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Real Estate Procedures for COVID-19

Real Estate has been deemed an Essential Service, but it is NOT business as usual. We recognize that there are people out there that have no choice but to buy or sell during these uncertain times. We are here to help you, but not in the traditional ways.

Our Realtors® have been instructed by our governing bodies to use the technological tools at their disposal: to provide video walk-throughs for showings, use Facebook Live to host virtual open houses, and to provide virtual tours, floor plans and lots of photos so that Buyers can narrow down their home search. Just to name a few!

If you are a Seller allowing in-person showings, or a Buyer who needs to physically view a property, we have strict guidelines in place that we must follow.

Our offices are closed to the public (and also to our Realtors® who are working remotely) but we are still here to answer the phone and respond to emails.

We will get through this time together. And remember, Helping You is What we Do!

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Activities to Keep Children Entertained at Home

As schools close and health officials are suggesting that we practice social distancing, children’s activities seem limited. Although children can’t participate in school and sports programs currently, there are many resources for children to have fun and also learn from home.

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Collingwood Public Library

The Collingwood Public Library is providing resources online to keep children entertained. Ashley Kulchycki, supervisor of children and teen services, continues to deliver storytime, singing, and crafts to the kids of Collingwood, but the room is empty and she’s on camera.

Every day, she is posting a video to the Collingwood Public Library Facebook page to keep up regular children’s programs as best she can.

Soon the library will also be posting videos of the Magic of Children in the Art exhibit, which features art from local kids. Since the library has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families haven’t had a chance to come find their child’s artwork in the exhibit.

To watch the videos, visit the Collingwood Public Library Facebook page.

Blue Mountain Public Library

Read, listen, research, and learn online through our virtual library. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week! Perfect for finding children’s books and learning tools. 

Website

 

Educational Tools:

Scholastic

Scholastic launched a Learn at Home website with daily lessons that combine videos, stories and prompts for drawing and writing activities. Grade levels include pre-K and kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 to 5, and grades 6 and up.

Khan Academy

A free online learning resource offering lessons, exercises and quizzes, has daily schedules for organizing at-home learning for students ages 4 to 18 years. On weekdays, Khan Academy is also offering daily livestreams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to help parents and educators best utilize the website’s tools and resources.

Crash Course is a YouTube channel offering engaging educational videos suitable for high school students. The channel features a wide range of subjects, from anatomy to world history.

ABCmouse.com is offering a free 30-day trial of its comprehensive early learning academy for children aged 2-8 and includes educational games and activities designed by teachers.

In response to school closures, dozens of companies that produce educational materials have made their resources available as free subscriptions; you can find links on the Kids Activities website. Links to free K-12 educational resources such as audiobooks, e-books, videos, multimedia materials and more are also available on the Open Culture website.

 

Creative Fun:

Color Our Collections offers free PDF downloads of coloring pages created from art in the collections of 117 institutions, including The New York Academy of Medicine Library, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, RISD Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Royal Horticultural Society libraries.

Artist and writer Mo Willems (author of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”) is hosting daily Lunch Doodles video sessions every weekday at 1 p.m. EDT. Each daily episode is accompanied by a downloadable activity page. 

What could be more soothing than watching jellyfish drifting serenely through the water? In “MeditOcean,” the Monterey Bay Aquarium hosts a soothing 11-minute guided meditation video, featuring the undulating and graceful ballet of several aquarium jellyfish. 

Children in grades 3 to 12 can learn to write their names in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, in this step-by-step guide from the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.

A good story sounds even better when it’s read in microgravity. Story Time from Space sends children’s books to the International Space Station (ISS), where the books are read on video by astronauts as they orbit hundreds of miles above Earth.

Take a virtual field trip! More than 2,500 museums around the world have made their collections accessible online through Google Arts and Culture; you can also use Google to access virtual tours of national parks in the U.S. 

