A guide to the city slickers of Prince Edward County

A guide to the city slickers of Prince Edward County

Everyone wants a piece of Prince Edward County, and Torontonians have been colonizing by the boatload. Here, a handful of high-profile homesteaders who’ve embraced county life—to varying degrees

Andy Stronach
THE COWBOY
Andy Stronach, son of Magna tycoon Frank

County cred: Medium

Andy (Belinda’s younger brother) owns three lots along the southern end of the county that he purchased for a total of roughly $600,000. He also raises grass-fed black Angus cattle nearby. For a time, he entered in Marysburgh’s Milford Fair, an agricultural event that includes tractor pulls, cow pie bingo and a sawing competition.

Taylor Thomson
THE GIRL SCOUT
Taylor Thomson, heiress to Canada’s flushest clan

County cred: Low

Through a numbered company, Thomson bought three waterfront lots worth $1.5 million, on the site of the former Waupoos Girl Guide camp in Marysburgh. In 2012, when the reclusive heiress bought the lots, she reportedly told locals she intended to retain their natural ecological beauty.

David Frum
THE WOODSMAN
David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic

County cred: Medium

Frum, a former speech writer for George W. Bush, and his wife, Danielle Crittenden, a Huffington Post contributing editor, are there for most of the summer. They built a $500,000 guesthouse next to Crittenden’s mom’s waterfront farmhouse on the county’s western edge. Frum recently planted 1,500 evergreens on the property.

Greg Sorbara
THE RANCHER
Greg Sorbara, ex–minister of finance

County cred: High

Sorbara and his wife, Katherine, are transforming Picton’s Royal Hotel into a boutique B&B. At their farm a few minutes away, they tend to 35 head of cattle, which Sorbara will serve up as burgers or steaks. Their guesthouse is a converted barn with bedrooms in the silo and a screening room on the main floor.

Seaton McLean and Sonja Smits
THE OENOPHILES
Seaton McLean, co-founder of Atlantis Films, and Street Legal alum Sonja Smits

County cred: High

McLean and Smits, co-owners of Closson Chase winery, live in an 1842 farmhouse in Hillier, which they snapped up for $470,000 in 2002. Smits spends time riding her horse, Roxy, while McLean frequents Vicki’s Veggies fruit stand, where customers leave their payment in a box on the table.

Brad Martin and Donna Hayes
THE NATURE LOVERS
Brad Martin, Penguin Random House CEO, and Donna Hayes, ex–CEO of Harlequin

County cred: High

Martin and Hayes live on a $1-million waterfront grain farm in Consecon and run a small hobby vineyard that produces pinot noir they dubbed Little Red after their dachshund. Hayes was an avid equestrian until she had a riding accident. She now spends her time birding in the nearby wildlife preserve.

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