Apres-Ski Sanctuary

Thank you, Elsa Lam and Canadian Architect for profiling our recent addition and renovation of Osler Bluff Ski Club.

“…In 1949, two friends who had tired of the long lines at Quebec’s ski hills set out to found a new ski club north of Toronto. When looking for a site, the pair heard from local farmers that the Niagara Escarpment’s best snow conditions were found on the slopes above Poplar Sideroad, near Collingwood. The recent renovation of Osler’s clubhouse, completed by Toronto-based firm Williamson Williamson, is similarly attuned to the local context, with materials and a design tailored to its cottage-country setting. The design renovates the existing 1970s lodge and adds a new bay to the pleated-roof structure. The addition extends the mainlevel dining room, housing childcare and auxiliary spaces below. It foregrounds a dramatic pair of Y-shaped wood-and-steel columns— a contemporary version of the heavy timber columns of the original structure….”