In the Winter 2021 Issue

The spirit of Christmas past

Recalling memories of childhood holidays, our contributors share the special flavours from their celebration tables.

Winter is for the birds

Participate in the Christmas Bird Count and, who knows, you might become hooked on watching our fine, feathered friends.

Succeeding at succession

Drafting a cottage inheritance plan can help avoid family infighting and miles of red tape, not to mention endless banking bureaucracy.

Hype your holiday

Styled correctly, the cottage should be a wonderful place to gather, safe from the climatic vagaries of winter, write Colin and Justin.

Snow much fun!

While summers in Cottage Country are certainly iconic, it’s winter that truly brings adventure for kids of all ages.

A lifesaver’s crusade

Former firefighter and entrepreneur John Collie is on a mission to save more lives – and he wants your help.

The first 10 minutes

Minutes matter when responding to medical emergencies, with the key to preserving life being preparation ahead of time.

Let it snow

Snow days are a one-two punch of scenic beauty and all-out simple fun.

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Shower with praise

Good surface design is nothing without a proper foundation.

Hype your holiday

Styled correctly, the cottage should be a wonderful place to gather, safe from the climatic vagaries of winter, write Colin and Justin.

Bring the outdoors in

The screened porch is an utter must have. If, that is, you hope to enjoy summer days devoid of entomological invasion.

On the rise: A Drag Lake beauty

Designers Suzanne Dimma and Arriz Hassam throw open the doors to their elevated Haliburton cottage.

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Escape to the Country

Escape to the country

Moving to a historic home in Gravenhurst was part of the healing process for Andy and Kelly Warne and their children following a life-changing car crash.

Escape to the country

Rick and Susan Brooks built their home on land once owned by Rick’s great grandfather.

Escape to the country

A passive home in a beautiful setting on Eagle Lake lured Dana and Rose from Arizona for the good vibes of a four-season wonderland

Come from away

Lakeside living encourages people to scale back and explore the New Rural Lifestyle.

Architecture and Design

Solar Power

After a year of anxiety, a sunny yellow splash of colour will make you happy! Pantone, the global colour authority, chose Illuminating yellow as one of their colours of the year for 2021 as a way for people to fortify themselves with energy to help us overcome the continuing uncertainty we live in. Perhaps yellow also represents the light at the end of the tunnel? We can hope!

Cabin Style 2021

Sanctuary, escape and reward: buzzwords associated with lifestyle in 2021. Cue the Key Trends tip list, guaranteed to bring out the best in your cabin on a daily basis.

Fall for orange

Looking for a spot of zesty home design inspo this season? Then look no further than the fall’s changing leaves and opt for orange.

Quiet moments

Queen of texture Lynne Knowlton inspires us to create a tranquil oasis with her recipe for touchy-feely calm.

Read the complete Holidays 2021 issue

Outdoors and Entertainment

Hype your holiday

Styled correctly, the cottage should be a wonderful place to gather, safe from the climatic vagaries of winter, write Colin and Justin.

Snow much fun!

While summers in Cottage Country are certainly iconic, it’s winter that truly brings adventure for kids of all ages.

A lifesaver’s crusade

Former firefighter and entrepreneur John Collie is on a mission to save more lives – and he wants your help.

Star in a bottle

Forget celebrity tequila. And whisky, too. A veritable Who’s Who of the entertainment industry have recently launched some exceptional new wines.

Environment

The Ribbon of Life

The ribbon of life

The transitional area between aquatic and terrestrial is a critical habitat for local wildlife and requires our collective small-scale efforts to reduce the effects of climate change.

Aliens in your backyard

UFOs – unidentified flora (and fauna) objects – can be overpowered if you nurture native plants and animals. In the process, your environment will become substantially more welcoming.

Winter is for the birds

Participate in the Christmas Bird Count and, who knows, you might become hooked on watching our fine, feathered friends.

Filling the gaps of knowledge

From protecting lake health to battling homelessness, research projects involving community members and student scientists provide critical support for researchers.

A Note from Colin and Justin

Hello, and welcome to Here with Colin and Justin. The very essence of life in the rural space, Here is an exciting, quarterly magazine based in Ontario’s magical Cottage Country. With the emphasis on informative, inspirational content, our new mag will be a style bible, a lifestyle compass and a guide to all that's good in cottage country.

Here: Exploring the New Rural Lifestyle

The New Rural Lifestyle is what happens when you add thousands of new, capable people to established, small country communities. It’s entrepreneurial. It’s real. It involves shifting the focus from oneself to what’s around you, fully engaging with the people and landscape of one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Here With Colin and Justin is the standard bearer of the New Rural Lifestyle. Here shows newcomers how to settle, connect, grow and make a difference. Here gives them the tools and information they need to make the most of rural life, and the most of life itself.

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Here is about:

  • Building homes that reflect values of quality, durability, sustainability and responsibility;
  • How towns are revitalizing and reinventing themselves;
  • Setting up successful professional practices, businesses, shops and workshops;
  • Engaging in volunteer opportunities;
  • Solving problems and building communities;
  • Enjoying the outdoors and nature;
    Living an authentic life.

Here connects you with one of the highest value markets in Canada. Our readership has sold their city homes – often with huge profits. They need new homes, renovations and everything those involve. Here readers are high consumers of recreational equipment, travel, dining, watercraft, sustainable building products, alternative energy systems and energy-efficient appliances. They have the income and wealth of city dwellers, without huge mortgages and other expenses that limit their disposable income. Here readers are all-in, full-time, and you have the opportunity to help them settle and grow.

On any given day, Here readers are buying and leasing commercial properties to start businesses; looking at better ways to heat their homes; considering the right vehicle for tougher winters and country roads; thinking about local adventure activities and distant adventure vacations; hosting friends and family; taking up new sports; managing their income and investments; starting new hobbies and pursuing old ones; optimizing their lives with technology, from internet services to smart homes.

Here is where they are. Here is where you need to be.