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Waterstone by DiCenzo

Life is different at Waterstone with Modern Townes by Dicenzo coming to Collingwood

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Life is different at Waterstone with Modern Townes by Dicenzo coming to Collingwood

Tucked between the mountain and the lake is a hidden gem. Waterstone by DiCenzo Homes is a brand new community of modern townhomes coming to Collingwood, only minutes away from the pristine shores of Lake Huron. Contemporary towns bring a touch of luxury to the incredible natural scenery of Blue Mountain, creating a neighbourhood of well-crafted three storey towns. A unique setting deserves unique homes, and Waterstone is prepared to deliver exactly that.

Collingwood’s historic charm and vibrant community is a place of four-season excitement. The scenery of Blue Mountain brings tranquility to your home, but the appeal goes far beyond simple looks. The famous slopes are conveniently close, with endless opportunities right at your fingertips. Collingwood is renowned for its outdoor recreation, whether you enjoy hiking, biking or golfing, boating, swimming or fishing, or you prefer skiing, snowshoeing, or skating. Blue Mountain, Georgian Bay and acres of conservation all add up to the perfect outdoor playground. Whatever the season, Collingwood provides the opportunities to get outside and explore like nowhere else.

Along with its unique outdoor amenities, Collingwood is home to every modern convenience you desire and a friendly, dynamic community. The historic Downtown is always a bustling place, where patios and shops line the streets. Every Saturday morning comes the weekly Farmers’ Market, where local vendors sell their fresh produce, homemade baked goods, artisanal crafts and hand-made honey and preserves. Winter brings ski season, with Blue Mountain just around the bend and cosy cafes close to home for an apres-ski coffee with friends. Festivals occur indoors and out all year round, where residents can gather and celebrate with ice cold refreshments or a hot chocolate and good cheer to warm up.

With a community like this, it’s no wonder that Collingwood is one of the best places to maintain a great balance for work and play. Away from the rush of the city, everything is different by the Lake. The Greater Barrie Area is a short and scenic commute, far from the traffic of a packed highway, and coming home to nature inspires tranquility and relaxation. The endless opportunities for recreation both in and out of town ensure that your personal life is as fulfilling as your professional. It’s a lifestyle like no other in the Golden Horseshoe. This is a place where people pause to take a moment – to stop, look and listen.

Waterstone Modern Townes puts you right at the centre of this remarkable community. Not only is the Lake a short walk from home with the mountain creating the perfect backdrop, but everything downtown Collingwood has to offer is right at your fingertips. This established neighbourhood is the perfect place for the modern homes of Waterstone. Contemporary exteriors bring warm tones and textures to the street to create a dynamic yet natural addition to the scenic landscape. These homes form a private enclave to provide a quiet, safe neighbourhood surrounded by the beautiful homes you love.

The homes of Waterstone are contemporary three-storey towns boasting ample living space, with models starting at 1,575 sq. ft. Featuring two-bedrooms plus home office, these spacious homes are the perfect size. A second living room provides plenty of space for entertaining, or can instead be selected as a third bedroom if desired. The additional option for alternative third-floor layouts make these homes incredibly versatile to best suit your needs. Open concept kitchens come with an island, expanding your cooking and storage space while also bringing people together around the heart of the home. Luxury finishes transform the interiors of each home into a modern oasis within this charming historic community.

Main-floor access to the outdoors and large windows bring the beauty of Collingwood into your home. Plenty of natural light fills each home with these open-concept designs, creating the perfect environment for energy and productivity or rest and relaxation. These are homes built for the tranquility and focus that nature brings, channeling it into inspiring natural designs and fine finishes.new town Waterstone is a place where you can experience refined living at home, with adventure right next door – an unmatched combination only found here in Collingwood.

Waterstone is a place of breathtaking views and incredible opportunities. These thoughtfully designed Modern Townes bring you to one of the most unique neighbourhoods in the area, where modern living and nature combine. Afternoons spent sailing and evenings under the stars are in your future, and you can find them in Collingwood. Listen closely, and you can almost hear waves on the shore.

Visit the website to keep up-to-date on this exciting new opportunity between the lake and the mountain.




