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The Windsor

Luxury towns and semis at The Windsor in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Luxury towns and semis at The Windsor in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) are two new developments by Solmar Development Corp. Located at the corner of John and Victoria is a collection of two-storey, semi-detached homes. Situated at Anne and Gate streets is The Windsor, which features luxury townhomes.

Picture perfect

Both developments showcase gorgeous architectural features and old world charm. Exterior facades include brick and stone, with exquisite masonry detailing, covered porches, decorative columns and cobble-stoned driveways. Semi-detached models also include finished basements with a three-piece bathroom, and electric car-charging hookups. Designer townhomes are available for immediate occupancy, and purchasers get to choose their own finishings.

In addition to low-maintenance exteriors, landscaping packages are also available. Inside, every detail has been carefully curated, and quality craftsmanship ensures timeless elegance for years to come. All homes also include oak hardwood flooring and smooth ceilings throughout, as well as oak stairs and handrails, upgraded appliance packages, soft-close cabinetry and granite countertops in the kitchen, plus full glass showers and marble countertops in the bathrooms.

An abundance of charm

There’s nothing quite like the old town of NOTL with fine boutiques, restaurants and spas, as well as the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. Here, you’ll enjoy strolling the streets to admire the wonderfully kept homes and poking through the shops. Explore beautiful natural spaces with walking and biking trails, as well as award winning vineyards (some with world-class restaurants).

In this blissful Niagara wine region, 13 plays on three stages are performed each year from April to December. Move into your new home and get ready for the 2020 season.

The next step

At The Windsor, the townhouse collection is nearing completion. Two designer finished, and furnished, model homes are open at 134 Anne Street. Each model home is expertly crafted and in move-in condition. Some are available for immediate closing, or take your time and choose a personal decor package, and move within the next few months.

Construction has begun on the semi-detached models with expected occupancy slated for the spring of 2020.

Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, Solmar Development is an industry leader when it comes to building exceptional single family and condominium communities across the Greater Toronto Area. At the forefront of every home that they build is a philosophy that encompasses timeless designs, combined with an enhanced attention to detail, to ensure a heightened quality of living.

You’ll want to slow your pace and take full advantage of all that life has to offer in one of the beautiful homes by Solmar Development Corp.

CONTACT INFORMATION

905.688.3010

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Neighbourhood Watch: Niagara

In Niagara, the Falls are just part of the appeal

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In Niagara, the Falls are just part of the appeal

When people think Niagara, they often think only of the Falls themselves, those natural wonders to which a visit never seems to grow old.

But beyond the awe-inspiring beauty and power of the Falls and the Niagara River, Niagara Region offers a lot more that’s worthy of just a weekend getaway.

Encompassing towns such as Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, the Niagara Region is blessed with a great natural location. It occupies most of the Niagara Peninsula, bounded by the U.S. to the south and on the north by Lake Ontario, and of course the Niagara Escarpment – all of which offers strong potential for business and lifestyle choices.

These natural landscapes and climate make the Niagara Region perfect for agri-business such as winemaking – a key economic sector. The Niagara Wine Route, connecting dozens of wineries, is a growing tourism draw to complement cultural events such as the Shaw Festival.

Indeed, a visit to the area can involve a stop at the Falls, winery tours, the quaint town of Niagara-on-the- Lake, the Botanical Gardens with its Floral Clock and Butterfly Conservatory, several championship golf course and a growing casino industry in downtown Niagara Falls.

But this is all for play. To live and work in the region is another matter.

Economic growth

Again, a blessing of location, Niagara is within 800 km of two provinces, nine states and 130 million people on both sides of the border. This means opportunities for business. The trade that flows across Niagara’s borders totals more than $100 billion annually, and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across Canada and the U.S. The infrastructure network to support this trade activity comprises five international bridges, multiple railways and the Welland Canal, linking Lake Erie into the St. Lawrence Seaway system.

