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It’s all about lifestyle, Head north to find exactly what you’re looking for

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It’s all about lifestyle, Head north to find exactly what you’re looking for

Today, more than ever, people are prioritizing their quality of life, and builders are responding with thoughtfully designed, master-planned, lifestyle communities. This growth, is the direct result of an aging population, who is looking for developments that offer amenities and conveniences in a maintenance-free setting.


In Active Life, alone, developers are promoting wonderful opportunities for enhanced lifestyles, often in quieter environs.

Situated on approximately 240 acres, The Seasons on Little Lake in Midland is drawing serious interest. Many purchasers are finding that they are being priced out of the market in, and around, the GTA. Prices here start at $399,900, which is far less than a condo in Toronto or a home in nearby Barrie. With this type of value, it’s easy to see why downsizing baby boomers, young professionals and families, are seeking more bang for their buck.

As the search for that perfect new home community extends further north, Alliston, Barrie and Midland are experiencing a population boom. Even if commuting, you can get to any of these locations, from Toronto, within 90 minutes.


For Hanson Development Group, the opportunity to bring the best of a master-planned community to a small town, which is in transition, was irresistible. Unlike Collingwood, the Blue Mountains, or nearby Wasaga Beach, Midland has yet to gain the same recognition of its pricier sister communities. But, it won’t be long before that changes.

Midland sits on Georgian Bay in Simcoe County. It’s the main town of the southern Georgian Bay area. In the summer, the population more than quadruples. The town’s rich history, as well as an abundance of natural attractions, makes it an appealing destination. As a result, its reputation as a year-round, lifestyle location, is also growing.

A charming main street, with boutique shops and an excellent selection of restaurants, is augmented by big box stores, services and a wide selection of amenities. In addition to attractive prices, the real benefit of Midland, and of living in a masterplanned community, is the deep connection to the natural setting.


At the Seasons, all residents will have access to Little Lake to enjoy canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. The site also includes 13 kilometres of recreational trails, which attract walkers, bikers and joggers, as well as cross-country skiers in the winter.

At the Seasons, Hanson is reducing their economic, and environmental, impact compared to similar masterplanned communities. This 1,200- home development will feature a 10,000-square-foot members’ club, where homeowners have access to a gym, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as party rooms and a nearby outdoor amphitheatre for special events. All of this is what defines a well-deserved lifestyle.

When projecting future growth, it’s easy to see why Midland, and other cities outside the GTA, are becoming sought-after locations for those who are looking to downsize, and enhance their way of life.

Christine Brennan is the senior vice president & private office advisor at Engel & Völkers Collingwood/Muskoka.

Photo, courtesy of North Simcoe Tourism


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Barrie and Alliston, just North of the GTA

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Barrie and Alliston, just North of the GTA

Located on the west shore of Lake Simcoe on Kempenfelt Bay, the city of Barrie is a seasonal paradise with waterfront activities in the summer and wonderful skiing options come winter. It’s one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, and is less than 90 minutes from Toronto.

With more than 90 parks and a beach-lined waterfront, this city emits a tranquil atmosphere on one hand, and a vibrant cultural destination on the other.

Residents and visitors are naturally drawn to the 6.7-kilometre trail along Kempenfelt Bay. This easily accessible path is paved and predominantly flat. Along it, you’ll find three beaches, playgrounds, splash pads, restaurants and cafes. It’s the ideal spot for soaking up a summer breeze, and pondering life’s mysteries.

Significant features

Designed by sculptor, Ron Baird, for the 1986 EXPO in Vancouver, the Spirit Catcher was purchased by the Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation of Toronto and donated to the Barrie Gallery Project (later the MacLaren Art Centre) in 1987. After some fine tuning to ensure the sculpture’s structural integrity against the strong winds of Kempenfelt Bay, it’s still the centre’s largest piece in their permanent collection. The Spirit Catcher was influenced by the Aboriginal myth of the Thunderbird, who is a messenger that carries dreams and desires to the creator.

Celebrate Barrie kicks off the warmer weather season, followed by Promenade Days and Canada Day festivities. On the first weekend in August, Kempenfest features more than 300 artisans, as well as live entertainment, children’s activities and food demonstrations. Seasonal events also take place at the Barrie Farmers’ Market and the Southshore Centre.

Barrie is home to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, located in the city’s northeast end. The RVH offers cancer care close to home, as well as a variety of specialized health care programs.

Easily accessible via Highway 400 and the GO train, Barrie offers affordable homes, in addition to a heightened quality of life.


Alliston is a settlement in Simcoe County, and part of the Town of New Tecumseth amalgamation in 1991, which also includes Beeton, Tottenham and the Township of Tecumseth. The town grew as a commercial centre for the area farmers. Best-known for growing potatoes, the Alliston Potato Festival continues to celebrate its origins on an annual basis.

Located off of Highway 89, Alliston is a mere 45-minute drive to Toronto, via Highway 400 or Highway 27.

Something for everyone

The Nottawasaga Inn and Hockley Valley Resorts are favourite destinations with a wide variety of sporting activities. The Nottawasaga includes a 70,000-square-foot health and fitness centre, in addition to indoor squash, racquetball and tennis courts. At the 300-acre Hockley Valley Resort, winter enthusiasts can access 15 downhill skiing runs, as well as trails for snow shoeing and cross country skiing. The Trans Canada Trail, Mansfield Outdoor Centre and Earl Rowe Provincial Park also provide opportunities for cross country skiing, hiking and biking.

Sample some old-fashioned rock candy at the Museum on the Boyne, and then tour the museum’s collection of buildings, including an 1851 log cabin, an 1858 English barn, a 1914 Agricultural Fair Building and Alliston’s old town jail.

