TOQUE REGIONAL LOOKBOOK
THE STAYCATION ISSUE
FARM DISTILLERY & BREWERY
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‘THE WHOLE OBJECT OF TRAVEL IS NOT TO SET FOOT ON FOREIGN LAND; IT IS AT LAST TO SET FOOT ON ONE’S OWN COUNTRY AS A FOREIGN LAND.’ - GK CHESTERTON RESTLESS. IT’S A PRETTY GOOD DESCRIPTOR OF WHAT WE’VE ALL BECOME THIS YEAR. HONESTLY, IT’S HARD TO FEEL ANYTHING BUT FIDGETY, SQUIRRELLY, ILL AT EASE, AS WE’RE REMINDED ON THE REGULAR WHERE WE CAN’T GO, WHOM WE CAN’T VISIT, WHAT WE CAN’T DO. BUT WHILE LONG-DISTANCE VACATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL MIGHT BE – FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, AT LEAST – A THING OF THE PAST, IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WANDERLUST HASN’T DIED AT THE HANDS OF COVID. THAT RESTLESSNESS CAN BE ADDRESSED. INDEED, FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS AND TRAVEL BANS NEED NOT REPRESENT DEAD ENDS BUT RATHER STARTING POINTS FOR EXPLORATION – ALBEIT CLOSER TO HOME. KICKOFFS FOR CANOE TRIPS ON ONTARIO’S LAKE AND RIVER SYSTEMS, FOR INSTANCE. PRECURSORS TO CAR TRIPS TO COTTAGES AND FISHING LODGES. OVERTURES TO PATIO NIGHTS IN DINING DISTRICTS AND PICNICS IN PARKS WITH YOUR INNER CIRCLE. PRELUDES TO HIKING OUTSIDE THE CITY AND BIKING BETWEEN CITIES. PROLOGUES TO EXPLORING THAT TOWN NEXT DOOR AND TO GETTING RE-ACQUAINTED WITH YOUR OWN BACKYARD. WE DON’T PRETEND TO SUGGEST THAT THINGS ARE BACK TO NORMAL. THAT IT’S ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL.’ THAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS SHOULD BE USURPED BY THOUGHTLESS FRIVOLITY. TO BE SURE, ON THESE NEARBY CAPERS RECKLESS ABANDON NEED NOT APPLY, AND MASKS – ALONGSIDE DISINFECTANT, HAND HYGIENE, AND SOCIAL DISTANCING – ARE PREREQUISITES FOR ADVENTURE. WHAT WE ARE SAYING IS THAT RESTLESSNESS HAS A REMEDY. AND IT’S CLOSER TO HOME THAN YOU PROBABLY IMAGINED. SO SCOUT FORTH. AND WELCOME TO THE STAYCATION ISSUE.
CONTENTS 9. EDITOR’S LETTER: STAYCATION ISSUE 14. HOLY COW CANOE COMPANY: BUILT FROM THE OUTSIDE IN 22. DAYTRIPPIN’ WITH 'BIG JOHN' LEACOCK 26. E NTICING PLACES: THREE MUST-VISIT FOOD & DRINK DESTINATIONS IN STEEL TOWN 32. PRODUCT SHOOT: BOOKS + WINE PAIRING 34. M EET YOUR MAKER: THE CONSCIOUS KITCHEN 38. D OWNTOWN CAMBRIDGE: A NEIGHBOURING COMMUNITY – RIPE FOR A VISIT 46. T HE WALPER HOTEL: RE-INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO YOUR OWN BACKYARD 48. U NCOVERING WELLINGTON COUNTY: HARMONY MEADOWS ALPACA FARM 54. # PHOTOSPREAD: FIVE BIKERS. FIVE BIKES. REMEDY FOR THIS COVID CRAZINESS 60. G ETTING TO KNOW: MARKET CO 66. OUTBACKING ACROSS ONTARIO: A FOUR-DAY SUCCESS STORY 82. I LLUSTRATED MAP: HARVEST TIME IN WELLINGTON COUNTY 84. #PHOTOSPREAD: COZY UP! 88. #DTK EATS: GLOBAL CUISINE ON A LOCAL SCENE 98. #PHOTOSPREAD: GAME ON! 100. ' NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL’: HOW HOME GROUP REALTY IS FOCUSING ON SAFETY IN THE AGE OF COVID 108. # PHOTOSPREAD: ROADTRIP SCRAPBOOK: A PHOTO ESSAY OF OUR REGION’S DRIVE-INS AND TAKE-OUTS 115. MEET YOUR MAKER: LAZA FOOD & BEVERAGES 117. G ETTING TO KNOW: LEE QUAILE – CHESTNUT PARK WEST 118. #PHOTOESSAY: PADDLING THE ARCHIPELAGO 126. EXPERT OPINION (INVESTMENT): MIKE HRYN 128. COMIC: GOOSE 130. COCKTAIL HOUR WITH SPRING MILL DISTILLERY
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EST. 1892 - BERLIN, ON
482 BELMONT AVE W (AT GAGE) KITCHENER
HO L Y C OW C AN O E CO M P A N Y : AY
BUILT FROM THE OUTSIDE IN
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'WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FACE OF CANADA AND STUDY THE GEOGRAPHY CAREFULLY, YOU COME AWAY WITH THE FEELING THAT GOD COULD HAVE DESIGNED THE CANOE FIRST AND THEN SET ABOUT TO CONCEIVE A LAND IN WHICH IT COULD FLOURISH.' - BILL MASON
outings with my family - my mom, dad, two brothers, and me. More recently, annual outtrips have been enjoyed with my wife, Sonia, our pup, Finn, and maybe some friends too. I’ve even managed to get TOQUE Partner, Chris, out on the water. (In fact, TOQUE itself was conceived during a multi-day paddle Chris and I enjoyed at Massassauga a few years back.)
The simple pleasure of gliding across a quiet lake with nothing but one small vessel
It was a special pleasure for me, then, that
and self-power to get you from campsite
in late August Chris and I spent a morning
to portage, from campsite to campsite, is
chatting with Danny Arnott, head canoe
a ritual so dear to me. Ever since I was a
builder at Holy Cow Canoe Company, at the
kid, my summers have always been full
business’ shop. Located along the seven on
of backcountry canoe trips. I’d take these
the outskirts of Guelph between the city
16 limits and the town of Rockwood, Holy Cow is a sort of ‘blink or you’ll miss it’ destination that’s only recognizable as a canoe workshop by the fleet of boats racked behind the small cinderblock outpost. Oh, and by the bovine-painted boat standing at attention outside the front door. ‘You’ve basically got the most Canadian job in the world,’ Chris jokes to Danny as he leads us through the shop’s cluttered office and into the back workshop. It’s a sight to behold. Canoes – in one state of completion or another – are everywhere. Completed boats hang from walls. Others, seemingly still far from being done, are in molds. A couple of fifteen-foot Prospectors to our right are balanced on wheeling saw horses. The space itself is fairly open concept, with different work stations around the place – for painting, mold work, and finishing. There’s no heavy machinery here, but rather piles of hand tools laid around for the different stages of production.
