The Covered Bridges of Canada

Canada had over 1,400 covered bridges in rural areas at the end of the 19th century. Today, there are only 140 that still stand, located primarily in Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island.  Considered an engineering marvel for its time with seven Howe trusses supporting six piers, the Hartland Bridge, the longest covered bridge today…
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Work Life Balance: How to Design a Home Fit for an Artist

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. All artists need somewhere to make their art, where creative urges can be explored and energies expended — these inspiring spaces reside happily within domestic interiors, proving that it is possible to combine home with work successfully. Many of us work from…
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10 Tips Before Buying A Historic Home

As a prospective owner of a historic residential property, here are ten things to know that can help you in your decision-making process. Historic homes are homes that are considered architecturally significant or representative of a local region’s history in some way. This includes homes that are in neighbourhoods designate as historic districts. Many historic…
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Five Must-Haves When Hosting a Gourmet Dinner Party

“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.” – Ina Garten, famous and beloved cook Hosting a gourmet dinner party allows you to socialize with friends, family…
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Luxury Home Rentals & Travel: OneFineStay versus AirBnB

As the luxury real estate rental market takes off, service becomes a differentiator. In 2009, Greg Marsh, CEO of the hospitality company Onefinestay, was on a trip to Pisa, Italy. He loved wandering off the beaten path to Piazza delle Vettovaglie and realized that he would never have ventured to the area if he had…
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Top Private Schools in Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph

All data provided by Our Kids™. “Every family has a different reason for considering a private school education, but nearly all agree that private schools provide their children with: Smaller classes More structure Preparation for post-secondary studies Enriched and focused academic setting More emphasis on specialties like art, music and athletics Extracurricular activities Many chances…
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French Country Design

French country design evokes images of rustic, old world charm reminiscent of old chateaux and inviting, spacious country homes, against the backdrop of lavender fields and bright sunshine. The French are known for living well and creating charming country homes that are both aesthetically pleasing and welcoming. They design both elegance and simplicity in a…
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Top Golf Courses Within an Hour of Kitchener

Ontario is home to some of the most highly regarded golf courses in North America. Stunning courses that capture that diverse landscape of SW Ontario surround the Kitchener-Waterloo area. We have outlined some of the province’s top ranking courses within an hours drive of the city. Westmount Golf & Country Club 50 Inverness Drive, Kitchener…
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Organic Farms from Stratford to Kitchener

Organic farms in Southwestern Ontario are gearing up for their summer growing season. There are so many compelling reasons to eat organic – including fewer pesticides & heavy metals, more healthy fats, and more antioxidants. In addition to the health benefits – eating local organic food benefits neighbourhood farmers. In Southwestern Ontario there is no shortage…
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The Best Ice Cream Parlours from Stratford to Kitchener

Summertime in Southwestern Ontario means it’s time to visit your favourite ice cream parlour. Here are some of our picks for the top ice cream shops in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Stratford area. Four All Ice Cream Factory 141 Whitney Place #105, Kitchener We start our ice cream with fresh, all-natural, local Guernsey cow milk from Eby Manor…
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