With the official opening on January 2, 1963 of Talisman Ski Resort, Ontario was introduced to the most elaborate ski lodge ever built in the province. Twenty-six rooms and two large dormitories made up the main chalet. Also introduced was a 20-instructor ski school, the largest ever set up in the province.
Winding approximately 725 kilometres from Niagara to Tobermory, Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment rises to a height of 1675 feet and forms a ribbon of wilderness through the province’s populated and rural areas alike.
Within its gaze lie some of Ontario’s most picturesque rolling green hills and splashing waterfalls, charming and historic towns and villages, verdant parks and recreational areas, streams, cliffs, forests and wetlands. Home to more than 300 bird species, scores of fish and animals, and a hundred varieties of flowers, the Escarpment contains some of the province’s finest venues for skiing, camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, and sightseeing.
One of the Escarpment’s most distinctive features is the much photographed landmark known as Old Baldy, a massive rock face almost 452 metres above sea level. It crowns the cliff-lined corridor of one of the Escarpment’s dramatic lowlands, peering down on Beaver Valley, home of Talisman Resort.
With the official opening on January 2, 1963 of Talisman Ski Resort, Ontario was introduced to the most elaborate ski lodge ever built in the province. Twenty-six rooms and two large dormitories made up the main chalet. Also introduced was a 20-instructor ski school, the largest ever set up in the province. With a focus on community and nature, thousands of Ontarians would once again fall in love with the Beaver Valley and its surrounding area.
By 1964, Talisman became a year-round resort with the additions of a golf course, swimming pool and fishing facilities in a nearby trout stream. It was with these additions that the resort welcomed the world to Ontario’s premier four-season destination, and where the Resort guest began to truly cherish the charming character of the village of Kimberley and the unique landscape of the Beaver Valley.
Today a development is taking place at Talisman. It is expanding by developing a village that will create a community of beautifully appointed residences.
Phase I of the plan is to introduce new resort residential housing in the form of 48 luxury resort styled condominiums with up to 1700 square feet of living space immediately adjacent to the ski hills. Prices begin at $256,000 with plans for occupancy by December 2007. In addition 28 estate-sized lots will also be terraced into the hillside providing maximum privacy, superb views and ski in, ski out convenience, priced from $180,000.
Talisman will remain rustic and reminiscent of rural Ontario. Architectural controls include site-planning, landscape and external finishes to ensure that its new developments accentuate the beauty of Beaver Valley.
Talisman is a haven for passionate hikers, golfers, skiers, and for those simply needing a place to recharge. There is no other place to open your heart and free your spirit!
For more information about Talisman, please visit their new website at www.talisman.ca.
Talisman (n) An amulet or small object meant to bring good luck/protection to its owner.