All of this is conducive to growth potential for the region’s manufacturing and transportation and logistics sectors, to complement the historical strength in agriculture and tourism.

Niagara’s economy has shown steady growth in a number of areas, particularly in job creation and new investment, but still lags slightly behind Ontario averages. The Niagara economic development department confirms the area still has challenges in higher unemployment, lower participation rate and lower household income per capita.

But that’s changing. In 2018 alone, Niagara had $1.7 billion in construction investment. From 2015 to 2018, such investment grew by 56 per cent in Niagara, compared to 19 per cent for Ontario overall.

New home development

As the economy grows and affords people more opportunity to live and work in Niagara – or close by – new-home development is following.

Much of the housing growth is in the lowrise category, as buyers from the GTA find the lot sizes and price points far more appealing and affordable.

According to the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey, aggregate home prices in St. Catharines-Niagara were $418,673 in the second quarter of 2019. This is up 3.2 per cent per cent from the same period last year.

Given the popularity of condominiums as a lifestyle choice, growth in this category is on its way. Homes by DeSantis, for example, has condo projects underway in both Grimsby and Stoney Creek. And Urbane Communities is building Marbella Condominium in Niagara Falls.

Location, location, location

A regional municipality in Southern Ontario comprising 12 municipalities such as Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland; 130 kms from Toronto; 86 kms from Hamilton.

Key landmarks

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Casino Niagara
  • Clifton Hill
  • Niagara Falls
  • The Niagara Wine Route
  • Welland Canal

Select condo developments

Marbella Condominium by Urbane Communities

Utopia Condominiums by New Horizon Development Group

AquaZul by Homes By DeSantis

Como Condos by Homes By DeSantis


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The Vines by Woodcastle Developments

The Vines has prestigious living in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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The Vines has prestigious living in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Construction is well underway at The Vines by Woodcastle Developments. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL), this town is well known for its quaint, colonial charm, surrounded by world-class vineyards. This intimate community positions residents to take advantage of all that NOTL has to offer, including some of the best theatre, amazing restaurants, golf courses, historical sites and a plethora of award-winning wineries.

Woodcastle Developments is a custom homebuilder of luxury residences. The Vines includes a limited collection of homes priced from $565,000, with a selection of two- and three-bedroom townhomes, two-storey executive towns and bungalows with lofts. Homes come with a single- or double-car garage, and include the lavish features and finishes that Woodcastle is known for.

Cultivate your interests

While close to Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, the U.S. border and the QEW, The Vines is situated in a quiet, upscale neighbourhood, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. It’s a short walk to the Virgil’s Centennial Sports Park, providing convenient access to athletic facilities – both indoors and out.

Not only is NOTL a beautiful community in which to live, but the area is rich with a variety of activities and amenities. The Harvest Barn Country Market is a favourite among local residents, and sells fresh produce, meat, cheeses, and bake goods that melt in your mouth.

Just around the corner, the Silversmith Brewery is located in a former 19th century church, and offers an outstanding selection of craft beer. Recently opened is Bricks and Barley, which serves up wood-fired pizzas, craft beer and live music. Both destinations are within walking distance via the Sports Park walkways.

The main street in the old part of town boasts fine dining, eclectic boutiques and art galleries, in addition to the renowned Shaw Festival. The Niagara Parkway Recreation Trail is one of the most picturesque walking/biking paths in Ontario. Pack a picnic and enjoy a stroll along the river.

Nearby, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club dates back to 1875, and has earned the title of North America’s oldest golf course. Further afield, you’ll discover dozens of other golfing alternatives, and casinos on both sides of the border. For shoppers, there’s a factory outlet mall just on the outskirts of town. Big-league sporting events are easily accessible in Buffalo and Toronto, and you have your choice of airports for when you decide to take flight.

