Nestled along the Macmillan Nature Reserve and backing onto 123 acres of protected natural forest is Madison Homes' Thornhill Ravines community. The Parkwood model, Madison principal Nelly Zagdanski explains, balances an open concept and a traditional floor plan. It functions well for entertaining and comfortable real living. More
When Peter and Christine Schmidt found the large lot in old Unionville, a neighbourhood they'd long admired, they thought they could remodel the existing house to suit the needs of their family. But the scope of their wish list made tearing down the old to build the new a better option. They hired Toronto-based Merlin Family Home for the design and build and Lee Brown of LRB Interiors in Newmarket for the interior design. More
From the gravel country road, the Spencroft Holsteins' farm looks like a traditional farmstead. Cows graze in the fields, crop machinery is parked neatly outside the barn and a couple of dogs bask in the sunshine watching cars travel by. But looks can be deceiving. Despite its conventional appearance, this Elmvale farm houses the latest in cutting-edge agricultural technology. Inside the barn, a state-of-the-art robot milks the cows. It's a pretty cool set up, confesses Allison Spence, age 30, as she shows off the family dairy farm, with the help of her dog, Casey, to a visiting reporter. The technology is just so amazing. People get such a kick out of watching that robot milk the cows. More
Historically speaking, for craft beer lovers, we are in the age of enlightenment. It has simply never been a better time to love craft beer. Worldwide brewers are handcrafting exceptional quality beer, while pushing the boundaries of the beer lover's pallet on a daily basis. Here in Ontario, the craft beer market is booming. New breweries are starting up on what feels like a monthly basis. Any bar, pub or restaurant that is even halfway respectable has craft beer on tap. The LCBO is firmly behind our craft brewers providing help with marketing and distribution. Even the Ontario government is trying to get on the bandwagon by updating beer distribution laws to open the market for our local breweries. While things have never been better, I ask the question, where did is all start? Read More..
Every Thanksgiving local studios and artists throw open their doors to showcase masterpieces as part of the Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour. This year's tour runs Oct. 9 to 12 in Barrie, Horseshoe Valley and along the shores of Lake Simcoe up to Orillia. One of Ontario's longest running studio tours, Images is an artist-run, juried event where visitors can discover art and enjoy the beautiful fall colours of Simcoe County. Read More..
What better way to explore York Region's most beautiful places up close and at your own pace than by bike? Whether you like natural spaces, urban areas or quaint villages, there's a cycling opportunity for you. York is blessed with country roads in the north ideal for road cycling, as well as a number of excellent trails. There's something for everyone, asserts Shawn Smith, York Region's program manager for active and sustainable transportation. It offers a sense of adventure and an opportunity to explore the region in a different way. When you're cycling, you see things differently because you are at a slower pace and you use all your senses. It's really enjoyable. Read More..
No cottage? No worries. If hitting the beach is at the top of your summer bucket list, there are plenty of beaches to enjoy right here in York Region. And it won't take a long time to get to them ideal, because battling traffic isn't on anybody's bucket list. Read on for eight local spots to make a splash. Read More..
Tranquil sounds of cascading water relax your muscles. Radiant views of blossoming hibiscus thrill your eyes. Smoky aromas of grilled delicacies tickle your taste buds. No, it's not a luxury holiday in Punta Cana. This paradise is only steps from your door in your own private backyard oasis. Read More..
Ontario's most dramatic waterfall is, obviously, located at Niagara. But many people in search of tumbling waterfalls head the opposite direction, north, towards Muskoka. Here, they bask in the power and beauty of more than a dozen waterfalls, each uniquely spectacular in their own way. Read More..
The health of honeybees is a constant worry for Peter and Sandi Dickey. The last three years have been a struggle, confesses Sandi Dickey, who owns and operates Dickey Bee Honey in Cookstown with her husband, Peter, a fourth generation beekeeper. Last year, we lost almost 50 per cent of our honeybees. Normal loss is usually between 10 to 15 per cent Read More..
Honestly, I have a passion for everything that is food, says John Cordeaux, the new executive chef in charge of Casino Rama's eight crowd-pleasing restaurants. We have an amazing quality of product here now. It's very nice to see that in every single restaurant, the quality of the food and beverages is superb. Since his arrival in January, the chef has made it his mandate to thoroughly understand the restaurants' operations and become familiar with the resort's client base. It's a big assignment that covers eight outlets, including the casual dining experiences offered by Cedar, The Weirs Restaurant, Fire Starter Lounge and the Simcoe Yard House. International Asian cuisine is served at Willow and Noodle Bar. For buffet fans, the Las Vegas-style Couchiching Court is perfect, and upscale diners are drawn to St. Germain's steakhous Read More..
We have never seen anything like this. The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, coming to the Toronto region this summer, are of a size and scope that will blow us away, as the best athletes in the Western Hemisphere come here to compete and the world's eyes are turned on us. Read More..
There's a feeling in downtown Stouffville that can't be experienced in a larger city. It's a place where neighbours gather to eat, to shop and to explore. Stouffville has a uniqueness to it, says Anna Rose, downtown coordinator for the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. It's a friendly, small, mom-and-pop-shop type of feeling you get when you visit the stores. Read More..
Renovation gives designer and passionate home cook kitchen of her dreams Read More..
You have decided that this winter will be different. Instead of ignoring the majestic Ontario winter and making Netflicks your boon companion until spring, you're going to embrace the great outdoors and ski, skate, toboggan, snowboard and do all the things you used to do or have always wanted to do from the first flurry to the last melted drift. Read More..
Only a handful of Ontario dairy farmers bottle their own pasteurized milk. Fortunately, for local residents, two of these farms are located within Simcoe County. Read More..
An afternoon or evening at Canvas and Cabernet is as much about stopping, focusing and relaxing as it is a about music, fine wine and art. The trendy new concept provides a fun and unique night out in Barrie for those who are experienced artists and many who have never picked up a paintbrush. Read More..