My Retreat, Season 1HD
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You’ve seen the cottage from the road or maybe from a boat… Perhaps you’ve heard about it from a friend, or read about it in a magazine… Wouldn’t it be great to get invited inside! My Retreat takes you inside the iconic and the unique cottages that dot the nation’s shorelines, riverbanks and mountainsides. It might be called a camp, a chalet, a cottage or a cabin, but at its core it is a retreat – a place people go to escape their everyday life. My Retreat visits them all – from the humble to the spectacular and from the traditional to the bizarre.
|1||HDVideoGoing Green||Relaxing at the cottage shouldn’t leave you with a guilty conscience. In this episode we visit three retreats that have found very different ways to minimize their environmental impact. In Ontario we’ll visit a tiny cottage on a tiny island that is 100% off the grid. On Vancouver Island we’ll go to Tofino where a cottage actually hugs the trees. And in the BC interior there is a Bed & Breakfast where you can eat organic food while you watch the birds beside a rushing river.||22:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDVideoExtreme Cottaging||Cottages in the extreme… from a mountain top chalet near Whistler BC, to a Cottage that’s half in, and half out of the water. We go to the extremes for this episode of My Retreat. We’ll even stay a night at the most Southerly Bed and Breakfast in the country: The Wandering Pheasant on Ontario’s Pelee Island.||22:09||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDVideoSailing Away||Just because you are a land-lubber, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the life of a sailor. In this episode we visit a place that, using boat technology, offers one of a kind round treehouses that hang in the forest in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island… you can commune with nature up in the trees!! We’ll also visit an American couple who found their way to Pelee Island, Ontario by ferry and turned a dump of a building into their fun-filled summer cottage. And finally, we’ll visit the shores of Mazinaw Lake near Bon Echo Provincial Park where one very quirky city boy had a Japanese style cottage built on a property that you can only get to by water. And the boat ride there is as much a part of the cottage experience as staying in this unique getaway!||22:08||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDVideoGetting There Is Half the Fun||A weekend at the cottage actually starts in your own driveway. A lot of people fight traffic and gridlocked highways for hours to reach their retreat. We’ve found some people that have a little more fun along the way. In this episode we visit a round summer home on an island in BC that you can only reach by helicopter. We also visit one stylish couple that found a poolhouse an hour away from home and turned it into a stylish shangri-la..And in PEI, we found an architect who moved an old church onto his property and turned it into a beautiful cottage..now you can sleep and play in the steeple and make as much noise as you want!!||22:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDVideoRetreats with History||For this episode we found three retreats that each have a century of history. There’s a unique community less than an hour from Toronto that boasts everything Muskoka has to offer, just minutes from the big city; a lighthouse in PEI that still functions and offers you a place to sleep along with the local ghost. And a lake house in Ontario where the flowers that surround it are older than the occupants. All 3 are unique and full of history.||22:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDVideoFamily||Time at the cottage is all about Family… but what happens when your four kids grow up and need their own place. One by one this family has spread out building new cottages on the same lake they grew up on… It’s as if the entire lake is their retreat. Also in Ontario we meet a man who built a 4 season retreat...he makes maple syrup there with his dad and in the spring is teaching the kids...who enjoy this place all year long.||22:09||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDVideoIsland Life||Three islands… three families… one incredible community. There are three rocky islands in Ontario’s Georgian Bay that are home to three completely different groups of people. They were brought together by geography but now they’ve formed a relationship that supports each other and allows for the privacy they are all seeking. We’ll also show you one of BC’s famous “floating cottages.” It’s part boat, part house and all fun.||22:11||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDVideoNear the Beach||Beaches aren’t just for the Caribbean. In this episode we visit three cottages that aren’t just near a beach – they are inspired by it. In British Columbia, we meet a designer who used the water, sand and sunshine to inspire her cottage; on the other end of the country in PEI, we meet a man who created a unique rotating B&B on the beach, offering 360 degree views of the ocean; and in Victoria Beach in Manitoba, we meet a family who are part of the summer community who built on what was the dump and created a beautiful place on the wrong side of the tracks!!||22:10||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDVideoHaving Fun||To the rest of the world Kirk Muller is a retired NHL player and a current NHL head coach. But here at his cottage near Kingston Ontario he is just a husband and a father. We also visit a pint-sized place where creative cottagers have turned their lightning struck stump into a ‘bear-sized’ totem pole! And, what does a Toronto architect build for his cottage? A unique cabin resembling a fish shack in PEI right on the water!||22:07||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDVideoArtists’ Inspiration||When you work as a professional artist, musician or poet the lines between relaxing and working get very blurry. These three creative people have found that their cottages let them renew and rediscover their creative drive. We peak into the cottages of Jazz Musician Jane Bunnett, poet Al Purdy and sculptor Robert Murray.||22:07||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDVideoForest and the Trees||When you live in the country and don’t want to commute to a cottage, what do you do? You build an adult treehouse in your own backyard!! And if you want a cottage in a hurry, you can get one built in your forest in a day! What do you do when you return from six months working in a relief camp in Africa? You hunker down in an off-the-grid cabin in Lake of the Woods, Ontario.||22:07||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDVideoIt’s Not the Price Tag||It’s not how much you spent on it – it’s how much fun you have. Bobby Genovese won’t say what his cottage cost, but it’s pretty clear he didn’t scrimp on any of the extras. He has an artificial waterfall and massive water slide. We’ll also visit a boathouse owner in Lake of the Woods, Ontario who instead of buying a new cottage, had his unique cottage hauled up on land!!||22:11||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|13||HDVideoBack in Time||For this episode we meet an American hippy in Northern Ontario that has been camping on a rock… no water, no power, no neighbours, for more than 40 years.We also found a summer home in PEI that is so true to tradition, it would make Anne of Green Gables proud. And finally, we meet the family that claims to have the oldest cottage in Muskoka, which is still standing proudly!||22:07||$1.99||View in iTunes|