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Gone in 60 Minutes: how to get from the office desk to the cottage dock in about an hour

Gone in 60 Minutes: how to get from the office desk to the cottage dock in about an hour

Top down and open road used to be the best way to get to the cottage, but that was before highways became parking lots, crammed with expletive-spewing drivers all thinking the same thing: there’s got to be a better way. Turns out there is. Here, we show just how fast the city’s luckiest cottagers get from Billy Bishop Airport to their northern oases.

ANTHONY LACAVERA Chairman, Wind Mobile His plane: 2012 Lancair Evolution Turbo Prop (approx. retail value: $945,000) His cottage: Lake Muskoka Estimated air time: 20 minutes Other destinations: New York; Montreal

ROBERT DELUCE CEO, Porter Airlines His plane: 1979 Cessna A185F amphibious float (approx. retail value: $190,500) His cottage: Lake Rosseau, Muskoka Estimated air time: 45 minutes

DAX WILKINSON Owner, Red Canoe–National Heritage Brands His plane: 1974 Cessna 182P amphibious float (approx. retail value: $98,500) co-owned with Brett Bastin His cottages: Two bush camps near Sudbury Estimated air time: One hour, 45 minutes Other destinations: Washington, D.C.; Kitty Hawk, N.C.

ALEXANDER YOUNGER AND SARAH RICHARDSON President, Design Lab; interior decorator His plane: 1963 Cessna 182F float (approx. retail value: $87,500) Their cottage: Near the Umbrella Islands, Georgian Bay Estimated air time: One hour, 10 minutes Other destinations: Washington, D.C.

GEORDIE DALGLISH Former chairman, Weston Foundation His plane: Cessna A185F amphibious float (approx. retail value: $144,000) His cottage: Pointe au Baril, Georgian Bay Estimated air time: One hour, 15 minutes Other destinations: Major North American cities; takes disadvantaged kids on first plane rides over Lake Ontario

IAN DELANEY Chairman, Sherritt International His plane: Socata TBM 850, Turbo Prop (approx. retail value: $2.7 million) His chopper: EuroCopter EC 120B (approx. $771,500) His cottage: Georgian Bay, north of Wiarton Estimated air time: 45 minutes Other destinations: Arctic Circle; Barbados

SCOTT GRIFFIN Philanthropist His plane: 1974 Cessna 180J (approx. retail value: $85,000) His cottage: Balsam Lake in the Kawarthas Estimated air time: 26 minutes Other destinations: Sherbrooke (he’s chancellor of Bishop’s University); Montreal; Mexico; India; Africa

ROB MACLELLAN Chairman, Northleaf Capital His plane: 2008 Cirrus SR22 (approx. retail value: $251,000) His cottage: 31 Mile Lake, Gatineau Lakes Estimated air time: One hour, 15 minutes Other destinations: New Brunswick for fishing; Boston; Baltimore

ERIC TRIPP President, BMO Capital Markets His plane: 2008 Pilatus PC12 Turbo Prop (approx. retail value: $2.8 million) His cottage: Mont Tremblant Estimated air time: One hour, 15 minutes

(Images: Airport by iStock; Lacavera by Getty Images; Deluce by Getty Images, plane by Bruce Vinal; Wilkinson by Douglas Gauthier; younger plane by Bob Hirshberg; Dalglish by Getty Images, plane by Barry Griffiths; Delaney by Getstock, plane by C. Peyton; Griffin by Getstock, plane by Kevin Porter; MacLellan plane by Steven Homewood; Tripp plane courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

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