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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 Corners 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.





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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.


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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Destinantion Ontario: Falling For Niagara

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Destinantion Ontario: Falling For Niagara

By Cece Scott www.cecescott.com

Photography, Niagara Falls Tourism

In the early 1800s, it was the French who popularized Niagara Falls as the honeymoon capital of the world. Since then, thousands have chosen the Falls as their honeymoon retreat. Two centuries later, Niagara Falls is still a popular destination for those who are celebrating their union, and newlyweds receive an official, signed-by-the-mayor honeymoon certificate. The grandeur of the Falls is impossible to duplicate, which is why the movie Niagara, starring Marilyn Monroe, was shot here. Other famous people who have visited the Falls include King George VI (the reigning queen’s father), as well as Princess Diana with Princes William and Harry.

A visit to the Niagara region, located between the south shore of Lake Ontario and the north shore of Lake Erie, encompasses the cities of St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, as well as the charming towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby and Fort Erie. A short hop from Toronto on the QEW and you can help yourself to a smorgasbord of experiences, including historical landmarks, wine tours, live entertainment, golf, sightseeing, slots and shopping.


Seeing the Falls by boat has been a must-do tour since 1846. Hornblower Niagara Cruises’ 700-passenger catamaran offers thrilling, close-up tours of the Falls, as well as fully licensed night time Falls’ illumination cruises and Falls’ fireworks cruises.

Cruising the Falls on Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Helicopter flights over the Falls are the ultimate experience for adventure enthusiasts and rainbow lovers. Niagara Helicopters was awarded a position in the Top 50 Signature Winter Experiences in Canada (FlightNetwork 2016). Helicopter tours are offered throughout the year, including a stunning helicopter wine and Falls’ tour.

A visit to the Botanical Gardens offers guided walking tours around its lush gardens, which includes its world-famous garden of 2,400 roses. The gardens are also home to the Butterfly Conservatory, with more than 2,000 colourful butterflies.

Butterfly Conservatory

Located along the scenic Niagara Parkway is the Floral Clock. The clock’s face, complete with working mechanisms, is planted twice yearly with 15,000 to 20,000 carpet plants, arranged in beautiful designs. Built in 1950, the clock is 40 feet in diametre, and is second only to the Falls as the region’s most photographed highlight.

Floral clock

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 1800’s Underground Railroad.


In addition to slots and gaming tables, Fallsview Casino Resort presents more than 250 shows each year, featuring stars like Kelly Clarkson, Steven Tyler and Tim McGraw.

Niagara boasts 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.

The first fireworks’ display took place on September 14th, 1860. The Niagara Falls Fireworks Committee is lighting up the skies with free firework performances from June 12th to September 4th, Monday to Friday at 10 p.m. Each of the 60 shows will last up to six minutes in length.

Fireworks light up the sky from June to September.


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 world class Shaw Festival, which runs from April through October, the town is an eclectic dining, shopping and sightseeing experience.


For a scenic wine tasting experience, try one of Niagara’s bicycle wine tours. Great Escape Wine Tours offers a variety of options including the Lunch and Winery Bicycle Tour, as well as a Private Bachelorette and Birthday Bike tour.

With all that the Niagara region has to offer, it’s no wonder that there’s a local movement afoot (#Claimthe8th) to declare Niagara Falls the eighth wonder of the world.


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