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Railway station?

June 27, 2014 in building, Muskoka

Waiting for the train

Waiting for the train


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.

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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