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Flags all a flutter

July 2, 2014 in Muskoka

[caption id="attachment_2450" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Flags gaily flying Flags gaily flying[/caption] Canada Day, Lake Rosseau saw all sorts of watercraft hit the waves. One of the most unique was Red Witch, formerly of Nashville TN. This 38' 1929 Chris Craft was listed for sale in the U.S. in 2010 for $275,000. Top speed 30 knots. A finr addition to the fleet of woodies in Muskoka.  

Boating Canada Style

July 1, 2014 in Muskoka

[caption id="attachment_2447" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Pulling hard through glass Pulling hard through glass[/caption] Last night a sail boat drifted lazily by. Barely a ripple. Then a 1940's woody on full throttle -  rolling wake and thunder of an untamed V8 reverberating into the sunset . This morning we're back to the quiet side. Calm water and the splash of clean entry as a couple of rowers take their constitutional. Happy Canada Day from Muskoka!

Not much spring here …

June 28, 2014 in Muskoka

[caption id="attachment_2443" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Any form of entry will do Any form of entry will do[/caption] Water entry is personal. Some people go in slowly. Others just jump off the dock. It all depends on shock tolerance. It would take a lot of shock to make this platform move. A stone age diving board

Railway station?

June 27, 2014 in building, Muskoka

[caption id="attachment_2439" align="aligncenter" width="731"]Waiting for the train Waiting for the train[/caption]

 

For many of us who live in Muskoka, the sound of train whistles across the water is the sound of home. Both major rail lines pass through Muskoka on their way to and from the west coast. In some places, they pass very close to one another. Both Lake Joseph and Lake Muskoka have railway views. The owner of this boathouse took advantage of the railway trestle across the bay. He built his boathouse to look like a Victorian railway station and called the property Charing Cross after one of the great rail stations of the 1800's.

Muskoka’s Got Talent

June 26, 2014 in Muskoka

In the last year Port Carling has been very fortunate.  Brock and Willa Napier donated 13 acres along the Indian River to the Town for a Wellness Centre that includes a Nursing Station, Hospice and Retirement Home. Since then, they have made two further gifts totalling one million dollars to the project. Wonderfully kind and thoughtful. The community is grateful!

Muskoka Lakes is excited about the project and various groups and individuals are raising funds to support the Centre. At REMAX Hallmark, we are celebrating the talent of Muskoka who are donating  proceeds as artists, artisans and performers from their work being showcased on our patio.

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Over the hump

June 23, 2014 in Muskoka

[caption id="attachment_2429" align="aligncenter" width="300"]No less spectacular No less spectacular[/caption] A day after the solstice. The sunset, no less spectacular. But just a shade earlier. We're over the hump and into summer in Muskoka!

Dan McKinnon

June 23, 2014 in Muskoka

[caption id="attachment_2428" align="aligncenter" width="245"]Troubador at work Troubador at work[/caption] Back in Muskoka! Dan McKinnon is here from Nova Scotia to perform a one man tribute to Stan Rogers at Bala's own Actors' Colony Theatre (ACT) July 2. Yesterday, he provided a musical taste at a Garden Party on Acton Island in aid of ACT. The turnout was super. Summer strawberries with whipped cream were more than icing on the cake!

Summer’s in Muskoka

June 22, 2014 in Bala, Muskoka, summer

  [caption id="attachment_2424" align="aligncenter" width="300"]On deck! On deck![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2425" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Bridge at Bala Bay Bridge at Bala Bay[/caption] We were invited to a Summer Soltice party on Bala Bay. The cottage was a true summer cottage built in 1912 with a magnificent covered porch. Our host had recently completed a 1000 hour restoration of a 1970 Greavette. He took us for a ride. The mahogany gleamed, the engine purred and the ride was smoother than silk. To top it off, we saw a 'double crossing' at the railway bridge then back to the old cottage for a mess of fresh lobster. Summer in Muskoka ....

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Cool evening

June 15, 2014 in Muskoka

[caption id="attachment_2420" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Lake Rosseau passing the JW Marriott Lake Rosseau passing the JW Marriott[/caption] It was cool. So cool our patio dinner was moved inside. Yet not so cool that a couple of stalwarts couldn't strut their stuff. Calm evening Lake Rosseau.  As long as they stayed dry, they wouldn't mind the breeze

Before the glass turns to chop

June 14, 2014 in Muskoka

[caption id="attachment_2417" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Before the breeze picks up Before the breeze picks up[/caption] Some science whiz can explain why the lake is calmest at sunrise and sunset.  Small boaters (canoeists, kayakers and rowers) know that if they want a peaceful ride, then early morning or sunset is best. Skiers too. During the day there's often too much wave action - especially for shells and racing craft pictured here on Lake Rosseau. They have to hurry before the breeze picks up and glass turns to chop.

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