There are 10 live webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where you can peek at sharks, sea otters, penguins and more. The San Diego Zoo has 11 animal webcams, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has four animal webcams, and there are six webcams at the Houston Zoo

And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can visit the surface of Mars in a spectacular high-resolution, 360-degree photo tour, created from images captured by the Curiosity rover.

Canada’s Wonderland is doing virtual roller-coaster rides for you to enjoy at home! Being in self-isolation just got so much better with a reminder that Canada’s Wonderland has been ahead of the online experience trend for years with videos that let you take dizzying rides on coasters from the comfort of your home. Canada’s largest theme park reminded everyone yesterday that they can experience all 34 of its rides and coasters on YouTube.

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Restaurants Offering Takeout and Delivery in Collingwood

Through this time of uncertainty, it is important to keep ourselves and families safe, and to support our small businesses. In this compiled list of resources, please note that things are changing by the minute and we’re doing our best to keep this list up-to-date and accurate. 

How You Can Support Local Business During Covid19

 

Please consider purchasing gift cards on-line for future use to support our friends in retail and hospitality.  Links have been provided below for your convenience.

 

Restaurants offering takeout or delivery – Collingwood

Ashanti Coffee Collingwood – Ashanti Coffee Collingwood remains open, for now, for TAKEOUT only of coffee, drinks, treats, and sandwiches. Our hours of operation 8am-4pm. Since you probably will need to stock up and they also want to make sure you don’t run out of coffee beans for home, they’re offering 2 pounds for $25. Limit 4 pounds per purchase. Delivery available.

510 First St, Collingwood, Tel: 705.293.3013

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BRGRZ – Offering delivery and takeout

316 Hume St.Collingwood, Tel:705.445.5449

Web/Facebook

Baked and Pickled – Open daily and are happy to continue offering takeout and curb-side pickup to our valued customers through call in and text ordering.

137 Hurontario St., Collingwood, Call 705-446-2253 or Text 705-607-0707

Website

Bent Taco – Starting March 20th at 3 pm, phone lines will be open for dinner orders

48 Pine St. Collingwood, Tel: 705.445.0202

Menu

Blue Ridge Meats – is open and will deliver to your car.  Not accepting cash.

You can contact them by phone 705-446-9881 or email info@blueridgemeats.ca

Website

Beaver and Bulldog – open for takeout

195 First St, Collingwood, Tel: 705.446.9711

Website

Swiss Chalet – open for takeout. Call 705.445.1931

Blue Mountain Tea Company – open 1:00pm – 4:00pm

66 Hurontario St, Collingwood, Tel: 705.293.1887

Website/Shop On-Line

Chef Patrick Gourmet Foods – gourmet frozen foods available for pick-up.

21 Stewart Rd, Collingwood, Tel: 705.444.2433 or 705.444.9041

Website/Menu

Collingwood Olive Oil Co.

42 Ste. Marie Street, Collingwood, Tel: 705-293-OILS (6457)

Takeout/curbside delivery Tues-Sat 11-4. Free delivery Collingwood and Wasaga Beach. Call 705-293-6457 or www.collingwoodoliveoil.ca to place order.

Website/Shop On-Line

Duncan’s Cafe – offering takeout and delivery

The Hungry Sumo – open for take-out and offering free local delivery.

188 First Street, Collingwood, Tel: 705.293.1037

Website/Menu

Espresso Post – take-out available

139 Hurontario St, Collingwood, Tel: 705.446.1740

Website

Low Down Cocktail & Snack Bar – offering free delivery and curb-side pick up.

65 Simcoe Street, Unit 5, Collingwood , Tel: 705.444.3696

Website/Menu

Fish & Sips – Offering only take-out at this time

206 Hurontario St. Collingwood; Tel: 705.293.7477

Website/Menu

Take-Out Menu

Gustav Chophouse & Bar – open for take out Call 705.443.4461 from 12Noon – 8PM.

