#1 at Johnston & Daniel Muskoka 2020 - 2023

Johnston & Daniel Chairman’s Award Winners 2020-2023

Gairdner Award Winners for Outstanding Sales Achievement 2018-2023

We constantly research the market and Muskoka luxury real estate values so your property is priced effectively from day one.  If you're looking at Muskoka real estate and have questions, please give us a call at  (705) 765-1555. We'd be happy to share our knowledge about buying and selling cottages in Muskoka and the surrounding areas.  We believe buying or selling a cottage is first and foremost about people. Our goal is to bring our clients' satisfaction and success using the latest technology, marketing tools and research.  To us, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a client fall in love with their new cottage.

Gord Waites

Gord Waites Muskoka Real Estate

Before becoming involved in Muskoka real estate, Gord was a senior executive at several companies in Toronto including Internet startup Netcom Canada, Bell New Ventures, and AT&T.  

While working in Toronto and Windsor, Gord obtained his private pilot's license so he could commute back and forth to Muskoka in his Cessna amphibious aircraft.  Gord's aviation training includes night rating, float rating, and IFR (instrument flight rating). Gord recently received his Transport Canada Drone Pilot Certificate. Gord brings the attention to detail that he learned in aviation to real estate.

Muskoka Real Estate Expertise

Gord is a licensed real estate sales representative with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, Brokerage in Port Carling. Johnston & Daniel is the luxury brand of Royal LePage and the standard of excellence in real estate.

In 1988 Gord built his first cottage on Lake Manitouwabing, near Parry Sound. In 1999 he purchased a cottage on spectacular Kennedy Point on Lake Muskoka and developed the property with extensive landscaping and the construction of a boathouse.  Through his experience in multiple Muskoka building projects, Gord personally understands the perspective of his clients who are either buying Muskoka real estate, selling their cottage or building a new cottage in Muskoka.  Gord and his family, including some beloved German Shorthaired Pointers, have been fortunate to live on and experience first hand the beauty of Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau, and Lake Muskoka.

Gord holds memberships at both Oviinbyrd Golf Club and Port Carling Golf & Country Club.

Tracy Tennant

Tracy Tennant Muskoka Real Estate

Tracy was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She earned her undergraduate and master's degree at the University of Toronto's downtown campus.

Before entering real estate, Tracy worked in marketing, sales force automation, and project management in the telecommunications sector in downtown Toronto.

Tracy believes in an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, including actively listening to her clients and understanding their perspectives, needs, and interests. As a long time cottager in Muskoka on the Big Three Lakes, she has extensive local knowledge and has experience in multiple building projects. Her marketing skills and background of knowledge are all applied to providing the finest service available to her clients.

Tracy can make your transition when selling a cottage seamless from start to finish by providing access to contractors, interior design professionals, landscapers, movers, and storage facilities. 

Tracy is a licensed real estate sales representative with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, Brokerage in Port Carling. Johnston & Daniel is the luxury brand of Royal LePage and the standard of excellence in real estate. Royal LePage is 100 percent Canadian owned with Canadian employees.

Tracy is a member of Oviinbyrd Golf Club.

Julie Schnurr

“Julie Schnurr

Julie is a licensed real estate sales representative with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, Brokerage in Port Carling. Johnston & Daniel is the luxury brand of Royal LePage and the standard of excellence in real estate. Royal LePage is 100 percent Canadian owned with Canadian employees.

With over 15 years' of experience selling both residential and cottage properties, Julie's passion for Muskoka keeps growing.

Julie lives the Muskoka dream that many people wish for! Over 30 years ago, Julie and her husband Ed and their four sons moved to Muskoka. After years of renting cottages across the Muskoka and Parry Sound/Georgian Bay areas with their growing family, they were fortunate to be able to make the move for her husband’s new job.

Julie understands first-hand both the stresses and thrills of finding that special new home or vacation property.

In the summer of 2014, when her boys were grown and had finished their post-secondary education, Julie and Ed bought their dream cottage on an island on Georgian Bay. Years later, they have turned that dream into their own little piece of paradise where their family gathers for precious quality time together every spring, summer, and fall.

