The “spirit” of summer

3 local distilleries share their artisanal secrets By Laurie Wallace-Lynch   Craft beer and ciders have become wildly popular and readily available, and now a number of locally made artisanal spirit brands are making their mark on the industry. Made with love, handcrafted by sourcing some local ingredients, two local …

Muskoka summers Perfecting the art of lakeside living

By Laurie Wallace-Lynch   The setting of this timeless traditional cottage looks like a Group of Seven painting. The cottage sits high on a pinkish-grey granite cliff surrounded by lush towering pines and breathtaking views of the clear blue waters of Bear Bay in Lake Muskoka. With its stone octagon-shaped …

May June Spring issue of WEST is live!

The digital May June 2021 issue of West of the City is LIVE! We hope you are inspired and entertained by this spring issue. Please feel free to email me, the editor, to offer your feedback on this latest issue. I dedicate every issue to you, my readers, to ensure …

Navigate West: Duran Place for Kids

When stepping into Duran Place for Kids, expect to be greeted by the sound of children laughing and music playing in a beautiful bright space awash in natural sunlight. The three-storey building in downtown Oakville is a vision come to life for husband and wife team, Tina De Crisci and …

Boutique Medical Aesthetic

Skincare in Winter   When the temperatures dip below zero, the battle against drying skin seems all but inevitable. West reached out to Cynthia Webb, owner of Boutique Medical Aesthetic in downtown Oakville, to discuss how to best care for aging skin all seasons of the year. A Registered Nurse …

A bowl of comfort in challenging times

By Danielle Leonard Photography by Graham Paine A steaming bowl of soup elicits, above all, comfort. Perhaps it’s related to the way we consume it, one slow sip at a time. It’s impossible to rush when eating a soup, after all. Balancing the broth-filled spoon from bowl to mouth takes …

Navigate West: Rivercroft

It’s easy to be swept away to a different place when you walk into Rivercroft in Milton, Ontario. Set on an expansive property breathtakingly surrounded by nature, is a 200-year-old refurbished barn that has been transformed into a home décor store and studio. This is a far cry from your …

West of the City Fall 2020 is out!

West of the City’s Fall 2020 issue hits the streets on September 10! This issue is filled inspiration for autumn living: Creating a haven at home with your next renovation Two stunning homes with unique views Gorgeous fall sweater wraps Hearty and healthy breakfasts California Cabernet Brian Gluckstein’s COVID-era design …