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INTHISISSUE CONTENTS 16 A Fish Story True confessions from the 9th Concession. BY DAN NEEDLES
19 Alien Invader
A monster plant is taking over our wetlands, shorelines and roadsides, choking out other plants and wildlife. What is it and how can we fight it? BY MARC HUMINILOWYCZ
32 Take it Outside! Outdoor kitchens make backyard cooking better than ever. BY JUDY ROSS
42 Agri-Food Innovation With a bounty of farm-fresh foods in our midst, local entrepreneurs are finding new and innovative ways to grow, process, utilize and promote our agricultural assets. BY MARC HUMINILOWYCZ
57 Cocktail Time! Make the perfect bevvy this summer by combining our area’s spirits with other local ingredients. BY EMILY WORTS
60 Land, Sea & Air Summer adventures offer breathtaking views and exhilarating
experiences. BY LAURIE STEPHENS
74 Stage Whispers Local theatre has undergone an evolution in Southern Georgian Bay. BY JUDY ROSS
85 Seeing Differently Contemporary impressionist painter John David Anderson translates visual discoveries into compositions of colour and light.
89 Thornbury Heat! NEW COLUMN
DEPARTMENTS 10 From our Editor 12 From our Readers 100 Marketplace 101 Gallery of Realtors 113 Reader Buying Guide 114 Looking Back
7 things you need to know about the Thornbury real estate market. BY JANET LEES
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Alien Invader At war with a monster plant
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understand the issues that affect us all. I’m a big believer that information is power – just ask my friends, who lovingly (I hope) call me the Queen of Research. Whether or not you agree with something, and whether or not you choose to do something about it, your basic responsibility as a citizen on this planet, I firmly believe, is to be informed. And that’s my mission as editor of On The Bay: to inform our readers and maybe, just maybe, spark a change for the better. In this issue, writer Marc Huminilowycz informs us about a giant alien plant, invasive phragmites, which is taking over our shorelines and wetlands at the expense of other forms of plant and animal life. It’s a highly informative story and a great read, with a clear “call to action” about how you can help. Marc also contributed a second piece about agri-food innovation – local food entrepreneurs who are making the most of our agricultural riches. The other stories on the following pages are equally informative and enjoyable. Writer Laurie Stephens takes us on some exciting summer adventures on land, sea and air. Judy Ross explores the lively local theatre scene in one story and spotlights some pretty spectacular outdoor kitchens in another. Emily Worts writes about using local ingredients in summer cocktails – from her unique vantage point as both a caterer and a descendent of one of Canada’s original distillers. Other stories in this issue include my real estate column (a new regular
Everywhere! I’m often asked how I come up with story ideas for On The Bay, and if I’m ever worried I’ll run out of ideas. The answer to the first question is simple: I pay attention. I listen to what people are talking about in our communities. I scour Facebook to see what is being posted, commented on, shared and discussed. I read local newspapers to find out what is going on. Then I figure out whether a topic or issue can be “On The Bayized.” By that I mean, does it have a broad scope across our region? Is it of interest to our audience? Does it directly impact our readers? Is there a “big picture” we can explore and examine, rather than just reporting on a single event? My stock in trade, in a single word: curiosity. It may have killed the cat, but it is an editor’s lifeblood. The answer to the second question – am I worried I’ll run out of ideas – is an emphatic NO! Our region offers rich fodder for all kinds of stories, from interesting people, beautiful homes and unique local businesses to four-season outdoor activities, amazing food and restaurants, incredible local artists, and an arts and culture scene that puts the heart and soul into our communities. And then there are the issues. Like any area, we grapple with political, social and environmental challenges to our way of life and our enjoyment of this little corner of paradise. Whether it’s giant wind turbines, gravel pits, water levels or sharing our roads with cyclists, it’s important to
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feature) about the hot Thornbury market, our Openings section highlighting new local businesses, our Artist Spotlight profiling a fabulous local artist, and the ever-popular Dan Needles giving his wry recollections of an illfated fishing trip. Variety is the spice of life, and our tagline at On The Bay is “Celebrating Life in Southern Georgian Bay,” so by extension we’re celebrating the variety that makes life here so very spicy. And don’t worry – I haven’t used up all the good story ideas yet. In fact, I’m already getting excited about some new ones. ❧
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READERMAIL Editor’s Note: The wind turbine issue continues to garner letters as both sides weigh in. The conversation continues …
READERS RE: REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT, SPRING 2016 Once again, On The Bay Magazine has put together an excellent study on the issues affecting our area. Your in-depth information on our real estate market covered all the important areas when buying and selling a home in our fast-paced market. As a real estate agent working in the area, I have given out the magazine and referred to it many times, especially to our out-of-town clients who are not aware of how to approach our market. Thanks again; your magazine is a great asset to our community. Anne Young, Collingwood/ Blue Mountain
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In your spring edition, publisher Jeffrey Shearer writes that for 12 years your magazine has proudly stood against wind as a source of renewable energy for the Southern Georgian Bay region. Being negative all that time is not helpful and does not serve the community you aim to serve. I have only been in the area for five years but I have never read any editorials or articles in your magazine that support any form of renewable energy. If you are going to take on this issue in your editorials, then you should explain to your readers what you think should be done to fill our growing energy demands. What would you propose as an alternative to renewable energy using wind or solar sources? Do you prefer your electricity to come from more hydro? Dams on the Beaver River, perhaps. Do you prefer your electricity to come from infernos fueled by nuclear or fossil fuels? No concerns with the dangers of transportation, disposal, environmental and health impacts of these methods? Comparisons of the long-term total costs, risks, potential health effects and environment issues of wind and solar vs. alternatives have been done scientifically. Renewable energy is the best way forward and the costs of implementation are dropping steadily. Quit being a “Canute” or a “Luddite” trying to hold back tides or technology. Instead, try working with those who are implementing solutions to meet future energy needs while reducing causes and impacts of severe climate change. A person who has lived his whole life near the bay, in Meaford, gave me this interesting insight: “Something unusual happens two days a year on the highlands overlooking the bay.... NO WIND!” It’s a “free” natural resource that we have. We should use it. Current implementation of wind and solar helped us get rid of coal plants. Good riddance! But wind and solar can and should be used to do much more. Spouting NIMBY and CAVE arguments simply has not worked for you for 12 years and won’t solve the energy and climate problems we face going forward. Dave MacDougall, Meaford
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On The Bay publisher Jeffrey Shearer has this response to the letter at left: No, Dave, wind is not free! You asked us why we were opposed to wind turbines and what we should be doing to fill our growing energy needs if it’s not through renewable energy. The answer, Dave, is that not only are Ontario’s energy needs not growing, we have had excess energy for eight years. The fact is, manufacturing has fled Ontario’s sky-high energy rates, driven largely by subsidizing unreliable wind and solar power. What renewables do we support? Personally, I support ground source heating, rooftop solar and privately owned windmills – under 100 feet high – that are locally approved by our townships and communities. I also support reducing our energy needs through better-insulated homes and businesses and lowering emission from cars and trucks. And yes, even incentives for electric cars. What we don’t support is subsidizing corporate wind and solar companies to the tune of billions of dollars, driving up our hydro bills to the highest in North America. And we don’t support placing 50-storey-high turbines near people’s homes, near airports or on prime agricultural land. The bitter truth is that, like it or not, in Ontario wind and solar power will never be able to replace nuclear power, which has proven to be safe, reliable and far more affordable in the long run than any renewable energy. And it’s nuts that Ontario should have to sell our excess energy to other provinces and states for a quarter of what it costs us to produce. So for Pete’s sake, Dave, wind and solar are not free. Subsidized, they are the most expensive energy on the planet! Just look at your last hydro bill. Jeff Shearer, Publisher
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READERMAIL Unfortunately many people simply do not realize that if WPD is allowed to proceed with building its Fairview Wind Farm, every citizen/taxpayer in Clearview will be negatively impacted for any number of reasons, no matter where they live in the township. Contrary to any academic/industry study you may have read, those living in close proximity to 500-foot industrial wind turbines (IWTs) will see their property values and taxes decline (tax-loss selling will be common). Statistical evidence is available to prove the point. Certain jobs in the immediate area of the wind farm could very well disappear for any one of a number of reasons including economic, socioeconomic, environmental, ecological, health, public safety. Those not living as close to the IWTs will see their property taxes increase (yes, they are in for a total surprise) – because the mill rate, set annually, is applicable to all the properties in the township and municipal council must balance the budget every year. To add insult to injury, many smaller communities across Ontario have discovered a sharp increase in their policing costs directly related to the IWTs.
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Some communities in eastern Ontario are on record as saying they have had to raise property taxes by as much as 20 per cent to pay for the increase in their policing costs. In summary, to borrow a term used to measure the relative economic performance/success of Canada’s provinces, Clearview could very well go from a ‘have’ township to a ‘have not’ township in a very short period of time if Fairview Wind Farm is approved.
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I am teaching my son to fly fish. We are wading the mouth of the Beaver River on Georgian Bay in search of Atlantic salmon, a species recently restored to these waters. I know from experience it is dangerous work. I learned to fly fish for salmon in England on the River Mole in North Devon. My teacher, a retired country doctor named John Wingfield, took me out to the front lawn in front of his Victorian cottage and taught me how to cast the fly, flicking the rod like a paintbrush between the ten o’clock and two o’clock positions. When he was satisfied I could hit a handkerchief at 30 feet, he sighed and waved me off to the river. “Try not to frighten the fish,” he said. I spent the summer of 1971 wading the Mole and bringing back news of it to Dr. John. I caught little speckles and cooked them on the bank as the cows watched. I once saw two large brown trout flash by in the silver water, but I never saw any of the salmon for which it was famous. A few years ago I returned to those waters in the company of Andy Gray, a business partner of Dr. John’s daughter. Andy is what is known in the Devon countryside as “a keen shot.” His car looks and smells like someone had lived in it for several years and then died in it. This is because he hunts and fishes with a wet dog, and the back seat fills with the detritus of the chase along with pieces of dead rabbit for his falcon, which always rides on his wrist. “I think the cell phone rule is a bloody good one,” he says, reaching across to change gears. “You absolutely cannot drive with a falcon on one hand and a cell phone in the other.” We had a pint in the Grove Inn at King’s Nympton, which welcomes dogs and falcons, and then drove down the hill to Wampford Bridge, which crosses the Mole. We walked across the meadows to a stretch of the river that flows down into a newly formed pool called The Pot. Nothing about the scenery has changed in 40 years, not even the cows. Andy handed me two flies – a Stoat’s Tail and a Hairy Mary – and told me to work across the river down to The Pot.
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“Don’t do anything stupid or we’ll pick you up in the Bristol Channel,” he warned. We wished each other “tight lines” and set off. It had rained in the night and the water was high and very fast. I tossed the fly gently upstream and watched it float down. It snagged something. On the very first cast I feared I had lost Andy’s expensive Hairy Mary fly. I gave the rod a tug and a beautiful salmon leapt up out of the water, flapping its tail. I fought down the surge of adrenalin and said firmly, “You are not going to catch this fish. Just enjoy the moment and don’t do anything stupid.” Then I dropped my net. I lunged forward and grabbed it before it went to the Bristol Channel. My waders took on a gallon of water and I had to let the rod tip down and stagger out to the safety of the shallows. Letting the line go slack on a fish is almost always fatal. But when I raised the rod again, the fish was still on. He raced away down the river and then raced back up. We fought ferociously for the next 15 minutes. As the fish tired, I eased him into the shallows and snuck up behind him with the net. He zipped right around me, and the line caught behind my ear and flipped my glasses 15 feet out into the river. I had no spare pair, I had a rental car and it was four hours to the airport. I had to find those glasses. I fixed my eye on the spot they’d gone in and waded toward it, still holding the rod high. Then the sun emerged and I saw a glint of gold rim on the gravel bottom. Sometime later, Andy found us lying together in the shallows, both gasping for breath. I had strained so hard with the rod, I had popped the biceps muscle off my elbow. But the fish was in the net. “I thought I heard someone screaming for help,” he said cheerily. “Oh my! That’s a real fish. It must be seven pounds.” “Is this catch and release?” I wheezed. “God, no. The savage has maimed and drowned and blinded you,” he said. “The river wouldn’t be safe if you threw him back.” ❧
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INVADER A monster plant is taking over our wetlands, shorelines and roadsides, choking out other plants and wildlife. What is it and how can we fight it? stories by MARC HUMINILOWYCZ
here is an alien invasion happening in Southern Georgian Bay. Aggressive green organisms, which arrived here from afar and colonized our region along with other parts of Ontario in the last century, are spreading their seeds and growing their numbers, wreaking havoc on our communities and destroying all other life in their path. The continued efforts of a few brave souls to combat the aliens’ relentless advance, along with education to identify the invaders and keep them from running amok, are, if not eradicating the green monsters, at least keeping them contained. But the battle goes on. This alien invasion is a close encounter of the herbivorous kind, posing no direct threat to human life but menacing our natural environment and all of its inhabitants, which ultimately threatens our way of life. The alien is a grassy plant species named phragmites australis (known colloquially as invasive phragmites, European common reed, or more simply, phrag), which originated in Eurasia.
