Author: Cara Williams

Protecting the Harvest

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a startling report in August stating that the world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates” due in part to soil mismanagement. What forward thinking local farmers, growers and dairy producers already know, is that the solution to catastrophic climate change may be right beneath our feet: the earth.

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The Women of Thornbury

Over 80% of businesses in Thornbury are owned and operated by women—these establishments are enhancing the character and prosperity within our community, which got me thinking: why are Thornbury businesses predominantly owned by women? And what is fuelling the success of female driven entrepreneurship?

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Over the Top

We originally bought this land to build a weekend home—the idea was to have a destination home for family and friends to come together.” Suffice to say, once the couple put pen to paper and realized the potential of this build, they decided to make this magnificent home a principal residence for themselves, daughter Ava, son, Noah and golden retriever, Carter.

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Collingwood Trails

There’s a picturesque path leading to every major point of interest in Collingwood, including the scenic lookout at Millennium Park, serene gardens of the Arboretum, tranquil Labyrinth & Gathering Circle, unspoiled beaches of Sunset Point, various sports fields, historic Station Museum and of course, Downtown.

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FROST WARNING

With over 75 career starts, 27-year-old competitive downhill mountain biker James “Frosty” Frost has been representing Canada, and his hometown of The Blue Mountains, on the world stage as a member of the Canadian Team competing on the Union Cycliste International (UCI) Elite World Cup.

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Introducing Chef Kartik Kumar

Born in Singapore but raised in India, Chef Kartik Kumar has been changing the culinary landscape at restaurants and resorts around the globe for over 25 years. Having conceived, designed, and cooked in five-star kitchens from Dubai to Vancouver, Chef Kartik jokes he has curbed his nomadic ways, now that he is “on the wrong side of 50,” opting for a quieter life on the Escarpment as the Executive Chef in charge of Culinary Operations at Blue Mountain Resort.

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In a New Light

I have written about countless amazing home transformations and listened to homeowner’s tales of the good, the bad, and the expensive when it comes to renovations. One piece of advice I have heard over and over again is, “You have to live in the space first to really know what you’d like to change.”

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ALFRESCO

To add tangible value to your home, landscaping improvements need to fit in with the aesthetics of the surrounding neighbourhood. This stunning Lora Bay backyard makeover by Owen Landscape Architect is a classic example of the added value of an inspirational outdoor living space that can be enjoyed year-round.

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Groms

The thrill of riding a bike is a fundamental and healthy part of growing up. With mountain biking programs popping up around the Escarpment, the groms who ride here have a genuine leg up on other vertically challenged mountain biking locales.

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High Bluff Model

With the continuous influx of new buyers to the Escarpment real estate market, builders are looking to the lifestyle goals of potential new residents when planning housing developments. The result is custom built communities geared towards practical yet luxurious four-season living, with a side of socializing.

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Lifers At Blue

I know from experience that mountains (yes, even the smaller ones) have a way of taking hold of you and not letting go. Like most ski towns, Blue Mountain Resort attracts like-minded,
outdoor enthusiasts who are drawn to the lifestyle and of course the skiing. In the past being a “ski bum” meant eating ramen for dinner, sleeping in your van by the river, and working an assortment of odd jobs—the payoff being inexhaustible access to skiing and snowboarding.

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