749 appraisal available with offer. Sellers will look at all offers.

COLLINGWOOD- CONTEMPORARY COTTAGE Renovated 3 bedroom winterized cottage on 150’ x 100’ ft. lot. FULLY serviced. Ownership of the beach. Clear beach, sandy and shallow waters excellent swimming. Fabulous sunrises. Private treed lot. 15 minutes to ski hills. Steps to town bus. Situated on a quaint street on a stunning private treed lot with breath taking water views. $559,000 Call Josie to see.

Josie Schywiola Sales Representative Cell (705) 606-0046 josie@collingwoodproperties.com

FABULOUS LOCATION Overlooking 8th green of Cranberry Golf Course. Spacious bright Catlina model end unit featuring cathedral ceiling and new ceramic floor in the upgraded kitchen w/spectacular view of the mountain. This unit has 3+ bdrms, 2 w/ensuites. Enjoy the large deck and swimming pool which is just steps away. MLS #20120526 $373,000 Call Jim to see.

Sutton Incentive Realty Inc. 501 Hume St., Unit 4 Collingwood, ON L9Y 4H8 705 446 3991 www.suttonincentive.ca

Jim Rowland Sales Representative Cell (705) 444-4973 jrowland@sutton.com

FOUR SEASON RETREATS Invest in Enjoyment!







Upscale ski chalet or elegant summer cottage on ½ acre,

conveniences! From basement to attic to roof, everything

serene yet central near Thornbury, G. Bay Club & ski hills of

is NEW to period! 4 bdrms, 4 baths, 9` ceilings, solid oak

The Peaks. 4 bdrms up + 1 potential on main level, 3 baths,

floors, gourmet kitchen, radiant in-floor heat all levels,

fieldstone f/p, high ceilings, gleaming hardwd, open great

oversized dbl-car garage, huge lot. Asking $949,900

room, hot tub, firepit, all w/Bay views! Asking $1,045,000



Wonderful family chalet on quiet cul-de-sac w/deeded

2800 sf, 4 bdrms/4 baths, elegant, 2000 sf terrace!

use of sandy beach/park - 5 min walk! 4 bdrms +

Concierge bldg w/full security, private sand beach,

den/bdrm + “sleeping porch”, 2.5 baths, on huge

outdoor pool, 2 res parking spots in heated

private lot w/town water & natural gas. Georgian Trail

garage, pet-friendly! Near Sunset Pt. Park-long w/

easily accessible by communally owned path nearby.

front walks or take children to huge playground,

Asking $549,000

mins to main shopping street. Asking $749,000

SILVER SPRINGS Located at the top of the Beaver Valley, 139 Acres with spring-fed ponds, the Black Creek and trails. 8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, industrial kitchen and prep kitchen; plus a 4800 sqft renovated barn with more living space and conference room. $1,975,000

DOCKSIDE VILLAGE A waterfront community in the heart of recreation. End unit, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, plus recreation room, open concept living and dining room. Tennis courts and a pool to enjoy in the summer. Minutes to Collingwood and Blue Mountain. $269,000

Jane Moysey Broker of Record Steve Moysey Sales Representative Call 1-866-336-1112 x 24 or log on to www.tri-wrealestate.com


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LeeAnn Matthews Sales Representative Cell (705) 446 8688 HomesofBlueMountain.com

LUXURY BOARDWALK Overlooking Bear Estate parkland. 4 bedrooms plus den, 4 bathrooms, decks on two levels and a patio with corridor views to Georgian Bay. Enjoy the trail systems nearby and the amenities of Collingwood.


CHARMING IN COLLINGWOOD Within walking distance to shops and schools. 2 bedrooms plus den, gas fireplace in living room, separate dining room and mud room for gear. Enjoy the large back yard, deck and mature trees.


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

ReadeR Buying guide For more information, link directly to Our Advertisers at www.onthebaymagazine.com ANIMAL/BIRD/PET SERVICES Mad River Veterinary Services Page 10 Mullin’s Pet Market Page 86 Stayner Pet Centre Page 78 The Tack Shoppe Page 42

ANNOUNCEMENTS On The Bay Magazine Page 84

ARTISTS/PHOTOGRAPHERS/ GALLERIES Grey Roots Museum & Archives Page 85 Loft Gallery Page 86 Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre Page 22 Meaford Museum Page 66

Meaford Carpets & Interiors Page 22 PR Antique Products Page 22

Victorian Values Page 10 Wasaga Beach Decorating Page 74



Blue Ridge Meats Page 42 Creemore 100 Mile Store Page 10 Fernwood Farms & Market Page 78 Georgian Hills Vineyards Page 85 Grandma Lambe’s Page 22 Heron Cross British Tea Room Page 42 Oakley’s Field Fresh Farm Market Page 27 Ravenna Country Market Page 29 The Market Page 29

