House peeping in the Blue Mountains of Ontario

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

I’ve spent the past week in southern Ontario visiting my sister and her husband who live in the Blue Mountains area - right next to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron.

My sister is in between houses and is looking to buy so I was able to ride along and partake in my favorite past-time: house-peeping.

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

These photos were all taken in two quaint historic side-by-side villages in the Blue Mountains region called Clarksburg and Thornbury.

I can’t really differentiate between the two because you just drive past one street and suddenly you are in the next village. They are essentially conjoined.

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

As you can see, many of the homes in this area are very well kept vintages - the predominant style being Gothic Revival and Carpenter Gothic Folk.

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

But there is also a smattering of four-squares, Victorians, Italianates and adorable bungalows.

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

My sister has been saying for years: “We have to get you down here – there’s so many amazing Victorians!” Does she know me or what? (It takes dangling old houses in front of me to get me to travel to southern Ontario, because I am not a huge fan of southern O in the heat & humidity of summer!)

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

I’ll refrain from further commentary and allow you get lost in these beautiful houses.

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

[side note: you'd never guess it from these photos of historic homes, but the villages of Clarksburg and Thornbury are only minutes away from southern Ontario's premier alpine skiing destination - the Blue Mountain Ski Resort]

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

[Another fun fact about the Blue Mountains: it is home to Ontario's oldest chair lift for alpine skiers!]

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

This is one of the most beautiful collection of homes I have ever house-peeped!

But of course I’m partial to the Gothic Revival homes since my old house was built in that style as well.

That’s all for now!

There will be more Canadian House Peeping to come – so stay tuned!

 

 

 

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