Like so many invasive species, it is difficult to say exactly how it arrived in Southern Georgian Bay, but it appears determined to stay. These aggressive plants, which grow up to 18 feet (5 metres) high in stands of up to 200 stems per square metre, are spreading like a plague in our wetlands and on our shorelines, out-competing native species for water and nutrients and releasing toxins from their roots to harm and kill surrounding vegetation. “Where you see a stand of invasive phragmites, you don’t see much else growing,” says David Sweetnam, executive director of Georgian Bay Forever, a charitable organization whose mission is to protect, enhance and restore the Georgian Bay ecosystem. Sweetnam describes stands of the invasive plants as dense and tall, virtually impenetrable to humans, and problematic for wildlife such as turtles, raccoons and even deer, which can become disoriented in their midst and die of exhaustion trying to escape. “Invasive phragmites has no natural plant-eating predators to keep it at bay, and
ABOVE: David Sweetnam, executive director of Georgian Bay Forever, cuts invasive phragmites plants near the Collingwood Arboretum. The alien reeds are invading shorelines and wetlands throughout Southern Georgian Bay, making them impassible by humans and uninhabitable by other plants and wildlife. ON THE BAY
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there are no native plants that can live with it,” explains Sweetnam. “By contrast, a similar-looking species of native phragmites shares its territory, allowing other plants to grow nearby.” According to Sweetnam, invasive phragmites (pronounced frag-MITE-ees) arrived in North America in the early 1900s, likely transported from Eurasia in the ballasts of ships. Slowly spreading to the east coast and into the Great Lakes, the species has been gaining a foothold in Southern Georgian Bay for the past 15 years. “People started to become aware of it here in the last decade or so,” says Sweetnam. “Provincial parks and groups like Georgian Bay Forever took action on the issue, physically removing the species from wetlands and searching for new infestations.” Among its projects, Georgian Bay Forever has been involved in combatting invasive phragmites infestations in the Lighthouse Point, Dockside and Rupert’s Landing communities of Collingwood, and conducts public information sessions all along the Georgian Bay coastline where phragmites is taking over. While some areas are gaining headway in the battle against the alien, potential solutions to completely eradicate these monsters pose a number of challenges. Burning the plants can actually increase shoot densities and the below-ground biomass of phragmites. History has shown that biological warfare with an introduced plant or insect can result in a whole new unchecked invasion. (Case in point: the Asian ladybug, which was brought to North America from Japan in 1988 to combat aphids and other agricultural pests, but with few natural enemies, the beetles have
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TOP LEFT: Rick Zimmerman (left) and Bruce Dodgson demonstrate the incredible height of the phragmites at Lighthouse Point as their group of dedicated residents work to cut it down. TOP: Residents of Rupert’s Landing did the heavy lifting at their annual “phragbusting” event. ABOVE: The Rupert’s Landing wetland was overrun by phragmites prior to control efforts.
become a major pest themselves). Chemical herbicides are out due to the risk of contaminating our waters, but a number of biochemical control mechanisms are currently being researched. “The good news is that it’s a plant, and we can out-think it,” says Sweetnam, adding that current efforts to physically cut down the pesky plants have been 88 per cent effective in the first year (cutting phragmites as close to the roots as possible weakens the plants and reduces re-growth the following year). “We absolutely have seen that we can win the battle.” Beyond Southern Georgian Bay, Sweetnam reports a “healthy evolution” in community and government efforts to tackle the invasive phragmites problem over the past five years. As examples,
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ABOVE: Cleanup efforts at Rupert’s Landing are keeping the phragmites invasion under control, with the help of the Town of Collingwood, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Blue Mountain Watershed Trust and Georgian Bay Forever.
These aggressive plants, which grow up to 18 feet (5 metres) high in stands of up to 200 stems per square metre, are spreading like a plague in our wetlands and on our shorelines, out-competing native species for water and nutrients. he cites the Ontario Ministry of Transport’s recognition of the species as a significant safety hazard where it grows on roadsides and highway ramps. A resolution by over 120 Great Lakes coastal municipalities to identify invasive phragmites as a significant problem that requires immediate action will be put forward at an upcoming annual general meeting this summer.
nother champion in the local battle against invasive phragmites is the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust (BMWT). The group supports the preservation of several watercourses originating in the Niagara Escarpment – including Silver Creek, Black Ash Creek, Townline Creek, Pretty River, Batteaux River, Indian Brook and the Beaver River – that drain directly into Georgian Bay. This watershed is a unique and diverse natural environment, supporting a wide variety of land and aquatic wildlife. The BMWT is concerned about phragmites’ devastation of wetlands, and offers valuable information about the species on its website. In August, 2015, the organization teamed up with Georgian Bay Forever, the Town of Collingwood, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority and community members to “fight the phrag” along the Collingwood waterfront, holding two cutting sessions and providing lunch for the volunteers. George Powell, vice-chair of the BMWT’s Watershed Action Group, is a professional engineer with a long and distinguished
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career in the environment field.As an avid birder, Powell noticed that invasive phragmites was a major problem in the Long Point and Rondo areas of Lake Erie. More recently, while walking the wetlands between Heritage Drive and Sunset Point Park near his Collingwood home, he witnessed the species emerging virtually in his own backyard. At about the same time, Powell was contacted by two residents of the Dockside community, Gail Bascombe and Betty Beacon, who were alarmed at the invasive nature of what was happening along their shoreline. “I suggested engaging the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, and they connected with the organization’s Watershed Monitoring Program manager Dave Featherstone,” says Powell. “An interest group was formed to do something about the invasive phragmites problem. At the same time, Brittany Hope from the NVCA and Georgian Bay Forever got involved. A major cutting event, called ‘Fight the Phrag,’ was organized in August 2015. Quite a few people showed up, including Collingwood politicians.” In addition to the event, Powell rallied local residents in his own neighbourhood to cut stands of phragmites near Sunset Point. “Cutting phrag is not an easy thing to do,” he notes. “It’s a major endeavour – not something you do in shorts and flip flops. We got in the water with long-handled pruning shears, cutting the stalks on shore as close to the ground as possible, and in the water below the water line. Then we lugged the stuff to a point on shore where the town could pick it up and compost it.” Even composting
Fight the Phrag! What you can do to stop the invasion Invasive phragmites looks very similar to its non-invasive cousin, native phragmites. But while native phragmites occurs as scattered plants within broader plant communities, invasive phragmites forms dense monocultures and is capable of dominating wetlands within a few years, choking out other plants and making wetlands uninhabitable for wildlife such as turtles, deer, fish and birds.
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Grows in extremely dense stands with up to 200 stems per square metre. Can crowd out other species and grow up to five metres high.
Grows in well-established stands that are not as dense, often mixed with other plants.
Stems are tan or beige in colour with blue-green leaves and large, dense seed heads.
Stems are more reddish-brown with yellow-green leaves and smaller, sparser seed heads.
Here’s how you can help: • Learn how to identify invasive phragmites and how to avoid accidentally spreading it through root fragments and seeds. ABOVE: Amber Gordon-Bunn, a staff member with Georgian Bay Forever, cuts phragmites with her son.
phrag is tricky, because seeds, rhizomes and stems not completely composted could spread the invasion, but the town assured the group that its composter reaches high enough temperatures to pulverize the beasts. Powell and the BMWT are committed to preserving the wetlands of Southern Georgian Bay. With many sensitive areas situated on private shoreline properties being developed, he is concerned about their health. “Wetlands absolutely need to be preserved,” he declares. “They act as a reservoir that absorbs water like a sponge, drying out in the summer, helping to reduce flooding. As unique ecosystems, they provide habitat for wildlife and a safe refuge for migrating birds.” With invasive phragmites posing a major threat to the region’s wetlands, the BMWT is actively involved in encouraging its members to “get ready for work and come out to fight.” Beyond the physical work, he encourages organizations and area residents to support local conservation authorities’ efforts in the battle against the invasive species.
ave Featherstone of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) has been actively working on the invasive phragmites issue with the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, Georgian Bay Forever and other groups in the region. His group is responsible for aquatic and terrestrial monitoring programs, providing ecological input for plan and permit reviews and monitoring invasive species in key areas. “Without the BMWT, we would probably have a lot fewer wetlands in Southern Georgian Bay today,” says Featherstone, noting his organization’s support of invasive phragmites cutting
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• DO NOT plant invasive phragmites in your garden or planters. If you like its appearance, choose native phragmites, which looks similar but doesn’t pose any ecological risk. If your garden centre sells the invasive variety, encourage the owners to stop doing so. • Walking in dense phragmites can help spread the seeds. Stay on designated trails. Before leaving the area, brush off your clothing and clean any equipment you may have used, to avoid transferring seeds to other areas. • If you have phragmites growing on your property, get rid of it or it could take over your whole property in four to five years. Don’t try to dig phragmites up – wait until the seed heads start to come out (late July to late August, before flowers emerge). Cut off the seed heads first and place them in a plastic bag in the sun. Then cut the stalks, removing as much of the plant as you can see. • DO NOT compost invasive phragmites. Seeds and rhizomes can survive in compost unless there is sufficient heat to kill them. • Get involved in a phragmites workshop or “Phrag Busting” cleanup. Go to gbf.org/upcoming-events/ for upcoming events in your community. One local cleanup, the Collingwood Phrag Cut, will be held on August 6. For information or to find out how you can participate, email Brittany Hope from the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, check out these websites: • georgianbayforever.org • ontarioinvasiveplants.ca • invadingspecies.com
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ABOVE: An aerial photo/map shows the extent of the phragmites invasion on Collingwood’s western shoreline. The full extent of the problem is even greater, stretching from Wasaga Beach to Meaford in our area and around the eastern side 0.5 1 2 of Georgian Bay. Kilometres
in the region at Rupert’s Landing and Lighthouse Point, as well as monitoring and control work with Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. “The shoreline here contains one of only a few coastal marsh communities in the world. We are very concerned about phrag getting into these areas.” Featherstone applauds local condominium associations for taking care of their own phrag stands, and the Town of Collingwood for supplying equipment and people to cut and dispose of them. “We’re hoping to spend more effort on them this summer,” he adds, announcing a “big flagship day” on August 6, which will launch phrag cutting throughout the month. “As with almost all invasive species, the key message for controlling them is that the process is a marathon, not a sprint.” Part of keeping phrag in check involves encouraging local nurseries not to sell the plant. “It’s a matter of education. Some of them may not be aware of the problem the species poses,” Featherstone explains, adding that there is some talk about putting invasive phragmites on the province’s Noxious Weeds list. The NVCA has also partnered with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters to get the word out to nurseries about phragmites, employing students every summer to provide information about its destructive nature and suggesting alternatives such as native reeds and prairie grasses. Other than education and continuous cutting, no effective and safe alternatives to controlling phragmites exist at this time. “With no over-water herbicides approved in Ontario, we need something in our toolbox that won’t harm other parts of our ecosystems,” says Featherstone. “Maybe bio controls are the answer – species
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Part of keeping phrag in check involves encouraging local nurseries not to sell the plant. “It’s a matter of education.” that will feed off invasive plants and control their spread in their native range.” One success story he cites: a beetle introduced in several Ontario sites to effectively control another invasive alien plant, purple loosestrife, without harming other plants (including its native cousin). “It takes a lot of research into species to ensure that this method will not impact surrounding ecosystems.”
ere in Southern Georgian Bay, we are fortunate to have so many individuals and organizations committed to protecting and enhancing the natural environment we cherish. Equally important, there is a tremendous community spirit here, with no shortage of people ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Thanks to the efforts of these groups and individuals, invasive phragmites is being kept in check, but there is more we can all do to ensure that this alien invader doesn’t take over and destroy our beautiful corner of earth. ❧
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THE CUT Fighting phragmites at Lighthouse Point Lighthouse Point resident Bruce Dodgson describes how invasive phragmites was discovered, identified and dealt with by a small group of volunteers: “At Lighthouse Point, there is a west beach area where residents can swim, kayak and SUP. In the summer of 2014, we noticed that a small stand of what we assumed was marsh grass had grown to almost four metres tall, with nearly impenetrable bamboo-like stalks. Now, with only a two-metrewide gap to get from the beach to open water, we realized that something had to be done. “Thanks to two very insightful ladies from Rupert’s Landing who were experiencing a similar issue, the plant species was identified as invasive phragmites and a community meeting was held, attended by representatives from Georgian Bay Forever and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority. “On the advice of Georgian Bay Forever, we began a program of cutting the invasive phragmites. After the first cutting, we noticed some reduction in growth a year later. Cutting the second year resulted in a marked reduction in re-growth,
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CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT: The 2014 cleanup at the west beach area of Lighthouse Point involved physically cutting down the giant plants, transporting them to shore via canoe, piling them on the beach and then disposing of them. The inset photo shows the dramatic change one year later, with most of the phragmites eliminated in the cleanup area.
although some kept coming back. We realized that the solution to the phrag problem involves regular cutting to degrade the plant’s vitality, until the roots finally die. “The process of cutting is extremely labour-intensive. You have to wade in the water, sometimes up to your waist. At first, we did all the cutting by hand, with a machete or hedge shears. For large stands of phrag this is impractical, so we now use a power cutter. To haul away the huge amount of cut phrag, we use tarps to bring it to shore, where it is thankfully picked up by the lown and composted. “Although we have been quite successful in controlling the phrag, it has now spread to most of the shoreline in some areas. It will require a regular, concerted effort to beat this, and there’s a limit to how much a small group like ours can do. We would like to see student volunteers helping us with the annual phrag cut. It could be an educational experience for them. I also think there is an opportunity for employing students in the summer for this work. We need to explore funding options.” ❧
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The Majors entertain their friends in their outdoor space. A tray of planted herbs from Kettlewells is set up on the granite outdoor countertop for easy access. Heron sculptures pose on the side of the rock-edged stream that runs through the Major’s garden.
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An outdoor kitchen can be as basic as a six-foot cooking island with a built-in stainless steel grill, or as elaborate as any kitted out indoor kitchen. from roasting chicken to baking bread. An option to the full-size pizza oven – which is a big, bulky structure – is a smaller, more portable version that runs on wood pellets and heats up in just a few minutes. For outdoor entertaining it’s hard to beat the welcoming glow of a fire pit. It encourages people to gather around and the warmth keeps the party going even as the night air chills. “We’ve been installing a lot of gas-burning fire pits lately,” notes Lansdale. “These look exactly like a wood-burning campfire, but they turn on with the flick of a switch.” The big plus, he explains, is they can be closer to the house. Fire regulations dictate the location of fire pits that burn wood; in some municipalities they have to be 30 feet from the house. But with gas there’s no regulation; you can put a gas-burning fire pit on the back deck close to your back door. Now that the warm weather is here, it’s a great time to get outside, and with all this cool new outdoor equipment you can literally take the heat out of the indoor kitchen and let it have a good rest all summer long. ❧
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Even the most basic outdoor kitchen can be embellished to give it a sense of sanctuary. The goal is to make it seem more like a room; a place where guests want to gather. First, create a feeling of enclosure and privacy with either lattice screens or a row of pyramid cedars, which make an instant green wall. You can soften the lattice with a fastgrowing vine or add a pergola and hang overhead lanterns and pendants. If you can access a power outlet, hang some string lights; they look great looped across the ceiling beams. Without electricity, use candle lanterns and LED lamps on tabletops or on the floor. For serving dishes and plates, stock up on colourful new melamine that looks just like ceramic or stoneware. If an outside wall of your house forms part of the space, use it to hang art or a mirror. Your outdoor colour scheme should tie in with your home interior for indoor/outdoor ambiance. To create a lounge feeling, use lots of large pillows covered in outdoor fabric. Then add a carpet to define the space. With a few stylistic touches, your outdoor kitchen will become everyone’s favourite place to hang out this summer. Let the al fresco entertaining begin!