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Sherwood Homes Royal Windsor

Sherwood Homes opens Royal Windsor in Georgian Bay

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Sherwood Homes opens Royal Windsor in Georgian Bay

Sherwood Homes recently held the grand opening for Royal Windsor, a new five-storey midrise condominium in Balmoral Village at Georgian Bay.

Sherwood Homes Royal Windsor

Designed for those who want to celebrate life, nature and active living, Royal Windsor offers a wide selection of large condominium suites ranging in size from 660 to 1,900 sq. ft. Interiors will boast open-concept layouts and luxuriously appointed features and finishes, expansive balconies, underground parking with adjacent storage, and stunning views of Blue Mountain and Osler Bluff Ski Club.

Royal Windsor is also a short distance from Collingwood’s local attractions, including Blue Mountain, the Collingwood Harbour, several prominent ski clubs and seven public and private golf courses.

Royal Windsor is the latest offering in the Georgian Bay area from Sherwood Homes. Other developments include The Cottages at Lora Bay, Cobble Beach and The Masters at Lora Bay.



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Collingwood – four seasons playground more than just a vacation destination

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Collingwood – four seasons playground more than just a vacation destination

Collingwood has long been a popular vacation destination, chiefly as a weekend winter getaway to tackle some of the best skiing in Ontario at The Blue Mountains. Summertime, too, has seen increasing activity, as residents from the GTA and elsewhere head to “Blue” for cycling, golf and many of the other activities and festivals in the area.

During non-COVID times, of course.

But there’s a lot more happening in this part of Simcoe County, situated on the Nottawasaga Bay at the southern Georgian Bay Region. A beautiful natural location will do that.

Transitioning for the future

Economically, it’s fair to say that Collingwood is an area in transition. The town’s traditional industrial base has been in decline for years, though the waterfront Collingwood Terminals grain elevators remain standing as a reminder of this heritage. Some view the massive grey structure, dormant for more than 25 years, as an eyesore for such an area blessed with natural surroundings. The Town is said to be considering selling, preserving or even dismantling the landmark silos.

All of this underlines the growing importance of Collingwood to maximize its potential as a fourseason recreation destination, blessed with mountains on one side and Georgian Bay on the other, while developing new economic opportunities. And to do it all at a pace and size that doesn’t result in the loss of greenspace or the “smalltown feeling” that residents and visitors alike have come to love.

In a July 2020 poll conducted by the Town, the overwhelming majority of respondents (63 per cent) believe the municipality should focus on growing the knowledgebased industry. There is already a strong and growing tech industry in town, including the only deuterium producer in Canada, the largest industrial glass manufacturer in North America, and a maker of advanced underwater communications.

The survey also revealed that just 29 per cent of respondents said job growth in Collingwood should focus on tourism, highlighting a local concern that the town relies too heavily on that sector.

Careful development

The survey also revealed that residents prefer any new housing development in the area focus on the multi-family category, such as condominiums and other mixed-use buildings on smaller lots, as well as Green housing.

Given the area’s popularity as a playground destination, real estate in Collingwood sometimes shows the fluctuations that typify the recreational property market.

Residential sales for the Southern Georgian Bay region jumped 57.6 per cent to 594 units in July 2020, compared to last year, according to the Southern Georgian Bay Association of Realtors. This was a new sales record not just for the month of July, but for any month in history.

Home sales in the Western Region, which includes Collingwood as well as Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, The Blue Mountains, Meaford and Grey Highlands, jumped 70.8 per cent in July to 369 units from July 2019, again establishing new sales records.

Average prices, on the other hand, are showing different results. Detached home prices are up 26 per cent to $857,000 from $680,000 a year ago. Townhome prices are down 22 per cent to $515,000 from $659,000, while condos are off 28 per cent to $391,000 from $545,000.

Many recent buyers are residents from the GTA purchasing vacation properties, or cashing out their primary residences in the city and moving north for retirement, reflected in the older demographic in town.

Still, given the prized location and blessed natural abundance in Collingwood, it’s no surprise that new home development is taking place to cater to the growing demand. Streetcar Development Inc. is planning Harbour House, a collection of luxury lowrise condos, while Sherwood Homes has two communities planned: The Masters at Lora Bay, detached homes at The Blue Mountains; and Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village, featuring a pair of five-storey condo buildings.

