Who am I?
Hello, I'm Joanna... I'm most likely just like you; a mother, a wife, a good friend.
10 years ago, one of our sons was into his 7th year of his figure skating career... like so many other mothers I would get up at 4:20 am, drive 45 minutes to the arena and cheered him on till the practice was over. Over the years, it took a toll on all of us.
An idea came to buy a house close to the Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie, where he trained... For a few years we hosted figure skaters from as far as Mexico, Spain and Australia. Great times, beautiful memories.
Today, my now-grown kid lives in Arizona with his wife, and travels the World. I'm no longer the "Skating Mom" to kids from all over the World.
But my passion for people is still there.
Over the last decade, our "Mariposa" home has welcomed new, upcoming skaters, families "between" homes, and those who are just "trying Barrie for size”, We’ve met Snowbirds returning from their Winter travels who just wanted to stop over before their frozen-still cottage could welcome Summer visitors... and those who just needed a bit of time to repair their strained relationships, or those who needed some quiet time to work on a pressing project without distractions from their "life".
Some of the situations have opened my eyes wider, and taught me that I can help more people that I ever thought possible.
So here we are...
Do you need a place to stay?
Please Note: We do not offer typical "short term rentals", we do flexible MONTHLY leases to accommodate changing needs of our visitors. If you are looking for accommodations for just few days or a week, please check the local AirBnB listings. We are now adding new locations to our array of available short term rentals in Barrie, so check again soon.