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South Georgian Bay, where the living is easy

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South Georgian Bay, where the living is easy

By Cece M. Scott cecescott.com

The south Georgian Bay area includes Collingwood, Stayner and Wasaga Beach, as well as some of the most popular destinations and four-season activities in Ontario. Less than two hours from Toronto, you can experience music festivals, farmers’ markets, beer tastings, hiking, golfing, swimming, skiing – and even Elvis sightings.

Annual Elvis Festival in Collingwood : Photography, South Georgian Bay Tourism

Summer Lovin’

The Blue Mountain and Collingwood areas are popular with hikers, mountain bikers, SUP (stand up paddle) boarders and golf lovers. The semiprivate, Cranberry Golf Resort (now known as Living Stone Golf Resort), is the first golf course appointed to the Audubon Society certified course list. It also won the Environmental Stewardship Award. The resort includes an outdoor swimming pool, a hotel, condominium suites, restaurants and shopping.

Blue Mountain Village : Photography, Blue Mountain Resort

Golfers can also head to Wasaga Beach to tee off at the The Links at Georgian Sands, followed by a stroll (and maybe a swim) along Wasaga’s 14-kilometre white sand beach.

Wasaga Beach, has long been touted as one of Ontario’s premier tourist destinations, and is the world’s longest freshwater beach. It really is a beach-inspired town with picture worthy views of Georgian Bay, sparkling clean water, and people of all ages enjoying this water-side town in their swim wear and flip flops.

Close by, is the legendary Nottawasaga River, which is great for fishing, and has sparked the odd tale about the one that got away.

From Farm To Table

Downtown Collingwood’s Farmers’ Market opens on Saturday, May 18th. Thornbury’s market opens on Sunday, May 19th; Meaford’s market on Friday, June 7th; and the new Lowell’s market is to open on Wednesday, June 5th. Get your fill of fresh vegetables, homemade crafts, freshly popped kettle corn, handcrafted signs, unique jewelry and sumptuous baked goods.

Stanyner’s ‘Music Market & Park It’ begins on the 6th of June, and is a weekly celebration of food, live music, local vendors, artists and entertainment for the kids. Classic trucks and cars are also on display.

Lodging and shops at Blue Mountain Village

Something For Everyone

A favourite pastime for many, is people watching. Sit yourself down in one of the colourful Muskoka chairs, hand painted by local artists, that are positioned along Collingwood’s downtown streets, and are part of the town’s Art on the Street installation (May 18th to October 2nd).

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, try hiking, biking or cross-country skiing the 35-kilometre Georgian Trail, which offers magnificent views of Georgian Bay and Blue Mountain as it winds its way through Collingwood, and the neighbouring towns of Thornbury and Meaford.

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, Photography by Image Ontario

The Blue Mountains, known as such, because of the ever-present eucalyptus trees whose leaves expel a fine mist of natural oils that oft-times appear as a blue mist on the horizon, is a favourite for downhill skiers. More than 40 trails are available over 364 skiable acres. Après skiing, spend time at Blue Mountain Village (Ontario’s largest mountain village resort) known for its eclectic shopping and dining options.

The menu at Twist Martini Restaurant and Lounge is influenced by classic French cuisine – showcasing the freshest of ingredients, as well as an extensive martini and wine list.

The mediterranean-inspired Tholos Restaurant, is owned by Crete native, Tholos. Here, you’ll enjoy an authentic, interactive experience that includes Greek dancing, as well as the Greek tradition of plate smashing.

There are some great shops in the village, including GO FISH GO, which showcases quirky, one-of-a-kind items – from home decor to Read Canoe clothing. At Brights Gallery, you can peruse original works of art by Canadian artists in a relaxed setting.

Rejuvenate your weary bones at the Scandinave Spa at Blue. Soak in the relaxing baths, while taking in the panoramic views of the escarpment – the perfect prescription for spiritual and physical wellness.

Scandinave Spa, Photography by JoAnn McHardy

Dates To Remember

Stayner will be rocking during their three-day Roxodus Music Festival from July 11th to 13th. Featured talent includes, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Blondie, Billy Idol, I Mother Earth, Alice Cooper and Honeymoon Suite.

The Collingwood Elvis Festival is celebrating its 25th Anniversary from July 26th to the 28th.

Photo by South Georgian Bay Tourism


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The Windfall at Blue community is growing with Mountain House coming soon

As Statistics Canada data confirms, baby boomers are heading into retirement and, freed from the yoke of work, many are heading to Ontario’s four-season playground. Attracted to the Blue Mountain/Collingwood area for its natural beauty and world class attractions, buyers have rushed to own the gem at Blue Mountain, aptly named Windfall.

Set at the foot of the Escarpment, Windfall at Blue Mountain is an inspired enclave of detached and semi-detached mountain homes next to Blue Mountain Village. From the visionary developer Georgian International, this 148-acre master-planned community will more authentically represent the concept of resort living than any other in or around Collingwood or Blue Mountain.