Charles Davies Custom Fine Furniture & Built-Ins Page 22 City Stone Page 86 Ecoinhabit Page 65 Gordon Construction & Cabinetry Page 86 Kitchen Painters Page 71 Knights’ Home Building Centre Page 77 PR Antique Products Page 22 Thornbury Clear Choice Pools & Spas Page 67 Winmar Restoration Page 69 Wrightway Renovations Page 86


Gordon Construction Page 86 Porter Skelton & Associates Page 72 Royal Homes Page 38

Ambiance Outdoor Furniture Page 76 Charles Davies Custom Fine Furniture & Built-Ins Page 22 Foley’s Furniture & Appliances Page 66 Gordon Construction & Cabinetry Page 86 Home Furniture Appliances Page 73 Leon’s Furniture & Appliances Page 68 Macdonald’s Furniture & Appliances Page 70 Orangeville Furniture Page 24 Wayne Dziedzic Custom Upholstery Page 74



Dopey Kid Originals Page 78 Liam & Lauren Baby Page 42

Duntroon Highlands Golf Club Page 50 Mad River Golf Club Page 37



97.7 The Beach/Bayshore Broadcasting Page 40 Collingwood BIA Page 80 Collingwood G&M Hospital Page 4 & 41 Meaford Chamber of Commerce Page 22 Nature Conservancy Page 58

Awesome Life Page 54 Camelot Salon & Day Spa Page 42 David Hillis Salon Page 42 Georgian Bay Cosmetic Clinic Page 81 Good Health Mart Collingwood Page 54 Goldberg Medical Esthetics Page 51 Kalola Boutique & Spa Page 51 Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountain Page 83 Spa Girl Page 86 Stuart Ellis IDA Page 82 Thornbury Massage Therapy & Osteopathy Page 81 TruBalance Healthcare Inc. Page 45

AUTO REPAIRS/HEAVY EQUIPMENT Blue Mountain Collision Page 83 Kubota Page 103


ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING Amp Champ Page 86 Current Power Electrical Page 75


HOME SERVICES Environmental Pest Control Page 86 Genesis Creative Mac Services Page 42 Molly Maid Page 86

LANDSCAPE/GARDEN Ambience Outdoor Furniture Page 76 Blair Garden & Landscape Design Page 86 GWT Landscape Supplies Page 59 & 75 Hackstone Landscapes Page 34 Landmark Group Page 7 Maxwell Landscape & Masonry Supply Page 60 Oasis North Landscapes Page 74 Riverside Landscapes Design & Build Page 39 Willowstone Plant Health Care Page 72

MEDICAL/DENTAL PROFESSIONALS Beach Eye Care Page 66 Blue Mountain Audiology Page 83 Collingwood Dental Centre Page 54 Dr. Dina Ghobrial Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Page 45 Dr. Robert McCoppen Family Dentistry Page 59 Dr. Hammond & Raymond Optometrists Page 51 Dr. Norman Goldberg Medical Esthetics Page 51

Alpine Equestrian Centre Page 81

ENTERTAINMENT/RECREATION Blue Mountain Village Page 84 Eco Adventure Tours Page 50 Peak to Shore Music Fest Page 29 Scenic Caves Page 36 & 44 Theatre Collingwood Page 88

FASHION/JEWELLERY Barb’s Clothes Closet Page 78 Diamond Studio Page 86 Echo Trends Page 27 Elaine Dickinson’s Fashions Page 73 Evolution for Men Page 50 Madison Men’s & Ladies Clothing Boutique Page 42 Shoe Tree Page 22

FLOORING Dean’s Carpet One Page 76 FloorCrafters Page 82



CS Energy & Mechanical Page 65 Current Power Electrical Page 75 Nottawasaga Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Page 77

BDO Canada LLP Page 35 Besse Merrifield & Cowan LLP Page 59 Bluerock Wealth Management Page 55 Centum Alternative Mortgages Ltd. Page 78 Gaviller & Company LLP Page 45 JH Rust Architect Page 64 Pace Law Firm Page 60 RBC Dominion Securities Page 51 Waddingtons Auction House Page 65

HOME AUDIO/SECURITY Huronia Audio Video Page 67

HOME DÉCOR/DESIGN Cherche House of Design Page 64 Ecoinhabit Page 65 Kitchen Painters Page 71 Knit ‘n Kaboodle Gifts Page 78 Leuk bij Hermas Interiors Page 75 Meaford Carpets & Interiors Page 22 Moyaboya Page 10 Nifty’s Page 78 Salnek Window Fashions & Accessories Page 8 Seasons in Creemore Page 10 The Petal Pushers Floral & Gift Shoppe Page 78

