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our next home needs to fulfi ll more than just a change in location – it needs to deliver a level of comfort, convenience and quality that you’ve likely not considered on your previous journeys for a place to call home. Perhaps a bungalow is in order to help you get around better? Or fewer bathrooms and general living space to help minimize housework? And what about maintenance – does a condo make more sense for you this time around?
Whatever your needs, it’s imperative that you create a realistic shopping list so you can assess a home’s potential without any distractions. Once you’ve found that perfect home, research the builder before you buy and have a team of experts ready to help guide you through the process, including a real estate lawyer and a mortgage professional if you need one. With so many beautiful new lifestyle communities being developed in Ontario, we’re here to help you find a home with all the bells and whistles you want and need. Not only do we focus on new homes and communities in this issue, we offer tips and advice, and we’ve got several great features including a story on a “cruising” adventure that’s not for the faint of heart. Homebuyers this year are fortunate to be able to take advantage of a moderation in real estate prices and low interest rates – today, more than ever. Your journey starts here. We hope you enjoy our fall issue. Do let us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you.
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contents fall 2012
lifestyle 14 Homebuyers’ Help
A ‘new’ idea with a long history makes home ownership easier by Erik J. Peters
18 Small Spaces
Five tips for decorating your small space by Lisa Canning
20 Health Watch
Walter Gretzky’s fitness tips for active seniors
A Grand Canyon rafting “cruise” is exhilarating – and easier than you might think by D. Mattson and J. McInnis
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One of the many financial benefits of residential land lease is that you can free up some of the equity in your current home, to help you more readily plan for your secure retirement, while still retaining the equity in your new home. Because we share with you an investment in the community, we work hard to maintain our reasonable and sound community standards, ensuring both the appearance of the neighbourhood and your investment in your new home. Our Community Managers and staff are there to deal with day-to-day issues efficiently, relieving you of undue stress and worry. Most of our communities are gated with Property Maintenance programs that can include grass cutting and snow shoveling (whether youâ€™re here, or away for days or months!) to further ensure curb appeal.
Indoor Activities Outdoor Activities Cards (bridge, poker, etc.) Exercise rooms & classes Woodworking shop Swimming pools Wood carving Games rooms Table tennis Whirlpool Bowling Billiards Saunas
Bocce Tennis Barbeques Horseshoes Shuffleboard Garden walks Private beach Close to marinas Close to golf courses Close to great fishing Bike and walking trails
Social Activities Painting classes & sessions Sewing & knitting groups Close to private wineries Large screen TVs Arts and crafts Bus excursions Tole painting Casino trips Yard sales Pot lucks Libraries Dinners
So you can enjoy Life, in the Style you most enjoy
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OAS, RLL and YOU The benefits of Residential Land Lease are becoming even more relevant as Boomers consider the federal government’s plans for Old Age Security
RLL community, homeowners buy a new home – be it a he financial and lifestyle advantages of Residential detached or semi-detached bungalow, or a townhouse - at a price Land Lease (RLL) are gaining added currency with far below comparable freehold homes in the same market. This the changes to Old Age Security (OAS) benefits contained in the budget that was recently tabled in the frees up the equity they had in the land with their previous home, often a considerable sum that can be used however they House of Commons. Predictably, a wave of protest has followed, wish – like investing or saving for their future. Importantly, they coming largely from the most active voting bloc in the country – people over the age of 50 who fear being the first affected by this. still own their home, so they retain a critical ‘nest egg’ for the future. Their property taxes are much less and, since most are One unintended consequence of this is that the state of downsizing from the family home that is now too big, so, too, are Canadian Boomers’ finances in their later years, and the quality heating, insurance and many other maintenance costs, savings of their lifestyle, has been thrust into the spotlight like rarely that go a long way towards offsetting their monthly lease fee. before. Numerous studies concur that this is a primary concern Once buyers familiarize themselves with the concept of RLL, to the majority of people over 50: “Will we be able to adequately they appreciate how similar the concept is to condominiums finance our lifestyle in the coming years?” What thousands of Boomers have already discovered is that the substantial financial – they own their home, pay a monthly lease fee and no longer worry about property maintenance. They also appreciate the benefits of RLL can go a long way towards alleviating many of significant lifestyle. those worries while, at the same time, enhancing their lifestyle and still leaving them owning what for many is their major asset – their home. To learn more about Residential Land Lease, go to With over 50 Residential Land Lease properties in four www.parkbridge.ca or call 905-246-2284. provinces, the foremost company in Canada in this field is Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities. By moving into a Parkbridge
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Beautiful Bungalows fRoM the low $300’s 50’ lots 1740 – 1855 sq. ft.
