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Prince Edward County an island escape just east of Toronto

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Prince Edward County an island escape just east of Toronto

Prince Edward County (PEC) is known as that special gem that sparkles with art, food, wine and beaches on Lake Ontario’s northeastern shore. Enterprising people, with creative sensibilities, have turned the County into a wonderful destination in which to live, and to visit.

Waupoos Estates Winery
Waupoos Estates Winery

LIBATIONS EXTRAORDINAIRE

The County is garnering a highly respected reputation for their award-winning wineries, craft beers and ciders. PEC received it’s DVA (Designated Viticultural Area) designation in 2007. Always known for the quality of its agricultural products, it’s now the fastest growing region in Ontario with more than 40 wineries in the area, including Hillier Creek Estates & Winery, Waupoos Estates Winery and Sandbanks Estate Winery.

Canoeing, Cruising Canoes
Canoeing, Cruising Canoes

At Kinsip House of Fine Spirits, sip from a wide range of offerings, and hangout at the farm with its heritage hops barn and funky chickens. The County Cider Company has some of the best views in the area, as well as some of the finest cider.

At Littlejohn Farm, you can book accommodation for a unique farm-stay experience. Wine tours and workshops are also available. You might want to try; Butchery and an Introduction to Charcuterie.

MAKING A SPLASH

This municipality in southern Ontario is best known for its beaches and towering limestone cliffs. Sandbanks Provincial Park is the most popular with its white sand beaches, sand dunes and clear blue water. North Beach Provincial Park is a smaller version, and there’s no overnight camping at this location.

Located in the heart of Wellington, is Wellington Rotary Public Beach. Here, parking is free and a boardwalk lines the beach.

Wellington Museum
Wellington Museum

ARTISIC EXPRESSION

Prince Edward County is a creative hotspot for artists of varied genres. Painters, potters, jewellers, textile and glass artisans are inspired by the County’s rolling countryside, sandy beaches, and verdant vineyards. Find one-of-a-kind art treasures on The Arts Trail, the PEC Studio Tour and the Barn Quilt Tour.

Visit the inspiring sculpture garden at Oeno Gallery. The Sybil Frank Gallery features fine art ranging from landscapes to contemporary pieces. Join a creative workshop or become an artist-in-residence at Spark Box Studio.

Kinsip Distillery
Kinsip Distillery

CALLING ALL BIRDERS

The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) is a resting place for migratory birds working their way across Lake Ontario. The observatory is open to visitors in the spring and in the fall.

Point Petre Wildlife Conservation Area is also known as one of Canada’s best bird sighting areas.

Bird House City encompasses 100 miniature reproductions of local buildings. Take a walk on the 20 kilometres of maintained trails.

Painting at Point Petre
Painting at Point Petre

PAST SECRETS

Historic walking tours of Picton are offered by History Lives Here Inc. The 1830 Macaulay House can be found in Macaulay Heritage Park, as well as the Church of St. Mary Magdalene (now a museum), and the beautiful Heritage Gardens. The home belonged to Reverend William Macaulay, son of a United Empire Loyalist, who donated most of the land on which Picton is now situated. A new escape room is to open soon at Macaulay House, and Graveyard & Gallow Tours are held at Macaulay Heritage Park during the summer months.

The Regent Theatre in Picton is a rare example of an Edwardian opera house. Toronto architects, Warrington and Page, transformed an 80-year old former warehouse into a movie theatre. It opened on November 2nd, 1918 and a ticket cost .25 cents. Further renovations made room for live theatre in 1922. Hard times led to the closure of The Regent in 1980, but it reopened in 1992 with a limited schedule. Major renovations in 2010 included an enhanced sound system, digital cinema and comfortable seating.

Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery
Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery

A FOODIE’S PARADISE

Flame + Smith, in Bloomfield, embraces the exciting art of wood-fire cooking. Stella’s Eatery and Jackson’s Falls are both Indigenous-inspired restaurants. Chef Chris Byrne and Tamara Segal host forage- and plantbased pop-ups throughout the year.

Take a self-guided Taste Trail tour of sustainable farms, wineries, cafes and restaurants. In celebration of fine dining with prix fixe menus, Countylicious is held in April and November.

Photography, courtesy of Prince Edward County

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Room to grow

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Room to grow

With a view that takes in Lake Ontario and the vivid greenery of the Toronto Islands, and a location that places you within easy walking distance of Toronto’s downtown amenities and cultural life, Greenland’s new Lakeside Residences is already an attractive proposition for most homebuyers.

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Seven glittering towers set on 3.85 acres of Toronto’s most exciting urban neighbourhood — at Lake Shore Boulevard and Lower Jarvis Street — not only brings upwards of 2,000 new residential units to the market, but also 30,000 square feet of retail space in a transformative move that will create a very special urban waterfront community.

After the success of the Phase One Sky Suites launch, Greenland Group now unveils Park Suites – a collection of unique family- friendly units with flexible floorplan designs.

Between floors two and 15, the Park Suites offer families, and those looking for more flexible living space, a selection of clever customizable floorplans. The layouts will prove extremely popular with anyone with children or regular overnight guests. With interiors created by award-winning designers Cecconi Simone, every suite reflects clean, contemporary, customizable luxury and the latest in residential innovations.

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Recognizing the growing trend for condo families in the city, Greenland was driven to create suites that would offer greater living flexibility and comfort for residents of all ages.

Add to that the temptations of the luxurious amenities — including a rooftop pool, fitness suite, children’s play room, fireplace lounge, cabanas and saunas — and you have the makings of one of the most desirable new developments in the GTA. Lakeside Residence’s Park Suites give residents room to grow and a vibrant community to live, work and play in.

