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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 6 September 2017

September 6, 2017 in Bala, Big 3, boathouse, Bracebridge, Cottage, Joseph, Lakes, Moon River, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau

Artist: A. Catherine O’Mara
MarketWATCH Muskoka: 6 September 2017
If you listen to the news, you’d think summer is over. Not so. We are embarking on what many people think is the finest part of the season in Muskoka. September.With it comes warm, sunny days, cool nights, no bugs and a peacefulness on the water that is hard to find in high season. The water’s still warm, swimming’s a pleasure and so is just sitting on the dock, enjoying nature. September enhances Muskoka as leaves turn to their golden and rusty hues. Somehow the sky seems bluer, it’s definitely clearer and the reflection of the forest in the lake is brighter. September glows!

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Boathouse

May 13, 2014 in boathouse, Rosseau

Ferndale Boathouse

 

This boathouse sits on lower Lake Rosseau. It’s one of the largest on the Big 3. Currently, it’s being refurbished for an important event this summer. The building is magnificent. The barge in front has been on site now for more than a week. At $2000 a day, that’s quite a parking bill. There are about 10 painters working on it too. Their gig runs for 6 or 7 weeks. Phew!

Submerged dock, floating boathouse?

April 23, 2014 in boathouse, Muskoka, Port Carling, spring

Not a sun deck yet

Not a sun deck yet

Not all docks are built to the same elevation. There are docks on Lake Muskoka still above the water level. Unfortunately this dock isn’t. Currently it’s submerged by 5 or 6 inches. Duke’s Patio in Port Carling is high and dry at the moment…. a great afternoon to sit by the water!

Boating for dollars

May 8, 2013 in boathouse, building, Muskoka

The little tug that could went to Adam’s Bay (around the point behind us) where there’s a municipal dock used by contactors for island and water access jump offs. Government docks like this are fairly rare on the Big 3. Access to the lakes is a premium for barging and heavy machinery. He picked up his load and came back to the  big build. Beside the backhoe, there was a skid steer (Bob Cat) and a pile of large stone flags returning to the site. All in all, without considering the coast of stone (cubic dollars) the machine and barge time was easily $2500. When Cindy Crawford was building her cottage on Lake Joe, more than 20 barges barges went out with cement trucks … a floating highway paved with cash.

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Lake Joseph boathouse

April 28, 2013 in Big 3, boathouse, Joseph, Muskoka

This may look serene. Inside this beautiful Lake Joseph boathouse all kind of stuff left on the docks over winter is now sodden. Chairs are wet, some tools are under water but at least boats are still in their slings. On the Muskoka River, where the water is considerably higher, there are some boathouses where boats have been lifted from their slings, others jammed against the ceiling, couches sunk and personal possessions destroyed. It’s a tough way to begin the season. Some will rethink the water level entertainment room concept we’ve seen developing in boathouses lately.

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