As Danny goes to work on a just-finished bright red fifteen-footer with a hand-held buffer, I admire the smooth bold colours of the canoes freshly pulled from their molds – bewildered by the fact that this little shop produces up to four canoes per week year-round, and curious about how a canoe is built in the first place. ‘They’re actually relatively easy to make,’ Danny tells us, modestly. ‘They’re essentially built from the outside in.’ Paint first in the mold. Then the Kevlar or fiberglass layers that are left to cure before the shell is pried out of the mold. Then gunnels and seating are added. Finish with a final polish and it’s done. Simple, right? Indeed, there’s nothing simple about the years of skill that inform this work. Founded as Trent Canoes in 1978 and purchased by Holy Cow owners Gulam Baloch and Naomi McQuade over two decades ago, this mighty little enterprise is supported by decades of experience. With an eight-week waiting list, Holy Cow sells to customers all across Canada. 'Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing,' Henry David Thoreau once declared. When I think back on years past, there’s no greater feeling of calm and pride than during time spent on lakes and rivers. Surviving high winds, mosquito-filled portages, and stormy water, too. And celebrating the little extra bursts required to pull out of yourself to get through it. Finally, though, canoeing is an experience, a condition, that evokes expressions of bliss. 'What sets a canoeing expedition apart,' Pierre Elliott Trudeau once said, 'is that it purifies you more rapidly and inescapably than any other.' From the outside in. The truly Canadian adventure.
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A C O MMU NIT Y - MI NDED REALTOR SH AR E S H IS F AVOU R IT E SAT U R DAY DAY T R IP A R O U ND T HE REGI ON.
‘BIG JOHN’ LEACOCK GUELPH-BASED REALTOR
To most folks in Guelph who’ve volunteered on local boards, become involved with downtown renewal, or called the Hillside Festival their second home, ‘Big John’ Leacock is a familiar name. Like family, almost. A former Guelph Gryphons varsity basketball star and long-time resident of the Royal City, this local ambassador is always on the move. Here's what a daytrippin’ Saturday looks like for ‘Big John’:
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1. An ideal Saturday begins with a drive in
104 MAIN ST S, ROCKWOOD
my ’77 Cougar down the '7' from Guelph to Rockwood for take-out breakfast at the venerable Saunders Bakery. I make the trip with Mauby – my black golden doodle. At Saunders I grab a fresh-baked muffin or danish, add another just like it for Mauby, and keep it moving.
2. Mauby and I hop back in the Merc and cruise the rolling country roads to Starkey for a hike. The main loop – a meandering four-kilometre trek through deciduous and evergreen forests – is packed with locals
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looking to escape suburbia. My note to self as we hit the mid-way mark of the trail: come back again on a quieter weekday afternoon.
3. After our hike, Mauby’s spent. He L IT T L E A S I A VE GAN & VEG ET A R IAN C O MFO R T FO O D 36 KING ST E, DUNDAS
sleeps beside me on the drive back to Guelph. I drop him home and head out to Little Asia in Dundas for lunch. I order corn fritters, green curry eggplant and coconut rice. Then, with a mouthful of bliss, I find some open space and watch the world go by.
4. After lunch I head back to Guelph for an afternoon pint at The Wooly – the Royal City’s front porch. I could just as well take my camper to a local conservation area with my kids for the night. Elora. Caledon. Creemore. But they’re both out of town, so on this day it’s a Wellington SPA, a pound of honey garlic hot wings, and some good
TH E WOOLY P UB 176 WOOLWICH ST, GUELPH
conversation with Hillside buds Adrian and Ravi.
5. Now for a stroll around the core. I’ve been involved with downtown
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renewal for years and feel at home in the neighbourhood. I pop into shops on Quebec, greet business owners on Wyndham, and stop in to grab a Trinbago curry chicken roti at Guelph Caribbean Cuisine. Not for now, mind you, but for tomorrow’s Sunday lunch. How can anyone resist?
6. Soon enough, it’s time for dinner. I fly home to take Mauby for a jaunt around my St George’s Park neighbourhood before heading back to Rockwood for dinner at Heaven on 7. I love this re-purposed
H EAVEN ON 7 BI STR O & PUB 262 MAIN ST S, ROCKWOOD
century home with its quirky interior décor (replete with juke box) and fantastic food. I almost always go for the special of the day – usually fish or lamb.
With the day winding down, I bomb
back to Guelph for a nightcap at Sip Club. This downtown bar has two patios. I opt for the one out back – serene and out of the
SI P CLUB 91 WYNDHAM ST N, GUELPH
way. My go-to: a vodka soda. Enjoying my drink, I lean back in my chair, look at the stars, consider what a great region we live in, and feel blessed.
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Our recommendation: bring a friend or loved one,
discovering a cozy, nondescript food and drink spot
secure a table on the sidewalk, order something
tucked amongst the hustle and bustle of a big city
delectable to eat, add a chilled bottle of cider, and
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settle back for an afternoon or evening of good
example – a killer neighbourhood wine bar, café, and
conversation, hearty laughter, and a span of people
bookshop that celebrates art, community, and culture
on Hamilton’s uber-hip James Street North.
What to order? When the TOQUE team visited, we
From its beautifully pared-down menu (featuring
grabbed a Smashed Cucumber salad (with cumin,
cheese and charcuterie boards, sandwiches on
Aleppo pepper, herbs, and cashews), Mortadella
house focaccia, sweets and salads, and a strong
sandwich (with giardiniera and house focaccia), Spiced
coffee and drink game) to its fantastically-minimalist
Carrot sandwich (with tofu, harissa, dill, and house
décor (featuring a gorgeous polished stone bar top,
focaccia), a couple of Americanos, and a bottle of
awesome tap set-up, ample greenery, white walls, and
Revel Cider’s ‘Ostara’ (made with golden plums and a
a cute sidewalk seating setup), Synonym is an exercise
massive amount of wild dandelions).
in minimalism perfected. Whether you’re copping a table on the sidewalk for a lingering afternoon lunch date with apps, food, and drinks, or grabbing a coffee and tahini brownie to-go, this spot is a charmed port of call.
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We had an amazing time.
B E RK ELEY N O RT H 31 King William St, Hamilton berkeleynorth.ca There’s no shortage of great food and drink spots
in town) and perused the user-friendly menu divided
along Hamilton’s King William Street drag. From The
into categories that include ‘Salads’, ‘Sandwiches’,
Mule (for tacos) to Hambrgr (for, you guessed it,
‘Pastas’, and ‘Favourites.’
burgers) to The French (for bistro eats) to Diplomat (for cocktails and private events), this strollable #hamont
First up, from ‘Favourites’: ‘Mushroom Dumplings’
strip won’t leave your tummy wanting for more.
