Take the holiday party outside

You might say Markus Herten was ahead of his time when it comes to pandemic parties. This December, he and his wife, Anne, will host their fourth annual outdoor holiday open house. It’s a tradition that other households may want to follow with social distancing measures still in place. Moving …

Contemporary Elegance with Dashes of Glam

By Laurie Wallace-Lynch As nature lovers who enjoy spending time outdoors, the Watersedge Road location in Clarkson-Lorne Park ticked several boxes as an ideal location to build their dream home. It was within a two-minute walk to a park and walking trails on Lake Ontario and the backyard was large …

Culture Notes

Niagara’s holiday lights Enjoy the most enchanting of Niagara attractions this holiday season. The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights showcases spectacular light displays, Light Art, interactive illuminations, fireworks, festive events and over 3 million lights displayed along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and Niagara Falls. Runs from November 14 2020 …

New community hub in Oakville neighbourhood

Photography by Graham Paine   Staying true to fitness goals just got easier for residents in southeast Oakville. The new Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre opened in October with a number of safety protocols in place. Located on the former site of the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital, the new LEED-certified energy efficient …

Nest Notes

Remote chic Today, designing a space for remote work is more necessary than ever. Knoll has teamed up with Denmark-based design brand Muuto to launch a Scandinavian-styled work from home line of furniture, lighting and accessories. Knoll.com   Timeless design of Eames This year marks the 70th anniversary of the …

Culture Notes

Kids health first Everyday Heroes Kids is an online tool that connects families to pediatric professionals in health, mental health and education with the goal of saving time, money and stress for families and encouraging earlier intervention for better outcomes in kids. Officially launched this summer, it was developed by Tammany Petrie, a …

Culture Notes

Back to nature The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath at 900 km from Niagara to Tobermory. As the trails re-open in phases, summer hikers can once again get outside to enjoy the natural beauty of the Niagara escarpment under a canopy of lush trees. Brucetrail.org   …

20 Travel Books

Dream, Plan and Circle the Globe from your Armchair By Barbara Ramsey Orr Our appetite for travel is still strong, but our ability to visit the places we have dreamed of is on hold for the foreseeable future. Vacations, visits to distant family, adventure treks – whatever we had imagined …

Nest Notes

A home for spring “In these times more than ever we need homes that give us a sense of calm and comfort,” says designer Brian Gluckstein. His spring collection focuses on a stylishly relaxing, perfectly undone home filled with creamy neutrals, airy silhouettes, and plenty of texture. Think beautifully wrinkled linen bedding, …