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42’ and 50’ lots 1845 - 3035 sq. ft. fRoM the low $300’s
Oversized windows Gas fireplace Spacious family rooms Large ensuites Unfinished Basement Two car garage Breakfast areas Gourmet kitchens
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Erik J. Peters is Manager of Marketing & Communications for Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc.
I don’t own
ownership - you own the home, you own the land! It was like breathing air; you never even considered an alternative. And suddenly, recently, owning your home but not owning the land has become more accepted.” How”, some ask, “can this be?” “Who owns their home but not the land on which it sits?” Well, in my opinion, over 1,000,000 Canadians already do; some live in RLL communities and others live in condominiums. I’m old enough to remember when the notion of condominium ownership was introduced in Canada. In 1967, the Erik J. Peters first condo in Canada opened in northeast Edmonton. Two years later, the first condo in Toronto was created by converting a rental building. At the time, I had a paper route, delivering the Toronto Daily Star (as it was then called) in our neighbourhood, and I remember reading stories challenging this new idea; “You rent an apartment, you don’t own it!” I remember how difficult it was for so many to accept the concept. And yet now, 45 years later, look at what’s driving the real estate market, not just in Edmonton or Toronto but across the country; it’s the condo market. In the same way, the ‘new’ idea of RLL still seems odd to some people. And, like condos, it’s not for everyone. To some, owning the land on which their home sits was, is, and always will be paramount. But to many more, land ownership is no longer important, and RLL affords them the opportunity to more easily own their own detached bungalow or townhome – to start the next stage of their lives, whatever that may be – with the sense of security and peace of mind that is a hallmark of home ownership. And it will continue to do so for many years to come... just like condominiums did almost half a century ago.
A ‘new’ idea with a long history makes home ownership easier I’ve written before in this column about
residential land lease (RLL), an alternative to freehold home ownership for Canadians, wherein you own your home and lease the land it’s on. I’ve explained how RLL can help them plan a future with the peace of mind that home ownership can uniquely provide, easier and less expensively than freehold ownership can and that renting, by definition, simply can’t. In this issue, I‘d like to briefly address the notion of land ownership itself. In eight years specializing in the RLL arena of the Canadian real estate market - first in sales, then as a Community Manager and now, in my current position - I have come to appreciate that it is this, more than anything else, that is the crucible in which some apprehensions about RLL are still forged. Home ownership in Canada has always been comprised of two components: owning the home and owning the land. This notion has existed throughout our entire history, not so much dominating as defining the very notion of home 14 Lifestyle Communities | fall 2012
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SANDYCOVE ACRES embraces its residents with a sense of community
andycove Acres is the best example of an active adult lifestyle community in Ontario. Not only does it offer so much in terms of location – only 10 minutes from downtown Barrie and 45 minutes from Toronto - but it offers a multitude of conveniences within arm’s reach! Most importantly, it offers a neighbourhood that is reminiscent of a small town community and that is the biggest difference. The rural setting in Innisfil is what draws many people to the area. Lake Simcoe is minutes away and perfect for so many activities, boating, fishing, swimming and beautiful sunsets. Innisfil maintains that small town rural feeling while modernizing and improving all the time. The revitalized waterfront area is ideal for picnics, ballgames, beach access and the location of winter & summer festivals. The town centre urbanization includes banks, shops and services in an old fashioned waterfront streetscape designed to create an enjoyable experience for residents and visitors.