(with soy, miso, ginger, garlic, and chilli oil) and
Recently the TOQUE team checked out another King
mayo). Shareable. Flavourful. (We’ll be back for more
William staple: Berkeley North. And we’re sure glad we
of those dumplings soon.)
‘Shrimp Tempura’ (with old bay seasoning & kewpie
Then a couple of Berkeley’s mains: the ‘Fried Chicken
From its hip interior (featuring exposed brick walls,
Sandwich’ (with garlic mayo, pickles, iceberg, hot
distressed furniture, a fully-stocked bar, retractable
buffalo sauce – a perfect combination of soft white
glass garage door, and an army of green plants) to
bun, crispy chicken, and zesty sauces), and ‘Short Rib
its intimate street-side patio (including protective
& Truffle Butter Pasta’ (with juicy button mushrooms,
umbrellas, strings of lights, and a trellis fence), the
sour cream and scallions) – beautifully paired and
place’s aesthetic is definitely on point. And the food?
We’ve always had ample incentive to hit up King
We reserved a table for 4:15pm – perfect for late-
William when we find ourselves in Steel Town. It's a
afternoon snacking and an early dinner. After settling
treat to discover one more reason to stop by.
into a cozy two-seater on the trellised patio (there are also tables outside the trellised area, and more on the street which was closed to traffic), we grabbed a couple pints of Hamilton’s own Merit Brewing 'Young Rival' IPA's (a favourite juice bomb every time we’re
IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Hamilton Farmers’ Market – 35 York Blvd Meza Caffe – 28 James St N, Unit 104 Merit Brewing – 107 James St N
S H O RT Y ’ S PI Z Z A 1099 Cannon St E, Hamilton shortyspizza.ca I’m a sucker for Munchies’ ‘The Pizza Show’ on
phones, weighing dough, topping pies, and generally
YouTube – an online series in which Williamsburg
having a good time joking, laughing, yelling above the
Brooklyn’s pizzeria owner Frank Pinello travels the
din of the pizza-making process.
globe in search of the perfect slice. There’s something about getting a glimpse inside the world’s best pizza joints – from Di Fara and Lucali’s in Brooklyn to the Motor City’s Buddy’s Pizzeria to Lou Malnati’s in
Chicago – that can have me waste an afternoon glued to a screen. There’s much to love about a great pizza place. The personalities who run them. The pies these
During COVID Shorty’s is open for takeout and delivery, and offers just full pies – which isn’t a bad thing since after your first bite it’s awful hard to eat only one slice. From its ‘NY Cheese’ pizza (sauce, mozzarella blend) to its ‘White’ pie (olive oil, mozzarella, garlic ricotta, arugula, lemon zest, pesto, sesame seed crust),
characters craft. The invariably stripped-down décor.
Shorty’s projects the New York-style pizza lover’s
Imagine my excitement, then, when TOQUE’s Cai
Ribbon to Red Circle’s Iron Horse IPA) and organic
Sepulis and I discovered Shorty’s Pizza – a New York-
wines, the joint’s got everything you want.
style pizza joint located along Hamilton’s Cannon Street East. The minute you step in the door Shorty's will have you feeling as though you’ve traveled in
dream. And with a full array of brew (from Pabst Blue
So grab a pie, find the nearest green space, and make the most of these most perfect days.
space and time to the New York of Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ or Larry Clark’s ‘Kids’. Shorty’s is a no-guff establishment – a pizza business that means business. Look around the place and you’ll see what I mean. The stacks of empty pizza boxes ready to be packed and delivered. The massive ovens that dominate the open kitchen. The small army of tattooed pizza folk working the counter, answering
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D OW NT OW N C AM B R I DG E : A NEIGHBOURING COMMUNITY – RIPE FOR A VISIT WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN ‘I can’t believe we haven’t eaten here before,’
I push my knife into the squishy hunk of
I remark to Cai, my ever-present TOQUE
burrata, spread it onto a slice of grilled bread,
co-pilot, as I carefully spoon a dollop of
top it with some compote, and go to town.
horseradish onto a generous-sized oyster and
Here – in this expansive open-air dining room,
lift it to my mouth. Slurping back the briny
on the banks of the mighty Grand River, at
goodness, I add: ‘I already can’t wait to come
the exquisitely-restored Cambridge Mill in
back.’ I chase down the oyster with a gulp of
Goose Island IPA and scan the plethora of dishes laid out in front of us – eager for my next bite.
Our mission on this Friday in mid-July is clear – and extends beyond this sumptuous lunch at the Mill. It’s an exercise of exploration
‘Have you tried the burrata?’, asks Cai, noting
and discovery: of venturing forth from our
my searching gaze. ‘It’s pretty incredible.’
respective homes in Guelph and Elora to
Served with summer berries, compote, and
scout the idyllic quarters of downtown
grilled bread, this dish of fresh cheese made
Cambridge. For its historic architecture.
from mozzarella and cream is always a good
Quaint galleries. Killer boutiques. Picturesque
pick. But there are so many choices. Crispy
river walks. Good eats. And sweet watering
calamari with pickled jalapeno, cilantro,
holes. Indeed, during these uncertain times,
and chili sauce. Buttermilk fried chicken
when far-flung summer travel has (for now)
bites with spicy aioli. Barbacoa and Chicken
become a thing of the past, adventures much
Fried Mushroom Tacos with avocado crema,
closer to home are the order of the day. And
pickled chilies, red onion, cilantro, and
downtown Cambridge – also referred to by
lime. And, of course, the oysters – served
many as ‘historic Galt’ – is a perfect daytrip
with lemon, mignonette, hot sauce, and
Grand River Pedestrian Bridge
Our economy is fuelled by local businesses.