Nature lover’s paradise

At any time of year, Collingwood is a nature lover’s paradise. Of course, there’s expert skiing at Blue Mountain in winter, as well as countless snowshoeing, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing options.

In the warmer months, hit the links at any one of the handful of championship courses in the area, from the semi-private Cranberry Golf Resort, to Monterra at Blue Mountain Resort, to the Georgian Bay Club and more.

Or book a breathtaking treetop canopy walk, or zipline adventure, or just hit the beach for a swim or canoe or kayak rental. And if you’ve never been, head over to Wasaga Beach, the world’s longest freshwater beach, a short distance away.

Festivals? You want festivals? Collingwood’s got lots of them, from Collingwood Whiskylicious, the Peak to Shore Music Festival, Keys to Collingwood Street Piano Festival and the famous annual Elvis Festival.

All, of course, COVID permitting.

Location, location, location

In Simcoe County, on the Nottawasaga Bay, at the southern point of Georgian Bay; population 21,793; 160 kms north of Toronto; 21 kms to Wasaga Beach.

Key landmarks

  • Blue Mountain Resort
  • Collingwood Curling Club
  • Collingwood Museum
  • Cranberry Golf Course
  • Creative Simcoe Street
  • Eddie Bush Memorial Arena
  • The Blue Mountains
  • Tyrolean Village Resorts

Select housing developments

Bridgewater on Georgian Bay
By Consulate Development Group

Collingwood Quay Condominiums
By Fram + Slokker

Harbour House Condos
By Streetcar Development Inc.

Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village
By Sherwood Homes

The Masters at Lora Bay
By Sherwood Homes

Waterstone Modern Townes
By Nexus Developments



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Georgian has created a modern eco-friendly twist on classic designs

Georgian has created a modern eco-friendly twist on classic designs

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Georgian has created a modern eco-friendly twist on classic designs

When Georgian Communities brought Braestone to Oro-Medonte, the company’s vision brought to life the design of the classic farmhouses of this region reimagined. Georgian created a modern, eco-friendly twist on these classic designs that blends perfectly with the region’s rich history, rolling fields and lush woodlands. This is a dream come to life, where the serenity of country living meets sophistication and community. These stunning farmhouse estates sell from the $800,000s, with designs ranging from bungalows and two-storey homes to optional finished coach houses, offering versatility to each and every homeowner.

Windfall is a place unlike any other. This story began with the breathtaking landscape of Blue Mountain and the natural history of the region, and developed into a celebration of the classic architecture of the Georgian Bay cottage. A close-knit neighbourhood in spirit, yet with plenty of space to stretch out, Windfall is a dynamic blend of nature and neighbours. Rustic design recalls the simplicity of our past, with warm gas porch lanterns creating a glowing welcome, and diverse architecture making streetscapes as varied as each of our homeowners. Singles and semi-detached homes at Windfall are selling from the $500,000s, with options to make these homes truly unique. This is a tribute to nature and community as timeless as the mountains.

Georgian’s newest of three communities is an addition to the spectacular Windfall neighbourhood at Blue Mountain. This new chapter is called Mountain House, and one look will have you falling in love. Rustic, chalet-inspired architecture with wood and stone accents belong here, with ski hills framing the skyline. Everything you love about a chalet and a condo community are refined here, whether it’s cosying up to a fireplace or enjoying the four-season spa with both hot and cold outdoor pools and a sauna. Wellness has a new meaning at Mountain House, where modern condos from the $300,000s live in harmony with the beauty of Blue Mountain and Georgian Bay.

These communities are more than brick and mortar. Within their beautiful natural locations and distinctive architecture is the true secret of a Georgian community – lifestyle. True to their locations, each of these communities features amenities that mirror the landscapes and elevate your lifestyle. Georgian calls them “Remarkables”: an apiary, a sugar shack, orchards, a pumpkin patch, a Christmas tree farm, spa, bike repair stations and outdoor wood burning fireplaces. These are features that create a highly emotional impact on communities and the lifestyles they nurture. Simplistic, sophisticated and utterly remarkable.