Committed to excellence

With close to 30 years of homebuilding expertise, Woodcastle Developments has built up an impressive portfolio of homes and projects that stretch from Toronto to Muskoka – and beyond. At The Vines, new home buyers can rest assured that they’ll receive a well-built home, quality materials and excellent customer service.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Sales Office is located at 1532 Concession 4 Road, and is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Call 647.531.8463 or visit the website.


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Niagara, the lifestyle boost you’ve been looking for

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Niagara, the lifestyle boost you’ve been looking for

Photography courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism

Located on the southern end of the Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Region encompasses the cities of St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, as well as the charming towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby and Fort Erie. The City of Niagara Falls is a vibrant community that promotes recreation, arts and culture. While urban amenities are in abundance, there’s still a relaxed stillness that comes with living in this beautiful area.

A sight for sore eyes

A drive through the Niagara region is an annual ritual for many, as the orchards are bursting with delicate blossoms on fruit-bearing trees. The Japanese flowering cherry trees, found at the Botanical Gardens, Queenston Heights Park and Kingsbridge Park are expected to bloom by mid-May.

Located along the scenic Niagara Parkway is the Floral Clock, which was constructed in 1950. The clock’s face, complete with working mechanisms, is planted two times per year with 15,000 to 20,000 carpet plants arranged in beautiful designs. It is the second most photographed highlight in the region.

Created in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s Centennial Year, the fragrant Lilac Garden is located north of the Floral Clock and features 200 different lilac varieties in a range of colours.

The Botanical Gardens is located just north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara Parkway. For more than 80 years, visitors have found solace while strolling the gardens. Also located here is the Butterfly Conservatory, and the world-famous rose garden that features more than 2,400 varieties.

The first fireworks’ display took place on September 14th, 1860.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Everyday’s a holiday

View the falls from the water, the air or the ground. To experience the thundering roar, power and mystical qualities of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Niagara Gorge, book a tour through niagaracruises.com.

Less than a half hour drive from the Falls, at the mouth of the Niagara River, is the quaint 18th century town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, often referred to as Ontario’s loveliest town. Home to the renowned Shaw Festival, the town is an eclectic dining, shopping and sightseeing experience. Partnering with Parks Canada, eSkoot Niagara offers historical tours via an eSkooter.

Old Fort Erie, Fort George, Brock’s Monument and Laura Secord’s homestead are just a few of the landmarks that will delight history buffs. The area was also an important stop on the legendary 1800s Underground Railroad.

In addition to slots and gaming tables, Fallsview Casino Resort showcases international performers.

Niagara boasts close to 100 parks and several championship courses, including Legends on the Niagara, Oak Hall Par 3 and the Whirlpool Golf Course, which was designed by golf architect Stanley Thompson and is rated as one of Canada’s most highly rated public golf courses.

Two Sisters Vineyards

Two Sisters Vineyards

Our model home feature in this issue is by Solmar Development Corps. Sales and marketing manager, Angela Marotta, is also CEO of Two Sisters Vineyards, along with her sister Melissa Paolicelli-Marotta. Established approximately 10 years ago, the winery has received many awards and accolades, and was most recently named the ‘Best Small Winery in Canada for 2018’, by the National Wine Awards.

Photography Courtesy of Two Sisters Vineyards

Ideal conditions

Because of the two large bodies of water, Niagara Region is considered to be a moderate climate zone. Southern Ontario is roughly at the same latitude as southern France (Provence). The area’s temperatures make it ideal for growing tender fruit, and the conditions are ideal for ripening many varieties of grapes.

The Niagara Peninsula is one of four recognized viticultural areas by the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) in the Ontario Wine Industry. The European-style vineyards and wineries attract visitors from around the world. Many offer full tours of their facilities, and some have onsite dining, which feature sumptuous menus paired with their own VQA vintages.

Niagara Vintage Wine Tours offers half day, full day and evening tours, paired with gastronomic delicacies.

Morton’s Grille, Marriott Fallsview

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Model Home Feature: The Windsor by Solmar Development Corp.