Cai and I arrive downtown mid-morning – having taken the (not so scenic) twenty-four from Guelph. It’s revelatory, really: how quickly the seemingly never-ending strip malls, fast food joints, and gas stations of this drab thoroughfare make way for the elegant stone buildings, inviting riverfront properties, and shop-filled streets of historic Galt. Turning off the twenty-four onto Water St North, we pass Galt Collegiate (a fantastical heritage building that could double as Hogwarts in any Harry Potter saga), and then past the Mill (where we’ll find ourselves for the aforementioned lunch), and park along Ainslie St South – next to Monigram Coffee Roasters. A staple of the downtown Cambridge community since it first opened almost a decade ago, Monigram (this, its primary location, tucked into a re-purposed century-old red brick) remains an essential fueling station for any trip into Galt. Americanos in hand, we meander along Ainslie – site of a handful of Galt’s gems. Along the way, we poke our heads in at Art of Home (a favourite home and lifestyle boutique that’s become something of a destination for Cai’s wife, Sonia), The Witty & Co (whose large assortment of whimsical glassware, quirky lifestyle accoutrements, hot
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sauces, bartending essentials, bonsai trees, and irreverent matchboxes always offers a surprise), and no words (a curated gallery space and artisan shop with works from local artists and artisans). We pop in at Cedar Lake Studio – yet another beautifullycurated space along the Ainslie corridor – where Cai immediately recognizes, hanging on the far wall of the gallery, a number of framed prints by Guelph-based artist and printmaker, Clive Lewis. ‘I love his work,’ Cai remarks to Cedar Lake proprietor, Susan Benton, as she strolls towards the Lewis display. Ontario bank barns in black-and-white. A row of silos standing at attention in front of a deep blue sky. A sepia-toned detail of a hay trolley. ‘I’ve got one of his prints at home,’ she reminds me, ‘of a woman in a tub.’ A tribute to the eclectic nature of Lewis's work. I peel away from Cai and Susan, who are busy chatting, to explore the space. The array of stained glass, jewellery, carvings and sculptures, ceramics and more – all by Canadian artists and artisans – is impressive. But it's the bold colours and geometric graphics on a hand-painted canoe paddle by Quebec artist Annie Lajeunesse that seriously draws me in, and it’s not long before I’m lost in the piece. Ever vigilant, Susan follows my gaze. ‘It can be used in the water or hung as a work of art,’ she assures me. I picture the paddle hanging above my collection of bikes – or maybe beside the artisanalcrafted Norquay paddle I received as a gift last year. It’s time for lunch at the Mill. On our walk toward the dazzling riverside destination whose expansive quarried stone structure dates back to 1844, we make side excursions to Phidon Pens (where Cai grabs a few Field Notes journals and I select a new LAMY Safari pen for my fountain pen-wielding mom), and Cambridge School of Flowers (where I snap up a sweet set of garden sheers for my honey). We pause in front of the gorgeous alleyway beside the flower shop – converted by shop owner Elaine Martin into a rustic, plant-filled space ideal for photo shoots and Instagram. ‘We've had a number of wedding photographers bring couples here on their special day,’ Elaine tells us. ‘I'm happy it's become something of a local attraction.’ A few minutes later, Cai and I arrive at the Mill. We eat. Enjoy. Linger. Chat. But you’ve read all about it already. Just make a reservation. See (and taste) for yourself. You’ll surely share our delight. Filled to the brim with oysters and calamari and burrata and other good stuff, we agree to walk off our lunch. We stroll from the Mill through Mill Race Park and cross the Grand
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at the Main Street bridge. Halfway across the bridge, Cai stops. I watch as she scans the cityscape – first left, then right, then ahead, and behind. ‘From this vantage point,’ she remarks, ‘you can really see how far downtown Cambridge has come.’ I follow her gaze. To our left, the recently-restored Old Post Office abuts the river. A gorgeous amalgam of historic stone and bold glass design, this architectural treasure now serves as the Idea Exchange’s impressive digital library. To our right, on the banks just across the river, looms the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture. Housed in the former Riverside Silk Mill building, the School enjoys the distinction of being one of the best architectural programs in the country – and has been a fantastic addition to the downtown community since landing here just over fifteen years ago. Behind us, in the distance, are stone ruins used for the Hulu-produced television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s ‘A Handmaid’s Tale.’ And straight ahead, about two hundred metres up river, the newly-opened Pedestrian Bridge spans the Grand. A tangible sign that the City is growing, expanding, listening to the wants and desires of an energized populace eager to experience the resurgence of this downtown core. Cai and I spend the rest of our day as tourists do. We stroll through the Cambridge Sculpture Garden past HIP Development’s emergent Gaslight District – a massive mixed development of re-adapted foundry, condo towers, commercial space, and more. We pop in at Foundry
Brewing to share a flight and then cross back over the Grand at the Pedestrian Bridge. We peek into EVO Kitchen, and stop by No Udder for a vegan cone. Eventually, we end up on the patio of Thirteen Food & Beverage for one last pint – a Mikkeller IPA for Cai and a Wellington Upside IPA for me. It’s been a full day. And a successful one too. As I pop back gear into my camera bag, I notice the delicate garden sheers and the LAMY pen I picked up along the way. Specialized items I wouldn’t easily find anywhere else. I think back to the shopping and food and architecture and drinks we’ve just enjoyed. And I’m thankful for this
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HARMONY MEADOWS ALPACA FARM 48
‘There’s nothing to worry about,’ Kristi tells me as I gingerly walk through the gate and into the small herd. ‘They’re used to people.’ Sure enough, within seconds I’m surrounded by at least a dozen alpacas – all sniffing and nudging and staring at me with their massive, expressive eyes. They look like a cross between a standard poodle and small camel, I think to myself. Such amazing creatures. Kristi Mercier and her husband, Rob, have been operating Harmony Meadows Alpaca Farm in Belwood for over a decade now. With a herd of over thirty alpacas (along with a stable of Labrador Retrievers), they keep busy. ‘We shear the herd once a year,’ Kristi tells me as we walk from the females toward the males (kept apart for obvious reasons), ‘and sell alpaca fibre and products at our farm store, the Guelph Farmers Market, and online too.’ Products like alpaca
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• 4” vine/rattan ball
•a lpaca fibre (in different colours, just for fun) to fill the ball
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Find your way through a corn maze and reward
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yourself with a butter tart at Strom’s Farm and Bakery
WHAT TO DO: • L oop twine around a sturdy stem in the ball and tie off ends so the ball will be ready to hang • T uck the fibre into the ball using your finger or a pencil (chopsticks work great too) depending on the size of the holes • S tuff the fibre in from different angles, leaving little tufts sticking out to get the birds' attention • H ang from a tree limb or on a shrub and enjoy the birds' antics as they pull out tufts of alpaca fibre for their nests
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OUTBACKING ACROSS ONTARIO: 66
A FOUR -D AY S UC C E S S S T O R Y WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN Chapter One: The Ending
equipment, and pull the sweet Subie into an empty spot alongside my TOQUE truck –
Having just pulled into Pfaff Subaru, a
which I’d left parked at the dealership for the
car dealership nestled amongst a small
duration of our trip.
cluster of dealerships along Guelph’s north end Woodlawn corridor, I scan the
I get out of the wagon, pop the rear lid with
Outback’s interior. It doesn’t take me long
the fob, and begin transferring luggage
to register evidence of the journey we’ve
(Patagonia duffle, Canada West boots, laptop
just experienced. The sandy carpets. Empty
bag, camera gear) from the Outback to my
water containers. Crumpled gas station
truck. While I reach way into the Subaru’s
receipts. Crumbs. (So many crumbs.) And
cavernous trunk for a runaway Croc, I hear
the trip odometer – which, in the past hour,
a familiar voice from somewhere behind
has edged northward of twelve hundred
me: ‘How was the trip? Did the car serve you
clicks. I look behind me and note my camera
well?’ I turn around, Croc in hand, to find Pfaff
gear strewn about on the caramel-coloured
Subaru General Manager Paul Cullen walking
leather back seats. A lens here. Body there.
toward me. ‘From your Instagram,’ he adds, ‘it
Behind the front passenger seat I spot
looks like Cai and you had a fantastic time.’ I
my irresponsibly uncapped fourteen mil
rolling around on the carpeted floor. I make a mental note to take better care of my
Where to even begin?