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Sandycove Acres is the largest land lease Adult Lifestyle Community in Ontario representing 1,841 fifty plus seniors and 1,245 homes. Sandycove Acres is a vibrant community of talented and passionate people who quickly get involved and become the heartbeat of their community. In 2011 Sandycove Acres was proud to celebrate its “40th” year in business. Imagine that! 40 years of success, and we are always improving. With over 40 years experience behind us, we know what works! We always try to anticipate the changing needs of our homeowners so that we can provide them with amenities that fit their lifestyle, values and are an asset to residents staying current with society. Residents tell us “there is nothing like this anywhere! The opportunity to have access to so many clubs, activities and resources at Sandycove all help us to enjoy our retirement years and extend our
lives by offering opportunities to get involved & stay active by promoting a healthy lifestyle for seniors. We wish we had moved here years ago!” Sandycove offers over 54 activities for residents to get involved in and prides itself on the positive impact it has had on enhancing the lives of seniors in staying actively involved in the surrounding community. Sandycove Acres was awarded “Business of The Year” 2011 from the Innisfil Chamber of Commerce and the 2012 “Quality Award” by Nottawasaga Futures. We are very proud of the Active Lifestyle we have become famous for. We couldn’t be more certain of the quality of life, home and community that one gets when choosing to move to Sandycove acres. See for yourself the energy and verve that sets us apart. Start living the Sandycove Lifestyle today! Sandycove offers both new and resale homes for sale.
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smallspaces Lisa Canning is a designer and owner of Lisa Canning Interiors. lisacanning.ca, 416.587.9780
a waterfall table will give you an instant modern update and provide great function, while keeping the space feeling light. In condos that have gorgeous large windows, place pieces that are clear directly in front, since they won’t obstruct the view.
Five tips for
decorating small spaces
TIP 3. WALL-MOUNTed LIGHTING A layered lighting plan is something I always recommend to clients, but in a small space this approach is especially advantageous. Rather than opting for a floor lamp with mass and weight, that takes up floor area, sconces give you ambient lighting while saving space. I love the architectural detail sconces provide and often use them on either end of a gallery wall or sofa.
TIP 4. WORK WITH PIECES THAT ARE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL In a space that might be too small for a home office or a formal dining room, I have some great, innovative products to share. The first is the Functional Coffee Table from BoConcept. At first by lisa canning | photo by Arnal Photography glance, it looks like a sleek, minimal coffee table. But with an easy lift, it Small spaces are more and more common reveals a desk-height table and ample storage. Storage these days, and making them work can be a challenge. But will always be an issue in small spaces, so anything with careful planning and ingenious multi-functional that will serve a function and provide storage is a great products, you can have all the function and style you need addition. Another incredible product on the market is in any square footage. the Lacuna table by VNO Designs. This innovative product begins as a piece of customizable art on the TIP 1. START WITH A CONDO-SIZED SOFA wall. With the release of a latch, the art piece lowers The sofa is often a great place to start when planning a to reveal a concealed leg and becomes a dining table for small space, as it usually takes up the most mass, and it is five. For people who don’t formally entertain often, or for also the easiest piece to purchase incorrectly. A sofa that is those living in really limited space, this is a unique, too large in a given space can feel cumbersome. Conversely, space-saving solution. a sofa that is too small can feel like dollhouse furniture. Luckily, many retailers make it easier to make the right TIP 5. WORK WITH SMART STORAGE SYSTEMS choice by carrying apartment-sized or condo-appropriate Great interior storage is just as important as utilizing pieces, which are often smaller-scale translations of their multi-functional storage. Drawer dividers, shelf dividers most popular lines. And, of course, many condo-sized sofas and small storage boxes are great tools to use to increase can also be purchased with a sofa bed option to give you the your storage space. The more levels you can create within flexibility of creating a guest room in your small space. a drawer, the more items can be stored and easily found. I love using small stackable, acrylic storage compartments TIP 2. use clear furniture to divide my drawers. Style doesn’t stop at the exterior of What’s great about furniture made out of glass or acrylic is a piece – allow your furniture to function at its best by that it doesn’t take up much visual space. A ghost chair or investing in interior organization. 18 Lifestyle Communities | fall 2012