Georgian is excited to remind you of its upcoming new releases at both Braestone and Windfall coming this year. Families have flocked to these neighbourhoods seeking the reprieve from city life and finding the Georgian lifestyle instead, which means that all communities have been selling fast. These new releases bring new opportunities to find a haven from urban life and discover the next chapter of your life.

Georgian Communities is here to bring you a life one with nature. Keep your eyes open for the upcoming releases at Braestone and Windfall by checking the website at georgiancommunities.ca, and discover life as it’s meant to be lived.

Town of Blue Mountains

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Braestone Estates
Windfall at Blue
Mountain House at Windfall



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Muskoka, nature’s canvas enjoying a spike in property interest

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Muskoka, nature’s canvas enjoying a spike in property interest

Ah, Muskoka… haven of forests, shimmering lakes, granite emplacement and other natural wonders that have graced the canvases of famous Canadian artists such as Tom Thomson… popular cottage destination and playground for untold numbers of youngsters attending summer camps…

There simply is no need to sing the praises of this wonderland of almost 6,500 sq. km. and more than 1,600 lakes.

Oh wait, we just did.

Indeed, what’s there not to love about this blessed region about 220 kms north of Toronto, comprising the Towns of Huntsville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst, and the Townships of Muskoka Lakes, Lake of Bays and Georgian Bay?

Perhaps you’ve spent some time here yourself, among the legions of renters who descend on the area every summer to enjoy short-term cottage rentals.

Or maybe you’ve been lucky enough to own a piece of this paradise.

While home to about 60,000 permanent residents, Muskoka swells in population in summer as an additional 100,000 seasonal property owners vacation in the region.

It’s also something of a playground for the rich and famous, with sports and entertainment celebrities owning expansive properties along the shores of the three major lakes – Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph.

If you’ve ever had any desire to buy property in this area, now might be the time. And you can thank COVID-19 for the opportunity. Yes, you read that right.

Property price surge

Despite the pandemic, property prices are seeing a surge. In what’s known as the Lakelands region, including Muskoka, Haliburton, Orillia, Parry Sound, the median price for residential non-waterfront property in May 2020 was a record $416,500, up 7.3 per cent from $388,000 in May 2019. For waterfront property, more desirable and more expensive, the median price was $565,800, up 3.3 per cent from $547,550 over the same period.

In Muskoka, specifically, nonwaterfront property prices rose 8.3 per cent in May 20 to $420,868, from $388,750 in ay 2019. In Haliburton, by comparison, the prices were $318,500 and $310,000, respectively, up 2.7 per cent.

Waterfront properties in Muskoka rose 3.9 per cent in May 2020 to $727,500, compared to $700,500 in May 2019. Meanwhile, in Haliburton, the corresponding prices were $520,000 and $550,000 – down 5.5 per cent.

“We’re not surprised in the least at the stats for Muskoka,” Catharine Inniss, broker at Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, and president of the Lakeland Association of Realtors, told Active Life.

The thinking is that the increases are due to a delayed spring market because of the pandemic, as well as low interest rates, and that this level of activity and price growth may continue through to 2021. Realtors sense that, thanks to COVID-19, people are re-evaluating their lives and want to consider getting out of the city. For those seeking quality of life, affordable properties (compared to the GTA) and the ability to work remotely, Muskoka presents an increasingly attractive option.

“Inventory has been down over the past few years and is even lower this year,” Inniss says. “The pandemic has helped people realize that now is the time to make the move. Employers have realized that telecommuting works beautifully, so people can now live here year-round and work remotely.”

Some buyers are feeling restricted in the city and want more space, she adds. “There is more bang for their buck here, off the waterfront. Many choose to purchase a lovely home and go to the beach or marina to pick up their boats on the weekend.

Then there’s the age-old question of supply and demand. “There are a limited number of properties here, and this area is world famous for good reason.”


  • Deerhurst Resort
  • Lake Joseph Golf Glub
  • Port Carling
  • Rocky Crest Golf Resort
  • Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
  • Santa’s Village
  • Taboo Golf Course
  • The KEE to Bala
  • The Rock Golf Course

New home developments

To take advantage of the growing interest in the area in not just vacation properties but year-round residences, more developers are setting up camp in Muskoka.

Canada’s largest homebuilder, Mattamy Homes, for example, has a new development in Bracebridge – White Pines – with a variety of single-detached homes.