Chapter Two: The Beginning
After making a requisite pit stop at Market Fresh in downtown Guelph for trip goodies
It’s Tuesday morning. Early August. When I
(cherries, apples, meat sticks, hummus,
turn onto TOQUE Partner Cai Sepulis’ street
babybels, chips, local ground coffee) we
in Guelph’s Exhibition Park neighbourhood I
pull out of town and cannonball to our first
see that she’s already waiting for me at the
destination: Taqueria El Norte in Alliston
end of her driveway – loaded down with gear.
(about 40 minutes north-east of Orangeville)
Tan Filson bag. Redwing boots. A large YETI
for lunch. This place was recommended to us
cooler stocked with a selection of colourful
by Chef Ryan Goodfellow (whom most of you
cans from Royal City, Elora, and Willibald
know and love as co-founder of Goodfellows
breweries. A bottle of Spring Mill Distillery
Field to Fork in Rockwood) when we visited
gin. ‘Nice car,’ she notes as I help her load up.
him some weeks ago at his current gig,
‘I can’t believe they gave it to us,’ I reply. ‘It’s
Murray’s Farm & Butcher Shoppe in Hamilton.
like a WRX STI, but for adults,’ I add, alluding to my all-time favourite Subaru – a three
This quaint little spot is Alliston’s best kept
hundred-plus horsepower brute that’s still a
secret, for sure. With a pared down menu
fave of the hooligan-ish younger set.
featuring tacos, tostadas, and mulitas, a beer fridge teeming with brews from Blood
I summon Cai to the driver’s side. ‘Check this
Brothers, Bellwoods, Left Field, and more,
out,’ I exclaim enthusiastically while pointing
and a cute outdoor patio replete with garden
at the gauge cluster. The odometer reads
boxes growing produce and herbs for the
seventy-one kilometres. Total. ‘It’s brand new.’
joint, Taqueria El Norte is an absolute must-
And it’s ours for the next four days.
visit for any fan of authentic Mexican streetstyle cuisine. After perusing the menu, we settle on tacos (pork shoulder braised in citrus with cilantro, onion and salsa verde;
Taqueria El Norte, Alliston ON
68 roast flat iron steak with guacamole, cremini mushrooms, queso fresco, aioli and pickled jalapenos; ancho braised chuck with lime crema and pickled cabbage, to name a few), pair them with Bellwoods’ Witch Shark DIPAs, find a sun-drenched spot on the patio, and dig in. Taco Tuesday has never been this good. After lunch, we hit the road again. Our destination: a treehouse somewhere in the Haliburton Highlands where we’ll spend the night. And along the way: quick stops at Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie to grab some milkshake IPAs, the legendary Webers on highway eleven just outside Orillia for burgers and shakes, and Boshkung Social (a satellite of Boshkung Brewing Co) in Minden for pints on the place’s awesome patio overlooking the Gull River. A lateafternoon highlight: watching locals gather on the Social’s patio for Tuesday night bingo – hosted over radio across Haliburton County on Canoe FM.
Fort Treehouse Co, Haliburton Highlands
69 Chapter Three: Above The Clouds
Everything about this place is perfection. The half-vaulted ceiling. Plywood-paneled
‘You have to check out this view,’ Cai beckons
walls (with perfectly uniform panel gaps).
to me from inside the treehouse – about six
Modular gas fireplace. Portable record player
hours after our blissful taco lunch. I can’t
(with collection of classic folk LPs). Sleek
imagine it’s any better than mine, I think to
bathroom – all grey and glass with a head-
myself as I peer out into the dusky forest
to-toe window in the shower overlooking a
canopy from my lovely perch on this seeming-
sea of conifers. And, most incredibly, the fact
floating structure’s balcony – built at least
that this structure really is a tree house that’s
a couple dozen feet in the air. Soothing
been built around, and supported by, a stout
aromas of pine fill my senses as I stand up
living tree. All minimal. And angular. And
from my deck chair – all minimalist wood
and webbing – and head indoors to see what all the fuss is about. Expecting Cai to be
Our evening at Fort Treehouse Co unfolds as
checking out some other idyllic forest view
it should – with time spent relaxing on the
from one of the structure’s massive windows,
deck above strings of twinkle lights, chilling
I’m instead surprised to find her looking up
with tallboys by a fire we build down below
toward the place’s second-storey loft. I join
and, eventually, bedtime. As Cai climbs the
her. And look up. And see what she sees. The
ladder to the place’s king size bed, I sprawl
glorious architectural design and exquisite
out on a plush leather couch in the main
execution of this most fantastical place: Fort
room beneath a two-storey window. It doesn’t
Treehouse Co, hidden away somewhere in
take long to fall asleep here – above the
forest floor and under a moonlit sky.
72 Fort Treehouse Co, Haliburton Highlands
The next morning, I awake to find Cai making coffee in her AeroPress. I shake off my sleep, pour a cuppa, and wander out onto the deck for this most perfect breakfast in the trees. Soon after, we’re all packed up and ready to boogie. As Cai pulls the Outback down the gravel driveway onto the back road, I catch a glimpse of the treehouse through the forest. I pull out my phone, open Spotify, and search for Gang Starr’s classic, ‘Above The Clouds’ – a most perfect anthem to celebrate what’s been a most splendid stay. Chapter Four: Fishing, Anyone? ‘There’s world-record muskies in this part of the river,’ our host, Terry, yells over the sound of splashing waves and the Yamaha outboard motor as we cross the upper French River from Jimmy’s Marina (part of the Dokis First Nation reserve and community) to our destination: The Tilted Toque Wilderness Lodge. ‘If you want to do some muskie fishing later,’ he adds, ‘just let me know.’ I steal a glance at Cai. I’ve never fished before, and don’t really feel the need to start now trying to catch (and release) sixty-inch river monsters. And yet, I think to myself, when in Rome. Fast forward a few hours and Cai and I are back from my first fishing excursion. And while neither of us caught anything (I crossed my fingers hoping I wouldn’t, as I was deathly afraid of what to do if there was ever a tug on my line), I loved the experience. And I absolutely love The Tilted Toque. Located on the smooth rocky shoreline of the French River, it’s home to a handful of fully-furnished cabins, a fantastic lodge (with walls lined with taxidermied fish and game), fish cleaning hut, long main deck extending into the glorious French River, and amazing staff. Cai and I spend the afternoon seated at the end of the deck on brightly-painted Muskoka chairs, watching a family from Fergus, of all places, fish from off the end of the long wooden
Heading to The Tilted Toque Wilderness Lodge, Upper French River
structure. I crack a Willibald ‘Three Hands’
sour cream, cumin salt, pickled onions, and a
Double IPA, take a sip, and mutter to myself:
splash of lime, she pops it in her mouth. It’s
‘I could live here forever.’ Cai, overhearing my
our last full day of this adventure, and Cai and
muttering, replies with a chuckle: ‘And you
I have just met up with close friend Michael
don’t even fish.’