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Construction Starting Soon at Oakville’s RAIN Condos
onstruction is starting soon on Oakville’s most successful condominium community, representing an exciting milestone for the Kerr Village community as well as future homeowners and neighbours. Located at the crossroads of the Kerr Street and Speers Road revival, Empire Communities’ Rain Condos brings a stylish urban vibe to one of Oakville’s upcoming neighbourhoods. Launched last year, the North Tower was an instant success and is close to being sold out. Suites in the second phase – the South Tower – are also selling quickly. An excellent selection of suites still remain, ranging from spacious one bedrooms to expansive corner two-bedroom plus dens with endless views, priced from the mid $200’s. For a limited time, purchase a suite at Rain Condo’s and receive $10,000 off the purchase price or 1 year free maintenance and taxes* EXCEPTIONAL AMENITIES Rain boasts an exceptional array of amenities never before offered in an Oakville condominium, including a magnificent indoor pool with relaxing lounge area, whirlpool with separate cold plunge, and dry sauna. Residents can stay fit in the fully-equipped exercise room, complete with weight training and cardio areas, as well as a contemporary yoga and Pilates studio, equipped with mats and stability balls. Celebrating the good times is easy on the 6th floor outdoor terrace with BBQ and seating areas or in the Party Room,
equipped with everything a host would need to throw a memorable party including an entertainment room with cards table, flat screen TV, lounge seating and wet bar. There are even two petwashing areas for residents to pamper their four-legged furry friends. A LOCATION AS RIGHT AS RAIN While Rain is located in the heart of a revitalized Kerr Village and its array of convenient retail shops and restaurants, the base of the Rain building will include 10,000 square feet of space for shops and services. The condo’s great location is improved by its proximity to local roads, the QEW, the Oakville Go Station and access to VIA Rail. From fashion to fine dining establishments, cafes and grocery stores, Oakville is a shopper’s and gourmet’s delight. Theatre and music lovers can be entertained in the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and the annual Waterfront Festival and Jazz Festival. Visit RAIN Condos today and take advantage of great, limited time pre-construction pricing! The Presentation Gallery and Bryon Patton-designed Model Suite are located at 521 Kerr Street in Oakville. Hours are Monday-Friday 12-6pm; Sat, Sun and Holidays 12-5pm. For more information call 905-845-RAIN (7246) or visit raincondos.com. *Limited time offer, see sales representative for details
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Walter Gretzky’s fitness tips for active seniors
CANADA’S FAVOURITE HOCKEY DAD, WALTER Gretzky, knows how important it is to stay healthy and active – especially as we get older. Just because you’re over 60, doesn’t mean you can’t be in great shape, he says. “The great thing about retirement is that you have the time to get in the exercise you need, just by going about your daily chores or making exercise part of your life,” he says. “There are countless benefits to exercising, even if it’s only a few times a week.” Take a look at Gretzky’s health and fitness tips for seniors: Talk to your doctor No matter what your age is, you should always consult your doctor before you start any type of fitness regime. Ensure you are in good health and know your limitations. Make a date One of the best ways to ensure you keep with your program, at any age, is to exercise with a buddy. Make a date with a friend three times a week to head out for a brisk walk, 30 to 45 minutes is ideal. Incorporate household and outdoor chores Gardening and chores around the house can get your heart pumping. Pulling weeds, mowing the lawn and vacuuming get you moving. Walk it off Park in one of the furthest spots when you go to the grocery store, or the mall –or leave the car at home all together. Doro, a company that makes cell phones specifically for seniors, suggests always bringing your cell phone with you when you go for a walk – especially if you are by yourself. Hop in the pool Swimming is a great, low-impact way to stay active. Many community centres such as the YMCA offer water aerobics classes on a daily basis. If arthritis is a problem that stops you from enjoying certain exercises, a pool is a great alternative. Put on your dancing shoes: Aerobic dance classes are a fun way to stay active and are great exercise – as long as you don’t get too fancy and start jumping and jiving. Know your limits – if you are working out in a