Julie's mission is to show her clients that the Muskoka lifestyle is attainable and that she can turn their dreams into reality.   According to Julie, "it’s that pinch-me moment when clients find the special place they never thought they’d find; when they realize their dreams are actually within reach."

Krista Hilton

Krista Hilton Muskoka Real Estate

Krista is a consummate professional with 20 + years of sales experience in the luxury travel industry. Her sales and marketing background at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Toronto, Deloitte, and Sheraton Hotels and Resorts provide the perfect foundation for her Real Estate career. 

Krista understands the key to working successfully with her clients is to communicate often, listen to their needs and wants, and to work as a team with them to find the perfect cottage in Muskoka.

Krista has extensive local knowledge of Muskoka, strong negotiating skills, and is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care and attention.

Krista, her husband, and three children have been cottaging in Muskoka for 17 years and own a cottage on Muldrew Lake. During the summer, Krista's daughter owns and operates a pop-up store at the SWS Marina on Lake Rosseau.

Krista is excited to share her knowledge and experience with her clients. 

Krista is a licensed real estate sales representative with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, Brokerage in Port Carling. Johnston & Daniel is the luxury brand of Royal LePage and the standard of excellence in real estate. Royal LePage is 100 percent Canadian owned with Canadian employees.

Scarlett Hilton

Scarlett Hilton Muskoka Real Estate

Scarlett is a licensed real estate sales representative with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty, Brokerage in Port Carling. Johnston & Daniel is the luxury brand of Royal LePage and the standard of excellence in real estate. Royal LePage is 100 percent Canadian owned with Canadian employees. 

Before joining our team, Scarlett owned and operated a successful business, the Dollhouse in Minett, where she developed a strong customer base and valuable client connections. At her retail operation, she utilized her financial skills and learned the importance of customer service and effective communication to provide her clients with exceptional service.

Scarlett studied business at the University of Western Ontario and is completing her Bachelor of Commerce with a Real Estate Management Major at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Scarlett has a strong connection with Muskoka, spending summers at her family cottage on Muldrew Lake. She feels fortunate to work in real estate and enjoy cottage life in the most beautiful part of Ontario, Muskoka.

Scarlett understands the key to working successfully with her clients is to listen carefully, respond to all communications, and to work with them as a team to find the right cottage in Muskoka.

Don Evans

Don Evans Muskoka Real Estate

Before entering real estate, Don worked as an Economist and Senior Budget Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Finance in Toronto. In 1989, Don headed north with his family to begin his new real estate career in Muskoka.

Don specializes in waterfront properties across all price ranges and, throughout his extensive career, has been trusted with marketing some of Muskoka's most exclusive and luxurious lakefront estates. Over time, he has become one of the most respected and trusted Realtors in Muskoka, giving rise to a broad following of satisfied clients. He is a perennial top producer and has received multiple sales achievement accolades including the National Chairman’s Club Top 1% Award, the Award of Excellence – Life Time Member and most recently the Johnston & Daniel Gairdner Award and Chairman's Award. After successfully brokering hundreds of real estate transactions on the lakes, Don's wealth of knowledge, expertise, and insight benefit all our Team members and clients.

Don is passionate about real estate and looks forward to helping both new and past clients with their real estate needs.

After 35 years of providing outstanding service in Muskoka waterfront real estate, Don has chosen to retire. We wish him all the best and thank Don for his years of dedication, integrity and professionalism.

Our customers are discerning individuals who expect nothing but the best.

We specialize in premium real estate service and luxury properties in Muskoka.

We offer a refreshing difference in our marketing approach. 

--- Multi-year recipients of Johnston & Daniel’s prestigious awards for outstanding sales achievement ---



Gord and Tracy did an amazing job helping us to find our ideal cottage - even during the pandemic. They were patient and knowledgeable. They researched properties before showing them to us to make sure that they were appropriate. They were always prompt, professional, considerate and personable. They represented us well and we still love our cottage after 3 years!