Oosterveld (owner of Guelph’s Fixed Gear Brewing) and Cai’s wife, Sonia, for lunch at Fat
Once the sun sets, Cai and I relax on the
Sparrow at Killbear – a restaurant just opened
deck of our cabin. In front of us, about
at Killbear Marina by pal (and Waterloo
twenty yards away, just next to the French,
Region celebrity chef) Nick Benninger. While
lodge patrons chat and laugh the night away
Sonia’s driven up from Guelph, Michael’s
around a bonfire. We eventually head inside
boated in from his cottage in the archipelago
and curl up to sleep in our respective beds.
off the east coast of Georgian Bay.
A cool breeze comes off the river and in through our open windows. It’s perfect. This
Seated on the restaurant’s second-storey
place is just perfect. I drift off to sleep in mere
patio, we’re entranced by the wonderful views
minutes – with dreams of Subaru Outbacks,
of the marina below. And even more so, the
record-setting muskies, and treehouses
food. Our dishes hit the spot: Chicken Sammy
dancing companionably in my head.
(fried chicken, garlic dill aioli, picked onion), Fish and Chips (Trestle Brewing IPA-battered
Chapter Five: A Taste of Home at Killbear
seasonal fish, fries, slaw, tartar), Crispy Fish
Tacos (with guac, pickled jalapenos, fresh herbs, slaw, and three-chili sour cream), and
‘This smoked salmon is awesome,’ Cai
the aforementioned Cold Smoked Salmon.
remarks as she slices herself another bit.
Each bite a treat, paired with a few Fixed Gear
After surveying her morsel to make sure she's
tall cans. Afterwards we load onto Michael’s
topped it with crispy batter bits, three-chili
boat, and cruise out to his private island in the archipelago for our last night.
The Tilted Toque Wilderness Lodge, Upper French River
Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cottage, Archipelago, Georgian Bay
76 Fish Tacos, Fat Sparrow at Killbear
Chapter Six: The Ending – Again Cruising down the four hundred on my way back home, I’m feeling refreshed. Rejuvenated. Ready to tackle this world and all its insanity. With Michael back at his cottage (after having dropped us off at the marina) and Cai and Sonia driving the TOQUE Rav home, I’m alone in this Outback. I scan the interior and mentally catalogue palpable evidence of the journey we’ve just experienced. Each item offers me a story about getting away. I turn off the cruise control, crack the sunroof, and push the pedal of this adventure wagon closer to the floor. It may not be a WRX STI, I think to myself, but I can still
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SPREAD . ENCOMPASSING CARIBBEAN, JAPANESE, SALVADORIAN, MIDDLE EASTERN AND KOREAN CUISINE, THESE KITCHEN WIZARDS ARE ENSURING THAT THE DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT SCENE IS FULL OF UNIQUELY DELICIOUS DISHES THAT TRAVERSE THE GLOBAL CULINARY LANDSCAPE. SO TRAVEL LIGHT. ARRIVE WITH AN EMPTY STOMACH. AND SAVOUR THE WORLD IN DOWNTOWN KITCHENER. IT’S GLOBAL CUISINE – WITHOUT THE JETLAG.
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Y AN G C H E S O N G, O WN ER KO R EAN BBQ R E S T A U R A N T koreabbq.wixsite.com 265 King St E, Kitchener Yang recommends the Pork Bone Soup & Hot Stone Bibimbap
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‘NO T B U S I NE S S A S U S U A L ’ : HOW HOME GROUP REALTY IS FOCUSING ON SAFETY IN THE AGE OF COVID WORDS & PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN
‘In the past fifteen years I’ve completed ten
a fantastic mix of factory brutalism, urban
Ironman triathlons’ Paul Fitzpatrick, Broker
minimalism, and corporate chic. And today
of Record at Guelph’s Home Group Realty,
it’s oh so quiet.
tells me. 'And yet,’ he emphasizes, ‘I’ve never worked harder than I have this year.’ While I
When we get up to tour around the place,
let this observation sink in, Paul leans back in
I am quick to notice the number of vacant
his chair and lets out a long exhale through
offices. Unoccupied cubicles. Empty dog
the mask he wears around the office these
beds. ‘A sign of the times,’ Paul remarks as
days, adding: ‘It’s certainly been a year.’
he sees me scanning the space for life. ‘Most of our team works from home nowadays,’
It’s mid-August, late morning, and Paul and
he adds, ‘and those who remain – mostly
I are conversing at the main boardroom
administrative staff – take the utmost
table in Home Group’s lovely Guelph
precautions.’ As if on cue, I spot Home
headquarters. Located in Granite Homes’
Group’s Marketing Coordinator, Dani, dart
recently-completed commercial development
across a hallway and into her office to take a
in the Royal City’s amazingly eclectic Junction
call – mask firmly in place.
neighbourhood (just a block from the hood’s darling Fixed Gear Brewing Co), the office is
A sign of the times, to be sure.
While no sector’s been left unaffected by this global pandemic, 2020 has been an especially wild ride for the real estate world. ‘When the pandemic first hit southwestern Ontario, we saw the entire industry turned upside down,' Paul remarks. 'Buyers and sellers were consumed with fear and anxiety. Open houses were banned. And listings dried up almost immediately.' Brokerages have been left scrambling to make sense of it all. For Paul and Home Group, this
CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOME IN THE AGE OF COVID
has meant fundamentally re-thinking how they do business.
down at the table, ‘it certainly hasn’t been business as usual.’
This global pandemic has changed the way we live in our homes, and also the way we look at potential new homes. We recently asked HomeGroup broker of record Paul Fitzpatrick what sorts of things potential buyers might want to consider when looking for their ideal home:
Indeed, it hasn’t. But Home Group has worked hard to implement a
As Paul notes: ‘For decades, the real estate industry has been all about social interactions. From open houses to private viewings to preparing and signing documents, agents and clients have always relied on meeting together to get things done. Since March, we’ve been trying to figure out how to work with clients – buyers and sellers – virtually. Seamlessy. Safely. To be sure,’ he adds, looking
set of COVID guidelines that ensure the safety of clients and agents while retaining the sanctity of folks’ homes. Guidelines that include eschewing traditional open houses for virtual zoom open houses, for instance. As Paul observes: ‘While the realtor is on location at the selling property, potential buyers are able to ask questions about the house in live time – from the safety of their home. Whether it’s to address a question about a particular appliance or a request to get a closer look at the master ensuite, virtual open houses are proving to be effective tools to showcase properties.'