And Trulife Developments Inc. has The Summit underway in Huntsville, offering traditional and stacked townhomes.

Regardless of your type or length of stay in Muskoka, the playground awaits. Name your passion, and you can pursue it here. Try your hand at landscape art, like the masters of the Group of Seven. Or hop up for some horseback riding, dogsledding or cross-country skiing in winter.

If cycling is more your speed, wind your way through hilly towns such as Bala, Ontario’s cranberry capital, or Bracebridge, and marvel at the three spectacular local waterfalls.

And golf. You want golf? Muskoka has carved out a reputation as one of Canada’s best golf destinations, with a handful of courses among the topranked in the country.

After your leisure activity, whatever it is, relax with some of the fare of the growing number of craft breweries in the area – Muskoka Brewery, Lake of Bays Brewing Co. and Sawdust City Brewing Co.

Location, location, location

Located in Central Ontario, extending from Georgian Bay in the west, to Lake Couchiching to the south, Algonquin Park in the east; 220 kms north of Toronto; population 60,599.

Select housing developments

HighCrest Muskoka
By Edgewood Homes

Kestrel Glen Bracebridge & Gravenhurst
By LC Development Group

Lakeside Muskoka
By Lakeside Development Inc.

Muskoka Bay Resort
By Freed Developments

The Summit
By Trulife Developments Inc.

By Batavia Homes

The Tom Condominium
By Greystone

White Pines
By Mattamy Homes


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Collingwood & Stayner, desirable destinations all year long

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Collingwood & Stayner, desirable destinations all year long

A winter wonderland in downtown Collingwood. Photography By Dave West

There aren’t many locations that can boast exceptional activities during every season of the year. The south Georgian Bay area includes Collingwood, Stayner and Wasaga Beach. Less than two hours from Toronto, you can swim, boat and fish in the summer, go hiking and biking in the fall, and experience some of Ontario’s finest skiing and winter-inspired sports. Come spring, you’ll be enchanted as the area blossoms into a magical backdrop for enjoying all that nature has to offer.

Photography (left to right) Irene Pradyszczuk; Doug Burlock; Dave West

The town of Stayner

Established in 1994, Clearview Township was the result of the amalgamation of the Town of Stayner, the Village of Creemore and the townships of Nottawasaga and Sunnidale.

Early settlement on the site of Stayner coincided with the construction of a railway line from Toronto to Collingwood between 1851 and 1855. The community of Stayner, which was originally called Nottawasaga Station, developed into a significant agricultural and lumbering centre. Stayner was incorporated as a village in 1872, and as a town in 1888.

Today, this town is developing into a community of its own identity. While easily accessible to larger centres, Stayner maintains its smalltown feel. Close by are two arenas, three baseball parks, two golf courses, as well as Devil’s Glen Provincial Park and Carruthers Memorial Conservation Area.

Stayner’s ‘Music Market & Park It’ features classic trucks and cars on display, and is a weekly celebration of food, art, live music, local and local vendors, held each year in June.

Start a new routine

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, are a favourite for downhill skiers. More than 40 trails are available over 364 skiable acres. Blue Mountain Village (Ontario’s largest mountain village resort) is known for its eclectic shopping and dining options.

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.

The semi-private, 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.

Nature’s bounty

Inspired by South Georgian Bay’s apple-growing history, the The Apple Pie Trail brings together culinary, shopping, adventure, farms and local experiences.

Downtown Collingwood’s Farmers’ Market and Thonbury’s market both open in May. The Lowell’s and Meaford markets open in June. Get your fill of fresh vegetables, homemade crafts, freshly popped kettle corn, handcrafted signs, unique jewelry and sumptuous baked goods. 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.

Ontario’s four-season playground

Celebratory events

Christmas starts in Collingwood with the Santa Claus parade on November 16th at 5 p.m.

Come February, Collingwood Whiskylicious is extremely popular. Yearly events also include Canada Day, Peak to Shore Music Festival, Keys to Collingwood Street Piano Festival, Black Harvest Festival, Sidelaunch Days, Movies by the Bay and the Art Crawl. And, don’t forget the annual Elvis Festival.