The Windsor in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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The Windsor in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Within walking distance of Queen Street (at Anne and Gate), bungalow lofts and two-storey townhomes are available at The Windsor by Solmar Development Corp. Brick and stone exteriors are accented with exquisite masonry detailing, covered porches, decorative columns and cobble-stoned driveways. These townhomes also include luxury, upgraded features and finished basements.

Residents will enjoy wandering around the heritage district of the old town of NOTL, with fine shops, boutiques, restaurants and spas, as well as the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre.

A limited number of townhomes are currently available for immediate occupancy, or choose your own finishes for scheduled closings throughout the summer at The Windsor.

Strict architectural controls on exterior elevations, ensure harmonious streetscapes.

SOLMAR DEVELOPMENT CORP.

The model home for The Windsor is located at 134 Anne Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

905.688.3010


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LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

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LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

by Gale Beeby

Including the communities of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln, Wainfleet, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie.

HOUSING OPTIONS

The region’s housing is comprised predominantly of single-family dwellings – from historical homes dating back 200 years, to new master-planned communities – although condos are making their inevitable appearance.

There’s something in Niagara for everyone at every price point and every style, from luxury estate homes to modest semis and townhomes, with many new projects springing up throughout the region. Click here for a full list of homes for sale.

LEISURE PURSUITS

There is a lot to do in the Niagara Region! Too many to list here, but some highlights include a visit to the famous Niagara Falls, a stroll through the quaint village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a jet-boat ride on the Niagara River rapids, taking in a play at the world-renowned Shaw Festival, a drive along the Niagara Wine Trail, a picnic along the Niagara Parkway, watching the world-class Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (rowing), a night at one of the casinos, or a round of golf on one of the region’s fabulous golf courses, which includes Canada’s oldest course, Niagara-on-the-Lake, which held its first international tournament in 1895.

PARKS & REC

The Niagara Region has hundreds of kilometres of trails and paths, as well as a multitude of parks. In Niagara Falls, Queen Victoria Park features manicured gardens, platforms with views of the American, Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls as well as underground walkways behind the falls.

The Niagara River Recreational Trails runs 56 kilometres from Fort Erie to Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake and includes many historical sites from the War of 1812. The Greater Niagara Circle Route Trail System is 140 kilometres of mostly off-road paved trails for walking, cycling or rollerblading. It passes through urban centres, the Niagara Escarpment, waterfronts and agricultural areas.

Also in the area is the Bruce Trail, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Merritt Trail, which passes through many of the old sections of the Welland Canal, the Waterfront Trail, and the Welland Canals Parkway.

RETAIL THERAPY

A stroll down the main street of any of the towns in the region will be a delight with a number of boutiques, cafés, art galleries, craft stores and fine dining establishments. Niagara-on-the-Lake, in particular, is a great place to spend the day popping into one unique store after another. There are also a number of outlet malls in Niagara offering brand-name shopping at lower-than-retail prices.

EASY ACCESS

Welland, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines each have airports and the area is served by a number of expressways, including Highways 405, 406, 420 and the QEW. Niagara Region Transit moves riders between Welland, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Niagara Falls Transit and the St. Catharines Transit Commission provide local bus service in the two largest communities in the region. GO Transit and VIA Rail provide train and bus service to Niagara Region from the GTA.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 447,900

Known as: The Honeymoon Capital of the World

Walk scores:

St. Catharines: 52

Welland: 47

Niagara Falls: 43

Port Colborne: 38

Lincoln: 32

Grimsby: 31

Fort Erie: 31

Thorold: 36

Niagara-on-the-Lake: 25

Pelham: 22

NiagaraRegion.ca


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The Vines

The Vines

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The Vines

Prestigious Living in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Considered to be one of the prettiest towns in Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) is well-known for it’s quaint, colonial charm, surrounded by world-class wineries. Set in the heart of this desirable area, and aptly named, is The Vines – the newest release by Woodcastle Developments. This low rise community positions you to take advantage of all that NOTL has to offer, including some of the best theatre, amazing restaurants, golf courses, historical sites and a plethora of award-winning wineries.