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ast November at an awards ceremony in Cambridge, Ontario, 13 food entrepreneurs were honoured with the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence bestowed by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food for contributions to creating new products, adding value to existing products, supporting a sustainable environment, supporting job creation and boosting economic growth. Three of the award recipients – The New Farm, Bighead Hops and Clear Valley Hops – hail from right here in Southern Georgian Bay. RIGHT: Gillian Flies, co-owner of The New Farm near Creemore, holds some cucumber shoots, one of the many certified organic vegetables that will be sold to restaurants locally and in the GTA. The Japanese cucumber plants will reach heights of nine feet by midsummer, and produce 30,000 cucumbers by the time the days get cooler in the fall.
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With a commitment to sustainability and a goal to “build a just, equitable and sustainable food system in Southern Ontario,” The New Farm produces and distributes premium-quality organic vegetables. “There is some really neat momentum happening here, as local farmers and food makers are starting to get recognition for their agri-food business efforts,” says Martin Rydlo, director of marketing and economic development for the Town of Collingwood. “What’s making this innovation thrive here? I think it’s a combination of economic and location factors. There’s a natural energy growing, as locals and transplants from the GTA are leveraging networks and opportunities to help their businesses grow.” Award winner The New Farm, a family-run certified organic farm near Creemore, has now been in business for 10 years. With a commitment to sustainability and a goal to “build a just, equitable and sustainable food system in Southern Ontario,” the farm produces and distributes premium-quality organic vegetables to local and GTA restaurants, retail stores and wholesale customers. Calling themselves “food activists” who believe that high-quality fresh food is a human right, The New Farm’s owners have for many years partnered with The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto, an organization that promotes access to healthy food for everyone, regardless of their income. The Stop currently has over 16,000 clients. “Every year, we raise funds for The Stop and its umbrella organization, Community Food Centres Canada,” says The New Farm co-owner Gillian Flies. “We donate 10 per cent of our retail sales, and host our annual fundraising event, Farms for Change, featuring food stations staffed by the best chefs in Ontario and a concert by well-known Canadian recording artists such as the Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts and, this year, Sloan.” The event raised $48,000 for The Stop last year. The New Farm is currently working with Community Food Centres Canada to build a commercial kitchen and chef training centre on its premises offering cooking classes and, helping other farmers in the region meet chefs. Over the past several years, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre in Collingwood has been helping budding agri-food entrepreneurs in the region with their start-ups. “We’re here to offer all the support they need, from food labelling education, to advice on how to get their product to market, to connecting them with larger producers,” says
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TOP & ABOVE: Collingwood native Shelby Taylor’s start-up company Earth to Kids focuses on the development of healthy, natural and nutrientdense, organic, non-GMO and gluten-free foods that make it easy for busy, growing families to eat healthier. The company’s first product, organic chickpea pasta called Chickapea, came to market as a result of a grant from the Ontario Centre for Excellence Smart Start Seed Fund.
“The seminar created such a buzz that municipalities from all over Central Ontario were calling to set it up in their regions,” says Shopland. “I can’t get over how Southern Georgian Bay has become a food Mecca. I believe that growth of agri-food enterprises here is happening for a couple of reasons. Farmers are looking to add value to their operations, while the lack of jobs for qualified people and the growing number of mid-career people not happy with their work is prompting a surge in entrepreneurship here.” Georgian College offers a formal provincial ministry curriculum and several non-funded seminar and event programs to help aspiring agri-food entrepreneurs with labelling and the commercialization of their product to market. Two such programs are Transition Smart, which helps farmers add value on-farm, and Feast On, which celebrates businesses that use 25 per cent of food sourced locally. One beneficiary of the assistance available to local agri-food entrepreneurs is Collingwood native Shelby Taylor. Last year, with help and encouragement from Sandy Robertson, managing director of the Georgian Angel Network, Taylor’s business, Earth to Kids, was awarded a grant from the Ontario Centre for Excellence Smart Start Seed Fund. The award, totalling $30,000 (plus an additional $7,200 for consulting services) allowed Taylor to bring her product, Chickapea Pasta – a healthy, super-nutritious and gluten-free pasta made from organic chickpeas and lentils – to market.
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“When I was pregnant with my son, I found myself more passionate about nutrition than ever,” says Taylor, who began her quest for access to nutritious food with the purchase of a small health food shop. “Talking to parents, I realized that they are struggling to feed their children healthy meals that they will actually eat and don’t require hours in the kitchen after a long day at work. That’s why I created Chickapea.” Taylor has received “lots of help” from Georgian College with her product’s nutrition labelling and mentoring. Due to a lack of available facilities in Canada, her pasta is currently being manufactured and packaged in the U.S. “I’m working to get the process back here,” she says, adding that most of the chickpea and lentil ingredients originate in Canada, some from Ontario. Taylor plans to launch her pasta in three different shapes this June, with much of her product already presold to several local retailers as well as health food stores across Canada.
or many years, Black Angus Fine Meats on the outskirts of Thornbury has been a regular stop for locals on the hunt for high-quality game meats. Recently, the butcher has made a foray into packaged meat products under its new brand, Blue Mountain Fine Foods. Selling through its retail butcher shops in Thornbury, Mississauga and Muskoka, these products are mostly made in Thornbury, as well as artisanal condiments and sauces. The Blue Mountain Fine Foods label features a variety of exotic meats in an array of configurations such as ground, sausages, burgers, steaks and salamis. Also on the product list are over 100 items to make carnivores salivate, like ground ostrich, kangaroo and wild boar Thai curry pineapple sausage, camel Moroccan burgers and Asian duck salami. ON THE BAY
TOP: Tom and Karen Ferri, owners of T&K Ferri Orchards in Clarksburg, were the first apple growers in Ontario to introduce the “super spindle” system to maximize the apple yield on their 22-acre farm . ABOVE: Bees provide the pollination for the Honey Crisp and other apple varieties the Ferris grow, with yields more than double traditional apple farming methods. LEFT: The Ferris prune their Honey Crisp trees on a machine called a Blosi Pruning and Picking Platform, imported from Italy. The “super spindle” system involves planting trees closer together, encouraging them to grow taller and thinner and produce fruit more quickly (three to five years as opposed to five to seven years using traditional methods).
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Apple Innovators Driving around Southern Georgian Bay, it is obvious which agri-food enterprise is tops in our region: apples, of course! Our apple farmers have been continuously innovating over the years, perfecting their apple-growing techniques, producing new varieties and introducing new apple-infused products to their offerings. Some notable examples include the partnership between an apple farmer and a wine marketer at Georgian Hills Vineyards, and the development and marketing of the highly successful Red Prince apple. Today, a couple of local apple growers continue the tradition of apple innovation.
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Owners Tom and Karen Ferri were the first apple growers in Ontario to introduce the “super spindle” system to maximize the apple yield on their 22-acre farm on Grey Road 2. The orchard specializes in supplying a niche market in the GTA that favours oversized and flavourful apples with a sugar content that is just right. The super spindle system, used for a long time in Italy, involves planting trees closer together, encouraging tall and thin growth that results in quicker production of fruit. “By keeping branches 12 inches long, we get finer, younger limbs that produce fruit in three to five years versus five to seven years,” says Karen Ferri. “The yield we’re getting from the 2,500 to 2,800 trees per acre on our farm equals the yield from 50 acres on traditionally farmed orchards. Rows closer together allow for better automation with pruning and picking. The system makes it much easier to manage cropland. We aim for 45 apples per tree.”
Apple Top Farms Beaver Valley organic apple growers Helena and Patrick Johnson have been cultivating and selling their certified organic apples through a distributor to health food markets and via farm gate for many years. Common agricultural wisdom dictates that conditions for apple-growing are usually good for growing grapes. This fact, along with an emerging wine industry in the region, prompted the Johnsons two years ago to set aside some of their acreage for growing organic grapes. Today, with six acres producing two wine grape varieties – L’Acadie Blanc and Marquette (red) – and four acres ready to produce this year, the Johnsons have supplemented their apple income by selling their organic grapes to local wineries. This year, they plan to plant two new varieties: Petit Pearl, a red hybrid that is higher in tannins than Marquette, and New York Muscat, a grape with a floral bouquet that could blend nicely with L’Acadie Blanc. And, in the coming years, they plan to open their own winery.
ABOVE: Maple trees are carefully tapped to produce Sapsucker Maple Water. The pure maple water is a local and sustainable alternative to bottled waters, which are mined from aquifers, and is also rich in minerals and antioxidants.
“Other than some of our own venison, we source our game meats from all over Canada,” says business owner Sean Kelly. “This is something I’ve been working on for over 20 years, banging on many doors. Today, people are looking to eat healthier, and they’re asking their grocery stores to carry game meats. Because we’re a federally-inspected meat processing facility – unique in a small community like ours – we’re well positioned to meet the current demand from retailers – locally, across Canada and around the world.” Kelly adds that Blue Mountain Fine Foods is hoping to retail its products in grocery chains such as Loblaw’s, Longo’s and Fortino’s. Down the Beaver Valley from Black Angus, an ingenious local farm family has embarked on an agri-food venture that is so simple and obvious that one wonders why more people haven’t thought of it before: packaging and retailing pure maple sap. Sapsucker Maple Water, produced by the Lower Valley Beverage Company, is actually the brainchild of two families near Flesherton: the Chapmans and the McGlaughlins.
The water each tree yields originates as rain or moisture in the air and soil, and the tree provides natural filtration, resulting in subtly sweet water rich in minerals and antioxidants. Sapsucker is sap harvested from mature maple trees from area farms, making it a local and sustainable alternative to bottled waters, which are mined from aquifers. The water each tree yields originates as rain or moisture in the air and soil, and the tree provides natural filtration, resulting in subtly sweet water rich in minerals and antioxidants. Besides careful tapping of maple trees, Sapsucker’s primary claim to sustainability is its packaging. “We decided to package our maple water in tetra packs, which not only gives our product a long shelf life, but also offers a lower carbon footprint compared to other packaging,” co-owner Charlene McGlaughlin explains. “Tetra ships in large rolls, which results in reduced freight requirements. And tetra packs are almost universally recyclable.” Sapsucker is currently available as a sustainable alternative to bottled water through specialty and health food stores in the GTA (such as Whole Foods and The Big Carrot), via online order/home delivery and in 30 to 40 select “farm to table” restaurants in Grey County and Toronto. ON THE BAY
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he Town of Collingwood’s Rydlo makes an astute observation about the ultimate success of agri-food ventures in Southern Georgian Bay: “In order for successful food businesses to grow, end sellers need to be there,” he says, explaining that a large number of producers collaborate locally and regionally with other producers and chefs to “meet the needs of the supply chain.” Local hops is a prime example of this collaboration. Two hops growers in the region, Clear Valley Hops in Nottawa and Bighead Hops in Meaford – both winners of the Premier’s Award for Agri-food Innovation Excellence in 2015 – sell at least a portion of their annual harvests to local craft breweries. Bighead Hops is the largest certified organic hops grower in Ontario. Starting with a mere half acre over eight years ago, Bighead has gradually increased its crop to 11 acres today. “Growing hops organically is really difficult and capital intensive,” says Bighead owner Nicholas Schault. “We don’t have the same pest and disease controls available to conventional farmers. Ours is a process of careful observation, timely actions, meticulous weeding and selective crowning to remove winter kill (which limits water mould) and create better buds.” The extra effort to grow organically has paid off for Schault. He happily reports that his entire harvest is sold a year in advance, including three local brewery clients – Collingwood Brewery, Northwinds Brewhouse and Eatery – and MacLean’s Ales in Hanover, as well as other craft breweries throughout Ontario.
TOP LEFT: Man-made channels called “raceways” at Kolapore Springs Fishery hold a variety of sizes, ages and types of trout, maintaining a continuous water flow-through to provide the level of water quality required for fish to be cultured at higher densities. LOWER LEFT: This forested raceway, called the “south raceway,” is home to the brood “parents” of the speckled trout. ABOVE: Bruce Green holds a brown trout of the Saugeen River strain – one of the many varieties of trout farmed at Kolapore Springs.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had to turn down other requests for our hops – locally and from around the world,” he laments. Schault invites everyone to his annual craft beer festival, the Bighead Shindig, on August 13, featuring local craft brewers and cideries, food vendors, bands, artists and walking tours of his hops crop.
ith municipal, county and educational resources and established agrifood mentors available to help them along the way, a rising wave of locals and urban transplants is embarking on agri-food ventures all across Southern Georgian Bay. Other established agri-food enterprises, such as Kolapore Springs Fishery, Georgian Hills Vineyards, Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery, Meredith’s Ginger Syrup, local chefs, breweries and cideries (to name only a few) have already staked their claims, offering their culinary creations near and afar and garnering accolades along the way. We are fortunate to live, work and play in a most bountiful part of the world that is now seeing an unprecedented surge in agri-food entrepreneurial activity. All around us, local artisanal products are being cultivated and created. We truly are a lucky bunch! ❧
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ABOVE: Top local and Toronto chefs present creative dishes en plein air at the annual Feast in the Forest, now in its fifth year. Participants stroll through the Kolapore Uplands Forest, stopping along the way for delicious food and drinks.
How to experience the local agri-food scene All across Southern Georgian Bay, food-minded individuals, from entrepreneurs and chefs to municipal and county economic development bodies, are working collaboratively to promote the region’s culinary bounty to local residents and visitors alike. Here’s your guide to several agri-food events and initiatives worth exploring.
