Pickering’s Frenchman’s Bay allure is proving irresistible for lake-lovers

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 inthe 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.

The right connections

Pickering GO Station

Planes, trains and automobiles, oh my! Sf3 puts them all wonderfully nearby.

Everyone knows that connections are key in the business world. But they’re also key in the real estate world. After all, it’s one thing to live somewhere fab. But reality is, eventually you’ll want to go somewhere. And that’s when connectivity comes into play.

Enter Pickering, a destination where you can most definitely have your cake and eat it too.

Pickering GO Station

Choose to call the thriving metropolis of Pickering home, and you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds: affordable living with big city offerings PLUS ultra connectivity to get anywhere and everywhere. Quickly and easy.

Those venturing off to far-flung destinations (or those who simply prefer airtime to drive time) will want to take to the skies from a nearby airport. But which one? In June 2013, the Federal Government announced plans to build a new international airport in the area, positioning Pickering and Durham Region as a major transportation hub. (source cbc.ca).

Via Rail

For now, just 45 minutes along highway 401 can get you to Pearson International Airport. For those staying closer to home, Oshawa Municipal and Buttonville Airports are also nearby.

Highway 401 Westbound

Driving west into the T Dot (25 mins away!), the Niagara region, or East towards Montreal?  Head up Bayly to Brock St and enjoy easy access to Highway 401 or more leisurely Highway 2. And for points north, Highway 407 and Highways 7 are also just moments away.

For commuters, there’s the convenient Pickering GO and Durham Region Transit stations nearby – complete with enclosed pedestrian bridge to get you over the 401.

Another civilized option: board Via Rail in Oshawa and Guildwood. Make use of the free wifi, order an amuse bouche (if you’re going somewhere of considerable distance) and marvel at how having the right connections really can get you places in style.