10 Vacation Inn Drivem Collingwood – Inside the Georgain Bay Hotel, Tel: 705.443.4461

Website/Menu

Lakeside Seafood & Grill – open for take out.

9 Harbour Street East Collingwood, Tel: 705.446.3274

Website/View Take Out Menu

Mad Dogs Coffee & Vinyl Cafe – Offering curbside pickup, call 705-445-1900

Sol Kitchen – open for take out.

19 Hurontario St, Collingwood, Tel: 705.994.5155

Web/Facebook

Tesoro Mercato – Offering free delivery, Tel: 705.444.9231

Tesoro Restaurant – Open for takeout and delivery.

18 School House Ln, Collingwood, Tel: 705.444.9230

Open: 4:00pm – 8:30pm Monday – Saturday, Orders & Pick Up in Ice Cream Parlour.

Website 

Mercato Groceries

Fig & Feta – Offering take out and delivery, Hours 11am-6pm.

65 Hurontario St, Collingwood, Tel: 705.446.9966

Website/Menus

Freshii- Offering curb-side pickup

1 First St, Collingwood, Tel: 705.416.1366

Website/Menus

Pie Wood Fired Pizza – open daily from 12-8 for take out. Call 705-293-3900 to order. The doors will remain locked, so they will have to call to order therefore calling in advance is essential.

499 First St, Collingwood, Tel: 705.293.3900

Website/Menu

Press Juice Co. – Take out and delivery to Collingwood & surrounding areas.

1 Simcoe St, Collingwood, Tel: 705.293.5333

 Collingwood Bread Company – 10 Keith Ave Unit 103, Collingwood

Website

 Heavenly Cafe – open for take out, 9:30am-4:30pm Tuesday – Sunday.

10 Keith Ave, Unit 301, Collingwood, Tel: 705.444.2005

Website/Menu

Harbour Street Fish Bar – from 4pm to 9pm Fridays & Saturdays.

10 Keith Ave #403, Collingwood, Tel: 705.293.3474

Surf Cafe – open daily from 8am – 4pm

209544 Ontario 26 #1, The Blue Mountains, Tel: 705.445.1313

Website

 Collingwood Real Food Market – open Monday – Friday 9am-6pm & Saturday 9am-5pm.

395 Hume St, Collingwood, Tel: 705.293.5252

Website

 Collingwood Brewery – open for retail and delivery.  

For residents of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Thornbury & Stayner – call or email the brewery between 12pm & 5pm, place your order (24 can minimum – mix and match any brands), provide a credit card number, and we will deliver the beer to your home within 1 business day. Although someone 19 years or older must be at home, no signature or contact will be required.

This option is also available for those who would like to pick up beer at the brewery. Contact us ahead of time, let us know when you arrive and we will bring the beer out to your vehicle. 

Black Bellows Brewing Company – offering free delivery within 10km of town (including the base of the mountain), Minimum purchase of 12 cans. Contactless drop offs after 6pm and curbside pickups at the brewery between 12-5pm. Call 705-532-1569 to place your order. Someone 19+ must be home to show their ID through the window. 

40 Simcoe Street,Collingwood, Tel: 705.532.1569

Website

Northwinds Brewhouse & Kitchen – Collingwood location retail store remains open from 12-4pm daily.

499 First Street, Collingwood, Tel: 705.293.6666

Website

Giffen’s Country Market 

The lunch counter is available for a hot meal and fresh sandwiches are ready to go.

Please call ahead if you need assistance with shopping.

55 Station St, Glen Huron, Tel: 705-466-3080 ext 222.

Georgian Triangle Humane Society – The GTHS operates a pet food bank for pet owners who have come across challenging times and require assistance with keeping their furry friends fed.

Given these uncertain times, the GTHS will be offering Pet Pantry services, despite the fact that the GTHS Animal Centre remains temporarily closed to the public.

Should you require use of Pet Pantry services, please call 705-445-5204 ext. 0. A GTHS team member will connect with you and schedule delivery of pet food right to your door. This service is strictly confidential.

