Town of Ajax Waterfront

The Town of Ajax Waterfront features six kilometers of unspoiled park land, stretching across the town’s southern border along the shores of Lake Ontario. In summary, the land totals over 150 acres, and serves more than 100,000 residents.

But those are just the stats. The Town of Ajax Waterfront and its Rotary Park are gorgeous areas, surrounded by some million dollar homes, overlooking the greenery and scenic views of the lake. The waterfront is a great place to see wildlife – especially for bird watchers; a spring/summer hot spot for picnics, a crisp early morning jog, along with kite flying and biking

This is perhaps the Town of Ajax’s most popular and incredible feature – always a picturesque scene.

The following photos were snapped for a three-month long project I did for the town last year. Click here to learn more about the waterfront’s key attractions and mapping information.

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2015 Pan Am Games in Ajax

The countdown to the 2015 Pan Am Games in Ajax kicked off, today. The town’s been chosen as the host site for softball and baseball. And not only was it an exciting day in the Durham Region, communities across the province celebrated the official countdown.

I had the opportunity to work as the town’s photographer for the baseball-themed day at Sportsplex Park, located at Taunton Road and Audley Road. The morning’s event included a mural unveiling, a parade of nations, along with baseball clinics for kids. A number of local celebrities also stopped by, and they included: Jessica Tyler from Degrassi; Grey Cup winner Richard Karikari; singer Toya Alexis; and former MLB player Nigel Wilson.

It’s truly an exciting time for our town, and I am really looking forward to all the energy once the games start. The other celebration in the region was in Oshawa; they’ve been picked as the host community for boxing and weightlifting competitions at the Oshawa Boxing Centre (General Motors Centre).

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Balanced Life Yoga in Ajax

This past weekend, I had the chance to stop by Balanced Life Yoga‘s brand new studio, located at 274 Mackenzie Avenue in Ajax. Director, founder and senior teacher of Balanced Life Yoga, Shasta Townsend, has rounded up a group of diverse, personable and all around kind women to her team, each bringing something uniquely wonderful to the studio. Over a dozen Balanced Life Yoga teachers welcomed me, and we spent the afternoon taking photos of essential yoga poses and capturing the faces of the vibrant and gorgeous instructors. I must say, I was quite impressed with the strength these women poses – something I can only dream of achieving, right now.

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Something so different about this particular yoga studio – well, from what I’ve seen – is their family-like environment. All the women share a bond and a passion for this way of life. Krista Bromfield (below) even brought her little one in for Saturday’s activities … and I think we’ve got ourselves a future yoga enthusiast!

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I want to thank everyone at Balanced Life Yoga for a great afternoon and the opportunity to be apart of this team – even for just a few hours. Balanced Life Yoga offers a number of classes, for various levels, retreats and workshops. If you’re in the area and looking for a place to practice, stop by! Their official grand opening is scheduled for later this month.

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Laurel Richards Hair

After weeks of planning, I was finally able to drop by Laurel Richards Hair in Ajax and snap some photos. Laurel Richards Hair is a charming Durham Region hair studio, located in south Ajax, which provides hair and spa services, along with beautiful gifts – anything from hand made soaps, jewellery to makeup bags.

Laurel Richards – the owner and master colourist – is not only a master at her craft, but truly a fantastic person. A couple of years ago, she assisted me in a Hallowe’en food drive I ran called Trick or Eat … and to be more specific, she didn’t even hesitate when I asked; she was onboard with excitement right away! Ever since then, I’ve found a deep respect for her and the business she runs. Not only is she valued for the services her company provides, but for the kind work she does with the community.

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In addition to top notch service, Laurel Richards’ business also brings the latest products from places like New York City – so if you can’t find something at a big box store, be sure to swing by their studio at 487 Westney Road South. I guess it’s no wonder why they’ve been named Best Hair Salon Ajax-Pickering more than once.

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An afternoon at Jazzberry Tea House

Don’t you just love when you find a great local place to waste time, without having to drop too much money? Well, I’ve found my permanent tea shop, as mentioned in previous posts, we spent an afternoon at Jazzberry Tea House, in Pickering Village.

Today, my friend Jaya and I spent the afternoon drinking Chocolate Peppermint & Chocolate Coconut teas, and enjoying yummy desserts – she ordered an oatmeal/chocolate chip cookie, and I bought a chocolate brownie. We also had some time to talk about our career plans, and make some solid goals for for the future. Productive? Absolutely! Did I mentioned we also were given a couple of homemade Valentines while we were there?

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Jazzbery Tea House Webcam Fun

Oh, and of course we had a little Mac webcam fun before we left!

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