Re/Max Creemore Hills Realty Ltd. Austin Boake Page 35 Re/Max Four Seasons Realty Ltd. Brad Williams Page 98 Re/Max Four Seasons Realty Ltd. Doug Gillis Page 9 Re/Max Four Seasons Realty Ltd., Brokerage Serge Crespy & Derek Crespy Page 99 Re/Max Four Seasons Realty Ltd., Brokerage Alan Ewing, Blair Thompson, Diane Allen, Heather Stitt, Jean Rowe, Lorraine Champion, Marg Scheben-Edey, Donna Vande Beek Page 94 Royal LePage Locations North Realty Inc. Chris Keleher Page 55 Royal LePage Locations North Realty Inc., Brokerage Page 12, 92 & 93 Royal LePage Locations North Realty Inc. Karen Willison & Andres Paara Page 100 Royal LePage Locations North Realty Inc. LeeAnn Matthews Page 100 Royal LePage RCA Realty, Brokerage Basia Regan and Ginny MacEachern Page 72 Royal LePage Trinity Realty Inc., Brokerage Page 96 Royal LePage Trinity Realty Inc., Brokerage Bart Chapman Page 99 Royal LePage Trinity Realty Inc., Brokerage Sandra Shannon & Melanie Moss Page 99 Sotheby’s International Realty Max Hahne Page 44 Sutton Incentive Realty Inc. Joise Schywiola & Jim Chapman Page 100 TRI-W Realty Inc., Brokerage Steve & Jane Moysey Page 100

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENTS Admiral Collingwood Place (Charis Developments) Page 52 & 53 Cobble Beach (Reid’s Heritage Group & Northridge Homes) Page 20 & 21 Country Meadows (Parkbridge) Page 82 Georgian Meadows (Sherwood Homes) Page 17 Far Hills Thornbury Page 19 Lora Bay (Reid’s Heritage Group) Page 2 Park Place (Parkbridge) Page 58 Royal Manor Meaford (Brightstar Corp.) Page 104 Silver Glen Preserve (Sherwood Homes) Page 17 White’s Bay Page 15 Windfall (Replay Resorts) Page 30 & 31

RESTAURANTS Copper Blues Bar & Grill Page 27 Friends Pub & Grill Page 78 Piper’s Sports Bar & Grill Page 29 Sisi Trattoria Page 5 Sovereign Restaurant Page 10 The Mill Page 5 The Old Mill House Pub Page 10 The Ruffed Grouse Page 39



Century 21 Offord Realty Ltd. Susan Boadway and Marilyn Douglas Page 99 Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage Page 89, 90 & 91 Clairwood Real Estate Corporation, Brokerage Page 95 Clairwood Real Estate Corporation, Brokerage Sherry Rioux, Emma Baker, Karen Poshtar Page 97 Lush Realty Inc. Page 98

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers Page 42 Secondary Ownership Group Page 86

WINDOW FASHIONS Ashton’s Blinds, Draperies & Shutters Page 73 Meaford Carpets & Interiors Page 22 Salnek Window Fashions & Accessories Page 8 Shades & Shutters Page 67 Wasaga Beach Decorating Page 74 On The Bay

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Photo courtesy of herb hall

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by CHRiSTiNe CowLey

assengers disembark in Collingwood from the Missouri, a passenger ship built for the Northern Michigan Transportation Co. and launched in the Chicago shipyards in 1904. The Missouri made regular passenger and freight runs between Collingwood and major Canadian and U.S. ports. During Collingwood’s early growth it was expected that passenger and trade traffic between the settlement and major U.S. ports would transform the tiny community into a bustling commercial metropolis.


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However, after the Reciprocity Treaty of 1855 permitted free trade between the U.S. and Canada, trade gradually slowed for Canadian goods forced to compete with cheaper U.S. counterparts, scuttling the predicted boom. â?§ Excerpted with permission from Butchers, Bakers & Building the Lakers: Voices of Collingwood, by Christine Cowley (Life Gems Personal Histories); http://perdurabo10.tripod. com/ships/id150.html



Move To Meaford, Keep Your Savings!

Introducing Royal Manor, a truly unique seniors’ community featuring 51 self contained suites, with only 38 remaining. Private independent living residences sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion and professionally managed by The Brightstar Group. Living at Royal Manor is enjoying the benefits of spectacular amenities including: 24 hour on-site security, elegant lobby, media room, library, exercise room and the adjacent Bistro Bar. Learn about our capital appreciation/preservation programme, similar to your current home PLUS the benefits of a Maintenance Free Lifestyle surrounded by new friends and new activities!


1 Bedroom from $149,900 2 Bedroom from $245,900 All Royal Manor residences come complete with private lock up garages, lockers and quality appliances. Information Centre 2-68 Sykes St. N. Hours: Thursday - Sunday 1-4 pm Tel: 519-538-9346 or by appointment Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Rendering is artist concept only. Images for mood and impression only. See sales representatives for details. E. & O.E. 2012.