class, simply skip the jumps and march on the spot until the next move. Don’t forget the strength training To keep your bones and joints healthy and strong, don’t forget to incorporate some strength training into your exercise routine. You can use free weights or elastic resistance bands and perform the moves right in your own living room. Make it fun This is the most important thing to remember. We all know exercising can be a bit of a chore sometimes, but if you do something you enjoy, you are more likely to stick with it. NC
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RESORT LIFE YEAR ROUND Active Adult Community in Niagara
olf course living in a resortinspired environment is available at Hunters Pointe by Ballantry Homes. “The adult lifestyle community is the perfect answer for anyone who is looking for an active lifestyle when they retire”, says Kim and Jeff Jones residents of Ballantry Homes
As much as the golf course itself may be the main attraction, there are other upswings to this lifestyle. We love the clubhouse where we can entertain guests. Our home surrounds the golf course and provides an impressive view of greenery. “We enjoy the perks offered with a 14,000 sq. ft. community centre with pool, fitness facilities, tennis courts, hot tub and a host of year round activities”, Kim adds. More and more boomers are choosing this lifestyle. We find ourselves in the company of residents with whom we have discovered we have a lot in common. We have made many new friends on and off the golf course. Kim participates in the weekly walking programs, while Jeff enjoys a game of bridge in the community centre.
The impressive open-concept interior décor of the bungalow style homes is perfect for anyone seeking resort-style living with an abundance of amenities surrounding the golf course. The five beautifully decorated model homes showcase many of the outstanding features that are available in a Ballantry home. Architectural features include, open plan kitchens overlooking great rooms, cathedral and or vaulted ceilings with dining rooms, large windows to enjoy the spectacular views and plenty of storage space. The floor plans combine functionality and imagination. Hunters Pointe by Ballantry Homes is situated on one of the nicest golf courses in Niagara and is the perfect answer for anyone looking for the appeal of golf course living with all the conveniences and luxuries they have been accustomed to in their larger homes. When Kim and Jeff starting contemplating the type of house they wanted after Jeff retired, they envisioned a smaller, lower-maintenance home than their current 3500 sq. ft home in Burlington. ADVERTORIAL
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They found what they were looking for in Hunters Pointe by Ballantry Homes. Since moving to Hunters Pointe, Jeff is perfecting his golf game, while Kim has enjoyed taking up yoga and tennis lessons. “What a perfect opportunity for us to learn something new. We love to participate in the many activities offered to residents who haven also decided to call Hunters Pointe home. We love learning something interesting just for fun”, Kim explains. With prices starting in the mid $300,000’s Hunters Pointe bungalows also come with a $2,000 credit applicable towards any of the membership packages offered by Hunters Pointe, including green fees, dining, and pro shop purchases. The active lifestyle community provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy everything that is around the neighbourhood, the minute people move in. You can tour the sales office and five designer decorated model homes at 300 Daimler Parkway in Welland, open Saturday to Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m. Call 1-888-999-8990 or 289-820-8600. Or visit the website at wwwballantryhomes.com FALL 2012 | LIFESTYLE COMMUNITIES 21
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End of Summer Sale at Touchstone on Lake Muskoka Resort Luxury at a Fraction of the Price
ver 80 families are already enjoying the good life at Touchstone on Lake Muskoka, near Bracebridge. Overlooking 22 acres of sparkling shoreline, this world-class lakefront paradise features luxurious, fully furnished maintenance-free cottages with walk-out access to a beautiful white sand beach beach, infinity pool or Boathouse and boat slips. There are just a few cottages left, and with Touchstone’s End of Summer Sale underway, they won’t last long. Studio, two, three and four bedroom cottages are available from $45,000 up to $299,900.