LIKE A FINE WINE

Woodcastle Developments is a custom homebuilder of luxury residences. The Vines is a limited collection of 59 homes priced from the $550,000s, with a wide selection of single family homes, bungalow townhouses with lofts, and two-storey homes with lofts. All models come with a single-car garage, and include the lavish features and finishes that Woodcastle is known for.

The Vines’ Sales Office recently opened at 1709 Niagara Stone Road. Choose your new home, and then wander across the street to the Pillitteri Estates Winery for a glass of their finest vintage to celebrate.

CULTIVATE YOUR INTERESTS

Not only is NOTL a beautiful community in which to live, but the area is rich with a variety of activities and amenities. Nestled in an established, upscale neighbourhood, select lots at The Vines back onto the Virgil’s Centennial Sports Park, providing convenient access to a wide range of athletic opportunities – both inside and out.

The Harvest Barn Country Market is a local favourite, and sells fresh produce, meat, cheeses, and bake goods to die for. The Silversmith Brewery, which operates in a former 19th century church, offers an outstanding selection of craft beer. For shoppers, there’s a factory outlet mall just on the outskirts of town.

The main street in the old part of town boasts fine dining, eclectic boutiques and art galleries, in addition to the renowned Shaw Festival. The Niagara Parkway Recreation Trail is one of the most picturesque walking/biking paths.

Nearby, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club dates back to 1875, and has earned the title of North America’s oldest golf course. Further afield, you’ll discover dozens of other golfing alternatives, and casinos on both sides of the border. Big-league sporting events are easily accessible in Buffalo and Toronto, and you have your choice of airports for when you decide to take flight.

COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE

With close to 30 years of homebuilding expertise, Woodcastle Developments has built up an impressive portfolio of homes and projects that stretch from Toronto to Muskoka, and beyond. At The Vines, new home buyers can be assured of quality construction, choice materials and a commitment to service excellence.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Sales Office is located at Mori Gardens, 1709 Niagara Stone Rd, NOTL.

647.531.8463

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Destination Ontario: Bloomin’ Gorgeous

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Destination Ontario: Bloomin’ Gorgeous

Springtime in Niagara

Some 12,000 years ago, the falls at Niagara were defined when melting glaciers formed the Great Lakes. The rushing waters that ran downhill from one lake (Lake Erie) to another (Lake Ontario) carved out a river, and at one point passed over a steep, cliff -like formation – the Niagara escarpment. As the water began to wear its way back up the river, the deeply cut path that was left behind is now known as the Niagara Gorge.

The southern end of the Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Region encompasses the cities of St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, as well as the charming towns of Niagara-on-the- Lake, Grimsby and Fort Erie. The City of Niagara Falls is a vibrant community that affords residents with a plethora of opportunities in the areas of recreation, arts and culture. While urban amenities are in abundance, there’s still a relaxed stillness that comes with living in this beautiful area.

EXPLOSIVE BEAUTY
Come spring, it’s a visual flower feast. A drive through the Niagara region is an annual ritual for many, as the orchards are bursting with delicate blossoms on fruit-bearing trees. The Japanese flowering cherry trees, found at the Botanical Gardens, Queenston Heights Park and Kingsbridge Park are expected to bloom by mid-May.

Located along the scenic Niagara Parkway is the Floral Clock, which was constructed in 1950. The clock’s face, complete with working mechanisms, is planted two times per year with 15,000 to 20,000 carpet plants arranged in beautiful designs. It is the second most photographed highlight in the region.

Floral clock

Created in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s Centennial Year, the fragrant Lilac Garden is located north of the Floral Clock and features 200 different lilac varieties in a range of colours.

The Botanical Gardens is located just north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara Parkway. For more than 80 years, visitors have found solace while strolling the beautiful gardens. Also located here is the Butterfly Conservatory, and the world-famous rose garden that features more than 2,400 varieties.