Since the pandemic struck, many of us find ourselves working from home. And this might be the new normal. Houses and condos with office spaces – whether a full room or corner nook – are increasingly coveted. With kids homeschooling and adults working from home, open concept spaces might not be as ideal as once they were.
To further supplant in-person property showings the brokerage is also prioritizing, with each listing, fantastic photography and
videography. ‘While we’ve always viewed photo and video work as
High costs of housing and care facilities aside, the threat of a virus outbreak in retirement residences / long-term care facilities will likely lead to an increase in the popularity of multi-family homes featuring walk-out basements, accessory apartments, and more.
important aspects of featuring a client’s home,’ Paul remarks, ‘we’re now including many more detail shots of the houses our agents are selling. More close-ups. More shots of appliances, closets, finishes. And more video too.’ All this on top of the unique client services that this brokerage is already known for – including custom lawn signs that feature detailed descriptions of each listed Home Group property. ‘As it continues to prove so difficult to get inside a home for viewing,’ Paul notes, ‘these signs have become an even more effective marketing tool for agents and their clients.’ A few other things Home Group has implemented in the name of safety? The brokerage is conducting business electronically through digital signatures and electronic funds transfer, for example, and communicating with clients through email or by phone. And, to dissuade ‘tire kickers’ from undermining the safety of agents and clients, the brokerage will work only with buyers who’ve been prequalified and have signed their exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement. ‘And we’re encouraging agents and clients to use the secure mailbox outside our office, too,’ notes Paul, ‘for contactless drop off.’
OUTDOOR SPACES With long-distance travel tempered, outdoor spaces of all types are super in-demand – including condos with balconies, houses with private backyard space and/or a pool, and more. A home with outdoor space might just provide the ultimate staycation.
While he explains the brokerage’s safety
Artefacts, is derived from former stall dividers from
regulations, my eyes dance around the space.
the Royal Winter Fair. And the glass dividers we hung
It’s a sight to behold, to be sure. The boardroom
at reception to keep staff safe are from a century
table, for instance, is massive. Live edge. Just
home in Hamilton. And,' he adds, exuberantly, 'in our
gorgeous. Above us is a custom chandelier built
kitchen, we offer locally-brewed coffee from Guelph’s
from an old railway tie wrapped with Edison
Planet Bean coffee roasters and local beer in the fridge
bulbs. Just outside the boardroom, on the other
– from Fixed Gear down the street or Elora Brewing or
side of a large glass wall, I spot an exposed brick
Wellington.’ All local. Heck, even the hand sanitizer at
wall with Home Group’s logo – the silhouette
the front entrance was made here in Guelph by one of
of Guelph’s iconic Church of Our Lady with the
our Royal City craft distilleries.
slogan ‘Fiercely Local’ – emblazoned on it. So good.
It's jarring, actually, to see this once-bustling office so quiet in the middle of a workday. And yet it’s also re-
When I ask Paul to describe what this motto
assuring: evidence of the deliberate safety measures
and slogan mean to him, he’s quick to reply. ‘I
this brokerage has implemented to keep their team of
chose the silhouette of the church because it’s so
almost fifty realtors and seven staff safe. And to keep
recognizably Guelph. And, I suppose,' he chuckles,
their clients safe too. As we wrap up our conversation,
'it represents the best real estate in town.’ He
I can only imagine the amount of work that’s been
continues: ‘I chose the slogan ‘Fiercely Local’
done here at Home Group to transform its entire
because everything about Home Group is about
business model. I look at Paul – sitting across from
this community. The team. Our clients. Even this
me with his mask firmly secured. He leans back in his
office is all about putting local first.’
chair, exhales, and proclaims once more: ‘It’s certainly been a year.’
When I ask him to elaborate, he raps the
boardroom table with his knuckles, noting: ‘Take this table, for instance. We had it made locally – at Artefacts in St Jacobs – from a walnut tree that was felled locally. The base of the table is made from a former Waterloo bridge trestle. The railway tie chandelier is also local.’ He continues: ‘Our front desk reception area, also crafted at
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A PHOTO ESSAY OF OUR REGION’S DRIVE-INS AND TAKE-OUTS PREAMBLE & PHOTOS BY CHRIS TIESSEN If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that drive-in and take-out dining is alive and well. Chip wagons. Fry shacks. Drive-in diners. Food carts. In town. Out of town. Along our region’s urban and rural thoroughfares. These nostalgia-inducing joints are definitely worth a visit. Just remember your wet wipes. You’re gonna need ‘em.
R O C K Y’ S DRI V E-I N 520 Elizabeth St, Guelph 519-824-8088 Seasonal drive-in diner that looks straight out of the fifties. Home of footlong dogs, chili dogs, pulled pork, shakes, onion rings and more. All that’s missing is servers on roller skates.
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200 Elora St N, Harriston
Located at the fork leading either to Port Elgin (stay
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Archetypal drive-in diner with pick-up window featur-
is ideal for milkshakes, burgers, fries & some shade
ing ice cream, milkshakes, onion rings, foot long dogs
under the trees.
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GETTING TO KNOW: LEE QUAILE, BROKER OF RECORD, CHESTNUT PARK WEST INTERVIEW BY CAI SEPULIS CHESTNUT PARK WEST WAS LAUNCHED IN SPRING 2018 WITH A CORE OF SIX HIGHLY EXPERIENCED REALTORS. SINCE THEN THE BROKERAGE HAS GROWN photo provided by Chestnut Park Realty West
TO A TEAM OF OVER THIRTY BROKERS, REALTORS AND STAFF, WITH LOCATIONS IN UPTOWN WATERLOO AND DOWNTOWN GUELPH. RECENTLY, I SAT DOWN WITH THEIR BROKER OF RECORD, LEE QUAILE, TO CHAT ABOUT THE CURRENT REAL ESTATE MARKET AND WHAT WE MIGHT EXPECT GOING FORWARD. WITH OVER THIRTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE IN KITCHENER-WATERLOO, LEE IS AN UNDENIABLY RELIABLE SOURCE. 117 HOW IS COVID AFFECTING THE LOCAL MARKET?
Don’t settle for half measures. Make sure you’re
Early spring showed signs of uncertainty with
working with a responsive and knowledgeable
many people adopting a ‘wait and see’ attitude.
realtor who understands both the market and
But as soon as folks saw that June prices in
your goals. The agent you choose should be
Waterloo Region and Guelph were holding strong,
committed to making sure that your property
there was a resurgence of activity. Prices have
gets maximum exposure to potential buyers and
only gone up since then.
is professionally and attractively represented
WHY DO YOU THINK OUR LOCAL MARKET HAS REMAINED SO STRONG?