Touchstone on Lake Muskoka is Ontario’s finest expression of resort living. Residents here will enjoy an unsurpassed level of services, comfort and features. Here you can start the day with a workout in the Tone Fitness Centre, or a match of tennis. Then refresh yourself in the outdoor hot tub (open year-round) or relax in the tranquil Infinity Pool. Go canoeing or kayaking on the lake. Later meet friends for a drink in The Boathouse, or take in a romantic dinner at Taste Restaurant. It’s all right here at Touchstone and it’s all yours when you own.
With our Grand Muskokan cottages, you can choose from 3 or 4 bedroom designs, each with a fireplace, balcony and walk-out access to the glorious beach. Or select a 2 or 3 bedroom cottage at The Cascades on a rock ridge with stunning views of Lake Muskoka. Each home is built to exacting standards of comfort with fireplaces, ensuite laundry, full kitchens, BBQ’s, and lake-facing decks. Affordable studios and 2 bedroom suites in our Grand Lodge are the perfect “basecamp” for those who would rather spend their day outside and then bask in the comforts of a luxurious suite room in the evening. You’ll find that every day, every view, every moment at Touchstone is magical.
The owners also have the option of participating in a rental pool run by the Condominium Corporation that takes care of all the logistics of renting the cottage out when not in use by the owners; owners share in the rental fees charged. Take advantage of Touchstone’s End of Summer Sale offering limited time discounts, before it’s too late. You can also experience a “Taste of Touchstone” with their limited time free experience offer. Visit TouchstoneOnLakeMuskoka.com today to learn more or call 705-641-4016.
Ideally situated in the heart of Muskoka between Port Carling and Bracebridge, Touchstone is where you want to be. Nearby Bracebridge, with its quaint downtown and events all summer long, offers every amenity including shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, banks, cinema and a sportsplex, plus one of Ontario’s most popular attractions, Santa’s Village and Sportsland. At Touchstone, fractional ownership enables couples and families to buy a luxurious cottage for just a fraction of the cost of traditional ownership. From just $45,000 families can buy a full quarter ownership of the vacation home of their dreams. The year is divided into four 13-week sections and each owner is guaranteed 13 weeks of use per year. Full use of all of the spectacular amenities is included. 22 Lifestyle Communities | fall 2012
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A Grand Canyon rafting cruise is exhilarating – and easier than you might think by D. Mattson and J. McInnis
here are so many different places to cruise these days – from Alaska to the Mediterranean to Europe. There are literally hundreds of ships and hundreds of itineraries to choose from. But there is another type of “cruise” that is geared for the adventurer looking for more than a midnight buffet – a Colorado River cruise. There are approximately five million people that visit the Grand Canyon each year, but less than 20,000 experience it from the bottom looking up. White water rafting on the Colorado River – the jewel of the Grand Canyon – will let you do just that. And, as if the thrill of the rapids were not enough, you’ll discover the Canyon has so much else to offer: geology, history, flora and fauna, as well as off-river hiking and exploration where you can see the glorious “architecture” of the Grand Canyon. PERFECT FOR OLDER TRAVELLERS You don’t have to be highly trained or an expert white water rafter to experience this natural wonder of the world. If you are worried about a lack of experience or an increased age, rest assured neither of these will prevent you from experiencing this amazing cruise. The typical Grand Canyon rafting customer is
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between the age of 45 and 65 years of age. No experience is required; all you need is a healthy sense of adventure and the time to do it. Colorado River trips range from a short, three-day tour to week-long rafting adventures to long, 13+ days trips, and are either motor powered or oar powered (the guides do all the rowing). Special rates are available during May and August. Feeling a little anxious about safety? Risk studies done by the insurance industry found that while white water rafting in the Grand Canyon is more dangerous than billiards, it is less dangerous than golf.* The river outfitters take safety very seriously – it is their top priority.
There are approximately five million people that visit the Canyon each year, but less than 20,000 experience it from the bottom looking up. White water rafting on the Colorado River – the jewel of the Grand Canyon – will let you do just that.