Butterfly Conservatory

The first fireworks’ display took place on September 14th, 1860. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the annual Falls Fireworks Series, Niagara Parks has expanded their schedule to include 111 fireworks daily displays throughout the summer. Special holiday shows are scheduled for the Memorial Day long weekend (May 25 to 28).

DAY TRIPPING
View the falls from the water, the air or the ground. No matter your vantage point, it’s an awe-inspiring experience – no matter the time of year.

Less than a half hour drive from the Falls, at the mouth of the Niagara River, is the quaint 18th century town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, often referred to as Ontario’s loveliest town. Home to the renowned Shaw Festival, the town is an eclectic dining, shopping and sightseeing experience.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Old Fort Erie, Fort George, Brock’s Monument and Laura Secord’s homestead are just a few of the landmarks that will delight history buffs. The area was also an important stop on the legendary 1800s Underground Railroad.

In addition to slots and gaming tables, Fallsview Casino Resort showcases international performers.

Niagara boasts close to 100 parks and several championship courses, including Legends on the Niagara, Oak Hall Par 3 and the Whirlpool Golf Course, which was designed by golf architect Stanley Thompson and is rated as one of Canada’s most highly rated public golf courses.

CLIMATE CONTROLLED

Because of the two large bodies of water, Niagara Region is considered to be a moderate climate zone. Southern Ontario is roughly at the same latitude as southern France (Provence). The area’s temperatures make it ideal for growing tender fruit, and the conditions are ideal for ripening many varieties of grapes.

The Niagara Peninsula is one of four recognized viticultural areas by the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) in the Ontario Wine Industry. The European-style vineyards and wineries attract visitors from around the world. Many offer full tours of their facilities, and some have onsite dining, which feature sumptuous menus paired with their own VQA vintages.

The extended warm-weather season is also popular with boating, golf, hiking and biking enthusiasts.

Photography, courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism

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The best winter destinations outside of Toronto

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The best winter destinations outside of Toronto

You don’t have to escape Ontario to start enjoying the winter season; here are our favourite spots within driving distance of Toronto.

Winter isn’t over yet but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Rather than fighting it, why not embrace it? The winter season can be a great way to get out and explore some romantic spots outside of Toronto.

Pack your bags, grab your boots and hop in the car. We’ve rounded up our favourite spots for enjoying the snow and fresh air outside of Toronto.

Blue Mountain

Located only two hours outside of the city, Blue Mountain is the perfect spot for snow sport lovers. Modelled after Tremblant and Whistler, you’ll find posh restaurants, great shopping and tons of ski hills to keep you busy all weekend. With the season winding down, you may get some great rates to enjoy that last little bit of snow. Don’t forget to check out Scandinave spa if you’re going to be in the area — their outdoor “hot springs” and relaxing massages will definitely have you forgetting your weekly stresses.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Known for being a great spot in the summer for wineries, Niagara-on-the-Lake is also a fantastic spot in the winter. Many of the wineries are still open and as an added bonus you won’t have to fight the crazy crowds like you often do in the summer months. Make sure to wander around the main strip in Niagara-on-the-lake for some shopping and fine dining. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel or get pampered at one of the glamorous hotel spas.

Ottawa Valley

Looking to get a little further outside of Toronto? Try the Ottawa Valley. The four-hour drive is worth it once you get there. Blanketed in snow, peacefully quiet and more fresh air than you can handle, the Ottawa Valley is a great trip for those who love the outdoors. A fun activity to try is Nordic skiing at the Opeongo Nordic ski club. This volunteer-run organization is free for everyone to use and absolutely gorgeous. You will also find some gorgeous snowshoeing trails at the Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre. Home to North America’s oldest forest, you may even find some amazing wildlife wandering around.