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Georgian Sands by Elm Developments

Georgian Sands is master-planned for maximum enjoyment

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Georgian Sands is master-planned for maximum enjoyment

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Wasaga Beach. In fact, it’ s becoming the fastest growing area for vacation homes, and for those who are retiring and downsizing. Well known for its recreational opportunities all year long, Wasaga’s 14-kilometre sandy beach hugs the shoreline of Georgian Bay. In the heart of it all, you’ll find the newest neighbourhood by Elm Developments – Georgian Sands.

This scenic setting is perfect for water sports, fairweather activities or strolling hand in hand. River kayaking, boating, biking, hiking, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are all popular pastimes, and Blue Mountain’s downhill ski slopes are close by. Just a short drive away, you can enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment in Collingwood. With so many farms and microbreweries near Wasaga, a culture of farm-to-table cuisine has evolved, along with markets, country fairs and music – all adding up to a vibrant lifestyle.

Perfection personified

The popularity of Georgian Sands surpassed expectations. The first two phases of townhomes and detached homes sold out quickly, and the first phase of homes are now under construction. The newest residents of this community are expected to move in this fall. As demand for these new homes continues to increase, Elm Developments will be releasing further phases.

Townhomes and detached homes offer a selection of three and four-bedroom floorplans with open-concept kitchens and great rooms, as well as main-floor powder rooms. Some layouts feature master retreats on the main level, and Elm Developments has included formal rooms, libraries, mudrooms, home offices and second-floor laundries, as per plan.

Each home has been designed with heritage-style details, and a colour palette that reflects the natural coastal beauty of Georgian Bay. Take a walk along Georgian Sands’ streets for a true appreciation of the architectural accents, including gables, turrets, shiplap siding, shakes and stone – all in colours inspired by nature.

An all-season playground

You’ ll find everything you could possibly need, within a short walk from your home at Georgian Sands. This master-planned community will feature its own shopping area, with stores, restaurants and cafes. Go for a run or take your dog for a walk, and choose a different route everyday. A new four-acre multi-sports park offers opportunities to play softball and tennis. If golf is more your game, you’re next door to a scenic 18-hole course. Georgian Sands positions you close to the downtown beach area in one of Ontario’ s most revered four-season destinations.


Phases one and two are now sold out. Registrations are now being accepted for future phases.


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Royalton Homes

Royalton Homes have two new Georgian Bay beauties

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Royalton Homes have two new Georgian Bay beauties

Royalton Homes has a special affinity with the southern Georgian Bay area. As a result, they choose incredible locations for their resort-inspired communities. For a first-hand appreciation of these rare opportunities, check out the locations of Aquavil and Blue Vista.


Situated on a prized stretch of 1,100 feet of beachfront on Georgian Bay, just minutes from Blue Mountain and Collingwood, is the truly unique community of Aquavil.

Here, homeowners will enjoy thirty acres of protected natural environment, with connections to an extensive biking and hiking trail system. Sensitively designed, Aquavil provides residents the unique experience of exploring the wonders of nature in their own backyard.

Phase 1 of Aquavil will feature the AquaVilla Residences. This collection of modern homes includes AquaSand beachfront residences, AquaGarden semi-detached homes and AquaBlue townhomes. Amenities that would rival any first-class resort, include the AquaClub, which is a private recreation complex with a fully equipped gym, a gathering area, swimming pools, a hot tub and a fire pit. Prices start in the high $400s.

In the second phase of Aquavil, AquaSquare will include residences, as well as a large community area with shops, restaurants and local services.

Blue Vista

In honour of the Blue Mountain area, Royalton Homes is also pleased to announce a phenomenal new community called Blue Vista. With views of the Blue Mountain slopes, the neighbouring Monterra Golf Course, and the relaxing, award-winning baths of the Scandinave Spa, Blue Vista is the perfect retreat for everyday living or seasonal enjoyment.

Modern home designs are set on 50- to 60-foot lots. A selection of bungalows feature luxurious master suites. Two-storey homes are available with two-, three- or four-bedroom layouts, many with rooftop terraces and lookouts to the surrounding vistas and the greens of Monterra. Prices start from the mid $500s.