 

Thornbury 

Bruce Wine Bar: open for takeout Thursday-Saturday 4-8pm, phone lines open at 3pm. Call 519.599.1112

The Cheese Gallery: open for grocery orders and take out 9am-4pm.  Offering free local delivery.

11 Bruce St S, Thornbury, Tel: 519.599.6699

Website and check Social for updates

Thornbury Bakery Café: take out and non-contact delivery only.

12 Bruce Street S., Thornbury, Tel: 519.599.3311 for delivery area & minimums.

Menu/Website

Ashanti Thornbury: take out only – Open 9am-5pm

39 Bruce St S, Thornbury, Tel: Phone: 519.599.5615

Website

 Good Grief Coffee: take out only – open daily for take out until 4 and also offering free local delivery of coffee beens.

Facebook

 Gather Grocery: open for grocery service.

51 Bruce St S, Thornbury, Tel:  905.706.9979

Website/Shop On-line

Goldsmith’s Orchard Market – open daily with some delivery options.

207600 ON-26, Thornbury, ON Tel: 519.599.3246 x23 

Website

The Orchid: open until 2 daily for take out only.

81 King St. E. Ontario Hwy 26, Thornbury, Tel: 519.599.5944

Website/Menu

 Thornbury Village Cider & Brewhouse: “patio pickup”. Call in your order and pick up on the patio.

90 King St E, Thornbury, Tel: 519.599.2616

Website/Products

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Educational Online Courses for Adults

All of us have been asked to social distance, therefore we are not working. In this time of uncertainty, it is important to keep ourselves entertained and to keep our minds active. Many Ivy League schools are offering free courses to better your education or to take courses for self-improvement.

Yale University

Yale’s most popular class ever is available free online, and the topic is how to be happier in your daily life. In the spring of 2018, the Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos unveiled a new course, Psychology and the Good Life. The subject was happiness.

Santos’ course was a blend of abstract and concrete. It combined positive psychology with the real-life applications of behavioural science. It debunked popular notions of what makes people happy and helped students understand the habits they should build to lead truly happier, more fulfilled lives.

Course content includes

  • Misconceptions about happiness
  • Why our expectations are so bad
  • How we can overcome our biases
  • Stuff that really makes us happy
  • Putting strategies into practice

The course includes video lectures, optional readings, and “rewirement” activities to do each day to build happier habits. Research suggests that if you do these rewirements as prescribed, you should get a boost in your mood and overall well-being.

Enroll in this course for free! 

 

Ivy League Classes

Have you ever wanted to say you’ve taken an Ivy League course? With many of us having more free time on our hands, now could be your chance.

All eight of the schools making up the prestigious Ivy League – Harvard, Yale, Princeton , Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Dartmouth and Columbia — offer online classes to the public for free.

The offerings include courses in computer science, mathematics, business, education, humanities, art & design, engineering and more.

Popular classes include;

  • Moralities of Everyday Life
  • English for Career Development
  • The Ethics of Eating
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Foundations of Politics 

Enroll in over 450 free courses

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Baby Boomer Property Trends Report

  • Baby boomers (born between 1946-1964) are expected to impact Canada’s housing market in a big way between now and 2023.
  • Of respondents willing to move for improved affordability, 35% would prefer to stay within one hour of their current residence, 30% would be willing to venture further out (one hour or more away), while 20% stated that they are open to living anywhere.
  • While the wave of older consumers will increase competition for condominium property in particular, there is no single type of home that baby boomers will be investing in.
  • Many boomers are willing to help their children with real estate purchases. If asked for assistance by their child, 41% would give less than 25% of the home’s total value, while 5% would give 25% of the home purchase price, or higher.
  • Smaller cities and recreational areas will attract more investment from baby boomers than major cities. Boomers view Canada’s big cities as generally unaffordable for retirement purposes.

See full Report at Royal LePage Canada