Apple Pie Trail This award-winning culinary trail, developed by the Blue Mountain Village Association and partners, may very well have gotten the agri-food ball rolling. Now in its eighth year, the Apple Pie Trail runs from Creemore to Meaford, with 40 stops and 12 adventure partners offering the best in local culinary experiences year-round, including restaurants, vineyards, cideries, galleries, museums, artisanal products, accommodations and adventure experiences. www.applepietrail.ca
Feast in the Forest Now in its fifth year, this annual event organized by Kolapore Springs Fishery lets participants sample dishes created by top local and Toronto restaurants as well as libations from local wineries and breweries while they stroll through the Kolapore Uplands Forest in May. The afternoon is topped off with great music by local artists. www.feastintheforest.com
South Georgian Bay Community Cookbook This beautifully crafted book of recipes, art and stories from local chefs, producers, growers and artists celebrates the unique food culture in Grey and Simcoe Counties. A portion of book sales goes toward supporting local food programs and initiatives that engage youth, improve access to healthy food and increase food literacy. https://sgb.communitycookbook.ca
Collingwood Whiskeylicious Festival With more than 16 participating locations around town and nine signature one-day events in February, Whiskeylicious gives Collingwood’s outstanding chefs, mixologists and foodies the opportunity to share their sweet and savoury creations inspired by Collingwood Whisky. http://whiskeylicious.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca
Saints & Sinners Trail This agri-food initiative from Grey County Economic Development began last year with a map tour of county wineries and cideries. This year, a passport to 17 producers and 13 supporters, along with a chance to win prizes, will be promoted via economic development staff participation and sampling at special events throughout Grey County. www.visitgrey.ca/travel-tools/travel-stories/saints-sinners-localcraft-beer-wine-cider
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Community Long Table Dinner This inaugural event, held in conjunction with the launch of the Community Cookbook, is taking place June 26 on the Thornbury Pier. Dinner and beverages will be supplied by local chefs, restaurants, producers, wineries, breweries and cideries, with proceeds distributed to charitable partners through the Thornbury Clarksburg Rotary Club. www.communitylongtable.com
Shop Locally! The easiest way to access local food products and meet local agri-food entrepreneurs is to support your local farmer’s market or local retail food markets such as the Collingwood Real Food Market, Creemore 100 Mile Store or The Barn Co-op in Meaford. Farmer’s markets are open every week during the summer and likely well into the fall.
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Make the perfect bevvy this summer by combining our area’s spirits with other local ingredients by EMILY WORTS
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have yet to find a decent substitution for a fine St. Lucian rum, but when it comes to other spirits like whisky, gin and vodka, some of the world’s finest are distilled right here in Southern Georgian Bay. This area boasts an abundance of locally made beverages including several local brews, ciders and vintages. And more recently the area has become home to distillers of world-class spirits who take advantage of the crystal clear waters surrounding us and ingredients sourced from our fields and forests. I am sure more than a handful of us have showcased Georgian Hills or Coffin Ridge wines at cocktail parties, or gifted a multi-hued and flavoured six pack from our area’s many breweries, all while bragging about the wonderful place we live. Fair enough! Where we live is remarkable, and what we are producing in terms of food and drink is no exception.
I love that my hometown of Creemore was put on the tourist map due to the high-quality beer it produces. I love that on Father’s Day my sisters and I surprised my dad with a trip to Coffin Ridge Winery for wine tasting and nibbles, travelling mere minutes to look out over a landscape rivalling Tuscany. What I don’t love is that my palate has not warmed up to the ‘hard’ stuff (Saint Lucian rum being the exception). I have always believed that whisky must course through my veins. My ancestors arrived on this continent almost 200 years ago and opened Canada’s first distillery, Gooderham and Worts. My surname, Worts, is itself an integral part of the distilling process (according to Wikipedia, the Wort contains sugars that, when fermented by the brewing yeast, create alcohol). My paternal grandmother always favoured a fine scotch over a cup of tea. And I envy the excitement my
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friends express when the cocktail season changes from red wine by the fire to G and Ts in the backyard (I can’t go there due to a strong aversion to the smell of junipers). No matter what the incentive or the encouragement to drink the likes of scotch, whisky, vodka or gin, I always opted for a glass of wine. That is, until recently. There are a couple of new (and not so new) local products on the LCBO shelves that have changed everything. When I first tried Collingwood Whisky, it was served mixed with a teaspoon of a friend’s own maple syrup, made with love and patience. It was poured neat and it slid down my throat like Chez Michel’s crème caramel. Recently a friend served cocktails made with local Georgian Bay Gin mixed with Dillon’s flavoured bitters and some of Meredith’s lime elixir (a local product that is as delicious and versatile as Meredith’s signature ginger syrup). How could I resist the refreshing-looking glasses with sprigs of mint and chunks of watermelon? The hint of juniper was still there but it didn’t attack my senses. Instead I had another. If you are a beer and wine drinker, like myself, yet someone who gets a little bored of the same old same old, I say it’s time to live a little. Creating and mixing a cocktail is a fun and adventurous undertaking. I am used to cooking everything from scratch and I have decided to take the same approach when mixing drinks while supporting local producers and playing with seasonal ingredients. Some of my favourite cocktails have been inspired by Jackie Durnford, who co-owns and operates Creemore’s 100 Mile Store. I have catered a few weddings with Jackie and it never ceases to amaze me what she and her daughter, Holly Storme, come up with on the beverage side of things.
This summer I have decided to embrace the cocktail and liven up my dinner parties. Nothing tells someone they are special more than being greeted at the gate with a fancy drink, just for them. “It becomes less about drinking and more about a flavour experience and communing with friends,” she says of her love of mixing an imaginative cocktail. “I use whatever is around and I play with it, always asking myself, ‘how can I get the most flavour out of it?’” Jackie and Holly always heighten the cocktail experience with the perfect garnish. Pickled leeks or garlic scapes are great with martinis and Caesars. Charred green onions and radishes add colour and flavour. Always experimenting and always pushing the envelope with her ingenuity, Jackie has recently begun infusing her own spirits. “I started putting cedar into my gin. It’s like drinking a sauna.” As happens so often living where I do, I am inspired by the creativity around me. This summer I have decided to embrace the cocktail and liven up my dinner parties. Nothing tells someone they are special more than being greeted at the gate with a fancy drink, just for them. It also gets any evening off to a fine start. Of course, there are endless resources to turn to for tested and true cocktail recipes. As a novice mixologist I am always inspired by the latest LCBO magazine, and love to scour the internet (and even Pinterest) for ideas. But as with cooking, I find the summer season and its bountiful offerings to be the main source of inspiration. Fresh berries, local vegetables, foraged greens and even edible flowers from my garden are making their way into my cocktail glass. Berries and fruits are an obvious choice, lending natural sweetness and a splash of colour to any drink. Other sweeteners like honey and maple syrup can turn a strong spirit into a sweet treat. Cocktail possibilities are as unique as the individual making them. This season I encourage you to take the time to break the mould, step out of your comfort zone and imbibe in a locally inspired cocktail. Mixing a cocktail may not be as simple (or quick) as twisting a cap from a frosty beer or uncorking a fine vintage, but, like all true signs of a life well lived, mixing a cocktail requires slowing down, taking it easy, sitting back and enjoying. Cheers to the good life! ❧
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Recipes Holly Go-Rhubarb My personal mixology consultant, Holly Storme, is always inspired by her surroundings when coming up with signature cocktails for weddings and other events. She also loves to scour the shelves of her mother’s shop to see what ingenious ingredients local entrepreneurs are producing, to help take her cocktails above and beyond. Here is one of her summer favourites. 1 oz. any local vodka e.g. Tag, Georgian Bay Spirits ¾ oz.Georgian Bay Gin • ¼ oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur • 2 dashes Dillon’s orange bitters • 2-3 oz. rhubarb nectar (recipe below) • Fentimans rose lemonade • Basil leaves or flower petals • •
1. In a tall glass, pour in rhubarb nectar first. 2. Fill almost to the top with ice, add vodka, gin, St. Germain and bitters. Gently stir. 3. Top with rose lemonade. 4. Garnish with fresh basil and/or flower petals Rhubarb Nectar (makes 6 cups) 10 cups chopped rhubarb 3 cups water • 1 strip each orange and lemon rind • 2 cups granulated sugar • •
1. In large saucepan, combine rhubarb, water and rind and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. 2. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. 3. Using cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve, strain into a clean saucepan. Stir in sugar and bring to a boil. Process in boiling water bath. Can be refrigerated for up to one week. Everything in the drink is locally sourced. All non-alcoholic ingredients can be found at the 100-Mile store in Creemore.
The Hurontario A whisky sour made with Collingwood Whisky is a staple of our local Whiskeylicious event. This version uses maple-sweetened lemonade, which picks up the hint of maple in the whisky, while Amaretto provides a hint of nuttiness. 1.5 oz. Collingwood Whisky 1.5 oz. Amaretto • 2.5 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice • 1 oz. maple syrup • 2 dashes Angostura bitters • •
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a dusting of nutmeg.
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ABOVE: Abby Ploeg takes in the view from the 600-metre-long treetop canopy walk as part of the Scenic Caves Eco Adventure Tour.
hether it is exhilaration or relaxation you are seeking, Southern Georgian Bay offers a number of unique adventures – on land, in the air and on the water – for local residents and tourists alike. Writer Laurie Stephens has tried out a few, and gives them all an enthusiastic thumbs-up. She describes her experiences below.
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Six small, grated-metal steps jutt off a cliff; then nothing. The steps stop; the hand-rail stops. I stare down at the ground 45 metres below, fighting off dizziness as my heart starts to pound fast and hard. Slowly, I descend to the fourth step and stop to gain another ounce of courage. I avoid looking down again, choosing instead to glance 300 metres away to the landing zone where capable staff wait to stop my descent. “Just a couple more steps,” says our guide, Gord Salt. After another hesitation, I descend one more step. My brain tells me, “you can do this,” so I take a deep breath and lower myself to the final step. Sweaty hands clench the safety rope secured to the overhead cable and I lean back, allowing the climbing harness around my hips to take my weight. And then I am off. No screams of terror. Just pure exhilaration as I whiz down the zip line,
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the wind whistling in my ears and twisting me around for a 360-degree view of the Escarpment and Georgian Bay. My Scenic Caves Eco Adventure Tour ends with a hard stop at the bottom, adrenaline coursing through my body, hands trembling from nerves and exhaustion, and a feeling of having accomplished something incredible: I confronted my fear of heights. The Eco Adventure Tour is about more than just heights. In addition to sheer enjoyment, the tour is designed to be a learning experience. “If you come on our tours, you’re going to learn something over and above getting excited by the adventure,” says owner Rob Thorburn. “That’s very important to us, that you go away knowing more than when you arrived about history, heritage, flora, fauna, trees, geology and the view of Georgian Bay.” Thorburn bought the bankrupt Scenic Caves in 1993, delaying his retirement to develop a much broader and unique tourism experience for the area. The caves that were the home of the Petun native people in the early 1600s had already become a well-established attraction, but Thorburn saw opportunity for more. After renaming the experience Scenic Caves Nature Adventures in 2000, he set about developing inter-connected activities, or “clusters of tourism importance.” The Eco Adventure activities include a stroll across a suspension bridge that overlooks Georgian Bay, a walk among the tree tops, wagon rides along bumpy paths (which double as cross-country ski trails in the winter), a tour of the caves and, for an added thrill, a ride down the zip lines. The Eco Adventure Tour caters to young and old, the only restrictions being height and weight – you must be over 1.4 metres (4’8”) tall and weigh between 70 and 250 pounds. A certain level of fitness comes in handy, as the tour can be physically demanding at times.
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The adventure ends with metal steps that stop in mid-air, and the 300-metre zip line ride back to base. At the bottom, breathless, we reflect on the day and realize we’ve had a rare experience. Thorburn says his customers run the gamut from moms and dads with a couple of teenagers to retired couples, people who are dating, and groups celebrating special occasions such as an upcoming wedding or milestone birthday. My three-hour guided tour begins at the Eco Adventure office, where Salt gives instructions to our group of 13, which includes three generations of a family, a tourist from Israel and two brothers. All of us wiggle into our harnesses, strap on helmets, heft a backpack with heavy zip line brakes over our shoulders, then get weighed with our gear to make sure we are within the weight restriction. Once outside, a slight drizzle on a warm spring afternoon doesn’t dampen our enthusiasm. We climb aboard a wagon that takes us to our first stop: a 126-metre suspension bridge – the longest footbridge in southern Ontario – that rattles the nerves a bit as it swings slightly with our combined weight. The footbridge affords a stunning view of Georgian Bay, and Thorburn says it has been the site of a number of marriage proposals, “to the delight of everybody.” It opened in 2003, after years spent in the approval process because the area is one of Canada’s 16 UNESCO biosphere reserves. In the end, construction was approved – with a price tag as high as the bridge itself.
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“It cost a million dollars to build, and it’s a million-dollar view,” says Salt. From the bridge our group travels again by wagon through a moist, spring forest to the treetop canopy walk, a 600-metre-long exercise that also tests your fear of heights. Our guides demonstrate clipping and unclipping our safety ropes to the wire cables overhead, then we practise under their watchful eyes before we’re given the go-ahead to begin. The adventure looks surprisingly benign – until I take my first steps on a twoby-10-inch wooden plank. Supported by ropes that connect to a thin railing, the narrow plank sways side-to-side, forcing me to walk gingerly, one foot in front of the other. Fortunately, I am securely tethered with two ropes from my harness clipped to two different cables above my head. The most stressful act is transferring the security ropes from one span of the walk to the next, and I quickly realize why tour participants must meet the minimum height requirement. Wobbling on a shaky plank, I reach behind to unhook one clip at a time from the overhead cable and then stretch again to clip onto the cable on the next span in front of me. At times, the reach is too much, and I gratefully accept help from my adventure buddy Karen Hall. I am trembling and sweating, and it isn’t from physical effort. At one point our group reaches a platform attached to a large sugar maple, and Hall tells me, “This is the highest point – we are 55 feet off the ground.” Digesting that piece of information, I dare to look down to the forest floor and spy a raccoon foraging for food. A few minutes later we reach the 100-metre zip line that marks the end of the canopy walk. One of the young boys, despite coaxing from the group, declines to make the trip via zip. No problem; a friendly guide helps him find an easy way to reach the ground. Then we’re off to the caves themselves. There is still too much ice in the crevices to safely descend, so our guides give us a geology and history lesson from various scenic lookouts and point out baby ravens in a nest on a rock ledge sheltered by a stand of white cedars. The adventure ends where this story begins – with metal steps that stop in
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Lauren points out features that make the cruise appropriate for all ages, including the high bulwarks on the sides of the boat to keep small children safe, and a wide on-off ramp that accommodates people in wheelchairs. Then we are under way, Dave slowly turning the boat away from the dock and out towards the open water. Speakers blare a song by Great Big Sea to get us in the mood. I start to unwind as we slowly make our way out into Collingwood Harbour. The ride is so smooth, I barely feel like I am on a boat. The fresh breeze blunts the humidity of the day, and I watch as swans, geese, cormorants and gulls swim or fly by. The music is interrupted from time to time by Dave’s recorded voice, first for a safety lesson, telling passengers where the life jackets and two life rafts can be found. Later, we are treated to mini history lessons about the Collingwood Grain Terminals, the Shipyards and the Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse. I hear that during the peak of Collingwood ship-building in the 1900s, people used to come from miles around to see “seven seconds of drama” as new ships – some as long as 730 feet – slid sideways down a ramp of timbers into the water. As we motor past the historic Grain Terminals, Dave’s voice tells me the operation handled 128 million bushels of grain over its 85-year lifespan, starting in 1929. Collingwood was once dubbed “Chicago of the North” because of the volume of shipments it handled. The Terminals were made with one continuous pour of cement over 13 days – “a massive feat of engineering by today’s standards,” says Dave. I step up to the flybridge, the highest point on the bow, as we cruise past the harbour breakwall and towards Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse is best described as dilapidated: a large section of the northeast wall is severely damaged by weather and neglect. Opened in 1858 to warn sailors of the offshore reefs, it was officially decommissioned in 2003 due to its unsafe condition. A local fund-raising effort to restore the lighthouse is now underway.