ANY TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME?
wherever it’s advertised.
ANY TIPS FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS?
Some people were understandably pessimistic
The best time to jump into the market was
in the early stages of the pandemic, but at
yesterday. The second best time is now. Average
Chestnut Park West we’ve been extremely bullish
sale prices year over year in Kitchener-Waterloo
on Southwestern Ontario. There are so many
from July 2019 to July 2020 have increased
factors working in our favour – including a strong
by over 22% - meaning down payments and
and diverse economy, massive investment in
mortgages are only getting more expensive as
development and infrastructure, a well-educated
time goes by.
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BEST PART OF YOUR JOB I think I can speak for all our realtors when I say that seeing a satisfied client on closing day is the best feeling this industry can bestow.
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PADDLING THE ARCHIPELAGO PREAMBLE BY CAI SEPULIS; PHOTOS BY CAI SEPULIS & SONIA PREISLER
‘GUYS. THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE PERFECT COMBO,’ SONIA PROCLAIMS WITH A LAUGH, RAISING HER OPEN-FACED SANDWICH – AN ECLECTIC MIX OF CHEESE, MEAT, AND PEACH JAM – FOR ALL TO SEE. ANYTHING GOES OUT HERE. AND PLATES ARE MERELY A SUGGESTION. JESS LAUGHS ALONG WITH ENTHUSIASM AS SHE POURS A SECOND CUP OF COFFEE INTO HER ENAMEL TOQUE CAMPING MUG. FORÇA RAISES A KEEN EYE FROM OVER IN THE HAMMOCK, WHERE SHE'S TUCKED IN BELOW THE GENTLY SWAYING PINES. HEATHER AND SERENA SMILE BACK FROM THE EDGE OF THE LAKE WHERE THEY'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON OUR CAMP’S SNAPPING TURTLE. THEY'RE TAKING A REST AFTER HAVING PADDLED IN JUST THIS MORNING SO WE CAN ALL TRAVEL TOGETHER TO OUR NEXT SITE. AND I FIND MYSELF IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL AND – WATCHING THE WATER GENTLY LAP UP ONTO THE SHORE – DEBATE ANOTHER SWIM. I LOOK UP TO CATCH THE SMILING FACES OF EVERYONE AROUND ME. ALL RELAXED AND SUN-KISSED SOMEWHERE UP NORTH. ENJOYING A MUCH-NEEDED REPRIEVE FROM THE WORLD: A FEW DAYS OF NAVIGATING THE LAKES AND PORTAGES OF MASSASSAUGA PROVINCIAL PARK, JUST SOUTH OF PARRY SOUND. FUZZY PEACH JAM. MOUNTAINOAK GOUDA. POLESTAR SOUR DOUGH BREAD. THATCHER’S SUMMER SAUSAGE. THE PINES. THE TURTLES. THE GREAT COMPANY. AND IT’S ONLY DAY TWO. 118
INDEED, SONIA'S RIGHT. SOMETIMES YOU REALLY DO COME UP WITH THE PERFECT COMBINATION.
PROVISIONS LOCAL CUCUMBER, FUZZY PEACH JAM, MOUNTAINOAK GOUDA, THATCHER'S SUMMER SAUSAGE, POLESTAR HEARTH SOUR DOUGH
MORNING COFFEE & CAMP STOVE PANCAKES TOQUE ADVENTURE MUG & SMILE TIGER COF FEE ROASTER’S ‘THUNDER PEEL’ ESPRESSO’
AFTERNOON THIRST QUENCHER LEGENDARY WELLINGTON BREWERY'S RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT
COZYING UP FULL MOON RISING AMONGST THE CALLING LOONS
SMALL BUSINESSES ARE VITAL FOR A STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY
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EXPERT OPINION | INVESTMENT
MIKE HRYN All that people are talking about these days is that 2020 is the strangest year in recent history -- and the markets seem to be as bizarre as everything else. We have seen the fastest 30% drop in S&P500 history and we are now showing the fastest recovery. So, the question I keep hearing is ”why is the equity market so high and my investment portfolio doing well when the economy is in such bad shape and unemployment high? It doesn’t make sense!” In fact, these two conditions are quite different. The market is looking past the pandemic and showing confidence in a vaccine and a return to normalcy. Anything 'tech' has surged as the anticipated rate of change to online solutions has accelerated. Furthermore, interest rates are at all-time lows, meaning stocks provide the best possible long-term return profile and protection against inflation. It’s important to separate stock market performance from overall economic and community health. The reality is that smaller local businesses -- including restaurants, small retail shops, and ‘mom and pop’ companies -- have been the hardest hit. Although they don’t have a significant influence on stock markets, these businesses are huge drivers of local economic performance and community resiliency.
Consider this: research from the Institute for Local Self Reliance in the US reveals that 'small-scale, locally owned businesses create communities that are more prosperous, entrepreneurial, connected, and generally better off.' Moreover, small businesses donate as much as 250% more than larger businesses to local non-profits and community causes according to data compiled by Score, a network of mentors for small businesses. Clearly, these vital businesses deserve our full attention. I’ve always tried to support local businesses where I live and work, and I know that right now it is more important than ever. If you’ve been stockpiling Toque like I do to complete the spine images (look at the spine of this issue), pull them off the shelf and leaf through them again. There are incredible local businesses profiled here that haven’t seen the gains of the stock market -- and they are working harder than ever to make it through. With our help, hopefully most of them will. All material has been prepared by Mike Hryn, who is a Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor with the Mactaggart Hryn Team at Richardson GMP Limited. The opinions expressed in this report are the opinions of the author and readers should not assume they reflect the opinions or recommendations of Richardson GMP Limited or its affiliates. Richardson GMP Limited, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Richardson is a trade-mark of James Richardson & Sons, Limited. GMP is a registered trade-mark of GMP Securities L.P. Both used under license by Richardson GMP Limited.
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C OCK TAIL HO UR WITH MELANIE CAMPBELL, BARTENDER AT SPRING MILL DISTILLERY
IN TERMS OF CLASSIC COCKTAILS, WHITE RUSSIANS ARE ABOUT AS SIMPLE AS THEY COME – WHICH MAKES THEM PERFECT FOR CRAFTING AT HOME. COFFEE LIQUEUR. VODKA. MILK. AND ICE. THE RESULT? A COMFORTING DRINK THAT’S PERFECT FOR COZY AUTUMN EVENINGS – ALONE OR IN GOOD COMPANY.
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1.5oz Spring Mill Distillery ‘Ward Series’ No. 2 Coffee Liqueur 1oz Spring Mill Distillery Vodka 3oz milk Ice cubes Method:
Pour 1.5oz Coffee Liqueur, 1oz vodka, and 3oz milk in a rocks glass. Add cubed ice. Find a nice comfy chair by the fire and enjoy.