Ronda and David G.

I was fortunate to have met Gord Waites when I was starting a search for a waterfront home. Gord and his partner Tracy Tennant were incredibly helpful in myriad ways that I hadn't anticipated. When I found the perfect home, they helped me get my condo ready to sell, and spent a great deal of unexpected time and energy staging it and helping me plan my move. The condo sale went well and Gord was there through all of it giving me encouragement and advice. I felt incredibly lucky to have met Gord and Tracy. I will definitely call them again if I am buying or selling real estate, and I have no difficulty recommending them to anyone. Gord is a fantastic professional as is Tracy and I think they provide exceptional service, for which I'm grateful!

Leslie F.

We finally found our forever home in Beautiful Muskoka. Thank you Gord and Tracy for all your professional help and your over and above generosity with the whole process.

Mark & Louise P.

Congratulations on your award, in our opinion, it is a truly well deserved honour for you and people like ourselves to be associated with you. Thank you for your assistance and support during and following our purchase. Your knowledge and contacts in the service industry have been really beneficial to us all. Thank you again and we will certainly give your name to family, friends and anyone we meet who are looking to be represented by Real Estate Agents who are true professionals!!

Norm & Debbie Y.

Professional, informed, supportive, available, good listeners, no pressure…these are just a few of the traits of working with Gord and Tracy finding our new Muskoka cottage. In a crazy market both Gord and Tracy listened to what we were after and worked in a diligent fashion to help us realize our goal. They understand the market, they are familiar with all the various neighbourhoods on the lakes, they don’t apply pressure that might encourage compromise…they helped us find what we were after. Having Gord’s incredible videos of a property was nothing short of amazing. They were very illustrative and instructive and saved us hours and hours of back and forth to Muskoka…brilliant! Sue and I would be more than happy to share specifics with anyone looking to work with Gord and Tracy as your Muskoka Real Estate Team, they were and are exceptional.

Phil and Sue A.

Superb local knowledge and very responsive service. Always helpful and available at times going above and beyond. Made buying a cottage easy due to great service.

Sandy L.

Thanks for all your help - the sale, the purchase, the storage, and the great advice and guidance. Gord managed the sale of our beloved lakeside cottage with care, maximizing the appeal and outcome to our advantage.  At the same time we were selling in 2019, Gord and Tracy also helped us find our dream cottage on Lake Muskoka, taking time to understand our needs and then finding the right fit for the next chapter for our family. The complexities around both transactions were handled with expertise, honesty, and unflappable calm. Gord and Tracy are an outstanding team, and we would recommend them without reservation for anyone looking to sell or purchase in cottage country.

George & Elizabeth H.

Gord and Tracy helped make our search and purchase of a new cottage an easy and smooth transition. From being available and flexible to view different properties, helping us put in a competitive offer and walking us through the process and the paperwork. Gord and Tracy went above and beyond to ensure our property was move in ready and that all the particulars were in order. We are very happy with the time, care and knowledge Gord and Tracy shared for our first cottage purchasing experience.

Angella M.

Thank you Krista for pulling everything together for such a quick closing and for your patience with us newbies. We were apprehensive about the process of buying a property with all of the distraction (lately). We wondered if it would put us over the edge!! On the contrary, this was more like having friends help you realize a dream.  Thank you for your expertise and warmth!

Sylvia C.

Thank you for all your hard work and hustle that you put in to our search for the perfect family cottage. It took some time but you kept me optimistic and you did not give up. It was a pleasure to have you as our agent, but I must admit most times it felt like we were dealing with a close family friend. Even in this crazy market you where able to find us a cottage that we can say is the perfect home away from home.

Thank you for all your effort and experience without you our dream of owning the perfect family cottage would have not been fulfilled.

