Wanted to see what the deal with Orkney Beach was. Township disclaims that the land is subject to multiple rights of way and is not buildable. However, it has a very high appraised value/taxes for a supposedly non-buildable lot.
I pulled a couple of the easements themselves and it seems the land and adjacent beach are subject to the "bathing rights" of neighbouring cottages. Probably used as a bit of water access for the community. Street view shows the lawn being maintained and a bench overlooking the water.
I, personally, am not convinced that this makes the lot unbuildable. If I were a real estate lawyer I'd argue that building a small cottage in the corner of the lot does not substantially interfere with the neighbours "bathing rights."
Prospective buyer would also have to deal with the conservation-regulated small waterway bisecting the lot, and any shoreline regs.
It's all two much hassle for me so I'm sitting it out and sharing what I know about the landmines - haven't check all the registered easements, but I think it might be at least theoretically be a worthwhile venture for someone - as long as they are willing to deal with conservation authority and bathing neighbours in your yard (or if you think you can negotiate the removal of ~20 separate rights of way)