Buffalo

Let’s face it; some people just hate winter so much they want to escape from it. Where else would be best to go (besides down South of course) but Buffalo? Hiding inside the many different shops and malls in the area will make you forget the horrible weather outside. Plus, we all know that shopping is way more fun in the United States. If you plan your trip right, you may even catch the Leafs playing the Sabres for a good price.

What are you waiting for? Get booking!

Madisyn is a freelance writer and social media obsessed traveller based out of Toronto. Always looking for her next adventure but glued to her phone, you can contact her at madi@therestlessworker.com or visit her at www.therestlessworker.com

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Builder Profile: Blythwood Homes

Builder Profile: Blythwood Homes

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Builder Profile: Blythwood Homes

Quality without compromise

Some 30 years ago, Robert Mills founded Blythwood Homes. From day one, he set out to become Niagara region’s best builder. As a result of hard work and a dedication to his craft, becoming one of the most respected in southern Ontario was a natural progression.

The philosophy behind Blythwood Homes is simple – if it isn’t remarkable, it’s not worth building. This school of thought has left Mills in good standing, and the homes and communities that he’s built over the years speak for themselves. From a stately home in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s John Street, or an exquisite bungalow townhome at Tanbark Trail in St. Davids, to the elegant intimacy of Ridgeway by the Lake, the common thread in each community is that uncompromising standards are the norm. “I’ve always been more of a quality than quantity person,” says Mills. “I couldn’t get excited about building cookie-cutter houses. To me, it’s all about the quality.”

Blythwood Homes uses only the finest materials, inside and out. It’s difficult to tell if a Blythwood-built home was recently finished, or if it’s over twenty years old. This has to do with the fact that quality products, like stone, stucco and Hardie™ Board stand the test of time.

Interior finishing details are exquisite on each, and every, home. Kitchens and bathrooms showcase furniture-quality cabinetry, and rounded wall corners, as well as extra-wide baseboards and door trim are used throughout.

Extended ceiling heights grace all principal rooms, and range from nine to 12 feet high, depending upon the interior floorplan. Coffered ceilings add a touch of elegance, as do clerestory windows and skylights.

Windows receive special attention from Blythwood Homes. Larger windows with low-E glass are filled with argon gas to ensure year-round comfort. In addition, when a new home purchaser requests south- or west-facing views, the windows receive extra treatment to help keep harmful UV rays from fading furniture and drapes.

All homes built by Blythwood include furnaces with a 97 per cent efficiency rate, in addition to energy recovery ventilators and modulating thermostats – all of which provide the ultimate in comfort and in savings. “We’ve enjoyed great success over the years because people recognize good quality, as well as the value it adds to any home,” says Mills. “The Ontario Building Code is the bare minimum that is required to build a home. We believe in going beyond the building code, and providing our purchasers with more than just a house.”

The team at Blythwood Homes is a family affair. Both Mills’s wife and daughter are involved in the day-today operations. “My daughter, Alexa, joined the business five years ago and is learning every aspect of what we do,” says Mills. “She’s a keen learner and a stickler for detail.”

Choosing locations in which to build is at the core of each community. “We look for parcels that abut green spaces, and in areas where home values are likely to increase.”

Ridgeway by the Lake is a perfect example. This upscale, adult lifestyle community was recently completed and includes close to 300 homes. Since the opening of the project, housing values have virtually doubled. “People who purchased early at Ridgeway did very well in terms of how much their homes appreciated,” says Mills.

A family affair – Robert Mills and daughter, Alexa.
A family affair – Robert Mills and daughter, Alexa.

Adult lifestyle communities are becoming very popular. Blythwood Homes is in the midst of launching another community in Ridgeway, called The Oaks, and a second one in St David’s, called Vintages at Four-Mile Creek. “We are happy to provide quality housing to active adults,” adds Alexa Mills. “And we are looking to expand our repertoire with mid-rise, luxury condominiums.”

As with all their homes, whether it’s a detached design or a bungalow townhome, quality is the key to Blythwood Homes’ success.

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