Rankin Family

My wife and I have been looking for that perfect summer cottage getaway for our family for almost 3 summers now. Gord and Tracy have been by our sides providing outstanding advice and service throughout very selective process and journey. This summer we struck gold recently purchasing and closing on our own little piece of paradise in Muskoka. I am a mortgage lender and broker for over 30 years and have dealt with hundreds of realtors over my career. However, none are quite as exceptional and knowledgeable as Gord and Tracy. We received extremely valuable advice and direction on what property was over priced or in a poor location due to such factors as consistent low water levels and other factors effecting boating and/or accessibility. Gord provided key information regarding heating, insulation, construction, and water frontage and so many concerns that come up that only a highly experienced realtor with local Muskoka knowledge could provide. If you are looking for outstanding service, from a knowledgeable, real-estate team in Muskoka, look no further. Gord and Tracy are the greatest!

David and Penny M.

Gord and Tracy were much more than just agents for us, they were an invaluable resource and trusted advisers. In the purchase of our first ever cottage they understood our needs and limitations and offered us real advice on where would get the most enjoyment, the best value, and always went the extra mile to make sure we were happy and set up for success - very responsive even to all our questions after closing... And, more than just business agents they are lovely people and a pleasure to spend time with, people we trust and are glad we did so. We called them because of a Gord Waites billboard and now that we're in our cottage we feel very happy that we did as we drive past one of those billboards every time on the final part of our drive up. Thank you Gord and Tracy

Richard & Katey W.

I am sitting here in my new lovely cottage feeling quite lucky. We would never have found or bought this cottage were it not for our agent Julie Schnurr. She asked a lot of questions about what we wanted. What style, what must haves and what was the dream? We heard from her again 4 to 6 weeks later and she said she thought she had the cottage for our family. It was not what we had considered in the past. Julie talked a lot to me from her experience about how much the older kids would use the cottage and that they would love it so much that the occasional crowding wouldn’t matter to them. She was always calm and thoughtful and never pushy through the whole process. After a successful offer negotiation, we had a short closing and were in our new place for August long weekend! Our kids thought we would never buy a cottage after so many years of on again off again looking so they and we are very thankful to Julie and think of her on those lingering lakeside nights by the beautiful fire pit that she gave us as a housewarming gift. 

Linda P.

We decided to buy a cottage in Huntsville to get away from the city from time to time. Julie was so patient and helpful every step of the way. And fun to work with! She quickly made appointments for us to see properties and kept on top of every detail like a true professional. After looking at several properties in and around Huntsville, we found our perfect cottage in Port Sydney. We loved the house and location so much that we moved up here last year! We were so impressed with Julie’s knowledge of the area and the way she looked after us that we recommended her to some friends who also bought a cottage in Muskoka. You know when you meet and work with Julie that she is passionate about real estate and finding people their perfect cottage or home. She has the kind of dedication needed to really give people what they are looking for, and she works tirelessly until it happens. I would recommend Julie Schnurr to look after all of your real estate needs. She's a pleasure to work with and she gets the job done!

Sheldon and Kelly

To say that Gord & Tracy go the extra mile would be a vast understatement. They are friendly, knowledgeable, patient, and always made themselves available to answer questions and view listings. Their knowledge of the cottage market in general, and Muskoka real estate in particular was a valuable resource. We truly believe that they were not just interested in making "a sale", but were genuinely interested in finding the right fit for our family. We could not give them a higher recommendation.

Geoff & Jill M.

We are so fortunate to have had Tracy & Gord as agents to sell our Muskoka island property.  Their modern, hi-tech approach was instrumental in getting the right market exposure that led to a very quick sell above our asking price. Tracy & Gord are truly professionals, so easy to work with and very down to earth. Most notably, their efforts far surpassed both our expectations and their responsibilities. Evident passion for what they do, complemented by their skills with hi-tech and talents in negotiations, make Tracy & Gord an ideal team to work with whether buying or selling a property.  You simply won’t find better realtors anywhere!

Eric & Lyne P.

We are happy to share our wonderful experience with Julie. We wanted to check out the Muskoka market and happened to fall in love with the second place we saw. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there but had to sell due to family obligations. When the time came, we knew Julie would be the one for us. We remembered her being easy to talk to, accessible and efficient, which she certainly was again. She answered all our questions promptly and kept us informed. She helped us set an asking price that was fair to us and brought a lot of interest to the property. We quickly received multiple showings and offers for which Julie quickly gave us feedback and advice. The property sold quickly. We were very thankful and all parties were very happy. Thanks again Julie for being there for us!