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Collingwood Charters is open from May 24 to Thanksgiving weekend. Ninetyminute tours of Collingwood Harbour run daily and cost $29.95 for adults, $27.95 for seniors, $24.95 for students/youth and $14.95 for children 4-12. Children under 3 are free. Other charters or tours are available. Reservations are recommended. Summerbound is open weekends until mid-June, then Friday – Sunday until Labour Day. A one-hour narrated tour of the Historic Collingwood Harbour is $25 per person. Ninety-minute sunset cruises are $35 per person. Reservations are required.
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Hands trembling, I take hold of what looks like a video game joystick and move it to the right to have the plane bank over the Bay. After a few manoeuvres, I start to get the hang of it.
www.thebluemountains.ca We put on noise-cancelling Bose headphones, and the sound of the engine is gone, replaced by airport chatter on the radio and Gascoine’s voice as he points to the instrument screens and gauges in front of us: altitude, attitude, speed, compass, GPS, map, oil and fuel, RPMs. Then we taxi to the end of the runway, turn around and start back down the same runway, this time picking up speed as we prepare to lift off into the wind. There’s no big thrust that pushes me back in my seat; just a ride so smooth, I barely realize when we leave the tarmac. As we rise to our cruising altitude, my ears plug and we experience turbulence that buffets the plane a bit. It’s a strange, weightless sensation. A wing dips slightly and the nose bumps up a bit, like the aircraft is a puppet being lightly manipulated by the wind. Yet I feel completely safe. Soon we’re cruising at 200 kilometres per hour 1,300 feet above the ground and
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taking in a stunning view of the Niagara Escarpment. This is Genesis’ one-hour tour and it is the company’s most popular. “We can cover a lot of ground in an hour,” says Gascoine. “In an hour we will typically fly along the Beaver Valley, with stunning views of Lake Eugenia and the many quaint villages in the Creemore area. The tour includes some spectacular Georgian Bay shoreline from Thornbury to Collingwood. But exactly where we go is up to the customer.” He banks a turn to the left to give us a better view of the ski runs of Blue Mountain and to let me feel the sensation of G-forces exerting stress on my body. To our right is Georgian Bay: aqua-coloured in deeper waters, more emerald in the shallows. Gascoine asks if I want to take a turn flying the plane, and my sense of calm disappears, replaced by outright terror. Heart beating fast, I struggle to steady my nerves as he gives me a lesson in how to make turns and keep the plane level. Genesis’s primary weekday business is flight training for both recreational and career pilots through its college program. The scenic flights, usually on weekends, allow the general public a chance to experience the thrill of flying … in more ways than one. “The really cool thing about these flights is that, because we are a flight school, we can turn any scenic flight into an introductory flight lesson where the person in the front seat actually gets to fly the plane,” he says. “Not everyone wants to fly; some just want to enjoy the view. But during the pre-flight briefing, the pilot will ask if you have any interest in doing some of the flying. If so, then we give a brief lesson in the air.” Hands trembling, I take hold of what looks like a video game joystick and move it to the right to have the plane bank over the Bay. After a few manoeuvres, I start to get the hang of it and Gascoine tells me to bank left so that we can head towards the Beaver Valley. Still, I am more comfortable with him at the controls and I soon relinquish the joystick.
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Above: David Gascoine, pilot and president of Genesis Flight Centre, offers tours as well as flight instruction – sometimes on the same flight.
Not every area can lay claim to such a wide array of adventures. Ours can, and that makes Southern Georgian Bay even more special. Gascoine says my nervous reaction is fairly typical: “It depends on whether you want to be a pilot or not. If you’re in that zone and you want to do this, there’s more excitement than fear.” Genesis flies standard scenic routes in the Georgian Triangle and Barrie areas, running 30 minutes for $150 to two hours for $600, no matter whether there is one passenger or the maximum three. It also offers custom tours that could be a trip to Tobermory or a longer flight to Toronto to “do a few laps” of the CN Tower, says Gascoine. The experience is suitable for all ages – Gascoine’s oldest customer was a man in his mid-90s – although Genesis recommends that children be at least five years old so the noise-reducing headset fits. The tours fly year-round, with customers celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. “We’ve even had a few marriage proposals,” he says. As we begin heading back to the Collingwood Airport, Gascoine asks if I want to try the “roller coaster” – a manoeuvre that is just as the name implies. He nudges the nose up and then back down, and I feel my head spin, like it’s trying to catch up to the rest of my body. It’s so much fun, I ask for a second go-round. Too soon, we are done. We come in for a landing that is a bit bumpy in the wind. I feel the puppet sensation again as we bounce slightly, drifting a little from side to side before Gascoine eases the plane to an easy touchdown. I climb out onto the sweltering tarmac wishing the flight could have lasted forever. For a different experience in the air, tourists may want to try Big Blue Air, a helicopter charter company that flies out of Collingwood Airport. “For people who haven’t been in a helicopter before, it’s quite different from
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Stage Whispers Local theatre has undergone an evolution in Southern Georgian Bay by JUDY ROSS
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During the summer season, which runs from May to September, five different plays are presented, each with a six-day run. The playbill typically consists of light-hearted musicals and comedies, the belief being that patrons don’t want to come to something “dark” in the summer season. ABOVE: Erica Angus, Theatre Collingwood’s executive director, on the set of Stag and Doe, performed in May at the historic Gayety Theatre. Angus took over the role in 2013, with the mandate to move from “producing” to “presenting” plays locally.
he amazing thing about live theatre in small communities like ours is that it exists in any form at all. With intense competition for our leisure-time viewing (live streaming, Netflix, movies, addictive TV series, etc.) and top-rated professional theatre just a few hours away in Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Stratford, filling a 357-seat theatre in Collingwood for a live performance is no mean feat. “It’s always a challenge,” acknowledges Erica Angus, who took on the role of Theatre Collingwood’s executive director in 2013, “but Theatre Collingwood has now been around for 32 years. It has gone through many phases and changes but somehow managed to survive.” The most recent change, and part of Angus’s mandate when she took the job, is the conversion from a “producing” theatre to a “presenting” theatre. Essentially it was far too costly to mount original professional productions. Now Angus’s job is to search out productions that are on stage in other small towns and bring them to Collingwood. Unlike community theatres where the actors are unpaid amateurs, Theatre Collingwood is a not-for-profit “professional” company, meaning the actors, directors, stage managers and lighting directors all get paid. “We offer a high level of professionalism,” says Angus, “and this becomes
expensive. I have always been involved with professional theatre because I feel when people put time and effort into a profession they should be paid. We have an annual budget of $350,000 and only half of that comes from ticket sales; the rest is raised through fund-raising events and donor support.” During the summer season, which runs from May to September, five different plays are presented, each with a six-day run. The playbill typically consists of light-hearted musicals and comedies, the belief being that patrons don’t want to come to something “dark” in the summer season. Angus’s challenge is to find plays that fill this dictate. “It’s a part of my job that I love,” she enthuses. “I get to travel all over Ontario and look for material. I work with theatre companies in Orangeville, Gravenhurst and Port Dover, for instance. It’s a great arrangement because when we do a joint venture we get to share the production costs; the actors get longer contracts, which is good for them; and we are open to a much bigger pool in terms of the plays we can bring here.” Although theatre companies can and do mount plays in tents (as in the early days of Stratford) or under the stars (in Central Park, New York), at some point the benefit of a dedicated building becomes paramount. For years Theatre Collingwood scrambled to find performing space in school auditoriums. Uncomfortable seats, poor acoustics and bad sightlines (not to mention some questionable productions) were a true test for loyal patrons in those days. Then, in 2003, local entrepreneurs Sid Dickinson and Kathie Houghton decided to buy the Gayety Theatre building, in part to give the company a home.
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“I knew that Theatre Collingwood had been trying for years to have a real performance space,” recalls Dickinson, “and I thought this could be a hub for entertainment in downtown Collingwood.” The building, now referred to as The Historic Gayety, has been a solid red brick presence on the corner of Hurontario and Ontario streets since 1922 when it opened as the Rex Theatre, presenting live vaudeville acts and silent films. The name change took place in 1929 when the owner at the time bought the “Gayety” marquee from a bankrupt burlesque house in Toronto and had it shipped to Collingwood by train. Those who remember say the Gayety marquee was a dazzling sight, rising way above the building and ablaze with 1,500 light bulbs. When the building was renovated in 1949 the jazzy marquee was hauled off to the dump (too many light bulbs to replace, according to the owners) and the building became a cinema, the first theatre north of Toronto to show ‘talking’ movies. It continued to operate as a cinema until taken over by Houghton and Dickinson. The building’s interior needed “a substantial investment,” according to Dickinson, to make it usable for live theatre and entertainment; things like a state-of-the-art sound system, theatrical lighting, a sprung stage with ample wings on both sides, and comfortable staggered seating. In 2004 a doorway was opened into the adjoining Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts building, which serves as a lobby for the theatre. Today the historic theatre is run by Dickinson as a rental space and on one out of every four nights “something is going on at the Gayety,” and it’s not always Theatre Collingwood. As Erica Angus points out, “We are not the only tenants. Many other
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events and productions take place in the theatre and this sometimes causes confusion.” In order to keep patron awareness high, Theatre Collingwood mounts a series of one-night-only shows that kicks off every February with a live original production, “The Valentine Cabaret,” a love-themed performance that brings in star performers from big-name hit shows. It sells out every year.
ust a few blocks away from the Historic Gayety is the charmingly intimate Simcoe Street Theatre housed in the former Enterprise-Bulletin newspaper headquarters. The building, which dates back to the 1980s, has been owned since 2010 by Richard and Anke Lex, the energetic couple responsible for much of the building restoration and revival – both architectural and cultural – taking place in that neighbourhood. Known as a black box theatre – meaning a basic, bare-bones space with black walls – the 100-seat theatre is small but has surprisingly plush seats, rescued from a Toronto Cineplex. There’s also an attached pressroom and reception area that doubles as an art gallery. “When Rick and I took over the building we felt that the newspaper’s warehouse and mail room were just calling out to be a theatre,” explains Anke, “and we believed there was a need in Collingwood for an affordable, flexible space for creative performances.” The couple’s instincts were right. Since the Simcoe Street Theatre officially opened on May 1, 2015, there has been something on stage an average of three or four nights a week. The productions range from speakers to musicians, from indie artists to one-person shows, from author readings to experimental theatre … and the theatre now has a screen for showing documentary films as well. Although new to theatre, the Lexes have jumped right in and, in some cases, become involved as co-producers. “We still have much to learn,” notes Anke, who is loving this new aspect of her already busy life, “but people help us along. It’s quite magical what happens on that little stage. And we find that all the performers love coming here. They love the audiences, the town – and they all want to come back. So we must be doing something right.” LEFT: The cast of the Gaslight Community Theatre production Hog and Wild Pigs: the Demise of the Town Constable, performed in 2011 as part of the tour theme “Whiskey & Wickedness.”
here is an old theatrical adage that once the theatre gets in your blood it stays there forever. The story of how the Meaford Community Theatre came to be is a case in point. Wayne Bryant, the president of the amateur group, had his first experience on stage up in Yellowknife where he owned an engineering company. His wife, who was on the board of the Arts and Culture Centre there, got him a role in their production of Music Man. “I had just retired and she wanted something for me to do,” recalls Bryant with a chuckle. “I had no experience, nor even any interest in theatre at the time. But that experience changed my life! Being on that stage, hearing that applause … I fell in love with theatre and I’ve wanted to be on the stage ever since!” Bryant and his wife chose Meaford as the ideal place for their retirement. The town had a thriving theatre company (The Georgian Theatre Festival) and a historic Opera House, Meaford Hall, with a 310-seat theatre, which was undergoing a massive restoration at the time. It seemed a perfect choice for the retired couple with thespian ambitions. But sadly, what the Bryants didn’t know was that a battle had erupted between the theatre company, the management of the renovated building and some members of the town council over the newly restored space. Political infighting ensued and in the end, the theatre company was banned from Meaford Hall. The Georgian Theatre Festival struggled on for a couple of years using other venues (including tents), but was eventually unable to survive without a permanent home. Bryant admits that it was a very messy situation, but he and others, including deputy mayor and playwright Harley Greenfield, were determined to keep theatre alive in their small town. They started the Meaford Community Theatre in 2009 with a group of amateur enthusiasts and their first production, Harvest Moon by local playwright Greg Brown, played to nearly full houses in Meaford Hall for three nights and one matinée. Since then they’ve had several successes and one “bummer,” admits Bryant, but with avid support from the local community, their amateur theatre company continues to be a vibrant addition to the cultural life in Meaford. “Basically it’s all about having fun,” says Bryant. “We’re not getting paid, but we’re getting a great deal of personal satisfaction and fond memories that will last a lifetime.”
