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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Quiet moments

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

Guest services

With many people opting to holiday at home this summer, there’s no better time to trick out your cottage and make it the best it can be.

Sweet truths

A trilogy of Scottish sweeties to challenge the most ardently tooth conscious amongst you.

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.

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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

Time to cocoon

Changing leaves inspire changing things up. So, we scoured what’s out there and came up with an inspired edit of autumnal items for both the great outdoors and creative cottage cocooning.

Quiet moments

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

Slow shift into a new season

While there are few experiences on earth more glorious than August in Ontario’s Cottage Country, it always comes with those occasional nagging reminders – a drifting yellowing leaf, an unexpectedly chill breeze – that a northern winter looms.

Solar power

After a year of anxiety, a sunny splash of colour will make you happy. Yellow also represents the light at the end of the tunnel. We can hope!

Read the complete Holidays 2021 issue

Outdoors and Entertainment

Home bar none

When it’s time to welcome guests back to your rustic retreat, up the ante with a home bar that screams ‘Lounge Lizard.’

Seasonal tune up

Stop, stoop, pick, smell, observe and contemplate the many changes taking place in your garden at this precise moment.

Shedding light on a garden escape

Bring a little cottage vibe to any backyard by transforming a shed into a private retreat.

Take a hike

Hiking is key to broadening your horizons, connecting with others and improving your overall health and mood.

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.

Winter is for the birds

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

Citizen science

The value of community involvement in research can be measured in part through results that reach far beyond the original project scope.

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.

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.