Formerly a farm implement factory, the Gibson Centre is an historical area landmark. This lovingly restored 1889 treasure features a performance hall, gallery space and a cafe. Downstairs in the Mercer Pub, you can enjoy local craft beer while listening to live entertainment.

Alliston, and neighbouring Cookstown, offer quaint, mainstreet shopping experiences. At Tanger Outlets Cookstown, located at Highways 400 and 89, you can shop at more than 100 brand-name/ designer stores, including the Crocs Outlet, the Royal Daulton Outlet, Under Armour and Calvin Klein


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Huron Creek Homes - Portside at Woodway Trails

Groundbreaking event at Portside at Woodway Trails in the charming town of Simcoe

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Groundbreaking event at Portside at Woodway Trails in the charming town of Simcoe

Portside at Woodway Trails, located in the charming town of Simcoe in Norfolk County, referred to as Ontario’s Garden, is just within a one-hour commute of the GTHA. This community offers buyers small town living with fresh farm-to-table varieties as well as city conveniences within easy reach and unique amenities including: the beaches of Port Dover (15 minutes drive), local craft breweries and winery experiences and active lifestyle activities such as tree-top zip-lining, hiking and cycling on the local trails.

Portside at Woodway Trails is the very first development of its kind in Southwestern Ontario, where Huron Creek Developments, in partnership with Royal Arc Developments, is demonstrating industry leadership by offering every home with included VisitAble design features and optional accessibility features in an effort to create an inclusive environment.

Every home has been thoughtfully designed to incorporate wider hallways, a ground floor accessible washroom, and a no-step entry for easy navigation of mobility devices, affording purchasers the freedom to live independently in their own homes longer. The new homes community is comprised of a distinct collection of two- and three- bedroom bungalow towns, offering spacious designs with more than 1,465 sq. ft. of living space, nine-ft. ceilings, an extra wide garage door, and an in-suite ground floor laundry area.

In light of the significance of the development, the company hosted a ground-breaking celebration for Portside Bungalow Towns and everyone who has been part of making this project a reality, from funders, to employees, to associate stakeholders, were present. Various dignitaries, including MP Diane Finley, a representative from MPP Toby Barrett’s office, the president of the Haldimand Norfolk Home Builders’ Association and Ishrat Kiani, a founding member of Royal Arc Developments. Rick Martins, vice-president of Huron Creek Developments and president of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, said a few words.

Portside at Woodway Trails is founded on the innovative spirit of the principals of Huron Creek Developments to bring affordable and innovative housing options to create an inclusive environment for all. With considerable success and recognition on a regional to national scale for the VisitAble living designs in past communities and presently in Huron Gardens in Southwest Kitchener, Huron Creek Developments has since adopted affordable visitable living designs as a flagship of the brand and as a signature option in each new community.

Portside at Woodway Trails

The model home is slated to open later this summer. “Set Your Sails to Portside” by visiting the website or calling the direct sales line (226.240.3729) and take advantage of pre-construction promotions and pricing starting in the mid $300,000s for bungalow towns.

Register now to be in the know regarding the Model Home Grand Opening and promotions and incentives.


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Flats at Black Creek

Flats at Black Creek

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Flats at Black Creek

Where style and nature unite

Situated in a truly spectacular setting along Black Creek in Port Dover, is the premiere community by Black Creek Developments. Only 39 freehold condominium homes will make up the Flats at Black Creek. Rugged, craftsman-style exteriors are complemented with hand hewn oak timbers to fit in with the natural surroundings.


This newest development is cradled on 21 acres of old-growth Carolinian forest. The river is outside your back door, and provides access to the crystal clear waters of Lake Erie. Imagine quiet paddles through tranquil waters – there really isn’t a better way to unwind and enjoy the incredible beauty of the Black Creek Valley.

The exterior facades of the Flats at Black Creek are intended to blend in with the beauty of the surroundings, while the inside spaces offer up all the modern conveniences in well-designed, energy efficient layouts.

The homes at the Flats at Black Creek combine insulation techniques that far exceed the Ontario Building Code standards, and help to improve the comfort and efficiency during heating and cooling periods. Upgrades include spray foam-insulated basement floors, continuous air barriers, R-60 ceilings and more.


There’s plenty of time to enjoy all that this area has to offer, as lawn maintenance and snow removal are included in the low monthly fees. Future planning includes a docking facility on the river, so that residents of the Flats at Black Creek can dock their boat right in the own backyard.

Port Dover is located in Norfolk County, which is often referred to as Ontario’s Garden due to its rich soil. Some of the province’s best produce is grown here. A budding winery business is attracting new attention, and is being recognized for their wide range of products. Residents and visitors come from all over to check out the farmers’ markets held in Simcoe and Port Dover.

Perched on the tranquil shores of Lake Erie, the town of Port Dover is one of the true gems of Southern Ontario. It’s located on the north shore of Long Pont Bay, which was named as one of Canada’s 18 UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in 1986.

Port Dover has just the right blend of small-town relaxation and big-city bustle. The Lighthouse Festival Theatre draws thousands of attendees to a wide variety of plays and musical performances throughout the year. And when Friday falls on the 13th of the month, a wave of fun descends on the area when motorcycle enthusiasts converge on the town, along with street bands and vendors. Port Dover’s July 1st parade is one of the oldest, and biggest, in Canada. Events include the Calithumpian parade, the boat parade and the Tatoo marching band.

Black Creek Developments is committed to building extraordinary houses. Combined with inspiring designs and an unwavering dedication to quality, they work closely with their clients to ensure that all the details that go into making a house a home are included.


The Sales Centre is located at 55 Blue Nose Drive in Port Dover.



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