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urther proof of live theatre’s allure for both participants and audiences is the phenomenal success of Gaslight Community Theatre Productions in Collingwood. This grassroots theatre group has put on a series of sell-out performances every November for the past six years. The format involves four 20-minute plays performed by local amateurs and mounted in different venues in the downtown core. Small audience groups gather first in the Collingwood Public Library, where they get an official greeting from the Town Crier. They are then escorted from one venue to another with the help of costumed Gaslight guides who impart historical information (and sometimes juicy gossip) during the walk. The theme changes every year to showcase a different aspect of Collingwood’s history. The founder and artistic director of Gaslight, Arlene Noble, left Collingwood early this year to move to Toronto, which was a shock to her many followers and Gaslight fans. But “she left a great template and a great team of volunteers,” says Monica Wilson, who was hand picked by Noble to take over as Gaslight’s executive producer. Wilson had been involved in every capacity of the productions from the very first year, and although she is filling some very big shoes, she says confidently,“There’s not much I don’t know about Gaslight, and I’m sure we will continue to be a success.”
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Not only is the Gaslight Tour a sell-out success, it also raises funds to support arts activities in the community and promotes the art of playwriting among local residents. One of the initiatives, Page to Stage, brings together a group of 12 amateurs interested in writing for theatre. The biggest draw for this five-night course in scene writing, which takes place in February and March, is its teacher: Canada’s famous playwright and local resident Dan Needles. Best known for the popular Wingfield series, which has played on stages across Canada since 1984, Needles is typically sardonic about his new teaching role. “The first year I was trying to sum up everything I know,” he quips, “and then I found it all fit on one page.” Now after four years he finds the students’ writing gets better every year. At the end of the series the group selects four scenes that go on stage at the Simcoe Street theatre. “It has been a great experience,” enthuses Needles, “and we fill the 100 seats in the theatre; even though it’s mostly friends and family it feels like you’re on a wave!” If you scratch the surface of almost any small town you’ll find that amateur thespians have found a way to play to an audience, and Southern Georgian Bay is no exception. In addition to Collingwood and Meaford, there are active community theatre groups in Thornbury/Clarksburg, Creemore/Stayner, Rocklyn and Wasaga Beach. Formed in 1991 by members of the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts,
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Owen Sound Little Theatre is made up of volunteers who stage four productions annually: a fall musical and three non-musical plays throughout the rest of the year. This year’s playbill consists of ambitious productions such as Carousel, To Kill a Mockingbird and Blithe Spirit. According to Cathie Locke, president of the board of directors of the Owen Sound Little Theatre, “We couldn’t manage without all the volunteers. Lots of them get bitten by the bug and want the glow of the floodlights, but there are lots like me who just like being part of the process. Sharing a love of theatre is a great bond and leads to close friendships.” It is exactly this passion that keeps theatre alive in any small community, whether it’s a professional group like Theatre Collingwood (which depends on a hundred volunteers every year) or an amateur company run entirely by volunteers.
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sually, behind every successful theatre company, there is an ardent, can-do individual who made it happen. In the case of Theatre Collingwood it was Barbara Weider, the company’s original founder and biggest cheerleader, whose death last winter, as Erica Angus puts it, “was a great loss. We have dedicated this season to her memory.” While some people like Weider have the passion, vision and financial means to actually start a theatre company, there are many others who just want to be part of one, whether it’s building sets, doing hair or makeup, arranging fundraising events, or belting out a solo in front of a live audience. And so it is that, in every town around Georgian Bay, on some stage, in some local town hall or restored historic theatre, it’s almost certain that some group is finding a way to make that happen. All you have to do is buy a ticket, sit back and enjoy! ❧ ON THE BAY
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nce a well-kept secret, Thornbury has become one of the hottest markets around for new and resale home buyers. And it’s no wonder, because it is an amazing place to live. (Full disclosure: I purchased a home in Thornbury 16 years ago and plan to stay for many years to come.) With its high-end shops, picturesque harbour, great dining choices, and activities like golf, biking, skiing, hiking and paddling right on its doorstep, Thornbury has it all. “Many places have one or two of these attributes, but Thornbury – through a combination of geography and circumstance – has developed a wonderful sense of community in a setting that embodies everything great about the area’s geography and the many activities it enables,” says Steve Simon, a realtor with Royal LePage Locations North. However, the downside of Thornbury’s many attractions is that it is currently experiencing a true seller’s market – lots of interested buyers vying for a limited inventory of homes for sale – so those interested in buying a home or condo in Thornbury face stiff competition.
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It’s about the Boomers Like most of our area’s real estate market, the Thornbury market is being driven by retiring or soon to retire Baby Boomers. “The birth rate peaked in 1960, so expect things to boom from the Boomers for at least 10 years,” notes Simon, adding there has been a recent flurry of commercial deals on Bruce Street and nearby to provide services for the growing population. “I think we can expect an influx of professionals and specifically healthcare-related businesses and their owners,” predicts Simon. ON THE BAY
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While Boomers are driving the bulk of the real estate sales, Thornbury is anything but a sleepy retirement community. Notes Simon: “Thornbury is a wonderful place to raise a family, with its excellent school, sports-related activities such as hockey, baseball and soccer, and small-town atmosphere providing a safe environment to allow children to flourish.” Michael Maish of Clairwood Real Estate concurs. “Thornbury appeals to a range of demographics, so competition is strong,” he says. “It’s still a great location for retirees, but buyers also recognize it as an ideal spot for year-round recreation and as a permanent location for families. The most notable increase I’ve noticed is the number of young families moving into town. Good schools, daycares, parks, restaurants, a wide range of activities, new businesses and a shiny new supermarket all make Thornbury a fantastic place to raise a family.”
Everything is in demand Whether it’s new or resale, houses or condos, estate properties or custom homes, demand is high across all sectors and in all price points. On the resale side, Simon says recent sales have established new price points, with several sales in the $800,000 to $1.3 million range and more modestly priced homes selling very quickly. “Renovated century homes on Bruce Street have been especially hot,” he adds. “The desire to walk into town has driven this real estate market across all price points.” Resale homes in Lora Bay are also selling quickly across a wide range of prices, while others are choosing to build their dream homes in Lora Bay. “Buyers are drawn to the community feel, fabulous views, and amenities including an 18-hole golf course, recreation centre, beaches and clubhouse,” says Simon. New home developments in Thornbury are currently few and far between, but if a new home is what you want, Lora Bay and Trailwoods have a variety of build options, some with water views, some with recreational facilities, access to trails and other amenities. Trailwoods’ large building lots are close enough to walk to town. According to Simon, 33 lots on High Bluff Lane were released in April and over half were sold by mid-May. If you’re not ready yet, don’t despair: Trailwoods will launch a third phase in 2017. After years of stagnation, the Thornbury condo market is also heating up. “The properties at Applejack and Rankin’s Landing have been experiencing low inventory and rising prices over the past year,” says Simon. “The Mill Pond development is nearing completion with very few units remaining. At the top end of the condo market, 11 Bay Street, with elevators in every unit, is preparing to build out its final phase. New condo development is needed to meet burgeoning demand.”
New is more expensive than resale Definitely don’t rule out new homes from your search. If the resale market isn’t offering the right options, new builds are well worth a look. “Clients of mine bought at Lora Bay last year, attracted by the proximity to the water and the chance to build a house with a main floor master suite,” says Maish. “They moved in this April and are delighted with their purchase.” The ability to customize is attractive. And who wouldn’t want to choose their own fixtures? However, make sure you’re aware of the full cost before committing to a new home or custom build. “Extras such as finished basements, HST and landscaping are usually not included and can add up,” warns Maish, adding new construction costs are usually higher than resale. “I work with a lot of rural buyers who consider buying vacant land to build a custom home. We have excellent builders in the area so this is an attractive option. But my advice is that you have to do this because you’ll love the home, not because it will make you money. Construction costs of the actual house may not necessarily be high, but you have to add on the extras: development charges, architects and engineers, driveway, landscaping, well, septic. These add hundreds of thousands onto a build, and you’ll usually put more money into the property than you can sell it for.”
Research is key The variety of types of homes, price points and lifestyles means it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for, says Maish. “I always recommend people start looking early so they can build up a good picture of what is available, what is right for them, and what places sell for,” he advises. “Browsing the Internet is a good start, but you can only get a proper feel for a property by going to see it. Don’t be afraid of booking a range of showings so you can rule different types of property in or out – in town, out of town, newbuild, century home, acreage, waterfront. Your realtor can set this all up for you to help you narrow down the right property.”
So is finding the right realtor Everyone knows that sellers need a good realtor, but in this market trying to buy without a realtor doing the ground work for you is an exercise in futility – not to mention frustration. “Use your research showings to interview realtors, too,” Maish suggests. “Who will work hard for you? Who do you gel with? Who understands your needs best? Who can you trust? Who has the best local knowledge? You need to be 100 per cent confident that your realtor is representing your interests. The biggest mistake I think buyers make is to automatically use the listing agent. The listing realtor could be a great choice, but be extra-cautious when making that choice because that person also represents the seller.” Timing is vital in the hot Thornbury market, so you will have a leg up if you use the realtor system to your advantage. Realtors get paid for representing buyers, so be sure your realtor is earning his or her keep. “We often know about listings before they are listed, and we can tailor searches for you that automatically send you properties before they even hit Realtor.ca,” says Maish. Case in point: “A recent listing of mine was online on a Tuesday and had several showings and multiple offers by that Thursday. All the showings in that time were booked by realtors who knew what their clients wanted and were proactively looking for the right property for them. This is becoming the norm in Thornbury.”
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Mila Filatova has opened Collingwood Music Studio.
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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! 13 FORTY LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES This new landscape supply business isn’t just for large commercial operations – the general public can also find everything here for their outdoor projects, from mulch, soil and aggregates to paving stone, turf and natural stone. 13 Forty is also an authorized Permacon dealer. “A lot of people are intimidated by big landscape yards and think they are only accessible to big contractors,” says operations manager Morgan Anderson. “A lot of people ask if it’s okay if they buy just one yard of soil and the answer is yes! We are here for everyone. Big enough to meet the largest commercial need but also just as interested and committed to the small residential clients.” Co-owners Michael Chapman and Tavis Yeats are professional landscapers, successfully operating Oasis North Landscapes since 2006. “Tim Potts is our yard person, who has been working in the industry for years and is super friendly and knowledgeable,” adds Anderson. 827470 Grey Road 40, Clarksburg Tel: 519-599-1340 Web: 13forty.com Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
BLUE MOUNTAIN TEA COMPANY There’s nothing like a great cup of tea, and this new loose leaf tea emporium in downtown Collingwood carries over 130 organic, single estate, herbal and wellness teas, serves all of its teas to go and offers a wide selection of tea related accessories including teapots, infusers, travel bottles and cups. “We are the only locally owned business in the region solely focused on tea, herbals and the wellbeing they offer,” notes owner Katherine Maxwell. All photos courtesy of business owners
“We opened in December with 70 teas and herbals and have almost doubled our selection since then, largely due to the demand from our customers for specific products, which we’ve worked hard to source. We love what we do, and we love consulting with our customers to help them find just what they need to brighten their day.” Beyond bringing wellbeing to individual customers, Maxwell believes in giving back to the broader community. “Every month we give one per cent of our profits to a cause that we draw from a jar of suggestions provided by our customers.” 66 Hurontario St., Collingwood Tel: 705-293-1887 Web: bluemountainteaco.com Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
CARDBOARD CASTLES CHILDREN’S EMPORIUM As Laurie Copeland’s beloved Creemore children’s store celebrates 10 years in business, there is now a second location in Orangeville boasting an equally extraordinary collection of toys, games, arts and crafts, learning resources, seasonal items and more. “We like to think of it as spreading our wings and sharing the fun,” enthuses Copeland. “Our enthusiasm for encouraging exploration, investigation and imagination guides us to cultivate a unique array of products designed to inspire ‘back to basics’ play for all ages. You will not find licensed merchandise here, or many battery operated products, either.” The Orangeville store, like its Creemore counterpart, is a bricksand-mortar-only business that invites customers to participate in the wonders of childhood and excite their imaginations. “While we are fans of all that modern technology has to offer, our hearts are screen-free,” says ON THE BAY
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COLLINGWOOD MUSIC STUDIO Pianist Mila Filatova has opened this new music teaching studio in downtown Collingwood, offering piano, vocal and musical theory lessons for all ages and all levels from amateur to professional, including all levels of Royal Conservatory of Music exam preparation. Filatova takes a “personable European approach” to help clients – from toddlers to seniors – obtain and perfect technical skills, understand different musical styles and interpret historical traditions. “It’s never too late to start studying music, as we all have musical talents which remain to be discovered and developed,” she says. “Everyone should study music to enrich one’s spiritual and mental life.” Filatova came to Canada from the former USSR in 1991 with a Master’s degree in music. In her native country she toured in various festivals as a featured artist, with concerts recorded for national broadcast. She made a name for herself teaching and performing in Toronto for 24 years before moving to Collingwood in 2015. In addition to offering her services as a piano teacher and vocal coach, she is also available as an accompanist, chorus master and pianist for hire. 379 Hurontario St., Collingwood Tel: 705-539-0772 Web: collingwoodmusicstudio.ca Hours: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. by appointment.
CRUSTY’S HOMESTYLE BAKERY After a busy summer last year selling garden produce and homemade baking from their farm on Grey Road 112, Russ and Sherilyn Warkentin have taken the plunge and opened a new bakery in the heart of Meaford. “We’re a bakery selling breads, rolls, pies, cookies, and numerous sweets and bars,” says Russ. “We also have a small eating area where customers can stop by for a coffee and sandwich to enjoy with their treats. Everything is made right on site.” Sherilyn is an accomplished cook and baker, while Russ has a background in construction. “Our business philosophy is to provide clients with a quality product that they will keep coming back for,” says Russ. “Although the tourism in the area is something we definitely hope to tap into, we also want to provide a service that the regular Meaford resident will be able to use.”
