It was the first long weekend of summer, and we were out for a boat ride when we passed a dock with a For Sale sign on it. Alexander suggested we look at it. I figured that since we have a cottage, it would be of no interest, but his thinking was that they aren’t making any more islands, and so a rental property is a sound investment. My colleagues at HGTV thought the adventure of turning a recreational property into an investment property would make entertaining TV, and before I knew it, we were documenting our DIY adventure of fixing up a remote 1950s island cottage on the open water of Georgian Bay before the sun set on summer.
Photography by Stacey Brandford