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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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SanDiego Homes offers Lakeside Living in Innisfil

SanDiego Homes offers Lakeside Living in Innisfil

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SanDiego Homes offers Lakeside Living in Innisfil

A new release and brand new models are making a splash in Innisfil, where SanDiego Homes offers beautiful bungalows and detached homes within a five-minute walk to the lake! Most lots are 50- to 60-ft.-wide corner lots, and in keeping with this upscale neighbourhood, home exteriors feature generous combinations of brick and stone. Peaked gables, spacious porches, accent windows and dramatic arches are among the striking architectural highlights you will find in varying combinations. The new release of bungalows will start from the mid-$600,000s – remarkable for these superbly appointed homes. Plus, purchasers can choose “Executive” custom upgrades, which include 10-ft. main floor ceilings, triple-glazed windows, taller basement ceiling heights, smooth ceilings throughout, and much more.

Among SanDiego Homes’ designs are 15 bungalow plans that range from 1,090 to 2,400 sq. ft. – perfect for empty-nesters and seniors. Those who prefer a two-storey home will find layouts from 2,400 to 3,700 sq. ft. in size. Many homes feature three-car tandem garages.

In addition to the current Executive incentive, luxurious standards include (all as per plan) a direct-vent gas fireplace, main floor stained oak staircase and stained oak handrail, metal railing pickets, a large cold room, separate access stairs to the basement, plus kitchens with 40-in.-tall upper cabinets, granite countertops, and pantries and islands where shown as per plan. Rare in new communities today, SanDiego Homes offers purchasers the option of making changes, including structural changes, to their chosen designs. It’s almost like getting a custom home.

On top of all of that, SanDiego Homes is a registered Energy Star new-home builder. The homes in Innisfil will come equipped with an array of Energy Star features such as a 95 per cent equal or better high-efficiency furnace, electronic programmable thermostat, heat recovery ventilator for increased indoor air quality and reduced energy consumption, more insulation, and an Energy Star-rated air conditioner. SanDiego Homes has been recognized as a finalist for Energy Star Builder of the Year by EnerQuality. The company has also been named a finalist in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Housing Excellence Awards for its bungalows.

And talk about location! Lakeside Living in Innisfil offers the best of all possible worlds – easy access to the lake, plus proximity to a wealth of local amenities. Innisfil has become a hot residential destination, as it is home to 43-km of Lake Simcoe shoreline, parks, recreation facilities, trails, excellent schools and shopping venues. Hwy. 400 is close by, making trips to Barrie and the GTA convenient. Plus, this phase of the community is walking distance to the new future GO Train station on Webster Bouv. and 6th Line. Talk about convenience!

SanDiego Homes was founded by husband-and-wife team Diego and Sandra Rizzardo, who have 50 years of combined experience and family background in home building and land development. This family business now includes a third generation, as their three university graduate children have joined the team. The Rizzardos are passionate about providing homeowners with inspired designs, superb quality craftsmanship and exemplary customer service.

SanDiego Homes has now opened its second site, located in Angus, Ont. With the same quality and options that are provided in Innisfil, the Angus site offers not only 50- and 60-ft. corner lots, but also townhomes, and 30- and 34-ft. lots. This site backs onto 54 acres of beautiful conservation land which offers multiple walking trails with two rivers – the Nottawasaga River and Pine River. The site also offers premium lots that back onto a storm water management pond or lots that have walk-out basements. From the site, you are about a 15-minute walk to the downtown core of Angus and approximately 15-minute drive into Barrie and to Hwy. 400.


Visit the new Innisfil Presentation Sales Centre (opening July 28, 2019), located 1659 Webster Blvd. The sales centre is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; Friday by appointment.



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