The distinctive architecture of the homes at Windfall represents an artful, modern and eco-considerate interpretation of Georgian Bay cabins, cottages and mountain chalets in timeless bungalow, bungalow-with-loft, two-storey detached and semi-detached designs.

A true escape from the ordinary, Windfall at Blue is a place where nature and neighbourhood are in perfect balance. Fully one-third of the land is a nature preserve with wetland preservation areas and other natural features. An extensive trail system will lead through the forest, linking Windfall to its enviable next-door neighbours – Blue Mountain Resort and Village to the west, and the award-winning Scandinave Spa to the east. Blue Mountain’s expansion of the Orchard brings the ski slopes literally to Windfall’s doorstep.

This remarkable community has been popular since launch day and has received numerous prestigious awards. Construction is well underway on its second phase of mountain-inspired singles and semis. Families have moved in and are enjoying their new home in the fabulous setting but a good selection of semis and singles still remain.


As the success of Windfall continues, a new chapter is about to unfold with the upcoming launch of Mountain House. Set on over 10 magnificent acres bordering Windfall, Mountain House is an exciting new community of terrace condominiums coming soon. True to the vision of the existing Windfall enclave, the architecture is an artful modern-day interpretation of mountain chalet-style design.

Just 230 mountain suites with contemporary open-concept designs will be offered in one bedroom + den, two bedroom, two bedroom plus loft, and three bedroom options, all with a private terrace. Residents at Mountain House will enjoy their own amenity space that includes both warm and cold pools, an outdoor wood-burning fireplace, a sauna and relaxation room, and more. The first release of only 70 units is anticipated to sell quickly due to high demand.

Georgian International is excited to introduce Mountain House soon and is proud to offer Windfall at Blue Mountain. For nearly three decades, the Georgian brand has been widely recognized for its uncompromising commitment to the highest standards of integrity and quality.

Windfall At Blue

Located at 104 Yellow Birch Crescent in Blue Mountains, the Sales Centre and Model Homes are open Monday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.



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Monaco comes to Collingwood

Monaco comes to Collingwood

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Monaco comes to Collingwood

Considered by many to be Ontario’s playground thanks to the four-season resort lifestyle provided by the slopes of the Blue Mountains or the waves of Georgian Bay, the fact is that it’s the sophisticated urban renaissance of downtown Collingwood that’s redefining the area.

Once characterized by its quaint heritage buildings and charming small-town feel, downtown Collingwood is undergoing a revitalization of its main streets, transforming the area into a highly desirable destination for those seeking chic boutiques, trendy restaurants and dynamic entertainment venues.

Anyone familiar with real estate trends understands that as communities evolve it’s “usually connected to a residential renaissance,” says Paul Bonwick of Stonebrook Developments.

Bonwick, a long-time resident and civic leader in the Collingwood area, has seen firsthand the evolution of his community. Today, with his partners at Stonebrook, he is leading that transformation with the development of Collingwood’s first luxury condominium, Monaco, which will be located in the downtown heritage district within walking distance to its many restaurants, amenities, and shopping.

“Collingwood has always been a preferred lifestyle community for Ontarians seeking primary or recreational residences,” says Bonwick. “A destination for its luxurious homes along the water and its magnificent chalets has always existed, but urban residential opportunities in the downtown haven’t been available until now.

“With the enhancements and expansion of the downtown district, a new demand for modern urban living has been created, a demand Stonebrook will be satisfying with the residence at Monaco,” adds Bonwick.

Occupying nearly a full city block in Collingwood’s historic downtown district — located at 1 Hume Street — the six-storey complex has been designed by AJT Architects. Together with interior designers MC2 Designs, Stonebrook will integrate the heritage features of the area within a modern building envelope, creating a new landmark.

“While keeping the heritage feel of the neighbourhood, our architects, designers and construction team at YYZed will meet the sophisticated needs of today’s condominium buyers by weaving quality modern design throughout the common areas and suites,” says Ian Wookey, president of Seniority Investments Ltd.

Wookey — an active partner in the Monaco Development — and his father were largely responsible for the redevelopment of Toronto’s Yorkville Village, effectively creating a world-class neighbourhood.

Boasting an intimate collection of just 127 suites in a range of spacious layouts (one-bedroom, one-plus-den, two-bedroom, two-plus den, and three-bedroom designs) sizes range from 645 square feet to 2,400 square feet. Prices will start in the upper $300,000s.

Well-appointed suites, with an exacting attention to detail, each Monaco residence will boast spectacular views, 10-foot ceiling heights, gourmet Italian kitchens, spa-like full baths, high-end appliances and spectacular rooftop amenities. For your chance to experience the new Collingwood, visit the Sales Centre at 25 Huron Street, or register at monacolife.ca


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