For more information visit http://lakesidetoronto.com/

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Designer Touch: Lakeside Living

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Designer Touch: Lakeside Living

An empty nest couple elevate their lakeside home to accentuate the view and accommodate easy entertaining

By. Gabriele Pizzale

Photography By: Mike Chajecki

Blessed with an abundance of friends and five grown children who visit often, this couple with two dogs craved an open-concept home that could accommodate easy entertaining; the fact that the house backs onto Lake Ontario is an added bonus. To do justice to the gorgeous lakeside view, this tired, old bungalow received a major facelift, alongside a generous bedroom addition. All new millwork, finishes and furniture basically transformed the entire home.

OPTIMIZING THE WATERFRONT VIEW

As their designers, we were excited to go on this journey with them, and create a very welcoming design that is also polished. They wanted a west-coast feel, which worked well because it is a waterfront property. This earthy design scheme, with a touch of rustic charm, allowed for the interiors to complement the beautiful outdoors. The view of the lake is breathtaking, and the sunrises are outstanding. Therefore, installing new floor-to-ceiling windows ensured that the homeowners could enjoy the scenery to the fullest extent. By choosing a black frame on all the windows, we not only updated the space, but this colour choice makes the view pop out of a framed-like picture hanging on the wall!

PRIVACY PLEASE

To separate the two-storey entrance from the sitting room, we installed an MDF screen as a room divider. This creates a cosy nook to snuggle and watch TV in. Soft-linen sheers are used throughout the space; they diffuse the light and provide some privacy when needed. Walnut, live-edge wood and natural fabrics create a warm and inviting space.

KITCHEN CENTRAL

The kitchen is the focal point of the main floor, as it is open to every other room. Its cabinetry has walnut-slab doors, which are accented with dark-charcoal gables in the lower half; the same dark charcoal was applied to the island to ground it. The two quartz countertops from Cambria are contrasted in colour to add visual interest. We selected Harlech for the island because it has amazing movement to it, and it offers a bit of sparkle, which appealed to the homeowner’s glamorous side. The minimal hardware of brushed nickel was purposeful, as to not take away from the gorgeous walnut grain of the cabinetry.

PARTY-READY

A large, square walnut dining table and grand banquette allow for a maximum number of guests at the table. It is cosy yet spacious. The same fabric was used on the dining chairs, counter stools as well as the banquette; it is a practical fabric that can be spot-cleaned if necessary, always handy when a space gets a lot of use!

STATEMENT LIGHTING

Lighting is such an important aspect of any project; we always strive to source something unique and unexpected. Scale is also key, bigger is better! For this project, we wanted the rustic elements to soften some of the more modern lines of the furniture and millwork.

NATURE-INSPIRED HUES

Getting lost in the view is easy to do. The colours of nature are reflected in the fabrics of the upholstery, which are all sourced from Kravet and offer a relaxed luxury. Solid-coloured sofa and chairs are enlivened with cutvelvet cushions that play off the abstract rug. An added bonus of this rug is that it will hide a multitude of sins, like dog footprints.

STYLISH SANCTUARY

With all the entertaining they do, the couple needs an oasis to call their own, and their master bedroom addition fits the bill perfectly as the ultimate retreat. From the moment you enter the room, you see the distinct accent wall of modular walnut slats. The room is quite spacious, with larger scale furniture filling it, yet it still feels cosy. The chairs were completely restyled and recovered, giving the existing furniture new life. Custom nightstands were designed to echo the side table. The lavish vaulted ceiling called for an impactful light fixture, this one is a combination of rustic sophistication. Kravet fabric was also used to make the unique custom cushions on this king-sized bed.

FRESH MIX OF FINISHES

No master suite would be complete without a stunning bathroom. When we saw this tile we knew it was perfect for the space. It resembles worn barn board, but had a light feel so the vibe would still remain fresh. Custom vanities in white oak, stained soft grey were a good balance to the oil-rubbed bronze faucets and accessories. We especially love the oil rubbed bronze frame in the shower, which mimics the black window frames in the rest of the house.

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Pale Oak – Benjamin Moore

FIVE-STAR GUEST EXPERIENCE

When guests come to stay, they have the luxury of their very own bathroom. This main bath has an inlay of mosaic tile that encompass all the colours of the home. Oil-rubbed bronze faucets create a nice contrast to the light finishes. The worn-wood mirror frame and sea-inspired artwork are both reminiscent of the lake. All of these elements created a comfortable and welcoming bath for guests to use.

A HOME THAT MATCHES THE VIEW

These homeowners were a joy to work with and so appreciative of their new home. They are a down-to-earth couple who didn’t want a fussy look but certainly are at a stage in their life to have a sophisticated space. The wide-open plan and incredible lake view certainly contribute to the wow-factor in their home. Natural and practical fabrics, walnut wood and clean lines create a timeless beauty they can enjoy for years to come.

SOURCES

FABRICS Kravet; COUNTERS Cambria; PAINT OC 20 Pale Oak Benjamin Moore; TILE Ciot Furniture SITTING ROOM SIDE TABLES Crate & Barrel; STOOLS and DINING CHAIRS ISA International Inc.; SOFA, Upholstered CHAIRS Kravet; NIGHT STANDS Geovin; LIGHTING KITCHEN ISLAND Kichler Lighting; DINING TABLE, MASTER BATH Elk Lighting; LAMPS Uttermost Lighting; MAIN BATH Hinkley Lighting CARPETS Surya; PLUMBING FIXTURES Kitchen Pfister; BATH Delta

Pizzale Design Inc. loves to infuse colour and pattern into every project, while offering liveable luxury. Most important is their process for design and efficient project management, which bring your vision to life. You may recognize Gabriele Pizzale from her 12-year stint as a design expert on Cityline. gabrielepizzaledesign.ca

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