FIFTY SHADES OF BLUE
There’s something oh-so-indulgent about being waterside. The swell of the water can be downright hypnotic, the shades of blue mesmerizing, the rippling breezes almost intoxicating. Little wonder that Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering seems to have become a go-to place for the who’s who seeking refuge from the city bustle these days.But for now, breathe in, breath out. You’re at the Bay.LOCATED ALONG THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE ONTARIO, FRENCHMAN’S BAY SEEMS TO HAVE LEFT NO STONE UNTURNED IN ITS LONG LIST OF FEATURE ATTRACTIONS.From the picturesque streetscapes and whooshing of sails luffing in the breeze at the nearby 200 slip marina, to majestic birds soaring over the conservation area and serene lakeside walkways, Frenchman’s Bay serves up something for everyone.Head for the water and the protected bay via kayak or canoe; try the newest core-strengthening workout on a paddleboard. Or pack a baguette and brie, hoist the sails and head out on to the open lake towards Toronto or beyond.Prefer terra firma? Stroll, run or cycle the lakefront trails, where cotton candy pink sunrises and crimson sunsets appear with wonderful regularity.Dig your toes into the sand along almost 3 kms of sandy beaches. Or, opt for a waterside seat at one of the many cafes and eateries and just soak in the spectacular view.And then there’s the nearby nautical village. Here, postcard-worthy streets are lined with quaint boutiques for urbanistas to work-out their credit cards at a big-city pace. Enjoy musical entertainment at Millennium Square, or settle back in one the area’s many fine dining establishments and bask over the day’s bounty.With all these offerings, living in Frenchman’s Bay has experienced a huge surge in demand. Happily, a third phase of San Francisco, SF3, will soon present opportunities for more serenity seekers to call the area home.