Muskoka

Not Your Average Joe: who cottages where on Muskoka’s luxest lake Not Your Average Joe: who cottages where on Muskoka’s luxest lake

Of the three major Muskoka lakes, Joseph is cottage country’s most star-studded. Its lots—generally bigger than those on nearby Rosseau and Muskoka—attract celebrities and business titans who require adequate room for their toys, boats and egos, and prefer not to rub elbows with nosy neighbours. The maximal-living trend is most obvious on the lake’s northern… Read more »

Murder in Muskoka Murder in Muskoka

For three years, Ian Borbely told everyone that his girlfriend, Samantha Collins, had abandoned him and their young son. Then a cottager found a mysterious crate hidden beneath his floorboards By Zander Sherman | Photograph by Eamon MacMahon Samantha Collins met Ian Borbely at a mutual friend’s party in 2003. They came from different worlds…. Read more »

Cabin Fever: five Toronto buyers let loose in cottage country Cabin Fever: five Toronto buyers let loose in cottage country

Toronto’s real estate mania is spreading to cottage country, making prime spots on the water increasingly tough to get. Here, five city buyers who managed to snag an idyllic getaway By Caroline Aksich She’d wanted the cottage next to her parents’ place in the Rideau Lakes since childhood. Decades later, she finally got it

Cottage of the Week: $1.4 million for a Muskoka cottage surrounded by fountains ... Cottage of the Week: $1.4 million for a Muskoka cottage surrounded by fountains and sculptures

Address: 1650 Peninsula Road Neighbourhood:  Port Sandfield, Ontario Agent: Max Hahne, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage Price: $1,400,000 The Place: A three-bedroom, two building cottage set on 60 acres bordering Lake Rosseau.

Cottage of the Week: $3.3 million for a private island on Lake Muskoka Cottage of the Week: $3.3 million for a private island on Lake Muskoka

Address: Cove Island Neighbourhood: Lake Muskoka Agent: Max M Hahne and Storey Badger, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage Price: $3,295,000 The Place: A small island in Lake Muskoka with a four-bedroom cottage, a bunkie and a boathouse.

Cottage of the Week: $4.9 million for a 12-acre Muskoka compound with a deluxe b... Cottage of the Week: $4.9 million for a 12-acre Muskoka compound with a deluxe boathouse

Address: 1086 Pennwood Road Neighbourhood: Port Carling, Ontario Agent: James Gefucia, Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage Price: $4,895,000 The Place: An enormous compound with a five-bedroom main cottage and a two-level, two-bedroom boathouse on Lake Muskoka.

Wedding Guide: the best Toronto wedding planners Wedding Guide: the best Toronto wedding planners

Bliss 60 Sumach St. (at Queen St. E.), 416-323-3353 Wedding coordinator Tara O’Grady is known for her unflaggingly good taste. Bliss’s staff of four consult from their downtown studio, pulling off six-tent high-society extravaganzas, small out-of-town gatherings in Niagara-on-the-Lake and chic urban restaurant weddings at places like Canoe. Clients’ budgets range from $50,000 to $250,000…. Read more »

Year in Review: the five best getaways from Cottage of the Week Year in Review: the five best getaways from Cottage of the Week

Whether you’re in the market for a vacation property or not, ogling other people’s places (and judging other people’s decor) is rollicking good fun. That’s why we spend the summer hunting down the most beautiful, most luxurious, most over-the-top cottages for sale and posting full photo tours for anybody stuck in the city. Here, our… Read more »

Beer geeks steel yourselves: Cask Days 2012 will be bigger than ever Beer geeks steel yourselves: Cask Days 2012 will be bigger than ever

Bar Volo, the Yonge Street den for beer geeks, seems perpetually restless. It was just voted the city’s best spot to grab a craft pint; it operates a “nano-brewery” onsite (micro-brewing not being quite small enough); it hosts an IPA challenge; and every year, it runs Cask Days, the cask-conditioned ale festival that has emerged… Read more »

Once again, Bar Volo cleans up at the annual Golden Tap craft beer awards Once again, Bar Volo cleans up at the annual Golden Tap craft beer awards

Sometimes it feels like Toronto is drowning in the best possible way: tournament-style beer-offs, new bars (both huge and humble), Toronto Beer Week—it’s a golden age for Toronto craft beer lovers. Keeping track of all this activity is The Bar Towel, a long-running blog and discussion forum, which capped off this year’s Beer Week with the… Read more »

Cottage of the Week: $975,000 for a lakefront cabin with two kitchens, two livin... Cottage of the Week: $975,000 for a lakefront cabin with two kitchens, two living rooms and one massive loft

ADDRESS: PT LT 3 Lindhill Island NEIGHBOURHOOD: Kahshe Lake, about 15 kilometres southeast of Gravenhurst, Ontario AGENTS: Maggie Tomlinson, Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage, Port Carling, and David Reid, Enjoy Muskoka Realty Inc., Brokerage, Gravenhurst PRICE: $975,000 THE PLACE: A sprawling cottage on the tip of Lindhill Island, in Kahshe Lake, just south of… Read more »

Cottage of the Week: $2.7 million for a Georgian Bay getaway with a pirate ship Cottage of the Week: $2.7 million for a Georgian Bay getaway with a pirate ship

ADDRESS: 168 Old Mill Road NEIGHBOURHOOD: Georgian Bay AGENT: Bob Emmett and Fred Shaw, Royal LePage Four Seasons Real Estate Centre, Brokerage PRICE: $2,650,000 THE PLACE: A unique (how many homes greet you with a totem pole at the front door?) and grandiose (check out the chandelier in the bathroom) cottage that still maintains a… Read more »

Our top four picks for Toronto Beer Week Our top four picks for Toronto Beer Week

The third annual Toronto Beer Week kicks off this Friday, with over 50 bars and restaurants, 25 breweries and two importers participating during the nine-day celebration of the city’s craft beer scene. After the jump, we assemble a four-pack of some of the more buzz-worthy events.

Cottage of the Week: $1.6 million for a bayfront property that’s classic Musko... Cottage of the Week: $1.6 million for a bayfront property that’s classic Muskoka

ADDRESS: 1338 East Bay Road, Torrance NEIGHBOURHOOD: Lake Muskoka AGENT: Iris and James Gardiner, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage PRICE: $1,575,000 THE PLACE: A six-bedroom, five-bathroom cottage on a sheltered bay in Lake Muskoka.

Into the (Not So) Wild: our look at the summer camps of Toronto’s rich and fam... Into the (Not So) Wild: our look at the summer camps of Toronto’s rich and famous

By Andrew Wallace and Courtney Shea A sojourn to Northern Ontario used to mean grabbing a sleeping bag and a can of beans and roughing it in the woods, all in the name of character building. Today, high-end camps offer perks that sound like something out of a brochure for a four-star resort. Here, a… Read more »