A FAMILY AFFAIR Many rafters use this escape as a priceless chance to bring generations of their family together for an active reunion that all ages can enjoy and be engaged, whether they are eight or 80. This is one of the few journeys you can do with the “whole” family, and the best part is the guides make all the decisions. They do all the cooking, letting you just sit back and enjoy the scenery and companionship. And if you don’t come with family, you are sure to meet lots of like-minded people. It is easy to strike up a conversation with someone in the raft or over dinner because you already have something in common – your love of travel and adventure. Many passengers are moved to tears and are unprepared for the powerful impact the experience of a Grand Canyon white water rafting vacation has on their lives, and wonder why they waited so long to experience Arizona’s Grand Canyon from the river’s view. Unlike the big cruises where more and more cruise “extras” come at a price, these Colorado River trips are truly all-inclusive. One outfitter operating in the Grand Canyon, Arizona River Runners, has shared this exciting venture since 1970 (raftarizona. com). There is no need for credit cards or cash, except for some money to tip the crew. All food, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, hi-tech camping equipment and rafting gear are included. All you pack are personal items and clothing. Have you already enjoyed the culture of European river cruises or the relaxation of a Caribbean cruise? If so, maybe now is the time for a rafting “cruise” to a magical land of azure pools of water and towering canyon walls, big horn sheep and California condors. Take a Grand Canyon rafting cruise on the Colorado River; it is one of the most scenic and breathtaking adventures you’ll ever experience. *Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon by Michael Patrick Ghiglieri 25
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From Toronto: Hwy 400 north to Hwy 11 north and turn east on Hwy 60, travel 8km then turn right on Deerhurst-Canal Rd. Presentation Centre located at Main Pavilion Regular Hours: Monday - Tuesday by Appointment only. Wednesday - Sunday 12 - 5pm
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RiverBend Golf Community Live where you Play
iverBend Golf Community redefines fifty-plus, active-adult living in London, Ontario, offering an incredible new lifestyle that truly allows you to live where you play. At RiverBend you’ll take pleasure in firstclass golf, exceptional dining, countless social activities, on-site fitness facilities and miles of nature trails, all just steps from your front door. Created by Sifton Properties Limited, RiverBend Golf Community is literally a dream come true. A vision that began with the Sifton family over 50 years ago has matured to become one of the most outstanding new home addresses in southwestern Ontario. The homes of RiverBend are built throughout a pristine 160-acre golf course on private roads that allow you to live amidst breathtaking views and perfectly manicured community grounds. Constructed with a superior set of building standards, these Sifton homes include soaring ceilings, oversized
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windows, gourmet kitchens, energy efficient technologies, covered porches and more. With attached villa homes starting from the $260,000s and single detached homes from the low $300,000s, there is a home designed to fit each buyer’s unique style. And as promised, just steps from your home you’ll have access to the social hub of the community – the 28,000 square foot Clubhouse. Here, residents enjoy fitness facilities, an indoor pool, casual and fine dining and a number of social activities designed to bring neighbours together. Play bridge, euchre or darts, join the photography or book club, enjoy an aquafit or yoga class, and gather your friends for a Sunday brunch with RiverBend’s executive Chef. The list of social opportunities goes on, allowing you to be as active as you choose. Of course, if it’s the lure of daily golf that brings you, than you will truly be right at home. The RiverBend golf course was specifically designed for the mature
golfer, offering a unique experience for every player from beginner to seasoned pro. Designed by Doug Carrick, the course boasts five sets of tee blocks ranging from 5,165 yards at the forward tees to 6,914 from the tips. The club also offers an extensive practice facility where you can polish your skills with the help of our CPGA Professionals, and a fullystocked ProShop carries the best names in golf equipment and apparel. At RiverBend we encourage you to spend your time enjoying life, so while you’re on the golf course or enjoying a peaceful stroll, we’ll take care of the work. With year-round landscape maintenance you’ll enjoy a worry-free lifestyle and meticulously groomed grounds. Live where you Play! The RiverBend Presentation Centre and beautiful model homes are open daily from 12:00 – 5:00 pm at 2200 Jack Nash Drive. Call (519) 657-4333 or click www.riverbendgolf.com to learn more.
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