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In addition to dinner rolls, tarts, muffins, breads (multi-grain, whole wheat and white), Sherilyn’s signature garlic cheese butterhorns are a huge hit with customers. 43 Sykes St. N., Meaford Tel: 519-538-3331 Hours: Tues. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
GREENHAWK/BARK&FITZ COLLINGWOOD This new Nottawa business combines a tack shop and pet retail store in one, “providing top quality products for all aspects and disciplines of the equestrian industry as well as premium pet foods and supplies for your furry friends as well,” says Rebecca Small, who co-owns the franchise with Mathew McKee. “We combined the availability of services and products for three large groups of companion animals into one convenient location.” The extensively renovated and modernized 4,000-square-foot facility offers easy drivability, lots of parking, and friendly, knowledgeable staff, said Small, whose extensive knowledge and experience in the equestrian world means she can work with you, recommend products and help you achieve your equestrian goals, whether just beginning or lifelong passion. “Our combined buying power and private label products means we can pass along tremendous savings to the consumer, allowing you to be fully outfitted at a reasonable price,” she says. “Our business philosophy is to meet and exceed the expectations of the community by offering top quality products and services for your equestrian, canine and feline friends.” 3815 County Road 124, Nottawa Tel: 705-445-7344 Web: greenhawk.com
HAND RACING Does the thought of racing cars and trucks excite you? What if you could do it without taking your life in your hands? If you answered an enthusiastic “yes!” to both of those questions, Hand Racing might be the perfect new hobby for you. Hand Racing is a remote control (RC) entertainment facility featuring an indoor carpeted track used for both on-road and off-road RC practice and racing, a crawler track and an outdoor off-road track. “At Hand Racing we also have a parts centre and repair shop for RC cars and trucks,” says Joanne Pavlovic, company and team owner. “We are open year round for practice and host many point series tournaments and specialty races. We also have rental cars available for people who are new to the sport. Hand Racing clients can come in and spend the day at the track and if they need their car or truck fixed we have a repair shop on hand with parts available for the major RC brands.” The facility also offers birthday party packages, and there is a Wasaga Beach RC Race Team called Team Hand Racing, which races at the other tracks in Ontario. 818 Mosley Street, Unit 2, Wasaga Beach Tel: 705-429-2124 Web: handracing.ca Hours: Check website for new summer hours.
Cathy Brown has opened Metra Fashion House on Collingwood’s main street.
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METRA FASHION HOUSE Cathy Brown, owner of Awear eco-boutique, has opened a high fashion women’s clothing and footwear boutique featuring unique apparel and accessories from independent designers. “The esthetic at Metra is modern minimalist with a focus on high-quality, well-made products made to flatter the female form,” said Brown. Like its sister store Awear, Metra will celebrate talented Canadian designers and unique handmade pieces. “Metra is staffed with expert stylists who will help you with unique pairings and show you how to update your existing wardrobe with a few essential seasonal pieces,” says Brown, adding private styling appointments are also available. As well, Metra is planning seasonal red carpet fashion shows with complimentary champagne and treats to present the coming season’s new looks. Ask in-store for details. 93 Hurontario St., Collingwood Tel: 705-444-3203 Web: metrafashionhouse.com Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 12 – 5 p.m.
PROPERTYGUYS.COM This new “private sale” real estate marketing franchise promises to break the traditional mould on how home buyers and sellers connect. “By engaging a network of industry professionals, we have reinvented the real estate trading platform with an affordable, all-encompassing program designed for effectiveness, transparency and financial responsibility,” says Bruce Stewart, managing director of Property Guys Georgian Triangle and Property Guys Simcoe County. The business offers real estate marketing and sales consulting “designed to help sellers minimize the cost of home sales … with a fixed fee structure saving consumers thousands of dollars.” Stewart himself has a background of 30-plus years in real estate development and construction. At the recent grand opening, Stewart also announced a new local outreach program, PropertyGuys.com Cares, which offers full real estate marketing and relocation services at no cost to seniors or their families when seniors are forced to sell their homes and move to care facilities. Founded in 1998, PropertyGuys.com has over 100 locations in over 600 communities coast-to-coast. 350B First St., Collingwood & 191 Bayfield St., Barrie Tel: 705-881-9034 Web: propertyguys.com Hours: Weekday mornings 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; afternoons, evenings and weekends by appointment.
RUSTIC CHARM Looking for rustic gifts, candles, tableware, cottage/lakehouse decor and more? Stop into this new store and take a look around. “The store is specifically geared toward those wanting unique and unusual items for the lake area,” says owner Andy Persad. “My product inspires people to think outside the box … my customers expect me to constantly procure new and unique products.” Persad says his business philosophy keeps standards high. “I am always there for my customers,” he notes. “When customers describe my store,
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they speak in superlatives. I operate in such a way that if someone spoke badly of my business, no one would believe it. Businesses come and go, but the one thing I strive to protect more than anything else is my reputation.” 27 Hurontario Street, Collingwood Tel: 705-315-1662 Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
SNOWBRIDGE TOWNS There is a new townhome development in the centre of Historic Snowbridge right across from Blue Mountain Village. Snowbridge Towns consists of 25 condominium townhouses ranging from 1,727 to 2,234 square feet and from three to four bedrooms. “The project will provide owners with the luxury of time, as all outside maintenance will be provided,” says Maria Casale of Royal LePage, who is marketing the project for Vaughan-based developer Manorwood Homes Inc. “The award-winning firm of Hunt Design Associates Inc. has designed these homes with beautiful architectural features and functional spaces. Attention to detail has been built into every aspect of the home design, from the interior room layouts to the dramatic exterior façades.” Owners will also have access to a shuttle bus service and membership to the Blue Mountain Association, with access to the pool and other amenities. Sales Centre: Corner Grey Rd. 19 & Jozo Weider Blvd., Blue Mountains Tel: 905-850-1188 Web: snowbridgetowns.ca Hours: Sat. & Sun. 1 – 5 p.m., weekdays by appointment.
SORLEY & STILL, BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS After 25 years in York Region, this family law firm has opened a new office in Collingwood. “Sorley & Still recognizes that each of our clients faces a unique set of challenges as they navigate through difficult personal challenges,” says owner Christopher Sorley. “Building on this awareness, Sorley & Still does not take a ‘cookie cutter’ approach to the practice of family law. While we are committed to helping our clients protect their interests through the use of creative, and, wherever possible, non-adversarial solutions, we do not shy away from the litigation process, where it is required.” With over 25 years of trial experience, Sorley has particular expertise in complex property issues arising out of matrimonial breakdowns. His practice includes the negotiation and finalization of domestic contracts (marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements, separation agreements and parenting agreements), child-related issues (custody, access and support), spousal support, and property division including unjust enrichment claims and divorce. The practice also offers preparation of wills and powers of attorney as well as estate administration. “We have five lawyers with a combined experience of over 100 years of legal practice,” he says. “We are not generalists; we are family law.” 2-450 Hume Street, Collingwood Tel: 705-994-4616 Web: collingwoodfamilylaw.com Hours: Mon. – to Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. by appointment only. ON THE BAY
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Luke Williams of Williams Landscape Contracting & Design and TES Hynes of Second Nature Landscapes recently collaborated on the landscaping at the new Thornbury Veterinary Hospital.
Sue Miller (right) has taken over The Bay School of Art from founder Michelle Fleming (left).
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Big Brothers & Sisters Needs You! Twenty-five kids are on the waiting list for either a Big Brother or a Big Sister in Southern Georgian Bay. As a Big Brother or Sister, you can help a child discover their full potential. The time required is as little as two hours a month. With no government funding, we rely 100% on fundraising, donations and willing volunteers. Want to get involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters as a donor or volunteer? Contact Jarvis Strong at 705-445-2330 or visit the website www.bbbsgt.ca
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Landscape designer Luke Williams has worked in the landscape business in design, construction and project management for over 10 years and now has branched out on his own, offering creative designbuild services for all types of outdoor spaces both residential and commercial. “We seek to help property owners maximize their property value and their time spent enjoying it by developing their landscape over time to its full potential,” says Williams. “We install all types of landscaping with a focus on unique outdoor living spaces including stone patios, decks, ponds and water features, pergolas and other outdoor structures, planting and lighting.” Williams’ background in landscape design – along with extensive experience building and maintaining landscapes – allows him to approach each project with a balance of creativity and practicality. “Knowing what makes sense in our climate, how to reduce maintenance time, how to get the best return on investment from landscaping, and how to use materials cost effectively to create unique outdoor spaces within budget, means I approach projects with a truly holistic vision.” To ensure the best skilled labour around, Williams is collaborating with existing landscape business owners. “This mutually beneficial relationship allows me to provide my design and project management expertise whilst teaming up with some highly experienced contractors on project installation and maintenance. The result is we are each able to grow our individual businesses while better serving our clients with a wider range of services and value.” Tel: 519-374-7796 Web: williamslandscapes.ca
TRANSFORMATIONS BLUEROCK WEALTH MANAGEMENT INC. & BLUEROCK CORPORATE BENEFITS Steady growth has led BlueRock to add three new advisors to its team of associates. Chrissy Zuniga has taken on the role of senior account manager, group benefits. “Chrissy will provide clients with the full-time, expert attention they need to ensure their group benefits and group health plans meet the needs of their businesses and employees,” says Neal Owen, BlueRock’s president and founder. On the wealth management side, Natalie Barber and Tim Bulmer bolster BlueRock’s ranks of financial specialists. “At BlueRock, our mission is to create clarity, confidence and focus in every facet of clients’ financial plans,” says Owen. “To achieve this, our team of wealth advisors works together to preserve capital, realize growth and, above all else, enrich the quality of life for clients. We are excited to now offer Natalie’s and Tim’s committed expertise to our growing roster of clients.” BlueRock provides individuals, families, entrepreneurs and professionals with a full suite of “financial direction” services including wealth management, estate planning, life and living benefits, investment
Jennifer Campbell has moved The DanceRoom to a new state-ofthe-art dance studio in Stayner.
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THE BAY SCHOOL OF ART Local painter extraordinaire Sue Miller has taken over The Bay School of Art from founder Michelle Fleming. “For the past few years, I have taught classes for Michelle at the Bay School of Art,” says Miller, who has been teaching art in the private sector for more than 20 years. “She expressed an interest in retiring and asked me if I would take on the school. It was a great fit for me ... of course I said yes. I am truly grateful and honoured that she has entrusted me to guide it forward.” The school will continue to offer classes and workshops for all ages and experience levels, for private and corporate groups as well as day and evening classes in Collingwood, Clarksburg and beyond. The business will grow under Miller’s leadership to offer weekend workshops and art events in Creemore, with plans to expand programming and classes to Wasaga Beach next year. Classes: Trinity United Church, 140 Maple St., Collingwood; St. George’s Anglican Church, 166 Russell St., Clarksburg; Mill Street Art Studio, 148A Mill St., Creemore. Tel: 705-727-6161 Web: thebayschoolofart.ca
COLLINGWOOD CHIROPRACTIC Chiropractor Dr. Neil Patrick has relocated and renamed his practice to serve patients better. The former First Street Chiropractic is now Collingwood Chiropractic, and has moved to the Rexall Building (also known as Mountain View Towne Centre) at Huron and First streets in Collingwood. Patrick shares office space with family physicians Kate McLachlin and Jonathan Smith. “In my nearly 10 years of practice in the community I have always made efforts to collaborate with other health professionals, especially patients’ family doctors or nurse practitioners, for the benefit of my patients’ overall care,” explains Patrick. “By co-locating with two family doctors in a building of exclusively healthcare professionals, I am optimistic this will help improve interprofessional collaboration. This is the direction that the chiropractic profession, and indeed the Ontario healthcare system, is moving, because it saves healthcare costs, resources and wait times.” An evidence-based chiropractor, Patrick provides hands-on treatments and diagnosis for a variety of musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints. 1 Huron Street, Suite 206, Collingwood Tel: 705-293-3447 Web: collingwoodchiro.com Hours: Mon., Wed. & Fri. by appointment. ON THE BAY
Blair Thompson of Re/Max Four Seasons Realty, has acquired a new office in Stayner.
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THE DANCEROOM This Stayner dance studio has moved to a state-of-the-art new facility, featuring three spacious professional studios with sprung floors and vinyl surfacing as well as a large waiting room. “This bigger facility allows the studio to service more families and create a more favourable schedule for our dancers,” says owner and director Jennifer Campbell. “State-of-the-art dance flooring helps to prevent injuries and gives dancers a professional experience. Three larger studio spaces permit more programming for dancers, including workshops with North American dance professionals.” Now in its 12th year, the studio has an interesting history, beginning as a “fun hobby” when Campbell was only 14 years old. “As I pursued higher education in dance, more families began to register and the studio took on a life of its own, transforming into a thriving business,” she says. “Its overall growth and transformation has been tremendous, and has paralleled with my own professional development.” Serving all ages and levels, The DanceRoom offers nine-month fall programs as well as spring and summer classes, summer camps, and workshops with North American dance professionals. 236 Huron Street, Stayner Tel: 705-441-3790 Web: the-danceroom.com Hours: Mon. – Fri. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
MARLWOOD GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB Sandy and Alex Smardenka, owners of Boston Pizza in Collingwood and Wasaga Beach, have purchased, revitalized and reopened this popular Wasaga golf course under the Smardenka Group. “Being past members who enjoyed this club very much, we were both shocked and disappointed when the club closed and many members, including ourselves, lost our prepaid memberships,” says Sandy. “We had a family meeting and unanimously decided to make a bid while the club was in receivership, and won the bid. Then we rolled up our sleeves and got to work, as both the club and course were in sad shape. We gained back the confidence of members, and are up and running better than ever. We have over 250 happy members, and host many tournaments, events and weddings in our newly renovated clubhouse.” Changes the Smardenkas have implemented include hiring a professional superintendent, improving the greens and renovating the clubhouse both inside and out. “We can now host events from 20 to 250 guests,” notes Sandy, adding, “the facility has been upgraded with the latest AV equipment and brand new furniture.” Two chefs prepare everything from simple to gourmet cuisine.
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THORNBURY VILLAGE CIDERY Colio Estate Wines has purchased this local cidery and has big plans for expansion. President Jim Clark says Colio made the purchase to be “a part of this fantastic movement towards locally grown, naturally crafted products,” adding, “this opportunity allows us to gain a significant entry with one of the leading producers of high quality craft beer and cider in Ontario.” The company has invested in the existing century-old historic facility located in Thornbury Village, and renovations are underway to create a unique retail and hospitality experience capitalizing on the beautiful views of Georgian Bay and The Blue Mountains. “Beginning this summer, Thornbury Village Cidery will open its doors to our new Retail Boutique & Tasting Room,” says Clark. “This space will be open to the public for tours and tastings throughout the week, and will feature a live tasting bar serving small-batch ciders and Ontario VQA wine, a retail space, as well as a large outdoor patio. Located right along the Georgian Trail, we invite customers to visit and enjoy a variety of ciders created from apples sourced right from Grey County!” The company also plans to move its craft brewery from Nobleton to Thornbury by next spring.