Designed around a retreat-like lifestyle, the exclusive neighbourhood of Blue Vista is ideally situated in the Town of The Blue Mountains. In addition, its just minutes away from the mountains and the shores of Georgian Bay, as well as the amenities of Collingwood and the surrounding region.

The builder

For more than two decades, this boutique builder has been building exceptional communities in one of Ontario’s favourite four-season destinations. The two principals of Royalton Homes, Samer and Sal Chaaya, take part in every aspect of the development – from start to finish. This hands-on, personal approach is what today’s homebuyers have come to expect.

Royalton Homes is actively developing the exciting new communities of Aquavil and Blue Vista.


Registrations are now being accepted at both sites.


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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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New collection of homes by Hanson Development Group at a unique Midland lakeside community

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New collection of homes by Hanson Development Group at a unique Midland lakeside community

Excitement is building at The Seasons on Little Lake, Southern Georgian Bay’s most unique lakeside community as the first homes get under construction this spring. The initial homeowners in this beautiful master-planned development are eagerly anticipating their one-of-a-kind lifestyle close to nature.

There’s more big news. Hanson Development Group will be launching a new collection of homes soon at The Seasons, giving buyers yet another option to live in a vibrant community within a pristine setting minutes from charming downtown Midland in dynamic Simcoe County. For far less than the price of a similar condominium in Toronto, you could be part of the beautiful community surrounded by nature. The Seasons is affordable, rich in amenities, and only 90 minutes from the big city.

All homes in the new collection will have garages and basements. To help visualize what living in a home at The Seasons will be like, visit the website at seasonslittlelake.com and take the virtual tours of typical homes in the community. The tours illustrate rooms with an abundance of natural light and generous open-concept designs that are perfect for entertaining. The homes are ideal for permanent or seasonal living and are distinguished by beautiful quality finishes.

For Doug and Karen Hill, the decision to purchase at Seasons was an easy one. “We were looking for a place outside of city where we could slow things down and really connect with nature,” said Karen. “We were also impressed with the broader vision for this community. It seems like a lot of consideration and detail has been placed on ensuring Seasons caters to those seeking a healthy and active lifestyle,” added Doug.

The Seasons offers contemporary condominium towns and semis, designed by a multi-award winning team of international talent. The community is set on approximately 247 acres comprised of woods, ponds, trails and open spaces adjacent to beautiful Little Lake. An extensive trail system connects the five distinctive and innovative parks of the community. The lifestyle at Seasons will be healthy and enjoyable, with a wealth of outdoor activities at residents’ doorsteps, including hiking, biking, paddle-boarding, kayaking, swimming, canoeing and sailing. Homeowners will also enjoy birdwatching and wildlife settings close to home. Residents can also drink in the beauty of the natural surroundings at a more leisurely pace, while they walk, meditate or take in sunrises or sunsets by the lake.

A vibrant 10,000-sq.-ft. Members Club will offer further recreational and social amenities within walking distance of the homes, with indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centre, party room, kitchen, library and meeting room. The club will be a hive of activity, with a busy calendar of events, courses and clubs.

Homebuyers will enjoy another added value: all current purchasers or homeowners and those who purchase prior to Sept. 1, 2019 will be offered a two-year social membership at the nearby Midland Golf and Country Club. The club was founded in 1919 by local businessman James Playfair, designed by Nicol Thompson, then redesigned by Thompson student Doug Carrick in the early 1990s. The result is an 18-hole course that reflects heritage and classic design and provides a challenge for casual and advanced golfers.

The Seasons will be a model of environmentally friendly, sustainable development. Approximately 100 acres of greenspace and parks will be transferred to the Town of Midland and permanently protected. Measures will be taken to preserve and protect the area’s natural landscape and native flora and fauna. Little Lake and the nearby 3,000-acre Wye Marsh nature reserve are environmentally protected for the enjoyment of the Midland community.

Although The Seasons’ setting is peaceful and natural, it’s close to numerous conveniences, including big box stores, unique boutiques, banks and restaurants. The Town of Midland also has a full complement of health and wellness professionals and services, including the new Georgian Bay Hospital.


To learn more about this unique lakeside community, visit the presentation centre, located at 16831 Highway 12 at Sumac Lane in Midland, or visit the website.


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