Greg and Isabelle M.

Hi Gord
Hope all is well with you and Tracy. Virginia and I wanted to take this opportunity to relay our thanks for the way you handled the sale of our Muskoka property. Your attention to detail was meticulous making the whole process for us so much easier. When things got a bit tricky you did not hesitate to step in and help us work through the situation to a positive solution. There was never a time when you were not there to support throughout the process and bring it to a positive conclusion. We would certainly have no reservations in recommending you to prospective clients or using you again in the future.
Best regards 
Mike & Virginia 

Mike and Virginia A.

Our experience with Gord was outstanding! He was professional, delightful to work with and very low maintenance. He was so supportive in all aspects of selling our cottage. His calm demeanour, market knowledge and experience was just what was needed and he surpassed all expectations time and time again. Gord is who you need in Muskoka. He won’t let you down. Thank you so much. 

Wendy A.

Rainer and I were so blessed to have met Gord and Tracy in our search for a real estate agent for the sale of our cherished Muskoka waterfront home! After 25 years of fulltime living on beautiful Kapikog Lake it was regrettably time for a lifestyle change. We could not have selected a better duo to help us through our challenging transition. Gord and Tracy were understanding, caring and helpful in making our listing as successful as it was. They went above and beyond to help us. Their extensive expertise and utilization of technology was a definite asset in the positive outcome of our sale. Their professionalism, sincerity, and consideration of our interests and needs were more like those of caring family than real estate agents. We cannot recommend Gord and Tracy enough!

Carol & Rainer C.

I would like to send on to you a few thoughts regarding my 'adventure' into the high paced world of real estate. Needless to say, the whole experience was stressful and yet exciting! Julie showed me a number of homes and was VERY patient. As I said to her a number of times, "I don't think I'm fussy, but I do know what I want.”  After looking at these homes, we returned to one that we had looked at previously. After taking a second look, Julie and I realized that all it really needed was a little paint and new rugs. Julie really has a great eye for decorating and gave me a few suggestions. The offer went in! A home inspection confirmed that it was well built and maintained. The offer was accepted. I was thrilled!  My brother sits on the porch or back deck with his paper and coffee and says, "That real estate agent of yours is a gem. Tell her that for me. I love this house!"

Thanks, Julie! You did a great job!

Mary J.

We are extremely pleased and completely satisfied with our experience in searching for and purchasing our new cottage. Julie provided invaluable insight into the cottage country market and took the time and effort to allow us to explore a number of lakes in the region. Julie’s knowledge of the particulars of the lakes and in some cases, the cottages themselves, spoke to her years of experience in the region, which could not have been matched by a realtor from the city. Thanks to Julie’s help and professionalism, we’re already enjoying the end of winter in our new cottage and we’re looking forward to the coming summer.

Linda and Dan G.

Our dream cottage has been found! It all started in January 2016. We looked at about 15 properties through the winter months. Lots of snow and ice, with some slips and falls walking through three feet of snow. With all those properties, we were a little surprised. Nothing was really catching our attention. One day Julie advised us that she had recently taken a client to a property on Three Mile Lake in Burk's Falls. They didn’t think it was a good fit for them, but after looking up the property on MLS, we decided to go have a look. Sure enough, it was the one for us! We closed in May 2016 and have enjoyed our beautiful lakefront property ever since! Julie spent countless months on our adventure, through texts and phone calls she was always there! Julie helped us tremendously through everything, and we even gained a great friend through it all. We welcomed her to our new cottage with open arms.

Joe and Anna T.