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WASAGA BEACH BREWING COMPANY There’s a brand new beer on tap, adding to our region’s burgeoning reputation for craft brewing excellence. The Wasaga Beach Brewing Company recently introduced its new Beach One Cerveza, now being served in restaurants and bars in Wasaga Beach and also available at the LCBO in surrounding areas. “It’s a refreshing ‘beach beer’ with a light, crisp taste, and goes down smooth – perfect for a hot summer beach day,” says company president David Cubitt. Cubitt and co-owners Peter Wilkins, Eric Mitchell and Mike Boyle are also opening a new “concept” beach bar in the new Wasaga Beach Main Street Market. “Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of a beach bar, and enjoy a Beach One Cerveza, among other craft brews, as well as light fare food,” says Cubitt. “This will be the flagship of the tourism district, also offering a full line of custom branded beach wear clothing.” 12 Main St. (pedestrian mall), Wasaga Beach Tel: 705-818-9290 • 416 294-5646 Web: wasaga.beer
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SIERRA WOODLANDS CHALET
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CIRCA 1890 – THORNBURY
Beautiful, spacious executive 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath semi-detached chalet in sought after Sierra Woodlands in Nippissing Ridge. Cathedral ceilings, granite, stainless, hardwood, double car garage! MLS® 1615196
Minutes to Blue Mountain, situated at the end of a Cul de Sac with a fantastic view of the mountain. Open spacious principal rooms with bedrooms galore, mudroom and a double car garage. Convenient, easy living!
Charismatic 2 storey 4 bdrm, 2 bath, finished basement, approx 2,800 sq ft log home minutes to Thornbury, Peaks Ski Club and Blue Mountain Village. Large deck w/direct access to Georgian Trial and deeded access to a secluded sandy beach.
Past meets present in this circa 1890 home where unspoiled antique & various upgrades join stunning private park-like grounds. 2 car garage offers expansive work space. Offering 2000 sq.ft. , 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, glassed in sunroom. A must view! MLS® 1602056
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Custom-built in 2000 by Mark Berner, this brick ranchstyle 3 bdrm/ 3 bath bungalow is in as-new condition. Situated on 7.5 rolling acres, well treed with meandering stream, it is less than 1 mile to Meaford Harbour, Hospital and all downtown amenities. (Horse Lovers?)
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Spacious fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the popular Rivergrass development on the Monterra Golf Course. Minutes to the Blue Mountain Village. Great investment opportunity. MLS® 1608547
Country Living with natural gas and perfect design for extended / large family. Upgraded with many original features maintained. 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, gas fireplace & central air. 8 minutes to Owen Sound and Meaford shops and hospitals. MLS® 1605277
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Cape Cod style cottage with private water frontage with 1000 square feet of deck on two levels. Large glass doors & windows with panoramic views of Georgian Bay. Cottage features 3 bedrooms, kitchen, & a combination living room/ dining room.
3 BDRMS/ 4 SEASONS includes Bunkie creating extra living space. Home in excellent condition & features large windows overlooking water. Almost level lot to the water`s edge, ideal for dock or boat launch. Detached garage/ workshop. Inc. ALL furnishings & patio furniture.
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Lot 62 19 Grey Road Blue Mountains 15+ Acres
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795789 Grey Road 19
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104-1 Chamberlain Cres.
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196093 Grey Road 7
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NESTLED BETWEEN SLOPE AND SHORELINE, LIES A UNIQUE COMMUNITY IN THE MAKING
FULLY SERVICED PERMIT READY LOTS A FOUR SEASON PARADISE PROVIDING THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN A PEACEFUL EXISTENCE & AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE.
Enjoy direct access to Georgian Bay and unobstructed views of the Georgian Peaks ski hills. Phase I consists of 24 fully serviced lots. Currently 12 lots still available for sale. 10 beautiful homes built to date, 1 under construction and 1 to commence shortly.
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1977 124 COUNTY RD. 4 bdrm., 3 bath, 3745 sq. ft. fin.
1428 10 NOTTAWASAGA CONC., N 5 bdrm., 4.5 bath, 6600 sq. ft. fin.
157 SETTLER’S WAY 4+2 bdrm., 4 bath, 3371 sq. ft. fin.
344 MARINERS WAY 1 bdrm., 1 bath, 714 sq. ft. fin.
1651 124 COUNTY RD. 2+3 bdrm., 5 bath, 4310 sq. ft. fin.
7975 POPLAR SR 7+1 bdrm., 3.5 bath, 5159 sq. ft. fin.
308 WALNUT STREET 4 bdrm., 2 bath, 2346 sq. ft. fin.
27 MCKEAN CRES. 3 bdrm., 1 bath, 1127 sq. ft.
109 CARMICHAEL CRES. 5+2 bdrm., 5 bath, 3750 sq. ft. fin.
Tunnel to the Past
After the gold seekers had left, the water power potential of the falls n this postcard, circa 1907, hunters pose at the Eugenia Tunnel, a 264-metre long, 2.5-metre wide turbine tunnel through solid rock, drew William and Robert Purdy in 1859, who opened a store, ran a post which was completed that year to divert water from the Beaver office and built the first of several mills to line the river. Soon there was a hotel, general stores, churches, blacksmiths, coopers and carpenters River as part of a hydro-electric project. Unfortunately, the company 131 BARTON BLVD. the project went bankrupt and the tunnel 100was HOLDSHIP WESTWIND DR. the falls. Ex-French military surveyors behind abandoned. The in the burgeoning town near17 96 ’x 175’, view lot Lora Bay Lot, 76’ x 126’ 2+2 bdrm., 3 bath, 2958town sq. ft. fin.and falls Eugenia, limestone façade still stands, however, in the middle of the Bruce Trail who were surveying the townsite, named the $399,000 $150,000 $569,900 the wife of Emperor Napoleon III. The conservation lands near Eugenia Falls, with a popular hiking trail running in honour of Empress Eugenie, town’s population grew to about 200, but after the railways bypassed under the arch. Eugenia in favour of Flesherton, settlement dwindled and today only a At the time, the hydro project was just the latest failed attempt to put Eugenia on the economic map. The area’s first claim to fame arrived in small population remains. In 1914, Ontario Hydro purchased 10,125 hectares of surrounding land, 1852, when a farmer named Brownlee, an early settler near Flesherton, constructed a power plant, a dam and a water reservoir (now known as heard the whisper of the nearby falls while hunting one afternoon and followed the sound to the awe-inspiring sight of water flowing 30 metres Lake Eugenia), and began generating power. The plant was upgraded in 1988 and now produces a continuous 6.3 MW of power. Today, The over the Niagara Escarpment to the Beaver River below. Eugenia Power Station, run by Ontario Power Generation, has the Brownlee shared the news of his discovery with his neighbours and returned with one of them a few days later. The men noticed the glint of highest head of water of any hydroelectric generator in Ontario, and has gold on some of the rocks around the falls, swore each other to secrecy provided a significant amount of electricity to the provincial grid for and quickly returned to mine their fortunes. However, word of the over a century. Each July, Eugenia hosts Gold Rush Days, celebrating its rich history clandestine mining quickly spread, causing an explosion of activity as 200 men flocked to the area in a veritable gold rush. However, prospecting with festivities, entertainment and power station tours. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, July 2. ❧ ceased within when reports backS.that the “gold”Jacki the Binnie Kimberly Brine Emmathree BakerweeksSherry Rioux came Anne Young miners had been more than worthless For more historical photos of Southern Georgian Bay, check out Jason Sales Representative Brokereagerly collecting Broker was nothing Sales Representative Sales Representative REAL ESTATE TEA 416.708.6644pyrite, or “fool’s 705.444.3989 705.443.2793 705.994.2566 705.445.7085 gold.” Booth’s Facebook page or the Collingwood Historical Photos Facebook group.
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Downtown 1800 sqft loft style 1 bdrm + den, 2 bath penthouse apartment boasts lots of light.
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Beautiful 1800+ sqft 3 bdrm condo, surrounded by golf course w/ distant views to Bay.
Carefree living in this 2 bdrm Dwell condo at Creekside. Open concept layout, private balcony.
2 bdrm 2 bath condo is a must see. Open concept. Covered balcony. On site amenities.
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$799,999 Tara Parsons* 705.888.8272
$599,000 Shelly Paul** 705.888.0225
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Well maintained 3+1 bdrm home with many improvements. 87 x 175 ft lot. Close to Mountain.
Spacious custom 4+1 bdrm. Vaulted ceilings, wood floors. Private 1.9 acre lot with views.
Amazing riverfront property w/ a quaint 3 bdrm cottage to love or replace with your dream house.
Century 4 bdrm, 2 bath home in a great location for a homebased business in downtown.
Lots of renos in this 2 bdrm home, refinished hardwood floors, freshly painted & more.
Fantastic opportunity. Tastefully renovated 3 bdrm back split with finished bsmt & fenced yard.
$355,000 Connie O’Shell** 705.444.3154
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Beautiful 90 x 222.93 foot treed building lot. Close to all ski clubs and Georgian Bay golf club.
Prime commercial location or rental property. Existing 2465 sqft 3 bdrm 1 ½ bath home.
Features 2 spacious offices & 1 bdrm apartment. Freshly painted and updated with ample parking.
Over 6000 sqft well maintained building. 105 x 124 ft corner lot with large 105 x 50 ft parking lot.
$224,000 Anne McRae* 705.446.6198
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Spacious 2 bdrm, 2 bath is loaded with extras. Water views.
Well maintained 2 bdrm, 3 bath bungalow. Fully fenced yard with deck and awning in backyard.
Family friendly home offers 4+1 bdrms and 2 ½ baths. Fully fenced yard with deck & hot tub.
Live in Collingwood and in the country in this 4 bdrm 3 bath open concept ranch bungalow.
Renovated 5 bdrm, 4 bath with separate lower level entry. tours.photolink.ca/526523
Over 3000 sqft with 6 bdrms and 4 baths. Views of ski hills. tours.photolink.ca/526626
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CLEANING Applewood Cleaning Services Page 100
EVENTS Copper Kettle Festival Page 79 Gaslight Tour Page 84 Golf for Kids Sake Page 99 Meaford Apple Harvest Craft Show Page 82 mycollingwood.ca Page 97 Words in the Woods Dunedin Literary Festival Page 81
FASHION/JEWELRY Blink Eyewear Page 82 Bonnie Dorgello Jewellery & Paintings Page 84 D.C. Taylor Jewellers Page 12 Echo Trends Page 52 Elaine Dickinson’s Fashions Page 50 Greenhawk Harness & Equestrian Supplies Page 88 Grey Heron Natural Designs Page 35 Hildebrandt & Co. Indulgence Cashmere Page 88 Metra Fashion House Page 88 Shoe Kat Shoo Page 83
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HOME IMPROVEMENT & SUPPLY A-1 Toilet Rentals Page 100 Hands For Hire Page 100 Kitchen Painters Page 39 Meaford Carpets & Interiors Page 83
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REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENTS Balmoral Village (Royalton Homes) Page 27 Blue Fairway (MacPherson Builders) Page 2 Crestview Estates (Terra Brook Homes) Page 21 Downtown Luxury Condo Living Page 78 Mountaincroft (Grandview Homes) Page 25 Peaks Ridge (Solcorp Developments) Page 109 Snowbridge Towns (Manorwood Homes) Page 71 The Private Residences at the Georgian Bay Club Page 17
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Blue Horizon Dental Hygiene Page 38 Collingwood Dental Centre Page 90 Comly Eye Care Page 69 Dr. John Miller Family Dentistry Page 50 Dr. Noreen Khan Family Dentistry Page 46 Dr. Neil Patrick Chiropractor Page 35 Dr. Robert McCoppen Family Dentistry Page 82 Drs. Hammond, Raymond & Cation Optometrists Page 83 Orthopaedic Sport Institute Page 67 Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery Page 73 Wasaga Beach Denture Clinic Page 100
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COLLINGWOOD MUSEUM COLLECTION, 007.19.42 PHOTOGRAPHER: JAMES ASA CASTOR
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his photo from 1874 shows the racing skiff Mocking Bird leaving Collingwood Harbour. The crown jewel of W. Watts & Sons boat builders, the craft was the Watts family’s own pleasure yacht. Captained by fellow boatbuilder Patrick Doherty and crewed by William Sr. and his sons, Mocking Bird was known for its incredible speed and winning record at regattas locally and throughout the Great Lakes, winning the Collingwood Regatta Challenge Silver Cup in 1874, 1875 and 1876. To get to distant races, the large boat was loaded on flat rail cars and transported by train. Irish immigrant William Watts, Sr. began designing and building boats in the mid-1850s to serve the growing commercial fisheries of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. Watts & Sons boats soon became known for their fine lines, speed and ability to weather storms. Originally known as Collingwood fish boats or Collingwood skiffs, regional boat builders made hundreds of these vessels from the 1850s until the decline of the fishery in the early twentieth century. While fishing boats were Watts & Sons’ bread and butter, the
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firm’s “pleasure boats” were also in demand. Modeled on the Collingwood fishing boats, the yachts were longer and racier, but true to the original skiff design and workmanship. Besides the Mocking Bird, other notable examples were the Nahma, a recreational sailboat built for Sir Edmund Walker (first president of the Art Gallery of Ontario) and the Pequod, which was registered at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto in 1920. Both the Nahma and the Pequod were fixtures in the winner’s circle at regattas around the Great Lakes, often entered in the same races. Ken Jones, Nahma’s last owner, donated her to the Collingwood Museum in 1997. The boat was later transferred to the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The Watts family sold the remaining pieces of the family business to the Collingwood Shipyards in the mid-1940s. However, the Watts Boathouse still stands at Collingwood Harbour. Built in the 1870s, the boathouse was originally used to store lifeboats and is now home to the Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club. ❧ Sources: Collingwood Museum, collingwooddragonboats.com
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