No Place to Live in The Neighbourhood

Skyrocketing house prices, a stampede of tourists and a rush of homebuyers, plus the disruption of a pandemic have contributed to an urgent shortage of affordable housing across Watershed country. We look at the problem and examine what’s being done across the region.…

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Scenes From the Front Row

The term “national treasure” hardly seems adequate to describe her. Jeanne Beker continues to surprise and delight fans from the fashion runway to the cinematic red carpet. In a candid conversation, we talk to her about her family, her career, and why after travelling the world, she found her home in Northumberland County.…

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Cheese Please

Our region was once a leader in Canadian cheddar cheese production, with hundreds of factories spread over three counties. The industry dwindled and the factories disappeared. What became of them and why is cheese making such a comeback in Canadian diets these days?…

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The Kindness of Strangers

They fled the roar of rockets overhead and destruction on the ground in search of safety for themselves and their families – and sometimes, in search of a new future. They’ve found welcome and support from our community, because that’s who we are. These are the stories of our new neighbours and their hosts.…

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[Fence Posts]

Suddenly There Came a Tapping

I live in a haunted house. It’s been haunted for at least a century by all accounts, that is, by the neighbours’ accounts. As a writer I rely heavily on the neighbours for inspiration. They have always been a reliable source of suspect information.…

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[Must, Must, Must]

What’s New and What’s To Do

Our Must, Must, Must section highlights a broad range of events, festivals, activities and galleries that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed region

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[Beyond the Garden Gate]

The Wingman

The ancient sport of falconry is a passion that is soaring with new popularity…

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Corridors of Connectivity

A new generation of highway engineers is planning the expansion of Highway 401 from east of Cobourg to Colborne. Their plans accommodate the needs of local wildlife and the protection of their travel corridors.…

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[Field Notes]

The Magnificent Maple

As autumn spreads its frosty arms, we are treated to a spectacular show. Starting in late September, our deciduous forests morph from variegated greens into a collage of crimson, yellow and orange. …

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[Cultural Currents]

Marta Mouka

Marta Mouka co-creates with nature as she seeks expression through her fibre art. “It’s autumn and you are walking on a wet sidewalk,” she says…

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[History Moments]

Truth, Lies & The Prime Minister’s Daughter

Back in 1855, a very eligible English aristocrat in the Canadian government was plagued by a scandal that came to a head in Cobourg.…

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[George's Pond]

Pardon Me?

They say that hearing is the last sense to fail as we pass through the door to the great beyond. But for many, a slow decline in audition begins decades before that final exit. …

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[Small Biz Spotlight]

Three Business Owners and Their Formulas for Success

These local entrepreneurs appreciate their connection to the outdoors – and spend their well-deserved free time making the most of it. …

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Centre For Natural Products And Medical Cannabis

Thinking green brings together industry, biotechnology and students in a dynamic environment at Loyalist College.…

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[Watershed Presents]

On the Road to Creativity: Studio Tours

From intimate studios to grand open spaces, artists and artisans are sharing their passions and their creatives processes with visitors across the region this fall.…

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[Life Au Lait]

Jamming with Jamie Kennedy

To make jam is to put the County summer sunlight in a jar, preserving it forever – or at least, as long as our stores last.…

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[Joie De Vivre]

The Wind in the Trees

Beloved CBC radio host Gill Deacon doesn’t mind living in two different worlds. Although she’ll never give up her city digs, there’s a magical mix of people and place that lures her to her country property.…

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Fortune Favours The Prepared

At just 29, Chef Zak Copeland of PREP FOOD CO., has already made his mark on the Northumberland food scene. And he’s just getting started.…

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[Food & Drink Scene]

Duchess of Devonshire

Executive Chef Amanda Ray brings big city sophistication to farm-to-fork dining at The Drake Devonshire in Prince Edward County…

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[Road Trip]

Watershed is on the road

Watershed is on the road… In this issue, it's all about celebrating the harvest, supporting the businesses that are working hard to create the food we savour, sourcing special ingredients and being out in the fresh air at the markets and the shops we love.…

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[Day Tripping]

A Day Trip to Belleville

Although it was renamed Belleville in honour of Lady Annabella Gore in 1816, the name seems fitting for a city that offers expansive views of the Bay of Quinte and has the Moira River flowing through its downtown core.…

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[Lovin' the Local]

A Showcase Of Locally Curated Products

We’re Lovin’ the Local: A showcase of locally made and locally inspired products that reflect the heart and soul of entrepreneurs rooted in Watershed Country

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Hawkins Cheezies Belleville

In this issue, Tom Cruickshank’s article “Cheese Please” was the perfect segue into the world of Belleville’s iconic Hawkins Cheezies.…

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[first words]

Jane Kelly

As I sit down to write first words for the fall issue, the images that come to mind are of foggy September mornings, of moms standing alongside country roads waving goodbye as their kids head off to school, and of tiny heads poking above school bus seats as they disappear down the road.…

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ANIMAL RIGHTS IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM Dan Needles unfairly demeans the intelligence of sheep (“Animal Rights in the Laundry Room”, Summer 2022). For instance, sheep can recognize the faces of up to 50 original flock-mates two years after they were placed in a different flock.…

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Karin Wells

Over the years, Karin mastered the drive in the early morning dark from Gores Landing to the commuter train in Cobourg. Having realized that journalism legitimizes a snoopy nature, she built a career first with CBC Radio…

Jeanne Beker

A seasoned newspaper columnist and features writer, Jeanne was editor-in-chief of FQ and SIR magazines from 2003 to 2008, has authored five books and is a frequent keynote speaker and guest on myriad lifestyle shows.…

Lonelle Selbo

Before moving to Prince Edward County to live her best life, Lonelle did hard time in Toronto as the editor-in-chief of YYZ LIVING, LUSH and MüDD Magazines, but could never tear herself away from her first love – writing.…

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