Gord and Tracy were fantastic throughout the whole process. They were able to identify the demands within our area and suggest a suitable date to list. Because they have lived and worked in the Muskoka area for years they really understand the market and timing. They thoroughly inspected our home to point out all of the upgrades and important features in order to accurately provide a listing price. They were extremely helpful in the setup/staging suggestions for our property in order to attract the maximum number of potential buyers. The pictures for the listing were done by a professional photographer and the glossy brochure they provided for prospective purchasers helped to showcase the features of the cottage. They held an agent open house before the property went on MLS to help drive interest. We had several showings on the first two days of the listing and received a full price offer on the second day. Gord and Tracy provided us with support through the entire transaction to ensure the sale closed on time and hassle-free. They were even able to find us our next property to purchase. Highly recommended!!

Brian & Karen W.

Gord and Tracy were truly the best to work with on such an important purchase for our family.  They were both so insightful, honest, transparent, educational, and patient throughout our entire journey to find the right property for us. For almost a year, there were numerous listings to review and visit but Gord and Tracy always went through all the pros & cons for each property and telling us when properties just didn't make sense for us based on our criteria - and which ones warranted a closer look.  They were holding our hands throughout the entire process and even since we've bought the cottage, they have connected us with so many contacts to help make our move-in more seamless.  We would recommend them highly and they made all the difference for us - and got us off to a fantastic start in our next chapter of cottage ownership!

Jen & Frank M.

Gord and Tracy helped us to sell an old family cottage in 2018, and then to buy a new cottage before the year was out. I was impressed by the work Gord and Tracy did to stage our cottage for sale. They identified numerous ways to improve the overall appearance, including minor repairs and storage of clutter at their own expense. The price established for the listing generated a lot of interest and some competing offers. I think the marketing was bang on.  We will seek Gord and Tracy’s assistance for any future real estate needs in the Muskoka and adjoining areas.

Al & Patty B.

We have recently purchased our diamond in the ruff retirement home on the lovely Muskoka River.  Gord was wonderful to work with!  We received ongoing support throughout our search (which took over 1 year, with lots of questions). He was patient and warm to deal with. What took the experience over the top was the follow up on our purchase, ensuring we settled in and if there was anything further he can assist with. We can't speak highly enough of Gord to our friends and family.

Lucy & Carlos O.

Your service was amazing from beginning to end. I was shocked at how easy you made it for us. You were 100% there for us from the cleaning up, prepping, storing items, showing, and even taking the items away from the storage unit for us that we weren't keeping. It was more than we expected! The sale went quickly and smoothly, and you were very easy and thoughtful to deal with. I would highly recommend you and Tracy without hesitation. 


Suzanne & Michael M.

Giving Back

Camp Ooch

The power of Camp

Campfire Circle formerly Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium is often referred to as the social cure for cancer. It’s a place where kids play, grow and enjoy new experiences in a safe, welcoming environment. Their programs celebrate kids for who they are – not what they have.

The joy and confidence gained from camp is a crucial aspect of Campers’ health and well-being. Campfire Circle gives Campers the chance to meet other kids, families or Counsellors who’ve faced the same illnesses, and had the same surgeries. Camp restores a sense of normalcy, newfound strength and hope.

Helping Women and Children Escape Violence and Rebuild their Lives

Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company with its own charitable foundation.  The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs.

Every dollar raised goes directly to helping the more than 30,000 women and children who are served each year by the shelters and support programs we fund. Since 1998, the Shelter Foundation has raised more than $20 million and currently supports 200 local women’s shelters and national partners. 

Amici Camp 2020 Canoe Heads Sponsorship

Amici Camping Charity Mission

To foster personal growth and life-long skills in children with financial needs through multi-year access to the unique environment of camp. Since 1966 Amici Camping Charity has been committed to sending children from low-income families to 44 OCA-accredited summer camps across Ontario where they experience amazing adventures in the great Canadian outdoors. Amici’s 2020 Canoe Heads!


The Idea behind the Smilezone Foundation

Transform spaces in healthcare settings to improve the lives of children facing illness, disabilities, and physical and emotional obstacles—ultimately putting a smile on their faces!

A Smilezone (or “Zone”) provides a warm, safe and accessible space for children receiving treatment in healthcare settings, as well as the siblings and family members supporting their loved ones throughout their journey.